Sunday, February 18, 2018

Real Estate

2018 Remodeling Trends That Boost Your Home’s Value

(BPT) A strong housing market is giving homeowners the confidence to invest in remodeling. In fact, homeowner spending on improvements and repairs will

‘If Only I Knew’

If I had a quarter for every time I had a client say, “If only I knew” – I would have a lot of quarters, and then some. I was actually planning on writing about a different topic, but after I received a call from a second client this week that

Do the Math: Homebuying Now May Save a Lot

(BPT) It is a common misconception that a 20 percent down payment is required to buy a home. Advice to wait and save a large down payment is often

Possible Effects of the New Federal Tax Law on Our Local Housing Market

New federal tax legislation promises to have an unsettling effect on the housing market in our region. It will impact homeowners’ decisions to sell or to remain in their homes, buyers’ decisions to buy or to rent, and buyers’ choice of locations in which to buy or to

Gates of Jerusalem

From time immemorial until the late 19th century, almost all of Jerusalem’s residents lived in the walled Old City. Divided into four uneven quadrants—the Jewish Quarter, the Muslim Quarter, the Christian Quarter and the Armenian Quarter—the Old City looms

Looking Forward …

Predictions for a new year are always erratic, but this year will prove to be even more of a challenge. With the new tax plan in place, and President Trump in the full driver’s seat, the market is sure to change. Far be it from me to chime in on any of the myriad of delicate

Six Ways to Fool Burglars Into Thinking You’re Home

(Courtesy of Links Residential) Whether it’s the eight hours a day or eight days on a dreamy beach, allowing your biggest investment to fend for

Is It Too Late to Protect My House This Winter?

As I write this, the snowstorms, sub-zero temperatures and high-velocity and chilling winds of 2018 have not been kind to houses. Although householders should prepare their premises before the beginning of the cold season, there are many items that can

Lead-Based Paint in Houses and Apartments

For many years, lead was a common additive in paint, gasoline, certain ethnic medicines, pottery glaze, lead crystal, lead figures, storage batteries, kohl or kajal eyeliners, jewelry and porcelain, so it may still exist on your premises. Food kept in lead crystal

The State of Jerusalem Real Estate

Over the past few months, numerous articles have been written analyzing recent Jerusalem real estate sales data. Curiously, there has been a lack of agreement regarding how to interpret the statistics.

A recent

What Kind of Borrower Are You?

By Carl Edward Guzman

Mortgage lenders always look at work history, credit score and source of down payment funds. The required financial documentation will be different depending on the type of borrower you are.

Ask the Broker: Is Your Home in Danger of Foreclosure? Then Read This!

One of the cruelest scams perpetrated by greedy and unscrupulous people is to kick other people when they are down. Thousands of New Yorkers who are in danger of losing their homes through foreclosure have been preyed upon by foreclosure relief companies and attorneys who tout foreclosure rescue

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