Jacksonville Real Estate Blog - Krista Fracke


In our hot climate, you may be considering buying a home with a pool. You’re imaging hot nights spent swimming under the stars and cool wakeups under the sunshine. But, is buying a home with a pool a good idea? There are a number of considerations to think about when making this choice.

Are pools an asset?

In most of the country, a pool can actually bring down the value of your home. People worry about safety and maintenance costs and might be less willing to buy your home. But, in the hottest states like Florida, California, Arizona and Hawaii, a pool can increase the value of your home. The reason for this is that you really can enjoy the pool year-round and it might also be a necessity on the hottest days of summer.

What are the costs of

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When people think of Florida, they think of gorgeous citrus trees, sunshine and of course, golf. Florida really is the place to play a few rounds and Jacksonville is so lucky to have some of the best golf in the entire country. Some have even dubbed Jacksonville as Florida’s golf capital, where some of the first golf courses were built. There are over 1,220 holes and 70 courses in Jacksonville, some designed by the only the best in the business.

TPC Sawgrass

Voted by Golf Magazine as Florida’s top public course and also seen as the world’s most famous golf course, TPC Sawgrass must be an addition to your golf bucket list. Amazingly, the design for this course was drawn up on a cocktail napkin, by Pete Dye in 1981. Even so, it has some very

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As if the process of finding and buying a home wasn’t daunting enough, there is also the process of getting a mortgage. Knowing what you can afford and qualify for may be confusing and so is all of the mortgage terms and conditions that get thrown at you. It is really difficult to figure out why Bank A’s offer is better than Bank B.

Enter in the trusty mortgage broker. You may think having a mortgage broker is frivolous, but it can actually save you thousands of dollars, plus so much time. You see, you don’t have to pay a mortgage broker – their services are free to you! The banks and other lending institutions pay mortgage brokers to find you the best deals out there on a mortgage.

While you are going to save tons of time with a qualified

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Jacksonville is incredibly lucky to have amazing growing conditions for food, so we get some of the freshest, most beautiful food in the country. We’ve got a number of amazing markets where you can obtain local food, be entertained and have a great day out.

Jacksonville Farmer’s Market

The Jacksonville Farmer’s Market is really a treat in this area, with almost 80 years in business! One million people visit the Jax Farmer’s Market in a year, and why not considering they’ve got loads of fresh hand-picked produce, imported specialty items and many ethnic choices. This open-air market has a number of amazing vendors, some of which include:

  • ·        Adan Martinez – specializing in tomatoes, watermelon and cantaloupe
  • ·        Conscious Eats
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Winter will be here before we know it, and if you live in northern state or farther north, that means frigid temperatures, snow and ice. It doesn’t sound very nice. Here in Florida, we rarely experience the winters that some of the rest of the country and further abroad experience. That’s why it makes an amazing place to buy your second home. Buying a vacation home in Jacksonville is amazing for so many reasons. There is a large boom of people buying vacation homes in Jax who plan on retiring here once they are done working and making Jacksonville their primary home. Let’s find out why.

What’s so great about living in Jacksonville?

Of course, the weather is the first factor as to why Jacksonville makes a great spot for a second home. Typical

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While Jacksonville has tons to do, sometimes you want to venture a little further from home. We are lucky here in Jacksonville to have so many great attractions within a few hours’ drive. If you are a resident or a visitor of Jacksonville, you’ll want to take note of these four great road trips to be had.

Daytona Beach

Everyone’s heard of Daytona Beach and that’s because it is a must-see for anyone in the state of Florida. Just a 1.5 hour drive from Jacksonville, it is here that you’ll take part in their very viable cultural and culinary attractions. They’ve got 23 miles of coastline, that make it an ideal spot for families, couples and singles. Also known as the world’s most famous beach, it is great for any budget, with everything from

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Jacksonville is the place to be if you want good food, lively nightlife and a historical feel. Jax is the place not just to visit, but also to live. This article will tell you about Jacksonville’s best restaurants.

The French Pantry

With both French and American cuisine, this family restaurant is well-loved in Jacksonville. You’ll have to bear some long lines, but you won’t regret it, especially when there is a lemonade stand to keep you cool while you wait. Freshly-made breads and cakes are The French Pantry’s speciality, but their sandwiches are also the talk of the town.

Bb’s

Another local favorite, bb’s has a diverse menu and amazing top-notch service. While their desserts are fabulous, you’ll want to try the calamari, it’s apparently

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Moving can be stressful, physically taxing and not easy on the wallet. Even with how horrible moving can be, people do it on a regular basis. The U.S. Census Bureau suggests that over 40 million people in this country move in one year. That’s about 14% of the population! Many of those move within the U.S., but some will move to another state or even another country. Moving further away compounds the stress that people feel from moving. But, there are ways to make your move much simpler.

Choosing a good time to move

Typically, many people move on the first of the month. The reason for this is that leases generally start on this day. This leads to competition for movers, moving trucks and other moving resources, which means prices could be higher

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Painting your Jacksonville home can give your home the facelift it needs to look great and make you love your home again. If you are selling your Jacksonville home, a paint job is a must on the to-do list. You’ll want to paint over the tired and personal colors you currently have on your walls and instead paint in the newest, trendiest and most-appealing colors for 2016.

Being a coastal city, the trends might be a little different in Jacksonville than they are in the rest of the country. While you don’t have to follow the coastal paint trends of turquoise or bright and tropical colors, some designers favor those colors in your Florida home.

Dark colors like black, slate gray, chocolate brown and dark plum are giving sophisticated and glamorous

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Oftentimes before a house closes you’ll do a final walkthrough to ensure everything that was specified in a contract has been done or is still in good condition. Typically, you want this walkthrough to be as close to closing as you can get it, so there are no surprises in the days that follow. During this walkthrough, there are a number of things you should look for. Sometimes you may even want two walkthroughs, especially if you’ve requested repairs to be done.

Bring your home inspection report with you and check on items that you’ve asked to be repaired. You may also want to check on items that were in good or deteriorating condition in the report and ensure they are still in the same condition. In order to test that things are working do the

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