It’s a great time for Real Estate in Jacksonville


It is a good time for buying and selling homes in Jacksonville and surrounding areas.
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It’s a pretty active and exciting time for both home buyers and home sellers.

Priced competitively, home sellers are selling their homes in 30-60 days, much more quickly than the 9 month Days on Market we were seeing several years ago. Conversely, if you are a home buyer out looking for a home, you might have discovered to your dismay  that the home you are making an offer on already has several other offers and you are now in a” highest and best”  bidding situation. Your Real Estate Professional is vital at a time like this. And if you are listing your home, knowing how to get the most for your home will depend on who you have advising you.

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Judy Hamilton, INI Realty Investments, Inc.


    “Having worked for the same Real Estate Investment group for the past 18 years, when it’s time to buy or sell property I need to rely on someone that has the experience and professionalism to represent my best interest and understands the complex challenges that can sometimes accompany both buyers and sellers. For all my residential real  estate in the greater Jacksonville market, I rely on Judy Hamilton to assist me. She has the experience and knowledge to get the job done, always willing to go the extra mile with a positive ‘can do’ approach. I’m never left guessing at ‘what’s next’, I’ve always got Judy by my side to assist me” Steve H.- Executive Vice President, Real Estate Investment Trust.

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The City of Jacksonville is centered on the banks of the St. John’s river and runs along the Atlantic Ocean for approximately 885 square miles. There are more than 500 neighborhoods within this area and offer every type of lifestyle, architecture and price range for your real estate investment.

Buying and Selling New Homes in Jacksonville

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Whether it is the comfortable climate, or the fact that Jacksonville offers the largest urban park system in the U.S. with more than 80,000 acres providing access to boating, swimming, fishing sailing, and waterskiing, Jacksonville seems to be one of Florida’s best kept secrets.Jacksonville Beach Real Estate             Real estate investors find income properties at prices often lower than any other major Florida city, and home buyers searching for personal property have so many types of homes, communities, and amenities to choose from, it can be quite dizzying.

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Buying New Real Estate in Jacksonville

Jacksonville has many affordable homes for first-time buyers on a budget or investors looking for properties to offer as rentals. We also have a plethora of luxury homes and communities, all available for the ready home-buyer.

Westside, Northside, Atlantic Beach, Queens Harbour, Fleming Island, which community or area will provide the lifestyle and comfort that you are looking for? With over 8000 listings (homes listed on MLS) available, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Using a Jacksonville has many affordable homes for first-time buyers on a budget or investors looking for properties to offer as rentals. We also have a plethora of luxury homes and communities, all available for the ready home-buyer. Westside, Northside, Atlantic Beach, Queens Harbour, Fleming Island, which community or area Real Estate Professional will help you sort out all the important questions, and help you develop a process to begin and end successfully with the home of your dreams.

Staging Your Home to Sell

Consider Staging your home to sell

At some point in the last decade or so, home sellers began to understand that they need to arrange their homes in such a way as to help buyers imagine themselves and their furnishings in the home. If you can do that successfully, the potential buyer will be more likely to purchase.   Whether it is the smell of baking bread, or the relief of a neatened closet, buyers tend to buy homes that reflect their own tastes and lifestyles.

Staging is not decorating. Home decorating is aimed at a particular design sense. When you decorated your home, it is not that your design is incorrect; it is just likely to be suited to a small segment of buyers. Staging, instead allows you to create the home that a larger portion of buyers will be interested in.

Many people feel that their home is an intimate and an important extension of themselves. Though you might have designed your home to reflect you and your taste, you need to keep in mind that YOU are not the buyer.  Your buyers are looking for their dream home. Your goal at best is to arrange your home in such a way as to impress the buyer, and at the least, to not turn your potential buyers off.

When I was working for a home builder, I was told by my sales trainer that often the first job I had in selling my homes was not to be “eliminated”.  While sitting in “model row” with 8 other homebuilders, the salespeople understood that with all of the competition and opportunity, buyers would begin the decision process by eliminating the choices one by one until it was clearer which home stood out from the rest. Most buyers are looking to be “in love” with their new home. By being strategic you pave the way for those buyers. By eliminating objections – things about the home that are not appealing – you have a better opportunity to sell your home.Staging Your Home

Those of us in the real estate industry have learned to identify and sort through all of the differences and options available, but home buyers do not have as much experience, and the details can be overwhelming.  So often they begin with their senses. How open does the home feel, how much light is in the home, and how does the home smell? As minor as the smell of a home seems, remember that sometimes buyers will get an impression that they can’t quite put their finger on, but they know it is not a good feeling. And thus, a home is eliminated as a choice. Smell is sometimes the culprit. Cigarette or animal smells will turn off buyers – even buyers that smoke and have animals. Buyers tend to make a decision from their impressions in seconds, so controlling those impressions is important.

