Jacksonville Real Estate Blog - Krista Fracke

Oftentimes before a house closes you’ll do a final walkthrough to ensure everything that was specified in a contract has been done or is still in good condition. Typically, you want this walkthrough to be as close to closing as you can get it, so there are no surprises in the days that follow. During this walkthrough, there are a number of things you should look for. Sometimes you may even want two walkthroughs, especially if you’ve requested repairs to be done.

Bring your home inspection report with you and check on items that you’ve asked to be repaired. You may also want to check on items that were in good or deteriorating condition in the report and ensure they are still in the same condition. In order to test that things are working do the

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Decorating your home should be fun, but for some it is just a huge source of stress. Of course, you can hire a professional decorator to do the work, if you have the budget, but decorating yourself is much easier on the budget. For 2016, there are quite a few trends in home decoration and design. Choosing one that fits your personal style should be the easy part. The main themes of design in 2016 are simplicity, durability, function and statement.

Going tech-free

One large trend that we are seeing in many family homes is spaces where technology is not allowed. People are so busy and often immersed on one screen or another, so people are taking back their living space and family time while designating specific rooms as tech-free. These rooms

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If you watch home renovation and buying and selling shows, you know staging a home for sale will get you the most money for your home. Buyers want to be wowed and in order to have them overlook the downfalls of the home, staging the home will have them only seeing the great parts of the home. It can be a little bit of smoke and mirrors, but staging has been proven to work to help your home sell faster and for more money.

Did you know that I spend quite a bit of time helping my clients stage their homes and even perform much-needed renovations? I want to help you get maximum dollar from your home sale and I know exactly how to do it. But, there are mistakes that people make when staging their homes and this article will tell you the biggest ones.

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You’ve got the stable job and you feel like you are ready to head out on your own. Renting doesn’t do it for you and you think you are ready to buy a house, but are you really ready? There are a few questions first-time homebuyers need to ask themselves to find out if they are truly ready to buy that first house.

Do I have a good down payment?

To purchase a home here, you need 3-5% of the purchase price right up front, but having up to 20% is much more desirable. Ask yourself if waiting another year to sock away more of a down payment is a good idea. If you live somewhere where your rent is low (like with your parents), staying put and saving more is definitely a great idea. Don’t forget about closing costs either, as those little costs add up

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Watching the latest home renovation shows you might have the impression that by investing a few dollars in your home renovations, you’ll see a massive return back into your home. This isn’t fully true. First of all, you need to consider the value of the homes in your immediate area. Having the most-upscale home on the block might be nice, but it won’t necessarily increase the value, as homes generally depreciate in value over time while the land appreciates. This is called overbuilding for the neighborhood. Your home value is mostly based on square footage of your home and property, the location, the market, with the interior of the home having the least impact on value.

Renovations that don’t add value include:

  • ·        Adding a swimming
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First-time homebuyers often want to be one-time homebuyers, finding the home they’ll get married in, raise their children in and hopefully retire in. This is called a forever home. It can be quite different from a starter home, a move-up home or a retirement home, as it needs the functions and value of all three of these types of homes. There are some unique features to look for in a forever home.

Adequate space

Thinking about your future is very important in a forever home and if you plan to have a large family, you should plan on those sleeping arrangements now. Having a bedroom or enough space for each child is usually very high on a new parent’s wishlist. Sharing bedrooms can work, but they can also be an incredible hassle, especially as

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This article will cover the five biggest mistakes that homebuyers can’t afford to make when purchasing their first home.

Not knowing what you can afford/Not considering extra expenses

Buying a home is a dream for many people and realizing that dream can make people, well, dreamy. As a first time home buyer, you’ve got visions in your head for what you want in a home and sometimes those expectations might not match your budget. The very first thing any homebuyer needs to do before stepping foot in any house for a showing is to get pre-approved for a mortgage. What you get approved for might be a lot less (or a lot more) than what you were hoping for. Know your maximum spending budget and don’t look at houses that exceed this budget.


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What is curb appeal? Wikipedia defines it as the attractiveness of the exterior of a property as viewed from the street. It is an indicator of “initial appeal” to homebuyers. As the clichés go, curb appeal will boost the chance a homebuyer has “love at first sight” because “first impressions do matter”.

If you are selling your home or just want to have great curb appeal (i.e., to impress your neighbors), there are quite a few ways of doing this, even if your home isn’t all that grand from the street.

Jazz it up

While you can’t always change the exterior materials on your home, you can definitely jazz them up. Your front door is a great example of something you can change and update in front of your home. Paint it a bold, but appealing color

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This post will discuss the merits of including foreclosures in the home search process and cover the particulars of identifying good foreclosure opportunities.


While buying a foreclosure might be a bit morally taxing (you feel bad for those who have lost their home), it might be your best option for entering the market and buying a home. There are a few pitfalls to buying a foreclosure, but you should definitely include them in your search when buying a home.

Merits and pitfalls of foreclosures

If a home is selling as a foreclosure, you may have a very motivated seller and you have the possibility of getting the home

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This seasonally relevant post will offer up a few savvy ideas and suggestions for homeowners who are currently looking to reinvest their tax returns into home renovations and improvements.


With the deadline for taxes looming, many of us are getting tax windfalls and aren’t sure what to do with them. Sure, you can blow the new-found cash on frivolous purchases like vacations or a new wardrobe, but wouldn’t it be better to spend it investing in your home? Investing in your home can actually make you more money, by increasing the home’s value, as well as making it more functional and beautiful for you. It is a win-win. There are five areas of your

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