Musings From My Sojourns Down South

 My Israel Home's Memphis Workshop - Nov 2013

Something about a petite woman saying “farshtunkina” with a southern twang brings an instant smile to my face.

2013-11-21 23:01:31
How To Buy A Great Investment Apartment

My friend recently asked me to help him purchase an apartment in Israel as an investment. David wanted to diversify his portfolio, which had been comprised of stocks, bonds and US real estate.

2013-11-19 16:05:49
The Rich Tapestry of Jerusalem Architecture

The Russian Compound The Russian Compound (Photo: CC-BY-SA Shaul1, Wikipedia)

The architecture found in the capital is unusually diverse. In the Old City, one encounters some buildings from literally thousands of years ago, but most of Jerusalem’s structures have been built over the past 150 years. 

2013-11-19 12:25:57
Tax Reform and its Real Estate Implications

 The Knesset (Photo: CC-BY-SA Beny Shlevich, Wikipedia)

The Knesset recently approved Israel’s 2013-2014 budget, which was guided by the newly passed “Changing National Priorities” law. I enlisted Avigail Slonim-Rothner, an exceptional real estate attorney, to educate us on the new law, as it has many tax implications for overseas buyers of real estate in Israel. 

2013-09-30 09:24:51
Har Nof – More Than Just Stunning Views

Har Nof literally means Mount View, a perfect name for this neighborhood which is situated on a mountain ridge 800 meters above sea level and offers spectacular panoramic views of the Judean Hills. 

2013-09-01 02:43:12
Rosh Hashanah: Shake It Up!

With Rosh Hashanah upon us, let’s embrace the holiday’s stirring prayers and summon the piercing shofar blasts to touch our souls; let’s allow ourselves to get “shaken up” and take the courageous step to aspire to greatness. 

2013-08-30 15:18:41
Kiryat Moshe: Harmonious Diversity

Kiryat Moshe is a charming tree-lined community located in western Jerusalem between the central bus station to the east and Givat Shaul to the west.

2013-08-22 19:30:50
Creative and Affordable Housing Solutions

 Jerusalem Shikun Building slated for urban renewal. Photo: permission from Julie Rosenzweig.

The Challenge: My client wanted to buy a 3-bedroom apartment within a ten minute walk of Emek Refaim, but didn’t have the budget to afford a traditional apartment in Katamon or the German Colony.

2013-07-23 11:37:07
Strengthening our Nation: Overcoming Sinat Chinam

With your permission, I am going to stray from my usual real estate-related topics to make a Pre-Tisha B'Av appeal (don’t worry, it’s not for money).

2013-07-08 09:48:26
The Knesset is on Church Land?!?

 The Knesset (Photo: CC-BY-SA Beny Shlevich, Wikipedia)

Over 130,000 dunam (32,500 acres) of land in central Jerusalem neighborhoods - primarily in Rechavia and Talbieh - is owned by the church. Furthermore, many famous Jerusalem buildings, such as the Knesset, the Great Synagogue and the Israel Museum, are built on church owned land. 

2013-06-09 01:35:22
Romance & Real Estate – A Heartwarming Story

 (Photo: CC-BY-SA Dr. Avishai Teicher, Wikipedia)

As real estate agents, we are essentially matchmakers, and my particular focus - helping clients from abroad buy homes in Israel - is extremely meaningful and gratifying. However, I never expected that our brokerage work would put us in a position to help create the holiest match: the union of a husband and wife.

2013-05-15 23:32:37
Emerging Har Choma

 (Photo: CC-BY-SA Yehudit Garinkol, Wikipedia)

We recently received an assignment to sell a well-maintained 165 square meter (1,775 sf) 5-bedroom penthouse in Har Choma, Jerusalem. The apartment has two large sukkah balconies boasting panoramic views. The asking price is 2,500,000 NIS or approximately $675,000. If this apartment were located in more centrally located and better established Jerusalem neighborhoods, it would be sold for more than double the price. So why is this apartment so reasonably priced?

2013-05-11 23:36:28
Thank You Stanley Fischer

Stanley Fischer recently announced that he will be stepping down from his position as the governor of the Bank of Israel (akin to being the chairman of the US Federal Reserve) in June. Stanley Fischer has been credited for steering Israel through the global financial crisis, and the Bank of Israel under his stewardship has earned many accolades and honors. 

2013-04-30 12:38:41
A Conversation with Dov Lipman: Everything But Politics

I recently sat down with my friend and newly elected member of the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) Rabbi Dov Lipman to discuss a variety of (mostly) non-political issues. 

2013-04-13 23:38:58
Apartment Hunting in Israel on Chol Hamoed

A client wanted to go apartment hunting in Jerusalem during chol hamoed (intermediate days of) Pesach but was unsure whether according to Halacha (Jewish law) he may do so. I told him to ask his local rabbi as I am not fit to make that decision for him. As this question comes up often, I decided to devote this article to review some of the issues. 

2013-03-18 16:02:33
Demystifying Meah Shearim

I always enjoyed watching the tourists gaze at the community with bewilderment, as if they stepped out of a time machine and were transported to Europe circa 1800. Understandably, the neighborhood is somewhat daunting as the people look, act and dress differently. Although Meah Shearim is located just a few blocks away from the center of Jerusalem, in many ways it feels like a different universe. 

2013-02-19 18:11:27
Pros and Cons of Buying “On Paper”

An issue that resonates with many of my clients is: the pros and cons of buying an apartment in Israel “on paper” – which means buying a not-yet-built apartment – versus buying an existing apartment.

2013-01-02 23:40:36

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