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Home-buying tips: How to land the right house in a tough market for buyers

It's tough out there for would-be homeowners. They're facing rising mortgage rates, higher home prices and a shortage of available houses in many markets. Plus, recent changes to the tax law do them no favors. So what can a potential homebuyer do?

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4/19/2018 - 7:08 PM

Mortgage Interest Rates Have Begun To Level Off

Whether you are a buyer searching for your first home, or a homeowner looking to move up to your next home, you should pay attention to where mortgage interest rates are heading..

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4/11/2018 - 10:36 PM

How Un-Staged Rooms Hamper a Home Sale

Sellers may be shooting themselves in the foot when they leave an empty, dark, or cluttered room un-staged, according to a recent® article. Imperfections stand out more in an empty room, and the absence of furnishings could make it more difficult for buyers to visualize how to use the space.

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4/3/2018 - 10:07 PM

Check out our Spring Newsletter!!  🏡 Things to Do & Market Stats!!  🏡 

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3/30/2018 - 5:36 PM

What Is a Seller’s Market? A Tough Road for Home Buyers

What is a seller’s market? Simply put, it's a market where there are more home buyers than sellers. Based on basic laws of supply and demand, this means sellers have the upper hand: They will likely sell their place quickly, perhaps for over asking price, with a minimum of fuss or pushback from buyers.

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3/27/2018 - 8:36 PM

Your Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

With the days lengthening and weather warming, spring is a good time to get outdoors and tackle some larger home projects. With the threat of winter storms past, you can look for damage and make any needed repairs, as well as prep your home and garden for summer.

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3/22/2018 - 8:53 PM

Are You Aware of How Much Equity You Have in Your Home? You May Be Surprised!

CoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that 675,000 US homeowners regained positive equity in their homes in 2017. This is great news for the country, as 95.1% of all mortgaged properties are now in a positive equity situation.

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3/20/2018 - 10:00 PM

Latest NAR Data Shows Now is a Great Time to Sell

We all realize that the best time to sell anything is when demand for that item is high, and the supply of that item is limited. Two major reports released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed information that suggests that now is a great time to sell your house.

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3/19/2018 - 7:17 PM

Property appraiser warns of scam targeting Jacksonville homeowners

Duval County Property Appraiser Jerry Holland has a warning for homeowners: Don't fall for that phone scam going around that deals with homestead exemptions. People have been getting phone calls lately offering them money if they renew their homestead exemption through the caller's service.

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3/15/2018 - 7:02 PM

Buying or selling a home in spring? Be ready to drive in rush hour

There are several benefits to avoiding peak real estate seasons, with the most significant being less competition. Traditionally, the spring real estate market is March through May, but in many markets it can start as early as February, around Ground Hog Day. Sometimes sales continue to be robust, and the peak selling season will stretch into June…

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3/13/2018 - 1:51 PM

8 Things You Must Do Before Renovating Your House—or Else

Renovating your house is an adventure, one that can easily go off the rails. There are a mind-boggling number of wrong turns homeowners can take, from going over budget, to hiring a shady contractor, to just realizing that the quartz counters or paint color they picked are so wrong—after the work is done...

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3/7/2018 - 2:26 PM

10-Year High Profits for Sellers

Now is the time to Sell!!  Homeowners are profiting when selling—and their average earnings haven’t been this high since 2007.  The average home seller gained $54,000, or a 29.7 percent return on investment (ROI), in the transaction…

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2/23/2018 - 1:35 PM

9 Unexpected Things You Should Never Store in the Garage

If your garage has become your de facto storage space—good for shoving away (or hiding) pretty much everything but the car—you're not alone. But are you unwittingly leaving items out there to die a slow, painful death? Or worse yet, are you creating potentially dangerous conditions mere feet from where you sleep?

