Staten Island Real Estate News

Casandra Properties RentalDid you know that at Casandra Properties, we offer full rental services? Whether trusting us to represent your rental or finding the perfect apartment for you to call home, we are to help with all of your Staten Island Real Estate needs! Casandra Properties is unique in the sense that we will represent your rental property no differently than if it was a property for sale. We believe your rental is just as important! 


We offer total professionalism from start to finish, and Casandra Properties spares no expense when it comes to advertising your property! From the top search engines such as; Zillow, Trulia, StreetEasy, to Casandra Properties very own website, and let’s not forget about our incredible social media presence, we’ve got you covered!

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URBY Staten IslandIt all starts in the trenches.  That’s where the dream begins, ideas are birthed, and plans are set in motion. What a proud day it is when $133M refinances are being funded in our backyard on projects we played such a critical role in.  


Today I read with great pride, the article in the Commercial Observer, about the refinance of URBY.  I remember David Barry, from IronState Development, coming to Staten Island to look at multiple sites.  We brokered for NYCEDC for the property that is now URBY. Having been a part of so many transformative deals such as URBY, Empire Outlets, The Accolades, The Pointe, and The View our focus has been on the reshaping of the commercial real estate landscape on the North Shore of Staten Island. 


The second

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Empire OutletsCasandra Properties is excited to announce that Broome & Greene will be opening their first outlet store at Empire Outlets.  Our CEO, James Prendamano was quoted saying “Broome & Greene covers another best-in-class category bringing quality modern furniture and lighting to the already outstanding lineup of tenants”.


Broome & Greene offers quality modern furniture, lighting & décor.  In addition to the amazing product they offer, Broome & Greene also boasts a free designer on call service.  This free service connects you directly with a designer that will help you design the perfect space within your home.  Not only does this give you the ability to work directly with a designer that intimately knows the product, but can save you thousands of

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Weekend GetawayWhen living in a metropolis like NYC, a weekend getaway is a must every once in a while. Here’s your guide to weekend getaways from the city. New York City is a sweet spot when it comes to weekend getaway options. North, south, east, and west of the city you’ll be able to find your local oasis. 


  1.     Cape Cod, MA - Four to five-hour drive from the city, Cape Cod has been a go-to vacation destination for decades. The vacation spot is known for its food, beautiful beaches, historic sites, and wineries. 
  2.     Lake George, NY - Up in the Adirondacks Mountains lies Lake George, a go-to destination for recreational activities on the lake. 
  3.     Newport, RI - Right on the water, Newport has the essential beautiful coastal beaches but also has a
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Relocating to a new city can be difficult. Not only are you in a new home, but a completely new environment. In this case you’ll have to find all new go-to’s that make your time spent there easier and more comfortable. But, how do you get familiar with what’s around you? Here are some useful tips for getting acclimated to your new home. 

Online Resources 

  1.     Peruse the municipality website. Here you’ll be able to find information on your new home. Whether it's history, neighborhood information, school districts, parks, public libraries, community organizations, or public events the website should give you good access to public resources and information that’s offered. This can be a good way to get familiar with information that’s common knowledge to people who
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Real Estate Builds WealthThe real estate market isn’t as volatile as some other investment markets. Stocks values, for example, can fluctuate on a daily basis and these fluctuations are dependent upon multiple societal factors, some directly facing the company and other indirectly. Though real estate values do fluctuate, they don’t shift up and down as quickly as stocks could. The market makes regular and predictable rises that can be leveraged to maximize an investor’s return. Unlike any other asset, land is a commodity like no other because it is finite. Because of the real estate market’s historic and consistent value pattern, and the fact that it is always a commodity makes real estate build wealth more consistently than other asset classes.


         Real estate is

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Getting Pre-ApprovedUsually the number of buyers searching for their dream home is outnumbered by the number of homes for sale leaving a buyer often needing to stand out. One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage.


I recommend that you work with your mortgage broker/lender to get pre-approved as soon as possible. Pre-approval will tell you how much you can afford for your new home and help you move faster in competitive markets.


One of the advantages of working with a local real estate agent is that they may have relationships with lenders who will be able to help you with this process, if you don’t have one of your own. When you select a lender the next step is to complete a loan

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We're proud to announce the sale of 2380 Hylan Blvd, the longtime site of the Excelsior Grand for a sale price of $10,200,000. The property consists of 78,200 SF of land with a two-story building just under 50,000 SF. Casandra Properties served as the listing agent and negotiated the sale on the owner’s behalf.  "This is the end of an era with the close of the Excelsior Grand but we're excited to see the transformation of the building with the new owners. They have an incredibly dynamic plan for the building that New Dorp residents will love." - Rob Nixon. This sale serves as a new comp for commercial real estate on Staten Island.

Commercial property on Hylan Blvd is always sought after so if you're looking for space to lease, sell, or purchase please

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Buying a home with Student Debt loanLet's face it - the burden of student loans isn't fun and it is negatively impacting first time millennial home buyers. The total student loan debt in the United States is nearing $1.5 trillion, which is over a 300% increase in the past 15 years, with an average student coming out of college with almost $33,000 to pay off. Not to mention, private loan interest rates can be north of over 12%. Most students coming out with this type of debt have no idea what this actually means and what they're required to pay. Since loans, just like mortgage payments are amortized, a borrower paying minimum payments over the life of a loan can be paying almost just as much interest as the original loan balance. These crippling monthly payments are definitely having a

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1351 Forest AveJust Leased, 1300 square feet at 1351 Forest Ave Stop and Shop center! One of the busiest shopping centers on Forest Ave’s North Shore.

When I first received the listing months ago my initial thoughts for the right business for the location was an optical business, a hearing aid center, or a check cashing business. As always persistence and a bit of patience prevailed. 

Casandra Properties gives a warm welcome to “Explorer Optical “! An optometrist center and retailer selling designer glasses at discount prices. Explorer Optical owns and operates two other locations!

If you are looking for Staten Island Commercial space for rent for your office or business, or have space available for lease please give me a call so I can help you. Strategically

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