Nordstrom Inc. has signed a leaser with Empire Outlets, New York City’s first and only retail outlet complex, located on the North Shore of Staten Island. Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack, said “We’ve been focused on finding the best locations across New York City.” And Mr. Rack has certainly found it. BFC Partners is the developer of Empire Outlets, a nearly 350,000-square-foot retail…

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If you used the term “over achiever” to describe Mario Minelli, licensed Real Estate Salesperson at Casandra Properties, you would be right on the money.  For the second year in a row, Mario has been named one of Staten Island’s “Top Producers” by the Staten Island Board of Realtors.  In order to achieve that ranking, Mario had to close 17 properties in a twelve month period.  Only about 100 of Staten Island’s more than 2000 real estate sales people are able to lay claim to those numbers.

If you think that is impressive, think about this – Mario obtained his real estate license only 3 years ago.  If he can be a Top Producer 2 out of 3 years…

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Empire Outlets Staten Island

As part our involvement with the projects in North Shore, Staten Island we are excited to announce that Nordstrom Rack will be coming to Staten Island. Seattle based Nordstrom. Inc. announced plans to open a Nordstrom Rack at Empire Outlets. The approximately 34,000 square-foot store is scheduled to open in fall 2016. The property is being developed by BFC Partners.The newly built, two level Rack…

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Here to keep you updated, Nordstrom Rack has signed a lease at anchor in Empire Outlets in St. George. Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack wants his store to be Staten Island’s destination for great brands at great prices. He said in an Staten Island Advance article, “We have been focused on finding the best locations across New York City and are thrilled to have the opportunity to serve…

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celiaStaten Island, New York: Celia Iervasi, a recent inductee into the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) Hall of Fame has joined Casandra Properties as a member of their Real Estate division.

Ms. Iervasi, who is an Associate Broker, has been selling real estate for the past 14 years.  Over the last ten years, Ms. Iervasi sold nearly $110 million dollars worth of real estate making her a SIBOR Top Producer for 10 years in a row and earning her a place in their prestigious Hall of Fame.

Ms. Iervasi recently made the move to Casandra Properties because she wanted to expand her reach into the North Shore of Staten Island and Brooklyn.

“I am thrilled to be working with James Prendamano, John Pitera and all the terrific men and women at Casandra…

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Real Estate Tip: Housing Needs

Like the video shows, your home should fit the way you live, with spaces and features that appeal to the whole family.

Before you begin looking at homes make a list of your priorities – things like location and size.

  • Should the house be close to certain schools? your job? to public transportation?
  • How large should the house be?
  • What type of lot do you prefer?
  • What kinds of amenities are…

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Real Estate Tip: Housing Needs

The video puts this in more visual terms, but basically, contact the local Chamber of Commerce for promotional literature or talk to your real estate agent about welcome kits, maps, and other information.

You can get information about school systems by contacting the city or county school board or the local schools.

You may also want to visit the local library. It can be an excellent source for…

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Business Opportunity in Staten Island

An exciting venture has arrived for businesses in Staten Island and we’re a part of it! Here’s an excerpt from the Staten Island Advance article: A long list of various large scale projects, such as the New York Wheel, Empire Outlets, and redevelopment of the former Stapleton homeport, has opened the door for small businesses to set up shop on North Shore, Staten Island. Councilwoman Debi Rose…

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