September 2016

There are 4 blog entries for September 2016.


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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