The Ache For Home

"The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned."- Maya Angelou Having trouble finding your happy place? It's not easy in today's market. The inventory of homes available is low, making it even more challenging to compete once you find the …

Foundation Cracks Got You Down?

It’s something every Homeowner fears . . . cracks in the foundation! But never fear, this problem doesn’t need to be as bad as it sounds. For major cracks, step back and seek a professional’s opinion. If the cracks are minor, however, roll up your sleeves and fill in those unsightly gaps with a few …

When to request a repair after your home inspection

Be flexible when it comes to minor defects When housing markets are hot, buyers have to be flexible when it comes to minor defects in a house they want. Because a home might have multiple competitive offers, it’s important to know how to get yours accepted so you can move into your dream home ASAP. …

5 Reasons Jacksonville is Great for Seniors as a Retirement Destination

Florida's First Coast is the ideal location for seniors Jacksonville, FL, is an ideal retirement location for seniors looking for sunny weather and outdoor activities. And with a housing market that's priced on average below the rest of the state and nation, the city makes it possible for seniors to downsize or move into a …

A new house-hunting filter for buyers

New Realtor.com Listing Feature: “What’s My Commute Time?”  A new decision-making tool on Realtor.com will calculate both off-peak and rush-hour commute times. Realtor.com announced the launch of a new Commute Time Filter on iOS that provides buyers an enhanced ability to search for homes based on rush-hour or off-peak commute times.  “Our commute time filter …

Front Doors

Doorways, portals and passageways Doors and doorways have been symbolic across cultures for as long as history has been recorded. A door is both an entrance and an exit, so it has been associated with portals and passageways on many levels. On a metaphorical level, a door can become an entrance to nearly anything. Doors …

Buyers (and Sellers) Be Aware!

Top 10 defects found during home inspection* Foundation and drainage issues Unprofessional (un-permitted) electrical work Minor roof leaks Heat and A/C maintenance issues Homeowner repairs that are un-permitted Structural settling Plumbing problems Water and/or air intrusion Crawl space or attic problems like mold or pest damage Upgrades, remodel, or repair work in which no permit …

DIY: easy curb appeal in a weekend

What's black and white and the perfect shade of blue? This adorable and freshly painted home! It's located in quaint St. Nicholas in Jacksonville, Florida. Only a mile from San Marco's restaurants and shopping, and a six-minute drive to downtown Jacksonville. Built in 1938, this house has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, indoor laundry, original hardwood floors, and …

6 Home Staging Hacks

6 staging hacks to help you prepare your house for sale 1. Look through a camera lens to determine if the curb appeal is going to need enhancing. Spend $50 on annuals so the first picture pops. 2. Check under sinks in baths and kitchen for clutter. Use baskets to contain any products. 3. Use …