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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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The current pandemic has somehow affected many industries in the world these days. It may have minimally impacted even the real estate market too, where property outstrips the demand. With so many families struggling to make ends meet, it doesn’t come as a surprise to prioritize buying a new home last. 

If you are looking to sell your house this year, you shouldn’t worry about selling your house short by reducing its rate. There are many ways to improve your home's charm, which will lead to more prospective buyers. And if you’re pretty in a hurry to sell your house fast, you can always opt for third-party home buyers, like Safe Home Offer. 

Sell Your house

Take a look at these tips to help you obtain more interested buyers for your home on sale:

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    In the United States, about 11.7 million people live in Ohio.

    If you're interested in buying a home in Ohio, you're definitely not alone! 

    There are so many benefits of living in Ohio, but how do you find a house? And what should you know about buying a house in Ohio? Keep reading to find out!

    Buying A Home In Ohio

    Evaluate Your Budget

    You should first evaluate your budget. You should research what the cost of living in Ohio is before you move. 

    You'll have to put down 20% of a down payment if you want to avoid paying mortgage insurance on the house. If you can put down more, you'll even reduce your monthly payments! 

    If you don't qualify, you should look into loans that are supported by the government to help you meet the requirements. For example, you

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    Property Investment Is Illiquid, But That’s A Good Thing

    Liquid investment is more subject to flux than illiquid investment. Things like Bitcoin can leap up insanely one day, then drop down through the floor the next. Property fluctuates as well, but it takes a lot longer for such shifts to transpire, giving you a greater ability to maximize the associated investment. However, especially in economic turbulence, caution is key.

    If you’re considering property investment, the following are five tips to help save you time, money, aggravation, and substantial loss. One golden rule of thumb is worth considering: don’t just jump in with the first “deal” that seems to match what you need. You want to consider all the angles and do your research first. So,

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    Selling inherited property, selling an investment property, or selling your own home can be a daunting task. Don't let the overwhelm discourage you. When it's time to sell a property fast, we have some great ideas to help you get it done. 

    Sell Property Fast

    1. A Great Agent Can Sell a Property Fast

    When you're ready to sell your property, you may think that 'For Sale By Owner' is the way to go. According to, only 11% of sellers that attempt to sell without a real estate agent actually close the sale. 

    Local licensed real estate agents are knowledgeable about your area and are experts in the real estate field. They know all the ins and outs of selling homes and can help make your experience as painless (and profitable) as possible. 

    An agent will

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    Making your own schedule, working from home, and meeting interesting people are just a few of the perks of being a real estate agent. But how much commission do real estate agents make?

    While a real estate agent career may seem attractive at first glance, take a closer look at the often complex pay structure agents must learn to navigate. Here are five things you should know about real estate agent pay. 

    Real Estate Agent Commission

    1. What Is A Real Estate Agent?

    A real estate agent is a salesperson that has completed a 60-hour real estate course and passed the state's licensing requirements. Real estate agent job responsibilities vary depending on whether the agent represents the buyer or the seller in a real estate transaction. 

    As the seller's agent,

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