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The Iron Age, between 1200 B.C. and 600 B.C., is when the use of steel first started appearing. Throughout this time, people across Europe, Asia, and Africa began to make tools and weapons from this valuable metal.

It is possible that the Hittites of the Bronze Age were the first to stumble upon the creation process of steel. However, it wasn't until the Iron Age that steel took off in popularity and began to appear in multiple countries and used in trade.

From the moment steel came into use, it continued to grow in popularity and spread throughout the world. The history of steel stretches back thousands of years and helped lead to what is now the steel industry of the modern age.

How Steel Is Made

How Is Steel Made?

Sometime during 400 B.C., Indian

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Residential real estate transactions can go wrong for a variety of reasons. As a buyer or a seller, it is imperative that you educate yourself. Due diligence isn’t just for the real estate professionals. 

Red flags on the Inspection Report

Prior to listing your home for sale, it is suggested that you do your own home inspection, rather wait on the buyer to do theirs. Inspectors find issues with every home; this is a fact. A pre-listing inspection, however, will give you the opportunity to address and repair any major issues that could frighten away potential buyers and adversely affect the sale of your home. 

Home Inspection Contractor

Such major issues include:

  • Mold
  • Pests
  • Electrical issues
  • Foundation/Structural Issues
  • Basement water infiltration
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"I'm sorry, what did you just say? But I bought it for $$$$$!"

If that sounds like you when you got your home appraised for sale, then this article is for you. Home appraisals are mostly based on facts and trends, but there is some opinion involved. 

If you get an appraisal value that you think is below your homes' true worth, you don't have to spend thousands on upgrades. 

Here are four quick home improvement tips that can take your appraisal from "no way" to "yay!" in just one weekend.

Home Improvement Tips

1. Repaint Your Walls 

Even if you don't think your walls are dirty, they are. There oil marks from hands running over them, dust on the baseboards, and just general wear and tear.

Even if you paint the room the same color it was, you'll be shocked

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If you're thinking about purchasing a new home, there is so much to consider. Buyers may have to sell their old home and lock in a new mortgage and interest rate. Then they have to find a new home in their price range and negotiate on the final selling price. But there is also another important step that can throw a wrench into the process and has the potential to derail the sale. This is the home inspection. And before we get started, every buyer should absolutely purchase an inspection or have one performed on their behalf. 

What is a home inspection and why do we need one? Let's go over everything you need to know. 

Home Inspection

A Home Inspection Defined

A home inspection is a visual overview of the entire home and exterior performed by a real estate

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Casandra Properties, Inc. CEO, James Prendamano recently had the opportunity to speak with Brody Viney from the Center of Urban Future. James was one of roughly 25 experts in the small business community that was asked to provide insight and ideas on what can be done to help small businesses survive during this unique economic crisis. As a leader in Staten Island real estate, James presented several suggestions that could help small businesses get back to normal once Coronavirus pandemic is behind us. 

Keep reading to learn more about James' ideas that are featured in the article. 

Provide equal relief for commercial tenants and landlords

First, on the real estate side: the crisis started with bars and restaurants being required to close

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Residential real estate can be defined as an area developed for people to live on.  As defined by local zoning ordinances, residential real estate cannot be used for commercial or industrial purposes. There are different types of residential real estate.  Read on as we break down each type of property that can be classified as residential.  


Condominiums are usually fee simple transactions. Fee simple is the most absolute form of ownership in dealing with Real Estate or Real Property. Condominiums may be residential, industrial, or commercial. They may be newly constructed or converted from an existing structure of 2 or more units. Condominiums are usually sold as individual units. The remaining property or "common area" is owned…
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Are you ready to join the 36% of Americans who plan to purchase a home in the next few years?

Before you start putting a dream list together, you want to hire a competent realtor.

Do you know the right questions to ask a realtor before you hire them? You can find out everything you need to know by asking these five questions.

Questions To Ask a Realtor Before Hiring Them

1. How Much Experience Do You Have?

The person you want handling your dream home transaction should have years of experience in the industry. 

A veteran realtor will know how to navigate unexpected problems or difficult sellers. You want to know that everything will be processed and sorted without any errors or mistakes.

If a new real estate agent becomes your realtor, make sure an agency broker like Linda Ching

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The use of compost tea is widely accepted as a pretty beneficial gardening practice. Upon realizing its positive effects on organic plantations, many start-ups and small businesses have started to supply relevant products and services. Among these various ventures, one stands out above the rest: Redbud Soil Co.

Redbud Soil Company dedicates itself to fulfilling the needs of the farming community. They offer a variety of options for enthusiasts and professionals alike. Wondering what suits your needs? Let’s find out!

Compost Tea Brewing Manual

Choosing the Right Compost

Using Actively Aerated Compost Tea or ‘AACT’ is quite a common practice nowadays. It introduces more oxygen which creates anaerobic conditions. This results in optimal microbial activity.

When it

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Every investment strategy is based on having as many assets as possible. However, these assets must be highly profitable in the short, medium or long term; and, in this sense, investment properties cover all expectations. Do you want to know why they are the smartest way to increase your income? Keep reading and this article will explain the numerous advantages of this type of investment and how they can increase your capital.

Property or Pension Retirement Strategy

What are investment properties?

Investment properties are those that generate income and surplus value to those who acquire them. They are a more effective saving method than bank accounts. This is due to the fact that, over time, the profitability of the property tends to increase without obtaining losses due to

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To say this has been an atypical week for the US economy would be an understatement of epic proportions.

The Coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly been taking its toll on Americans physically, emotionally, and economically over the last two weeks, especially this past week, with the stock market plunging to levels we have not seen since 2008.

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In light of this current crisis, President Trump is currently proposing a $1 trillion dollar coronavirus stimulus package, which will include specific bailouts in many sectors, as well as payments to individual taxpayers. Half is expected to be earmarked for individuals, with the other half designated businesses in “severely distressed sectors.” Additionally, in an effort to lessen the blow of the downturn,

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