All Blog Entries by Keith Francis

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Crosswater at Pablo Bay is an up and coming new community on San Pablo Road near JTB. It is currently in the late development stage and the four builders are said to start construction on new homes next month. Upon completion there will be just shy of 300 homes, within 3 sub-communities;Parkside, Crossings and Lakeview. The four builders include, Cornerstone Homes, David Weekley Homes, Mattamy Homes, and Providence Homes. Each builder will offer a series of floor plans that will range in price from $200,000 up to around $600,000.    This is a wonderful location for a new community,1.5 miles from Mayo Clinic, 2 miles from J. Turner Butler, about 3 miles to the Intracoastal Waterway,  less than 5 miles from the Beaches, Shopping and Dining  at the St.…
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You may have relocated to North Florida to avoid ever having to scrape ice off of your car windows, salting your sidewalk and shoveling snow from your home's driveway again.

While the last time I can recall seeing snow here in Jacksonville was in the late 1980’s when we made a one tier snowman, we do still experience freezing temperatures at times. You may consider performing a few of these maintenance tasks in order to keep your home in tip top condition; Especially if you are on the path to listing it for sale at the start of the New Year. Here are a few pointers of things you may consider with this rapidly approaching winter:

Irrigation, Hoses and Hose Bibs

Before the first frost you will want to follow these simple steps to ensure that your

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So how affordable are homes for sale in Mandarin right now ? Well to start with lets pick a growing and popular area in Jacksonville Florida. Mandarin homes for sale have been pretty hot lately based on the amount of website leads weaerial-mandarin-jacksonville-florida_3008 receive and homes that are currently under contract. Lets take this home as an example is in the heart of Mandarin and has over 2000 square feet of air conditioned space. Three bedrooms, two baths and a two car garage is a very nice size home. It looks to be nicely remodeled and very updated with its Interior Finishing. The home at this date is listed at $160,000.00 and based on today's average 30year mortgage interest rates from of 4.15% , that gives you a principal & interest amount of $758.32 per month. You

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Why Buy New Homes in Communities like Eagle Landing or Oakleaf Plantation?

Why wouldn’t you shop for a new home while looking to make a move?

You don’t think they are affordable? Well that isn’t the case anymore. The average price of a new home can beaerial-oakleaf_740 anywhere from $190,000 - $215,000 depending on the location and mortgage rates are as low as they’ve ever been in 2011 says Big Builder online.

Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the 30-year loan fell to 4.63 percent from 4.71. The average rate on the 15-year fixed mortgage slipped to 3.82 percent from 3.89 percent. Both are at their lowest points since December.

At $190,000 and 4.63% you are looking at a principal and interest payment of only $953 a month for a 3.5% Down payment FHA

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Unemployment Numbers in North Florida Allow Buying A New Home to Reappear on the RadarOakleaf Plantation Orange Park

Great News for the areas of Jacksonville, St. Johns County & Clay County! Unemployent figures just out show some large drops, as much as 1%, since the begining of the year.

How does this help Real Estate in North Florida you might ask? With Job increases and more confidence in consumers, families will begin making the move that they have been putting off to those New Communities like Nocatee, Durbin Crossing, Julington Creek Plantation, Eagle Landing & Aberdeen. Many current homeowners whose families have started to grow over the last 5 years, have started to outgrow their current homes and now will be looking for larger homes in amenity

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Last month I was asked if I would give a presentation on photography for Realtors with tips on how to photograph homes. I decided to look at the photographs in the MLS to get some ideas on where to start.

It did not take long to find a blurry partial dining room picture taken in a dimly lit, half-million-dollar home and a picture of a family room with part of a human body and an entire dog in it representing a $300,000 home.

A recent study by Redfin estimated that only 15 percent of listings are marketed with professional-quality photographs...

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-If you or someone you know is looking to list there home, be sure to have them

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The Washington Family & their new Jacksonville, FL home...

only made possible by the Round Table working with them on their old home

Mandarin, Jacksonville, FL - When the Washington Family purchased their new home they knew that the only thing that would be a problem that needed solving was what to do with their old or current home. While nice it wasn't what they wanted anymore and with the market the way it is they wanted to be able to take advantage. Could they get what they needed out of their old home? Mr. Washington and their family knew that through a marketing plan that involved a massive digital push built around amazing photography, the offers that would come in would be incrementally higher than what even their friends were seeing through

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Do you want to sell your home for more money, well according to a new study by Redfin, a Seattle-based real estate brokerage, Professional Photography does just that. Redfin found in an analysis of more than 100,000 listings in the Boston metro area and Long Island, N.Y., that homes with professional photographs sold anywhere between $934 to $116,076 more than those shot from cheaper, point-and-shoot cameras. That’s probably enough to start making you feel a little insecure about your photographs if you’re not using a professional. What’s more, homes with professional photographs were found, on average, to be viewed 61 percent more online than others in that price range shot with a lower-end camera.

Here at Round Table Realty all of our listings

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Professional Photography is the Key Ingredient


There are a lot of studies by independents, websites that cater to real estate and by real estate related organizations that have shown results proving that having better quality photographs help greatly in the sale of homes online. A survey that was done in late 2007 showed that almost 80% of the home sold in 2006, people had started their search for those homes online. It is now 2010 and the National Association of Realtors states that Eighty-Four percent of home buyers say that photos and detailed property descriptions are the most important feature when searching for homes online. With the number of households with a computer and internet access still growing, eventually, everyone will be

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