Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Real Estate

Should I Build a Passive Solar Home?

I’m thinking about building a home or modifying my existing home. Should I consider a passive solar home?

Even in this year of comparatively cheap conventional energy sources for home heating and cooling, it makes sense to consider the sun as a source of energy. Depending upon where

Ask the Realtor: Mayor de Blasio’s Proposed New York City Zoning Changes, Part II

Part II of II

This is the second part of the article about the proposal by the New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to increase the availability of affordable housing in the city. His plans are called “Zoning for Quality and Affordability” and “Mandatory Inclusionary Housing.” It is the belief of

Another Boring Mortgage Article?!

I will be the first to admit that mortgages are boring. The topic is boring, the details are boring, the particulars are boring, the prerequisites are boring, etc. When I started writing this article for the Jewish Link, a relative mentioned that he saw one of the weekly issues at a local establishment and was happy to see my article. When I asked if he read it, after

Four Modern Home Design Ideas

(BPT) – Once limited to simplistic, clean lines and cool color schemes, modern design has evolved to include sleek, minimalistic looks with gentle, warm, organic elements. The new “approachable modern” design schemes emphasize the grace of nature, respect the strength of simplicity and can be effortlessly incorporated into

Ask the Realtor: Mayor de Blasio’s Proposed New York City Zoning Changes

Part I of II

New York City’s Mayor de Blasio has proposed a two-pronged housing scheme (“Housing New York”), which affects all of New York City and which to date has been opposed by almost every local community board in the city and by four of five borough presidents

The Miracle of a Non-Messy Mortgage Closing

After a mortgage is approved, lenders will work with you to get any outstanding items satisfied so that the loan will be released for closing in a timely manner. In working towards your closing, there are many basic items to consider, like when does your mortgage commitment expire, and what documentation would be needed to get that

How Not to Hire a Contractor

In the course of writing this column for the previous issue of Jewish Link, I dealt with the matter of hiring a contractor. But hiring a contractor (or anyone else, for that matter) can be a risky business especially if you have no expertise in the work that you want done and/or if there is no sure method of checking out the workers and

Reduce the Risk of Home Fires

(BPT) – While the number of home fires occurring in the U.S. each year has fallen by more than 50 percent since 1977, the ratio of people who die in home fires has remained virtually unchanged, based on data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In 1977, deaths occurred in.8 percent of home fires, and in 2013,

How to Hire a Contractor

For people who have no background in home building, renovation and repairs, hiring knowledgeable and competent workers can be an expedition into uncharted territory. Most of us know people who have lived through repairs, renovations and construction and who are more than willing to regale all and sundry with tales of their adventures. Here,

Maximizing Your Money: What to Know When Buying a Home

The housing market today represents what some might consider a once in a lifetime opportunity for potential home buyers. Home prices are recovering from the lows of the crash, mortgages are now safer than ever for borrowers, and interest rates are still at historical record lows. Despite how attractive this makes home buying seem, the

Ask the Realtor: What Must I Think About Before I Think About Buying a New Home?

Last week, in my office, one of the people who read my Jewish Link columns about real estate asked me this question. My immediate answer was that she should make sure that she has enough money for the down payment and that her credit history is as good as it can be. As accurate as is that preliminary advice, there is more to the story than

Fall: The Best Season for Home Improvement

(BPT) – The rituals of fall include sending kids back to school, raking leaves and cheering on the hometown football team. In addition, a new fall tradition has emerged – home improvement.

Like many trends, there isn’t one particular reason fall has emerged as a popular time for home improvement,

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