Meet St. Johns County’s Newest Master-Planned Community – SilverLeaf

February 12, 2021

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If you drive around St. Johns County, you will see new businesses and developments popping up on every corner. And this growth has no plans of slowing down. St. Johns County is not going to stop growing any time soon. An upcoming jewel in the highly coveted area: SilverLeaf. SilverLeaf is a master-planned community that is family-friendly and features resort-style amenities with no CDD fees. “Our customers are drawn to SilverLeaf because of the location and convenience it provides as you can easily get to any destination from SilverLeaf. The community in St. Johns County is thriving and a wonderful place to call home,” shares Davidson Realty President, Sherry Davidson. SilverLeaf is zoned for 10,700 dwelling units, 2,650,000 square feet of mixed-use commercial space, and more than 3,500 acres of beautiful conservation land. Once complete, SilverLeaf will be one of the largest community development in Northeast Florida.

 

SilverLeaf will be home to several neighborhoods with homes for families and individuals with a size, price point, and style for everyone. SilverLeaf maintains the high standards of quality and detail that are a trademark of The Hutson Companies, well-respected developers of the community. The Hutson Companies bring more than forty years of development, construction, and community involvement to bring the vision of SilverLeaf to life. Each home in SilverLeaf will be expertly crafted to exceed expectations.

 

From the miles of walking and bike paths to the resort-style amenity center, this family-oriented community offers residents countless opportunities for activity and entertainment. However, the attraction to SilverLeaf doesn’t stop once you leave the community. St. Johns County is home to the #1 Public School District in the State of Florida with a one to eighteen educator to student ratio. It also doesn’t hurt that St. Johns County has the lowest property tax rate in the Northeast Florida Region and is ranked the healthiest county in Florida.

 

The builders in SilverLeaf are the best and brightest in Northeast Florida. Each builder brings unique character to their homes to ensure each home in SilverLeaf is distinctive.

 

Riverside Homes:

Award-winning homebuilder, Riverside Homes, is bringing its thoughtful floor plans and quality construction to SilverLeaf Village, one of the premier neighborhoods within SilverLeaf. Riverside Homes range from 1,570 square feet to more than 3,700 square feet on spacious 43′, 53’, and 63’ lots. With 18 plan options to choose from, there is a broad selection of home designs so you can find the perfect fit for your family. Home prices start in the $300s.

 

View an exclusive look at SilverLeaf’s ideal location (Part 1), amenity center (Part 2), and Riverside Homes model (Part 3) in our “Get to Know SilverLeaf” video series with Sherry Davidson and the owners of Riverside Homes, Matt Roberts, and Chris Wood.

 

MasterCraft Builder Group:

MasterCraft Builder Group is building semi-custom homes in SilverLeaf Village. Each home by MasterCraft Builder Group is thoughtfully designed and provide luxury features standard. Most of MasterCraft’s homesites offer preserve and lake views providing both privacy and serenity. MasterCraft Homes in SilverLeaf Village are starting in the $300,000s and will range from 1,480 to more than 3,980 square feet on 43’, 53’, and 63’ lots. 

 

Emerald Homes:

D.R. Horton is proud to bring Emerald Homes to SilverLeaf. Emerald Homes luxury homes will feature state of the art smart home technology for their one and two-story open concept home plans. Emerald Homes promises elegant exteriors and high-end features to deliver elevated design to your dream home. Homes will range from 1,646 to more than 2,896 square feet starting at $348,990. 

 

Dream Finders Homes:

Dream Finders Homes will offer both single-family homes and maintenance-free townhomes with a variety of designer features to customize your dream home to SilverLeaf neighborhoods, Holly Forest and Meadow Ridge. Homes in Holly Forest will feature 20’ and 24’ townhome lots and 53’ and 63’ single-family lots ranging from 1,250 to more than 3,000 square feet. The single-family homes in Meadow Ridge will place homes on 43’ and 53’ homesites. 

 

Ashley Homes:

With twenty-two floor plans to choose from, Ashley Homes is excited to bring their quality construction and unique floor plans to SilverLeaf. Ashley Homes provides the ability to customize your floor plan and feature to make your home your own. Standard features in Ashley Homes at SilverLeaf include gourmet kitchens and energy-efficient materials. 

