Jacksonville Real Estate Blog - Krista Fracke

When you are looking for a home, you undoubtedly have a wish list in mind. This wish list makes up your dream home and could include everything from a finished basement to a move-in ready home. But, first-time homebuyers aren’t often realistic about what sort of home they can actually afford and what they can truly live without. This article will detail what needs to stay on a first-time homebuyer’s wish list and what needs to come off.

What stays on

Square footage/bedrooms

Only you know how much space you need for your family. Here you should be realistic about what constitutes large or small. As a first-time homebuyer, your dreams of a 3000-square foot home may not come true. You should know how many bedrooms you need and not sacrifice on

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When buying your first home or even your fifth, you are going to have to make some sacrifices. Sure, you have that image of your dream home in your head, but ask yourself if it is completely realistic. Unless you are building a custom home from scratch, the home you buy is never going to perfect. There are some things you’ll love, some things you like, some things you dislike and some things you can’t even stand. As long as you are realistic about what you can live with and what you can’t, your home buying process should go smoothly and you should be able to get some of the things on your wish list. The trick is knowing what you need on your wish list and knowing what you want on your wish list.

What do you need?


There are a number

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Energy use in Florida can be quite high. The results are that you’ll spend an inordinate amount of money on energy bills, plus you aren’t doing the environment any favors. Reducing your energy consumption is good for you and everyone around you. But, how do you do it?

Air conditioning

More than one quarter of the energy consumed in Florida is due to air conditioning. This makes sense in our tropical climate, but it is four times the national average. Most people in Florida use central air, which is an efficient way to cool a home, but if you can stand it, you’ll be better of turning off your air conditioning and cooling your home in less expensive ways:

  • ·        Keep your blinds closed
  • ·        Close doors and vents to rooms you don’t
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Everyone wants to get the most money out of selling their house. No one ever said, “hey, I don’t mind losing a few thousand on my house sale”. But, did you know that pricing your home too high can actually hinder your home sale and make you lose money? Pricing your home for more than it is worth is probably the biggest mistake a home seller can make and it will definitely cost you.

The Logic

Some sellers mistakenly believe that they can follow the rules of bargaining and price their home higher than they are willing to take for it. They feel that a buyer will come in with a lower offer anyway and they’ll just accept it, but that is definitely not the case. By pricing your home too high you are:

  • ·        Stopping people from seeing your
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Buying and selling a home is a confusing process, full of baffling terminology that makes you wonder what you’re really signing up for. This quick list of some common real estate definitions might be a handy reference sheet for you to take along the next time you are out looking for houses.

Amortization: length of time over which your mortgage will be paid.

Appraisal: process of estimating the value of a property, done by an appraiser - a professional skilled in appraisals.

Closing costs: costs that you pay on the close of the home, which can include legal fees, land transfer tax and more.

Counter offer: when you original offer is not accepted, you may give a second offer with amended conditions.

Curb appeal: how the home looks from the

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Jacksonville is not just a great place to live, it is also a fantastic place to vacation. Many homeowners here live in their homes year-round, but some also buy them as a rental, both for year-round and intermittent use. As well, some people just want to plant their money into a home, hoping to see that money grow. If you are considering buying an investment property, there are a few things you should take into consideration first.

Can you afford it?

While buying an investment property is meant to make you money, you are going to have to start with investing your own money first. Do you have an adequate down payment and are you able to make the monthly mortgage payments if you aren’t able to get renters? Be sure that you can afford the payments

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Jacksonville is such a great, family-friendly place to live. According to the census, almost 30% of the residents of Jacksonville under the age of 20, with the majority of these children being under age 10. Because of this, there is so many fun things for kids to do in Jacksonville, including some really great parks. Of course, you don’t have to be a child to use the parks in Jacksonville either!

Ed Austin Regional Park

This highly-rated park is a great spot to take the kids. There is a beautiful and safe playground, along with a dog park (one for big dogs, one for small dogs). With many dedicated fields for all sorts of sports, including soccer, baseball, football and even Frisbee golf, people of all ages will enjoy this park. If you like to

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So you’ve decided to tackle some renovations on your home – good for you! But, do you know which renovations actually increase the value of your home? You obviously don’t want to do work on your home that brings little value. Let’s talk about renovations that will give you the most bang for your buck, in terms of return on investment.

Renovations that don’t add value

There are some additions you can make to your home that might actually decrease the value or cost you money you won’t get back. These include adding high-end fixtures. While these look amazing and might sell your home faster (if you plan on selling), they won’t add any increase on investment. Wall to wall carpeting is one that might actually decrease the value of your home,

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In our hot climate, you may be considering buying a home with a pool. You’re imaging hot nights spent swimming under the stars and cool wakeups under the sunshine. But, is buying a home with a pool a good idea? There are a number of considerations to think about when making this choice.

Are pools an asset?

In most of the country, a pool can actually bring down the value of your home. People worry about safety and maintenance costs and might be less willing to buy your home. But, in the hottest states like Florida, California, Arizona and Hawaii, a pool can increase the value of your home. The reason for this is that you really can enjoy the pool year-round and it might also be a necessity on the hottest days of summer.

What are the costs of

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When people think of Florida, they think of gorgeous citrus trees, sunshine and of course, golf. Florida really is the place to play a few rounds and Jacksonville is so lucky to have some of the best golf in the entire country. Some have even dubbed Jacksonville as Florida’s golf capital, where some of the first golf courses were built. There are over 1,220 holes and 70 courses in Jacksonville, some designed by the only the best in the business.

TPC Sawgrass

Voted by Golf Magazine as Florida’s top public course and also seen as the world’s most famous golf course, TPC Sawgrass must be an addition to your golf bucket list. Amazingly, the design for this course was drawn up on a cocktail napkin, by Pete Dye in 1981. Even so, it has some very

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