Friday, March 22, 2019

Real Estate

Innovative New Looks for Your Kitchen Renovation

(StatePoint) Renovating your kitchen? Think about making updates that will add beauty and functionality to one of the most important rooms in the house. Here are a few

The Most Common Causes of Homeowners Insurance Claims

(BPT) The value of homeowners insurance is often thrust into the national spotlight when natural

Women on the Jerusalem Roadmap

Throughout the nation’s capital, streets are named for women spanning many time periods and walks of life.

Baka has the largest percentage of streets named after women. They include such

The Facade Inspection Safety Program: Toward a Safer New York City

Thirty-eight years ago, a Barnard College student named Grace Gold was hit and killed by a terra cotta masonry object that fell from the façade of a building at 115th Street and Broadway. The tragic end to Grace’s life was the impetus for the 1980 passage of New York City Local Law 10, which

New York City Doormen (and Ladies): An Appreciation

In my dealings as a real estate broker, and in the entirety of my life in Manhattan, I have interacted with many doormen. No matter their personal feelings, most of them present as amiable and efficient workers. To some New Yorkers, they are the almost-unnoticed

Dominate Spring: Five Easy Steps to Wake up Your Lawn

(BPT) There are a lot of things people miss during the winter - flip-flops, shorts and warm sunshine. But one of the things homeowners miss the most

An Introduction to Co-Housing 

Americans, many of whom need and are ready to embrace non-traditional housing concepts, have nonetheless been slow to invest in housing solutions that are commonplace in other countries. One such innovation, called co-housing, began in the 1960s in

Don’t Re-Roof Until You Do These Five Things

(BPT) With spring officially arriving soon, home improvement season is swinging into full gear. Fair warning to homeowners looking to hire a

How Shabbat Elevators Impact Real Estate Transactions

 It is said that all real estate markets are local, and indeed the Sabbath-observant are a very important part of our area’s market.

There is an eruv in Riverdale; that said, we begin with proximity to shul as I always ask the observant how far they are willing to walk to their shul(s)

Paying Extra for Your Mortgage

Much of why mortgage rates have gone up is due to the anticipated rise in inflation. There are certainly other variables, but most bond and finance experts attribute a lot of the recent volatility to inflation pressures. As a reminder, the Federal

How Much Home Can You Afford This Spring?

(StatePoint) The chicken or the egg? Which came first continues to fuel philosophical debates. But when it comes to buying a home, experts are pretty

ACOA (A Country of Acronyms)

When I made aliyah back in 2003, I understood that I had to hone my Hebrew-language skills. Little did I know, however, that there is another important language in Israel, which is much harder than Hebrew, called “acronyms.” Many phrases are abbreviated and used in all

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