Florida’s weak job and distressed real estate markets continue to contribute to the high foreclosure rate.  The state still leads the nation in delinquent loans.  Some claim states with non-judicial foreclosures fair better in clearing the inventory.  But more importantly, a collapsing real estate market and 11.9% jobless rate seem to be the major culprits.  The foreclosure freeze earlier this year did not appear to have the impact feared.  Read more below. 

WASHINGTON – Nov. 19, 2010 – Florida still leads the nation in the percentage of homeowners who are “seriously delinquent” on their loans, the Mortgage Bankers Association said Thursday.

In the state, 19.52 percent of borrowers were either 90 days past due or in foreclosure in the third quarter. Add in borrowers who are 30 and 60 days late, and nearly one in four Floridians are behind on their loans.

The good news is that Florida’s seriously delinquent rate is down from 20.13 percent in the second quarter. But no other state met Florida’s lofty level of late payers. Nevada was No. 2 at 17.83 percent, while Illinois’ 10.77 percent ranked third.

With Florida’s job market still weak and home prices way down from a few years ago, it’s no surprise that the state’s delinquency rates are so high, said Jack McCabe, a real estate analyst in Deerfield Beach.

“With 48 percent of the state’s homeowners underwater, we’re going to continue to see delinquencies go up,” McCabe said. “The truth is a lot of people have given up and have stopped paying their mortgages.”

Part of the blame lies with the way foreclosures are handled in Florida, said Michael Fratantoni, the Mortgage Bankers’ vice president of research and economics. Florida and other states where foreclosures go through the courts have foreclosure inventories that are twice as high as so-called non-judicial states, he said.

Of course, the court system is only partly to blame for Florida’s delinquency problem. The bigger culprits are a withering collapse in prices and an 11.9 percent jobless rate that’s well above the national unemployment rate of 9.6 percent.

Nationally, the delinquency rate fell, too, which the Mortgage Bankers Association attributed to modest improvements in the job market. The foreclosure freeze at some lenders hasn’t played a role in falling delinquencies.

“The foreclosure paperwork issues announced by several large servicers in late September and early October are unlikely to have had a large impact on the third-quarter numbers,” Fratantoni said.

Copyright © 2010 The Palm Beach Post, Fla., Jeff Ostrowski. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

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Q: How Do I Look for a House to Buy in Jacksonville?

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A: The way that most people used to look for a house is that they would go to the neighborhood and they would drive around. They would find signs that are in the yard (either for sale by owner or for sale by an agency) but that is old-school. Now no one does it that way. Most people come home from work then they get on Trulia, realtor.com or Zillow and they start looking in the areas or zip codes that they want to be in. They scroll through the photos and they pick a couple of houses they might want to see then they contact one of the listing agents from these properties.

But, I’d like to back that process up a little bit. Maybe instead of finding the house that you want to see, first you find an agent you want to work with. You can start with creating a relationship with this person. They can send you properties that they know are active on the market and properties that they probably already viewed for themselves. It’s going to be a lot better as far as your time because you’re going to find properties that you really want to see instead of finding that the Zillow listings are outdated and the properties already sold. There’s nothing worse than finding the best property in the world at an outrageously great price only to find out the property was actually sold five years ago and Zillow hasn’t updated the listings.

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Now that temperatures are finally rising, it’s time to shake off the long winter and prepare for more temperate days ahead. It’s also time to spend a Saturday or two taking your apartment out of hibernation. Spring cleaning is an annual ritual for many, but it’s easy to forget some essential tasks to keep your living space fresh. Here’s a handy checklist to make sure your apartment is ready for April showers… and May flowers.

1. Time for Some Window Washing

Unless you live in the tropics, your windows have probably been shut since October. Now’s the time to throw them open — but not before you give them a thorough washing. Clean glass will let more light into your apartment, and open windows can allow a winter’s worth of stale odors to escape. Think of it as your house exhaling after a cold and wintry season.

2. Scour Those Screens

Window screens are meant to keep out dust, insects, and debris… not display them. If your screens are looking a little clogged, give them a scrub. After removing them from the sill, place your screens on a level surface outdoors and vacuum them. Once all the larger bits of detritus are gone, wash the screens with a sponge and soapy water, then use a garden hose to rinse. Make sure your screens are dry before re-installing them.

3. Beat Up Your Rugs, Sweep Your Floors

Once your windows are clean and open, you’ll probably really notice all the dust and grime that’s been sitting on your floors. But before you sweep and mop, make sure you clean your rugs and textiles. Vacuum your carpets, but beat your rugs with a broom or a bat— it’s a much more forceful way to get dust out of fibers. Plus, some time outside will let your rugs breathe, and give them a fresher odor.

4. Pack Up Your Heavier Blankets

Those wool blankets probably came in handy over the winter, but will you really need them on hot July nights? Gather all your heavier textiles, fold them, and pack them away until the fall.

5. Ditch The Drapes

If you live in a really cold climate, you might have invested in thermal curtains or thick drapes. They’re great for keeping out the cold, but they also keep out light and pleasant springtime breezes. Time to steam-clean them and then pack them up until October.

6. Give Your Kitchen a Deep-Cleaning

Who doesn’t love winter cooking? Hearty stews and plentiful pies are a joy to eat when it’s cold out. But they also might have wreaked havoc on your kitchen — and especially your oven. Now that your windows are open, bust out the big chemical guns (or the vinegar) and give your cooking areas a good scrub. Nobody wants to smell last January’s cassoulet during grilling season.

7. Scrub Your Tub

Taking baths during the winter is a warm luxury. Rings around the tub are an unsightly nuisance. Time to throw some elbow grease into your grout, tile, and tub.

8. Replace Your Air Filters

It’s recommended to replace your home’s HVAC air filters every three months — so, once a season. Clean air filters not only increase the efficiency of your cooling/heating system — they help keep you healthy since they reduce dust, pollutants, allergens, and bacteria levels in your home.

9. Clean Your Doors

Doors are a major magnet for dirt and oil, and sometimes all it takes is a little sunshine to make your grubby little pawprints visible for all the world to see. So take a few minutes with a sponge and a bottle of surface cleaner, and maybe polish the doorknobs while you’re at it.

10. Check the Batteries On Your Smoke Alarm

Because you don’t want to have an insurance claim on your hands, do you?

This article was provided by Sam Radbil, a contributing member of the marketing and communications team at ABODO. ABODO Jacksonville apartments was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Q: What Programs Are Available If I Want to Buy A House?

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A: This is one of the main reasons why you should go to more than one mortgage provider if you want to buy a house and before you decide who you are going to deal with. Different companies are providing different programs. The Florida Bond, at this point, offers $15,000 to people in the form of a soft mortgage.

A soft mortgage is a mortgage that there is no interest paid during the time that the funds are borrowed. And with the Florida Bond program, after you’re in the property for 5 years, that that $15,000 is completely forgiven and you no longer have to repay it.

If you’re only able to stay in the house for 3 of the 5 years, 60% of the value of the $15,000 would be forgiven so it’s a very good program.

Unfortunately, it runs out money once the funds are used. Once that happens you have to switch over to programs that are offered by individual mortgage companies.There is a company that we’re working with now that has a $25,000 program. You have to have a 640 credit score or higher in order to qualify for it. It’s a great program. How long will it be out there? Until the funds are gone.

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market rental propertyNot sure how to market rental property online? These days, finding a good, quality fit for your rental property is more than just putting a “For Rent” sign on your lawn or an ad in the newspaper. Along with websites, people are now utilizing social media as well as apps to get their properties in front of a larger audience

With websites, rental apps, and social media, there are literally hundreds of places people look to find their next place to rent. If you want to increase your chances of finding a good match and ensuring your property isn’t sitting vacant not earning money, you will want to be sure to take advantage of as many sites as you can.

Make sure you get a quality picture of your rental property.

How to Market Rental Property Online

The style of the rental property and who your ideal renters are will determine your online marketing strategy. Below are a few of the most popular sites for listing rentals.

Zillow.com: On zillow you can list a rental for free.They claim to be the largest rental network on the Web.

Trulia.com: Post a room, apartment, or home for rent on Trulia. It’s free!

Realtor.com: Affiliated with the NAR (National Association of REALTORS), this site claims to have the most up-to-date and accurate listings online.

Social Media Websites: Make sure to include social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest.

Oodle: Check out millions of people using Oodle to find used cars, apartments for rent, job listings, homes for sale, and other classifieds.

Military.com: Military.com’s classified section offers an expanded look at homes for sale and rent.

Local Newspaper Websites: Many look to local newspaper websites for the latest listings.

Renting a vacant property is certainly a top priority and there are many ways online to get the word out to prospective tenants. Use as many of the top rental sites as you can to keep your vacancy rate down.

Don’t have time to do all of the work yourself? We advertise your property on over 200 websites including the ones mentioned above. Traditions Realty provides property managers and rental agents that have real world experience owning, renting, and managing condos, single family homes, townhouses, apartments and commercial spaces in the Jacksonville area. Our mission is to ensure that every owner has a competent and honest professional to manage their property.

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5 Reasons Why Using an Agent is to Your Advantage

  1. Get the accurate listings. Most of the listings on online sites like Zillow are old and out-of-date since the sites are not updated in real time.
  2. Save time by letting us do the searching for you. Just tell us your requirements and we’ll do the leg work.
  3. No hassle. We pride ourselves on our first class customer service and will respect your time working efficiently.
  4. Better communication. You will be getting only the information you need, when you need it, in the manner you like to receive it.
  5. Area experts. We are Jacksonville real estate experts and know the hot properties, many of them before they are officially listed!

