Jerusalem’s Streets – Stories Behind the Names

 Menachem Ussishkin Street. (Photo: Shmuel Bar-Am)

My brother-in-law and I have a fun sightseeing ritual which we have been performing for the past number of years. Every time he visits Israel, we grab a few hours – and a few books about Jerusalem’s neighborhoods and streets – and off we trek to another section of Jerusalem to learn about the people whom the streets were named after. 

2016-08-23 19:33:19
Buying On Paper: A Success Story

 Savyoney Arnona (Photo: Gedaliah Borvick)

Four years ago, we were approached by Africa-Israel, one of the largest developers in Israel, to do pre-sales in Savyoney Arnona, a new 200-unit project located in the Arnona section of Jerusalem. 

2016-08-07 17:24:35
Bat Yam: A Gentrification Case Study

 One of Bat Yam's Many Beautiful Beaches. Photo:

A little over ten years ago, while attending a real estate event in Manhattan, a significant developer pulled me aside and handed me a paper written by an Ivy League professor. The professor and his students in the urban planning class went on a field trip to Israel to study Bat Yam, a rundown suburb of Tel Aviv and Yaffo situated along the Mediterranean Sea, and created a comprehensive plan to overhaul this tired city into a thriving metropolis.

2016-06-26 14:52:13
Baka: Evolution and Revolution

 Charming Baka. Photo: Courtesy of Bustan Baka.

Baka is an upscale, family-oriented community located in southern Jerusalem, which has come a long way since its humble beginnings. 

2016-05-01 21:09:34
Distinctive Properties: Unique Challenges and Opportunities

 The Hasten House. Photo: Jordan Polevoy

Sometimes a unique property becomes available for sale, which requires much thought and creativity to craft the most appropriate marketing program. Such a situation recently arose when we were approached to sell the magnificent Hasten House on Uziel Street in Bayit Vegan, the only mansion in the entire neighborhood.

2016-04-17 10:37:55
TAMA 38: Protecting Against Earthquakes

 TAMA 38: Before and After. (Photo: Yishai Breslauer)

In 2005 the Ministry of the Interior approved TAMA 38, a plan which created financial incentives to encourage the private sector to bankroll the cost of strengthening older buildings to withstand earthquakes. 

2016-03-30 14:00:55
A Purchase Tax Loophole

 Efrat, located in Gush Etzion. (Photo:

Imagine my interest when my colleague Joe Offenbacher, the maven of the Hashmonaim market, shared with me snippets from an enlightening conversation with Yariv Aharon, a highly regarded real estate and zoning lawyer. The gist of that discussion was that there is an acquisition tax loophole that benefits overseas buyers.

2016-03-02 12:40:56
Netanya’s Charm

 Concert in the Square. (Photo: Netanya Municipality)

Netanya is an enchanting city that boasts spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea and offers the slower pace and charm of a coastal town. Established almost ninety years ago, Netanya is currently undergoing a major expansion and renaissance.

2016-02-16 18:46:03

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