It seems as though in the past few years, gardening and backyard farms have become more and more popular throughout the United States. With spring quickly approaching in the Northern Hemisphere, many homeowners throughout the U.S. will take to the outdoors with the intention of sprucing up winter-wrecked
I recently attended a town board meeting in upstate New York where one of the main topics of discussion was the question of whether or not to repeal the accessory-apartment law entirely or to modify it with the intention of closing the loopholes that have led to claims that many people who currently seek building permits for accessory
Homeowners’ associations (HOAs) are an increasingly popular form of residential housing in the United States. Encouraged in part by federal government policies, approximately 63,000,000 Americans—about 20 percent—live in 25,000,000 housing units in HOAs, according to the Community Associations Institute. HOAs are the governing bodies
We want to believe our homes are as safe as they can be, and for the most part they are. But there are items we use every day that are in fact hazardous. Knowing what products are hazardous, and the proper ways of disposing household hazardous waste, is not only good for the environment, but it will help
Americans love their home improvement and design shows. With entire channels dedicated to DIY, home decor and design, and everything related to US real estate, we love the possibilities that lie within the real estate market in America. One popular aspect of many shows and publications is home or house
Fortunately, there are remedies and protections for the targeted homeowners: Non-solicitation and cease-and-desist orders can be issued and strict penalties can be imposed upon those who violate these orders. A non-solicitation order is issued by the New York Secretary of
Are you a young person interested in becoming a first-time homebuyer but are worried your student loan debt may make this dream impossible? You’re not alone. According to a study from Consumer Reports National Research Center, 71 percent of millennials said they want to purchase a home but believe
Israel is located in an active seismic region on the Syrian-African fault and has experienced devastating earthquakes, the most recent fatal one occurring in 1927 when 300 people died and over 1,000 buildings were destroyed. Accordingly, in 1980, the Israeli government instituted architectural and construction standards to ensure
(BPT) - With spring upon us and the emphasis on home energy efficiency continuing to grow, building industry experts say now is the best time for homeowners considering a home improvement project to look at how energy efficient their home truly is. Homeowners should ask themselves, “How much energy is being lost through inefficiencies in
Thinking about starting a home search or selling your home soon? The 2016 real estate season is upon us, and if you are anticipating a home search, or selling a property, here are some tips to help you navigate the real estate market this spring and summer.
Blockbusting is an ugly practice. Although it is illegal under the 1968 federal fair housing law, under New York State law, and under the laws of various New York municipalities, it is still practiced in New York State by some unscrupulous real estate brokers and salespeople, and by
There’s been a lot of talk about mortgages lately, as first-time home buyers have enjoyed some of the lowest interest rates in years. However, current homeowners may also be able to take advantage of this economic trend through refinancing. How do you know if refinancing is right for you? Here are some factors to consider.