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1/31/2018 - 7:47 PM

Financial Resolutions That Can Help You Buy a Home in 2018

If you want to buy a home this year, you may be in the midst of planning—or perhaps you're already well on your way. Purchasing a home is a process made up of many moving parts, including your finances, your overall goals, your planning ability and your current financial situation. That said, it’s the season for New Year’s resolutions, right? Start making some financial ones along with your other goals…

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1/29/2018 - 9:18 PM

Self-made millionaire: Use this simple trick to save $44,000 on your mortgage

According to co-founder of AE Wealth Management David Bach, "buying a home is the escalator to wealth in America."   ~ But because of affordability issues and the fact that younger generations have other priorities, homeownership rates — for millennials in particular — have steadily declined since the early 2000s…

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1/16/2018 - 4:07 PM

What Is 'FSBO'? What 'For Sale by Owner' Means for Home Buyers

FSBO (pronounced “fizbo”) homes aren't sold in the same way as agent-sold houses—and the process will differ for home buyers, too. So if you find yourself interested in purchasing a FSBO home, here's what you need to know…

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1/5/2018 - 10:51 PM

Top 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t FSBO

In today’s market, with home prices rising and a lack of inventory, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons why this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers…

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12/29/2017 - 9:36 PM

What Is 'Tenants in Common' and Should I Arrange One?

"Tenants in common" may sound like a term rental property managers throw around, but it's actually something that affects homeowners. It's an arrangement that can come into play when multiple people decide to buy one property together, be it a primary residence or a vacation home…

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12/14/2017 - 5:43 PM

No Second Chances: Our 7-Step Plan to Making a Dazzling First Impression on Buyers

Studies show that we make up our minds about people within seconds of meeting them. So it stands to reason that prospective buyers are doing the very same thing with your house, especially in a red-hot real estate market. More buyers these days are sizing up your space and making lightning-quick decisions about whether it's worth investigating further—or whether they should hop back in the car and move on to the next house…

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12/10/2017 - 1:55 PM

Buy Your First Home in One Year: A Step-by-Step Guide

A real yard. Closets bigger than your average microwave. The freedom to decorate however you darn well please! Making the switch from renting to owning is exhilarating, but many rookie homebuyers find the process trickier to navigate than they expected. This First-Time Homebuyer Checklist will help you sidestep common mistakes…

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12/7/2017 - 12:18 PM

5 Newbie Mortgage Mistakes That Are Soooo Easy to Avoid

Can’t wait to cozy up in that cute Colonial, but anxious about signing up for your first mortgage?  Buying your first home is a big deal. But with a little know-how, it’s easier than expected to make smart mortgage moves and save big bucks over the course of your loan.  By avoiding these mistakes, you can put your home-buying butterflies to rest.

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12/5/2017 - 11:44 AM

8 Credit Score Myths Even Shrewd Home Buyers Fall For

That small balance you keep on your credit card? Not helping at all. -- Forty percent of us think our credit score will climb if we carry a small balance (nope), and 52% don’t realize bad credit can increase the amount needed for deposits on utilities (it does!), according to a NerdWallet survey.

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12/4/2017 - 9:20 PM

Check out our December Newsletter!!  🏡 Things to Do & Market Stats!!  🏡 

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12/01/2017 - 6:32 PM

8 Home Upgrades That Always Pay Off, According to the Pros

Whether you’re planning to sell in the near future or down the road, you might want to consider directing your renovation dollars toward things you—and your future bank account—will enjoy.

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11/29/2017 - 10:40 AM

St. Johns County Announces New 2018-19 Nocatee School Zoning

The St. Johns County School Board officially approved a zoning plan that affects all St. Johns county students in Nocatee. The new zoning plan takes into consideration the new K-8 School in Nocatee that is currently under construction (K-8 School KK.) The new school will open for the 2018-2019 school year, and is located adjacent to Nocatee’s Twenty Mile neighborhoods.

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11/14/2017 - 5:14 PM

Check out our November Newsletter!!  🏡 Local Events & Market Stats!!  🏡 

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11/01/2017 - 3:32 PM

Renting Or Buying…Either Way, You’re Paying Someone’s Mortgage

There are some people who have not purchased homes yet because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s.

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10/30/2017 - 10:45 AM

Hiring an Agent to Sell Your House May Cost You NOTHING! 

One of the main reasons For Sale By Owners (FSBOs) don’t use a real estate agent is because they believe these services are not worth the fee an agent charges. But, what if those services didn’t cost the seller a penny?

