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Could Rising Home Prices Impact Your Net Worth?

Learn how to determine your current net worth and how an investment in real estate can help improve your bottom line. Among its many impacts, COVID-19 has had a pronounced effect on the housing market. Low home inventory and high buyer demand have driven home prices to an all-time high.1 This has given an unexpected financial boost to many homeowners during a challenging time. However, for some renters,...

Can I Buy or Sell a Home Without a Real Estate Agent?

Today’s real estate market is one of the fastest-moving in recent memory. With record-low inventory in many market segments, we’re seeing multiple offers—and sometimes even bidding wars—for homes in the most sought-after neighborhoods. This has led some sellers to question the need for an agent. After all, why spend money on a listing agent when it seems that you can stick a For Sale sign in...

Getting to Know: Ramat Eshkol

The first residents who arrived in 1970, before roads were built or bus service established, would hardly recognize Ramat Eshkol today. Its original inhabitants were mostly secular Jews while today it is one of Jerusalem's most sought after locations for young Orthodox families with a large contingency of Anglos.Ramat Eshkol is one of the major stops along the Jerusalem light rail system servicing...

Getting to Know: Kochav Yaakov

Kochav Yaakov, located just 10 minutes northeast of Pisgat Zev in Jerusalem was established in the summer of 1984 by a group of religious Zionist families who organized to establish a new community. The beginning years were challenging but by 1990 the first 52 homes were built. Over the years after several expansion projects, Kochav Yaakov today is home to over 550 families and growing. Adjacent to...

Getting to Know: French Hill – Ha’Giva Ha’Tzarfatit – Givat Shapira

French Hill, or Ha’Giva Ha’Tzarfatit, located on the North Eastern side of Jerusalem was founded in 1971 during the post Six Day War construction boom. Officially named GIvat Shapira, in memory of Moshe Haim Shapira, and active Zionist leader and former minister, the name some did not stick. There are several differing opinions on how it got actually got it’s name; some say it is after a British...

Getting to Know: Pisgat Ze’ev

Pisgat Ze’ev is the largest residential neighborhood in Jerusalem with a population of over 50,000 residents. Pisgat Ze'ev, named for the famed Zionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky, was founded in 1984. It was planned as one of the ring neighborhoods surrounding Jerusalem, creating a continuous Jewish presence and connecting with Neve Yaakov in the city’s northern end.  This sprawling neighborhood...

Getting to Know: Kiryat HaYovel

Established in the 1952 Kiryat HaYovel was originally built on land purchased by the Jewish National Fund to meet the housing needs of thousands of Jews who fled from Arab countries when the State of Israel was declared. The community started out as a public housing project or “tent city”, quickly built buildings in order to accommodate the immigrants flowing in. Before 1948 the area was known as Beit...

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