Jacksonville Real Estate Blog - Krista Fracke

There is nothing better than enjoying a relaxing, rejuvenating vacation. And for many individuals, owning a vacation home in Jacksonville just makes sense. But, buying a vacation home — or a second home — has many differences than when purchasing a primary residence. Before you begin your house hunt, here are a few things you need to know.

Know Your Financial Situation — and Know it Well

When you purchase a second home, you will notice there are many differences from when you purchased your primary residence. One of these is that you will need to meet much higher financial requirements to qualify for a home loan. Typically, you need a high credit score, usually 700 or higher, and you will need at least 10% to 20% down payment. Additionally,

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While Jacksonville is a beautiful place to call home, it is also ideal for those who love to be physically active. There are activities, attractions, and events that cater to all athletes — both beginners and professionals alike. Let’s take a look at just a handful of Jacksonville activities for those who love physical activity.

Surfing Lessons

No matter your age and how much experience you have out in the ocean, you can become a skilled surfer in little time. Jacksonville has many companies and businesses throughout the city that offer surfing lessons and help you become safe and skilled while out in the water. You can sign up for frequent lessons, camps, and more.

Attend a Professional Sporting Event

Even if you aren’t much of an athlete

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While Jacksonville is a beautiful place to call home, it is also ideal for those who love to be physically active. There are activities, attractions, and events that cater to all athletes — both beginners and professionals alike. Let’s take a look at just a handful of Jacksonville activities for those who love physical activity.

Surfing Lessons

No matter your age and how much experience you have out in the ocean, you can become a skilled surfer in little time. Jacksonville has many companies and businesses throughout the city that offer surfing lessons and help you become safe and skilled while out in the water. You can sign up for frequent lessons, camps, and more.

Attend a Professional Sporting Event

Even if you aren’t much of an athlete

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In the year 2018, there were approximately 2 million real estate agents in the United States. So, as a home buyer or seller in Jacksonville, how do you find the best? What questions do you ask to ensure you make the smartest hiring decision? Let’s discuss four questions you should always ask before hiring a real estate agent in Jacksonville.

1. Will You Work With Me Throughout the Entire Process?

In some agencies, you may be passed around to different real estate agents during the buying or selling process. While this helps you work with experts during vital steps in the transaction, it can also make the process more complex and challenging. A home is a large investment and you want to work with someone from start to finish who has your back,

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The past year has brought many unique styles and trends to homes in the Jacksonville area. Some of these 2018 trends such as florals, velvet, and copper are not expected to leave in this new year, but many more home design trends are going to be making their debut. Let’s take a look at new home design trends you can expect in 2019 and how it may change the look of your residence this year.

Bold, Dark Colors

A previous home design trend was using light or neutral colors throughout the home. Light and neutral colors brighten and open up rooms which help guests and homeowners feel relaxed and calm. However, this year, you can expect to see these lighter colors begin to change to darker, more bold color options such as navy blues, deep greens, etc.

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When it comes to creating the perfect living space, there are many decisions you must make. The flooring can be one of the most difficult as you want a material with outstanding durability, easy maintenance, and incredible appearance. Deciding between two of the most popular options — carpet or hardwood — can be extremely challenging. Let’s take a look at the differences between each type to help you determine which is the best choice for your Jacksonville home.

Carpet

Several Jacksonville homeowners choose carpet due to the comfort and feel of the flooring. This material creates a more comfortable and soft feel and many choose to install it in bedrooms and family rooms where they want to relax and rest.

In addition, carpet allows homeowners

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The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to create goals to better both your personal life and your career. But, what about your home? Setting home-related goals can help you create a better maintained, more welcoming, and happier environment. Let’s talk about four home-related goals you can set this year. 

1. Declutter a Space

If you have an area in your home such as a storage room, shed, or garage, it can be intimidating to even start the decluttering process — but it shouldn’t be impossible. Set a goal this year that you will work on decluttering this area. You have the entire year to work on it so start small. Focus on just one shelf, one corner, etc. Set aside a few minutes every week — even just 10 to 15 minutes — to work on it.

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When the holidays come, they bring with it a mound of cheer — but that’s not all. The holiday season also comes with piles of clutter. Following all the festivities and holiday events, you may find yourself buried in piles of unwanted clutter. Luckily, you can start the year out right with these simple tips for decluttering after the holidays. 

1. Organize as You Go

As you begin to put away all of those cherished Christmas gifts, organize as you go. For example, as you place that new blender in your kitchen cabinet, get rid of the old blender that no longer works. Or, if you received several new shirts for Christmas, hang them up but get rid of at least three old shirts that you never wear. 

2. Dedicate Time Each Day

For one week, dedicate

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There are many ways that you can spruce up and enhance a room. You can add new carpet, a fresh coat of paint, new appliances, and more. But, you should never underestimate the power of the right light fixture. This one item can set the mood of the room. It can make a room look very modern and trendy or old and outdated. Rather than just choose the first light you see or the one that is the most budget-friendly, here are a few things you should keep in mind as you choose the right light fixture for your home. 

1. Take the Room Itself into Consideration

As you choose the right light fixture, ask yourself the following questions: 

  •  What type of tasks will you complete in the room? 
  • Do you need bright lights all the time or will you
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Whether you have guests for the weekend or to stay for several weeks at a time, you want to create a guest bedroom where they can relax and feel comfortable during their stay. And even better, you don’t have to spend tons of time and money creating the ultimate guest bedroom. Here are a few things you can do to create the perfect space for all of your guests. 

1. Choose Relaxing Colors

Your color choice can greatly affect the mood and feel of the bedroom. You want to choose colors that are calming, peaceful, and relaxing. Colors such as light blues and greens are ideal for this space. You also want to avoid colors that are too bold and overwhelming such as reds, blacks, pinks, or oranges. While you can still use these colors in your color

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