Episode 18 of the Casandra Properties Podcast features ‘Brooklyn in the house’ – with three of our own rock star realtors: Ariana DiMattina, Frank DiMattina, and associate broker Celia Iervasi. Part of the Casandra Properties family, these professionals are from different generations but all are cut from the same the cloth. They all have had success in their own right; they may operate a little different from each other, but are equally driven and united by the same tenacious spirt.

Ariana DiMattina and Frankie DiMattina are native Staten Islanders and two up-and-coming realtors at Casandra Properties. Their parents hail from the Bensonhurst and Dyker Heights neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Their family moved to Staten Island over two decades ago, and…

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Recovering from an addiction can be painful, psychologically and biologically, and it takes a toll on your physical and mental health. To rebuild them requires many and different steps. 

Maybe you’re considering a high-quality in-ground pool in your yard to assist with your recovery. Is this a wise investment? Or are you just throwing away your money? 

The answer is more complicated than you may think and varies with each person.

Inground Pool A Good Investment

Swimming Pools May Help with Addiction Recovery

Those who are going through rehab can benefit from any exercise. Not only is it a distraction, but strength-building works muscles that may have atrophied over years of abuse. Swimming,  the fourth most popular sport in the nation, is fun and a great way to…

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The real estate world has always been grabbing a lot of attention as one of the most profitable fields of work. When people meet someone’s who says he or she is in real estate, it’s like they feel certain respect towards them almost instantly. I suppose that you have been quite amazed with this world to, but have you ever thought of joining it?

If you have been seriously thinking about it, then you have probably had the idea of starting to flip houses. As you can see at BREIA and similar useful sources, this does require you to put in some effort, so don’t even think of getting started unless you are ready to do the work it takes. If you are willing to do the work, but not so sure if you should, then I suggest you read on to get familiar with…

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With the right kind of effort and ideas, remodeling your home can be a rewarding and creative project! Renovation projects can also end up costing you a lot of time, money, and work. 

The key to finding the right amount of fun and inspiration comes from planning. By finding unique and creative exterior home renovation ideas, you can put a lot of love and passion into your home! 

Let's dip into 5 interesting areas that can make an impact on your home's exterior. Any of these could very well be the key to your next great project! 

Exterior Home Renovation Ideas

1. Fun With Shingles and Siding

Your roof may not seem like a big pick for interesting renovation projects, but there is a lot more to it than you may think. The style and color of a roof can help to ground…

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Casandra Properties, Inc. is pleased to announce that our very own CEO, James Prendamano, is now a published author! Along with our close friend and esteemed colleague Tekie Geek Mike Bloomfield, Casandra Properties James Prendamano will coauthor Stay Calm: How a Crisis Can Strengthen Your Business. 

Published by Prominence Publishing, the anthology is scheduled for release in late November 2020.

The book features a dozen stories of successful Staten Island business leaders and how they remerged during a global pandemic – offering real world advice in real time, highlighting each of these leader’s professional insights and real world experience while navigating through this challenging time.

Additionally, all proceeds from the sale of the book…

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There's a ton of great tools that Microsoft Word offers to streamline documents for your business. These tools can save you a ton of time and offers a consistent way to optimize invoices.

Microsoft's invoice template can format your invoices making your business look more professional and consistent.

If you've never used the invoice templates in Word, it can be challenging at first. To help, here is a guide for how to best create these templates, regardless of your business. 

Microsoft Invoicing

Getting Started With Creating Invoice Templates in Word 

First, open up Microsoft Word on your computer, click on the file option in the upper left corner, and click new. The easiest way to find the template you're looking for is to enter "invoice" in the search bar…

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Black has always signified chic and sophisticated style, but are black windows a trend for homeowners?

The short answer? Yes! Sleek black windows and black window frames are growing in popularity, but they also hearken to vintage Victorian, Tudor revival, and folk style homes.

Black windows aren't just aesthetically pleasing; they also come with surprising health and cost benefits.

Black tinted windows help trap warm air in the home during frigid winters. During summertime, they help keep your house cool on hot days. Black windows also limit the number of harmful UV rays that enter the home while still delivering the benefits of natural sunlight.

Let's take a closer look at this growing trend and learn how to incorporate black windows in your…

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On the 17th episode of the Casandra Properties podcast, James Prendamano and Rebecca Matulonis sit down with “The Mortgage Quarterback,” Jeff Van Note. Jeff also hosts his own podcast called Deposit That, and he has extensive experience in the mortgage and loan industry.

Jeff Van Note grew up close by in New Jersey. As a kid, he competed in almost every sport except for soccer. He excelled in football, basketball, and baseball, but then dropped the latter two to focus on his dream of being in the NFL. In fact, Jeff’s uncle and namesake, Jeff Van Note played for the Atlanta Falcons in the ‘70s. Sports and competition run deep in his blood.

Jeff says he grew up going to Giants and Jets games, but he was never “a fan of a specific team.” He…

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Getting a new outdoor patio space can add some flair and summer fun to your home. Doesn't everyone want a cool outdoor area to spend time with friends and family around the grill or by the pool? 

Whether you're redoing your patio or you're making something totally new, you're going to need a design plan. How do you know if you're getting it right?

Patio furniture is expensive and if you're going to be building additions or adding expensive equipment, you want to get it right the first time.

We're here to help with some mistakes with patio designs that we've seen homeowners make in the past. Learn from their errors so you can get the patio of your dreams without any pesky blunders to set you back. 

Read on for 6 of the most common mistakes that…

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Entertainers Delight! This brand new, oversized studio, has a 15x15 den plus massive walk-in closet. This unit, located at 90 Bay Street Landing in Staten Island, was renovated top to bottom with every luxury in mind. Open living space with built-in bench seating in the dining room. Kitchen fully renovated with Calcutta Borghini backsplash, countertops and waterfall in Island, all new Kitchen Aid appliances along with paneled refrigerator matching cabinetry. Fully integrated Crestron lighting system and thermostats, along with Dolby Surround sound system and speakers throughout to enjoy the built-in entertainment center with 4 tv's included with purchase. Full grey slate bathroom with smoke glass shower, Kohler 5 full body jets and rain head, waterproof…

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