Tuesday, 7 November 2017

3 Kitchen Makeover Ideas by Gene Bernshtam

For real estate developer Gene Bernshtam, making improvements on your property is essential to keeping it marketable; even if you're not planning on selling it anytime soon. Simple makeovers can do wonders for its value, says Gene Bernshtam. And if recent buyer considerations are to continue, it appears that the kitchen is a critical deciding factor. Here, Gene shares three kitchen makeover ideas that can increase the home's value by a considerable percentage—from eight percent up to as much as 13%.
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Dual tones
Monochromes are out; dual tones are in. You can paint your kitchen cabinets in two different shades of the same color, or any combination of two colors that blend perfectly well. Paint the cabinet door in pale blue and the outer walls of the cabinet in a deeper shade of blue. For the overhead cupboards, you can paint these in a lighter or paler shade of any color that you choose, and then paint the counters in a deeper/darker shade. This gives the illusion of a wider space, says Gene Bernshtam.

Break down the walls
More homebuyers are opting for the wide, open space look; and often, they prefer the kitchen area flowing seamlessly into the living or dining room. According to Gene Bernshtam, homes with this type of layout sell faster too.

Walk-in Pantry
As more and more people are becoming health conscious, and being more careful about what they eat, they make use of their kitchens more frequently now. A walk-in pantry is becoming the norm these days in kitchen designs as home buyers want to have more storage space in the kitchen.
A good dining table setup is also essential. Home buyers look to the dining area as their intimate venue for at-home family bonding, so Gene Bernshtam advises to pay attention to your table and chair set up as well.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Gene Bernshtam on Why He Prefers Contemporary Design

Gene Bernshtam is a real estate professional who has led his team at Avalon Holdings LLC through various real estate investments and developments projects. Their choice of design for their properties is contemporary style—not be mistaken or confused with modern design, says Gene Bernshtam. Modern design is usually focused on the minimalist approach—monochromes, simple furnishings, and sometimes, incorporating exposed steel into the overall interior theme.
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For contemporary design, one of its most important key features is incorporating the outdoors into the indoors, says Gene Bernshtam. What this basically means is that the floor layout is usually that of an L or U shape to allow the outdoor space to naturally blend with the indoors. For an urban dwelling, this open floor layout gives the structure a more "breathable" ambiance—veering away from the oft-crowded atmosphere of city life.

In the opinion of Gene Bernshtam, contemporary design adds value to the property, increasing its marketability. Of course, there are other factors at play in terms of determining the value of a property, but having it designed in a style that feels warm and welcoming, and one with nature Gene Bernshtam adds, will give it an edge over others.

Other features of contemporary design are large windows, asymmetrical exteriors, flexible layout plan, use of sustainable materials (recycled or sourced from local producers), energy efficiency, and of course, allowing for natural light to come in.

There is not one overall theme in terms of colors, fixtures, and furniture styles. Anything goes, says Gene Bernshtam; and this is perhaps why he finds contemporary design exciting and appealing—you can feel the vibrant energy in every room of the property.
In future posts, Gene will share more of his knowledge and expertise on all things real estate so please watch out for those!

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Tips when looking for the best vintage car restorers

Keeping a classic car in showroom condition requires a lot of upkeep, so leaving it in capable hands is a must. Whether you are keen on restoration for nostalgia’s sake or competition purposes, there are various details to keep in mind to ensure that the job is done right. 

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Everything isn't as simple as it may seem in restoration projects, as these can include exterior, engine, and interior work. Vintage car restorers thus require a lot of skill and knowledge of classic automobiles. This is because a fact that people tend to take for granted is that they’re called classic cars because manufacturers are not making anymore. 

When on the lookout for experienced vintage car restorers, people need to get those who have a solid reputation with owners of other vintage cars. You can ask for references from previous customers, or study testimonials on the vintage car restorer's websites. Also, when talking to the car restorers, it is a smart idea to ask them for photos of their previous work. 

Regular mechanics often do not have the ability or knowledge needed to restore vintage automobiles; the work that vintage car restorers perform is very different. Vintage car restorers often need to make custom-made parts, and they use tools that are specially made for classic cars. 

A great way to find suitable vintage car restorers is to join classic car clubs available in your area. These clubs regularly hold vintage car shows and sometimes conduct tours. Another useful way is to locate qualified vintage car restorers online. Many of them have websites where vintage car owners can easily get in touch with them for various questions and concerns. 


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Outside of his work in the real estate industry, Gene Bernshtam enjoys collecting and restoring cars, traveling, scuba diving, and weightlifting. He has won many awards from participating in judged classic automotive concourses across the United States. For more on his work and interests, drop by this website.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

A primer on the classic car condition ratings

Classic cars come in different states, restoration level, and modification, which made valuing them a bit of a challenge. But various rating systems have been developed to quantify the value of such vehicles. The following is a generic rating system that many classic car enthusiasts are using:

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Excellent/Show Car (1): Considered the best in the world, classic cars rated “1” are also called “trailer queens” because they are typically transported aboard a trailer instead of by being driven. They are in near-perfect to perfect condition. 