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Those looking for rental opportunities can look to San Marco, as a East San Marco Projectnew development featuring a Publix, boutiques and over 200 apartments is finally planned to get going this summer.

***Update*** Plans for Publix Put on Hold

East San Marco Project

The East San Marco project takes the full block at the southeastern corner of Atlantic Boulevard and Hendricks Avenue, with the buildings circling the block and the parking lot in the center.

The plan was first proposed back in 2006, but the housing crash put all that on hold, and the block sat empty and fenced in. Since then a sign has remained noting the project, but nothing was built. The grocery store will be convenient for residents of San Marco, the Southbank and even further south.

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Traditions Realty provides property managers and rental agents that have real world experience owning, renting, and managing condos, single family homes, townhouses, apartments and commercial spaces in the Jacksonville area.  Our mission is to ensure that every owner has a competent and honest professional to manage their property. Learn more about our property management services.

As one of Jacksonville’s fastest growing real estate companies, we have over 30 agents based in our Riverside office each with a unique take on what makes Jacksonville great. Whether you’re looking for a home to raise your growing family, an investment property to maximize your return, or a condo at the beach to experience the Florida lifestyle, our team can help.

Interested in keeping up with this project or looking for a home to rent? We pride ourselves in maintaining a diverse selection of rentals. Please browse and print our residential rental list of houses, condos, apartments & townhomes for rent in Jacksonville, Florida.

property from termitesWhen termites show up, they cause a huge problem. Termites can nibble away at the structure of your home, affecting the stability of your house and causing fundamental damage that can be expensive to repair.

When you are searching for property in Jacksonville, termites are something that you need to stay aware of. This is especially true as you look at foreclosures in Jacksonville. While a low price on a property might seem like a great investment opportunity to jump on at first, you should always rely on the expertise of your real estate specialist. We can help you find a property that is free of troublesome pests like termites.

Summer is a particularly problematic period for properties, as termites tend to swarm and can be especially troublesome in the heat. The warm spring we are having and the expected hot summer ahead of us will be prime weather for termite problems.

Protect your Property from Termites

  • Look for their swarm: At first termites will look like ants, but there will be many of them and they will be able to fly. Look for termite swarms in corners of your property, especially around walls.
  • Termite dust: Termites eat the wood structure of your home, and as they do they leave holes in the wood and dust in their tracks. You might find this dust in your attic or around any exposed planks outside of your home.
  • Bubbled or cracked paint: If termite tunnels run close to the paint on the surface of a wall, they will leave blisters or cracks. These blemishes are a sign that termites have created colonies in the walls of your house.

Termites are not something to ignore, and they are not something that is easy to deal with on your own. Rely on the expertise of your real estate expert when looking for properties and consult with termite exterminators to assess damage when looking at properties in Jacksonville.

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Does a picture really say a thousand words? That is the pressure that many potential home buyers put on internet property management listings when browsing through property sales in Jacksonville. According to a recent study out of Old Dominion University, the average home buyer spends about 60 seconds browsing advertisements on listed properties. This means that potential residential property management opportunities in Jacksonville, as well as short sale and foreclosure sales are often considered a possibility or ruled out altogether in less than one minute.

This is a lot of pressure to put on one small image, and it is why so many home listings are loaded with multiple images of the inside of a home, the backyard and its curb appeal. However, if you are searching for property sales in Jacksonville you should not limit yourself to the houses you find aesthetically appealing based on a few photos. More often than not, the true benefits of a home will reveal themselves on your first visit. A picture can say a lot about a house, but try to spend more than a brief minute looking at an advertisement before passing a judgment.

Property Management and Home Sales: What’s in a Picture?

  • Location, location, location: This is usually one of the first things people look at when viewing properties online, but don’t let images distract you from the ideal location you are looking for.
  • Updates: A new HVAC system or freshly done roof doesn’t often make the photo. Pay attention to details like this, they can mean huge savings.
  • HOAs: Property listing descriptions will often list info about home owner associations. Know if this is the type of community you are looking for and pay attention to details on the subject.

If you see a picture of a home that you like, let us know! A picture might not say it all but it is always a great place to start.

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Whether you recently purchased a property in Jacksonville or have invested in a foreclosure, there is one thing that youEasy Home Updates are likely going to encounter—home repairs. Even the most renovated model home is hiding a few scratches and dents somewhere within the living space. After spending a great deal of money on your home while purchasing your property sale or foreclosure, the last thing you will want to do is contact a contractor when the smallest things go wrong. But that doesn’t mean you are up for ignoring the blemishes as they make themselves known.

The answer to your problems could be DIY easy home updates . All you need are a few tips to get started and a little bit of elbow grease to put into the task.

Easy Home Updates

  • Repair the screen: Whether your cat tore a hole in the screen or another mishap is letting pesky bugs fly into your living room, you can fix the hole easily by applying clear nail polish to it. Liberally apply the clear nail polish to the area with the hole. As it dries it will reinforce the tear. Keep in mind that this will only work for minor tears.
  • Fix the counter top: All you will need to correct this problem is a box of crayons and a spatula knife. Find a crayon that matches the color of your counter top and melt it on a paper plate or other device that you don’t mind ruining. Keep an eye on the crayon, the length of time it will need to be in the microwave will depend on how much of a crayon you decided to melt and how powerful your microwave is. Start with one minute. Once the crayon is hot, pour it on your counter top and work it into the crack. Use the knife spatula to carefully scrape away the excess crayon; just make sure not to scratch up the countertop in the process!
  • Self-adhesive backsplash tiles in the kitchen: Easy home updates in the kitchen can be simple and fun.
  • Crown molding in the bathroom: For more complex DIY projects, you can find helpful instructional videos. The DIY network provides expert advice on how to install crown molding.
  • Paint your cabinets: For cabinets that are old and outdated, the best way to update them is with paint. Paint can work wonders on everything, and kitchen cabinets are no exception.
  • Update the fireplace: Transform your fireplace into the statement piece you want it to be. Check out 25 DIY Fireplace Makeovers from Remodelaholic.
  • Upgrade backyard landscaping: Get inspired by these affordable DIY backyard landscaping ideas from the DIY Network.

What are some other common problems that you run into in your home? Do you know of any affordable and simple tricks that make for great DIY home solutions? We would love to hear about them!

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In Jacksonville, the end of January means that spring is just around the corner, and if there is one thing that says spring in a homeowner’s mind it is the thought of renovations and other home projects. Taking on different projects and sprucing up the appearance of your home can really boost your home’s value. This is great if you are looking at property in Jacksonville and are thinking of putting your home on the market, but before you start pulling down the siding or re-landscaping your yard it is a good idea to take a step back and evaluate how much the project you have in mind will really boost your home’s value.

home improvementsOf course, if you’ve just purchased your home, or have recently acquired a Jacksonville foreclosure, then you may not be thinking too much about property value at the moment. Fixing up your house because you want to is great, but still pay attention to what projects will give you the biggest bang for your buck. Sometimes just a small tweak in plans can add up to major bucks when it comes to selling your home in Jacksonville.

Add Value with Home Improvements

  • Vinyl siding: Vinyl siding is durable and looks great, making it a great renovation project to take on. The average cost of vinyl siding is just over $11,000 nationwide and most sellers can get about 73 percent of this returned upon selling, which means the vinyl siding can add about $8,000 to the homes worth.
  • Steel front door: Shut the front door—a steel door that is. Switching out your standard wooden door for a steel version adds security to the home along with a bit of value. Nationwide a steel door costs about $1,100, but you can recoup about $975 of that, or 85 percent of the cost.
  • Deck: Outside living space adds major value to your home, and gives you and your family a nice place to sit and enjoy the sunshine. This is one of the best things you can do outside of adding indoor square footage to your house. A professionally installed deck will cost upwards of $9,000, depending on the size. However, that same deck can add more than $7,000 to a home’s value—or about 77 percent of the original cost.
  • Kitchen: For most families, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Because of this, investing in updating your kitchen will most often add value to your home. According to multiple sources, you can expect anywhere between 60%-120% of your investment on your kitchen updates. Keep in mind to never make your kitchen fancier than the rest of your house, or neighborhood.
  • Bathroom: Bathrooms are also a safe bet to update. Simple things like a new toilet seat and a pedestal sink are a quick and easy upgrade yet make a big difference in the look. Consider replacing old, discolored bathroom floors, tubs, and showers. There are one-piece units which require professional installation, but can still be cheaper than paying to re-tile walls and replace the tub.
  • Roof: Not only does adding a new roof make your home look better and improve curb appeal, it can keep pesky leaks from damaging ceilings, walls, or causing other structural damage. Sources report that recent studies show spending $14,000 on a new roof can even up the asking price by $10,500. That is a return of investment (ROI)of 75 percent!
  • Window: Replacing windows can help you save money on your electric bill and add curb appeal. On average nationally, you can get back nearly 90 percent of your window replacement.

These are just a few home repairs that can give your home some added value when you decide to move on in the future and put it up for sale. Even if you don’t think you’ll see, these improvements can add value in the average cost of a rental property, helping you to bring in more money monthly on your investment property.

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From an increase in existinghome sales to the gains of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., multiple reports show encouraging signs of growth and stability in the housing market. In a popular article in Fortune, many investment firms are adopting a new strategy while the costs of entry are still low: bulk purchases of single-unit homes to rent now and sell down the road when the market fully recovers.

Experienced Property Management

Simply making that investment is no guarantee of success. Beyond the costs of taxes, remodeling, and upkeep, experienced property managementevery month a property sits vacant – unsold or unrented – is a loss on what return you could be making. That is where an experienced property manager comes in. With on-the-ground knowledge of their territory, including which property types and locations are best-suited for rentals and how to attract renters, a good relationship with a professional agency can help ensure your investments are generating revenue and working for you, especially if you are attempting to juggle a large number of properties.

