Staten Island Real Estate News

24 Wandel AveThe Nixon McGowan Team of Casandra Properties is proud to announce their new listing located at 24 Wandel Avenue in Lower Grymes Hill, Staten Island.  

This new construction single family semi-attached home was built on a high hill which oversees breathtaking views and leaves homeowner with an enormous amount of privacy. Walk-in at grade level for a rec room, ¾ bath, plenty of closets and access to built in garage.  Main level features an open concept with kitchen, shared living/dining room, half bath and balcony in front. The upper level includes three bedrooms, shared full bath, washer/dryer and ample closet space.  

This convenient location is easily accessible to all buses and just a short drive to the Verrazano Bridge.

For more information

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Moving away can feel scary and worrisome, but when life changes or financial opportunities happen, sometimes it's the only thing that makes sense. If you are thinking about pulling up stakes and moving yourself and your family, there are several considerations to think about before deciding where to move.

For more information that you should consider before deciding on a new area to call home, check out this simple guide!

7 Key Factors to Consider When Deciding Where to Move

1. Crime Statistics

While there will always be some crime in whatever area you move to, it is important to know how well the community is policed. Many states have area crime statistics readily available on the internet, along with figures on any neighborhood watch presence. Better to know beforehand than to be unpleasantly

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Inheriting a property can often come at an emotional time. It may also add complications to your life that you could do without. These range from tax issues to simply having the everyday responsibilities which go with owning a property.

If the home you've inherited feels like a challenging inconvenience, then the sensible thing to do may be to sell it. Here's everything you need to know about selling inherited property.

The Top Tips For Selling Inherited Property

The Probate Process

You will only be able to sell the property once the estate has gone through probate. Probate is a legal process in which the estate is settled according to the previous owner's will and testament. 

During the probate, it is the job of the executor to ensure all assets are maintained and safe. This would

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Tips On Choosing A Chartered Surveyor In Oxford UK

If you've ever been involved in the process of buying a property, chances are you are well aware of the job description of a chartered surveyor. They are the folk that comes in to inspect your dream house before you finalize the process of making it your future home. A good surveyor possesses laser sight when it comes to defects, shortcomings and potential pitfalls that the ordinary eye is usually blind to. 

That said, let's look at some tips on how to spot a really good person or company in the survey business in Oxford and use their services in order to save huge money on bad real estate decisions.


Evaluate Your Individual Situation


Before you call somebody, analyze your individual case in order to decide on the type of survey

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camera man photoWhile it may not seem like a big deal, some people underestimate the power of using professional photography when listing a property. Below are just a few of the many benefits professional photography can offer.


1. Ability to stage photos

a)   A staged home makes the room look bigger and helps potential buyers envision what the home will look like with furniture. Without staging, pictures can be deceiving and not embellish what the space is capable of.

2. Houses with professional photos tend to sell faster

a)   As a broker, the faster you sell a property the happier your client will be, and they will be more inclined to recommend you to a friend and/or family member or use in the future!

3. Using professional photography can lead to

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Selling a house can be challenging. And the even bigger challenge is to get the best price possible. The key is to make sure your home looks great when it's time to put it on the market.

Fortunately, you can learn how to make your house look nice. All it takes is a few helpful tips to point you in the right direction. After all, you'd be surprised how much difference small changes and improvements can make in getting buyers to pay more.

In this article, we take a look at a few of those small improvement that can increase the value of your home. Keep reading to learn how to take your home's appearance to the next level.

Get Rid of Clutter

First of all, it's time to get rid of anything you don't need or want. A cluttered house isn't

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RPOBack in 2005, long before most of the competition, we saw very stormy times ahead in the Real Estate and overall economies. In response to this, we developed a program that we called RPO, Real Estate Portfolio Optimization. 


The idea was as the market was shifting there would be a double hit for institutions and Not-for-Profit’s in particular. When you couple a slowing economy with overall budget cuts and the government’s tightening of the belt you end up with a cash crunch for these Not-for-Profit’s. The RPO program was designed to take a look at NFP’s real estate portfolio’s, which shockingly were viewed as liabilities, and convert them into positive cash flowing assets. The strategy was to identify, assess, optimize and where appropriate

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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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