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Do you believe in ghost?  What about ghost houses?

Ghost Houses Jacksonville FL

Well it appears Jacksonville is full of "ghost houses".   

That's what we are calling the houses that get listed for sale without any pictures of the actual house for sale. (not actually haunted houses)  

Jacksonville's Ghost Houses:  This is a real thing!  

These "ghost houses" are put up for sale by the hired Realtor who has signed a listing agreement with the home Sellers.  

Why would anyone agree to putting their house up for sale without having pictures of the home?  ... That we can't answer...  but it makes us wonder.....

Does the home owner know their home has no pictures showing it off in it's best light?

Does the home owner know how important the first impression is!

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While homes sit unsold on the market for weeks, months, and sometimes years, others sell SUPER FAST!  Why is that?  What makes some homes sell while others sit?

Here is one of those examples.  We listed this house for sale and it had many showings in just a few days and received several interested parties and offers.  It sold for full price and the Buyers and Sellers came to quick terms in just 10 days!  Some of the reasons this happened::

Curb Appeal!

This house looks good from the road!  Yes, it needed a little hedge trimming but ultimately is was a beautiful curb appeal that attracted everyone in!  

 Victoria Lakes

Open Floor Plan

Most home buyers are looking for several key ingredients while shopping for their next homes, but an open floor plan is

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Happy Thursday!  

These are some of the best properties that have just hit the market in the Jacksonville area.  Great homes and ready for new owners! 

Have a look through and let us know if you'd like to see any of these in person.  Cheers!

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Crystal ball jacksonville real estate predictionsWe have a meeting of the minds as to what our predictions will be for the next calendar year.  This year was no different.  We started compiling our list, and made sure to include the "no shit Sherlock" predictions as well as the more "huh - not so sure about that one" predictions.  

  • Rising Mortgage Rates:  Yep - it's already happening and will continue to happen as long as we are seeing a stable economy ahead.  
  • More Transactions:  It's been a trend year over year since the dog days of the bust years.  
  • Price appreciation slows:  I believe we are near the top of our current "arch".  "Current" being the key word there.
  • Move Up Buyers are a MAJOR influence this year:  In Jax, we've had too many people S T U K (4 letter word) for too many
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Real Estate 911 Radio Show Brad Officer

We just finished our Radio show for the week, and our topic was a hot one:  

2017, The Year of the Move Up!

Show notes:

Why we believe 2017 is the move up year.......

First we have to understand demand is building.

  1. MANY homeowners in Jacksonville have been STUK (4 letter word) for nearly a decade.
    1. Not anymore:  Prices are up, and principal balances are down!
    2. Katy bar door! With these homeowners finally above water, MANY will choose to make the move this year.
  2. MORE Buyers entering the market.
    1. Millennials are coming of age with real income, real families, and real money.  They are deciding to buy their first homes, but they are skipping the small starter homes and often times buying that next level up... which is
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Rising Mortgage Rates 2017

Time to make your move in 2017!

If there has ever been a time to capitalize on moving up, this is the time!  

That's right, make your MOVE UP in 2017 and benefit by both selling high and buying low.  How can that be?

  1. Selling High:  We have just finished several years of above average real estate appreciation.  In 2016, Jacksonville realized an 8%+ annual appreciation!  Your house is most likely worth more than you think.  Will this trend continue?  No one knows for sure.  There certainly appears to be a rise in overall consumer sentiment, and our local Jacksonville economy is growing so signs are pointing to positive.  
  2. Buying Low:  Rates are historically low, which gives you increased buying power.  That's right, you'll be able to buy
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As home owners, we are all concerned with the values of our homes.  Obviously we'd love if the values always went up, but that hasn't always been the case in the month to month housing market in the Jacksonville area.  Anyone who lived through the housing and stock market crash in the 2007-2008 timeline can certainly attest to the fluctuation in home values.  

Here we are many years removed and many percentage point increases over the lows of 2012.  Many areas of Jacksonville and the surrounding areas have seen great increases in values while others have seen very slow increases or even flat to borderline decreases.  

Why do some areas appreciate rapidly while other areas (very nearby) in the same town, depreciate?

It all comes down to your Econ

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Wow!  Check out this video on the depreciation and returning appreciation of our Jacksonville real estate market.  Very impressive!

One note to point out:  A slowing of appreciation.  The data is pointing to strong appreciation running up to now, but it's showing a slowing in appreciation which is exactly what we've been talking about in the last few weeks on our radio show:  Real Estate 911 with Brad Officer.  

 

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uhhhh  -  I think they are already here!

Millennials: the buzzword to end all buzzwords. Millennials Real Estate

They’re constantly in the news. Every business from grocery stores to car companies have been asking how to best work with, understand, and market to Millennials for years. 

This group, composed of people 18 to 35, is drawing attention to themselves again by making up the largest percentage of current homebuyers

This isn’t actually breaking news. Millennials have made up the largest portion of homebuyers for the last three years, according to the National Association of Realtors.  

Millennials make up 35 percent of homebuyers compared to just over 25 percent for Gen X. Younger Boomers and Older Boomers make up the lowest percentage, each making up

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Home Sold Fast Jacksonville

As a home owner, it's often difficult to figure out which direction to go when selling your home.  You probably know a handful of Realtors in Jacksonville and may even be close friends with a few.  That can make the decision of who to choose when looking to sell your house very difficult.  In fact, we've run into situations where home owners have called us to ask if we could sell their home without agent XYZ finding out (which is near impossible).  ....mostly because they don't want to hurt the agent's feelings.  

IF you were choose the wrong agent, several possible consequences could be the result:

1. The wrong Realtor could leave WAY too much money on the table.

2. The wrong Realtor could take too long to sell and cost you more in added

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