Monday, October 23, 2017

Real Estate

Federal Housing Laws: Housing and Discrimination

Part III of III

What are the exceptions to Federal Fair Housing Laws and what actions can I take if I believe I have been the victim of housing discrimination?

Here is a continuation of the exceptions in the 1968 Fair Housing Act:

Federal Housing Laws: Housing and Discrimination

Part II of III

What are the exceptions to Federal Fair Housing Laws and what actions can I take if I believe I have been the victim of housing discrimination?

In Part I, I outlined some of the milestones in federal fair housing law, including

Where’s My Toaster?

Buy 10 coffees at Lazy Bean and get one free.

Accumulate 40,000 points on your credit card and earn a free flight

Buy two packages of diapers at Target and receive a $10 gift certificate.

These are just a few of the many promotions

What Are My Rights Under the Federal Fair Housing Laws?

Part I

As a consequence of the Civil War, the origin of federal fair housing legislation in the United States can be traced to the Civil Rights Act of 1866. This law prohibits any type of discrimination based upon race or color and

Five Things to Discuss With Your Significant Other Before Purchasing a Home

(BPT) In a relationship, you count on your significant other to be there with you through the good and the bad. They are your best friend, your confident and your closest ally. And you count on being able to have important conversations with them as well.

One of those important conversations

Homeowners Liable for Snow, Ice Control

(BPT) During the winter months, it’s common to see shopping centers and business owners out and about clearing snow and ice from pathways, parking spaces and entrances. But this isn’t just good business to help customers get in the door; it’s also a liability issue should someone slip and fall and injure

Should I Consider Building/Buying a Modular Home?

Modular homes are differentiated from site-built homes. In New York State, the Residential Code of New York State defines a factory-manufactured home (modular home) as a structure designed primarily for residential occupancy. Its components are entirely, or in substantial part, manufactured in manufacturing facilities and are intended or

How to Buy a House (For Those Who Didn’t Win the Powerball)

When an all-cash offer is not the best option.

The record breaking Powerball this week had lots of people discussing what they would do with the potential winnings. Of course, “charity” was first and foremost, but in addition, most fantasies focused on buying or building a

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

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