Jacksonville Real Estate Blog - Krista Fracke

When you purchase a home, paying for a large down payment is usually at the front of your mind. However, this isn’t the only large expense that you should prepare for. Most individuals will pay between 1% to 5% of the home’s purchase price just in closing costs. In Jacksonville, the median listing price for a home is approximately $210,000. This means that you can expect to pay $2,100 and 10,500 in closing costs alone.

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Lender Fees

Many of your closing costs will cover various lender fees. These are fees that pay the cost of processing and receiving your home’s financing. These fees will vary depending on your particular lender, your loan amount, and even your location. Several lender

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Whether you just purchased your first home in Jacksonville or you are considering selling your home in the near future, turning your home into a smart home should be at the top of your list. Unfortunately, many individuals avoid these simple upgrades for fear of cost or the benefits they actually provide. However, there are several products that can instantly impress, save energy, provide convenience, and won’t break the bank. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat is one of the most common smart home features you will find installed in many homes throughout Jacksonville. These devices allow you to cut down your home’s energy usage by scheduling the cooling of your home. Many products can even

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The fall and winter season are a favorite among many individuals but when placing your home on the market, these seasons can be difficult to entice and impress buyers. But it certainly is possible. Here are a few simple ways to add curb appeal during these colder months.

Keep Trim Looking Great

When enhancing the curb appeal of your home, you want to focus on the small details. The trim around your home is an excellent place to start. If the trim is starting to look worn down and weather-beaten, add a fresh coat of paint. Also consider features such as shutters, a front porch, and even your door.

Spruce Up the Entryway

You want to impress buyers the minute they walk onto your property. One way to do this is by creating a beautiful front

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Whether you have been married for 30 years or this is your first date, Jacksonville is home to a variety of activities that are sure to impress. No matter what your interests or passions may be, here are several ideas to create the perfect date night in Jacksonville.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens is a favorite attraction in the city. You can explore their large art collection that boasts approximately 5,000 objects. Or, you can spend the evening talking and getting to know one another while admiring the 2.5 acres of historic gardens. This large area features sculptures, reflecting pools, fountains, and gorgeous landscaping for you to enjoy.

St. Augustine Ghost Tours

If you want a date night that is a

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On average, a small bathroom remodel can cost you approximately $15,000. This is no small chunk of change and can drastically hurt your budget if you are not properly prepared. However, you don’t have to spend that much money to make a difference in this space. In fact, there are several inexpensive bathroom updates that will make an immediate impression.

New Light Fixture

A new light fixture can turn an old and outdated area into a well-lit and welcoming room. You can choose a fixture that becomes a focal point in the space or one that blends in with the décor and style of the room. Also, by replacing older light fixtures, you can choose energy-efficient models that will help save energy and improve your monthly utility bills.

New Faucet

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Moving to a new home is a stressful time. The to-do list is long and it can be easy to feel overwhelmed, unorganized, and exhausted. To help speed up the moving process and help you feel a little more in control, use these simple hacks.

1. Start Early

One of the best and most important things you can do when moving is to avoid procrastinating. This will only increase your stress levels and cause you to take less care of your items. Plus, when you start early, you have the time to declutter and clean as you go along, helping you save even more time and possibly make a few extra dollars by selling items you don’t need or use anymore.

2. Create an Essentials Basket

Before you begin packing your boxes, put all essential packing items in a

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When you own a home, it comes with a plethora of upkeep, repairs, and regular maintenance. Some of these projects are obvious such as needing a fresh coat of paint or replacing a broken toilet. However, there are many home improvement projects that you may be overlooking in your Jacksonville home. Let’s discuss several home-improvement projects that you may want to add to your to-do list.

Changing Furnace Filters

Did you know that the filters in your furnace should be replaced every single month? These items prevent dirt, dust, and other particles from damaging the unit. When these filters become dirty and grungy, they cause the appliance to work harder, costing you more energy and higher monthly bills. Luckily, this project can be completed in

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The swimming pool in your Jacksonville home can quickly become the ideal gathering place for all of your friends and family. Whether you love to host large outdoor gatherings or you simply want some time to yourself, you can create a beautiful outdoor space for everyone to enjoy. Let’s take a look at several ways you can turn your pool into the perfect outdoor area.

1. Add Some Shade

When outdoors, you don’t always want to be in direct sunlight. You need some shade to help provide a cool and comfortable area. If your budget allows, consider building a pergola or a covered patio. However, if money is tight, install large shade sails or big umbrellas. These items will not only help you stay cool but they can add pops of color to your outdoor space

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When selling your home, you want to attract and impress. You want to create a space that potential buyers can envision themselves living in. Unfortunately, there are many décor items and other fixtures that will actually distract and deter potential buyers. Let’s take a closer look at four of them.

1. Over-the-top Light Fixtures

Light fixtures are a simple and budget-friendly way to instantly update a space. However, it is important that if you change these items, that you choose products that many potential buyers will like — not an extravagant and over-the-top object. Remember that buyers don’t want a long to-do list so you want to stage the home so it appears there are few projects to complete.

2.  Professional Landscaping

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Older homes in Jacksonville boast many unique features and lots of charm. Whether you found a home that is 100 years old or one that is 50, these homes can provide a unique and stunning living space. However, they can also come with many problems. Before you purchase an older home in Jacksonville, keep the following in mind.

1. Older Homes Have Lower Purchase Prices

 Older homes are typically less expensive than new construction homes. This means that you can save money during the home-buying process. In fact, you can pay up to 28% more for a new home than an old home with similar specifications. Plus, with an older home, you will typically receive larger lots, well-established landscaping, and fully-developed neighborhoods.

 2. Always

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