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10/24/2017 - 2:05 PM

Thinking of Selling Your Home? Competition is Coming

The number of building permits issued for single-family homes is the best indicator of how many newly built homes will rise over the next few months. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Residential Sales Report, the number of these permits were up 7.7% over last year…

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10/16/2017 - 2:29 PM

Home Renovation for (Less than) the Cost of an iPhone 8

With every new iPhone release, we discover new ways we can’t live without our devices. The iPhone 8 is water proof, rust proof, and has the most durable glass yet. It has enhanced stereo speakers, wireless charging, a stellar camera, and more. However, it comes at a hefty price: $699-$949. You may see that price tag and think, there is so much I could do with $1,000! And you’re right…

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10/6/2017 - 7:32 PM

Check out our September Newsletter!!  🏡 Local Events & Market Stats!  🏡 

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9/02/2017 - 12:28 PM

4 Smart Strategies to Pay Off Your Mortgage Fast (Without Going Broke)

What if you could pay off your mortgage in less time—and whittle down that crazy interest you’re forking over each month? Apparently, it can be done—and you don't have to go broke in the process. Here are four expert-approved tips to get you started and on your way to putting money back in your wallet.…

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8/31/2017 - 7:55 PM

What Is the Difference Between a Short Sale, Pre-foreclosure, and Foreclosure?

If you're considering purchasing one of these kinds of properties, it's very important to understand what these terms mean and how the home's status could affect its sale…

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8/23/2017 - 11:37 PM

5 Simple Ways to Stage the Exterior of Your Home Before an Open House

If you're selling your home, chances are good you're familiar with the concept of staging your home. Real estate agents recommend your home look its best to prospective buyers, and home staging is a great way to ensure you receive top dollar. But did you know you should stage the exterior of your home too? Failing to update the look of your home's exterior can cause buyers to get a bad first impression when they initially arrive to view your home…

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8/22/2017 - 3:55 PM

The Top 3 Hottest Real Estate Markets for 2017 Are in Florida

Where are the hottest real estate markets this year? Turns out the top ones are on the beach—meaning that this might be your year to make the leap and snatch up your dream house…

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8/10/2017 - 1:22 PM

15 new restaurants coming to St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville

More than a dozen new restaurants — many new to Jacksonville — are coming to the St. Johns Town Center area at two new mixed-use developments: Town Center Promenade and The Strand & The Crossing at St. Johns Town Center. Here’s a breakdown of the new restaurants…

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8/09/2017 -1:53 PM

7 Questions to Ask a Home Inspector Before Your Home Inspection Even Begins

Given this professional is charged with checking out a home for any flaws before you buy it, he's an important safeguard who could protect you from purchasing a lemon—and squandering tons of cash in repairs. So, how do you separate a great home contractor from a merely good one? It boils down to interviewing home inspectors to gauge how thorough a job they'll do…

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8/02/2017 - 9:57 PM

Check out our August Newsletter!!  🏡 Local Events & Real Estate Tips!  🏡 

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8/01/2017 - 6:02 PM

Increase Your Home’s Value: Tips for Carrying Out a Top Quality Home Improvement Project

Carrying out a home improvement project can be overwhelming depending on the nature and extent of the project. They can range from changing your sink taps to a complete home design overhaul. Whatever the case, the ultimate objective of carrying out these projects is to make your property more visually pleasant and functional while adding value to the home, monetary and otherwise…

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7/31/2017 - 5:52 PM

Homes with this color bathroom sell for $5,400 more: Zillow

“Color can be a powerful tool for attracting buyers to a home, especially in listing photos and videos,” said Zillow chief economist Svenja Gudell. “Painting walls in fresh, natural-looking colors, particularly in shades of blue and pale gray not only make a home feel larger, but also are neutral enough to help future buyers envision themselves living in the space…

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7/27/2017 - 9:20 PM

7 Home-Staging Ideas You Can DIY to Save Cash

Home staging can seem like a magical process—transforming your cluttered, uninspired bungalow into a dream home that instantly inspires multiple offers. A professional stager will have knowledge on the most desirable design trends and bring stylish furniture and accessories to transform your home. But if your budget doesn't accommodate this oft-pricey service, fear not…

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7/26/2017 - 9:57 PM

You Could Be Wrecking Your Home — And Not Know It (Yet)

You haven’t felt like this since you were a teenager. You have a crush on your new house. (You’re officially a home buyer — wait — owner!)  It’s soooooo great. You love its quirks. It’s your very first home, and you want to do everything right…

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7/24/2017 - 6:28 PM

Buyer, Beware: 5 Home-Buying Negotiation Tactics That Can Backfire

There's no denying that buying a home is a costly endeavor—in fact, it's likely the most expensive purchase you'll ever make. So it makes sense to try to negotiate where you can. Save a few bucks here, get a few things thrown in there, right? We hear ya—we're all about making a smart offer that doesn't leave you house-poor. But when it comes time to negotiate, there are a few strategies you should avoid…

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7/22/2017 - 2:17 PM

7 first-time homebuyer mistakes to avoid

It's tough being a first-time buyer in today's housing market. Home prices are hitting record highs in many parts of the country, often selling for more than the asking price, and going from list to contract in a record 37 days, according to Redfin..

