Category: Tips & Trends

building maintenance in Israel
Tips & Trends

Building maintenance and property management costs in Israel

When buying or renting a property in Israel it is important to find out if and how the building is maintained and the magnitude of the fees involved, before signing a contract. In Israel the maintenance or management of an apartment building is determined by a committee of homeowner representatives called Vaad Bayit or building committee.

New Homes in Israel
Types of homes in Israel
Buiding permits and planning permission in Israel
Law & Taxation

Building rights and permits in Israel

Many foreign residents purchasing real estate in Israel are surprised by the prevalence of illegal extensions to the apartments they view prior to finding the property they will ultimately purchase. This phenomenon has its roots in many different factors, including the complicated and drawn out process for obtaining building rights and permits in Israel; the costs involved which can...

Tips & Trends

Measurements and dimensions of homes in Israel

When dealing with real estate in Israel, the metric system is the standard system of measurement. The size of a property is recorded as either bruto (gross area) or netto (net area). The bruto includes common space such as elevator shaft, stairwell and area beneath walls. Netto is the actual living space of the property and does not include storage room (machsan), balcony (mirpeset), garden, parking area or garbage room.

Tips & Trends

In memory of Zev Shalev 1950-2010

Zev Shalev ז”ל was a dear friend, regular contributor, and professional advisor to Buyitinisrael.   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 bathrooms in particular....

Working with real estate agents in Israel
Tips & Trends

Working with real estate agents in Israel

Should I use a real estate agent when buying a home in Israel? How much commission should I expect to pay and what am I signing on the commission agreement? Who can be a real estate agent in Israel? Read the in's and out's of working with real estate agents in Israel.

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