Jacksonville Real Estate Blog - Krista Fracke


Whether you’re a Jacksonville homeowner or in the market for a new home, owning a home comes with some responsibility. It is up to you to keep your home maintained and do or pay for someone to do minor and major repairs. Your home systems are what keeps your home functioning a comfortable level and require that you keep them in top shape or you may face expensive repairs. But, before you go fixing a home system that isn’t working ideally or buying a home with systems that are well-used, it is best to understand how long these systems really last.

Appliances

Unfortunately, this major expense doesn’t last more than a decade. Depending on the technology involved and the quality of the brand, you can expect your appliances to last:

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If you are selling a Jacksonville home, you may be on the hunt for a real estate professional to guide you through the transaction. Many people wonder exactly what a realtor does for sellers and this list will tell you seven things your real estate agent should do for you while selling your Jacksonville home.

1.       Evaluate your home’s value

Your home’s value isn’t determined by what you think it should be sold for. Rather, it is determined by what it can be sold for. The factors that a home’s value relies on include comparable properties and their selling price, along with the square footage and features in your home that can bring up the value (recent renovations). A good agent will have access to all of this information that you won’t

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More and more people are taking the plunge and quitting their day jobs in an effort be an entrepreneur. As well, companies are allowing more people to work from home, allowing them to take time off commuting and have more time for family and leisure. While this is definitely a great step forward, many homeowners don’t have adequate facilities for working. But, there are ways to create the perfect home office.

Make the most of your space

If you have a room that doesn’t have a practical use (extra bedroom, storage space, etc.), this would be a perfect spot to put your home office. But, if you don’t have that, there are ways around this. Think about an unused closet space where you can build a desk within. Consider your garage or shed as a cool

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So your kids have all taken the plunge and found living arrangements out of your home. While this may depress some, it can be great news! Now you can downsize and move to a location of your dreams, like Jacksonville. A smaller home has many benefits, including:

·         Cheaper price

·         Less to pay in property taxes

·         Less cleaning and maintenance

·         Easier to care for

Now you just have to get there! Here’s what you need to know about downsizing after the kids move out.

Stop being emotional

Sure, selling a home, especially one you’ve raised a family in, will be a very emotional time. But, now is the time to think with your head. Change your thought process from thinking about the past and move it into the

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So your kids have all taken the plunge and found living arrangements out of your home. While this may depress some, it can be great news! Now you can downsize and move to a location of your dreams, like Jacksonville. A smaller home has many benefits, including:

·         Cheaper price

·         Less to pay in property taxes

·         Less cleaning and maintenance

·         Easier to care for

Now you just have to get there! Here’s what you need to know about downsizing after the kids move out.

Stop being emotional

Sure, selling a home, especially one you’ve raised a family in, will be a very emotional time. But, now is the time to think with your head. Change your thought process from thinking about the past and move it into the

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Last week we spoke about the best neighborhoods to buy a historic home and for buyers who want a home with character, Jacksonville is definitely the spot to do it. But, there are some considerations that buyers need to take into account when buying an older home in Jacksonville.

1.       You need to get an inspection

No ifs, ands or buts about it – get the inspection. Older homes are notorious for having hidden issues and you don’t want to have that burden placed on you after you take possession. By doing an inspection, you’ll know exactly what sort of work needs to be done on the home and what the cost will be. While an inspection can’t tell you everything, you’ll get a good idea of what sort of work you’ll need to do and what can wait until

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Jacksonville has a long history and has come a long way from its population of 350 residents in 1840. Historic homes abound here and if you are in the market for a heritage home, Jacksonville is definitely the spot to find one.

Springfield

Close to downtown Jacksonville and bordered by Hogan’s Creek, this beautiful neighborhood highlights the city’s history nicely. Once named the #1 comeback neighborhood in the South, it was recently gentrified and is a family-friendly place with shops, restaurants and parks. The homes in this area are large and beautifully restored, like this 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom beauty at 1333 Silver Street.

Beaches/Intracoastal West

Incorporated in 1920, this almost 100-year-old neighborhood is in close proximity to

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When it’s raining outside and you can’t hit the beach, what better place to go than the museum? Luckily for you, there are so many great ones in Jacksonville!

The Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens

With a very impressive art collection of nearly 5,000 objects, plus 2.5 acres of historic gardens, the Cummer Museum is definitely a must-visit when in Jacksonville. Not just exhibits, they have many events for people of all ages, including adult classes and children’s workshops. Exploring on your own or with a guided tour, you’ll learn so much about what the museum has to offer. The Family Guide Garden Tour is a favorite or you could do a docent tour and luncheon for your group of more than 10. It is also an amazing place to hold a wedding or special

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Whether you are a resident or a visitor to Jacksonville, there is always something to do. This summer we’ve got a number of fabulous events that you will truly not want to miss.

Summer Jazz Concert – June 8th and 13th – Sea Walk Pavilion

Presented by the City of Jacksonville, the 13th annual summer jazz series brings together a number of great jazz musicians and the people who love jazz. This completely free event happens at the Sea Walk Pavilion over two weekends from 5 until 9pm. There will be three acts each night with headliners The Sax Pack and Nick Colionne.

Great Atlantic Seafood Country Music Fest – June 17th – Sea Walk Pavillion

For $20 and for all ages, this festival will have your mouth watering as you enjoy live music and so

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What’s a Florida city without ice cream shops? Jacksonville has some of the best ice cream in the country, but what’s the best of the best?

Sweet Pete’s

A very popular candy store that offers the best of everything sweet, Sweet Pete’s is a fabulous place to get your ice cream fix. Their ice cream is house made and so are the toppings, like the salted caramel sauce. Sweet Pete’s is set up like an old time soda shop, so not only do you get some of the best ice cream, you can do it in a nostalgic setting.

Kilwins

Another delicious candy shop in Jacksonville, this place is always jammed with customers. Some of their flavors include:

·         Raspberry sorbetto

·         Pistachio

·         Rum Raisin

·         Mackinaw Island

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