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BUYING, BUILDING, AND OWNING A HOME IN ISRAEL

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Kitchen countertops in Israel

Selecting your kitchen countertop in Israel

In recent years, an array of choices of countertops (collectively known as shayish) have become available in Israel, from granite, wood, engineered stone to glass. The majority of products are brands imported from major companies around the world, while some products are 'home-grown"or manufactured in Israel. The types of countertops available for kitchen and bathroom tops, can be divided into six main groups which are granite, engineered stone, synthetic, wood, stainless steel and glass countertop products. Read more
drections of exposure

Kivunei Avir: Which Way is the Wind Blowing?

When buying a home in Israel, one of the first items to consider is the direction of exposures (kivunei avir). As with most issues in Israel, everyone has a strong opinion about which exposures are preferable. But before we talk about opinions, let’s look at some facts: The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Presuming there is nothing blocking your window, you will get morning sun in the east and afternoon sun in the west.... Read more
New Homes in Israel

New homes in Israel: Making sense of the builder’s plans

The builder (‘kablan’) is showing me plans of new homes in Israel that I’m considering buying. The plans look great.  But does that mean that this home is right for me? The location is good; the price is within budget, and from what I can understand of his color brochure, the layout is practical.  It looks... Read more
Types of homes in Israel

In memory of Zev Shalev 1950-2010

Zev Shalev ז”ל was a dear friend, regular contributor and professional advisor to Buy-It In Israel.   For more than twenty-five years Zev was a residential space planner, primarily, although not exclusively, for the English speaking, observant community in Israel and abroad.  His fields of specialization were creative space utilization in general, and planning kitchens and... Read more
Pesach planning Israel