Let’s begin with the exterior of your home. Making sure that the entrance of your home is neat and attractive is a major first step. The sidewalk should be clean, clear, and not moldy. Remove leaves and consider pressure washing if it is necessary. Make sure the sidewalks are edged and the lawn is mowed.  Remove toys and personal items; the same directive for inside your home. Try to eyeball your exterior as a stranger would. Is the mailbox a mess? Does your front door need to be painted? Do your windows need to be cleaned? I have driven customers to a home only to have them tell me to “drive on”, because they lost interest when they saw what they thought was an uncared for home. They would say the home “looks like work”.

If you have an unattractive screen door, consider removing it. If your front door is ugly, think about replacing it. If it needs painting then paint it. The result will far outweigh the little bit of time spent doing the work. If you have a dark hall inside your front door, adding a glass inset  to your door will transform a very important part of your home. Removing furniture from your entry and adding a mirror will create a sense of light.

Let’s continue looking at your home the way a potential buyer will.  Stand inside your front door, and check out how your home flows from your view.  Keeping windows clear, and removing extra furniture can have a great effect on the appearance of your home. Remember you are protecting first impressions and trying not to be eliminated.  From this line of site check for how many objects you can remove – decorations, too many plants, even furniture that could go away and provide a spacious area. Personal photographs, objects on surfaces, things that need constant dusting are all things that are best packed up and put out of sight. Consider it part of beginning your move, and the effort will not be wasted.  Remember that personal, religious, or political belongings inhibit the ability for a potential home buyer to picture themselves in the space.

A furnished home, if uncluttered, will show better than an empty home and that is why home builders offer models in a new home community. A home feels larger with furniture than with none, and feels smaller if too much. The reason is without furniture your eye cannot sense the scale of the room, but add furniture and the eye can see available space.

In the kitchen begin to pack up items such as gelatin molds and turkey platters. Then Staging my Kitchenslowly work through the things you will not need for months. Clear the countertop and begin packing up unnecessary appliances; waffle makers, bread makers, etc. They are space hogs and are not particularly attractive.  An almost empty countertop will enlarge your kitchen. Remove things from on top of the refrigerator and all items ON the refrigerator.

Continue through your home and do the same thing. Remove personal photos and keep walls simple and clear. Continue to clear countertops and all surfaces. Opt for NOTHING on a surface for the majority of your surfaces. Remove extra furniture in every room, even considering four chairs at your dining room table rather than six or eight. You are creating space and the impression of a larger room. Consider removing small rugs that are not necessary and watch your room enlarge. Heavy draperies at the window can close in a room. Consider removing them and leaving inexpensive “sheers” at your windows. If you already have blinds, they might look better if any other window coverings are removed.

Once you are satisfied that you have done all you can with what you can see from each doorway, it is time to neaten up what is not obvious but what buyers will experience when they open your refrigerator and closets. Again, this is a great opportunity to start your packing for your new home. Anything you will not need in the next three months should be packed away in boxes and stored.  Everybody LOVES storage space, so enhance yours by eliminating much of what you have.

All of this seems like so much work, but remind yourself it will improve your life by eliminating clutter, and it will bring you satisfaction in your time remaining in your home. But more importantly, it can make a big difference in the price you receive in the sale of your home.

I suggest you make these improvements before you list your home. Often it is the first few buyers to see your home that would purchase your home, so don’t take the chance of turning off that good buyer.   So roll up your sleeves and get to work or get help to do the work. You will be glad you did!

Eagle Landing Homes For Sale

Offering Beautiful homes, large homesites surrounded by preserve areas and an 18 hole champion golf course, this community is full of style, elegance, as well as just plain fun! The neighborhood has incredible amenities; fitness center, clubhouse, amazing pool areas, as well as biking and walking trails throughout.

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What Does It Take To Buy A Home?

