Did you know there were approximately 1,401,840 burglaries in 2017? During these break-ins, homeowners suffered an estimated $3.4 billion in property damages. On average, each home invasion cost $2,416. 

Home intrusions remain an unfortunate reality with steep monetary consequences. They can also prove dangerous should members of your family be home when an event takes place. 

Fortunately, technological advancements continue to provide more effective and efficient ways to prevent home invasions. But you shouldn't rely on tech alone when it comes to protecting your residence.

Here's how to make criminals think twice before breaking into your home.

Home Invasions

Have the Proper Equipment

What's one of the best ways to deter a break-in? By preparing…

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Coming from a year that was characterized by slow economic growth due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the commercial property market has to re-evaluate its focus in 2021. Traditionally, the commercial property market presents exciting opportunities for investors. But it’s also a fragile industry that’s easily affected by social, political, environmental, as well as economic factors. The decisions by property owners to buy or sell properties also affect the market to a large extent. 

Commercial Property Market 2021

As the world focuses on Covid-19 recovery in 2021, here are some tips to help realtors in the commercial property market succeed in 2021:

  1. Understand the Commercial Property Market

To excel in the commercial property market in 2021, you’ll need to understand…

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Are you wondering how you can get lower mortgage payments?

Paying your mortgage is a heavy task to do, especially if you have a low-income job. It's one of the reasons why people keep moving from house to house. If you can no longer keep up with monthly expenses, you may want a new home with lower mortgage payments.

What most people do is sell their old home to buy a new and cheaper house. However, there are times that people get confused about where to start first. Don't worry, here are some things you need to consider before selling your home.

Lower Mortgage Payments

Study the House Market

Before putting your house on the market, it's preferred you do some research first. Investigate the average price when you sell a house to lessen the chances of overpricing.

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Are you planning to sell your house and ditch the place you have been stuck in for so long and move to a new place? Well, that is a great thought as we all deserve a fresh start, don’t we? We are definitely stuck in one spot due to the pandemic and it seems like it is never going to end. So why not just forget about it all and move to the new destination that you have always wanted to? There are so many wonderful places where you can move to and start a new life and begin your dream journey from. Furthermore, everything can be done online too. For instance, if you want to sell your home before you move out, you can try felixhomes.com and sell it online too. Likewise, you can research places that offer a potentially good living style and make a decision…

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Being a landlord is a reliable source of income and can be very rewarding. One of the reasons that people enjoy the occupation is that it remains interesting by involving many different tasks. But these require a variety of skills that you need to have to be successful.

One of these is creating an environment in which your tenants enjoy living. You don’t have to be a pushover to know how to be a landlord that renters trust and appreciate.

Tenants who have a good rental experience, including getting along with their landlord, are more likely to stay, pay rent on time, respect the property, and recommend other rental units to their friends. That means your business will be more successful and you will make more money.

Keep reading for some landlord…

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Water, water, everywhere...and it's costing you a bomb.

A high water bill can come as a nasty shock. That goes double if you can't understand the reason behind it. However, there's usually an explanation.

Here are five common reasons you have a high water bill.

Ways to lower your water bill

1. A Burst Pipe

One of the more obvious causes of a high water bill is that you have a leaking or burst pipe.

Leaking or burst pipes can be harder to detect than you might think. While you can look for obvious signs like water damage or mold accumulation, some leaks can be subtle or hidden in places you'll never reach.

Now, where can I find leak detection near me, you may ask? Yes, a local expert should be able to trace the source of your leak and reduce your water bill…

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There’s never been a better time for hiring an architect to renovate or re-design your home. 

According to a Monograph survey, two out of every five American architecture firms are making the shift to residential work in 2021. Since it’s looking like homeowners will have the luxury to shop around, it’s crucial you know what to ask before hiring an architect. 

Read on for a quick-read list of the top questions to have on hand at the design consultation.

Hiring An Architect

What Relevant Experience Do You Have?

When it comes to what qualifications to look for when hiring an architecture firm, you'll need to do some digging.

Try to note:

  • How many projects they’ve completed
  • How many clients they have
  • Whether they have experience with your type of…

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In 2020, around 24% of homes sold were bought with cash which shows it's an attractive option for homeowners.

Selling homes for cash streamlines the process saves you money and is hassle-free. Perhaps you're on the fence about selling your home for cash and you're not sure whether it's worth it.

Sounds familiar? Luckily, you've come to the right place. Here are five reasons to sell a home for cash.

Cash Buyers for Homes

1. A Guaranteed Sale

When you sell a house traditionally, you have to post high-quality photos and hope that buyers fall in love with your listing. But when you sell a house for cash, you're guaranteed a sale and you needn't worry about wooing prospects as they're ready to close the deal.

If you're interested, know that we buy houses with…

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In honor of Women’s History Month, The Casandra Properties Podcast pays tribute once again to women leaders in business on Staten Island. On this episode, CEO and Host James Prendamano is joined by his everpopular co-host Rebecca Matulonis, a business leader in her own right, along with Pamela Columbia of Statewide Fire Corp. and Kimberly Althoff of Santander (once known here on the Island as Staten Island Savings Bank).

Both women are on the Board of Directors of the SIEDC, whose mission is to enhance the economy of Staten Island and encourage responsible and sustainable development here, aimed to improve quality of life. The SIEDC also provides diverse and broad employment opportunities throughout the community of Staten Island. Each year, the…

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With the end of the 2020 pandemic finally in sight, many of us are looking forward to what the rest of 2021 will bring. And in particular, Boston real estate trends are garnering a lot of interest.

But as we're still experiencing the turbulence of the last year and will be for the foreseeable future, the trends are difficult to evaluate. To help cut through the noise, here's where we are, where we're going, and what it will mean for the real estate market moving forward.

Boston Real Estate Trends

Boston Real Estate Prices Are on the Rise

Boston started the new year off strong, with high demand from buyers in January spurning values upward. Meanwhile, the overall availability of housing in the Boston area has decreased.

According to the Massachusetts Association of…

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