Indeed, as Fortune and Goldman Sachs note, many firms aren’t looking to sell high necessarily – it is the rent they are interested in. After expenses, the profits you draw in each month may be small, but they add up in the long run – so much so that your property may pay for itself over time.

That is why if you’re interested in real estate investment in Jacksonville, you should come to Traditions Realty. As a full-service agency, we work with you every step of the way, providing local expertise and handling the day-to-day business so you don’t have to.

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holidays in jacksonvilleThe weather may not be cooperating, but the holidays in Jacksonville have arrived! One of the benefits of living in a city as old and established as Jacksonville is that you get to take part in the many winter holiday traditions that happen year after year in the area. Each community in Jacksonville has their own set of holiday traditions and events, and every year Jacksonville residents gather together to enjoy the cold weather and bask in the spirit of the holidays.

After the stress of finding a new home in Jacksonville, whether you are looking through property sales, foreclosures or rental property management, the holidays are a time that you can step away from the stress of making more purchases and enjoy a little bit of family time.

Don’t let your holiday’s be swept up in a frenzy of holiday shopping and long lines at the mall. There is so much more to this time of year than a mall Santa and holiday sales.

Enjoy the Holidays in Jacksonville

Holiday Parades:

  • Jacksonville Light Parade: This parade happens along the St. Johns River between Metropolitan Park and the Acosta Bridge, with fireworks shooting off from many of the downtown buildings starting at 7pm.
  • Yulee Holiday Festival and Parade: This is free to all and starts at 9am.
  • St. Augustine Christmas Parade: This parade will begin at Mission of Nombre de Dios in St. Augustine and usually begins at 10 am.
  • Lighted Boat Parade: This parade takes place on the water of the St. Johns River in Green Cove Springs. The event usually starts at 5:30 pm.

Holiday Concerts and Theater Events:

  • A Christmas Carol at Alhambra Dinner Theater. Check on their website for showtimes and other Holiday themed events!
  • Handel’s Messiah at the Times-Union Center. This show is put on by the Jacksonville symphony Orchestra, chorus and others.
  • The Nutcracker: This holiday play is being put on by a number of theater groups in town, including by the Jacksonville symphony orchestra and will be showing on UNFs campus as well as the Florida Theater.

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Fire protection tips for your property are easy to find, but they don’t work unless you are using them.

Fire is a part of Jacksonville history. Even though Florida is known to have humid and wet weather, property and homes are still vulnerable to fire. One example is the great historic fire of 1901 that took down so much of the city.

Today, there are steps that you can take to prevent your home from the disaster of a fire.

Fire Protection Tips for Your Property

  • Keep smoke detectors on and test them regularly to ensure they don’t need replacement batteries.
  • In the cold weather, give your space heater plenty of space to work—closed quarters can lead to a fire.
  • Clean your oven regularly to ensure no food particles accidently catch fire.
  • Use surge protectors and discontinue any old or worn wires that may contribute to an electrical fire.
  • Keep matches and other flammable items out of reach of children.
  • Ensure candles and items such as curling irons and space heaters are turned off before you leave your house.
  • keep a fire extinguisher in your home just in case a fire does occur.
  • D0 not throw water on an electrical fire as this can make a bad situation worse!

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When you start looking at property in Jacksonville, you want to make sure you find a home that doesn’t have any hidden problems. One problem to be on the lookout for is drainage issues. When a house has a drainage problem, it can quickly become costly. Water buildup can lead to roof damage, leaking and in severe cases the development of mold.

Whether you are looking at new homes or are exploring Jacksonville foreclosures, this is something to be on the lookout for. In Florida, rain is frequent. A bad drainage problem can easily become something stressful and challenging to deal with.

Signs Your Property Has a Drainage Problem

1. Clogged gutters: Leaves, mud and other debris in the gutters can cause a major drainage backup. There are drainage problemtwo drainage problems this may indicate. One, that there is a tree or other environmental factor contributing to clogging, or two, that the previous homeowner wasn’t cognizant of small home maintenance tasks to alleviate debris. Be on the lookout for poorly managed gutters as a warning sign.

2. Dumping downspouts: A gutter that drops off in a gushing waterfall can lead to erosion and flooding. These are especially common around patios and corners of the home where the gutter cannot easily feed into another drainage system.

3. Water stains: Keep your eyes on the walls, the ceiling and the floor. Water stains indicate that water has made its way into the walls of the home and saturated the area. While a stain won’t always indicate mold, there is an increased chance of mold being present when water sits–especially when combined with the heat of Jacksonville.

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Sometimes the best features of a city aren’t what are within the town’s limits, but what are just outside of it. That is the case with Jacksonville. While there is plenty to do and see within the limits of Jacksonville, there are also many things to do and places to see just outside the city limits that can keep you busy weekend after weekend.

the oldest cityAs you explore properties in Jacksonville or evaluate North Florida foreclosures in the area, consider the benefits of living very close to one of the world’s most historic landmarks, St. Augustine.

History of The Oldest City

St. Augustine is located just a few miles south of Jacksonville and is no more than a half hour trip for most people who live in town. This is the oldest city in the United States, and much of the city’s history is preserved perfectly for visitors to come and enjoy. The historic downtown square in St. Augustine is filled with old buildings, cobblestone streets and local bars and cafes that are humming with activity every night. The long and rich history of the town’s Spanish, British and ultimately American rule has led to dozens of ghost stories. These stories are the topic of conversation as the sun goes down and locals give tourists a haunted tour through the historic pubs and inn’s.

Things To Do

Perhaps the most famous landmark in all of North Florida is the Castillo de San Marcos, a fort that was originally built in 1672—about 100 years after the city of St. Augustine was founded. The Castillo sits on the bank of the ocean, guarding the historic city from any harm that may come its way. The fort itself has been home to four different governments: the Spanish, the English, the Confederacy and the United States. However, each transition was peaceful and today the fort remains mostly in the shape it was hundreds of years ago.

The fort is now a popular destination for locals to sit back and enjoy the pristine view of the ocean. Tourists enjoy standing back to watch one of the cannon demonstrations or take a tour through the internal rooms of the fort.

Make sure you take an afternoon and explore the historic area of St. Augustine. It is just one of the many ways that you can enjoy while living in Jacksonville. Visit this helpful website for more information on St. Augustine attractions, restaurants, beaches, shopping and more!

Looking to buy or sell property in Jacksonville? If you have questions or would like to speak with an agent, contact Traditions Realty online or call us at (904) 683-5230.

 

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When exploring potential properties, home buyers explore every nook and cranny of the home. They’ll look behind the door, under the carpet and in the crawl space of your attic. As they meander through your home trying to envision what their own lives may be like if they chose to buy your property, they will leave no inch of the home un-turned. If your closets are jam packed and super messy- this will only make them appear smaller. Traditions Realty shares pro tips on  closetupgradeboosting property sales with closet space.

The closet is usually the place where you stick the belongings you don’t quite know what to do with. When you are preparing to sell your home, you will probably have a lot of stuff that you are sorting through. The closet seems like a natural place to stick boxes and other materials, but don’t fall for this. Closet space can make or break a home. Instead of cramming yours with boxes, take the time to organize your closets and help make them look bigger.

Upgrade Your Closet Space

Shelving: Depending on the size and shape of your closet, you may be able to add shelves. Place foldable such as sweaters or accessories such as hand bags and shoes on shelving to free up hanging space.

Hanging Hacks: Declutter your closet by hacking your hangers.

◍ Use soda can tabs to double hang hangers. You can also use chains and s-hooks.
◍ Use shower curtain rings to organize scarves on a hanger.
◍ For children’s closets, double your space by create a hanging rod with a dowel and some rope.
◍ Hang shopping bags up with shower curtain rings and keep random stuff in them.

Loft your Bed: Looking to actually create more space? Get creative! Use the vertical space in your room by building a loft bed, even if your ceilings are normal height. Get ideas for different loft bed and storage styles on Pinterest.

Use Wall Space: Consider yourself lucky if you have wall space to take advantage of. There are many items to stick to walls to create hanging opportunities such as hooks, small shelves, tie, belt, and shoe racks!

Storage Containers: There are many options available, from shipping boxes to decorative pieces, to free up closet space.

◍ Use designer baskets and boxes to organize loose items.
◍ Store shoes in boxes under the bed or under other furniture on a shoe tray.
◍ Use a decorative trunk to store clothing or shoes.

The more crammed your closets are, the smaller they appear. By organizing your closets you can make them appear more spacious, and this may help convince a buyer that your home is the right property sale for them. Want more ideas? Contact the professionals at Traditions Realty.

For Sale By Owner, also known as FSBO, makes up about 11% of the market. Due to tighter lending, short sale and foreclosure competition, not to mention fewer buyers in the marketplace, selling your home these days means more competition and more waiting. If you are not in a hurry, have time to do the footwork and are not new to the home selling game, FSBO may work for you. However, if you want to sell your home quickly, easily, or for a reasonable price, choosing a Realtor in Jacksonville is well worth the commission cost.

Realtor vs FSBO

Thinking About FSBO?

