Jacksonville Real Estate Blog - Krista Fracke

If you have young children who are fascinated with animals, or maybe you are an animal lover yourself, Jacksonville is the place to visit. There are dozens of attractions around the area that feature activities, exhibits, and experiences every age will love. Let’s take a look at five Jacksonville attractions that you must place on your bucket list if you love animals.

1. Jacksonville Zoo

The Jacksonville Zoo is one of the most popular destinations for animal lovers. This attraction features more than 2,000 animals you can watch and enjoy. While you are there, you can sign up for a zoo experience that may include a behind-the-scenes tour, animal encounters, and zookeeper talks. Young kids will also love the splash park, train, and carousel as

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The garage is an important area in your home and should not be at the bottom of your priority list when staging the property. Unfortunately, this area of the home is often very messy, disorganized, and dirty and it is a project you simply don’t want to tackle. Here are five tricks to staging your garage to help you create a space that will instantly impress during every showing.

1. Clear the Floor

The floor in the garage can quickly become a catch-all for many boxes, yard equipment, bikes, strollers, etc. Instead of storing a pile of boxes in the corner, just remove them from this area. Declutter, place shelves along the wall, or rent a storage shed and place all extra items at this location. When items lay on the floor, it makes the garage

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It is no secret that purchasing a new home is expensive. There are many large costs associated with the transaction including a down payment, closing costs, inspection and appraisal fees, etc. When renting a home, it can seem almost impossible to set aside enough money each month to make homeownership a possibility. But it can happen. Here are four tips to help you save up for your dream Jacksonville home while paying high monthly rent.

1. There is No “Extra” Money

Many individuals consider work bonuses and tax refunds “extra” money and spend it on a vacation, new furniture, or updated wardrobe. If these items are not a necessity, then put every last penny into your savings. When you put these large chunks of money into your bank account at

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Whether you love to fish for relaxation or you live for the thrill, Jacksonville is home to great fishing. You don’t have to travel far to enjoy excellent freshwater and saltwater fishing options. Here are four exceptional fishing locations near Jacksonville.

 1. Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve

 If you are looking for a great freshwater fishing location, you must check out the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. Cedar Point, which is located on the south of the Black Hammock Island, features a boat dock which makes it easy to enjoy some time on the water. You can also find areas throughout the Preserve that are ideal for fly fishing.

 2. Nassau Sound Fishing Bridge

 If you want to enjoy some of the best fishing around, you

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Before many sellers place their Jacksonville home on the market, they spend extra time perfecting the main living areas in the home such as the kitchen, living room, and bathroom. And while the right upgrades in these rooms can certainly attract potential buyers, there is more that can be done. The bedroom is one area of the home that is often overlooked, but with a few minor updates, you can reap big rewards. Here are four bedroom upgrades that will make a huge difference in your Jacksonville home.

1. Light Fixture

Updating the light fixture is a simple task that requires very little work and a few tools. It can be accomplished in an afternoon and create a more cohesive and updated look in the space. If possible, install energy-efficient light

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Before many sellers place their Jacksonville home on the market, they spend extra time perfecting the main living areas in the home such as the kitchen, living room, and bathroom. And while the right upgrades in these rooms can certainly attract potential buyers, there is more that can be done. The bedroom is one area of the home that is often overlooked, but with a few minor updates, you can reap big rewards. Here are four bedroom upgrades that will make a huge difference in your Jacksonville home.

1. Light Fixture

Updating the light fixture is a simple task that requires very little work and a few tools. It can be accomplished in an afternoon and create a more cohesive and updated look in the space. If possible, install energy-efficient light

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If you find yourself as an empty-nester or even in a tight financial situation, downsizing your Jacksonville home may be the solution. However, effectively downsizing is going to require some tough decisions, hard work, and plenty of time. Here are five tricks to make the process a little smoother.

1. Determine Your Needs

Before you begin throwing items away, determine what you absolutely need in your new home. For example, if you are moving from a six-bedroom home to a three-bedroom home, you need to keep a minimum of three bedroom sets. If you are moving to a home with a much smaller dining room, you may need to sell your current dining room table and purchase a table that better fits the new space.

2. Focus on One Room at a Time

As you

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Jacksonville is home to a wide array of activities. There is something for everyone to do and enjoy — particularly children. Here are five Jacksonville activities that your kids will beg you to go back and visit.

1. Alligator Farm

The Alligator Farm is not only an excellent learning destination but it boasts many exhibits to capture the attention of children of all ages. In this zoological park, you’ll see every type of crocodile species as well as other animals including birds and Florida-native reptiles. There are a variety of shows and you can even watch as the animal keepers feed the alligators.

2. Kayaking

If you have older children who have a love of water and adventure, kayaking is a must-do. There are several excellent places to kayak

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Before you sign on the dotted line and purchase your Jacksonville dream home, it is crucial you are confident in your decision. You need to ensure the home has no hidden problems and there are no large expenses or disasters lurking in the background. Having a home inspection is common and highly recommended during the home-buying process. Here are four reasons you should always hire an inspector.

1. Discover Hidden Issues

One of the most common reasons many individuals choose to have a home inspection is to ensure everything is in working order and there are no potential problems. During a home showing, you are typically looking at the aesthetics and the functionality of the home. An inspector looks at the crucial components — the roof, electricity,

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While Jacksonville boasts over 840 square miles and is the largest city in the continental United States, finding the right neighborhood can become a challenge. There are numerous factors to consider so you can ensure your dream home is truly in the right location for your family, budget, and lifestyle. Contacting a Jacksonville real estate agent is the best option to help you determine the right neighborhood, but doing your own research can help narrow down the dozens of options. Here are five Jacksonville neighborhoods that may be worth your consideration.

1. Northside

If you have a young family or are a first-time homebuyer who doesn’t want a large, costly home, this neighborhood is ideal. It is close to downtown and boasts many attractions.

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