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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Real Estate

Be Thankful for What You Have

There is no shortage of things for which a person can be grateful. Yet, I am sure that, like me, most people are guilty of taking so many things for granted. As Oprah Winfrey famously said, “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have

Is Buying a Home Right for You?

(StatePoint) Many millennials are buying their first homes in a marketplace that is more challenging than the one their parents encountered for their first purchase.

Interest rates are on the rise and home prices are, too. The good news is that there are still a lot of reasons that buying a home

Market Trends

So we’ve changed our clocks, enduring shorter days and early dark nights. We are still getting used to the early pitch black and yearning for the warm weather, yet maybe admitting to the excitement of snow that is just around the corner. While we question whether putting our housing needs on hold for now, market trend

The Dawn of Modern Zionism

A few weeks ago, I visited the Pinsker Building, a famous Jerusalem apartment building located down the block from the Inbal Hotel. Its official name is the Rose Building, as it borders a lovely park called the Rose Garden; nevertheless, the moniker Pinsker Building has stuck because it is situated on Pinsker Street. With

No Surprises

This week I closed a loan that was one for the books! When I first met with the client, he was very open about some of his previous experiences when he bought his first home and when trying to refinance a few years ago. He had a few choice words to say about the handful of other companies that he used. What stood out most in all

Cash Alternatives: Not Just for Seniors

We all know and are familiar with the standard mortgage (aka forward mortgage). If you want to consolidate your debt, buy a new home or refinance you can apply for a mortgage and, if you qualify, obtain the financing that you desire. The important question to ask yourself is: If you qualify, do you want additional monthly mortgage

How to Make Your Empty Nest an Empowering New Chapter

(StatePoint) Suddenly, the kids are all grown up and ready to flee the nest. It’s the start of a new chapter -- for them, and for mom and dad, too. While this sudden change in family dynamic is bound to bring a mix of bittersweet emotions, there are plenty of ways to embrace the shift. An empty nest certainly doesn’t mean an

The Azure Luxury Condominiums:  Surfside’s Best New Construction Value

I am excited about this building. Now let me tell you why.

When I moved to Surfside from Mexico City in 1996, The Azure Luxury Condominiums was to be the newest luxury condominium building in Surfside. It set the pace for things to come. Built in 2005, it is a boutique building with only 74 units and was

Times Are Changing

Last week everyone “gained” an hour of sleep when we changed the clock back one hour as we do every year around this time. Although, it is very possible that many lost that same hour or more going through their emails and social media feeds with reminders to change their clocks. Jokes aside, times are changing indeed in the

The Importance of Real Grass

(BPT) Well-maintained outdoor spaces increase curb appeal and can bolster property values. They inspire kids’ imaginations and support healthy play. They make a homegrown neighborhood hangout, ideal for spending time together.

Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or looking for ways to improve your

How to Keep Pests Out of Your Chimney

(BPT) As temperatures drop, many people will start spending more time in the warmth of their homes. Animals don’t have the luxury of extra heating and take whatever refuge they can find, making chimneys a convenient place for pests to seek shelter. The team at Terminix has some helpful information to share so that homeowners can be better

The Fair and Not-So Fair New Credit Profile Methods

Fair Isaac Corp., the architect of the well-known FICO scoring model, plans to roll out a new scoring model that is getting a lot of attention of late. The maker of the most widely used credit score announced a new metric called, “UltraFico” that considers how a consumer manages their banking activities – such as checking,