Jacksonville Real Estate Blog - Krista Fracke

Maybe you received a job offer in another town, you found your dream home on the other side of the city, or maybe you just need a change. Whatever the reason is for selling your home, you most likely have hopes of selling it quickly and at the right price. But what if you can’t seem to sell your Jacksonville home? Here are four common reasons why some homes just don’t sell quickly.

You have a Poor Agent

When selling your home, you need to work with an experienced Jacksonville real estate agent who knows how to correctly list a home. Do your research before you hire just any agent by gathering referrals in the community, visiting his or her website, and reading online reviews. An experienced agent can make all the difference between listing your

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Whether you want to spend your time soaking in the sunshine on a beautiful beach, contemplate fascinating art, learn something new at a world-class museum, or just enjoy delicious food, Jacksonville has something for everyone. This Florida city is the largest U.S. city in the continental United States and encompasses up to 840 square miles. Here are five reasons why you should make Jacksonville your home.

The Arts Community is Extensive

Jacksonville is one of the top areas in the United States for arts and music. There are numerous art walks, artist events, and music festivals. Theaters, markets, art museums, there is always something to do and somewhere to go if you want to enjoy the arts and even get your own creative juices flowing.

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While specifications, location and price can attract potential homebuyers to your home, poor listing photos can quickly turn them away. Your listing photos are critical when selling your home in Jacksonville. These provide the first impression of your space and showcase the workmanship and beauty of your home. Here are five simple tips to make potential buyers quickly call and sign up to see your Jacksonville home.

1. Use Quality Equipment

With today’s technology, many individuals will walk through their home and take photos with their smartphone. While cell phone devices can capture decent digital images, nothing compares to images captured with high-quality cameras. If you don’t own a camera, borrow one from a friend or neighbor, or even invest in

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Buying your first home in Jacksonville is something many individuals dream about but high credit score requirements, large down payments and substantial closing costs can make it seem unrealistic. Federal Housing Administration loans, also known as FHA loans, are one option for first-time home buyers to make this dream become a reality.

What is an FHA Loan?

FHA loans are home loans that are guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration. These loans are available from many private lenders and are enticing to first-time homebuyers because they don’t require a full 20% down payment. These loans are also easier to qualify for as borrowers don’t need high credit scores to receive approval.

What are the FHA Loan Qualifications?

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You have found your dream home in Jacksonville and now you want to make an offer. While in some markets you must act quickly to purchase your dream home, in others, you may have a little more time to carefully think through your actions. Regardless, there are a few financial matters you should consider before you sign any papers.

Property Taxes

While your mortgage payment may seem within reach, there are other monthly payments you must think about to ensure you truly can afford your dream home, such as the amount of property taxes you will pay. Before you make an offer, you can reach out to a local tax assessor for an estimate. Your tax rate will depend on where you live as well as the value of your home.

Homeowner’s Association Fees

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Purchasing a home is the American dream but it can cost you significantly if you aren’t fully prepared. Here are six signs that you should wait and not purchase a home in Jacksonville right now.

Your Budget is Tight

While you may have enough money each month to afford a mortgage, you should have a little set aside for unexpected costs and emergencies. As a homeowner, there will be many repair and maintenance costs that arise. You need enough wiggle room in your budget to cover all your necessities and many of these expenses.

Your Credit Score is Low

Poor credit scores may mean you can’t qualify for a home loan. However, if you do qualify, you may have high-interest rates and monthly payments. You want to raise your credit score before

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Buying a home is a large investment that requires stacks of paperwork and numerous verification documents. While you may prepare yourself and have ample knowledge regarding the home-buying process, a good lender in Jacksonville will help you navigate the process, receive a good interest rate, and answer your questions. Here are a few things you should do as you look for a lender who won’t leave you disappointed.

Reach Out and Ask Questions About Programs

One of the easiest ways to narrow down your lender search is by calling various lenders and asking questions about their loan programs. Ask basic questions and see how the lender responds. If the lender doesn’t offer much information, acts too busy, or never responds to our inquiry, this may be

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There are many aspects and features of a home that give it character and charm. However, when selling your home, there are several upgrades that add even more appeal and attract buyers. Some upgrades can be costly and time consuming, while you can accomplish others in an afternoon. Here are eight home upgrades that can make a difference when selling your home.

Lighting

Bright, well-lit homes impress buyers. Light is inviting and the brighter your home is, the more welcome individuals feel in your home. To upgrade your home, install additional lights in darker rooms or add accent lights to brighten a common living space. Make sure all light fixtures have working lightbulbs and if possible, purchase new, modern light fixtures throughout the home.

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While there are many tactics and options when it comes to selling your home, an open house is still a popular and effective method. An open house is when you set aside a certain amount of time for potential buyers to look at your home. Many real estate agents encourage an open house as it makes the home buying process more convenient for buyers. It allows buyers to tour your home on their own terms and without an appointment.

However, for an open house to be successful, it does require a little extra work. Here are five secrets to a successful open house.

Prep Your Home’s Exterior

While allowing buyers to come on their own free will is a benefit for open houses, it can also be a drawback. If prospective buyers aren’t immediately impressed, they

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Your home — no matter its size, age or current condition —  has potential. When you stage your home, you showcase this potential and many of the features and unique characteristics that will attract potential buyers. You decorate, organize and show off your home to impress. It requires some work but when you do it right, you attract buyers and are more likely to receive a quick sale.

In some situations, you may not have the time or the budget to truly stage your home, but you should put ample time and effort into the process. Here are six secrets to staging your home and really impress prospective buyers.

Remove Family Pictures

One of the easiest ways to stage your home is to remove all personalized décor items. Take family pictures off the walls

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