Jacksonville Real Estate Blog - Krista Fracke

This post will discuss the merits of including foreclosures in the home search process and cover the particulars of identifying good foreclosure opportunities.

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While buying a foreclosure might be a bit morally taxing (you feel bad for those who have lost their home), it might be your best option for entering the market and buying a home. There are a few pitfalls to buying a foreclosure, but you should definitely include them in your search when buying a home.

Merits and pitfalls of foreclosures

If a home is selling as a foreclosure, you may have a very motivated seller and you have the possibility of getting the home

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This seasonally relevant post will offer up a few savvy ideas and suggestions for homeowners who are currently looking to reinvest their tax returns into home renovations and improvements.

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With the deadline for taxes looming, many of us are getting tax windfalls and aren’t sure what to do with them. Sure, you can blow the new-found cash on frivolous purchases like vacations or a new wardrobe, but wouldn’t it be better to spend it investing in your home? Investing in your home can actually make you more money, by increasing the home’s value, as well as making it more functional and beautiful for you. It is a win-win. There are five areas of your

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This post will cover the refinancing process and provide the reader with tips and guidelines regarding the best ways to secure a favorable refinancing deal.

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Refinancing your mortgage is not a decision to be taken into lightly. It can be a long process with added costs that could cost you more in the long run. With proper research, you can make an informed decision to decide if refinancing is right for you based on your assets, debts and other factors. There are a few questions you need to ask yourself.

What am I worth?

First, find out what sort of equity you have in your home. You’ll need to get a current appraisal to know what your home is now worth. Don’t just

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Before you host an open house, there are five important items on your to-do list that you’ll need to check off if you want potential buyers to become actual buyers. Your Florida home needs to be inviting, clean and give buyers a feeling that this could be their home.

Clean & Declutter

Not to be obvious, but a house will not get what it is worth if it is not clean. When cleaning, think of the things you might not clean on a regular basis, but that will make a huge impact on the overall look. Items like your baseboards and trim, window screens and your front door might not look that dirty, but once they are cleaned, you’ll see the wow factor appear. De-cluttering by removing at least half of the stuff sitting on countertops, shelves and on top of

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Finding the right agent for your unique home buying or selling needs isn’t something that happens in the blink of an eye. In fact, a decision of this magnitude often requires a hefty amount of thought and consideration before you end up connecting with a realtor that can successfully represent you within the marketplace.

With this in mind, let’s spend a few minutes talking about what makes a truly great real estate agent. This way, whether you’re making your way to Jacksonville and the Sunshine State or packing up the family and moving to a new home city, you’ll have all the info you need to find a realtor that can make this transition as simple, easy, and pain-free as possible.

Licensing and Credentials

The first way to differentiate the

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Making a big move to a new city is never an easy or simple affair. Whether you’re packing up and heading a little ways down the road on your own or hauling the family halfway across the country, there are countless considerations that go into such a life-changing decision.

With this notion leading the way, let’s spend a couple of minutes going over what you can expect if moving to Jacksonville is part of your upcoming plans. From here, you’ll have all the info and insight you need to truly make the First Coast a place that you can call home.

Understanding the Financial Side of the Equation

Kicking off this discussion the right way starts with a look at the fiscal side of the decision to buy a home in Jacksonville. As the experts at PayScale

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Jumping headfirst into the housing market and trying to sell your home is one of the most daunting tasks any family can undertake – and that’s putting things lightly. From finding the right buyer to working out the arrangements for your new home, there’s so much to consider as you contemplate this life-changing decision.

Adding in the fact that it might not even be the right time to sell your home makes this choice even more complex. In an effort to help you make the right call for your future – and ensure that you get the most value out of your home – let’s take a moment to talk about whether or not now is a good time to put your home on the marketplace.

Gauging the Health of Jacksonville’s Housing Scene

The best place to start this

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On the surface, selling a home seems like a fairly simple affair. All you need to do is put up a “for sale” sign, hold a few open houses, and cash the check when the first potential buyer comes through the front door, right? Unfortunately, few “for sale by owner” (FSBO) experiences are actually this neat and tidy.

The truth of the matter is that plenty of pitfalls and unforeseen mishaps can derail your ability to swiftly and efficiently get your home on the market and in front of interested buyers. In an effort to help those of you who plan on traveling down this path on your own, here’s a look at the five FSBO fails you can’t afford to make and how best to overcome these real estate traps.

Skipping Over the Home Inspection

The first fail

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The concept of purchasing a “fixer-upper” is an idea that’s quite alluring for many entrants into Northeast Florida’s real estate marketplace; especially for the prospective home owners out there who are working on a particularly tight budget and willing to undertake home renovations and restorations on their own.          

However, the dream scenario surrounding this ideal can come crashing down in a hurry if you’re not prepared for the hidden costs and sometimes substantial amount of elbow grease that goes into this process. To ensure that you’re never facing down an unnecessarily bloated renovation budget or a halfway finished fixer-upper, let’s spend a few minutes going over some of the most powerful and effective tactics for keeping this kind

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