Jacksonville Real Estate Blog

  • Use Your Tax Refund On Your Home

    BY Lisa Duke

    Have you filed your taxes yet? We know -- tax season isn’t anybody’s favorite time of the year (except, of course, for tax accountants). But if you’re expecting a refund, now is a great time to reinvest that money in your home. Whether you...

  • When You Should – and Shouldn’t – DIY

    BY Lisa Duke

    Are you starting to feel a little bored with your house? Are you daydreaming about making some changes? At some point, most homeowners want to spruce up their home a little bit – and may even try to handle some of those upgrades on their own. But...

  • 10-Minute Home Projects

    BY Lisa Duke

    You’re probably familiar with the idea that little things add up to a lot. But did you ever stop to think about how that can be applied to the upkeep of your home? Homeowners know that one of the responsibilities of ownership is keeping up with ...

  • Organic Organizing

    BY Lisa Duke

    Organic — denoting a relation between elements of something such that they fit together harmoniously as necessary parts of a whole. — characterized by continuous or natural development. Some people are born organizers…others of us struggl...

  • Easy Home Improvements to Drive Away the Winter Blues

    BY Lisa Duke

    Whether you've just moved into a new house or are preparing to sell, don't let the fact that it's cold outside stop you from getting started. Here are some projects you can tackle even if the snow is piling up outside! Change the Paint During the w...

  • Dreaming of that New Kitchen or Bath? What Renovations Really Pay Off?

    BY Lisa Duke

    Owners of older homes dream of updating or modernizing kitchens and baths. In fact, before they place their homes on the market, some folks go to all the effort to update the kitchen they've been meaning to redo for years … only to have someone els...

  • How do Fed Rate Hikes Affect Mortgages?

    BY Lisa Duke

    Eeeeek! Rates are going up … or are they? Last week, for the first time after years of historically low rates, the Federal Reserve decided to raise short-term interest rates. For homebuyers, any rate hike often is seen a negative, but here are s...

  • What to Ask Santa For — A Downpayment!

    BY Lisa Duke

    You've been saving for a downpayment and you're almost there. Almost! You just need a little more money in that account and you can make an offer on your starter home. Now, your parents and grandparents want to give you a gift of money toward you...

  • Selling? Should You Exchange That Carpet for Hardwood

    BY Lisa Duke

    Flooring is one of the more controversial subjects when it comes to home improvements. There are two firm camps and rarely do they meet in the middle. When you're planning to sell your home, you may think you need to replace the carpet in order to ge...

  • End of the Year Money-Wise Moves to Get Ahead

    BY Lisa Duke

    It's the end of the year. You're already thinking ahead to the spring. You have tons of plans for home improvements. So why bring this up now? December is the perfect time to make some money moves to improve your bottom line and get your home read...