Fine (2): These classic cars are those that have a very low mileage and have been meticulously maintained since they were bought or restored. It is only through a thorough inspection could nearly insignificant flaws or wear could be detected. 

Good (3): Well-maintained and with limited miles, “3”-rated classic cars have minor wear but are still completely operable. At first glance, these cars might seem faultless, but closer inspection would yield slight damages that have been caused by being driven around. However, “good” classic cars are hardly used for regular transportation. 

Fair (4): Classic cars rated “4” are driven on a regular basis. Their major parts still function completely with only minor repairs needed on key components. Classic cars restored by amateurs usually fall under this category. 

Restorable (5): Restorable classic cars may either be operable or not. Many components require restoration, but major components are still present, and the vehicle as a whole is still structurally sound. 

Parts (6): Classic cars with this rating are probably better off having their parts installed on another vehicle as most “6”-rated cars are not a viable candidate for restoration. 

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The Cadillac: Ageless and American

When people mention the word “Cadillac,” two things come to mind – classic and the United States of America. Throughout the history of the automotive industry, Cadillac has been manufacturing some of the most iconic American luxury cars.

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As part of General Motors, Cadillac has sold countless vehicles to satisfied customers. Last year, over 170,000 Cadillacs were sold in the country, and over 300,000 units were purchased all over the world. However, Cadillac has been in operations well before last year. In fact, Cadillac is one of the oldest car manufacturers in the U.S., second only to Buick. It is as distinguished a brand as the man it was named after, the founder of the city of Detroit, Antoine dela Mothe Cadillac. But it wasn’t until 1909 when Cadillac, the company, was acquired by GM, which was already leading the way in the automotive industry.

Cadillac has a lot of strengths, but perhaps their biggest one has to be in their precision parts, which made repair so much easier than the ordinary car of car owners. Another great asset of Cadillacs was its technology. They were always at the forefront, being pioneers in design and manual transmission. Although, it may be argued that its most popular claim to fame was that it introduced the V8 engine.

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Gene Bernshtam is a CEO and commercial real estate developer who enjoys collecting and restoring classic cars. For more on Gene, his work and hobbies, visit this LinkedIn page..


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Some Weightlifting Mistakes Made By Beginners

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It’s quite natural for an average person who decides to get into a body-building program to become rather too excited at the prospect of having a rock-solid physique. While media is partly to be blamed for this, the one who decides to lift weights should remember that doing so takes a lot of patience and hard work. Here are some common weightlifting mistakes made by beginners.

1. Avoiding stretching

Many newbies skip stretching for the simple reason that they feel that it takes too much time that they would rather spend on lifting weights itself. Stretching is important to ensure one’s safety. The muscle system has to be warmed up for more strenuous work later on, and it must be ready to take in larger amounts of oxygen.

2. Not hydrating

Water is essential for muscles to work properly. This is the general medium for electrolytes to be transported throughout the body. The minerals that a person takes in cannot be used up by the body to enable electrical impulses that are needed for movement if these are not diluted in water.

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3. Abrupt lifting

There’s a myth that goes around that suggests that one has to be forceful in weightlifting in order for results to be realized. This is not true at all. There is a bigger chance of success in gradual, deliberate straining, rather than abrupt movement that only puts the person at risk of incurring an injury.

Aside from his real estate work, Gene Bernshtam has taken a huge interest in classic car restoration. He has won many awards from participating in judged classic automotive concourses all over the country. He also enjoys scuba diving and weightlifting. For more updates like this, follow this Twitter account..






Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Work Ethic Is Crucial In The Search For Success

People with work ethic are usually held up as the standard for others to follow.  Some would even argue that there are times work ethic trumps raw skill and talent.  What is it about this value, then, that makes it so indispensable?



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People with work ethic are reliable.  This is such an important aspect in work and business.  There are times mere moments can spell success or failure and companies need their people to perform and deliver at the time expected.  The same is true for businesses.  Often, return clients are facilitated not by skill but by the trust that their expected product or service will be delivered to them on time.


Work ethic reposes on a person's dedication to work.  All people have their burdens and issues. But the consummate professional will pour in the amount of attention and focus to a piece of work as necessary --- regardless of personal circumstances.  This dedication is also referred to as caring for one's work.


This dedication also means being punctual and being around when the work needs to be done.Nothing else really needs to be said about punctuality.  It is an integral part of respecting the work and those involved in it.


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A work ethic also manifests itself in general behavior.There is the issue of grooming as a sign of respect for the workplace, the work, the clients, and workmates.  It also involves not holding or using the personal phone or accessing personal social media accounts while hours are supposed to be consecrated to productivity.



Gene Bernshtam  knows all of this too well.  As the CEO of multiple companies and a developer of mixed-use buildings and apartments, he values time and reliability.Visit this blog  for more business insights.