Thursday, November 7, 2019

8330 Argyle Corners DR E Jacksonville, FL 32244

Property Site: http://tour.corelistingmachine.com/home/F4ECD3/8330-Argyle-Corners-DR-E-Jacksonville-FL-1023792
Great first home with high ceilings, arched windows, large fenced back yard and two car garage. Kitchen is open to family room with dining room off to the side. Fresh paint, new carpet and brand new a/c unit. Ready for immediate move in!
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Square feet: 1,139
Price: $145,000

For more information about this property, please contact JENNI GALLI at 904-505-5619 or galliteam@comcast.net. You can also text 5887861 to 67299 (Message and Data Rates May Apply, see terms and privacy policy).


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MLS ID: 1023792

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Upsizing Your Home

Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us. What may have initially worked fine for a single person, a young couple’s starter home, or a family with a newborn can quickly become too small as families expand and multiple generations live under one roof.
Remodeling and adding to your home is one option for creating more space, but it can be costly, and the size of your property may be prohibitive. That’s when moving to a bigger home becomes the best solution.

WHERE DO YOU NEED MORE SPACE?
The first thought when upsizing your home is to simply consider square footage, bedrooms, and bathrooms. But it’s important to take a more critical approach to how your space will actually be used. If you have younger children (or possibly more on the way), then focusing on bedrooms and bathrooms makes sense. But if your children are closer to heading off to college or starting their own families, it may be better to prioritize group spaces like the kitchen, dining room, living room, and outdoor space—it’ll pay off during the holidays or summer vacations, when everyone is coming to visit for big gatherings.

MOVING OUTWARD
If you need more space, but don’t necessarily want a more expensive home, you can probably get a lot more house for your money if you move a little further from a city center. While the walkability and short commutes of a dense neighborhood or condo are hard to leave beyond, your lifestyle—and preferences for hosting Thanksgiving, barbecues, and birthdays—might mean that a spacious home in the suburbs makes the most sense. It’s your best option for upsizing while avoiding a heftier price tag.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Serious About Selling? 5 Steps to Make Your Home
 "Best on the Block"


We all want to be good neighbors. But when it comes to selling your home, it’s not just about “keeping up with the Joneses.” It’s about outshining them at every opportunity!

If you’re looking to sell your home fast and for the most money possible, you’ll need a strategy to set it apart from all the other listings competing for buyers in your area. That’s why we’ve outlined our proven, five-step plan for serious sellers.

Use these five tactics to help your listing get noticed, win over buyers, and net a higher sales price than your neighbors!

STEP 1: Stage Your Home to Show Its Full Potential

The average seller will do the minimum to prepare their home for market: clean and declutter, fix anything that’s broken, mow the lawn. And while those tasks are essential, today’s buyers want more than just a clean house and tidy yard. When they dream of buying a new home, they envision a designer house with modern finishes. Help them see your property’s full potential by staging it.

Home staging is one of the hottest trends in real estate—because it works! According to the Real Estate Staging Association, homes that are professionally staged spend 73% less time on the market.

So what exactly is staging? In a broad sense, staging is the act of preparing your home for market. The goal is to highlight your home’s strengths, minimize any deficiencies, and help buyers envision themselves living in the space. When staging a home, you might rearrange the furniture to make a room feel larger or remove heavy curtains to make it appear brighter.

Some sellers choose to hire a professional home stager, who has specialized training and experience, to maximize the appeal of their home to the largest number of potential buyers. Others may opt to do it themselves, using guidance from their agent.

We can help you determine the appropriate budget and effort required to push your home ahead of the competition in your neighborhood. The good news is, an investment in staging pays off. A 2018 survey found that 85% of staged homes sold for 6-25% more than their unstaged neighbors homes.


STEP 2: Draw Buyers in with High-Quality Listing Photos
You only have one chance to make a first impression with potential buyers. And many buyers will view photos of a listing before they decide whether or not to visit it in person. In fact, 87% of buyers find photos “very useful” in their home search. Poor-quality or amateur-looking listing photos could keep buyers from ever stepping through your door.

Since good photography plays such an important role in getting your property noticed, we only work with the top local professionals to photograph our listings. But we don’t just rely on their photography skills when it comes to showcasing your home.

