Sunday, July 23, 2017

Real Estate

Five Things to Discuss With Your Significant Other Before Purchasing a Home

(BPT) In a relationship, you count on your significant other to be there with you through the good and the bad. They are your best friend, your confident and your closest ally. And you count on being able to have important conversations with them as well.

One of those important conversations

Homeowners Liable for Snow, Ice Control

(BPT) During the winter months, it’s common to see shopping centers and business owners out and about clearing snow and ice from pathways, parking spaces and entrances. But this isn’t just good business to help customers get in the door; it’s also a liability issue should someone slip and fall and injure

Should I Consider Building/Buying a Modular Home?

Modular homes are differentiated from site-built homes. In New York State, the Residential Code of New York State defines a factory-manufactured home (modular home) as a structure designed primarily for residential occupancy. Its components are entirely, or in substantial part, manufactured in manufacturing facilities and are intended or

How to Buy a House (For Those Who Didn’t Win the Powerball)

When an all-cash offer is not the best option.

The record breaking Powerball this week had lots of people discussing what they would do with the potential winnings. Of course, “charity” was first and foremost, but in addition, most fantasies focused on buying or building a

Should I Build a Passive Solar Home?

I’m thinking about building a home or modifying my existing home. Should I consider a passive solar home?

Even in this year of comparatively cheap conventional energy sources for home heating and cooling, it makes sense to consider the sun as a source of energy. Depending upon where

Ask the Realtor: Mayor de Blasio’s Proposed New York City Zoning Changes, Part II

Part II of II

This is the second part of the article about the proposal by the New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to increase the availability of affordable housing in the city. His plans are called “Zoning for Quality and Affordability” and “Mandatory Inclusionary Housing.” It is the belief of

Another Boring Mortgage Article?!

I will be the first to admit that mortgages are boring. The topic is boring, the details are boring, the particulars are boring, the prerequisites are boring, etc. When I started writing this article for the Jewish Link, a relative mentioned that he saw one of the weekly issues at a local establishment and was happy to see my article. When I asked if he read it, after

Four Modern Home Design Ideas

(BPT) – Once limited to simplistic, clean lines and cool color schemes, modern design has evolved to include sleek, minimalistic looks with gentle, warm, organic elements. The new “approachable modern” design schemes emphasize the grace of nature, respect the strength of simplicity and can be effortlessly incorporated into

Ask the Realtor: Mayor de Blasio’s Proposed New York City Zoning Changes

Part I of II

New York City’s Mayor de Blasio has proposed a two-pronged housing scheme (“Housing New York”), which affects all of New York City and which to date has been opposed by almost every local community board in the city and by four of five borough presidents

The Miracle of a Non-Messy Mortgage Closing

After a mortgage is approved, lenders will work with you to get any outstanding items satisfied so that the loan will be released for closing in a timely manner. In working towards your closing, there are many basic items to consider, like when does your mortgage commitment expire, and what documentation would be needed to get that

How Not to Hire a Contractor

In the course of writing this column for the previous issue of Jewish Link, I dealt with the matter of hiring a contractor. But hiring a contractor (or anyone else, for that matter) can be a risky business especially if you have no expertise in the work that you want done and/or if there is no sure method of checking out the workers and

Reduce the Risk of Home Fires

(BPT) – While the number of home fires occurring in the U.S. each year has fallen by more than 50 percent since 1977, the ratio of people who die in home fires has remained virtually unchanged, based on data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In 1977, deaths occurred in.8 percent of home fires, and in 2013,

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