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7/17/2017 - 4:45 PM

Want to Get the Most Money for Your Home? Don't Do These 9 Things

Owning a home and making mortgage payments is like putting money in the bank. Barring a market reversal, that nest egg of equity in your home will grow and grow. And for most homeowners, their house is their largest asset—which means there’s a lot of money at stake when it comes time to sell. Want to get as much money back as possible from this big-ticket investment? Of course you do! So avoid doing these nine things when you put your home on the market…

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7/14/2017 - 9:28 PM

How to Remove Stains from Hardwood Floors

For many homeowners, keeping hardwood floors blemish-free can feel like a full-time job. When wine spills, permanent marker streaks, or other household disasters happen (and they will happen), knowing how to remove stains from hardwood floors is crucial…

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7/13/2017 - 8:16 PM

Nar Data Shows Now Is A Great Time to Sell!

We all realize that the best time to sell anything is when demand is high and the supply of that item is limited. Two major reports issued by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed information that suggests that now continues to be a great time to sell your house…

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7/11/2017 - 8:39 PM

Five ways to keep your house cool this summer

When the summer really heats up, even the most robust central air systems can fail without proper care. Maintenance and careful upgrades reduce the chances your air conditioner won't quit in your hour of need. Keeping an eye on your home's HVAC health also lowers monthly energy bills plus could save a bundle down the road by extending the life of your entire air handling apparatus…

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7/10/2017 - 8:44 PM

Check Yourself: 7 Home Maintenance Tasks You Should Tackle in July

The summer solstice has passed, July is upon us, and the temperature outside feels like the surface of the sun. We get it—manual labor around the house might not be your top priority (especially when compared with, say, an air-conditioned, sangria popsicle–fueled "Game of Thrones" binge on the couch). Since we know home maintenance can be one of the least appealing parts of adulting, we're here to help. Read on for a trusted list of quick, relatively painless tasks that'll potentially save major repair costs down the road…

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7/3/2017 - 3:01 PM

Could a Home Improvement Scam Cost You $1,400? How to Stay Safe

Get-rich-quick schemes, phishing, rubber checks or money orders ... odds are you're hip to these con games and know to steer clear. Yet according to the Better Business Bureau's Risk Index—an analysis of the scams consumers fall for—the greatest danger of a shakedown could actually be lurking in your home improvement projects…

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6/29/2017 - 7:38 PM

Purge Your Home of These 9 Things Before You Move

A new home means a fresh start: new paint, a new bedroom, even a fresh take on arranging your old furniture. But your new space won't feel so wonderful if it's weighed down with junk you didn't bother ditching during the move. Now's the time to purge your home—and we're not talking about just sifting through stacks of magazines while you binge on Netflix…

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6/28/2017 - 1:38 PM

How Much Are Mortgage Fees? The Costs That Come with Your Loan

When shopping for a home, it seems like there's something to pay for at every step of the way. To get your mortgage approved—thereby allowing you to actually buy your house—you'll have to pay mortgage fees. The most common mortgage fees also fall under the umbrella of closing costs, those expenses you pay when you close on your house that help facilitate the sale (i.e., the appraisal fee, the title search, and the processing fee)…

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6/26/2017 - 9:25 PM

5 Classy Kitchen Cabinet Updates for Under $100

Cabinets arguably take up the most real estate in your kitchen. So if they’re sad, the whole kitchen looks a bit depressed. They’re also among the most expensive feature to replace in the kitchen. So that’s where these inexpensive cosmetic miracles fit in…

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6/23/2017 - 7:33 PM

7 Home Remodeling Projects with Top-Dollar Returns

Your home is in the perfect location, came at the perfect price, with the perfect lot. But the home itself? Perfect isn’t the adjective you’d use. But you knew that moving in, and now you’re ready to start making it just right…

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6/22/2017 - 9:31 PM

Looking for a Newly Constructed Home? Better Buy Now

Buyers hoping to move into a brand-spanking-new home may need to act fast. More newly constructed homes were completed in May—but fewer abodes are in the pipeline, according to the seasonally adjusted numbers in the latest residential sales report jointly released by the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development…

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6/20/2017 - 10:58 PM

Move-up buyers? The bridge loan is back

While the details of a bridge loan vary by lender, they allow a homeowner to buy a new home before selling their current home.  Under a new version announced by Third Federal, for example, an owner's existing home payment is eliminated during the process…

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6/8/2017 - 2:58 PM

5 Reasons You Should Sell This Summer

Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market!! The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains very strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing and able to purchase… and are in the market right now! More often than not, multiple buyers are competing with each other to buy a home.

