Jacksonville Real Estate Blog - Krista Fracke


You’ve got the furniture taken care of your parents are taking the kids, but one thing you shouldn’t forget when moving is the pets. They need special attention because moving day could be just as stressful for them as it will be for you. Here are 6 great tips that will help your fur baby have an uneventful move.

Keep it normal

Do not forget about your pet’s routine just because you are moving. If they have a one-hour walk every morning at 8, make sure they get it. If you have to employ or get a volunteer to walk them, then do it. Similarly, keep mealtimes and playtime at the same time and in the same spot in your new home. If everything seems as normal as it can be, your pet will deal with the move better.


Keep it quiet

With

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If you just bought your first home, congratulations! Being a first-time homebuyer is a great step in investing for your future. But, while you’ve scraped your every last cent into your down payment and closing costs, there is one last cost you needn’t forget: moving expenses. Moving costs can be as inexpensive or costly as you make them. If you want budget and save on your move, these 5 tips should help you.

1)      DIY

This tip is pretty simple and makes incredible sense. If you want to save money while moving, do it yourself. Send a group text, tweet or other message out to all of your friends asking for help on the day of your move with the promise that you’ll be forever indebted to them when they need help moving anything. If that doesn’t

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Jacksonville is a very happening place all of the year long. We’ve got a number of great festivals and events that residents and visitors alike appreciate. The following is a list of just some of what we’ve got to offer in the first quarter of 2017.

Jacksonville International Auto Show – February 17-19 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center

Browse new vehicles, pop the hoods and sit in the driver’s seat and enjoy everything that is auto show has to offer for the entire family.

Seawalk Music Festival – February 25-26 at Jacksonville Beach

This completely-free and family-friendly event will feature music, food and so much fun. VIP seating is available at a cost. The line-up has yet to be announced, but going by past years, it is going to be

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Looking for the perfect house over the holidays? Look no further than these amazing Jacksonville beauties!

701 Great Egret Way, Ponte Verda Beach

This very exclusive listing features six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. It boasts almost 4,900 square feet and a number of amazing amenities.  With a gorgeous landscaped yard and beautiful details all over the exterior of the house, this home exudes curb appeal! Your grand entryway is flanked by a wrought iron, dual-level staircase and interesting rounded doorways and windows. The spacious kitchen will mean many nights of entertaining in style, or you can hang out by the screened-in outdoor pool. The walk-in closet will fit your entire wardrobe and leave more room for shopping. Priced at $1,024,000, it

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The concept of “easy money” is one that many Americans grapple with. We watch television shows and mistakenly believe we can do exactly what they are doing and make the money they are making with ease. Home flipping is a huge industry, but it doesn’t mean that it is easy to do or to make money. Is home flipping truly worth it? This article will give you some insight into what you need to know to become a successful flipper or to decide to take another route.

You need know-how

Flipping a home isn’t just about buying a run-down home, putting time and money into and moving along. You need to know the market, what homes are selling for in that location and what potential problems you may face. For example, overbuilding for the neighborhood can be a

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Gone truly are the days of relying on your real estate professional to provide you with all of the newest real estate listings. In are the days of searching for your dream home on the internet. This doesn’t mean you no longer need a real estate professional, as you’ll still need someone to show you the homes, guide you through the home-buying process and be your advocate during the purchase. Rather, by searching for your home online, you can be sure to show your real estate professional exactly what you want.

Smoke and Mirrors

When looking for a home online, you do have to remember that these homes are very well-marketed. Eloquent descriptions of updated kitchens, photos shot to make 10x10 rooms appear spacious and virtual tours with engaging

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If you are buying an older home, doing a home inspection is always important. You need to know what’s lurking behind those walls, especially when it comes to your electrical. If your inspector comes back with the report letting you know that you’ve got Knob and Tube, you may have yourself a real problem. Let’s discuss.

What is knob-and-tube wiring?

Also called K&T, is a very early type of electrical wiring that was installed during the 1880s until the 1930s. It was eventually displaced as the cost of installation was high and is only allowed in very rare cases in new installations.


What is the problem with it?

Most homebuyers who find out that they have knob and tube wiring will opt to replace it. The reason for this is that modern

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When you are buying a house, there is a lot you can easily see. You can see if you are in a family-friendly neighborhood, or one that fits your lifestyle. You can check out the amenities within walking and driving distance. You can figure out what the house has that you love and the size of your lot. The only thing you can’t really know about your new home is what your neighbors will be like. Unfortunately, a neighbor can make or break your living situation. In some cases, you’ll get neighbors you’ll love, who will be your lifelong friends. In other cases, you’ll be civil with your neighbor and know that you can count on them if you need to. But, in the most extreme cases, your neighbors could be people you’d rather not associate with, never mind see

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Many people believe that termites are a death sentence for your home. Whether you are buying, selling or staying in a home, you really, truly, don’t want termites living there. In Florida, with its humid climate, termites can thrive in the moist environment.

Types of termites

In Florida, there are a few types of termites here. They include:

  • ·        Subterranean termites – require a moist environment and are the most-common termite in Florida
  • ·        Dampwood termites – like water-saturated wood
  • ·        Drywood termites – need very little moisture
  • ·        Conehead termites – not common in all areas of Florida and needs a moist environment

How do they get in?

Foraging – While looking for food, termites will enter your

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Whether you are buying or selling a home, you need the right professional to look out for your best interests, find you what you need and represent you fairly. Finding a real estate professional is not as easy as closing your eyes and picking one out of the Yellow Pages. If you want someone who you know will work for you and get you the best value for your money, you need to do your research.

1.      Get a referral

The best way to find someone you’ll love is to ask around to people you trust. Because they know you, they’ll know what sort of characteristics you might need in a real estate professional, whether that is someone who will walk you through the process thoroughly or someone who is always available. Find out who others have used and ask

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