We go the extra mile to ensure your listing photos showcase the true essence of your home. We’re always on site during the photo shoot to help the photographer capture the best angles and lighting, and to let them know about unique or compelling selling features that they should photograph. The extra effort pays off in the end. In fact, listings with high-quality photography sell 32% faster than the competition … and often for more money!

 
STEP 3: Price It Properly From the Start

Even in a strong real estate market, there are homes that will sit unsold for months on end. This can be the “kiss of death” in real estate, as buyers tend to imagine that there must be something wrong with the property, even if it’s not the case.

But why are those houses still on the market in the first place? It’s because they are often priced too high.

Every buyer has a budget. And most will be viewing listings within a particular price range. If your property is overpriced, it can’t properly compete with the other houses they’re viewing that are priced correctly. Which means it’ll sit on the market until you’re eventually forced to drop the price.

Alternatively, if you price your home aggressively, it can be among the nicest homes that buyers have seen within their budget. This can lead to emotionally-attached buyers, who are often willing to pay a premium or settle for fewer seller concessions. And in certain markets, it can lead to a multiple-offer situation, or bidding war. The end result? More money in your pocket.

We can help you determine the ideal listing price for your home in the current market. Pricing it properly in the beginning is the best way to ensure a fast and profitable sale.

 
STEP 4: Put on a Good Show at Each Showing

Once buyers are interested enough to schedule a visit, it’s crucial that you put on a good show at each showing.

The first step is to make your home readily available—and often on short notice—for buyers to see it. A missed showing is a missed opportunity to sell your home. If you set too many restrictions on when it’s available to view, busy buyers will simply skip over your listing and move on to the next one.

Part of making your home available means keeping it relatively show-ready as long as it’s on the market. Most of us don’t live picture-perfect lives, and our homes reflect the day-to-day reality of our busy (and sometimes messy) families. But a little extra effort spent keeping your home clean, fresh-smelling, and ready for buyers will help it sell faster … which means you can get back to your regular routine as quickly as possible!


STEP 5: Use a Proven Promotion Plan

Most agents are still marketing their listings like they did 20 years ago… put a sign in the yard, put the listing in the MLS, and pray that it sells. Yet, we know that 93% of buyers search for real estate listings online.

That’s why we invest in the latest training and technology to ensure your listing appears in the places where buyers are most likely to look. Our dual-level promotion strategy includes both pre-launch activities designed to seed the marketplace and post-listing activities to ensure your home stays top-of-mind with potential buyers.

By utilizing online and social marketing platforms to connect with consumers and offline channels to connect with local real estate agents, your property gets maximum exposure to prospective buyers.


LET’S GET MOVING

Are you thinking about listing your home? Get a head start on your competition! Contact us to schedule a free no-commitment consultation. We’d love to put together a custom plan to maximize the sales potential of your property!

Friday, October 4, 2019

Home Buyers - 5 Ways To Make the Winning Bid


In a tough market, it pays to be prepared. Make sure you’re ready to pounce once you find your dream home with these five tips to help you place the winning bid.

1. Down Payment
There are plenty of low down payment mortgage options that can help you get into the home of your dreams, but saving up a larger down payment gives you leverage to offer more for your home in case you find yourself in a bidding war. Just remember to keep in mind how much home you can realistically afford when you’re considering offering more for a home.

2. Get Pre-Approved
Getting pre-approved for a mortgage is one of the first steps to buying a home.Not only will it give you a solid idea of what you can afford to pay for your home, it will reduce the seller’s risk when choosing your offer over someone else’s in a multi-offer situation.

3. Know What You Want
Time is a critical factor when placing an offer in a tight market. While you sleep on your decision to put in an offer, other buyers could be making their move. So, as soon as you’re sure you want the home, take action!

4. Minimize Contingencies
The fewer conditions you add to your offer, the more appealing it will be to the seller. If you love the house, but hate the carpet, consider a renovation loan instead of requesting the seller install new flooring. Pick and choose your contingencies carefully.

5. Be Flexible
Most buyers have a very specific time frame they’re hoping to move during - one that lines up neatly with the end of their current lease or sale of their current home. If you can create some flexibility on when you need to close to better accommodate the sellers, it could give you a serious advantage.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Smart Ways to Save on Your Bathroom Renovation

 

Looking to liven up your bathroom? Better set aside some big bucks. According to HomeAdvisor "The average bathroom remodel costs $10,354." Don't panic, you can still get a fresh, new look at a fraction of the cost, with these money-saving tips and tricks.

