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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Real Estate

Tips for Low-Maintenance Landscaping

(BPT) A lush lawn and garden boosts your home’s curb appeal, but it also takes a lot of your free time. You want to spend that time enjoying the space, not taking care of it. The solution? A few low-maintenance strategies to keep your yard looking great while maximizing your relaxation time.

1. Install an automatic irrigation

Retaining Walls to the Rescue

(BPT) Segmental retaining wall (SRW) units are one of the most versatile landscaping tools in the homeowner’s and professional landscaper’s toolbox. Retaining wall units have evolved from just being used to retain soil, transition slopes and prevent erosion. Today’s SRWs can do all that plus serve as multipurpose

Exclusive Listings: What to Know Before You Sign

You are ready to sell your house. You have found an agent that you‘d like to work with. He or she offers you the option of selling your house as an “exclusive listing.” Sounds great, right? It might not be as great as you think.

An office exclusive means that you are giving the sole right

The Carriage House Luxury Condominiums: From a Time of Luxury and Opulence

Located between South Beach and Bal Harbour, back in the day, the Carriage House Luxury Condominiums was the place to see and be seen.

Built in 1967 with just over 400 condominiums and 17 stories tall, what really sets The Carriage House apart are the expansive building amenities. The Fitness

Transparency in Mortgage Banking

This week I received a call from a woman who asked when I can speak to her husband to discuss details of a mortgage they were considering with their current bank. He was candid enough to tell me that he had was more than likely going to pursue the mortgage with their current bank, but wanted to “double check” certain details of their

Exploiting the Full Potential of Realtors When Purchasing Property

Purchasing a home is an important (and sometimes very difficult) phase in life. With the thousands of available properties listed for sale, one may think it comes down to a simple task of choosing one of them. However, finding the right property can be quite tricky and very time-consuming, not to talk about the heartbreaks endured during

Connectivity Is King This Home-Buying Season

(BPT) The spring home-buying season is just around the corner and that means people are busy making improvements to get their homes ready to sell. These days, home upgrades are increasingly focused on one key feature: connectivity. In 2019, buyers want smart homes they can easily control from anywhere. From smart HVAC and sprinkler

Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

(StatePoint) When it comes to your home, you only get one chance to make a great first impression -- and that takes place before anyone ever steps inside, making curb appeal upgrades an effective way to beautify your home while boosting its value.

Here are some great ways to enhance curb appeal that will

Getting Ready For “Busy” Season

The tax filings for this upcoming April marks the first year that the new tax laws via the Jobs Act go into effect. Much discussion and anticipation are taking place about whether this will result in a bigger refund compared to previous years. While many factors affect your tax rate and rebate, one thing you can control is proper

Ruby’s Real Estate Trends

Does it seem the time of year to focus on houses already? With the polar vortex endurance, the recent frigid, snowy weather has tricked us into thinking that winter is first starting with neary an end in sight. However, look on your calendars. It is March and the time of year with Purim fast approaching in this year’s leap year

PMI and PURIM

Miracles, emancipation, avoidance of tragedy, coming together as one people is what I think of when Purim arrives. Esther and Mordechai took action, working together with the divine blessings of God and saved the Jewish people while avoiding a catastrophe. Now what the heck does that have to do with Private Mortgage Insurance

Nofim Garden Is Coming to Modi’in

That Modi’in is a wonderful place to live is a given, testified to by the thousands of veteran Israelis and Olim who have been attracted to it over the past few decades. Its central location, pleasant and affordable housing, educational and commercial facilities, green open spaces and good