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  Everyone wants to get the most out of their home when they sell, below are some things that cost little but can improve home resale  value, without  breaking the bank, any of these diy projects can be done over a weekend in preparation of getting the most value from the sale of their home. Not every project has to be big (or extremely expensive) to add value to your home. These done-in-a-weekend projects, for example, are high in return.  
1. Improving drainage in your yard can up the value of your home. Changing the drainage in your yard with native plants  can  nurture the land in your yard and protect the environment by channeling rain water and runoff from gutters into a rain garden planted with deep-rooted, colorful native…
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  Thinking about buying a house but are unsure about financing or where to get started, below is some information on FHA loans, the process, the requirements, and guidelines.    FHA loans are Federally Backed by the Federal Housing Administration a section of Housing and Urban development, given the low down payments of 3.5% and the required credit score of 580 associated with FHA loans it is easy to see why it is a popular choice with first time home buyers and for those unable to make a large down payment.   A FHA loan doesn't mean you actually borrow money from the federal government for your house. what happens is you secure a mortgage using a lender that is approved by the FHA.  You are still borrowing money from a…
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Looking to upgrade or even downsize to a house more suited to your wants and needs?  Whether buying or selling having an experienced Realtor on your side will always be a benefit to you. For the seller you get your house marketed on the MLS (multiple listing services) that reaches agents all over. Plus all the marketing that your agent has at her disposal, like professional photography, and with competitive marketing you are guaranteed that your house will be seen. An experienced Realtor will help you price your property correctly  to give you a strong negotiating edge. That means for you the seller there is maximum exposure for your house, guaranteeing that buyers and realtors will see your property.  Which means a…
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This weekend I visited one of my families favorite places, the Jacksonville Arboretum. A beautifully secluded nature hiking trails in a beautiful and popular area in Jacksonville that is still close to almost everything. There are many subdivisions within a 3 mile radius to the arboretum making it extremely convent for early weekend walks to recharge in nature. 
The Jacksonville Arboretum has 7 nature trails of varying difficulties. I will be honest my 5 and 3yr old have only been able to do the easier trails. That has not lessened the fun or enjoyment that we all have.  The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens is a 120-acre urban woodland full of trails for you to explore and enjoy. There is a beautiful two-acre lake, filled with lily…
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Hiding relevant and material defects with your property not only is it illegal but it can come back to haunt you, being honest with your Realtor helps the Realtor selling your home, strategically market the property. When you sell your home there are somethings by law that have to be disclosed. If your house was built prior to 1978, federal law requires you to disclose whether or not you are aware of the presence of lead-based paint. In most states, sellers are required to disclose the presence of any type of pest infestation, including bats, mice, and bedbugs.

Many sellers fear that disclosing past water damage will send a potential buyer running. But by failing to disclose, the seller risks scaring off the buyer when the home inspection uncovers

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How Pricing Your Home Right Makes a Big Difference | MyKCM

 

Even though there’s a big buyer demand for homes in today’s low inventory market, it doesn’t mean you should price your home as high as the sky when you’re ready to sell. Here’s why making sure you price it right is key to driving the best price for the sale.

If you’ve ever watched the show “The Price Is Right,” you know the only way to win the game is to be the one to correctly guess the price of the item up for bid without going over. That means your guess must be just slightly under the retail price.

When it comes to pricing your home, setting it at or slightly below market value will increase the visibility of your listing and drive more buyers your way. This strategy actually increases the number of buyers who will see your home in

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Real Estate is what I'm passionate about. 

Hey All this is my first blog post and bear with me I have not blogged since I was a teen but here we go again. 

This blog is dedicated to giving information about Real Estate, local news, different events going on, as well as some of my favorite spots and places in town. I hope that as you read along with me you will learn some useful information that can help you on your journey thru the home buying/selling process. So that is what the blog is going to focus on, now a little about myself. I am a Realtor with Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage and have been licensed with the state of Florida for 2 years now. Before Real Estate I worked in an Psychology office, as a secretary but it wasn't satisfying. I like…
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National Cut Your Energy Costs Day [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

 

Some Highlights:

  • On January 10th of each year, “National Cut Your Energy Costs Day” encourages consumers to reduce their overall energy costs by improving home efficiency.
  • According to Freddie Mac, a typical U.S. family spends $2,200 per year on energy bills. By making energy efficient upgrades, you could reduce your energy bills by up to 30%.
  • To assess the energy efficiency of your home and see how it measures up, take a moment to check out Home Energy Yardstick to calculate your estimated opportunity. Don’t forget to have your energy bills nearby!
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3 Benefits to Buying Your Dream Home This Year | MyKCM

 

Outside of a strong economy, low unemployment, and higher wages, there are three more great reasons why you may want to consider buying your dream home this year instead of waiting.

1. Buying a Home is a Great Investment

Several reports indicate that real estate is a good investment, topping other options such as gold, stocks, bonds, and savings. Why? Real estate helps build equity, a form of investing for you and your family. According to CoreLogic’s Equity Report,

“U.S. homeowners with mortgages (roughly 64% of all properties) have seen their equity increase by a total of nearly $457 billion since the third quarter 2018, an increase of 5.1%, year over year.”

This means the average homeowner gained approximately $5,300 in

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