 

With so many options to choose from and the current state of the real estate market, it is imperative to have a real estate agent help guide you through the new build process. “Davidson Realty agents work with builders continuously in various new construction communities. Our agents will get to know the needs of your family and will be able to suggest features and ideas you may not know about to ensure your family finds their perfect fit. The Davidson Team will help guide you through the process, help you negotiate with the builder to get the best pricing for your new home, and be your advocate if anything isn’t as you expected.”  The Davidson Realty Team is equipped with the knowledge of the area, market, and SilverLeaf community to help you successfully secure a new home for you and your family in SilverLeaf. Contact our office today at (904) 940-5000 to find your new home in SilverLeaf.

How COVID-19 Impacted Real Estate in 2020

January 15, 2021

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The resilience of the real estate market was perhaps the biggest surprise in 2020. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the loss of millions of jobs, and a crippled economy, millions of American’s made waves in the real estate industry by browsing and, oftentimes, purchasing a new home. With thousands of businesses negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the real estate market saw positive trends and record-setting numbers.

 

The 2020 real estate market was expected to see steady growth. Lawrence Yun, National Association of Realtors (NAR) Chief Economist predicted there to be more than 750,000, for an 11% increase, in new home sales while existing homes sales would be repressed by low supply of homes to more than 5.56 million for a modest 4% increase. The median home price was anticipated to land at  $270,400 for an increase of 4.3%. Overall, the NAR was forecasting a healthy year for real estate. 

 

At the end of the first quarter of 2020, in the infancy of the pandemic, the real estate market was merely reacting to the sudden, bizarre changes that were happening in the world. With the new phrase called “social distancing” added to American vocabulary, all players in the real estate industry were in uncharted waters. With schools closing and businesses shut down, the needs of home seekers shifted.  

 

The COVID-19 pandemic made an interesting impact on the real estate market. While inventory was low and homes were selling quickly, the NAR reported a surge of people moving to more rural areas from larger, more crowded cities while desiring more moderate climates. “We are seeing many buyers coming from the Midwest, Northeast, and South Florida,” shares Sherry Davidson, President of Davidson Realty. This shift was caused by multiple COVID-19 related effects. Offices started allowing employees to work exclusively from home to successfully socially distance and people were enjoying the new routine COVID-19 brought and desired a slower pace of life. 

 

Throughout the changing times, Davidson Realty was able to adjust to new safety procedures and listen to the new needs of their clients. “Buyers were looking for homes that were more in tune to the daily needs of their families. Many were working from home and homeschooling their children, requiring more functional space for work and play,” shares Sherry Davidson. “Families were eager to purchase a home, but with inventory at record lows, we were seeing multiple offer situations and buyers were paying more than appraised values. Sellers were in a position to not consider offers with contingencies for financing and appraisals.” With interest rates at record-setting lows, buyers were eager to get their hands on their dream home. 

 

Although NAR has not yet released their year-end sales report, NAR reported in December they were expecting to reach 5.52 million in purchases in 2020, which is the highest annual mark since 2006. They also anticipate the median home price will hit a record-setting high at $293,000. Lawrence Yun has stated that the momentum from the second half of 2020 will carry into 2021.  Yun foresees interest rates remaining favorable and an increase in supply which will give home buyers more choices and repress home price growth. 

 

It’s safe to say the real estate market is still on fire. If you are interested in buying or selling your home, contact Davidson Realty today at (904) 940-5000. 

Congratulations to our TOP Producers for July!

August 19, 2020

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Concerned about the real estate market? Davidson Realty’s team of agents closed another stellar month of real estate transactions proving NOW is the time to sell your home. And if you’re looking to buy a home, our Davidson Realty team is here to help you with that, too.

 

Davidson Realty kicked off the third-quarter with a strong month of home sales. Our agents at our St. Augustine and Beaches offices ended the month with 49 closings totaling more than $16.5 Million in volume. Congratulations to Davidson Realty’s Top Producers for your hard work during July. 

 

The Top Producer with the most closings for the month is Suzy Evans. Suzy had five closings for more than $2.5 Million. Suzy’s years of experience are evident in her service to her clients. She is ranked in the Top 2% of all Northeast Florida Realtors. 

 

 

 

Mirtha Barzaga was our Top Sales Agent for the month of July. She had more than $1.8 Million in sales and four home sales. Mirtha has been recognized as one of Davidson Realty’s top agents in both service and production. 

 

 

 

Davidson Realty’s Top Listing Agent for the month of July was Candy Gil with more than $450,000 in listings sold. Candy helped two of her clients sell their homes. Candy is dedicated to her clients and particularly enjoys working with first-time home buyers and downsizing retirees. 

