Real Estate Learning Center

The Real Estate learning center is a series of videos providing everything you need to know about the residential real estate process.  Casandra Properties is pleased to provide this educational material to guide you through the process of buying or selling real estate in Staten Island NY.

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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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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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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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Top 5 Reasons to Invest in Real EstateMany people ask me why they should invest in Real Estate. Having been asked this question numerous times throughout my career has spurred me to use this as my next blog topic.


Investing in real estate for many can be daunting. Traditionally people are programed to save their money within banks or place their money in traditional financial products such as 401k’s, IRA’s, Stocks, Mutual funds etc. Many over look the prospect of investing in real estate simply because the lack of knowledge they possess in owning a real estate asset.


Truth be told owning real estate is not only a great investment its also a versatile asset to have in a portfolio that could deliver steady cash flow.  Most times real estate can out perform traditional

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Working alongside a professional to get you into your next home, or sell your current home, is a must! At times it can be enticing to skip the middle man with hopes of saving some cash. In most states sellers are obligated to pay all broker’s fees associated with the transaction. This means that an individual who is selling their home is not only required to pay their agent that helps them list their home for sale, but also the agent who procures the sale by bringing a buyer to the table. Therefore, it is in homebuyer’s best interest to have a professional work on your behalf to do all the “heavy lifting.”


When it comes to listing your home for sale, the benefits of working with an agent to get your home sold is major. Not only does the agent

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Real Estate Marketing is incredibly important in today's digital age. Marketing in general is rapid changing so here at Casandra Properties we are staying ahead of the curve by continuing to push the bar and add new methods of showcasing properties. In this video, Casandra Properties CEO and real estate expert, James Prendamano, explains how effective Drone Footage is in order to grab someone's attention by changing their perspective.


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Real Estate InvestmentThere’s no one way to invest in real estate. There are several reasons why anyone who can, should consider investing in real estate. Unlike stocks, and other investment types, the real estate market is less volatile. The market makes regular and predictable rises that can be leveraged to maximize an investor’s return. In general, the housing market always appreciates. Historic patterns in the real estate industry have shown that it is likely that the longer you hold onto a piece of property, the larger your return will be. Uniquely, real estate is also a tangible asset. For example, one can use a multifamily home as an investment method, but since it is a tangible item that is being invested in, it could also be multipurpose as a home for the investor.

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In commercial real estate, there are several types of lease agreements that landlords can make with tenants. When looking for commercial real estate, it is imperative that tenants understand the terms and structure of the lease agreement. In a net lease, the basic structure usually consists of a base rent amount plus additional costs for typical operational expenses. Typical operational expenses can include property insurance, real estate taxes, maintenance costs, and other expenses. Net leases primarily differ from gross lease in how the rent amount is determined every month. Net lease rent amounts are comprised of multiple costs and expenses that can vary month to month or annually while gross lease agreements call for a single monthly payment of a

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