Monday, September 25, 2017

Real Estate

Eminent Domain—Can the Government Really Condemn My Property? What Can I Do About It?

Most Americans are familiar with the concept of eminent domain, which is generally defined as the government’s right to take private property for a public purpose, provided that just compensation is provided to the property owner. Put another way, eminent domain is the government’s power to take private property and convert it to public

Mocha Latte or a Home? That’s the Question

Yes, I know many of you can have a home and a mocha latte, and that you don’t have to choose between them. I also know many of you would choose the mocha latte over the home. Some of you may be currently in school, or newly working with a fixed salary, or newly self-employed, and have no rich relatives to go to (or rich

Four Crucial Details That Might Get Overlooked in Your Home Inspection

Before closing on a house, it’s important to make sure it’s in good condition and free of any major flaws. That’s where a home inspection comes in.

While not necessarily required, most real estate agents advise clients to hire an inspector to check out the property before any decisions

Jerusalem’s Streets: Neighborhood Themes

Throughout the world, many neighborhoods have groups of streets with names related to a specific theme. For example, growing up in Long Beach, New York, I lived on Walnut Street and my friends lived on Olive, Pine, Maple and Beech. Likewise, before making aliyah, we lived in Bergenfield on Westminster Avenue, and

Get Moving! Four Reasons You Should Sell Your Home in 2017

If you’ve been sitting on the fence about selling your home, it might just be time to hop off. Now. To put it in other terms: 2017 is poised to be the year of the home seller, real estate experts say. So what are you waiting for?

“Sellers have been in the driver’s seat for the last two

Playroom Upgrade: Wall-Mount ‘Barn Door’ Makes Room for Fun

(BPT) With spring fast approaching and the kids at school, there’s no better time to upgrade the playroom.

Why not swap out a traditional swinging door for a playful chalkboard wall-mounted sliding door? Your little artists can draw for hours on the chalkboard, plus the sliding door can add up

Art of the Concession

The idea of this article is to provide information that you can use when you are negotiating for the home that you’re interested in. I am in no way presuming that the seller of the home should take less than they want to or need to, or that the buyer should pay more for a home than they want to. I am just offering information on

Constructive Evictions (Residential)

What would you do if, following your signing of a residential lease in all good faith and your taking possession of the premises, you were suddenly faced with a condition that made your premises uninhabitable? What would be your remedy if your landlord, by his or her action or inaction, either created the situation or refused to fix it? If

Five Tips For Safe Space Heater Use

(BPT)  During the coldest days of the year, space heaters are one of the easiest, most efficient ways to get warm fast. However, when not used correctly, they may also be one of the most dangerous.

Space heaters accounted for 40 percent of all home heating fires and a staggering 84 percent of

Deal Savers

You would totally appreciate your mortgage advisor if you knew all that goes into getting a mortgage loan today. There are numerous programs, underwriting guidelines, processing strategies and systems, rate-lock strategies and, last but not least, working with and coordinating the many professionals involved in a deal to

Mitzpe Ramon: Not Just a Resort Town

When I mention the name Mitzpe Ramon to most people, the first thought that comes to mind is either the Ramon Crater or the luxurious Beresheet hotel and spa. Undoubtedly, these attractions deserve all their accolades.

Clients who have visited the Beresheet spa, an ultramodern,

Title Insurance

Title insurance is used to protect homeowners as well as to protect lenders when a mortgage is involved in a purchase. It is also used when a property is refinanced. There are two components of title insurance: the title search and its underwriting. Title insurance protects owners and lenders against property loss or damage due to

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