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6/6/2017 - 8:57 PM

Prepare for hurricane season with sales tax holiday

Hurricane season officially starts Thursday. Are you ready? Do you have enough water and non-perishable food to last three days to a week? Do you have a flashlight, batteries and radio? The Florida Legislature approved a three-day “disaster preparedness” sales tax holiday June 2nd through June 4th...

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5/30/2017 - 9:15 PM

Going, Going, Gone! Existing Homes Are Selling Like Hotcakes

Home buyers had better act fast: Homes are flying off the market. In April, existing (as opposed to newly built) homes across the nation were for sale for a median of only 29 days before they were snapped up by buyers, according to a recent National Association of Realtors® report. That's the shortest period of time since NAR began tracking these sales in May 2011.…

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5/29/2017 - 10:21 PM

15 Preventative Home Maintenance Tips That Save You Money

No doubt there are plenty of benefits of owning your own home: freedom from rent and landlord rules, contributing to an investment, building a home on property that you own, and so on. But let’s face it – being a homeowner also means dealing with costly repairs yourself from time to time.  Every time something breaks or stops working, it feels like it came out of nowhere, and when you head to the hardware store or call a specialist to get a repair quote, your wallet winces at the expense…

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5/9/2017 - 8:40 PM

Home Prices Exceed Expectations at Repeat All-Time High

Home price growth in February bested analyst predictions, expanding 5.8 percent in the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices. Prices rolled along to a 32-month high in the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index, increasing from 5.6 percent the month prior. The Index’s 10-City Composite rose 5.2 percent, while its 20-City Composite rose 5.9 percent. The 10-City Composite shows an increase from 5 percent the month prior; the 20-City Composite, an increase from 5.7 percent the month prior. Month-over-month, the 10-City Composite rose 0.3 percent and the 20-City Composite rose 0.4 percent…

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4/27/2017 - 9:35 PM

What Really Makes a Property Appreciate

A home’s value generally appreciates 3 percent to 4 percent every year, which is attributed mostly to population growth and inflation. However, in 2016, homeowners saw appreciation jump to an average of 6.3 percent.®’s research team sought to find out what would boost a home’s value even more and what home features buyers may be willing to pay more for. Researchers analyzed millions of listings on® from 2011 to 2016 to calculate the annual price growth rate of homes with certain features..…

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4/24/2017 - 10:05 PM

Home Selling Tips for Pet Owners

Traces of Fido or Fluffy around the house -- whether in the form of pet odors, chewed furniture, or scratched-up floors -- can be a major deterrent to would-be buyers.  In fact, approximately two-thirds of realtors surveyed by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) said they advise animal-owning sellers to rid their home of any evidence of pet damage or animal scents before opening their doors to potential buyers.…

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4/18/2017 - 3:25 PM

Weekend Roundup April 14 – 16

It’s Easter weekend! You can find Easter events hopping in and around town from egg hunts at local businesses and churches to St. Augustine’s Easter Parade. Take a ride on the Peter Cottontail Express at St. Mary’s and if you’re looking for a delicious Easter meal, Easter brunch is being served at various restaurants on Sunday. Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment and Fee-Free Day at National Parks will also be here all weekend! Visit our blog for a full list of events..…

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4/14/2017 - 8:51 PM

The Parent Trap: 4 Home-Buying Mistakes People Make for Their Kids

Ah, the things people do for their kids. One of the biggies? Buying a mega mansion with a massive backyard perched in a stellar school district so they can give their offspring the best life possible—even if they’re mortgaged to the hilt. And yet, making real estate decisions solely for the sake of your kids can be a recipe for regret that can actually undermine your family’s happiness.…

