Congratulations to all of our TOP producers for November!

December 12, 2019

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November was a great month at Davidson Realty for sales. It is great to see so many buyers out in November.

 

Congratulations to Jennifer Todd, our Top Producer for the company and Top Producer and Tops Sales for the Jacksonville Beach office. Jennifer lives and sells at the beach, but she was in new construction in the World Golf Village area before she joined our team over 11 years ago and continues to sell all over the First Coast.

 

 

The Top Sales agent for the month is Mirtha Barzaga. Mirtha helped 7 families buy or sell homes this month for a total volume of $2.3 Million in addition to hosting her Thanksgiving and Holiday food and toy collection events.

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Prepare your home to sell with these fast, low-cost kitchen refresh ideas

December 10, 2019

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It is no surprise the kitchen is most often cited as the room that really sells your home. It’s the most functional space in the house and where we spend a lot of time as a family.

 

Also, kitchen trends and styles go in and out just as fast (often faster) than any other room in the home. So when you plan to list your home for sale, this is where you will want to dedicate your attention.

 

You don’t want buyers to walk into your kitchen and wince at how much work it needs!

 

That being said, renovating the kitchen is an expensive and time consuming task. Thanks to the internet, there is a nearly endless array of quick and inexpensive ideas for giving your kitchen a great facelift.

 

1.) Reface your cabinets. The thought of gutting and replacing cabinets is daunting to say the least but refacing them makes them look like new without making any major changes. You can either replace your cabinet doors, paint them, or remove them altogether for exposed shelving.

 

2.) Add a backsplash. Depending on the décor you are working with now, a simple tile or shiplap backsplash can make all the difference for a home buyer seeking a stylish kitchen. If intimidating visions of mortar and tile grout are dancing in your head, not to worry! There are plenty of beautiful designs that are really easy to install (check out these alternatives at the Home Depot).

 

3.) Install knobs or pulls. Add or upgrade pulls to your drawers and cabinets and your kitchen will instantly look polished and amazing.

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Cornerstone’s Brenda Williamson discusses 3 common lending questions

November 27, 2019

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As loan officers, we hear all kinds of questions and “what ifs” pertaining to the lending process. Here are a few of those questions to which you may find surprising answers.

 

I’m buying my first home and my parents offered to pay my earnest money deposit. Is that okay?

 

While your parents are very generous, your earnest money check absolutely must come from your own checking or savings account, and it must be written on your own personal check. If you are unable to pay the earnest money needed at the time of contract (or someone offers to pay for you), it is crucial that you reach out to your loan officer immediately to discuss the best way to handle this.

 

Also, talk to your loan officer before accepting gift funds from a family member to help you buy a home. The donor will need to meet documentation requirements for the gift funds to be used.

 

We’re in the midst of buying a house and I’m thinking about asking for a raise at work. Is that okay?

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Davidson Realty helps support Volunteer Life Saving Corps at Deck the Chairs

November 26, 2019

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For the second year, Davidson Realty is proud to participate as a sponsor of Deck the Chairs at Jacksonville Beach!

 

The Deck the Chairs light display is a tradition that benefits Volunteer Life Saving Corps. Sponsorship proceeds helps the Corps to continue providing lifeguard services to our beaches.

 

 

Our display, titled “Santa’s Surf Shack,” was a true labor of love by the agents and staff at Davidson Realty. A team headed up by Sales & Training Manager Andrea Gallagher sketched and planned the design and Realtor Matt Roberts managed the construction. The team used Santa’s beach house from last year’s display and added standing surfboards, a new sign and a halfpipe “wave” that is perfect for photo ops!

 

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The Northeast Florida real estate trends remain positive in October!

November 25, 2019

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The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors market stats for October 2019 show continued strong buyer demand, prices increasing more slowly, and inventory of available homes continuing to decline.

 

There were 3,507 new listings in October which is 2.6% higher than last October and a year over year increase of 0.6%. However, the inventory of homes for sale of 8,807 is down 11.9% from last October.

It is the lowest inventory level since March 2018.

 

A Realtor.com article says, “National listing inventory continued to decline in September, posting a 2.5% year-to-year decrease – a faster rate of decline compared to August’s 1.8% decrease. Driven by strong demand and short supply, entry-level homes priced below $200,000 have been steadily decreasing since May 2014, a trend that continued in September with a yearly decline of 9.8%. Mid-market homes priced between $200,000 and $750,000 – the largest segment of inventory – flatlined in September with 0% growth, and they’re poised for their first decline next month.”

 

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