Jacksonville Real Estate Blog - Krista Fracke

If you find yourself as an empty-nester or even in a tight financial situation, downsizing your Jacksonville home may be the solution. However, effectively downsizing is going to require some tough decisions, hard work, and plenty of time. Here are five tricks to make the process a little smoother.

1. Determine Your Needs

Before you begin throwing items away, determine what you absolutely need in your new home. For example, if you are moving from a six-bedroom home to a three-bedroom home, you need to keep a minimum of three bedroom sets. If you are moving to a home with a much smaller dining room, you may need to sell your current dining room table and purchase a table that better fits the new space.

2. Focus on One Room at a Time

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Jacksonville is home to a wide array of activities. There is something for everyone to do and enjoy — particularly children. Here are five Jacksonville activities that your kids will beg you to go back and visit.

1. Alligator Farm

The Alligator Farm is not only an excellent learning destination but it boasts many exhibits to capture the attention of children of all ages. In this zoological park, you’ll see every type of crocodile species as well as other animals including birds and Florida-native reptiles. There are a variety of shows and you can even watch as the animal keepers feed the alligators.

2. Kayaking

If you have older children who have a love of water and adventure, kayaking is a must-do. There are several excellent places to kayak

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Before you sign on the dotted line and purchase your Jacksonville dream home, it is crucial you are confident in your decision. You need to ensure the home has no hidden problems and there are no large expenses or disasters lurking in the background. Having a home inspection is common and highly recommended during the home-buying process. Here are four reasons you should always hire an inspector.

1. Discover Hidden Issues

One of the most common reasons many individuals choose to have a home inspection is to ensure everything is in working order and there are no potential problems. During a home showing, you are typically looking at the aesthetics and the functionality of the home. An inspector looks at the crucial components — the roof, electricity,

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While Jacksonville boasts over 840 square miles and is the largest city in the continental United States, finding the right neighborhood can become a challenge. There are numerous factors to consider so you can ensure your dream home is truly in the right location for your family, budget, and lifestyle. Contacting a Jacksonville real estate agent is the best option to help you determine the right neighborhood, but doing your own research can help narrow down the dozens of options. Here are five Jacksonville neighborhoods that may be worth your consideration.

1. Northside

If you have a young family or are a first-time homebuyer who doesn’t want a large, costly home, this neighborhood is ideal. It is close to downtown and boasts many attractions.

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Whether you are moving to your dream home on the other side of Jacksonville or you are moving across the country, moving your belongings is an extremely overwhelming task. However, by utilizing a few simple tricks, you can pack your belongings quickly and prevent items from breaking. Additionally, you may even save some money instead of purchasing expensive moving equipment. Here are several moving hacks that you desperately need as you prepare for a move.

Use Your Socks

Rolled-up socks make excellent cushions in small box crevices. They can cushion items and prevent belongings from rolling around.  You can also place rolled-up socks in large glass vases to prevent breakage instead of stuffing the item full of paper or expensive packing supplies.

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If you want buyers to fall in love with your Jacksonville home, you must pay special attention to your kitchen. If this area is not to the buyers liking, or if it needs extensive repairs, it can cost a significant amount of money to repair and replace. Additionally, it can be the reason a potential buyer walks away. To make a great first impression, it is essential you work hard to stage your kitchen. Here are six tips to make the process a little easier.

Clean

While you should clean your entire home prior to selling, you want to pay special attention to the kitchen. This area of your home can quickly become one of the messiest and is an area where potential buyers will pay the most attention to detail. You want to deep-clean this area including

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Jacksonville is home to some of the most incredible beaches. This Florida city boasts more than 22 miles of beach, allowing you ample opportunity to enjoy the white sand, beautiful sunsets, and some amazing surfing. Whether you may live in Jacksonville, are considering a move to this beautiful city, or are simply planning a visit, here are five Jacksonville beaches you don’t want to miss. 

Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the area. It has quite a unique history as many historians believe this area was the first American settlement in North America where settlers lived throughout the entire year. This beach is extremely popular for surfers and has a small community nearby, making it easy to visit this area or live

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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.

The

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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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