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4/11/2017 - 9:38 PM

9 Hacks That Will Completely Transform Your Refrigerator

If you have a small refrigerator (or a large fridge and an even larger family), you know how challenging it is to keep it organized. After a long supermarket shopping trip, I always unload my groceries into their proper places in my refrigerator, though by the next day they’re somehow all over the place. If you’ve ever spent more than five minutes searching for something in your fridge, you know how important it is for every item to have its own place…

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4/9/2017 - 7:54 PM

5 Ways to Save on Home Renovation Costs So You Don't Go Broke

Is your kitchen hopelessly outdated, and your bathroom a blast from the past? Then it sounds like you’re overdue for some home improvements. There’s just one problem: Remodeling can be a huge undertaking—and a costly one at that. …

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4/6/2017 - 10:21 PM

Your Earnest Money Contract: 3 Things You Must Triple-Check (or Regret)

When making an offer on a home, you will show the sellers you mean business with two things: 1) a chunk of cash called an earnest money deposit, and 2) a piece of paperwork known as an earnest money contract. Odds are you’re focused on the first. The earnest money deposit, after all, is a large sum of money you put down on a house that demonstrates your good faith in this transaction…

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4/5/2017 - 9:23 PM

8 Popular Tips That Cost Homeowners More in the Long Run

You’re always on the lookout for smart ideas and hacks to manage your home (and save money!) — whether that means listening to the wisdom of your parents who’ve owned a home longer than you’ve been alive, or scouring every corner of the internet for savvy tips.

But just because a tip has been pinned, shared, and Instagrammed thousands of times doesn’t make it smart. Here are eight tips (myths, really) that most people believe are good advice, but instead will cost you cash you don’t need to spend:

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4/4/2017 - 10:52 PM

Mortgage Rates Got Cheaper This Week

For the second consecutive week, average mortgage rates fell, lowering the borrowing costs of buyers. "The 10-year Treasury yield remained relatively flat this week,” says Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “The 30-year mortgage rate fell 9 basis points to 4.14 percent, another significant week-over-week decline.”

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4/01/2017 - 9:51 PM

Spring-Cleaning? The Only 4 Supplies You Need (and 30 Uses for Them)

Before you buy that extra-large jug of industrial-strength cleaning solution, take a look in your pantry. Your spring-cleaning prep may include stocking up on spray bottles full of grime-fighting chemical products (masked by the scent of lemon), but it might be time to rethink your strategy. You don’t need a cabinet full of specialized cleaners for every surface; just a few common household products can clean and refresh your home.

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3/30/2017 - 10:20 PM

The Home-Buying Process in 10 Simple Steps

Wouldn’t it be great if buying a home were as simple as it is in a game of Monopoly? All you’d have to do is find a desirable neighborhood, hand the bank a few bucks, and you’d receive a house. Of course, the home-buying process is a bit more complicated in real life (especially for first-time home buyers), but it’s not impossible...

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3/28/2017 - 1:45 PM

5 Tips for Whipping Your Home into Showing Shape

It can take a lot of work to prepare a home for the market, and the number one piece of advice for homeowners who are getting their home ready for showings and open houses is to get organized. You've cleaned. You've made repairs, freshened the landscaping, brought in fresh flowers and you're ready for your photo shoot. At last, you're ready to list your home.

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3/26/17 - 11:59 AM

7 Important Things Home Sellers Often Forget to Do

When you’re selling your home there’s so much to do: find a Realtor®, do touch-ups, get that balky air conditioner fixed, look into staging… It’s no wonder that sometimes things fall between the cracks. Big things….

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3/22/2017 - 9:36:41 PM

These are the things in your home you should be spring cleaning

The spring cleaning tradition stems from a time when people spent months holed up in their homes, warmed by a fire, and then mercilessly opened their windows and freed themselves of dust and dirt. The renewing feeling of spring endures. 

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3/21/2017 - 10:20:45 PM

Selling Your House? Better Prepare for the Home Inspection

You’ve got a contract on your home for sale—congratulations! But before you pop the cork on the champagne, you’ve got to go through an ordeal that could make or break that sweet deal: a home inspection.

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3/15/2017 - 9:56:53 PM

Make Sure to Take These Home Improvement Tax Deductions for 2016

Did you make home improvements in 2016? Then you might be eligible for a whole slew of home improvement tax deductions which can save you major money when you file your papers with the IRS in April (or before).

