Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Real Estate

Getting Ready For ‘Busy’ Season 

The tax filings for this upcoming April marks the first year that the new tax laws via the Jobs Act go into effect. Much discussion and anticipation are taking place about whether this will result in a bigger refund compared to previous years. While many factors affect your tax rate and rebate, one thing you can control is proper

Top 2019 Outdoor Living Trends

(BPT) With busy schedules and on-the-go lifestyles, outdoor living spaces offer a chance to decompress, enjoy nature and connect with friends and family. Thanks to the impressive design and quality of today’s outdoor products, these spaces often rival the convenience, comfort and design of the indoors.

Connectivity Is King This Home-Buying Season

(BPT) The spring home-buying season is just around the corner and that means people are busy making improvements to get their homes ready to sell. These days, home upgrades are increasingly focused on one key feature: connectivity. In 2019, buyers want smart homes they can easily control from anywhere. From

The Vilna Gaon and Religious Zionism

I was walking along Rechov HaGra in the Jerusalem community of Shaarei Chesed and it reminded me of a fascinating class that I heard regarding the street’s namesake.  

When one thinks about modern Zionism, the first name that comes to mind is Theodor Herzl. However, a century before

Gambling in Las Vegas Pays Off        

I was recently in Las Vegas, “the gambling capital of the world,” and my one and only bet there played out unbelievably. Practically speaking, the odds were not in my favor, and I took a risk, but I knew that my intuition was reasonable, so I went with my gut. To clarify, I didn’t step foot into

Home Updates That Make Sense

(StatePoint) Whether you’re remodeling for a fresh take on an old style or contemplating a new build, there are choices

Tips to Spend Wisely on Household Purchases

(StatePoint) Running a household can be expensive, but experts say that there are new ways you can save big on needed items.

Mortgage Hacks for Today’s Borrowers 

These days, everyone is looking for a good deal, and they certainly deserve the best! In a competitive marketplace, everyone is trying to distinguish themselves with the best fees and service. I believe those are a given, and the best way to provide even greater value is to offer priceless guidance based on

Combating Illegal Construction

Ever since the founding of the state of Israel, the country has been in growth mode. Despite the seemingly endless construction nationwide—the joke is that Israel’s national bird is the “crane”—Israel has a shortage of over 100,000 apartments due to the country’s expanding population.

TABC Engineers Play Shark Tank

Mr. Tiefenbrunn’s senior engineering class presented their midterm projects this week in a Shark Tank-style competition. The senior presenters pitched their inventions to a panel of judges (the “investors”) and went through the conceptualization, design and implementation of their innovations before

Government Shutdown and the Mortgage Impact

As of this writing, the government shutdown is ongoing and has surpassed the longest in history. Though only a partial shutdown, the influence on banks, credit unions and mortgage lenders across the country is slowly starting to surface. While the consequences of a shutdown are more comprehensive than the

Great Tips for Houseguests and Hosts

(StatePoint) Whether you’re a houseguest or a host, there are easy ways to ensure that everyone enjoys their time with family and friends. Check out these tips for an easy stay:

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