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 …

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 …

Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty – Town Center, Jacksonville, FL

Kicking off Thanksgiving! Thankful for good food to eat, great people to work with, and my realtor life, which I'm thoroughly enjoying. Dee Kassenoff, Realtor dee@yourhomeinsight.com (904) 638-3243 Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - Town Center 7741 Point Meadows Dr., Ste. 101 Jacksonville, FL  32256  

A rare find: 14510 Starbuck Springs Way

NOTE: SOLD in 39 days! Enjoy the show! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9CX56Xhauo Perfectly situated A 5 bed/4 bath, 3,359 square foot home with an upstairs bonus room, guest or teen suite. An over-sized 3-car garage with built-in storage. Yard that's large enough to build a pool, with plenty of yard to spare. Move-in-ready; painted, repaired, re-carpeted, worry-free, clean and updated; luxurious, …

Neighborhood Features That Drag Down Your Home Value

The spring home-buying season is here! But before you rush out to buy, check out this list of things you don't want to have in your neighborhood. Location, location, location! Above all else, this is key in maximizing your home's value.   Source: Realtor.com's "Neighborhood Features That Drag Down Your Home Value"

Jacksonville, one of the best cities for making new friends!

According to the May 2015 AARP Bulletin Real Possibilities, in their story, The Most Livable Places at 50+,  Jacksonville ranked 4th in the U.S. among large cities where residents look out for family and neighbors, join civic groups, vote in high numbers, and have easy access to the digital world. Community characteristics like housing, neighborhood, transportation, health, engagement and opportunity …

Looking for a new owner

My sign needs a yard, a good home, and a caring owner. It’s such a good sign—housebroken, quiet, low maintenance, and will happily greet you. Previous owner kept it for 30 days, but had to say good-bye after we, my sign and I, sold her house in the Thornewood community of Mandarin, Jacksonville, Florida.