Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Real Estate

Thinking About Refinancing? Five Things to Consider

(StatePoint) Mortgage rates have recently hit near-record lows and Freddie Mac predicts rates will remain low for the foreseeable future.

If you haven’t already taken advantage of the low-rate environment to refinance your home, experts say it’s worth considering.


Home A-Loan

“Yeshiva Week” is here! What a great opportunity to recognize and reward the hard work of our youth (gulp). Jokes aside, I do wish those who are planning to get away, safe travels and much enjoyment. This time of year always reminds me of the famous 1990 movie “Home Alone,” where an 8-year-old rambunctious kid was forced to protect


Carl Lutz: The Mystery Savior

Over 30 heads of state will be participating this coming week in the Fifth World Holocaust Forum, titled “Remembering the Holocaust, Fighting Anti-Semitism,” at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. In honor of this event, permit me to share with you the remarkable story of Charles Lutz.

A friend


De-stress by Bringing The Outdoors In

(BPT) This year you might have goals like ramping up your workout routine, increasing your self-care regimen or finding time to de-stress.

The EPA reports we spend 90 percent of our time indoors, but most people feel that spending time in nature has a positive effect on their mental well-being


Are You Prepared for a Natural Disaster or State of Emergency?

(BPT) If emergency officials in your community issued a mandatory evacuation order to get out of the path of a wildfire, hurricane or other natural disaster, would you know what to take with you, the evacuation route you would take and where you would go until it was safe to return home?



What Gets You Moving?

As the new year and new decade commence, countless new “resolutions” begin mounting. I always found it fascinating that a mere date on a calendar had such a profound impact on moving a person to take action about significant matters in their life. The fact of the matter is, while many are very aware of the critical things they ought to


Thousands Supercharge Their Businesses at OJBA’s Largest Ever Interstate Expo

(Courtesy of OJBA) OJBA has proven once again that its annual Interstate Expo is the place to be for anyone in the construction, management, real estate and related industries. Over 3,000 people flooded the Meadowlands Exposition Center on December 18, making it the largest and most successful expo to date for OJBA.


Make Room for Your Passions: How to Maximize Your Garage Space

(BPT) Did you know over half of Americans (59%) feel that engaging in hobbies helps relieve stress? This was one finding in a survey of over 3,000 Americans conducted in 2017 by Kelton Global on behalf of Gladiator, the nation’s leader in customizable garage and household organization solutions.


Better Baking: Five Things to Know About Your Oven

(BPT) Measuring, mixing, blending and kneading - there is so much that goes into the art of baking. You start with the right materials and techniques, but you also need to be familiar with how your oven works to get the best results.

Getting to know your oven could be the difference between a beautiful baked good and a not-so-great one. Here are five


Smart Homes Aren’t Smart Without Fire Sprinklers

(BPT) Today there are many automated options that make homes more comfortable, energy efficient, cost-effective and safe. Typically referred to as smart home technology, these features may include automating control of items such as lighting, temperature, window shades, surveillance cameras, locks, smoke alarms, even pet feeders.


Tips for Hosting Houseguests

(StatePoint) Hosting houseguests? For happier guests and hosts alike, you’ll want to be sure you’re equipped to accommodate all your overnighters. Here are a few pointers:

Special Considerations

You’ll likely know of any special considerations you will need to


Once In a Lifetime

By Shmuel Shayowitz

This week I had the privilege of attending the 12th Siyum HaShas celebration. Inspired at the First World Congress of the World Agudath Israel in Vienna in 1923 by Rabbi Meir Shapiro, this program shows us how the work of just one man can leave such a remarkable and lasting impression