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3/6/2017 - 10:20:22 PM 

7 Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Home Cleaner Longer

Too often cleaning tasks get put off until they need to be completed all at once, in a Saturday marathon before guests come over and see – gasp! – the actual state of your kitchen. Sure, when it’s clean your home looks great, but it can take a while to really get everything in order.

When spring-cleaning your home, why not do it in such a way that’ll keep your home cleaner with less effort all year long? Here are 7 ways to keep your spring-clean fresh all year long:

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3/1/2017 - 3:00:42 PM

Home maintenance tips for February

Monthly and seasonal maintenance not only helps to keep your home running smoothly they also help to protect your investments and avoid costly repairs. Spring cleaning is just around the corner, so make sure your home is in shape with these February home maintenance tips.

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2/26/2017 - 10:35:18 PM

5 Habits to Start Now If You Hope to Buy a Home in 2017

Even if you’re months away from hiring an agent and touring homes, there are things you need to do now to make that dream happen. After all, this is a huge purchase and it requires some preparation. Getting the building blocks in place will ensure a seamless transition from renting to buying, both financially and mentally. 

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2/23/2017 - 10:52:29 PM

Get Rid of the Gunk: 5 Genius Hacks for Cleaning Your Home Appliances

Home appliances don’t get a lot of love. On bad days, we scream at them to work better, faster, stronger. On good days, we slam the door shut or push them into a corner, forgetting about them until we inevitably need their services again. But all that daily wear and tear can take a hefty toll on home appliances— 

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2/20/2017 - 8:57:09 PM

As Jacksonville home inventory plummets, prices spike

The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors released statistics on January home sales showing the drastic decrease in housing supply and moderate increase in prices. In January, there were 8,108 homes for sale in January — the fewest number of homes on the market in Northeast Florida in at least a year.. 

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2/14/2017 - 10:07:48 PM

When to Lock In Mortgage Rates: 4 Signs It's Time

One huge question among home buyers who need a loan is this: when to lock in mortgage rates. Some panicky sorts might presume they should lock one in ASAP (because have you seen how rates are rising?), while others argue that the waiting game could pay off (in case rates fall). Who’s right? 

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2/8/2017 - 8:46:25 PM

Top 5 Reasons You Should Not For Sale By Owner

In today's market, with home prices rising and a lack of inventory, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons why this might not be a good idea.

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2/7/2017 - 9:05:23 PM

10 Facts About Jacksonville You Probably Didn’t Know

There is so much more to Jacksonville than meets the eye. You definitely know that it is the largest city by population in the United States, and you probably know all about the Jaguars, but there are many things you may not know about the city.

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1/26/2017- 9:18:31 PM

Home improvements: Which ones recoup the most money?

The 2017 Cost vs. Value Report looked at 99 U.S. markets and compared the average cost of 29 remodeling projects to their average resale value one year later. Overall, every dollar spent on remodeling returns 64.3¢ at the time of sale, but the ROI varies greatly depending on the project.

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1/23/2017- 10:28:56 PM

The Renovation Dilemma: What to Fix If You’re Selling

It’s always a Sisyphean task to set a budget for a renovation—or at the very least an ever-moving target—but if you’re planning to put your home on the market, you’ll have a way different set of calculations than a starry-eyed new homeowner.

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1/19/2017- 9:50:37 PM

10 Ways Homebuyers Can Improve Credit Scores

Real estate is a booming business in the world. To get loans quickly, potential homebuyers need to keep an eye on their finances and credit. Here, you will find 10 general tips that will help ease the process of acquiring a home loan by improving credit scores.

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1/17/2017 - 9:26:27 PM

Planet Swim Opening Fall 2017 at Nocatee 

Planet Swim's new training facility will make its home adjacent to Davis Park, a recreational park in Nocatee featuring nine sports fields, dog parks and much more. This site has been strategically selected to serve the immediate and surrounding community with specialized teaching and training programs as well as hosting competitions for the local high schools.

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1/15/2017 - 12:23:47 PM

10 Hottest Real Estate Markets to Watch in 2017

Jacksonville, FL was named one of the Hottest Real Estate Markets To Watch In 2017!! ~Whether you’re looking for an investment or a new city with new opportunities, Trulia has compiled a list of the top 10 real estate markets poised for growth in 2017 based on five key metrics including high affordability, strong job growth, low vacancy rates, & home searches on Trulia.

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1/5/2017 - 10:28:30 PM


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