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COVID19 AND REAL ESTATE Jen Kespohl has a knack for attracting clients from near and far. While most of her faraway clients are buyers, she had the privilege of helping a faraway seller to sell his property in Jacksonville all the way from Hawaii!  Jen listed the home and when it went under contract, she coordinated all of the contractors and vendors that her client had hired remotely from Hawaii. She walked through the home after repairs were completed and took a video to show her client the quality of the work. She even did what she called, "The Screwdriver Test" to ensure the soft wood repairs were legit.  She coordinated a mail away closing so that the title company could complete the entire transaction without her client ever being present. When all was said and…
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COVID19 AND REAL ESTATE Ray Scott is blessed to have completed several real estate transactions remotely, but the Covid-19 Pandemic made one of his remote transactions a little trickier! A young family was looking to purchase a home on the Space Coast. The husband, in the airforce and currently stationed in Colorado Springs, was being moved to Patrick Airforce base. With a brand new daughter at home, they asked Ray to respect social distancing in an effort to keep themselves and their daughters safe.  Despite not living on the Space Coast, Ray was able to send them current listings in that area and help them choose a few they'd like to see. The family moved to Florida and stayed with relatives while they narrowed down their search digitally.  When they thought…
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Jen Kespohl has helped clients all over the country to purchase real estate in Florida. One of her craziest experiences, though, was the time she helped her client search for homes in Florida...from Alaska!
Jen toured every home her client chose from the pictures by Facetiming and sending videos. They would ask her to walk from room to room so they can get a feel for the layout, and Jen would actually count the steps out loud so they could get a feel for how close/far apart the rooms were. She stood in certain corners of the home to give her clients a clear representation of how their family would function in the shared spaces of homes.
When they finally chose a home they loved, she connected them with a lender by email and phone. Jen attended…
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Lisa Bratcher helped a husband a wife move here from Southern California, as their cost of living was skyrocketing. When they flew into town to view homes, Lisa helped them visit a long list of houses in just a few days until they found the perfect home in an amazing neighborhood! Her clients flew back to California ready to sign the papers, except...
Due to circumstances outside of their control, the home of their dreams was no longer available for them to purchase. This meant Lisa's clients would have to come back for visit #2. But the wife was

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                                                    Coronavirus and Real Estate!  

Stacy Francis is no stranger to handling real estate transactions remotely, but during the Covid-19 pandemic, she had a specifically interesting predicament.Her buyer was set to close on a home during the middle of the pandemic, but the title company asked that Realtors and lenders not attend closings in person. Her buyer's lender was a big bank and they didn't get the final closing numbers to her until the last minute. Stacy's buyer was scrambling, trying to wire the closing funds from her bank account to her title company while sitting in her car in the parking lot! She couldn't get the app to work and so she texted Stacy in a panic.Stacy reassured her that everything would get done. First, Stacy

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                                       real estate technology When Howard and Keith started Round Table Realty in 2010, they knew they wanted to put people first. That was the driving force behind starting their own brokerage. But a very close second to that was technology. They two began researching the latest and greatest ways to use technology right off the bat, and instead of waiting for a lot of tools to become commonplace, they trained themselves and any of their agents who would listen about how to use them from day one. When a new tech tool was released, Keith mercilessly researched and and Howard immediately began learning how to use it.  Over the years, most of Round Table's agents joined the brokerage because they knew they were joining two of the most…
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                              15 Inexpensive Ways to Spruce Up Your Home You're home.  You have time. Maybe you weren't even thinking about selling your home before this, but may we suggest that you use some of this time to do some improvements around your home? Simple things can make selling faster (and numbers higher). But have you ever heard the old story about the man who fixed up his home to get it ready to sell and then decided he liked it so much he wanted to stay?! These are some simple things you can do to improve your home, whether you're thinking about selling or not! Organize 1. Go through those closets! Get rid of clothes you haven't worn in more than a year and donate them. 2. Replace all those broken light bulbs inside and outside. 3. Create some…
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                     Corona Virus Real Estate Round Table Realty has been using the foremost technology available to agents since the very beginning of the brokerage back in 2019. So, during the Coronavirus Pandemic, they've still been working! Facetime video tours, 3-D video walk-throughs, digital signings, and remote closings are all things we've been doing for years! We get it, though. There is a strong pull towards your couch if you're one of the people out there who isn't working outside the home. It's very easy to get into a rut! But it's also an amazing opportunity to do some things you never have the time to do! Here are some ideas:
1. Learn Something: Check out https://www.lynda.com/, which has a 30 day free trial membership, to…
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                           Downtown Jacksonville Chamblin's Uptown If you're a fan of Chamblin's Book Mine then you're an average Jacksonvillian, but if you're absolutely obsessed with Chamblin's then you might want to read on because you're about to have the chance to level up!  Ron Chamblin had a vision for expanding his namesake bookstore when he bought 225 N. Laura Street. Not only did he hope to expand and improve Chamblin's Uptown book store and coffee shop, he wanted to add a restaurant and apartments! With his $900,000 renovation plan approved by the Downtown Development Review Board in 2018, Breaking Ground Contracting is slated to begin his rennovations on this building originally constructed in 1904 in the next few weeks.  The mixed-use space will include 2nd and 3rd floor…
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Corona Virus Real Estate It's hard to imagine that a virus alleged to have originated in animals in China could possibly affect real estate in the United States; but hold on to your hats - it already has.  In recent weeks (March, 2020), the stock market has lost thousands of points, travel bans are canceling vacations, and warehouse-style stores are running out of bottled water like a hurricane is on the radar! And while the number of people affected in the United States is incredibly low compared to the overall population (or even compared to the numbers affected by influenza), the countries that are highly affected are the reason we're going to begin seeing some possible changes in the housing markets.  The stock market losing value obviously has a huge impact on…
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