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Zerubavel st., Efrat

A dream home in every way.  Floor to ceiling windows overlook the most breathtaking views of the rolling hills of Judea.   The spacious yard serves as both an oasis of serenity and the perfect venue for neighborhood pool parties.  Architecturally designed to make for comfortable living with spacious bedrooms, multiple master en suits and a fabulous kitchen with plenty of workspace.   Custom made smoothed concrete flooring, real wood finishes and creative use of space, always considering the abundance of air & natural light; makes this one of the most aesthetically pleasing properties we have ever had the pleasure of representing.  There are a total of 8 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms including the 2 bedrooms / 2 bathroom basement apartment.  A near perfect home in possibly the most sought after neighborhood in Efrat.  Dekel Ma’arav is a warm, welcoming community with a diverse population of families, who seek out a high quality of life in this picturesque suburb of .

 

 

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced on Wednesday a proposal to delay the effective date of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule until Oct. 1.

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New Minister Old Strategy

kahlon-640x310There is a new minister of finance in Israel and his name is Moshe Kahlon.

His ability to capitalize on the cellular reforms associated with his previous office, that has seemingly dissipated the monopolies in the industry and reduced all of our cellphone bills to a fraction of what they used to be, just about guaranteed his appointment as finance minister.

Let’s see what he does to lower housing prices.

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Housing Bubble? or Just a Hot Market?

bubble-or-not-685x310In Professor Plesner’s article, ‘There in no Real Estate Price Bubble’, The real issue of whether the prices of real estate in Israel today are based on a stable market or not, is poignantly raised and answered.   I found this article to be very informative.  Plesner dissects the topic in an objective and most scientific manner.  Below is a translation of that article in English.  Enjoy!

There is no speculative building in Israel, the prices of rent are not unrelated to the price of the apartments and it is just as hard to purchase an apartment in 2013 as it used to be.  The former deputy governor of the Bank of Israel proves that the prices of apartments are based on a solid economic foundation.

The matter of housing is still in the top headlines, and with reason.  When people in their late twenties and even in their early thirties are living with their parents, there is a problem.  However, there is a problem with the problem: the problem of identifying the nature of the first problem.  We will deal with both of them here, and also discuss somewhat the connection between all this and the Bank of Israel.

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New Increase in Purchase Tax for Foreign Buyers

tourists-685x310Purchase tax along with other costs must be taken into consideration when purchasing a property in Israel.  This is especially in light of amendment 75 of the Law of Real Estate Tax beginning on the sixth of May 2013 and continuing until the 31st of December 2014.  This amendment affects most real estate purchases, especially for foreign buyers and on luxurious properties (over NIS 4,500,000).  Purchase tax is based on a linear scale that corresponds with the purchase price.  The tax varies greatly from Israeli residents who currently do not own a property to those purchasing a second home.  Foreign buyers are in the same purchase tax bracket as those purchasing a second property, even if they are only purchasing their first apartment.  Below is the purchase tax bracket applicable until 31/12/2014

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