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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

2462 Baywood CT Orange Park, FL 32065

Property Site:
What an incredible remodel! Property Brothers have nothing on this one!! When you walk into the front door, your breath is taken away with the open NEW floorplan! The NEW kitchen is every entertainers dream - Huge island, expansive granite, stainless farmhouse sink, convection microwave, oven and separate cooktop. And that Samsung refrigerator... every tech lovers dream, with bigscreen in door, just like a tablet that even plays movies! Step down into the spacious family room with a great fireplace. The space is set up for a projection TV or regular 80 TV! Remodeled touches include barn door style pantry doors, all NEW hardware, lights and fans, herringbone tile in laundry, wood-look tile in kitchen, plank ceiling. Enjoy the lifestyle in your refreshing pool, and huge backyard!
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Square feet: 1,962
Price: $279,900

For more information about this property, please contact JENNI GALLI at 904-505-5619 or You can also text 5806788 to 67299 (Message and Data Rates May Apply, see terms and privacy policy).

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Monday, September 2, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Boost your Curb Appeal

Are you looking for some easy ways to gain more curb appeal?  Your home’s exterior is a resemblance of the interior, which makes the initial impression of your home important. If you are looking to sell your home, good curb appeal can help increase your return on investment and home value. Nevertheless, even if you are not putting your house on the market, developing more curb appeal will make your house feel more inviting and enjoyable.

Use these 5 simple tips, and you’ll be on your way to achieving great curb appeal.

1.    Become the buyer
If you are wondering where to begin with your curb appeal project, try putting yourself in the shoes of the buyer. Take a walk around the home exterior or drive by your home a couple of times. In doing so, take notes of updates that need to be made, and take your time to examine all of the little details as someone else (the buyer) might.

 2.    Greenery is a good thing
One of the biggest ways to increase your curb appeal is to keep your lawn looking green and fresh. Get on a regular schedule of mowing your lawn, getting rid of the weeds, and raking the leaves. The longer you go without doing these things, the harder the job becomes. Therefore, staying on a timely schedule will make this task much less demanding.

On top of that, incorporating colorful flowers and greenery are a great way to boost your curb appeal. Use them to make certain things stand out in your home, such as the entry way or the windows. Make sure that everything is getting enough water to avoid the grass turning brown and to keep the plants from dying.

 3.    Pull out the paint brush
The front doors and shutters of your home are easily upgradable and can make quite a difference. A simple paint job to your front door and/or your shutters can make your home look brand new. Find a color that will enhance the other colors of your home, making it really stand out. Pops of color are in this year, so don’t be afraid to go bold and bright!

4.    Use light for a more welcoming feel
The exterior of your home should look open and inviting, and adding light is the best way to promote that look. Add some solar powered lights leading up your walk way or outdoor light fixtures on your front porch. These simple fixes will give your home a clean look, especially in the evening!

5.    Take value in others opinions
There may be some things about your home that go unnoticed because you’ve gotten used to the way it looks. Maybe there is a crack in the driveway or the paint on your fence has begun to chip. To avoid missing anything, ask for honest opinions from extended family, friends or neighbors about what they think is in need of updating. You may find that they notice some details that you have missed.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Back to Shcool: 6 Things to Make Your Home a Productive Homework Space

Preparing for good study habits at home is just as significant as getting your kids ready for life in the classroom. Creating ground rules and an environment at home where students of all ages can focus on homework is a great way to support them throughout the school year. These strategies can help cultivate lifelong study habits and skills that they can use as they move on to higher education.
Here are six important factors to keep in mind in making sure your home is a comfortable, supportive homework space for your children:

Planning profitable investigation propensities at home is similarly as significant as preparing your children for life in the homeroom. Making guidelines and a situation at home where understudies of any age can concentrate on schoolwork is an extraordinary method to help them all through the school year. These methodologies can help develop long lasting investigation propensities and abilities that they can use as they proceed onward to advanced education.

Here are six significant components to remember in ensuring your house is an agreeable, steady schoolwork space for your youngsters:

1. Environment
Most kids need an area with few distractions. Some kids can focus with music or sound in the background, while others need almost complete quiet. Find out what works best for your child. Do they need a secluded area? Or maybe they do better at the dining room table with other family members near by.
Be sure they have a comfortable spot including, desk/table, comfortable chair, proper lighting, and plenty of room. Help them gather everything they need before getting started to avoid wasted time looking for pencils, calculators, etc. If they are using a computer or laptop, be sure they are comfortable with correct posture and are not straining their shoulders or neck.
2. Time of Day
Discuss with your child their homework workload and best time of day to tackle it. Do this by creating a consistent plan together. You may have to make adjustments once the school year gets started; thinking that before dinner is a great time to study, but finding out hunger and the smell of dinner cooking is way too distracting. Even though a routine is important, flexibility is key. If kids have varying schedules because of sports or other after school activities, create a calendar that includes all activities and find openings in the schedule for their homework time.

