Opportunity AheadDon’t let numbers fool you, there’s some real opportunities in those zones...

Historically sales numbers and pricing in the census tracts, now known as the opportunity zones, have been tough.  By tough I mean over the last 20 years or so, there has been zero growth.  In fact, there has been a steady decline in not only sales quantity but also pricing.   I was recently reading an article on the Reonomy site and saw the chart in the article. They say a picture’s worth a thousand words... so ouch...very ouch baby....

If that’s not bad enough, since the announcement of the Opportunity Zones being included into the tax laws...yep you guessed it the numbers are still declining!

So what does this mean in our little slice of heaven for Staten Island Real Estate…

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North Shore Staten IslandAs a life-long resident of Staten Island, there’s never been a better time to live, work, and play in the often-forgotten borough. And with all of the new state-of-the-art real estate developments on the island fromdelicious quality restaurants, retail spaces, and luxury housing developments, your friends in Manhattan will be taking the ferry to the St. George side much more often. The Nixon McGowan Team at Casandra Properties has been at the forefront of helping to change the Staten Island landscape for the better. Having worked on the commercial leasing for Urby, Minthorne, Empire Outlets, Downtown Plaza, the Pointe, and much more the Nixon McGowan team has been on a mission to make Staten Island great again. Through the following insider’s guide to my…

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Outside the boxI was reading with great interest an article this am in WWD entitled Next-Gen Proof Your Business by Kaley Roshitsh.  I was particularly interested in the parallels between the fashion/retail industry and the Real Estate Industry.

In essence, the article talked about how the Gen Z peeps (typically defined as having birthdates between the mid-1990s and the mid-2000s) have little if any brand loyalty.  Interestingly enough - this isn’t a rebellious movement. In my opinion, this is born out of opportunity and an entrepreneurial spirit.  

The last few decades have brought so much change to the world.  Technology has blown the doors off conventional thinking and allowed us to really think outside the box.  

The fashion and retail industries are ripe for change. …

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The Nixon McGowan Team of Casandra Properties is proud to announce their new listing located at 17 Tompkins Avenue in Clifton.  

17 Tompkins Ave 

This warehouse and office of approximately 2,500 SF features high ceilings, mezzanine plus storage room, office, and rear yard for storage or equipment.  Access private office from Tompkins Avenue or warehouse access on Tompkins Street.  

Conveniently located on the North Shore just minutes from the Verrazano Bridge and easily accessible to all major transportation makes this an ideal location.

For more information contact the Nixon McGowan Team at 718-816-7799 or email Rob@CasandraProperties.comor Brian@CasandraProperties.com

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Carlin stThe Nixon McGowan Team of Casandra Properties are proud to announce their new listing located at 32 Carlin Street, Staten Island, NY. This beautiful all block 25 ft x 52 ft warehouse has high ceilings and a 625 SF mezzanine. The warehouse is located on a private dead end commercial block with parking for vehicles. Easy access on and off highways.


For more information contact the Nixon McGowan Team at 718-816-7799 or email Rob@CasandraProperties.comor Brian@CasandraProperties.com. 


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This is a topic we have touched on in the past.  As we head into what we believe will be some uncertain waters over the next 24 months, we felt perhaps there was no better time to talk about what you should be looking for.  It never ceases to amaze us how many people trust the sale of their home, THEIR HOME, to agents that are not experienced.  

All too often decisions are made based on relationships.   While relationships are important, when choosing the best real estate agent on Staten Island, so many more factors should be considered.  

At Casandra Properties, we pride ourselves on excellence.  So much of the work we do is behind the scenes.  The never-ending analysis, reports, watching market indicators and factors. So, we decided to pull the curtain…

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7437 Amboy RdThe summer is heating up for The Nixon McGowan Team of Casandra Properties! We are proud to announce our new listing located at 7437 Amboy Road. Available for lease is a newly renovated 1,200 SF storefront plus 600 SF basement and private parking.  This standalone building is located on Amboy Road which is the one of main arteries of on the South Shore within the highly desirable neighborhood of Tottenville. Walking distance to schools, dense residential and convenient to all transportation. Owner may consider building to suit! 


For more information contact the Nixon McGowan Team at 718-816-7799 or email Rob@CasandraProperties.com or Brian@CasandraProperties.com. 




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Movers Moving Casandra PropertiesMaking tough decisions is what life is about. Sometimes you are going to face difficulties, but this doesn't mean that they will last long. Moving out of your favorite home and into a new one is a huge thing. You not only have to say goodbye to the house but to the memories, you had in that home as well. Whatever the reasons are for leaving, you will surely miss that building that’s been keeping you safe you and your entire family. Click on the link for more https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/08/smarter-living/hire-interstate-movers-without-getting-scammed.html.

Moreover, not all of us have the time to pack everything up, load it on trucks, and take it to the desired destination. This is incredibly tricky if you're relocating out of state. If you don't…

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We always welcome the opportunity to chat with our friends in the press.  It’s an extra special treat when we can opine about our beloved Staten Island Real Estate market. 

I had the pleasure of chatting with Tracey Porpora over at the Staten Island Advance last week about New York City’s ranking for affordability of first time homebuyer’s options.  The title of the article was Staten Island Most Affordable in NYC for First Time Home Buyers, Realtors say.

The list was published on WalletHub.com.  This personal finance website ranks a host of categories city by city related to personal finance.  

The website focuses on twenty-seven different metrics designed to factor in everything from Real Estate tax rates to property crime rankings - from cost of living…

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10 WinthropThe Nixon McGowan Team of Casandra Properties is proud to announce their new listing located at 10 Winthrop Pl.

Conveniently located in Castleton Corners this all brick 2 family semi-attached home features a 1stfloor apartment with two bedrooms and one bath and a full walk out basement to back yard.  The 2ndfloor apartment features 2 bedrooms and one bath.  Shops and restaurants are nearby and walking distance to all major transportation.

For more information contact the Nixon McGowan Team at 718-816-7799 or email Rob@CasandraProperties.comor Brian@CasandraProperties.com



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