Jacksonville Real Estate Blog - Krista Fracke

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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As if the process of finding and buying a home wasn’t daunting enough, there is also the process of getting a mortgage. Knowing what you can afford and qualify for may be confusing and so is all of the mortgage terms and conditions that get thrown at you. It is really difficult to figure out why Bank A’s offer is better than Bank B.

Enter in the trusty mortgage broker. You may think having a mortgage broker is frivolous, but it can actually save you thousands of dollars, plus so much time. You see, you don’t have to pay a mortgage broker – their services are free to you! The banks and other lending institutions pay mortgage brokers to find you the best deals out there on a mortgage.

While you are going to save tons of time with a qualified

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Jacksonville is incredibly lucky to have amazing growing conditions for food, so we get some of the freshest, most beautiful food in the country. We’ve got a number of amazing markets where you can obtain local food, be entertained and have a great day out.

Jacksonville Farmer’s Market

The Jacksonville Farmer’s Market is really a treat in this area, with almost 80 years in business! One million people visit the Jax Farmer’s Market in a year, and why not considering they’ve got loads of fresh hand-picked produce, imported specialty items and many ethnic choices. This open-air market has a number of amazing vendors, some of which include:

  • ·        Adan Martinez – specializing in tomatoes, watermelon and cantaloupe
  • ·        Conscious Eats
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Winter will be here before we know it, and if you live in northern state or farther north, that means frigid temperatures, snow and ice. It doesn’t sound very nice. Here in Florida, we rarely experience the winters that some of the rest of the country and further abroad experience. That’s why it makes an amazing place to buy your second home. Buying a vacation home in Jacksonville is amazing for so many reasons. There is a large boom of people buying vacation homes in Jax who plan on retiring here once they are done working and making Jacksonville their primary home. Let’s find out why.

What’s so great about living in Jacksonville?

Of course, the weather is the first factor as to why Jacksonville makes a great spot for a second home. Typical

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While Jacksonville has tons to do, sometimes you want to venture a little further from home. We are lucky here in Jacksonville to have so many great attractions within a few hours’ drive. If you are a resident or a visitor of Jacksonville, you’ll want to take note of these four great road trips to be had.

Daytona Beach

Everyone’s heard of Daytona Beach and that’s because it is a must-see for anyone in the state of Florida. Just a 1.5 hour drive from Jacksonville, it is here that you’ll take part in their very viable cultural and culinary attractions. They’ve got 23 miles of coastline, that make it an ideal spot for families, couples and singles. Also known as the world’s most famous beach, it is great for any budget, with everything from

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Jacksonville is the place to be if you want good food, lively nightlife and a historical feel. Jax is the place not just to visit, but also to live. This article will tell you about Jacksonville’s best restaurants.

The French Pantry

With both French and American cuisine, this family restaurant is well-loved in Jacksonville. You’ll have to bear some long lines, but you won’t regret it, especially when there is a lemonade stand to keep you cool while you wait. Freshly-made breads and cakes are The French Pantry’s speciality, but their sandwiches are also the talk of the town.


Another local favorite, bb’s has a diverse menu and amazing top-notch service. While their desserts are fabulous, you’ll want to try the calamari, it’s apparently

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