The first things you need are the time and access to reliable resources for preparing, marketing, and successfully selling your home. When considering FSBO, tasks include but are not limited to:

◍ evaluating the current local market and finding comparable home values
◍ finding any state-mandated disclosures as to the physical condition of your houserealtor vs fsbo
◍ learning the legal rules that govern real estate transfers in your state, such as who must sign the papers, who can conduct the actual transaction, and what to do if and when encumbrances are discovered that slow down the transfer of ownership
◍ deciding on an appropriate listing price to attract buyers
◍ deciding how to best present your home, including hiring and scheduling painters, repair persons, and more
◍ preparing disclosures and other needed forms and documents
◍ creating advertising materials and arranging for photographs (interior and exterior, hopefully done by a professional)
◍ placing ads on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), in other media, and real estate apps
◍ arranging for qualified potential buyers to visit the property — if you’re no longer living there, most likely by providing a lockbox for use by other realtors, and meeting with individuals who don’t yet have their own agent
◍ arranging for documents such as disclosure packets to potentially interested buyers and their agents
◍ holding open houses including weekday open houses for other real estate brokers to visit and weekend open houses for the public (which itself involves many tasks, such as arranging for and putting out signs in advance, and providing food for the broker’s open houses, as is traditional in some areas)
◍ receiving offers to buy your house, whether via email or in person if other agents wish to formally present their offers
◍ evaluating the strength of each offer and strategize on issues like whether to accept or reject an offer outright or make a counteroffer, and whether to also look for or arrange a backup offer
◍ negotiating with the buyer’s agent until the purchase contract is complete (although this task may fall more to an attorney in states where legal help is required)
◍ coordinating with the buyer’s agent throughout the escrow period, helping to make the house available for inspections and appraisals and make sure you’re doing your part to close the deal
◍ strategizing over requests made while in escrow, such as for a reduction in purchase price due to repair issues revealed in the inspection, and negotiating such issues with the buyer’s agent (unless any attorneys are still involved)
◍ attend the closing
◍remembering a traditional 6% commission with a realtor pays 3% to the buyers agent so if you don’t offer that commission there’s little incentive on the buyers agent to show their clients your home

Indeed, selling a home can be a full-time, nights and weekends job.

Considering Hiring a Real Estate Agent?

Without the right support network, selling a home can be a challenging and long process. Our team of Realtors are highly experienced with Jacksonville real estate. By selling your property with Traditions Realty you can rest assured that your home is getting the attention it deserves. We can help you with the entire process, beginning to closing!
Our online property gallery is a great place to feature your property. Your home listing can be found easily online by potential buyers in Jacksonville.

If you have questions or would like to speak with an agent, contact Traditions Realty online or call us at (904) 683-5230.

homeowners insuranceThere are a few things that every property owner in Jacksonville has in common, and one of these things is the need for home owners insurance. Home owners insurance is what protects your home from devastating events like Hurricane damage, robbery and other unpredictable occurrences.

The problem is that home owner insurance is incredibly pricey. This is especially true in Jacksonville, as while North Florida isn’t as susceptible to storm damage as the South or Gulf Coast, Jacksonville is still part of the state with the most frequent occurrence of hurricanes. This means that on top of the average cost of home owners insurance Jacksonville property owners need to look into flood insurance, as well.

Finding Affordable Home Owners Insurance

Finding affordable home owners insurance is not impossible. Once you find your perfect property sale or close on your short sale or foreclosures, consider these tips to find home owners insurance that fits your budget:

Shop around: In this market you have options. Don’t settle for the first option you find. While you might not think so at first, there is room to debate how much you are paying. Call around and make sure representatives know you are doing your research.

Improve the safety of your home: This is something many new-homeowners especially over look. Taking small steps to improve the safety of your home can mean major savings on your home insurance.

The following precautions can add up to major savings on your home owners insurance bill:

  • Install a security system
  • Update smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Install fire escapes for the upper floors if necessary
  • Update your electrical systems
  • Remove and flammable substances from your home
  • Ensure the driveway and sidewalks are free of large cracks or damage that may cause harm
  • Install handrails along your stairs
  • Enclose your pool with a fence or screen
  • Install a sprinkler system to guard against fires
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher

Despite the old saying, “safety first” isn’t the most popular motto of new homebuyers. Making it your motto can help you save money on your home owners insurance. Also, preparing your new property sale in Jacksonville for any hurricane damage may potentially lower your home owners insurance bill, as well.

If you have recently purchased a new home, the past few months have most likely been a process of research and paperwork. You visited homes, did online searches, and racked your brain to make sure you were getting everything you needed and most of what you wanted. Now that you are all moved in, you realize just how much fixing up your new home really needs.

After moving into a new place, you are going to have to make a collection of changes to really make yourself at home. Find out how to add function while keeping form as you update your new home.

Form and Function for Fixing up your Home

Here are a few ways you can add function while keeping form as you update your home.

  • New windows: Instead of just swapping out the old windows for ones more aesthetically pleasing, consider investing in energy-efficient windows that will lower your energy costs.
  • Outdated electrical outlets: Contact a qualified electrician to update your wiring so that your home can run Fixing up your Homemore efficiently as you get more convenience from new outlets. This is especially great when you move into an older home.
  • Lighting fixtures: Modern, clean lighting fixtures are an affordable way to add a quick and noticeable improvement.
  • Fresh Paint: A fresh coat of paint can go a long way. Be sure to choose light, neutral colors.
  • Curb Appeal: Make the most of these few initial moments by boosting the curb appeal of your Jacksonville home.
  • Door Fixtures: Modern, matching door fixtures are another affordable way to add a quick and noticeable improvement.

When you first move into a home, these updates and upgrades might be for your personal purposes, but there are some things you can do that will actually improve the value of your home should you decide to re-sell in the future. The best updates you can make to your home are functional ones. While it is great to make everything look good, when you give your home functional updates you get a bit of added practicality out of your work—and this is good for your home and your lifestyle.

Want more ideas? Contact the professionals at Traditions Realty.

When you set out to renovate your home, you want to avoid the property upgrade faux-pas and ensure the largest return on your investments. Unfortunately, not all home renovations pay off when it comes to adding value to the house. There are some projects that while fun, won’t help you finding a buyer as you try to sell your property.

Adding value to your home to gain more out of a property sale is tricky business. Before undertaking any large projects, make sure you consult with a real estate expert. We can tell you what works and what doesn’t. In many situations, people spend thousands of dollars and delay a sale for as long as a year in an effort to add value to their home, and end up selling at just about the same price they could have gotten a year earlier with a lot less hard work and stress.

Property Upgrade Faux-Pas

Here are some property upgrade improvements that just aren’t worth it when it comes to ROI:

  • The outdoor kitchen: This is Florida, and while there are plenty of people who love spending a day out doors, it isn’t always to cook. If you want to add a nice grill for yourself, go for it, but don’t expect a $10,000 outdoor kitchen to add half of that to your home’s value.
  • In-ground pool: Jacksonville residents have the benefit of being close to the beach, and so when it comes to purchasing a home a pool isn’t always a deal-breaker. In fact, a lot of people look at swimming pools as a huge maintenance cost and security risk. If you want to go swimming, go for it—just don’t add a pool in an effort to sell.
  • Back-up generator: Unless the person considering buying your house has personally experienced extended power outages, this just isn’t something people put a lot of value in. This is one of those upgrades that costs a lot and often gets overlooked.
  • Home Theater: Custom seating, large screen, surround sound… what’s not to love? While adding a Home home theater jacksonvilleTheater can be a lot of fun for the family – it is unlikely to markedly increase the value of your home.
  • Fancy Driveway: While it is true that a stained, cracked driveway with weeds growing here and there can negatively affect curb appeal, investing too much in a fancy driveway is not the answer. If a fancy driveway is the thing you want for your home, go for it! Enjoy it. Just don’t expect to get your money back if you ever decide to sell your home.

For more tips, check out

Contractor Tips: Top 10 Home Remodeling Don’ts on houzz.com.

These three upgrades have a few things in common. They are expensive, which means that to get a positive ROI you’ll have to gain a lot of value from the improvement. They are also subjective—some people like it, some people don’t. If you are going to put your effort into one of these improvements, do it for yourself, not just to sell your current property.

get bugs out of your home

The Common Household Fruit fly.

From mosquitoes to bed bugs and everything in between, a longer warmer season gives creatures big and small a rejuvenated spirit and a fresh take on life. For many insects this is quite literal, as the lifespan of the average bug is only a matter of days. For us this is not the case, and as well as we may remember the plague of insects that infested our homes and gardens last year, it is always difficult to figure out what solution will do the trick to get bugs out of your home now until the leaves starting turning again this fall.

Get Bugs Out of Your Home

  • For fruit flies: Fruit flies and gnats are attracted to the acidic smell of decaying fruit. Unfortunately, what a fly may consider decaying we consider perfectly ripe, which means that your fruit might not stand much of a chance while it kindly waits for you to enjoy it. Put a bowl of vinegar on your counter-top (somewhere out of the way!) and cover it with plastic wrap. Using a fork, poke tiny holes in the plastic wrap and secure the plastic cover with a rubber band. The flies will be attracted to the vinegar and once they are in they won’t be getting out.
  • For mosquitoes: Mosquitoes are especially dangers as they can carry disease and cause you and your pets to become ill and itchy. The best preventative measure you can take against mosquitoes is to rid your property of any standing water. Turn old flower pots upside down and make sure the lid to the trash-can won’t become a sitting nest for mosquito larvae.
  • Go easy on the spider: As hard as it is for many people to put their arachnophobia behind them in the name of pest free living, leaving that old graceful spider who is spun up neatly in the upper corner of your ceiling to be might be in your best interest. Spiders will take care of other pests for you, and they generally keep to themselves so that you aren’t bothered with insects of all sorts. You don’t need to let spiders roam freely across your home, but letting one or two stay put might not be a bad idea after all.
  • Palmetto Bugs: The surest sign of palmetto bugs is simply seeing them. Because they are nocturnal and outdoor insects they aren’t always easy to spot. Palmetto bugs do well in warm, damp climates. Their native habitats include West Indies and Florida. To get rid of them, eliminate water sources such as leaks and dripping faucets. Remove food sources such as pet food and garbage. Keeping the kitchen clean makes your house less attractive to palmetto bugs. Remove excess trash and cardboard boxes around the house or in the garage. Lastly, try bug traps and bug spray.
  • Other Bugs: There are many resources online to help you kill bugs yourself or you can always call a professional exterminator.

