August 2016

There are 5 blog entries for August 2016.


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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