 It’s a great time to purchase a home, but do you know all of the details entailed to buy a home?

The article below will walk you through some of the information you might need!

House For Sale: What Does It Take To Buy A Home?

“When a home buyer sets out to purchase their first home they quickly discover that there are a lot of details involved. To make matters worse, the details vary depending on each individual buyers situation. While the general process is the same for…. read more..



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Choosing Your New Neighborhood

Choosing your new neighborhood is an important decision.

How do I decide WHERE you want to live???

Jacksonville is an incredibly beautiful large city with many, many suburbs and communities to choose from. Whether it is wild and woolly wooded areas, sunny and sandy beach areas, historical and architecturally diverse areas, and amenity filled communities laced with sidewalks and riding paths, Jacksonville will provide something to fit your lifestyle.

  • What are your interests? Sports; tennis, biking, swimming, walking? Or restaurants and nightlife?
  • Schools – are you attending college, or do you have family that will need schooling for years to come?
  • What do you do to relax? Do you like hunting, shopping, visiting neighbors?
  • Where are you employed? Are the roadways that take you every day to your job manageable?

A Real Estate Professional can help you with these important questions. After determining your budget – these are the next most important questions to ponder regarding your real estate decision.


Buying A Foreclosed Home

In July Florida’s foreclosure rate was 13.3%. Buying a foreclosed home can be a money-saver, but buyers need to be cautious.

Foreclosed homes can be priced aggressively compared to other properties on the market, but can buyers need to be cautious when making the decision to buy.  Using a real estate professional can help avoid some of the pitfalls presented in a foreclosure. See the article below.

5 States Home To 50% Of Foreclosure Activity Nationwide »  San …

“Before placing a bid on a foreclosed home, therefore, make sure to have an experienced real estate agent on your side. Buying a foreclosed home may save you money at your closing, but may cost you money longer-term. Read more...

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Orange Park

Brick homes, oak trees, playgrounds, the St. John’s River……..all of these details paint a picture of my first impressions when I moved to Orange Park from West Palm Beach.

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Orange Park provides plenty of restaurants and shopping , plus your choice of real estate Orange Park Real Estateis diverse. We have large brick homes in established neighborhoods with gorgeous mature trees, we have country club living with great amenities including beautiful golf courses, and we have condo living for the person looking to relax and avoid yard maintenance. Running along the St. Johns River and conveniently located off of 295, Orange Park is home for many happy residents and offers plenty of things to do for the active homebuyer.


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What I love about Orange Park

How do you choose the BEST color for your home?

When your home is in need of a fresh coat of exterior paint, choosing the right color helps protect your home value. Blending in with the neighbors should be your top priority.

Live in a community that has a homeowners association? Check with the association before buying paint. You’ll likely have to choose your paint colors from a list of allowed shades from a couple of specific brands. Be sure to buy the exact color or you could have to repaint.

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Nocatee Homes for Sale

Nocatee, located in Ponte Vedra, Florida was established in 2006. This unique “lifestyle” community offers a resort-style water playground as well as a plethora of activities and recreation for all ages. It is currently the 3rd fastest growing community in the nation

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I am a Certified Nocatee Agent and can help you sort through ALL the details and info for Nocatee buyers. My services are free to you. Call or text me at (904) 838-0554

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See the latest Nocatee News Below “Nocatee Sales Up Staggering 72 Percent, Now Nation’s 6th Best-Selling Master-Planned Community PONTE VEDRA, Fla. (August X, 2013) – New home sales in Nocatee for the first half of 2013 are up a whopping 72 percent over 2012, making it the 6th best-selling master-planned community in the nation—up from its number-10 spot in 2012. The rankings are published in real estate advisory firm RCLCO’s Mid-Year 2013 Update, a survey of total home sales in the first half of 2013 at the nation’s top-selling master-planned communities. While sales were up at the majority of communities surveyed, Nocatee’s growth far outpaced all other Florida communities and all but one other community nationwide….. Read more here

Located between the Intracoastal Waterway and US 1, it is just minutes away from employment, the beaches and shopping.

Nocatee also provides a  55 and older gated community within a community.

NocateeThis community within Nocatee offers single family and carriage style homes for the adult active lifestyle. Would you like to see some Nocatee homes? Call me if you would like to visit Nocatee. I have sold over 200 New Homes and my services to help you get a great deal are free! (904) 838-0554