New construction or existing home: 3 not-so-obvious questions

June 11, 2019

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When you move to the First Coast, you have some decisions to make. Will you move to the city, suburbs or beach? Will you choose Jacksonville, St. Augustine or another nearby town? And of course, will you look for an existing home or new construction?

 

Each of these decisions comes down to personal preference, plain and simple. It’s often said newly constructed homes cost more now but may be less costly than older homes in the long term. Beyond the numbers, there are other fairly obvious differences—aesthetics, access to amenities and good schools, appliance warranties, neighborhood, and so on.

 

Here are three important but not-so-obvious questions that may help you decide:

 

Do you want more house or more yard?

While there are certainly exceptions, many existing homes tend to be on larger lots and boast less square footage inside. The average home built in 1990 barely broke 2,000 sq. ft. while homes built today average nearly 2,700 sq. ft.

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Important things to consider when buying a waterfront home

April 23, 2019

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Whether you are thinking of river or ocean front property, I can help you find the right home! There are several reasons to live on the water—waking up each morning to the waves crashing or ripple of the river, enjoying a beautiful sunset over dinner on your own deck, or having water recreational activities steps outside your door.

 

But there is so much more to waterfront living than relaxation and beauty. There are health benefits, too. According to the Lung Institute, areas closer to salt water offer better air quality for your lungs (learn more here). Living on the water also contributes to better sleeping habits and active lifestyle. Your home can be the vacation from your everyday stressors!

 

When choosing a waterfront home, be sure to check out the property thoroughly. Think about how you would like to use the property. What do you care about most? What are your priorities when it comes to waterfront living?  What water activities do you enjoy and what lifestyle needs do you have?

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Always Bring a Realtor with You to Purchase a New Construction Home

March 13, 2019

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Have you ever been to a model home? It’s one of my favorite parts of the Real Estate business. I LOVE seeing new floorplans, the incredible upgrades and features, and most of all- the decorating!

 

Everything is new- and- fresh- and- shiny and with all of the visual stimulation, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and want to sign a contract right then and there. But don’t let the awe of a stunning model home distract you from getting the best deal possible- which would be with your Realtor present.

 

HERE’S THE THING ABOUT NEW CONSTRUCTION: THE SITE AGENT- WHILE SUPER FRIENDLY AND ACCOMMODATING- WORKS FOR THE BUILDER.

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Davidson partners with Habitat for Humanity on new St. Augustine neighborhood

August 28, 2018

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We are pleased to announce Davidson’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity of St. Augustine / St. Johns County on the housing nonprofit’s newest West St. Augustine neighborhood called Canopy Oaks.

 

The neighborhood is being developed on the former Dancy Tract off of Broach Street, between Volusia Street and St. Johns Street in the West Augustine Economic Development and Community Redevelopment Area, a few blocks north of W. King Street.

 

Davidson signed on in February 2015 to provide site planning, site design and project programming on a pro-bono basis. We worked in close concert to represent the project before the County Commission and the County’s Development Review Committee. Our development team incorporated the civil engineering efforts of Matthews Design and together, secured the necessary preliminary zoning and site plan approvals.

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HAVING A HEAT WAVE

July 17, 2018

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Summer is sizzling – both weather-wise and development-wise. Things are heating-up, and we all know that not everyone takes it with the same resolve or with the same long-term outlook that things are destined to change, usually for the better.

 

The pace and character of new development is a case in point.

 

A common reaction is to take the not-in-my-backyard approach to news about coming development – when one could easily and most assuredly consider the news to be about “coming attractions”, i.e., positives that strengthen the values of our area and neighborhoods.

 

There are numerous, new neighborhoods in the works – from south Duval County to south St. Augustine. Many are already under development with their initial phases. Others are in rapid roll-out or on the cusp of ground-breaking.

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