Jacksonville Real Estate Blog - Krista Fracke

You’ve found that dream home, you’ve worked with your Realtor to work out a good offer price and now you... wait. When you are waiting for an answer to whether or not you’ve purchased a home, the waiting can be ultra-stressful. Here are 10 things you can do instead of stressing while waiting for your home offer to hopefully be accepted and 10 things you definitely shouldn’t do.

1.       Have a drink (or two)

One way to be relaxed is to go for a drink or two with a trusted friend who understands what waiting is like.

2.       Look at more houses

While you’ve put an offer in and you hope the sellers accept, it doesn’t hurt to look at other houses just in case the offer is rejected. Stopping your home search could set you back, especially if

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Whether you’re changing the flooring to make your home more appealing to buyers or because you just need a change in your home, there are a number of decisions to make in deciding what flooring is best. Ask yourself the following questions when figuring out your flooring needs:

·         Is this an investment?

·         What is the size of the room?

·         What is my budget?

·         What is the use of the room?

·         What is the traffic in the room?

·         Does the space have a lot of moisture?

·         How much maintenance do I want to perform?

·         What will buyers want (if selling)?

Once you’ve answered these questions, you can get a better idea of what type of flooring is best for the space based on the

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As a first-time homebuyer in Jacksonville, you may have to choose a house that is on the small side. They truly don’t call it a starter home for nothing. One of the rooms that may be small could be the bathroom and there’s not much worse than having a bathroom with limited space. But, there are several hacks and DIY projects you can do to make the best use of your small bathroom space. Here they are.

1.       Move the sink to the corner

If you have a bit of a renovation budget, moving things will make sense and give you more room. A corner sink takes up less space in a way and gives you room to maneuver in the bathroom.

2.       Float the vanity

While you’re at it, if you mount your vanity higher you’ll create the illusion that the space

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Your curb appeal plays a major role in how your home is viewed. When you are selling your home, it is your potential buyer’s first impression. Because of this, it is important that you ensure that as soon as someone walks up to your home that they are seeing it at its full potential. There are a few quick hacks that can make a surprisingly big difference in your curb appeal.

Use a Runner On Your Steps

You can find runners in materials that will not degrade in the outside environment and then use these to spice up your steps. This works whether you have one step or several because it helps to draw the eye to the front of your home and where people need to go to enter. A good runner can also provide extra safety by making your steps less slippery

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Clutter: it can take over home and truly your life. You save things because of sentiment, hopeful practicality and just because you paid money for it and don’t want to get rid of it. None of these reasons are good ones to keep things that you don’t use, love or truly need. If you are selling your Jacksonville home, this is even more incentive for you to give up the clutter, so your potential buyers can see a home that is spacious, cozy and where they won’t focus on the stuff. Here are 10 principles that will help you clear the clutter.

1.       Decide what’s important in your life

You may need to do a little soul searching or it may take you 30 seconds to decide, but by figuring out what’s truly important in your life, it will make it easier for

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Being organized is difficult for most people, especially for parents with children who seem to wreck any little bit of organization you do manage to attain. Set up a family command center and watch your organization level soar. Here’s how:

What is a family command center?

It is here that you’ll be able to keep everyone organized in terms of schedule, paperwork and other important things to do. By keeping it all in one central location, family members know where and what to access when they need it.

Find the perfect space

Your command center should be in a well-trafficked area, but where you don’t mind a little bit of a cluttered look. You’ll need wall space, desk space and maybe a few shelves or a bookcase. Some people make this space a

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The kids have moved on and left home, your job is becoming a daily pain in the butt and the endless snow shoveling in the winter is back breaking. You may be dreaming about lounging in the sunshine, with no one to bother you but the seagulls. Retiring to Florida is a dream of many, but it doesn’t just need to be something you fantasize about, it can become a reality. Here’s how.

1.    Florida’s cost of living is cheaper than many other places

Food, housing and healthcare are all less expensive in Florida’s cities and towns than they are in most other states. The median home price in Jacksonville is $138,900. Compare that to other U.S. cities like Denver, Colorado ($343,400) or in New York State, where it is $270,200. The cost of living is 8%

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Thinking about relocating to the beach? There is truly no better place than Ponte Vedra Beach. Our boutique office is here and it is a place we call home and there are so many reasons why. You’ll discover upscale living here, as well as the best schools in the region and valuable real estate, among many other perks, like the amazing golf! Voted as the 50th best place to live by CNN and Money Magazine, it is easy to see why.

Oceanfront living

The dream is to live near ocean and that dream can definitely be fulfilled in Ponte Vedra. While many of the oceanfront homes in Ponte Vedra sell in the high millions, there are condos that allow you to live oceanfront without the large price tag. The choice is yours, of course. Ponte Vedra’s beaches are

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We know it gets hot here in Florida in the summer and there’s nothing better than taking a cool dip in your own backyard pool. If you are looking for a Jacksonville property with a pool, look no further than these four stunners!

4568 North Swilcan Bridge LN, Jacksonville

This home has way too many features to mention here, but one of the best features is the outdoor, enclosed heated pool with spa and fountain that overlooks the private 18-hole golf course. With four bedrooms and four bathrooms, this 3800 square foot home is in an amazing location, great for every sort of large family. The kitchen and bathrooms have been renovated and the landscaping is beautiful and well-kept. Hardwood floors throughout will charm your guests, as will the

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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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