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3 Fun Things In Jacksonville

Looking for something to do this weekend in the Jacksonville area?  Here are a few fun activities:

1.) Check out a new grocery store!

New stores are always fun to visit. New grocery stores are especially fun since, well, there’s food…and who doesn’t like to eat? I always enjoy checking out what they have and trying a free sample or two.

One new store to check out is Earth Fare at 11700 San Jose Blvd (Loretto Road & San Jose). The store is large and has a great variety of items. The food bar is especially good. The staff here is extremely friendly and helpful!

EF Jax Mandarin

http://www.earthfare.com/mandarin
11700 San Jose Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32223

2.) Go out for a photo shoot.

I love photography, and getting out on the weekend for a photo shoot of the area is always fun. Jacksonville has so many great photo opportunities. Getting out to take photos is a wonderful way to get to know your city and share it with others. Think Instagram or Facebook!

3.) Visit the Cummer Museum Of Art & Gardens.

Check out the wonderful art that is showcased at the Cummer. And the gardens overlooking the St. Johns River are beautiful. The gardens are also a great place to take pictures (see #2 above).

http://www.cummermuseum.org
904-356-6857
829 Riverside Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32204

Have fun!

 

 

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The Home Selling Process

There’s a lot to think about when selling a home. Here are some general guidelines showing the home selling process.

Home Preparation

You will want your home to look it’s best when potential buyers are seeing it. Handling necessary repairs, keeping the home spotlessly clean, and removing clutter are just a few things that you will need to do.  Note – Be ready for some inconvenience.  You may have to be ready for home showings quickly, so keeping the home clean and tidy at all times is important. This can be a challenge at times, so be sure to plan ahead.

Receiving An Offer On Your Home

When you receive an offer on your home you will need to review it thoroughly. You may go back and forth a few times before arriving on an agreement between the buyer and yourself. Be ready to sign a purchase and sales agreement (the contract) once all parties have agreed on the finalized terms.

Home Inspection

Typically the buyer will have inspections done on the home. The inspection period is shown on the contract.

Title Search

This process will be started by the title company.

Repair Requests

Any requests for repairs to be made to the home by the seller will be made after the home inspection is completed.

Appraisal

The lender will order an appraisal of the home.

Survey

If a new survey of the property is needed it should be ordered so it can be completed and received per the time frame shown in the contract.

Title Clearing

The title search is completed when the title is cleared. The title company should advise when everything is clear.

Mortgage Approval

Once the buyer’s loan has been approved you are ready to prepare for closing.

Closing Scheduled

The closing date is coordinated with the closing attorney/title company’s office once the mortgage is approved and title is cleared.

Settlement Statement

This will be received by all parties to review after the title is cleared and the mortgage is approved.

Final Walk Through

The buyer will usually take a final walk through of the home to insure everything is in good order prior to closing.

Closing

It is at this time you sign your closing paperwork. You will need to have keys to the property ready to turn over to the new owner at time of possession of the property (usually at closing).

The Home Buying Process

Buying a home is exciting, fun, and sometimes stressful. Knowing what to expect helps make the process easier.

Mortgage Pre-Approval

You will want to be preapproved with a lender prior to touring homes. This is important as you will want to know the price range of homes for which you can qualify.

Credit Check

A credit report will be run by your lender.

Touring Homes

This is the fun part! You will work with your agent to tour homes that meet your search criteria and budget.

Putting An Offer On A Home

When you’ve found a home that you love it’s time to submit an offer. Be ready to sign a purchase and sales agreement (the contract) with the terms of your offer.

Binder Deposit

A deposit will be paid when the contract is signed and executed by all parties. The deposit will be applied as shown on page 1 of the contract.

Home Inspections

You will want to schedule your home inspections as soon as possible. The inspection period is shown on the contract.

Mortgage Application

You need to complete your mortgage application process within the timeline shown in your contract.

Title Search

This process will be started by the title company.

Repair Requests

Any requests for repairs to be made by the seller will be made after the home inspection is completed.

Appraisal

The lender will order an appraisal of the property. Be sure to coordinate this with your lender as stated in the contract.

Survey

If a new survey is needed it should be ordered so it can be completed and received per the time frame shown in the contract.

Title Clearing

The title search is completed when the title is cleared. The title company should advise when everything is clear.

Mortgage Approval

Once the loan has been approved you are ready to prepare for closing.

Closing Scheduled

The closing date is coordinated with the closing attorney/title company’s office once the mortgage is approved and title is cleared.

