Home buying trends in 2017

Bigger backyards and updated kitchens Super-sized dream homes are not exactly what potential buyers are dreaming about this spring. But they are looking for bigger backyards, updated kitchens, and ranch-style homes, according to realtor.com's latest home buyer survey. Features that buyers are looking for this spring (according to realtor.com) Ranch-style homes led shoppers' rankings of …

Finding an extraordinary home: 4 answers to your questions

Finding an extraordinary home: 4 questions 1. Where on earth can I find a house with four sizable bedrooms and three full bathrooms for $267,000? Right here in Bartram Springs, Jacksonville, Florida. 6090 Shadehill Road, Jacksonville, Florida, 32258. You'll find this just might be your dream home, 2,231 square feet with 4 sizable bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, and …

Buyers (and Sellers) Be Aware!

Top 10 defects found during home inspection* Foundation and drainage issues Unprofessional (un-permitted) electrical work Minor roof leaks Heat and A/C maintenance issues Homeowner repairs that are un-permitted Structural settling Plumbing problems Water and/or air intrusion Crawl space or attic problems like mold or pest damage Upgrades, remodel, or repair work in which no permit …

DIY: easy curb appeal in a weekend

What's black and white and the perfect shade of blue? This adorable and freshly painted home! It's located in quaint St. Nicholas in Jacksonville, Florida. Only a mile from San Marco's restaurants and shopping, and a six-minute drive to downtown Jacksonville. Built in 1938, this house has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, indoor laundry, original hardwood floors, and …

6 Home Staging Hacks

6 staging hacks to help you prepare your house for sale 1. Look through a camera lens to determine if the curb appeal is going to need enhancing. Spend $50 on annuals so the first picture pops. 2. Check under sinks in baths and kitchen for clutter. Use baskets to contain any products. 3. Use …

2017 School Choice Expo for Duval County (Jacksonville, FL)

Thinking of buying a home in Jacksonville, Florida (Duval county)? And trying to decide on a neighborhood, or a particular school first? Check out the annual Duval County Public School Choice Expo. What: Duval County Public Schools' annual 2017 School Choice Expo When: Saturday, January 21, 2017  |  11 a.m. to 3 p.m Where: Prime Osborn …

Mortgage first: 4 tips before you shop for your home

Don't wait until after you find a home Shopping for a home (and a mortgage) is sometimes stressful enough. You don't want to jump through too many hoops, feel out of control, or be left with buyer's remorse because you felt rushed. To ensure a positive experience versus unmet promises, you'll want to: Investigate mortgage options …

Moving on up?

It’s a good time to sell for move-up buyers Many growing families are in a housing sweet spot right now. And this may continue into the first part of 2017. Mortgage rates are expected to edge up soon, but are still low by historical standards. If you have equity in your current home, this is …