 

 

 

Once again, Shelley and Tim Nemethy of The Nemethy Group were Davidson Realty’s Top Producing and Top Sales Team. Shelley and Tim had more than $3.8 Million in closings and more than $2.6 Million in sales for the month of July. Team Nemethy is an incredibly dynamic duo and continues to provide top-notch service to their clients.

 

 

Caitlyn Hawkins was Davidson Realty’s Top Producer for our Jacksonville Beach office last month. Caitlyn had more than $525,000 in closings and continues to help homeowners quickly sell their homes. In addition to her passion for Real Estate, Caitlyn enjoys blogging on a variety of topics ranging from Design to Real Estate Tips. 

 

 

 

Davidson Realty’s Jacksonville Beach Real Estate office had Steve Rodriguez as their Top Sales Agent in July with $500,000 in sales. Steve is phenomenal and helps his clients navigate the home buying and selling process with ease. He has repeatedly been named among Davidson Realty’s top agents in production and sales.

 

 

Congratulations to the entire team at Davidson Realty and especially to these Top Producers! If you are interested in buying or selling a home in Northeast Florida, let one of our experienced agents help you.

HOMEOWNERS ARE FEELING A LITTLE TOO “COVID-COZY” And YOUR HOME could be what they’re looking for!

August 14, 2020

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By now, you’ve probably heard the term “Coronacrazy” which clearly speaks to the day to day roller-coaster we’ve all been living since early March. At Davidson Realty, you’ll also hear the term, “Covid-Cozy” which describes the homebuyers working with our agents who during quarantine determined their home no longer suits their needs. This doesn’t necessarily mean the home is too small in some circumstances. There has been a shift in desired layouts, locations, and overall function for many homebuyers as the Coronavirus has people spending more time at home.

 

While market conditions remain positive, interest rates are at an all-time low and inventory is low, if you have a home you’re contemplating selling – you may just have the perfect home for someone who is too “Covid-Cozy” in their current home!

 

What are homebuyers looking for?

 

 

Suburb Living:

While the convenience of living close to work has remained one of the top priorities for homebuyers, it’s not necessarily part of the top five “must-haves” since more people are working from home. In addition, people feel safer in less crowded and less populated areas which makes suburb living more desirable.

 

Dedicated Office/School space:

The pandemic has forced many Americans to work from home. Several large corporations in the Jacksonville Metro area are still shut down and have employees working from home. And nearly 38% of students across Northeast Florida will participate in some form of “distance learning” through virtual options. That means more homeowners are realizing with parents and/or children all needing a dedicated space their current situation isn’t ideal. The dedicated office/school space can be a bonus room or even an additional bedroom converted to office or school space.

 

Food Pantry:

If you think back to March and April, our groceries caused major anxiety for some as we were told the virus could potentially be brought home from groceries and lives on surfaces. (Not sure we still have a clear answer on this one!) Many consumers tried to buy in bulk and minimize their frequent trips to their local grocery stores. And whether or not consumers are still consumed with fear about their grocery stores, we do know that buying in bulk has become more popular and people are needing more storage space.

 

Larger yards or better outdoor amenities:

Northeast Florida weather, albeit very hot and humid during August, provides plenty of months for enjoying the outdoors. And people who enjoy entertaining can more safely socially-distance while entertaining outdoors. Outdoor amenities also provide plenty of entertainment while people are looking for more controlled environments for their children to play and safely social distance.

 

You may be looking for a home that offers these features or maybe you are living in a home that hits some or all of the list above. Either way, if you’re contemplating moving into a new home contact our Davidson Realty office and let’s get the process started. Our Davidson Realty team of experts knows exactly how to market your home to highlight its qualities and make it desirable for people who are ready for something a little less “Covid-Cozy.”

May 2020 Northeast Florida Market Stats: How Has COIVD-19 Impacted Our Market

June 24, 2020

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The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors Market Stats for May 2020 shows a dramatic increase in sales in May (3,063) compared to April (2,368). Pending sales were down 2.6% from last May, but it appears the housing market reached its low point during mid-April and began to strengthen in May.

 

Closed sales of 2,244 were down 33% from 3,346 last May which is not surprising since people were staying at home late March and most of April and not out looking at homes and writing contracts that would close in May.

 

The average sales price of $287,842 is up 5% over last May and the median sales price of $247,484 is up 7%. The prices have not dropped during COVID because there is more demand for homes than supply of homes for sale.

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