Jacksonville Real Estate Blog - Krista Fracke

Your home — no matter its size, age or current condition —  has potential. When you stage your home, you showcase this potential and many of the features and unique characteristics that will attract potential buyers. You decorate, organize and show off your home to impress. It requires some work but when you do it right, you attract buyers and are more likely to receive a quick sale.

In some situations, you may not have the time or the budget to truly stage your home, but you should put ample time and effort into the process. Here are six secrets to staging your home and really impress prospective buyers.

Remove Family Pictures

One of the easiest ways to stage your home is to remove all personalized décor items. Take family pictures off the walls

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Jacksonville, Florida is home to a thriving and nationally envied arts scene.  Throughout the year, festivals, events, live music, and galleries have attracted local and globally recognized artists.  Below is a brief overview of some of the music, live theatre and museum and galleries venues Jacksonville has to offer – giving a taste of everything Jacksonville has to offer.


Whether in the mood for large enthusiastic crowds or a more intimate setting, Jacksonville has something for everyone.  For globally recognized artists and large settings check out Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, or the Florida Theatre.  To experience an open air, standing room only venue, catering to local artists, view the schedule at

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Buying a home in Jacksonville is so exciting! Who doesn’t love visiting homes with the potential to buy? As a first-time homebuyer, you may be eager to get going, but before you do, you’ll want to read this article so you don’t make some very common house hunting mistakes. Here are eight of the most common ones.

1.       You don’t use a real estate agent

Mistake #1 is a big one: you didn’t use a real estate agent. Many home buyers mistakenly believe they don’t need an agent to view and purchase homes, but that is a costly mistake. First of all, many agents representing buyers don’t take a commission from the buyers – it comes from the sellers. This means that their service to you is actually cost-free. And the service they are giving you is

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Dogs, cats, birds, lizards: you may love them all (and who doesn’t?). But, selling your home when you’ve got pets can be tricky, because honestly, some people don’t like animals in the home. Here are six steps to selling your home when you’ve got pets.

1.       Find someone to watch them

The first step is to get the pets out of the home and into the care of someone who can watch them for a few weeks. While this may be a heartbreaking task, it will be worth it when your home sells quicker and for more money.

2.       Clean the home from top to bottom

Pet owners often don’t recognize that their home smells like their dog or cat because they’ve gotten used to the smell. This smell may be offensive to some people and turn them off buying your

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Fitness enthusiasts love the endless options for running and walking in the Jacksonville area. The number of trails, beaches, and parks are one of the top reasons why homeowners seek out the Jacksonville area when buying a home. Voted as one of the “10 Best Places to Run While You’re Away from Home” by USA Today, it’s easy to see why Jacksonville is one of the most desirable areas for people who live an active lifestyle.

Whether you’re a serious runner or a casual walker, there are many fantastic spots for getting outdoors and working up a sweat. There’s something for everyone, whether you love to walk scenic trails or jog in urban areas. Take your pick from these great areas for running, walking, and enjoying the best of Jacksonville’s beautiful

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As everyone well knows, we are in the midst of one of the largest hurricanes ever recorded here in Florida. I truly hope everyone is staying safe and felt this article on Hurricane safety would be timely and helpful to my readers now and in future.

Prepare yourself

While evacuation is always a good idea, sometimes it isn’t always feasible when a hurricane is imminent. Whether you are staying or going, you are best to protect your Jacksonville home in the following ways:

Board up your windows and doors

Because winds can be very quick and flying objects are likely, windows will undoubtedly get broken. Protect your windows and your home’s interior by boarding up your windows and doors. Plywood is very inexpensive and easy to put up where you

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There are things you want in a home and things you need. Obviously, your needs come before your wants. Generally, there are three basic needs when it comes to buying a home in Jacksonville: location, price and size. Everything else is truly inconsequential. Really, even size can be compromised on, but price and location are two factors when buying a home that should not be changed. In terms of price, you have a maximum budget and you pretty much have to stick to that (unless you have a rich benefactor who is going to give you money for a more expensive home). It all comes down to location. Location is the most important factor to consider when buying a home. But, why?

Location, location, location

You’ve heard the old adage, buy the worst home on

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First time homebuyers in Jacksonville come as green as they get. They want to buy their first home and dive in head first, literally screaming for the sellers to take their money and give them the keys. But, caution is always important when making a transaction as large as this. While your down payment and mortgage payments are the biggest expenses that you know about when you become a home owner, there are many hidden expenses that you should know about before buying a home in Jacksonville.

1.       Property taxes

It is super important that you factor in the monthly cost of property taxes when you do your budget and not just your monthly mortgage payment. Depending on the value of your property, you could be paying a hefty chunk of change to

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You’ve found that dream home, you’ve worked with your Realtor to work out a good offer price and now you... wait. When you are waiting for an answer to whether or not you’ve purchased a home, the waiting can be ultra-stressful. Here are 10 things you can do instead of stressing while waiting for your home offer to hopefully be accepted and 10 things you definitely shouldn’t do.

1.       Have a drink (or two)

One way to be relaxed is to go for a drink or two with a trusted friend who understands what waiting is like.

2.       Look at more houses

While you’ve put an offer in and you hope the sellers accept, it doesn’t hurt to look at other houses just in case the offer is rejected. Stopping your home search could set you back, especially if

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Whether you’re changing the flooring to make your home more appealing to buyers or because you just need a change in your home, there are a number of decisions to make in deciding what flooring is best. Ask yourself the following questions when figuring out your flooring needs:

·         Is this an investment?

·         What is the size of the room?

·         What is my budget?

·         What is the use of the room?

·         What is the traffic in the room?

·         Does the space have a lot of moisture?

·         How much maintenance do I want to perform?

·         What will buyers want (if selling)?

Once you’ve answered these questions, you can get a better idea of what type of flooring is best for the space based on the

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