Jacksonville Real Estate Blog

  • 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...

  • When Interest Rates Go Up

    BY Lisa Duke

    The Feds have been pretty indecisive about moving interest rates up, but the down-low is that they plan to make the move upwards in December. No matter where you are in the market, whether you're buying or selling, or just saving up a downpayment, i...

  • Design and Decorator Trends to Do or to Ditch

    BY Lisa Duke

    You've been collecting ideas to remodel or redecorate your home for years. Now, you're finally ready to get down to work. You've saved up your money and found contractors. So, which ideas do you do and which are outdated that you should discard? Wh...

  • Keeping It In Balance: Knowing Your Credit-to-Debt Ratio

    BY Lisa Duke

    Many potential new homebuyers find themselves unable to secure a loan, confined to a smaller home or at least to a smaller loan because they don't understand the ins and outs of their credit score. First of all, your FICO (Fair Isaac Corporation) cr...