While you can view tons of listings online, not all of the information is accurate or up-to-date. You'll find outdated comps, conflicting forecasts and different ratings. With access to the MLS and insight on properties about to hit the market, a Realtor can provide the latest and most accurate data.
You don't need to spend time sorting through listings and contacting sellers. An agent will do the research on your behalf to find the homes that best fit your needs and price range.
As professional negotiators with years of experience, Realtors know how to create, present and negotiate the best offer. Remember, you'll be going up against another professional negotiator: the seller's agent.
A local agent can give you the scoop about market developments and changes that you won’t find online. He or she will also analyze the context of larger forces that could impact the future value of a home.
Square Feet: 3,980
Year Built: 1984
Area of Town: MANDARIN
Lot Size: 1 ACRE
School District: Duval/Mandarin
MLS #: 923812
Square Feet: 4,365
Year Built: 2005
Area of Town: ST. JOHNS
School District: ST JOHNS
MLS #: 925030
Square Feet: 1,788
Year Built: 1999
Area of Town: Mandarin
School District: MANDARIN/DUVAL
MLS #: 921817
Square Feet: 1,654
Year Built: 2014
Area of Town: ST. JOHNS COUNTY
School District: ST. JOHNS COUNTY
MLS #: 920692
A homestead exemption is a property tax discount often given to someone who owns a property and who lives in it as their primary residence. The Exemption can provide a substantial savings on your property taxes.
Homeowners must file an initial application, and as long as the property remains their primary residence, the exemption will automatically renew each year. A renewal notice will be mailed to you each year in January. It is the responsibility of the owner to notify the Property Appraiser of any change in their exempt status.
~A legal Resident of the United States
~Hold Legal or Beneficial title to the property on which you are applying
~Making the property your permanent legal residence
~From the time you receive your deed to March 1st 2018 is the regular filing time for the current tax year 2017
~In person, online or by mail
St Johns County: https://hx.sjcpa.us/ApplyOnline/WebForm1.aspx
Clay County: http://www.ccpao.com/exemptions.html
You swoon at the curb appeal and your heart flutters at the sight of the kitchen countertops, but is the home you're considering buying really The One? Before you make an offer, be sure you love these five, hard-to-change things about your potential new place.
1. Square footage
Too small and you may quickly outgrow your new space. Too big can mean unnecessary energy bills and money spent furnishing space you never use. Aim for "just right."
2. Drive time
Be sure your daily commute won't leave you sitting in traffic, rethinking your relationship with your house. Consider driving to work from your potential home a couple times during rush hour to make sure you know what you're getting into.
Being able to stroll to shops, restaurants, parks and public transportation can really boost your quality of life. If it's important to you, check out your potential home's official walkability score at www.walkscore.com.
Does the neighborhood include features that you feel are critical to your particular lifestyle, like yoga studios, late night takeout options or a safe playground for your kids (or pups)?
5. Planes, trains and automobiles
If you travel frequently, be sure you love how close your potential new home is to the airport, main highways or public transportation. Not a fan of planes flying overhead – or late night trains? Keep that in mind when scoping out areas as well.
If you're crazy about these five aspects of the house, it might really be true love. Make an offer and with luck, you could live happily ever after. Working with an experienced agent can help. Find one here.
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Cindy Gavin Team