Friday, June 23, 2017

Real Estate

Three Tips to Protect Your Home This Winter

(BPT) Cold temperatures, snow, sleet and ice can all wreak havoc on your home’s gutters, windows and gardens, but it can have even more harmful effects on exterior wooden surfaces, such as decks, siding or roof shingles. Residing in Rhode Island, Pete Flood, whose family founded the Flood wood care brand 175 years ago, knows this

Home Inspections: Licensed Professional Engineer vs. Licensed Home Inspector

Almost all purchasers of homes (and sometimes of apartments) want to have a professional evaluation of the premises. Some real estate agents refer to the process as “the engineering inspection” or simply “the home inspection” without differentiating between the two. In New York State, there are significant differences

Sellers Should Beware of Oil Tanks

OK, so what’s your excuse now? The election is past us, the new president-elect is to be sworn in on January 20, the stock market didn’t crash after all, mortgage rates are slowly increasing as predicted and spring is around the corner. So, ask yourself, why the wait? Your plans are to downsize, purchase a larger home

Your Ideal Buying and Selling Experience

As an experienced home buyer turned realtor, I have learned what buyers expect from their agents. I believe it is important to be comfortable with the agent you are working with and realize how valuable they can be in helping you find the best deal and home fit for you. Here are some pointers:

Easy Ways to Make Your Bathroom Safer

(StatePoint) You may think of your bathroom as a relaxing oasis. Unfortunately, bathrooms are actually the site of 200,000 injuries annually nationwide, according to the National Safety Council. These incidents happen to people of all ages -- from young children who may see the bathroom as a play area, to expecting women whose

Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot?

Out with the old and in with the new, but let’s not forget, goes the song we customarily sing at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. A year-end review of the good, the bad and the ugly is always fun in December. Here is 2016’s Hot List of interior design trends explained, including which ones we’d like to stick around and which

What Is a Reverse Mortgage?

A reverse mortgage is a complicated business. Basically, it is a loan that allows senior homeowners ages 62 and older to convert the equity in their homes into cash, which can then be paid to the homeowner in accordance with several different options (see below); the home’s equity is used as collateral. The borrower or his/her

An Attitude of Gratitude Brings Great Things

There is no shortage of things for which a person can be grateful. Yet, I am sure, like me, most people are guilty of taking so many things for granted. As Oprah Winfrey famously said, “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have

Jerusalem’s Streets: Rechov Hakablan

Every time my brother-in-law visits Israel, we grab a few hours — and a few books about Jerusalem’s neighborhoods and streets — and off we trek to different sections of Jerusalem to learn about the people whom the streets were named after. This is the second installment in a series of articles discussing the

Let’s Get Ready to Rumble…

What does the world of wrestling have in common with the world of interior design? Actually, quite a lot. In fact, just for fun, I looked up the definition of wrestling and its description read like this: “A sport in which two competitors attempt to unbalance, control or immobilize each other by various holds and

Protecting Your Home During the Winter

The yearly end of Daylight Savings Time brings with it the reminder that it is time to prepare your home to survive the onslaughts of the winter months. In addition to what must be done by people who will occupy their homes during the winter there are added procedures and concerns for those who will not be on the premises at this

There’s No Need to Hibernate on Your Home Search This Winter

As temperatures drop, people all over the country are getting ready for cold snow and warm holiday cheer. While eggnog and mistletoe sales go up this time of year, the housing market generally hits a slump during the winter. This is especially true in northern states, where the cold seriously affects buying

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