When you purchase a new home you will need to face the perils of discovering insect habits all over again. Whether you purchased a traditional property sale in Jacksonville, a Florida foreclosure or are renting property here on the First Coast, keep these tips in mind to stay bug free this spring.

Jacksonville Florida is one of the few places with a wide variety of things to do without that big city feel. Spend the day at the beach or boating in the channels of the St. Johns River. For architect fans, visit the diverse historic districts of Riverside or Springfield.  If you are in the mood for a little culture, Jacksonville offers art museums, theater, symphony and music year round. Discover the reasons to live, work, & play in Jacksonville.

Live, Work, & Play in Jacksonville

1. Outdoor Activities – If you like water, you’ll like Jacksonville. The heart of the city is located on the St. Johns River, where you’ll find all sorts of recreational waterway traffic and activity. One of my favorite pastimes is cruising on the river near downtown Jacksonville at night and taking in the views of the illuminated cityscape.

The downtown area of Jacksonville, Fla., on the banks of the St. Johns River.
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No matter where you live in Jacksonville, you’re a short drive away from the Atlantic Ocean, which can be accessed from a variety of laid-back beach communities.

The surrounding waters makes Jacksonville a popular fishing destination. Inshore or offshore, there are plenty of spots to cast a line and catch a fish or two.

For land lovers, Jacksonville offers a variety of recreational parks. Enjoy nature at the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, ride the trails at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, enjoy nature at the Jacksonville Arboretum, or sleep under the stars at one of the waterfront campsites in Huguenot Memorial Park.

2. Sports:  Jacksonville has both professional and semi-professional sports teams, including the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, the Arena Football League’s Jacksonville Sharks, American Basketball Association’s Jacksonville Giants and the Jacksonville Suns Baseball team.

Two notable collegiate football events in Jacksonville each year are the annual Florida-Georgia game and the Gator Bowl. The FL-GA game, known as “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” is played at EverBank Field in October. EverBank Field also is the site of the Gator Bowl, which is played on or around New Year’s Day.

Finally, all golf enthusiasts have Jacksonville on their radars, as there are more than 70 public and private courses in the area. Also, the Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass in nearby Ponte Vedra Beach is the site of the PGA Tour headquarters and hosts the Players Championship in May.

3. Music: Jacksonville supports a vibrant music scene. Several well known music legends old and new spent time or got their start here:

  •  The Allman Brothers Band
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Molly Hatchet
  • Yellowcard
  • Limp Bizkit
  • Shinedown
  • Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
  • Derek Trucks
  • Quad City DJ’s
  • 95 South
  • 69 Boyz

If music festivals are your thing – you’re in luck. With popular festivals such as Welcome to Rockville festival, Jacksonville Jazz Fest, and Springing in the Blues, music lovers of all kind are sure to be in heaven.

4. Downtown: Downtown Jacksonville has a lot to offer – from art to fine dining – there is something fun and interesting for just about everyone.

  • Art Walk
  • Downtown Vision
  • Riverwalk
  • Jacksonville Main Library
  • Springfield
  • Memorial Park
  • Florida Theater
  • MOCA
  • Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra
  • Jacksonville Landing

5. Riverside/Avondale/San Marco:  Just south of Downtown on the west side of the St. Johns is Riverside, which is perhaps Jacksonville’s edgiest locale. In 2010 the American Planning Association designated the larger Riverside-Avondale area one of the year’s Top 10 neighborhoods, an honor that also has been bestowed on Park Slope in Brooklyn, N.Y. and Pike Place Market in Seattle.

Riverside: Saturday Art Market

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6. Family Activities: Jacksonville just happens to be a wonderful place to raise a family. With lots of events and activities for kids to do year around, you can ensure your little ones have the time of their lives while growing up in the First Coast.

7. St. Johns Town Center: The St. Johns Town Center is Jacksonville’s most popular outdoor retail destination. This large strip mall features such big-name anchor stores as Nordstrom, Barnes & Noble and Best Buy, as well as Apple, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Louis Vuitton. It’s the perfect place to enjoy quality shopping and grab a bite to eat at one of the popular restaurants.

Looking for a new home town, Jacksonville Florida, may be the place for you.  Want to try it out without making the plunge right away?  Traditions Realty can help.  With a full service agency offering property management and sales, we can put you in a place temporarily and let you get to know your new digs before you commit.  Want to jump into the market and take advantage of the low interest rates and all time low prices for homes?  We can help you find that beach condo, historic bungalow, or river front estate.

When you are caught in the midst of downtown Jacksonville, it is hard tell how close you are to the heart of the countryside. However, Jacksonville might be one of the few metropolitan areas where that is a true and just statement. Traditions Realty shares the next in our Getting to Know Jacksonville: the Baldwin Trail.

The Baldwin Trail

The Baldwin Trail is just five miles outside of downtown Jacksonville and offers over 14 miles of serene countryside and beautiful scenery that you can enjoy either on foot or during a bike ride. Like many other historic trails in Florida, the Baldwin trail follows an old rail system. While the rail system no longer follows that route, the trail remains a popular destination for the Jacksonville locals who know of its splendor. The Baldwin Trail is part of the Timucuan preserve, which incorporates several other natural and historical sites in Jacksonville, as well.

the baldwin trailThe Baldwin trail guides travelers through wetlands, hardwood uplands and pine flatwoods that are home to all sorts of wildlife, like wild turkeys, white-tailed deer and myriad species of birds. The trees provide a dense canopy over the trail, which offers a great form of sun protection while giving you the sense that you are traveling through a deep tunnel as you progress along the historic trail.

Nature isn’t the only thing to see along the Baldwin Trail. At one end of the trail is Camp Milton, one of the most respected Civil War historical sites in all of Florida. Camp Milton was once a confederate fort, housing about 7,500 confederate soldiers after the battle of Olustee in 1864. At that time the Baldwin Trail was still a working rail system, and the confederate army used the fort to block the shipment of supplies to the north. Camp Milton is still home to numerous Civil War artifacts. When visiting the Baldwin Trail, you can either park at Camp Milton or travel there by walking along the trail.

Rental and sale opportunities are available in the neighborhoods surrounding the Baldwin trail. Houses back up directly to the trail, which periodically breaks the scenery of the trail from densely wooded areas to finely kept family homes. As there are also schools nearby, you might encounter children walking along the trail during the after school hours, or family’s enjoying an evening walk together along the trail.

Looking to buy or sell in Jacksonville? Traditions Realty is a full service Real Estate Agency, specializing in Sales, Tenant Placement & Property Management. Contact our Traditions Realty agents online or at (904) 683.5230 today. 

A Short Sale is defined as a sale of real estate in which  the property owner cannot afford to pay what is owed on the property and the money obtained from selling the property will not not cover the debts (usually secured by leans) against the property, and therefore the lien holders agree to release their lien by accepting less than the amount owed. While it is not a good situation for most people involved, the buyer of the Short Sale can benefit. Foreclosures and short sales can be fantastic investment property opportunities, but the process usually takes a professional to navigate. The Real Estate professionals at Traditions Realty share a few of their tips for surviving the short sale process.

Short Sale Process Tips

Go in at asking price.  The bank has a number in mind to sell that home for. If you want the house,  don’t expect to fetch it for much below asking.

Be prepared to wait. Never go in for a short sale when you know you have to be out of your home by a deadline. short sale Short Sales can take months to process.

Be persistent and patient! This is the most important tip, and it is a reminder that to get what you want,  sometimes you have to work for it! Keep your head up and give the short sale process all you’ve got! You may end up with a fantastic investment opportunity as a result.

Be aware of potential problems: Many properties in a short sale may not have had continued maintenance. While Sellers are required to fill out a Disclosure form, it may not include every potential problem. Keep in mind that many houses 15 to 30 years old need some kind of maintenance, sometimes expensive.

Pay Attention to Legal & Insurance information: Since bank-owned properties usually sell “As Is” without a disclosure, Buyers need to do the research. Make sure renovations have the proper permits and approvals. You can check with your local planning department to learn about any nearby plans for building or demolishing.

Are you interested in learning more about investment opportunities, foreclosures, and short sales in Jacksonville? Traditions Realty is a full service Real Estate Agency, specializing in Sales, Tenant Placement & Property Management. Contact our Traditions Realty agents online or at (904) 683.5230 today. 

Everyone loves easy kitchen updates. If you like to cook, then a warm and spacious kitchen that is equipped with all the latest and greatest gadgets is likely something that you dream about. For those who aren’t the biggest fan of spending their evenings in front of a stove, a kitchen that has plenty of storage and can be easily kept clean is often worth getting excited about. The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home. It is where families converge on holidays, where we often spend our mornings and evenings, and where we find the nourishment we need to stay mentally and physically energized. But sometimes, the kitchen can become outdated. If your kitchen needs a refresh, try a few of these easy kitchen updates that look great.

Easy Kitchen Updates

You don’t need an overhaul to give your kitchen a little something extra. There are a few short, simple and quick projects you can tackle in the course of a weekend that can add a bit of pizzazz to your kitchen.

