Are Buying Groups the Real Deal?

Are Buying Groups the Real Deal?

Happy New Year! 2010 was a great year, and I look forward to working with you all in 2011. Over the past week I’ve been […]Read more

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The Maki Group is a real estate agency and consultancy. We advise clients from all over the globe looking to move and invest in Tel […]More info

Tips for Purchasing Property in Israel

Purchasing Real Estate is never a simple or easy process, let alone in Israel where the laws and process are considerably different than those in […]More info

Managed Sales

Market knowledge and professional prowess are essential tools for selling real estate. The Maki Group is Tel Aviv’s only real estate brokerage who’s founding mission […]More info

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2010 Is Done, What Should We Expect In 2011?

So 2010 has come to a close, and what a year it’s been. After a huge 2009, homebuyers and market observers alike foresaw a “bubble burst” in store for for 2010, which to homebuyers’ dismay, and to sellers’ advantage, did not happen this year. In fact, the two year trend of rising prices only continued steadily, despite the significant drop in deals made and customer demand.

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2011 Israel Whisky Festival

2011 Israel Whisky Festival

Love whisky? On January 25, 2011 the Israel Whisky Society will be hosting their annual Whisky Tasting Festival in the Ramat Gan Financial District. Registration […]Read more

How Much Are People Willing to Pay to Live in Tel Aviv? Apparently, Quite a lot…

How Much Are People Willing to Pay to Live in Tel Aviv? Apparently, Quite a lot…

“Tel Aviv is the center of it all”. “We have two countries here, the State of Israel, and the State of Tel Aviv”. “Oh what a dream it would be to live in Tel Aviv”. We’ve heard them all. It seems on the surface, that everyone in Israel would sell their first born to move within the relatively small borders of this city of 404,000 souls within 51 square kilometers / 19.8 square miles.

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Israeli Mortgage Interest Rate Rises, Yet Again…

Now let’s face it, mortgage rates in Israel aren’t exactly the most interesting thing in the world to most us outside of finance, but they’re sure as hell really important nonetheless. Here’s what you need to know—they’ve risen, yet again. Due to new regulations from the Bank of Israel (Israel’s Central Bank) in an effort to cool the hot housing market, the retail banks of the nation are in a frenzy coming up with a number of new regulations and rates, the majority of which are of no help to most us.

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Israeli Housing Market Index Hits a 6 Year Low

Israeli Housing Market Index Hits a 6 Year Low

The Mishkan Housing Market Index, a monthly index that measures the financial conditions of the Israeli Housing Market, hit a 6 year low in December 2010, the lowest since October 2004. The index is made up of 4 factors; the Israeli average salary, the unemployment rate, national apartment prices, and the mortgage interest rate. According to Bank HaPoalim, “the prices of homes in Israel rose 14.7% in the preceding 12 months. Since the last low point in 2007, prices has risen 38% in real terms”. That being said, the index has fallen 21% from its high point of 171 points in July 2008.Read more