Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Real Estate

Airbnb and Short-Term Rentals in New York City

Most Airbnb rentals are illegal in New York City and have been made so by legislation supported by the combined efforts of the hotel industry and affordable housing advocates. In addition, residents of co-ops, condos and rental buildings oppose the presence on their premises of short-term (less than 30

What to Know Before Buying a Fixer Upper

Shopping for a home can feel like you are on a roller coaster. The longer you look, the more likely you are to find properties that look like they could be a good deal—houses you could turn into a home. The lower the price, the more likely you are looking at a

You, Your Home and the Rainstorms of Summer

Each season of the year brings different challenges for homeowners to face. Some of the most common in our area are provided by summer rainstorms. Thunderstorms can be especially dangerous to humans and pets and may cause significant property damage. Rainstorms may result in the loss of electric

Investing in Israel Real Estate

Two clients recently asked us to help them purchase an investment apartment in Israel. Liat lives in Israel and wanted to buy a small Jerusalem apartment for her children, which they could flip in a few years to acquire a larger home in a less expensive community. Jonathan wanted to get a

Latest Deck Trend: ‘Monster’ Size, Mega-Luxury

(BPT) – Move over mini – the new trend in decking is anything but small.

When it comes to the size of their decks, the majority of Americans feel bigger is

A Room-by-Room Guide to Decluttering Your Home

(BPT) Controlling clutter in your home can be a challenge; 48 percent of Americans say their houses are cluttered with stuff they don’t use anymore, according to a survey by ClearVoice Research. Multiple studies have found a cluttered home can negatively affect your mental and

A Co-op Walkthrough Before the Closing: What Should the Parties Expect and Why?

Many years ago, my husband and I moved to Riverdale from Manhattan and purchased a co-op apartment (or, more correctly, stock shares in the co-op corporation that provided us with a proprietary lease that made us tenants of the co-op corporation and permitted us to occupy the apartment). We answered an ad in The New York Times, took the express bus and walked

Four Money Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Asks

It’s obvious that buying a home is an expensive endeavor. However, just how expensive, and what makes it so expensive, are two things that often elude the typical first-time home buyer.

Most first-time home buyers find themselves

Secrets of a Mortgage Loan Officer

When underwriting a loan, lenders follow the guidelines of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the largest buyers of mortgage loans and the FHA for government loans. Mortgage professionals know the advantages and disadvantages of each, and now… so will you.

Seven ‘Little’ Upgrades That Can Mean a Lot to Homebuyers

(BPT) Anyone who’s ever bought or sold a home knows how even little things can sway a buyer to feel a particular house is “just right.” While major features such as a good location, a big kitchen, and a certain number of bedrooms and bathrooms all drive a home’s price and how attractive it is to buyers, small

How First-Time Homebuyers Can Buy a Home With Minimal Savings

It doesn’t take a lot of money in terms of down payment and closing costs to buy a home. There are many new programs on the market and several ways to structure a mortgage loan. The less you put down, the greater the starting mortgage balance and the larger the payment; therefore, the more in income you need to qualify.

Meet You at the Garden

A few months ago, my friend and I agreed to meet at the garden where 29th meets 35th. Sounds like we were meeting in Manhattan to catch a sporting event at Madison Square Garden. Better than that, we were getting together in the center of Jerusalem.

In the beautiful neighborhood of Old

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