Staten Island Real Estate News

Derick Van Ness is our esteemed guest on this episode of the Casandra Properties podcast hosted by our CEO of Casandra Properties, James Prendamano. Derick Van Ness Hails is a Financial and Wealth Strategist. Twelve years ago he founded his company, Big Life Financial, based out of Utah. He is passionate about debunking misinformation that surrounds money and financial strategies. Derick emphasizes – “After all, it’s not how much you make. It’s about how much you get to keep.”

Getting into Wealth Strategy

Derick Van Ness grew up in Utah with varied interests and a family background in construction. When he finished school, he knew he had to do one thing – learn how to sell. He knew ever since he was a kid that he wanted to own his own business.

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In 2015 there were almost 20,000 residential homes sold in Hawaii.

Since then we've had a global pandemic and the world seems a very different place.

If you're thinking about investing in Hawaii real estate, or maybe considering moving there, then you'll want to know about the current state of the real estate market in Hawaii.

If so, read on to learn more.

Hawaii Real Estate Market

What's the Current State of the Hawaii Real Estate Market?

You might expect that impact of COVID-19 on the world economy would have had a major impact on the Hawaii housing market. 

In fact, the Hawaii real estate market is continuing to grow. The rate of growth is not as high as it has been in the past, but thanks to the scarcity of land in Hawaii, real estate will almost always

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The COVID-19 pandemic has massively impacted the economy over the last year, including the property market. Mortgage rates have been greatly affected. But as we edge closer to a post-pandemic world, what mortgage rate trends can we expect to see in the near future? Let’s find out.


Mortgage Rate Trends

Predictions for Mortgage Rate Trends

As progress in defeating COVID-19 continues to be made with the rollout of vaccinations, we can expect to see mortgage and refinance rates rise. As for current mortgage rates, prospective homebuyers can check out MoneyWise to find out the average mortgage interest rate available from different lenders. As the economic outlook strengthens, growth and inflation are expected, driving long-term rates higher. One way of predicting

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Do you have a dream house that lives in your mind? A place you've always wanted to build into a reality?

The cost to build a new home, or even the perceived cost, can be enough to deter people from starting on their dream house. There are several factors that come into consideration when you are thinking of buying a house versus building one.

If you're seriously considering building a new home, this initial cost breakdown should help you get started.

Average Cost To Build A Home

Location, Location, Location

The location for your home will change the prices for the whole project, sometimes drastically. If you want to build it in a pricier neighborhood or on a specific lot, that alone can add up. Think about what your max budget is before you get your heart set on a

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The average energy bill in the U.S. is $115 a month. Keep in mind that’s only the average. That includes studio apartments and four-bedroom homes.

It also depends on where you live. Some states like Hawaii have an average energy bill of $168 a month. The average bill in Utah is only $68 a month.

Are you curious to know how to lower energy bills? In today’s economic environment, it makes sense to save as much money as possible.

There are ways you can keep the energy bill low without giving up your comfort. Keep reading to find out what they are.

Lower Your Energy Bills

1. Run Energy Audits

When do you use the most energy? It depends on your location. In the Pacific Northwest, you’re going to run the heat in the winter, but you don’t need the air conditioner

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When it comes to selling your house, first impressions really do count. You need to make potential buyers fall in love with your home from the second they see the property. 

Good landscaping can not only help give your home the "wow-factor," but it can also add more value to your property than a new kitchen or bathroom.

If you need some lessons in real estate basics, you've come to the right place. Read on to discover how much value landscaping can add to your house, as well as some tips to help you increase your own home's value today!

Landscaping Increases Value of Home

Landscaping Improves the Value of a House 

You should never underestimate the power of curb appeal and a nice outdoor space. This is why homes with landscaped outdoor areas can be worth up to 20% more than

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Did you know that 27.94% of home repairs in 2019 occurred because of plumbing issues?

The second most common repair was to air conditioning systems. 23.67% of people said they had to repair their HVAC system in 2019. 

If you want to avoid costly repairs in your home you should consider making a house maintenance checklist. Keep reading to learn some of the most important items to have on this list. 

Tools for House Maintenance

Check Your HVAC System

A properly functioning air conditioning system is an important part of any home. It'll keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Checking that your system is working properly as part of your monthly maintenance routine is vital. 

It's recommended to change your air filter every three months. Change it

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AC HVAC Repairs

Everyone is dreaming of their ideal house and how to get it as soon as possible. Some people are just thinking about renovations in their home to make it more appealing and up to date. While others may prefer getting an apartment than be more invested in buying their own house. These are some of the choices that you need to make if you are already working and looking for a place to stay. 

In some seasons such as spring atmospheric temperatures can get comparatively warm and frustrating and almost hinders your productivity levels. This is one of the many reasons to look for the best AC unit for you and your relatives at home. In line with this, this article will provide you with some expert tips in transforming your house into a more comfortable

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Credit Union Mortgages

These days it is straightforward to get a mortgage anywhere. There are banks, brokers, and online sources which can give you a mortgage. Especially in the last decade, even insurance companies have started to give out mortgages to the public or their clients. There are benefits from getting a mortgage through a credit union.

Availability to other financial services

Especially these days, many companies work with different things to satisfy the needs of their client. Anything you want can be done through these companies. But when it is talked about financing, the best advice is to have a single type of service from one provider. This has a significant advantage, and local banks or credit unions can do that.

They do it most efficiently, and

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When we embark on a profit-focussed home renovation, there is a pretty good chance you want to do everything you can to cut down on losses, expenses and any wasted time. The more pedantic you are about your time management, project planning and sourcing of affordable or low-cost materials, the more profit you can expect to see when it comes time to sell your home. 

Added to this, an improperly planned home renovation can leave you with a major budget blowout that can affect far more than just the completion of your home’s renovation, but your life too. You may see a major hiccup with a supplier, or find that the approach you took to renovating stalled your renovation, and subsequently left you with nowhere to live. 

All those points in mind,

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