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Show Me the Money

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One of the most underrated challenges in a mortgage qualification is how funds are documented. What might seem to be a very straight forward process, ends up causing countless delays to a mortgage closing - and sometimes prevents it from happening altogether. Regardless of whether one is looking to buy a home or refinance...

Jerusalem Real Estate: Intrigue and Irony

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Talbieh is a charming, centrally located, upscale Jerusalem neighborhood. It originally comprised large private houses owned by wealthy Christian Arab families, most of whom lived in neighboring countries and spent their vacations in Jerusalem.

After the establishment of the State of Israel, many of these architecturally distinctive homes got chopped up into small apartments and were populated by displaced families and immigrant families. By the 1960s, these formerly majestic buildings became run down, due to the heavy wear and tear that they endured, and many of these structures were abandoned.

Around the same time, many new buildings were built. Demand for these modern...

Durable Décor Upgrades That Add Comfort and Style to Your Home

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(StatePoint) Interior upgrades should make a big impact -- adding style and comfort to your home. They should also last a long time, even if you have a busy household, with lots of foot traffic.

To add both form and function to your living spaces, consider the following ideas.

Paint and Decorate

Sometimes going from drab to fab is as simple as a paint job. Even if you’d like to keep your white walls, a fresh coat can make a room feel brighter, cleaner and more comfortable -- however, you may want to consider the addition of an accent wall or textured design for some pop.

Don’t forget your prep work. Sanding and cleaning the walls helps ensure the paint applies nicely and looks...

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 convert it to public use. Federal, state and local governments, and other agencies or designated entities, may take private property via eminent domain and they may also regulate it by exercising their police power, which is an inherent power of government to impose restrictions on private rights to insure such objectives as public health, welfare, peace and quiet 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...

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