6 Signs You’ve Found the Right New Home

Posted on by Lisa Barton in Buying Tips

Love at first sight is not limited to only a significant other, it can happen when seeing the perfect house! From the moment you arrive, there is an instant attraction. The curb appeal is breathtaking and lures you up the walkway and into the house. The feelings only get stronger from there. The house is checking off the major items on the ‘must-have’ list, plus even more. You may think to yourself, “Wow, it’s all moving so fast. Am I rushing into this (house) love affair?”

Here are a few signs you may have found ~The One~:

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St, John’s County Ranked #1 School District in Florida, Again

Posted on by Lisa Barton

Another year has gone by and St. Johns school district firmly holds its rank as the #1 public school district in Florida. The rankings are calculated by a number of statistics, including state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality and public school district ratings (Niche.com). Holding the #1 spot out of 68 other school districts is clearly impressive, and it is safe to say the group effort has paid off. Former Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner expressed his views on the district’s success: 

“It is important to note that the criteria used to determine school grades was raised this year and yet our high schools continued to excel. I attribute this success to the higher standards, very high expectations, outstanding teachers, dedicated school leaders and district support. Most importantly, we have very focused and dedicated students with strong parent support” (St. Johns County School District Media Release 2014).  

When browsing for a new home, there are a number of factors to take into account than just the house. Take into consideration the various other perks go along with being the best…

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What is Onsite Environmental Consulting, LLC?

Posted on by Lisa Barton in Around Town, Real Estate News

Today during our weekly sales meeting, Onsite Environmental Consulting, LLC (OEC) stopped in to educate us with valuable information on what exactly the company has to offer, which had us all very intrigued. Based in Jacksonville, Onsite Environmental Consulting, LLC (OEC) is a privately held DBE / JSEB certified environmental consulting firm. OEC has provided quality environmental consulting services for 13 years, not only in Jacksonville but throughout the entire southeast, with experience across the entire United State.

 

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Jacksonville is a Great Place to Retire

Posted on by Lisa Barton in Around Town, New to Jacksonville, Real Estate News

Northeast Florida was founded on a misguided quest to find the Fountain of Youth. Even though Juan Ponce de León never found exactly what he was looking for – he did discover one of the most beautiful areas in the country, an area that many retirees flock to in order to relax and rediscover their youth. Here are six of the many reasons why people love retiring in Northeast Florida, aside from the beautiful weather and the abundance of sunshine.

6. Northeast Florida is a Vacation Destination

Thankfully there are many airports in the area, both domestic and international, so that your friends and family can visit at any time. There are so many things to do in Florida, which makes it a popular travel spot – especially if there is family to stay with. During the cold and snowy months back in other parts of the country, expect lots of visitors.

5. An Active Adult Community

If you’re looking to settle down in an Active Adult Community, Northeast Florida has a range of options for every taste and every budget. After managing your own home for so many years, it’s relaxing to live in a social community that is managed by others, and has all the amenities and services you would need to live a comfortable and happy life.

4. The Healthcare Options in Northeast Florida are Vast

Thanks to many other retirees moving to the area, most health services are geared towards that age group. Having top-notch health care providers available all over Northeast Florida, there’s a sense of safety and reassurance that you don’t get everywhere in the country.

3. No Income Tax

In all of Florida, there is no estate tax, no state income tax, and no inheritance tax. This is important, especially if you’re on a fixed income. You want to live someplace where your money is worth more, and luckily Florida has a very low cost of living. It pays to be able to save for more important things, like traveling and visiting family.

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Real estate market in Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beach is HOT!

Posted on by Lisa Barton in Real Estate News

The real estate market in Northeast Florida is sizzling and shows no signs of slowing down. Earlier this year, Jacksonville earned the No. 1 spot on Trulia’s list of the top 10 real estate markets poised for growth in 2017. Home values, prices and sales have shown some of the strongest numbers since before the economic downturn a few years ago.

Take a look at the latest data from the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors. In the January 2017 monthly report, the Median Sales Price increased more than 6 percent. While prices continued to gain traction, the continued decline in the number of homes available for sale, with inventory levels falling by more than 18 percent, remains one of the biggest challenges in today’s market.

“Home prices continue to post steady gains and are nearly back to pre-recession levels in most of our markets,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda Sherrer. “The pace of growth remains strong and, for home pricing, represents an above-average level of appreciation. The shortage of available properties should continue to drive prices higher. There is a significant demand for moderately priced homes that appeal to both first-time buyers and Baby Boomers wishing to downsize.”

Berkshire Hathaway HomeService's statistics are remarkable in the homes priced at $250,000 and under category. The inventory of homes available for sale is down 26 percent with the months’ supply of inventory down to 2.9 months. The time it took to sell a home was only 73 days with a list-to-sell price ratio at nearly 95 percent.

Statistics in higher price points are similarly dramatic. The months’ supply of inventory of homes for sale in the $250,000 to $500,000 price range is 4.5 months with only 85 days on the market to complete the sale. In the luxury home category, homes prices $500,000 and up, the months’ supply is less than 10 months with 114 days on the market or homes selling in less than four months.

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