Monday, February 17, 2020

Real Estate

Bat Yam: A Gentrification Case Study

A little over 10 years ago, while attending a real estate event in Manhattan, a significant developer pulled me aside and handed me a paper written by an Ivy League professor. The professor and his students in the urban planning class had gone on a field trip to Israel to study Bat Yam, a rundown suburb of Tel Aviv and

How to Buy a Home for a Multigenerational Household

When we were teenagers, many of us probably couldn’t think of anything worse than living with our parents for the rest of our lives. However, as we grow up and have our own children, we often find having our parents around isn’t bad at all. In fact, more people are choosing to live in multigenerational households, a practice

Low-Tech Energy-Saving Tips for the Technologically Challenged—and Some More Advanced Suggestions for the Braver and Richer Among Us

Back in the olden days, the caveman selected his cave, paid the seller a suitable number of stones or other equivalent societal goods, and moved his family into their new domicile. They were not overly concerned about the habitability of the cave beyond the need for places to cook, to sleep and as protection from the elements and from the

Historically Low Mortgage Rates Are Now a Reality

The recent international turmoil caused by “Brexit” has been a tremendous blessing for those in the United States who have been indecisive about their mortgage financing.  The 10 year U.S. Treasury, one of the leading barometers of mortgage rates has reached historical lows, the likes of which we have never witnessed.  Despite

Distinctive Properties: Unique Challenges and Opportunities

Over the years, we have helped hundreds of families fulfill their dreams of purchasing a home in Israel. Ninety-nine percent of the time, we assist clients in purchasing or selling “traditional” homes that reflect the general housing stock in the neighborhood.


Personal Reflections on Second (Vacation) Homes

It’s almost summertime, so thoughts often turn to vacation homes, also known as second homes.  Our family has owned one since before I was born, and I was the fortunate recipient of this home as a 21st birthday gift from my mom who was the previous owner. To ensure added privacy, I subsequently purchased wooded acreage behind the house.

The Secrets to Selling a Home for Over Asking Price

No one puts their house up for sale hoping for an average offer. You want a good offer. A great offer, even. Dare we say it? You want an all-out, claws-bared bidding war that will push your home’s price well over what you’ve asked for in your listing.

It’s a

Things to Consider When Buying a ‘Green’ Home

With terms like “sustainability” and “eco-conscious” becoming buzzwords, it might seem like everyone is “going green.” If you’re a potential first-time home buyer who cares about the environment, you might be wondering how to tell if the homes you’re considering are eco-friendly.


Appraisals and Home Inspections

When buying or selling a home, many have heard of an appraisal and a home inspection. While both are very important to the entire transaction, an appraisal and home inspection are two very different things. If you’re looking at buying a new home or property, or you’re interested in selling your current

Finances and Buying a Home

Home ownership has always been a top dream for millions of Americans, and with the many television shows, magazines and other media geared toward owning a home in the U.S., buying a home is very much a reality in our country.

While we can get caught up in the very fun

What Do I Need to Know About Smart Houses?

Touted as the wave of the future, smart houses’ components are included as integral features of newly constructed homes as well as selectively integrated into older homes. Smart home technology, which is still evolving, aims to use computer systems to automatically provide many of the normal and necessary functions of the modern

How Low Inventory Affects First-Time Home Buyers

As the spring home-buying season begins, many first-time home buyers are finding the market more competitive than expected, necessitating early financial preparation.

As Trulia ( reported, the number of starter or trade-up homes on the market

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