Sunday, July 23, 2017

Real Estate

Blockbusting: What It Is and What We Can Do About lt

Part 2

Fortunately, there are remedies and protections for the targeted homeowners: Non-solicitation and cease-and-desist orders can be issued and strict penalties can be imposed upon those who violate these orders. A non-solicitation order is issued by the New York Secretary of

Can You Buy a Home When You Have Student Loan Debt?

Are you a young person interested in becoming a first-time homebuyer but are worried your student loan debt may make this dream impossible? You’re not alone. According to a study from Consumer Reports National Research Center, 71 percent of millennials said they want to purchase a home but believe 

TAMA 38: Protecting Against Earthquakes

Israel is located in an active seismic region on the Syrian-African fault and has experienced devastating earthquakes, the most recent fatal one occurring in 1927 when 300 people died and over 1,000 buildings were destroyed. Accordingly, in 1980, the Israeli government instituted architectural and construction standards to ensure

Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency With These Tips

(BPT) - With spring upon us and the emphasis on home energy efficiency continuing to grow, building industry experts say now is the best time for homeowners considering a home improvement project to look at how energy efficient their home truly is. Homeowners should ask themselves, “How much energy is being lost through inefficiencies in

Real Estate Tips for Buyers and Sellers This Spring And Summer

Thinking about starting a home search or selling your home soon? The 2016 real estate season is upon us, and if you are anticipating a home search, or selling a property, here are some tips to help you navigate the real estate market this spring and summer.

Blockbusting: What It Is and What We Can Do About lt

Part 1

Blockbusting is an ugly practice. Although it is illegal under the 1968 federal fair housing law, under New York State law, and under the laws of various New York municipalities, it is still practiced in New York State by some unscrupulous real estate brokers and salespeople, and by

Three Things to Consider When Refinancing

There’s been a lot of talk about mortgages lately, as first-time home buyers have enjoyed some of the lowest interest rates in years. However, current homeowners may also be able to take advantage of this economic trend through refinancing. How do you know if refinancing is right for you? Here are some factors to consider.

Should You Refinance Your Mortgage Before Retirement?

In many ways, the conventional wisdom that has long governed retirement is changing. The age at which people leave the workplace is becoming more flexible, and workers are also beginning to plan for retirement at a younger age. Other factors are also influencing retirement, especially as more people are waiting until later in life

Federal Housing Laws: Housing and Discrimination

Part III of III

What are the exceptions to Federal Fair Housing Laws and what actions can I take if I believe I have been the victim of housing discrimination?

Here is a continuation of the exceptions in the 1968 Fair Housing Act:

Federal Housing Laws: Housing and Discrimination

Part II of III

What are the exceptions to Federal Fair Housing Laws and what actions can I take if I believe I have been the victim of housing discrimination?

In Part I, I outlined some of the milestones in federal fair housing law, including

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What Are My Rights Under the Federal Fair Housing Laws?

Part I

As a consequence of the Civil War, the origin of federal fair housing legislation in the United States can be traced to the Civil Rights Act of 1866. This law prohibits any type of discrimination based upon race or color and

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