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New real estate tax laws pass kenesset. Here is the link. http://israelcounsel.com/2011/02/property/knesset-passes-new-israel-real-estate-tax-will-you-pay-more-or-less/
It seems right and purposeful to give up something to get something even greater. So as I fast today, I pray to the Creator of the world, saying " I heard that Ahmadinejad, Nasrallah, and Assad are all in Damascus today meeting to plan the union against Israel "
Please if it could be your will, Holy one, give the IDF the strength, the exact co-ordinates, and the perfect plan to eliminate all three of the enemies of Israel today.
OK enough politics, back to Tzfat real estate. Yesterday I heard about a couple of new properties for sale. Called to arrange a showing for a client just 6 hours after hearing about these properties for sale and was informed that one sold today. Things are moving faster than I expect here in our hot real estate market. And it is a sellers market so that means sellers are getting better prices everyday. Jews are not famous for dropping prices. And no one is asking them to in Tzfat. The buzz of the new medical school has everyone in Tzfat very optimistic about the future.
Handyman tip for mold. Close your eyes and it will be gone immediately. If you did not like that solution, then try the following. Open all your windows as often as possible to air out and dry out your rooms. Then get a spray bottle and put several ounces of pure bleach, economica inside and pretend that you are the mold removal fairy. The goal is to mist the molded area's with bleach just enough to soak but not to drip. Drips create streaks in the paint and whatever else it gets on. So I carry a small cloth with me and try to just blott the drips. Try not to rub the area wear the mold is growing. Good luck, and do not where your nice clothes or shoes for this project because one drop could be damaging.
Make sure the the water company has all people who reside in your house counted for your water alotment. My understanding is that they assume 1 person lives in your home unless you prove otherwise with ID cards proving otherwise. I was thinking of asking the local veterinarian to attach my dog and cat to my Teuda so I could have more water available after all, they also drink and wash regularly.
What would a blog be without some rambling on about things that are not so interesting to all of you who i hope will read this. So my goal is not to ramble or pontificate about things. Please give me feedback and tell me what you want to hear about real estate here in Tzfat, Tzfas, Safed, the Gallilee. I want this to be short and sweet and valuable information to you all.
Thank you Hashem for the rain, do you have the name and number of a good roofer that can fix all these leaks ? Only in Israel do we praise Hashem for leaks in our home. Because we recognize that it is much more important for us to have rain than for us to have a perfect house that does not leak. And after all it is Hashems world and somehow a few little leaks feels human and real and OK. At least that is my attitude, and when my wife complains about water leaking i try to convince her. Besides in a few short months the rain will be over.
Real estate in Tzfas is going crazy. It seems that prices are continuing upward. Every month the cheapest properties seem to be 5000 sheckels more than the same thing last month. What is happening? Young charedi couples who cannot afford Jerusalem or Bnei Brak are certainly part of the reason. Safed has been the most affordable religious city in Israell for generations. There are many new building projects planned for Tzfat, lets see how many of those actually happen. And will they create more supply bringing down prices, or more frenzied buyers trying to get in while they can still afford to.
OK here is my nuts and bolts handyman tip for you. Buy a can of that spray insulation stuff that comes out gooy and fits into small places. But you only get one time to use it , because the tip gets all clogged up and it is difficult to re-use later even if some is left in the can. Next go around your house and make an actual written list of all the places you would like to stop mostly cold air from coming inside . It is not the greatest waterproofing. Then wait a day or two until everything is very dry and low humidity in the air. Clean the areas with a damp cloth before using the goo, and have fun because it is some pretty fun stuff really. Do not get it on your skin or clothes because nothing takes it off.
Then buy 1 tube of silicon caulk, and do the same project with all the small water leaks you want to go away. Silicon you can yes use over and again many times without much problem so a tube could last a year or more.
Have a warm and cozy, Tu B'shevat. B'H all of our trees are getting all the moisture they need for a happy healthy productive year.