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AUGUST 2019

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 Beautiful Garden Apartment #1451

New building, 123 sqm apartment with a 180 sqm garden near the Great Synagogue and Ben Yehuda!

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In The Center Of Town  #1267

A lovely 115 sqm 4 bedroom apartment with expansion options

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Foothold In Tiveria  #1578

Great investment or for your personal use

Small apartments NIS 250,000 - 480,000

 

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NEWS

1- There is a demand for the Knesset to enact legislation to protect homeowners who own apartments on land leased from the Church. If this affects you, you can communicate with them at jerusalemchurchland@gmail.com

2- KEEP YOUR PASSPORTS - OVERSEAS BUYERS - Make sure that you keep the passport you used when you purchased property in Israel.  Should you decide to sell, having this passport will save you weeks of bureaucratic nightmare that will delay your sale!!

 

It´s (Better than) O.K. to Renovate

By Aaron Weiss

Don't be scared to buy an apartment that needs serious renovation. Unless you're buying new construction, chances are that you'll want to do some work on any apartment you buy. If you do, the less the owner has put into the apartment the better. Here's why:
●      You can save money. A rundown apartment doesn't cost a lot more to renovate than one in almost good condition, and should cost less to buy.
●      You don't need to compromise between getting what you really want and leaving things which are O.K. Remember, things that look O.K. now will look shabby next to whatever renovations you do make.
●      Replacing everything now means not going through the mess and hassle when the older things wear out, at which time you'll already be living there.
●      You can have the apartment designed to best suit your needs and tastes.
●      You can get the high quality construction and finishes to which you are accustomed.
 
Let's say you're looking at an apartment in unlivable condition. It needs new floors, new plumbing, new electricity, and new windows. The kitchen is ugly and uncleanable (and tiny), and you would rather use the bathrooms in a gas station. What do you look for?
 
Here's a list of interior qualities you should consider when you look at an apartment that needs everything redone.
●      Structural soundness. Cracks and leaks may be harmless and easily fixed, or they may indicate serious or expensive problems.
●      Architecture. Many of Jerusalem's older buildings have architectural features that someone with a feel for design can put to good use, or alternatively, can be limiting. Some of these are: high ceilings, exposed pillars and beams, stone interior walls, arches, and even domes.
●      Access to plumbing. If you want to be free to move the kitchen and bathrooms, you need to be able to get the wastewater out. The location of current main wastewater pipes and the feasibility of adding more should be ascertained.
●      Overall partition. Don't worry about moving walls. Ideally, they should all come down, and they are not a major factor in the overall cost. However, you need to see how the space can be divided to provide for an acceptable separation between public spaces, such as the kitchen and living room, and private places, such as bedrooms. Most people feel uncomfortable in an apartment that has the public and private spaces all mixed together or not clearly defined. Ideally, public spaces should be immediately accessible from the entrance, and have access to large windows and natural light. Private spaces should be set in the quieter areas of the apartment.
 
A structural engineer must be consulted to ascertain the soundness of any building or apartment you are seriously considering.
 
An interior designer (or an architect that works as one) can quickly give you an informed impression of the architectural merits and debits of the apartment, and how the available space can be planned. If you buy the apartment, it pays to work with an interior designer. Aside from his ability to plan a beautiful and functional apartment, he knows the ropes, and can eliminate the pitfalls and discomfort common to dealing with contractors and renovations.
 
Aaron Weiss is an interior designer. He works in the Jerusalem/Tel Aviv area, and specializes in major renovations for English speaking apartment owners living abroad. He can be reached at aaron@aaronsoffice.com or by phone at [972] (0)50-874 3880.

   

 

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