July 2020

Found 41 blog entries for July 2020.

From 2013 to 2017, 27 percent of reported fires occurred in homes. This translates to about 354,000 homes per year during this period. Although fire-detection technologies have advanced, home fires are still common.

As a homeowner, you know that fire is a constant risk. You do everything to prevent it, but you can’t completely eliminate the risk.

What if the worst has happened and your home has been razed down by fire? You can also sell the property!

But how do you go about selling a fire-damaged house? Read our guide to learn more.

How To Sell A Fire Damaged House

Restore the Property

If you have an active homeowner’s insurance policy, the insurance company will compensate you for your losses. You should at least get enough money to repair the property and restore it

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Despite the ongoing pandemic, the housing market is currently booming. In June, sales rose over 20%, with parts of the country's housing market better off than before the pandemic began. 

With all this demand, now is the perfect time to sell your home. Having more buyers means that your home is likely to sell at a faster rate and for a higher price.

But where do you start when it comes to listing your home for sale?

Keep reading to discover what steps are involved in house listing and how to simplify the process. 

House Listing For Beginners

Do Minor Repairs

The best time to list a house is when your house is in the best condition it can be.

If you've been putting off minor repairs on your home, make sure to get them done before you list your home. Anything

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Casandra Properties CEO James Prendamano sits down with his longtime friend and mentor, Mike Menicucci, Esq., Founder and Managing Partner of Menicucci Villa Cilmi PLLC . Mike has carved a niche in the New York City Area serving both individual and business clients, focusing on Real Estate Law, Banking & Finance Law, zoning work, and litigation. The company is headquartered on Victory Boulevard on in Staten Island, with an additional office in Manhattan.

“All roads lead through Mike Menicucci,” notes James as he kicks off the show. 

It Starts With Passion. . .

Mike Menicucci recalls how he had studied college-level engineering at Susan Wagner High School in the early ‘70s, the equivalent of today’s AP offerings. He loved it, exceled, and was

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Do you know what to do in the face of water damage?

Whether caused by heavy rainfall, burst water mains, or bathroom mishaps, water damage can be stressful and costly. Although most of us are insured against it, we wouldn't know how to react if we come across it.

Read on to learn everything you need to know about home water damage restoration, from filing a claim to hiring pros for their water damage services.

Water Damage Restoration

Prevent More Damage

The first thing you need to do when you've got water damage is turning off the water source. If you can't do this inside the home, shut it down via the shut off valve.

Once the water is off, you need to work out what type of water damage you have. Not all water is the same, and different types mean there are

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There were about 793 million twenty-foot equivalent (TEU) containers shipped across the world in 2018.

To put that into perspective, one TEU is a 20-foot shipping container. Two TEUs is a 40-foot container. What happens when it’s time to retire these shipping containers?

It turns out that there are are plenty of uses for shipping containers. Some of the best shipping container ideas have residential or commercial purposes.

If you’re looking for creative ways to use a shipping container, keep reading to find out what the best uses for shipping containers are.

Shipping Containers

1. Furniture

Smaller shipping containers can be turned into furniture that’s durable and perfect for the patio. If you do this yourself, you have to have the right tools for the

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Did you know that the average home in the United States sells for $384,600? If you're preparing to put your home on the market, you might be looking into the best ways to get the most from the sale.

Well, one of the best ways to do so is by renovating your house. If you're already feeling overwhelmed, don't worry! We have a few tips for some easy adjustments you can make to your home that will increase its value and help it sell faster.

Keep reading to learn more!

Renovating Tips Before Selling

1. Declutter Your Home

Although decluttering your home isn't technically a renovation project, sometimes clearing your home of junk can do more for its selling potential than any renovation.

This is especially important if you're going to try to sell your house as

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Well over 60% of the American population owns a home. That number may come as a surprise to some given how popular the rental market has gotten, particularly in large, expensive cities like New York and Los Angeles.

If you're fortunate enough to be a part of the homeowner group, kudos to you. In reality though, you don't ever really own your home until your mortgage is paid off.

Therein lies the purpose of this what to do after you pay off your mortgage post!

Very few people talk about steps homeowners should take after they make their last debt payment. Below, we break that trend by sharing pragmatic steps you should move through to ensure your post home debt life goes smoothly.

Pay Off Your Mortgage

1. Double Check Your Balance

Before you move

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It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to preparing for natural disasters.

2020s Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30. It covers the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea. They ruin homes, businesses, and can be fatal.

It’s possible to protect your real estate from natural disasters. Keep reading to learn more about protecting your house from the storm. Here are five ways to create a hurricane proof home.

Hurricane Proof Your House

1. Invest in Hurricane Shutters

Hurricane shutters protect your windows from flying debris caused by strong winds. The consequence of broken windows can be severe. A broken window causes air pressure to rise, blowing apart the house from the inside.

You can protect your home from the

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Installing a new fence on your property is a big investment. In fact, the average cost of fence installation can run between $1,700 and $4,000 depending on the type of materials you choose.

With so much money on the line, you need to make sure that your fence will actually add value to your home. This means you need to do a bit of legwork before scheduling a property renovation appointment with your trusted contractor.

If you’re not sure where to start, don’t panic. Here are a few key things to think about before building a fence on your property.

Building A Fence On Your Property

1. Its Impact on Your Landscaping

Before you can start looking into building a fence on your property, you need to pay attention to your current landscape design. Think about how that fence will

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CEO James Prendamano sits down with the most senior member of Casandra Properties, Inc., Associate Broker Brian McGowan, affectionately referred to as “The King of Comps.”

Brian’s History at Casandra Properties

Brian McGowan has been with Casandra Properties since his Wagner College days. He started off as an intern eleven years ago It was 2009, right after the bubble burst, a difficult year to get into the real estate business, to say the least. Brian was young, enthusiastic, and above all, “fearless,” notes James. McGowan actually attributes this trait to having played football in high school. Although he’s modest about it, Brian achieved great success in his first career, just as he has in real estate. James notes that Brian is a

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