Want to add a little something to your easy kitchen updateskitchen? Try:

  • Adding a backsplash: Use printed wallpaper, fancy tile, or a hand painted fresco over your stove.
  • Refresh the cabinets: Who needs new cabinets? Give your current cabinets a sand and stain or a paint job so you have a new look and a fresh feel in the kitchen.
  • Changing the door knobs: Swap out the standard cabinet knobs for new knobs that will add some personality to your kitchen.
  • Updating the flooring: Laminate floors are easy to install and can be done for a fraction of the cost of standard flooring like tile or hard-wood.
  • Declutter: Believe it or not, cleaning off your counter space is quick, cheap, and it really works! Get rid of or store appliances you don’t use regularly, keep mail off the corner of the kitchen counter, keep your fruit in a fruit bowl on the dining room table, and put odds and ends in drawers or the pantry.

What’s cooking in your kitchen? Fire up a little flare with some of these fun kitchen weekend projects. The only thing you need is a few hours and a bit of inspiration. Improving the look of your kitchen with small projects like these may even help you with your upcoming property sale.

Looking to buy or sell in Jacksonville? Traditions Realty is a full service Real Estate Agency, specializing in Sales, Tenant Placement & Property Management. Contact our Traditions Realty agents online or at (904) 683.5230 today. 

The recent flooding from unusual weather has homeowners considering the impact flooding could have on their own homes and property. You may already be aware that Florida is considered a high risk for flooding. Some studies predict uncorrected global warming could cause the entire State to flood in several decades. Whether that is true or not, the fact remains that between Hurricanes and the rainy storm season, Florida homeowners need to protect their property from the destruction of flooding. Traditions Realty shares information on how to protect your property with flood insurance.

Protect Your Property with Flood Insurance

flood insuranceAs you search for property sales in Jacksonville, consider the cost of protecting that property from storms. Many people do not realize until too late that traditional home insurance coverage does not cover flooding. According to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (FOIR) “Flooding is a serious risk in Florida due to the state’s geography and proximity to water, both inland and on the coast. Insurance to cover this risk is not typically provided in a homeowner’s policy, so it must be purchased separately. Depending on a home’s location, flood insurance may be a required purchase as a condition of a mortgage.”

Take the time to do the necessary research and learn about flood insurance for your current or potential property. Make sure to do this before storm season, as once storm season is in full swing, there will certainly be longer waits to speak with insurance representatives.

Additional Flood Insurance Resources from FOIR.

Looking to buy or sell in Jacksonville? Traditions Realty is a full service Real Estate Agency, specializing in Sales, Tenant Placement & Property Management. Contact our Traditions Realty agents online or at (904) 683.5230 today. 

 

 

 

Every year, storm season creates a number of threats for Jacksonville residents. Even if the storm doesn’t progress into a hurricane the area could still become subject to flooding, power outages, and contamination to the water supply. The threat of storm season is particularly stressful to those managing rental homes in the Jacksonville area. While the risk of damage and the process of making the proper precautions is still necessary, many people find the process less stressful with a professional Jacksonville property management specialist at the helm. Traditions Realty would like to present Property Management 101: Be Ready for Storm Season.

Be Ready for Storm Season

The only good thing about hurricanes is that they come with a decent amount of notice. Don’t wait until the bands come ashore to take precautions. While the storm is still sitting out at sea is the right time to get everything set just in case the worst should happen.

Here are a few steps you can take to prepare your Jacksonville rental property:

  • Make any repairs: Find out if there are any repairs that may need immediate attention (i.e a cracked window, astorm season slight leak or a falling branch). Repairs like this are easy to take care of in fine weather but can become a nightmare during storms.
  • Contact your tenants: There is always a possibility of a power outage and flooded roads that will keep you stuck at home for days after a storm passes. Find out emergency contact information for your tenants if you don’t already have it, and let them know how they can best contact you should something happen to the property.
  • Prepare the property for the storm: All yard equipment should be moved into the house, including tables, chairs, gardening equipment and other items. Make sure to put boards and shutters up over the windows and make sure that at least one working vehicle is full of gas and parked somewhere you’ll be able to use it. If the garage door is automatic and the power goes out for several days your car could become inaccessible.
  • Check your insurance: Make sure your homeowners insurance is paid up to date and you understand what your policy covers and does not cover in regards to flooding, wind damage, storm damage etc…

Looking for Property Management in Jacksonville? Traditions Realty is a full service Real Estate Agency, specializing in Sales, Tenant Placement & Property Management. Contact our Traditions Realty agents online or at (904) 683.5230 today. 

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The first of June marks the onset of wet weather and hurricane season in Florida, and as the Midwest is plagued with horrible storms, it can serve as a strong reminder to those of us on the Southeast coast to prepare our own homes for the storms that we may see this year. It is true that we haven’t had a real hurricane in Jacksonville for several years now, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t in store for one. Traditions Realty offers tips you can take to prepare your property for storm season.

Prepare Your Property for Storm Season

As stressful as it is to prepare your home for a hurricane, the process can become even more troubling when you are thinking about a home you are hoping to buy or a property you plan on putting on the market soon. Property sales in Jacksonville are subject to just as much damage as other houses around town, so you need to do your best to set your property up to stand strong should a storm come through.

You can do this by:

  • Cutting back trees and bushesprepare your property
  • Fixing any loose tiles or leaks from the roof
  • Ensuring windows and shutters fit properly
  • Clearing your garage so it can fit a vehicle
  • Removing clutter and decorations from your yard
  • Cleaning the gutters
  • Keeping the grass cut and tidy
  • Removing dead bushes or trees on your property that could easily be blown over
  • Repairing or replacing cracked windows
  • Repairing or replacing worn or loose siding

Don’t wait until a storm is heading into Jacksonville to prepare your property for a hurricane. Preparing for a storm takes time, and when you are in the midst of a property sale that could mean that you have two houses to care for. Taking care of your home now could mean an easier time before the storm, and a lot less damage when all is said and done.

Looking to buy or sell in Jacksonville? Traditions Realty is a full service Real Estate Agency, specializing in Sales, Tenant Placement & Property Management. Contact our Traditions Realty agents online or at (904) 683.5230 today. 

In North Florida, hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. Even though there hasn’t been a hurricane to touch ground in Jacksonville for a few years, don’t make the mistake of letting your hurricane planning fall by the wayside. Fall storms are just as dangerous as summer ones, and both you and your property should be ready for the storm. Traditions Realty provides the following information to ensure hurricane readiness for your Jacksonville home.

General steps of Hurricane Readiness

  • Before an event, examine your property for physical or liability hazards.
  • Find out if your home meets current building code requirements for high-wind regions.
  • Check the four critical areas where wind can enter a home: roof, windows, doors and garage doors. Either you or a building contractor can build and install temporary protection, such as approved wind shutters or plywood on windows and coverings for patio and entry doors, strengthen and stiffen garage doors, and install heavy-duty door hardware.
  • Read and understand your insurance policy.hurricane jacksonville florida
  • Inventory valuables and contents in the home with pictures or video. Note the approximate value of each item and the date of purchase. You can also send an inventory to a family member outside your region for safekeeping.
  • Make sure important documents, such as an insurance policy or mortgage papers, are stored in a safe deposit or fire safe box.
  • Floodwater that enters into a home may be covered by specialized flood coverage underwritten by FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program. Check with your insurance agent about flood policies, but note that they take 30 days to become effective one you sign up.
  • Consider purchasing a generator to keep major appliances running in case of a power outage. The refrigerator is especially important as you’ll want to keep your food cold as much as possible.
  • Have a few tools and supplies around the house in case of roof damage. This includes a strong tarp and nails or an industrial staple gun. If your roof begins to leak, get that tarp up as soon as possible to prevent any damage.
  • If you are renting your home, be sure to talk to your rental property management group or landlord about what to do in case of a storm.

Hurricane Readiness Kit

While keeping your property safe has both personal and economic advantages, keeping yourself safe is paramount. Put together a good hurricane readiness kit now so that you are good to go in case a storm heads for the First Coast.

Your hurricane readiness supply kit should contain:

  • Bottled water
  • Non-perishable foods that do not require power to prepare
  • Band-aids
  • Matches
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Candles

If you have questions about how the Hurricane season affects property value or purchases, please contact our Traditions Realty agents at (904) 683.5230 today.

Mr. Rogers gave a lot of us one impression about our neighbors. In a neighborhood like that, it was easy fitting in your new community. In reality, our neighborhoods possibly have loud arguments in the middle of the night, foods cooked with strong spices, and if you are really unlucky, neighbors who report you to the HOA rather than discussing the issue with you. Dealing with tough neighbors is hard enough on its own, but when you throw in a problematic home owners association, you could find yourself in the midst of a major headache. No one wants to be the person to move onto the block and stir up a bunch of trouble, yet sometimes this is exactly what happens. Here are a few tips to help you and your family with fitting in your new community.

Fitting In Your New Community

  1. Contact an HOA representative right away. Don’t wait for them to contact you. Let them know you just new communitymoved in and ask about their landscaping and car parking policies so you are in the know from the get-go.
  2. Introduce yourself to your neighbors. When you are in the middle of the move it is easy to think about putting salutations off to another day and focusing on the task at hand, but once you miss those first hello’s it soon becomes awkward. If you see a neighbor, go for it and say hello. Think of this as an investment opportunity. The best security system you can have is a good neighbor watching out for you.
  3. Throw a house-warming party for the neighborhood. This is an old fashioned tradition, but it is one worth keeping. Throw a party to bring your friends over to see your new home, but don’t leave it there. Have a BBQ once you are moved in and ask your neighbors to come by. They may politely decline, but you’ve started the dialogue and are more likely to have a positive relationship with them as a result.
  4. Communicate and ask for communication. Often, simply communicating your concerns or asking permission out of respect can not only avoid a problem, it can begin a friendship. Never assume your neighbors know what bothers you, or will appreciate your new drum hobby. Let them know they can talk to you anytime and always try to put your feet in their shoes.

