Doris Arnold | Nocatee Real Estate, Ponte Vedra Real Estate, St. Johns Real Estate

Attending an open house should be a fun, exciting experience. An open house enables you to view a residence and determine whether a home is right for you. As such, if you know what to expect from an open house, you can plan ahead and maximize the value of this event.

Preparing for an open house can be simple. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you get ready to attend an open house.

1. Review a Home Listing

A home listing enables you to learn about a house's age, condition and other factors. Thus, you'll want to review a home listing closely to ensure it is worth your time to visit an open house.

If a home listing grabs your attention, it may be beneficial to attend an open house. That way, you can get an up-close look at a residence.

On the other hand, if a home listing fails to garner your interest, you may want to consider other residences. Because if you attend an open house for a residence that falls short of your expectations, you risk wasting precious time and resources.

2. Put Together a List of Questions

When it comes to preparing for an open house, it often helps to put together a list of questions about a residence. By doing so, you can ask pertinent questions about a home and gain the insights you need to decide whether to submit an offer.

There is no such thing as a "bad" question to ask during an open house. Therefore, you should be unafraid to ask any questions about a house when you attend this event.

Remember, the more information that you have about a home, the more likely it becomes that you can make the best-possible decision about a residence. If you ask plenty of questions during an open house, you can obtain home insights that you otherwise may struggle to receive elsewhere.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

An open house may prove to be a daunting experience, particularly for those who are pursuing a home for the first time. Luckily, real estate agents are available who can help you plan ahead for any open house, at any time.

With an expert real estate agent at your side, you can get the support you need to succeed during the homebuying journey. In fact, this housing market professional will learn about your homebuying goals and ensure you can accomplish them in no time at all.

Typically, a real estate agent will keep you informed about open houses in your city or town. This housing market professional is happy to attend open houses with you and offer homebuying insights and recommendations as well.

If you want to get the most out of the homebuying journey, it pays to hire an expert real estate agent. Reach out to a local real estate agent today, and you can hire a housing market professional to guide you along the homebuying journey.

This listing recently sold for $405,000.

97 Summer Mesa Ave, PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL 32081  

Sale Price
Live the Nocatee lifestyle in this stunning 4 bedroom/3 bath home within walking distance to parks, restaurants, shopping, amenities and more. Upgraded hardwood floors, dream kitchen with granite, tile backsplash, ss appliances, large prep & eating island. Home has separate desk/work station w/granite counters. Large family room overlooks patio and fully fenced backyard. Large slider has automatic silhouette door shade for privacy. Oversized master suite has large walk in shower, separate vanities and large walk in closet. Other upgrades include drop zone, gutters, custom landscaping, crown molding throughout home, upgraded door with decorative glass and upgraded HVAC 16 seer 2 speed with variable air handler. Ceiling fans in all rooms. This home is truly move in ready.

Buying a house in Florida can be an exciting journey, especially if you take the time to find a choice location and a price that suits your budget. Whether your main objective is to live close to the ocean or simply adopt a laid-back lifestyle, the options are as varied as the people who live here.

For those who can afford it, living next to or close to the beach is an incomparable experience that provides opportunities for both relaxation and physical activity. In addition to having access to cooling ocean breezes and a panorama of scenic views, the water's edge is one of the most enjoyable places to go for leisurely walks. When you're watching the waves roll in, searching the shoreline for interesting seashells, or reading a good book by the water, it becomes a lot easier to manage stress and put life's problems in their proper perspective.

Keep in mind that a Florida home near the ocean may be much more affordable than you expect. There are a lot of variables which affect the price point, but with the help of a seasoned real estate agent, you're sure to find a nice Florida property that meets your requirements.

If you're wondering if a beachfront cottage, house, or condo in Florida might be within your price range, there are two ways to quickly find out. You can test the waters, so to speak, by doing an online search for Florida beach homes for sale. You can also substitute the word "oceanfront" or "waterfront" for "beach" in your Internet searches. As you'll discover, there are many ways to effectively search online for nice Florida homes with the features, the beach access, and the ambiance you're looking for.

You can refine your search by typing in the city, beach community, or section of Florida that appeals to you most. Some of the more popular locations that homebuyers are considering, these days, include Naples, Orlando, Tampa, Miami, Venice, The Florida Keys, Destin, Gainesville, Jackson, The Villages, Sarasota, Clearwater, Celebration, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Jupiter, Kissimmee, and Pensacola. St. Augustine, Boca Raton, Port Charlotte, Fort Lauderdale, Lakeland, Port St. Lucie, Bradenton, Ocala, Englewood, Palm Harbor, Parkland, Vero Beach, and Melbourne also belong on that list.

In narrowing your search for the ideal Florida home, keep in mind important factors like the character of neighborhoods you're considering, proximity to theme parks, traffic congestion (or the lack, thereof), nearness to shopping and restaurants, and easy access to amenities. It's always beneficial to develop both a "wish list" and a priority list of things you absolutely must have in a new home. With that list in hand, and a couple preferred communities or cities in mind, your real estate agent can help you find Florida properties that are a good match to your needs and expectations.

This listing recently sold for $324,000.

1288 Stonehedge Trail Ln, ST AUGUSTINE, FL 32092  

Sale Price
Full/Half Baths
Accepted Contract-waiting signatures-back ups only. This stunning home located in prestigious St. Johns Golf and Country Club is loaded with upgrades. Home has been upgraded with hardwood floors throughout. Kitchen upgraded with California granite counters with SS farm sink, gas 5 burner stove with double oven and much more. Backyard is amazing with 800 square foot screened paver patio which includes a huge stone gas fireplace, dining area, large stone dry bar with seating and travertine counter which includes refrigerator. Covered area has wood beadboard ceiling. Oversized garage (20.58 X 24.5) w/ Monkey Bar wall cabinets and Butcher Block counter w/ workbench and A/C diverter with 3 vents. Driveway has been widened with pavers.

As the new year approaches, you may wonder what changes are ahead for you and your family. If you have been thinking about selling your home in the coming year, there are a few pretty good reasons to do so. Read on, and you may find some new real estate goals for the new year. 

There’s Not A Lot Of Inventory

If the inventory is low, you’ll find that it’s a great time to put your home on the market. Your home will sell a bit faster and attract more buyers. If the market is particularly busy, you may get an even better price than expected for your home. 

People Want Homes Fast

Certain times of year bring a bit more urgency to the market. Employees may be more apt to have transfers within their company. Families may be looking to move in before the start of the school year. These situations can get your home off the market fast for the right price.

The Seasons Of Real Estate Are Different

While we typically think of spring as starting in late March, spring in the real estate world actually begins in January. Once the holidays are over, it’s believed that people are ready to make moves with their properties. This early season holds especially true in warmer climates. It’s thought that the earlier in the year a home is listed, the more it will stand out on the market. If you’re listing a house in a warmer climate, keep in mind that people who are looking to escape cold climates are looking to buy in the early months of the year.  

Keep in mind that if you do live in a colder climate and plan to sell and your property has some great outdoor space, you may want to wait until a warmer time of year to sell. 

The Lower The Price Of The Home The Faster It Moves

If your home is on the lower end of the price spectrum, you may be able to sell whenever you’d like., These home are attractive to first-time buyers and move fast off the market. They’re great for starter homes, fixer uppers, and house flippers.

The bottom line is that in a hot market there may be no wrong time to sell. If you speak with a REALTOR® and they believe the time is right, and you’re itching to move on to another property you should. Real estate agents have the knowledge and experience that can help you to find the right time to sell as well as the sweet spot for pricing your home.