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


Being in the market for a new home can be both an exciting experience and a scary one! It not only represents a huge financial commitment, but it also forces you to step out of your "comfort zone."

That's especially true if you're a first-time home buyer. When you make the switch from being a renter to a home owner, you no longer have the "luxury" of depending on your landlord for repairs, yard maintenance, or help with plumbing emergencies. Now, when the AC quits or the furnace conks out, the responsibility (and cost) of getting it fixed rests squarely on your shoulders!

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize the possibility of incurring major expenses during the first couple years of owning a home. While there are (usually) no guarantees that household mechanical systems won't fail or that other crises won't befall you as a new homeowner, there are choices you can make that will reduce the chances of being saddled with unexpected expenses.

Buying a home with a newer roof, energy-efficient appliances, updated HVAC system, and a dry basement are four ways you can sidestep many predictable problems down the road. Wear and tear will eventually take its toll on everything from hot water heaters to microwave ovens, but if you can postpone having to replace appliances, roofs, and climate-control systems for several years or more, it will be a lot easier on you and your budget!

So all things being equal, home ownership will be more pleasurable and affordable if you choose a home with recent upgrades, replacements, and improvements -- preferably, those done within the past five or ten years. Besides comparing the maintenance history of houses you're considering, there's also the essential step of hiring an experienced structural inspector. When you've narrowed down your house-buying possibilities to one preferred home, a property inspector can help you identify "red flags" and potential problems before you close on that house.

As your real estate agent will probably tell you, if any major problems are identified in the home inspection process, you may be in a position to renegotiate the agreement or withdraw your offer, entirely. Since legalities are often complex and every real estate transaction is different, however, it's always essential to consult with an experienced real estate attorney whenever questions, problems, or complications arise in a real estate purchase or sale.

While it's a good idea to "expect the unexpected" when purchasing and moving into a new home, it pays to work with a team of trusted advisors. Working with a seasoned real estate agent, a knowledgeable real estate attorney, and a reputable property inspector will help make sure that your experience is both satisfying and relatively problem free! Knowing what you want and being adamant about what matters most to you should also serve you well in the house buying process.


4401 Poppy Tree Ln, JACKSONVILLE, FL 32258  

Residential
$295,000
Price
4
Bedrooms
2
Baths
Beautifully remodeled home located on a large lot in a quiet neighborhood with a sparkling in ground pool. This home has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and separate living/dining rooms with stunning hardwood floors. The kitchen and spacious family room will surely impress with it's beautiful hardwood floors, wood burning fireplace framed with beautiful arched windows and opens to Florida room. Kitchen has granite counters, travertine tile flooring, ss appliances, recessed lighting and crown molding. Master suite is large and opens to side yard. Large backyard with pool, lots of decking and gazebo. This home is a must see.


This home has room for everyone!! This beautiful home is located in the desirable waterfront community of Isle of Palms and has 5 bedrooms/4.5 baths, huge bonus room with wet bar overlooking the canal and an additional loft area. Screened in patio w/ heated pool and hot tub all overlooking huge deck with room for any size party, boat lift, floating dock and fish cleaning station. Home is located on the canal with 24/7 access to the Intracoastal and beyond. Home has formal living/dining areas. Double sided fireplace and two sets of French doors separate the living rm/family rm. Family room offers incredible views of the pool and canal. Master and 2 more bedrooms located on 1st floor. This home is just 2 miles to the beach and located near restaurants and more. This home is a must see.

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Charming home located in the quiet neighborhood of Villages of Pablo. Home has 3 bedrooms/2 baths and large fenced in backyard. Vaulted ceilings and wood laminate floors in the family room and dining room. Granite counters, tiling flooring and open eat in area overlooks backyard. Home is convenient to beaches, Mayo Clinic, restaurants and so much more. Seller is offering a 1000.00 carpet allowance with acceptable offer.

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4354 Tradewinds Dr, JACKSONVILLE BEACH, FL 32250  

Residential
$850,000
Price
5
Bedrooms
5/1
Full/Half Baths
This home has room for everyone!! This beautiful home is located in the desirable waterfront community of Isle of Palms and has 5 bedrooms/4.5 baths, huge bonus room with wet bar overlooking the canal and an additional loft area. Screened in patio w/ heated pool and hot tub all overlooking huge deck with room for any size party, boat lift, floating dock and fish cleaning station. Home is located on the canal with 24/7 access to the Intracoastal and beyond. Home has formal living/dining areas. Double sided fireplace and two sets of French doors separate the living rm/family rm. Family room offers incredible views of the pool and canal. Master and 2 more bedrooms located on 1st floor. This home is just 2 miles to the beach and located near restaurants and more. This home is a must see.




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