Looking to buy or sell in Jacksonville? Traditions Realty is a full service Real Estate Agency, specializing in Sales, Tenant Placement & Property Management. Contact our Traditions Realty agents online or at (904) 683.5230 today. 

Many people think once the rainy season in Jacksonville  is over, so is the risk of mold in their home. The truth is that high water levels and humidity impact your property throughout the year.  If allowed to grow unchecked inside your home, mold can damage both the structure or even your family’s health. Traditions Realty would like to share a few tips to help you prevent mold from causing home damage.

Prevent Mold From Causing Home Damage

  • Reduce clutter: Mold develops in dark, covered places that aren’t cleaned regularly. prevent moldThe more clutter around your home, office, garage, or other storage area, the greater the risk for developing mold.
  • Clean carpets regularly: Don’t just vacuum, use a rug deep-cleaner to remove any potential mold build-up from your carpets. This is especially important to do if any water accumulates in your home.
  • Ventilate Bathrooms: Ensure bathroom fans are vented to the outside and keep them running during—and for 15 minutes after—showers.
  • Regulate Temperatures: Temperatures too high or too low will encourage mold growth. Try keeping your home at a steady 78 degrees to avoid mold growth.
  • Check for leaks: Check roof, windows, and appliances such as air conditioners and water heaters for leaks and repair any that are found.
  • Under the house: Check basements and under the house for moisture or leaks. Apply black plastic to ground to reduce humidity or make repairs where necessary.
  • Keep windows shut: The weather is nice in Jacksonville and you want to let the sunshine in. You can open the blinds, but leave the windows themselves shut. This will reduce energy costs while also reducing your home’s risk of growing mold
  • Filter the Air: Opt for a high quality air filter with HVAC units, and change it regularly.

Check out the EPA’s Interactive Mold Tour. Room-by-room, you’ll learn about common mold issues and how to address them.

Mold can increase your risk of developing severe health problems, including headaches, sinus infections and even certain forms of cancer. Stay smart and protect your home from mold. While you can follow these tips to help prevent mold, if you find mold in your home, make sure you contact a professional to safely clean it up.

Looking to buy or sell in Jacksonville? Traditions Realty is a full service Real Estate Agency, specializing in Sales, Tenant Placement & Property Management. Contact our Traditions Realty agents online or at (904) 683.5230 today. 

When you find yourself looking to rent a home, you are doing more than trying to find a series of walls that will hold a roof over your head. This new house will become your home, and that means it will be the home of your whole family–including the members who can’t always speak for themselves. Cats, dogs, snakes and even fish often become parts of our family, therefore Traditions Realty would like to give you a few tips for finding pet friendly rental homes.

It is true that there are some rental properties in Jacksonville who don’t allow pets to live in their homes. There are a few reasons for this. Often, landlords see pets as walking messes.  Someone with a pet is infinitely more likely to destroy a carpet, scratch up counters and cabinets and tear down blinds and curtains in the windows.  To the pet owner, these are minor inconveniences to cope with in the name of having a critter to love. For the landlord who doesn’t know the animal, it is just easier to keep homes pet free.

Of course, some landlords see it the other way around. A family with a pet shows a level of responsibility that is indicative of their way of life. Caring for a non – human animal, or several,  may indicate that you are also more likely to care for your home fully. What does this mean for you? When looking for a rental in Jacksonville, it is smart to know exactly what you are looking for. This means knowing who will allow pets, who won’t, and working with property management companies who will find the right home for every member of your family.

Tips for Finding Pet Friendly Rental Homes

  • pet friendly rental homesWork with a professional: established, full service Real Estate company who is familiar with rentals in Jacksonville as they are more likely to lead you in the right directions.
  • Be honest: Always be up front about your pets, including the number, size, and breed.
  • Be prepared: Be prepared to pay a pet deposit and bring pictures of your pet with you to speak with the landlord or rental property management representative.

Let us help you find a new rental home for you and your best animal friends.

Looking for a home in Jacksonville? Traditions Realty is a full service Real Estate Agency, specializing in Sales, Tenant Placement & Property Management. Contact our Traditions Realty agents online or at (904) 683.5230 today. 

Once the dust settles in your new home and you adjust to life in Jacksonville, you will finally have the opportunity to get to know the first coast. Jacksonville is filled with many natural wonders and serene environments where you can spend a full afternoon amidst the water and trees. In fact, there are a number of places in Jacksonville where you can forget all about your property sales and rental property management stresses and enjoy an entirely different side to the city. What is even better, many of these natural environments are all yours to explore for free. Learn about them in the latest in our series Getting to Know Jacksonville: The Jacksonville Arboretum

The Jacksonville Arboretum

Hidden away on the Southside of Jacksonville is a gem that so many people overlook, the Jacksonville Arboretum. This 120-acre expansive plot of land is filled with serene trails, lakes and live oaks that you can wander through as you discover a natural haven right here in the heart of Jacksonville.

the Jacksonville arboretum The Jacksonville Arboretum is located just outside of the Regency and Arlington communities on the south side of Jacksonville. Once you park your car and begin wandering down the wooded trails you will find yourself in the midst of a different world—one that is still dominated by nature and serenity and absent of new home construction, foreclosure paperwork and other stresses that come with property sales and investment properties.

If you haven’t had a chance to explore the Jacksonville Arboretum yet, then take a look at your schedule and do your best to head over to that side of town. If investment property woes are holding you back, then contact your real estate specialist about rental property management in Jacksonville—services that will reduce the stress load on your plate by helping you to better manage your rental homes in town.

The Jacksonville Arboretum has several trails and is dog friendly, so you can spend your day exploring the trails with your best friend at your side. Take a stroll through the tall live-oak trail, or spend some peaceful time sitting on a log aside a calm lake. Trail lengths at the Arboretum range from one mile to three miles, and the park is only open during daytime hours.

Looking to buy or sell in Jacksonville? Traditions Realty is a full service Real Estate Agency, specializing in Sales, Tenant Placement & Property Management. Contact our Traditions Realty agents online or at (904) 683.5230 today. 

 

There is an old joke that the secret to a happy marriage is a large walk in closet. Whether or not this is true, it is certainly a fact that a lack or storage space can seriously interfere with your level of happiness with your new home. As you look for your new Jacksonville home, storage solutions may be one of the top features you consider. However, it isn’t always practical to forego a spare bedroom or bathroom just to maximize cabinet space in the kitchen. If you find your home is short on storage, then there are a few simple storage solutions for a clutter free home you can try to maximize the space you have.

Storage Solutions

  • storage solutionsUse the ceilings: Who says you need to keep everything in a cabinet? Clear more space by hanging pots and pans from a ceiling rack. This can actually help you keep your kitchen a bit more organized, too. Ceiling racks can also be found for a variety of items such as bikes, boxes, surf boards, potted plants, and wine bottles so get creative!
  • Think shelving: You can use shelves to inside a closet to maximize space. Instead of cramming things in unorganized, install shelves or other types of racks in the closet to hold anything from shoes, toys, clothes, or important papers. Shelves can also help outside of the closet. Shelving is not only a beautiful addition to any room, it is also a convenient way to utilize wall space.
  • Storage Units: Storage units can be affordable, air-conditioned, and secure. Whether you want to declutter while your home is on the market or keep all of your collectables and holiday decor better organized, there are a variety storage units to fit your needs. Want a more permanent option? Consider putting a small tool shed or the ever popular She Shed in the backyard.
  • Decorate the walls: There are many wall organizers for a variety of items, from purely functional to storage spaceaesthetically pleasing. You can create a unique and beautiful wall by hanging your hats and scarves, or possibly your jewelry collections.

Don’t let clutter interfere with your level of satisfaction with your new property. Maximize the space you have by thinking creatively and using tips like those listed above.

Looking to buy or sell in Jacksonville? Traditions Realty is a full service Real Estate Agency, specializing in Sales, Tenant Placement & Property Management. Contact our Traditions Realty agents online or at (904) 683.5230 today. 

There are many beautiful communities to live in Jacksonville. One such place with a lot of history is Kingsley Plantation, located on the north side of the St. Johns River within the city limits. Traditions Realty is pleased to bring you the latest in our series Getting to Know Jacksonville: Kingsley Plantation.

Kingsley Plantation

The Kingsley Plantation is just one of the many historic sites in Jacksonville. The home was originally built during the mid eighteenth century, long before Florida was under any sort of constant rule. The plantation was proposed to be built by the British, but there was never a single proprietor in mind to run the estate. As a result, the plantation shifted hands more times than the history books care to count. The name of the fine estate comes from one Zephaniah Kingsley, the longest estate holder the plantation ever had. The Kingsley family led the plantation for over 20 years, from 1814 to 1837.

The Kingsley plantation is located on Ft. George Island, which is in the north east corner of Jacksonville. The plantation sits on vast grounds. About 60 acres are dedicated to the national park, though the Plantation was originally over 1000 acres large.

kingsley plantation

The Kingsley plantation plays a rich role in Jacksonville’s history, as well as the history of Florida and the Southern United States as a whole. The oldest plantation in Florida, the Kingsley Plantation played an active role in the agricultural rise of the South, the slave trade and the Civil War.

