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Eminent Domain—Can the Government Really Condemn My Property? What Can I Do About It?

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Most Americans are familiar with the concept of eminent domain, which is generally defined as the government’s right to take private property for a public purpose, provided that just compensation is provided to the property owner. Put another way, eminent domain is the government’s power to take private property and...

Mocha Latte or a Home? That’s the Question

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Yes, I know many of you can have a home and a mocha latte, and that you don’t have to choose between them. I also know many of you would choose the mocha latte over the home. Some of you may be currently in school, or newly working with a fixed salary, or newly self-employed, and have no rich relatives to go to (or rich relatives that you don’t speak to anymore). Planning is key, and you may just have to choose between saving for a down payment on a home or drinking a latte, but, if you ask me, I think you’ll find it to be a pretty good tradeoff.

There are many low down-payment programs that range from 1 percent down and higher, and they each have their own underwriting...

Four Crucial Details That Might Get Overlooked in Your Home Inspection

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Before closing on a house, it’s important to make sure it’s in good condition and free of any major flaws. That’s where a home inspection comes in.

While not necessarily required, most real estate agents advise clients to hire an inspector to check out the property before any decisions are finalized. To the first-time home buyer, a home inspection might sound like the perfect way to determine whether there are any problems with the home. But this notion isn’t exactly accurate.

The truth is, a home inspection only goes so deep, and there are plenty of issues an inspector can overlook during an assessment of a property. Before celebrating positive inspection results, make sure...

Jerusalem’s Streets: Neighborhood Themes

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Throughout the world, many neighborhoods have groups of streets with names related to a specific theme. For example, growing up in Long Beach, New York, I lived on Walnut Street and my friends lived on Olive, Pine, Maple and Beech. Likewise, before making aliyah, we lived in Bergenfield on Westminster Avenue, and the neighboring streets were Rector, Tudor, Highgate, Thames and Hampton.

Similarly, most of Jerusalem’s neighborhoods have street name themes. Often, the names relate to famous nearby sites. For example, Abu Tor is a neighborhood situated in the southern part of the capital. Located next to Ir David, many of Abu Tor’s streets are named for King David’s relatives...

Get Moving! Four Reasons You Should Sell Your Home in 2017

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If you’ve been sitting on the fence about selling your home, it might just be time to hop off. Now. To put it in other terms: 2017 is poised to be the year of the home seller, real estate experts say. So what are you waiting for?

“Sellers have been in the driver’s seat for the last two years, but this year is shaping up to be even better for several reasons,” says Jonathan Smoke, chief economist of realtor.com®. “Nothing is bad for sellers today.”

A combination of factors is coming together to make 2017 a prime seller’s market for most of the nation. Here’s what’s driving it:

Reason 1: Mortgage Rates Are Still Low

It’s all about rates, baby. Low mortgage rates...
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