Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Real Estate

Englewood Brothers Launch Outdoor Cleaning Service

Noah and Aidan Thurm have launched Two Bros and a Hose, a cleaning service specializing in power washing outdoor surfaces including decks, swingsets, pavers, outdoor furniture, driveways, siding, toys and more.

The brothers, who live in Englewood, are both students at the


The New Normal...or the New Abnormal

Just when we thought we are finally making progress from the lockdown restrictions of being totally homebound, the fear of the invisible enemy has now been dwarfed by the mass protests for justice filling our streets. There was “no time to breathe” as the pandemic transformed into mass crowds of marchers for a cause overtaking the


Happy Homeownership Month

In 1995, National Homeownership Week began as an initiative of President William Clinton’s administration to increase homeownership across the nation. President George W. Bush expanded the observance in 2002, to encompass the entire month of June. With each passing year, more emphasis and recognition have been granted to homeownership,


Debits, Credits and Mortgage and Family Protection

Thoughts that go through my head while I sleep: Are you looking for a home? Are you looking for a mortgage? Do you have a home? Do you have a mortgage? Will you live forever? Well, we all know the answer to that one. A low mortgage rate does not equal the future ability to make payments. There’s a difference between being a “Debbie


Hot Home Renovation Trends This Summer

(StatePoint) Whether building a home from scratch, doing a complete renovation or simply refreshing a room or two, you can take your project to the next level with some design inspiration.

As one half of HGTV’s “The Cousins” and the founder of Lilyshea Development LLC, John Colaneri is


Exactly the Same and Completely Different

It is not uncommon to speak to potential home buyers, and to discuss different financial strategies, including funding the “traditional” twenty-percent down payment, to avoid paying Private Mortgage Insurance ("PMI"). This week, as karma would have it, I had identical situations where I was contacted by clients who wanted to put down


Poets and Cash

United States banknotes feature presidents and founding fathers. On the front of every U.K. banknote is Queen Elizabeth II, and on the reverse side are British giants such as Charles Darwin and Adam Smith. In Canada, Queen Elizabeth II and previous prime ministers grace most bills. So, whose face would you expect to find on Israel’s


Betting On The Real Estate Market and Rates Below 3%

Over ten percent of existing mortgages are currently in forbearance, or some kind of payment deferment plan, according to the latest report by Black Knight and the Mortgage Bankers Association. The total balances for loans currently in this stage total over $1 trillion. As of this writing, almost 40 million Americans have lost their jobs


Shnitzle Builders Launches as All-in-One Home Contractor

Avi Hirsch, and his company, Shnitzle Builders, has joined the community as an all-in-one home contractor. He does kitchens, bathrooms, additions and interior renovations, as well as custom new homes and full custom renovation. Hirsch and his team also work intensively in roofing and siding. Most of the work is done by his in-house


Not-So-Obvious Household Essentials for Your Time at Home

(StatePoint) Extended time at home is making many families more aware of what products they simply can’t do without. While you may have predicted what some of these essentials would be – ahem, toilet paper – other, not-so-obvious items are helping to make quarantines more comfortable nationwide.


What’s Behind Your Walls? Household Dangers You Can’t Always See

(BPT) When it comes to keeping your family and home safe, you’re probably familiar with the most common household hazards that can occur. And chances are you have taken precautions to prevent most hazards by installing devices like smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers.


It’s Business as Un-usual

One night this week, after a long and exhausting day, I received a notification about an Instagram “live” from a Realtor that I follow. She had a panel of guests, talking about the current state of real estate, which also included a mortgage loan officer. They were trying to give some guidance and predictions on where they see the