Zephaniah Kingsley himself was a bit of a revolutionary in his day. His wife Anna was of African descent and a former slave herself. Together they had four children and she helped him to run the estate. The grounds include the grand house, the slave quarters and the grounds, as well as a kitchen house and an interpretive garden. Tours of the plantation are given daily, and families are able to visit the grounds to explore free of cost most days of the year.

As you focus on property sales and research foreclosures in Jacksonville, take a moment and explore a bit of what the city has to offer. The Kingsley plantation has a rich yet controversial place in Jacksonville’s history. It stands as a wonderful learning opportunity for children as well as for those new to Jacksonville.

Looking to buy or sell in Jacksonville? Traditions Realty is a full service Real Estate Agency, specializing in Sales, Tenant Placement & Property Management. Contact our Traditions Realty agents online or at (904) 683.5230 today. 

While everyone loves their own pets, not everyone loves other people’s pets. You may look the other way when your beloved cat scratches on the wall, or simply sigh and clean up when Fido piddles on the carpet, but your potential buyer won’t find these problems so cute. A bad pet problem could be the difference between extensive time on the market and a fast property sale in Jacksonville.

Tips for Home Sales and Pets

  • Clean up the yard: The outside of your home is your property’s first impression. Make sure the yard is free of unsightly signs of animal mischief such as home sales  holes, patches in the grass, old toys or even worse – bathroom business. Stepping in animal business is no way to make a good impression on a potential buyer. This goes for the backyard as well as the front yard.
  • Repair and paint over scratches: Cat scratching is a basic part of their personality. Unfortunately, sometimes they scratch on permanent fixtures such as doors, walls, or on screen doors. Scratch marks and damage needs to be repaired. Start by sanding down and painting over scratches. If your screen door is torn apart, replace it and restrict your cats access to it.
  • Clean the carpets: While this is a good idea for all property owners, as carpets can hold a lot of dirt, pet owners should especially take this advice. Cleaning the carpets not only removes unsightly stains left by pets, but off-putting pet odors.
  • Clear the air: These days there are a variety of specialty sprays and candles that combat pet odors. If you have multiple pets, you may want to clean the carpets, clean the air, and keep pets out of your home before open houses. You may not notice the smell of your pets, but a potential buyer might.

When you are selling your home, you want to create an atmosphere that anyone could picture themselves living in. In many cases, these means reducing the impact your pets have on the overall ambiance of your property.

Looking to buy or sell in Jacksonville? Traditions Realty is a full service Real Estate Agency, specializing in Sales, Tenant Placement & Property Management. Contact our Traditions Realty agents online or at (904) 683.5230 today. 

jacksonville beachesWherever you are in the city of Jacksonville, drive east and you will find a stretch of beach worth enjoying. With a variety of unique beach communities with premier access to the Atlantic ocean, there is surely something for everyone. Get to know the Jacksonville Beaches, you might just find that there is a Jacksonville Beach community waiting for you to call home.

Jacksonville: The Beaches

The Jacksonville Beaches are made up of a number of small independent communities, including Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach, and Ponte Vedra. Each of these communities is unique in its own way, but they all also share a certain charm that is separate from the rest of the Jacksonville area.

Atlantic Beach

The most northern beach of the First Coast, Atlantic Beach offers miles of laid-back beaches and is close to golfing, parks and downtown Jacksonville. With its unique and beautiful beach homes and condos, boutique hotels and shopping, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Schedule in time to visit Hannah Park, located along Atlantic Beach’s northern border, a popular spot for surfers, campers and bicyclists.

Neptune Beach

Neptune Beach is a small, quiet community located between Atlantic Beach and Jacksonville Beach. Offering a casual and laid-back atmosphere that welcomes people of all ages to enjoy the beach community. The pedestrian friendly areas are lined with boutiques, fitness centers, and restaurants within walking distance. Neptune Beach is a destination appealing for both tourists and locals.

Jacksonville Beach

Jacksonville Beach offers vast stretches of lovely beach, a newly redesigned golf course, a famous fishing pier, water activities and a variety of events throughout the year. Throughout the year you can also find beach volleyball, surfing, fishing, a wide variety of eateries, a vibrant night life scene, and family activities – Jacksonville Beach has it all.

Ponte Vedra Beach

Although it has a lot to offer, Ponte Vedra Beach is synonymous with golf. The PGA Tour and The Players Championship are played at TPC Sawgrass. Elegant shopping and fine dining also are a local favorite.

Get to know the Jacksonville Beach communities by spending time and enjoying each one.

Looking to buy or sell in Jacksonville or the Beaches? Traditions Realty is a full service Real Estate Agency, specializing in Sales, Tenant Placement & Property Management. Contact our Traditions Realty agents online or at (904) 683.5230 today. 

Living in a River City has its pros and cons. The pro of having a river run through your city provides a lot of extracurricular activities such as water sports, boating, fishing, and water side dining to name a few. However, if you live on one side of the river and work on the other, getting across the river in a timely fashion can be an issue. The good news is that Jacksonville has 7 bridges to ensure smooth and consistent transportation to all parts of the River City.

Jacksonville Bridges

  1. The Hart Bridge– connects downtown with Atlantic Blvd. jacksonville bridges
  2. The Acosta Bridge– connects the north Riverside/downtown area with San Marco.
  3. The Fuller Warren Bridge– connects the south Riverside neighborhood with San Marco.
  4. The Alsop (Main Street) Bridge– connects Riverplace to the Jacksonville Landing downtown area.
  5. The Matthews Bridge– connects Arlington to downtown.
  6. The Dames Point Bridge– connects Dames Point to Ft. Caroline.
  7. The Beckman Bridge– connects Orange Park to the South Side neighborhood.

Watch this video from First Coast News on Jacksonville Bridges.

The downtown Jacksonville skyline accentuates the curve of the River. Downtown the multiple stadiums line the banks of the St. Johns, with the Jaguar football stadium actually overlooking the St. Johns itself. None of this would be complete without the many bridges that connect the beach communities and those on the Southside of town with the many things there are to do in the historic districts and downtown area of Jacksonville.

As you search for property sales in Jacksonville or explore rental property management opportunities around town, explore the many different bridges in our city. The Acosta and Main Street Bridges are especially great to explore thanks to their walking extensions that complete the downtown river walk park, a favorite fitness destination for those in the downtown area.

Looking to buy or sell in Jacksonville? Traditions Realty is a full service Real Estate Agency, specializing in Sales, Tenant Placement & Property Management. Contact our Traditions Realty agents online or at (904) 683.5230 today. 

 

After spending your days searching for property sales in Jacksonville there is nothing nicer than spending a day out in the Florida sunshine and enjoying the afternoon with your best friend—your canine best friend that is. Dog parks are a great way to explore the neighborhood around your new Florida foreclosure and get a bit of sunshine in the process. Luckily for you, there are several outstanding dog parks in Jacksonville equipped for big and small pooches alike.

As you travel around the city looking for new housing options, whether you are hoping to find affordable rental property management in Jacksonville or are evaluating property sales and foreclosures, take a day with your dog to enjoy one or a few of the parks listed below!

Dog Parks in Jacksonville

  • Dogwood Park Jacksonville: Perhaps the most popular dog park in Jacksonville, dogwood park is also one of dog parksthe most expensive. This park features acres upon acres where dog owners can allow their pooches to run, jump and play in open fields, splash in water and sniff around with other dogs. The park is open to visitors during select hours and to members from dawn to dusk. You can learn more at their website jaxdogs.com.
  • Springfield Dog Park: Different from Dogwood Park in almost every way, the Springfield dog park is small and free to the public. Located in the historic Springfield area, this is another off-leash dog park with separate areas for small and large dogs. This park also has plenty of nice areas for you to sit and watch your dog play or enjoy a leashed walk.
  • Paws Park: This off-leash park is located in Jacksonville Beach and is free to the public. Paws Park is sponsored by the city of Jacksonville Beach and is cleaned weekly on Thursdays, making the Fridays and Saturdays the best time to visit for some good ‘clean’ doggie fun.

Visit the Jacksonville Humane Society website for a full list of dog parks!

Looking to buy or sell in Jacksonville? Traditions Realty is a full service Real Estate Agency, specializing in Sales, Tenant Placement & Property Management. Contact our Traditions Realty agents online or at (904) 683.5230 today. 

Jacksonville neighborhoods have long received criticism over the lack of pedestrian friendly resources, except of course in the historic districts. This is partly because Jacksonville is such a large city. In fact, this is the largest geographic city in the entire country, spanning from coastal communities to rural areas on the far west side of the county. The good news is there are historic walkable Jacksonville neighborhoods for those interested in a more bike and pedestrian friendly lifestyle.

Historic Walkable Jacksonville Neighborhoods

While most odowntown jacksonvillef Jacksonville requires a car, the historic neighborhoods, Riverside, Avondale, San Marco, Springfield and Ortega, are quite walkable. Each of these communities has been around for more than 100 years and walking around these neighborhoods is even sometimes easier than driving.

In a recent survey Jacksonville was actually rated 50th in the United States as cities with highly walkable neighborhoods. This survey took the following factors into account:

  • A main street area where people meet
  • A strong population that sustains local businesses
  • Affordable housing near businesses
  • Abundant parks and other public spaces
  • Public transportation
  • Schools and workplaces that are within walking distance

Not every neighborhood in Jacksonville scored high on this ranking, but downtown Jacksonville, Riverside and San Marco all won high marks in their walkability scores. If you want to live in an area where you can walk to restaurants and food stores, and even perhaps have a walkable commute to work, then you may want to search for property sales, foreclosures or rental opportunities in one of these neighborhoods.

Interested in selling or purchasing a home in a Historic walkable Jacksonville neighborhood? Contact our Traditions Realty agents at (904) 683.5230 today.