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Durbin Crossing Homes for Sale

Durbin Crossing is a beautiful community in St. Johns County. Nature preserves, lake views, and open space add to the beauty of a place filled with the hustle and bustle of daily life. Amenities centers offer pools, tennis courts, a gym, an activity center, and more activities, events, and social gatherings than you can shake a stick at! If you're looking for an actual sense of community, this is a community for you!

Now, nearby, the Durbin Creek Crossing shopping center is underway! The Ferber Cos. has broken ground on what will soon be a retail space spanning 70 acres and more than 250,000 square feet of places to shop! Because the St. Johns County area is growing so rapidly, the infrastructure and retail spaces are growing right along with it! 

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real estate hurricane season covid-19

Florida is already preparing for Hurricane Season, but this year it's preparing a little differently.

  While COVID-19 has required millions of people around the country to shelter in place for health reasons, us Floridians are no stranger to spending a few days cooped up in a house during hurricane season. (And don't forget, we usually stay home without electricity or the internet, so this has been a veritable vacation for those who are healthy and can work from home.) However, what's becoming concerning is the idea that not only will our immunocompromised and elderly populations continue to be stuck at home, but they'll also be facing a possible shortage of access to medical supplies if an active hurricane season does rear its ugly…
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covid19 and real estate Jody is a certified Military Relocation Professional. She received a call from an out-of-state Realtor asking if Jody could help her military children move to Jacksonville. Jody was faced with there challenges: they were first time home buyers, they were moving from Oregon and had to find a home close to where they would be stationed, and they couldn't physically come to tour homes.  These buyers were relying solely on Jody to make the largest financial decision of their lives! She listened carefully to their needs, lifestyle, and budget. She first got them pre-approved by a lender and then sent them listings that she felt were a good fit. She also toured the listings and took extra pictures and videos so they could get a feel for the flow of…
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coronavirus and real estate Jillian Brough knew that she would always go above and beyond for her clients, but when Covid-19 hit, she took it to the next level.  A home she'd already helped her client to purchase merely had to finish the transaction with a closing date at the title company. However, because her client couldn't safely attend the closing, Jillian made a way. She emailed digital copies of the closing paperwork to her clients and then sat with them on the phone to go over each page as they signed them on their computer screens. As soon as the transaction was complete, Jillian picked up the keys and drove them over to the new house with her closing gifts. She set them out on the counter, took a picture, and then proceeded to sanitize the home and key so her…
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covid19 and real estate Ben Glynn met a couple over the internet who were in the military, stationed outside of Las Vegas. They knew they wanted to retire in Jacksonville in 3-5 years, but they wanted to purchase a home now and rent it out until then. Ben set them up a home search and did video tours of each home. When the couple found one they liked, Ben was able to help them make an offer. Since he was acting as a single agent, he had the added capability of advising them to offer less than the listing price as he felt it was priced a little too high. When they did and the counteroffer wasn't what they'd hoped for, Ben suggested they keep an eye on the home for the next few months. Ben checked the home's price every day for 2 months until it dropped far enough in price…
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coronavirus and real estate Kristian Jackson has completed more than her fair share of real estate transactions remotely. One client called her and told her he was moving to New York the next week and asked if she could sell his house in Mandarin. Kristian assured him she could, picked up the keys, and that was the last she ever saw him! After he moved, she prepared the home for sale, hosted open houses and cleaned up after scheduled walk-throughs. She checked the mail and kept he lawn looking proper. She got the home under contract very quickly and proceeded to handle the appraisal, the inspections, and the final walk-through.  Kristian's connections in the industry made it easy to close on the home for her client. She closed with Landmark Title and was able to use a…
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covid19 and rela estate Georgina Essa helped Amaya buy a condo here in Jacksonville back in 2017. She lived in Miami and traveled here quite frequently for work and wanted a second home base. Georgina helped her close on the perfect second home within only 30 days!  Fast forward a few years and Amaya's travels slowed as she focused on caring for an elderly relative in Miami. She reached out to ask Georgina if she could help Amaya sell the condo, as it was no longer making financial sense for her. It took some strong negotiating to work through what is now a very strange real estate market during Covid-19, but Georgina got it sold at market value without ever asking Amaya to come to Jacksonville until it was physically time to move out. And when that time came,…
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coronoavirus and real estate Over the past year, Caroline McCarthy has sold eight (yes, EIGHT!) homes without ever meeting the buyer in person until the closing table. Some were military who could not move until they were officially stationed in Florida. Some were coming to Florida to retire.  One of the most memorable was a single mom with two children who both had severe learning disabilities. It would have been incredibly difficult for her to travel to see homes. Caroline Facetimed her a walk-through of every home she found online that she was interested in. She showed her which floor plans met her needs as a mom, what the streets were like, and how the homes smelled and felt. When Caroline's client did choose a home, Caroline handled the inspections and even helped her to…
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coronovirus and real estate Pam Lockwood was referred to a client out of state who had a rental property here in Jacksonville. She was ready to sell the property and so Pam helped her get it listed, shown, and sold in a very short period of time. Just before their closing date, the title company came back to Pam and informed her that the home had a second owner on the deed! It turned out that Pam's client owned the home with her father, but didn't realize it would be necessary for him to sign off on the closing. Pam explained that it was no problem, they would just need to get in touch with him to have him sign a few papers. It was no problem except for one thing: he lived outside of the country! While it took a few days of scurrying around to get everything in order, Pam was…
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Covid19 and Real Estate

Leslie Dow received a phone call from a couple in Maine wanting to build a new home in St. Johns County. They'd chosen their favorite floor plan, all they needed was the perfect lot. Leslie assured them they didn't need to fly down to Florida, she would walk them around every lot available via Skype! As she did, she gathered as much information as possible about each lot and actually talked them out of one that she found out would have a retention wall behind it.  The couple decided they would wait to see if more lots opened up, but just a few days later the exact floor plan they loved became available in a resale home. Leslie immediately gave them a Skype tour of this year and a half old home and they loved it! Leslie handled the entire rest of…
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