3. Taking Breaks
At least once an hour a short break can be beneficial, not to mention something to look forward to especially when working on a tough assignment. Encourage your kids to stand up, stretch, walk around, drink water and have a healthy snack. Taking 5 or 10 minutes can improve productivity, as well as physical and mental alertness.
4. Technology
There are a variety of homework apps for planning and organizing, and some that can be used for study aids. Apps can be helpful for specific subjects such as math formulas and calculations, creating custom electronic flash cards, assignment organization, grade tracking, and more. Search online for the apps that fit your child’s needs.
5. Outside Resources
Older students studying upper-level classes such as a foreign language, math, and science, can reach beyond your level of expertise. Don’t worry – there are resources available to help. Search online for resources on the particular subject, to help understanding of the materials. Another valuable resource is a tutor. Check with your school for recommendations on tutors, and inquire whether they offer a student mentor program.
6. Your Responsibility
Helping your child with their homework is not the same as doing it for them. Working together to help them understand and learn is supportive, doing their homework for them will set them up for failure. Learning how to successfully work through difficult projects and assignments and how to use available resources creates confidence and skills that will benefit them throughout their lives.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Real Estate Study: Jacksonville Heads Top 30 Cities for Millennial Veteran Homebuyers

In today’s real estate market, the goal of homeownership has become more and more difficult for millennials to obtain. However, one subdemographic that has a leg up? Millennial veterans.

With many having access to VA loans, there’s a large block of potential millennial buyers that are qualified to purchase a home with no down payment, mortgage insurance or great credit.

For these reasons, millennial veterans are some of the most successful homebuyers on the market today. It’s also why Veterans United Home Loans—the nation’s largest VA lender—compiled a list of the top 30 cities for young veterans, as well as active service members.

"The lingering question in housing circles has been when will millennials enter the home buying market," Chris Birk, director of education at Veterans United Home Loans, tells Housecall. "The fact is millennial Veterans aren't standing on the sidelines."

To create the list, the company compared purchase loan volume numbers for millennials from last year to the same data for that group from 2015. Cities are ranked by their percentage increase in VA purchase loan volume.

Military density is higher in Florida, Georgia and Texas than in most states as a result of more installations and higher Veteran populations, which accounts for the large number of cities that made the list from those states.

Additionally, Veterans United Home Loans only considered cities that had at least 75 millennial purchase loans in 2015 and 2018; and the company defines these millennials as any veterans or active service members that were born between 1981 and 1996.

Here are the top 30 cities for millennial veteran homebuyers:

Jacksonville, Fla. Metro Area                       VA Purchase Loan Growth (Percentage): 228.80
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. 144.80
San Antonio, Texas Metro Area 135.50
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa. Metro Area 129.50
Hinesville-Fort Stewart, Ga. Metro Area 116.90
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Fla. Metro Area 107.60
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Va.-N.C. Metro Area 107.30
Fayetteville, N.C. Metro Area 103.70
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va.-Md.-W.Va. Metro Area 102.30
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, Ill.-Ind.-Wis. Metro Area 101.90
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, Texas Metro Area 100.00
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Ga. Metro Area 93.80
St. Louis, MO-Ill. Metro Area 81.30
Oklahoma City, Okla. Metro Area 79.80
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas Metro Area 77.50
Baltimore-Towson, Md. Metro Area 73.10
Savannah, Ga. Metro Area 68.00
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz. Metro Area 66.20
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash. Metro Area 61.80
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, Calif. Metro Area 61.40
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pa.-N.J.-Del.-Md. Metro Area 59.10
Denver-Aurora, Colo. Metro Area 58.80
Jacksonville, N.C. Metro Area 56.50
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas Metro Area 54.80
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif. Metro Area 54.10
Kansas City, Mo.-Kan. Metro Area 42.60
Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa Metro Area 41.00
Clarksville, Tenn.-Ky. Metro Area 32.20
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Mass.-N.H. Metro Area 26.50
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, Calif. Metro 24.40

To view all of Veteran United Home Loans’ key findings and for a full breakdown of their methodology, click here.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

2537 Wrightson DR Jacksonville, FL 32223

Property Site:
Beautiful brick 4/3 traditional. Wood floors throughout lower level, new carpet in bedrooms. Beautiful kitchen remodeled in 2018 with quartz countertops. Brick fireplace in family room. Relax in your spacious covered lanai with fire pit. Fully fenced back yard. Perfect family home for children and pets.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Square feet: 2,734
Price: $400,000

For more information about this property, please contact JENNI GALLI at 904-505-5619 or You can also text 5645781 to 67299 (Message and Data Rates May Apply, see terms and privacy policy).

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