Jacksonville Real Estate Blog - Krista Fracke

As potential buyers walk through your home, they will pay particular attention to your kitchen area. This room in your Jacksonville home is where families gather and spend a significant amount of time each day. To ensure this room stands out and impresses all house hunters, you need to stage it well. Unfortunately, many buyers do not and make very basic staging mistakes. Let’s take a closer look at many common kitchen staging mistakes that you want to avoid.

You Don’t Clear Off the Counters

Cluttered counters will not help you sell a home. Ideally, you should have fewer than five items stored on your kitchen counters. These should also be items you use every day such as a microwave or knives. But, keep in mind that if you do choose to store

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The holidays season may be busy with shopping, events, and parties, but it doesn’t mean you should avoid the real estate market. While there are certainly pros and cons to selling your home during this time of year, with the right preparation and a little effort, it can be done. If you decide this is the right time for you to sell your Jacksonville home, here are several tips for selling your home during the holidays.

1. Avoid Too Many Holiday Decorations

It may be tempting to pull out every box of holiday décor but too many items can take away from the features and charm the property has to offer. It can hide many of those characteristics and qualities that you love about your home. Plus, if you don’t decorate well, you can easily make your

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A bathroom renovation can be one of the best projects you complete if you wish to impress Jacksonville buyers. Many house hunters pay particular attention to the details and the features in this room as they spend time in it each day. This means that when considering updating and improving this area, there are certain things you don’t want to miss. Here are four things you should not forget during a bathroom renovation in your Jacksonville home.

1. Hire a Professional

While you may consider yourself a handyman, hiring a professional contractor to ensure the project is done correctly should be a priority. There are many aspects of a bathroom remodel including plumbing, electrical work, installation, etc. Hiring someone to complete much of this

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Many homeowners are put in the position where they must decide whether they should purchase a new home before their current one sells or wait to sell their property first. While your own personal situation and finances can affect this decision, here are a few things you should keep in mind.

Look at the Current Real Estate Market

The market is a big indicator of whether you should sell your home before you purchase a new one. If you are experiencing a seller’s market, you are in a much better position to sell your home before you make a purchase. This is because the inventory for new homes is quite low, making it much easier to sell your home quickly and at a price you desire. However, if the market is in favor of buyers, your home may sit on the

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Today, many homeowners are looking to buy larger homes and properties but this may not be the smartest decision for everyone.  Instead, many homeowners can purchase smaller homes and still live the comfortable, spacious lifestyle that they desire. Downsizing a home offers many benefits for individuals but many may not know when it is the right move for them. Here are just a few signs that it may be time for you to consider downsizing your home.

1. You are an Empty Nester

Many homeowners still desire a large home for when all of their family members come to visit. But, how often does this happen every year? If you only have a full house once a year, it may be time to find a smaller space. Besides, many homeowners today are living in large and

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As you decorate your new home, choosing the right style and design trend can feel overwhelming. There may be many trends that you love now but may be outdated in just a few short years. Below are several timeless interior design trends that you should consider when decorating and updating your Jacksonville home.

Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are extremely popular in homes all around the country. This classic look is not only ideal for living rooms but bedrooms, hallways, entryways, kitchens, etc. This type of flooring is extremely low-maintenance and durable, which makes it appealing to many homeowners. Plus, you can choose the flooring in various wood types, which give you a little variety in your décor and style.

White Subway Tiles

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If you love to let your creativity escape with a paintbrush, a pencil, or even a musical instrument, you will stay busy with the plethora of activities in Jacksonville. There are many activities and events that creative and artistic individuals will enjoy throughout the year. Here are just four Jacksonville activities you definitely don’t want to miss.

1. Downtown Art Walk

Mark your calendars on the first Wednesday of each month for the Downtown Art Walk. Grab a map of the event and enjoy a self-guided tour of downtown Jacksonville to view local art exhibits, markets, and numerous pop-up galleries. Gather all your art-loving friends and make it an exciting night with the live music and delicious food trucks as well.

2. Riverside Arts Market

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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.

Here are some common closing costs that you will |see.  

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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