Settlement Statement

This will be received by all parties to review after the title is cleared and the mortgage is approved.

Final Walk Through

You will want to take a final walk through of the home to insure everything is in good order prior to closing.

Closing

This is the day you have been waiting for…closing day! It is at this time you sign your closing paperwork and pay the remainder of your down payment and closing costs.  You will obtain keys to the home as stated in the contract (usually at closing).

3 Fun Things To Do This Weekend In Jacksonville

Here are three things to check out in Jacksonville, Florida this weekend!

Friday, September 22nd at 7:30 PM & Saturday, September 23rd at 7:30 PM and again at 9:45 PM – Aida Rodriguez is performing at The Comedy Zone inside the Ramada Conference Center at 3130 Hartley Road in Mandarin.

For more info visit http://www.comedyzone.com .

Saturday, September 23rd from 10 AM – 3 PM – Visit the Riverside Arts Market located at 715 Riverside Avenue along the St. Johns River.  Local artists and farmers showcase food, art and more. Live music starts at 11:30 AM.

For more info, visit http://www.ram.riversideavondale.org/ .

Saturday, September 23rd starting at 8 PM – Listen to live music at the beach – Jacksonville Beach.  Enjoy great ocean views, food and drinks while listening to live music at Seachasers Restaurant in Jax Beach.

For more info, visit http://www.seachasers.com

These are just a few of the things to do along the First Coast! Get out there and have fun. Be safe and have a super weekend everyone!

Moving? Change Of Address Tips

Relocating to a new city (or just a new address) means having to change your mailing address.  This can seem like a daunting task considering the number of people and companies that need that information to be up to date.  Here are a few tips to make the process easier.

Tip # 1 – Make a checklist of who will need to be notified of your change of address. An easy way to do this is to go through your email, mail, address book, and cell phone contacts to see who will need to be notified. This includes family members, friends, credit card companies, banks, investment accounts, magazine subscriptions, frequent travel programs, auto payment billing, insurance companies, utility companies, healthcare providers, wireless phone providers, auto club, other club memberships, employers, vehicle registrations, etc.

Tip # 2 – Complete a change of address with the post office. This can be done online at the United States Postal Service’s website ( http://www.usps.com ) or by obtaining a change of address form from your local post office location.  The USPS website gives useful information regarding your change of address and what to expect of the process.

Tip # 3 – If you don’t have your permanent address in your new city yet then you may want to consider obtaining a PO box or mailbox service in your new location until your new address is established.  You can do a change of address to the temporary address. Then when you are moved into your new home, you can process another change of address to the new address.

Considering a move to Florida?  Looking to relocate to Northeast Florida?  Contact me by clicking HERE!  I’d love to hear from you!

 

Stonebridge Village Condominiums

Stonebridge Village Condominiums

Location – 7990 Baymeadows Road East near I-295

Area – Southside

Year Built – 2001 – 2005

Style – Low rise garden style

Buildings Description – This large condominium community has over 400  units located in 24 three-story buildings.

Amenities – Large swimming pool, club house, walking/jogging trails, fitness center

Unit Types – 2 & 3 Bedroom Units

Parking – Covered and exterior parking

Atmosphere – The community has a large lake and lots of green areas for walking, jogging, etc.  The resort style swimming pool is large and nicely landscaped.

Looking to sell or buy a condo in Jacksonville, Florida? Have a question regarding condominium living? Give me a call at 904-728-9720! I’d love to hear from you!

3 Fun Things To Do In Jacksonville, Florida This Weekend

3 Fun Things To Do In Jacksonville This Weekend!

Labor Day weekend is upon us and the Jacksonville, Florida area has some fun things to do so you can make it a fun time!

Take a sunset cruise – Downtown

Check out this one hour cruise on the river to watch the sun set in downtown Jacksonville while listening to local musicians perform.

For more info, visit http://www.rivertaxiandtours.com .

Eat, drink and listen to music at the Jacksonville Landing – Downtown

There are various live music events as well as fun food options at the landing this weekend!

For more info, visit http://www.jacksonvillelanding.com .

More music, food, and fun at the beach – Jacksonville Beach

Enjoy great ocean views with a fun food and drink menu while listening to live tunes at Seachasers Restaurant in Jax Beach.

For more info, visit http://www.seachasers.com

In addition to the above, be sure to get out and explore the many other great things this awesome city has to offer! Enjoy and be safe!

Happy Labor Day!