Keep the same layout
You might want to chuck it all and start over with a completely new layout, but the cost of moving water lines could push your budget into no-man's land. According to HGTV's Scott McGillivray, "Moving the tub, vanity, or toilet will cost about $2,500 each."

Do your own tilework
Is the DIY spirit calling to you? Tiling your own bathroom floor and shower can be satisfying—and money-saving. Be sure to watch a tutorial or two first. It's also a good idea to practice your technique on a piece of MDF with inexpensive tile before jumping in.

If you are springing for professional installation, keep in mind that large-scale tile will provide savings.

Go garage sale-ing
Yes, you can find some great accessories at garage sales, Craigslist or Nextdoor, but keep your eye out for larger pieces, too. An old dresser can easily be turned into a vanity. Not only will this save you money, it will also bring character into the space.

Resurface
"An old tub or shower will surely show signs of aging eventually, but before you swap things out for new, which can cost a pretty penny, consider resurfacing," said Family Handyman. "Your tub or shower can be professionally resurfaced for much cheaper than buying new."

Look for leftovers
Stone yards, tile shops, contractors—they may all have leftovers you can purchase or even have. That countertop remnant could work perfectly on top of that vanity you have your eye on, and save you enough money to buy it!

Friday, September 20, 2019

Curb Appeal for Fall


Are you getting ready to list your home now to take advantage of the Fall Seller's Market? Just because the weather will be turning, you still need to spruce up the exterior of your home. Sprucing up will take some work if your goal is to attract the most buyers and get the highest price offer on your home.


The front of your home is the buyer’s first impression which they use as a tool. It suggests to them how the home is most likely being maintained. So even if your home is spectacular on the inside, if the outside is not, the buyer may question the condition and could very well pass your home by. We've had many buyers tell us "let’s go, it’s not worth seeing” when pulling up to a home that is shabbily maintained on the exterior.

Don’t let this happen to you!

So what should you focus on?


Landscaping
Cut those creepy crawly bushes that extend over your walkways and trim the grass edge. Trim trees that are blocking the facade of your home. Even if it’s a deciduous tree, which will lose it's leaves in a few months, it’s still important to trim the dead branches back and shape it. Weed and clean up all the beds and apply fresh mulch. Yes, fresh mulch. Cut/pull out anything that didn’t survive the summer and or any dead flowers that are out of season. Continue to cut your lawn regularly.


Lighting
Days will be getting shorter and buyers will most likely be viewing after work when the sun has gone down. Illuminating your walkways and the front of your home/garage areas are very important. Be sure all lights that are tarnished are replaced. If you can't afford to replace them, spray paint them with an exterior paint (black is always a good option). Make sure all lights have bulbs and that they are the same.


Siding/Stucco/Roof/Sidewalks etc.
Power wash. Clean off any mossy residue from siding, walkways and or stucco. Have roof shampooed if it has dark streak marks.


Driveway
If it's in good shape, have it re-coated, or at the least get it pressure washed. If it is really
bad and lifting, consider getting it repaired.


Front Entry
Apply a fresh coat of paint on the front door. If the screen is ripped, fix or replace. If glass is in the door, make it shine.


Gutters
Be sure to have them cleaned out. Buyers will look at them when they are inside looking out.


Garage Doors
If broken or dented, or not working at all, fix. Paint if needed.


Thursday, September 12, 2019

Create an Evacuation Plan for Your Pets


An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create evacuation plans for their homes and practice them with their kids, but far fewer have considered one for their pets. Take these steps to add your pets to your evacuation plan.

Assign pet evacuation to an adult.
Everyone should know how to act during an evacuation, and that includes assigning one parent or adult to the pets. This allows the other parent and the children to focus on their part of the evacuation plan, so there’s no confusion during a high-stress moment when time is of the essence.

Keep evacuation maps and pet carriers readily accessible.
If you need to evacuate, you should know exactly where every important item is. If you pets require carriers, keep them in a place that you can access easily.

Practice your plan.
Include your pets in your home evacuation drills. It’ll help you see how they will respond and make changes to your plan if necessary. Getting your dog out of a window may not be as simple as you think!

Be prepared in case you get separated from your pets.
No matter how much you drill your evacuation plan, it’s possible that a dog or cat will run off while you’re focusing on keeping your family safe. A microchip or a GPS-compatible tag can help you find your pets once it’s safe to return to the area.