Sunday, July 05, 2020

Real Estate

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

Is It Safe to Come Out From Under the Covers?

Between this contentious election season and the plunge into darkness from daylight savings time, I, for one, would like to curl up into a ball right now. With the changing of the guard, uncertainty is afoot. Craving a feeling of safety is pretty everyday stuff for most of us, but when life throws me for a loop, I take

Why Is My House Not Selling?

Even the most wonderful, accurately priced homes in the best locations do not always sell quickly. Sometimes, the reasons are beyond the seller’s control because a local market may be experiencing the impact of economic forces over which the individual seller has no control—for example, if the economy is in recession or if a

On Yom Kippur, Were We Forgiven for Bad Furniture Purchases?

The funny thing is I was having this exact conversation with clients recently. They had just bought a new house and told me about the furniture they were bringing from their old house. Actually, it was more like lamenting. They explained at great length that they had to keep this set of chairs because they were so expensive but

Nine Ways to Fool Yourself Into Thinking It’s Spring Inside

Winter is coming, and there’s nothing any of us can do about it. If only frigid temperatures brought as much joy as summer sun, a new season of “Game of Thrones,” or heck, even the sandwich you just scarfed down between meetings at work. Unfortunately, the season of oversized parkas and “wintry

What to Expect When You’re Renting

What should I expect in a rental?

First you need to ask yourself a few questions. Are you relocating and, if so, for how long? Are you testing out a neighborhood or are you unsure you can afford to buy a home?

You need to determine

Why Is It So Hard to Find a Landlord Who Loves My Dog as Much as I Do?

Several years ago, a fine gentleman whom I had placed in a co-op sublet decided that he wanted to buy a co-op apartment of his own. We found the perfect place: a lovely, large Jr. 4 apartment in a doorman building, complete with terrace and great views. “I want to bid on this!” he exclaimed. “My dog and I will just love it

Why Switching to LED Bulbs Makes a Difference

(StatePoint) It may seem like a small detail, but the way you light your home can have a big impact on the environment and your energy bills. Indeed, widespread use of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings in the United States, according to government findings.

How to Build a Positive Relationship With a Contractor

My first draft of this article included a “how many contractors does it take to screw in a lightbulb?” joke as well as a comparison to dental work. My sister told me I was being too negative. Renovations are never easy and they can be made harder still if you are unsure about what to expect. However, it is possible to

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