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

Finding the ideal home for your family's needs is no easy task, but if you stay organized and focused, the right property is sure to come along!

One of your most valuable resources in your search for a new home is an experienced real estate agent -- someone you trust and feel comfortable working with.

They'll not only set up appointments for you to visit homes in your desired price range and school district, but they'll also help keep you motivated, informed, and on track. Once you know and have shared your requirements (and "wish list") with them, your agent will be able to guide you on a path to finding the home that will best serve your needs -- both short- and longer term.

In addition to proximity to jobs, good schools, and childcare, you'll probably want to pick a location that's close to supermarkets, recreation areas, and major highways. If you have friends or family in the area, then that would also be a key consideration.

While your immediate needs are a good starting point for creating a checklist of requirements, it's also a good idea to give some thought to what you may need in the future. Plans to expand your family, possibly take care of aging parents, or adopt pets are all factors to consider when looking at prospective homes to buy.

If you have college-age children or recent graduates in the family, you might have to save room for them in your new house. Many grads need a couple more years of financial and moral support from their parents (not to mention home-cooked meals) before they're ready to venture out on their own. Houses with a finished basement, a separate in-law apartment, or even a guest cottage on the property are often well-suited for multigenerational households.

In many cases, people tend to buy a home based on their emotional reaction to it, and then justify the purchase with facts. For example, if the price was right and a particular house reminded you of your childhood home, then that combination of elements could prompt you to make an offer on the house -- assuming those childhood memories were happy!

Sometimes prospective buyers might simply love the look and feel of a neighborhood or the fact that there's a spacious, fenced-in back yard in which they can envision their children or dogs happily (and safely) playing.

According to recent surveys, today's buyers are attracted to homes that have energy efficient features, separate laundry rooms, and low-maintenance floors, counter tops, and backyard decks. Gourmet kitchens, stainless steel appliances, a farmhouse sink, a home office area, and outdoor living spaces are also popular features. Although your tastes may differ, many house hunters also like design elements such as subway tiles, hardwood floors, shaker cabinets, pendant lights, and exposed brick.

When it comes to choosing the home that you and your family will live in for the next few years, your top priorities will probably include a sufficient amount of space, plenty of convenience, and a comfortable environment in which you and your loved ones can feel safe, secure, and happy for the foreseeable future!

4366 Tradewinds Dr, JACKSONVILLE, FL 32250  

Full/Half Baths
Vacation in your own backyard in desirable Isle of Palms just minutes to the Intracoastal. Swim in your pool, sit in your hot tub or boat to your favorite restaurant. This is waterfront living at it's best in this boaters coastal paradise. Home has 4 bedrooms/2.5 baths and is fully updated. Brazilian oak hardwood floors, plantation shutters throughout, granite counters, subway tile backsplash. Home has a heated pool w/hot tub with pebble tec finish, summer kitchen w/gas grill, 10K lb covered boatlift, floating dock and separate jet ski lift. Seating for 8 on the dock. Newer bulkhead with wing walls. Water soft loop and irrigation meter. This home has so much to offer and you will not be disappointed.

After you add your house to the real estate market, it may be only a matter of days before you receive the first offer on your residence.

Ultimately, the initial offer on your home may prove to be the best proposal for a number of reasons, including:

1. The offer matches or exceeds your expectations.

An informed home seller understands the condition of his or her house, and as such, sets realistic expectations for the home selling journey.

For a home seller, it is paramount to conduct a home appraisal before you list your residence. With this appraisal, you can learn about your residence's strengths and weaknesses and price your house accordingly.

Furthermore, a home appraisal will help you understand the true value of your home. And if you receive an initial offer that matches or surpasses your expectations, you should have no trouble accepting the proposal and moving forward with a home sale.

2. The offer corresponds to the current state of the real estate market.

Operating in a buyer's market is far different from operating in a seller's market, and perhaps it is easy to understand why.

In a buyer's market, there is an abundance of high-quality houses and a shortage of property buyers. This means a buyer's market typically favors property buyers over property sellers.

On the other hand, a seller's market usually favors property sellers. This market includes many property buyers and a shortage of top-notch houses. Thus, the likelihood of receiving a terrific first offer may increase in a seller's market and decrease in a buyer's market.

As a home seller, it is essential to allocate the necessary time and resources to learn about the housing market. If you understand the differences between a buyer's market and a seller's market, you can identify a great initial offer on your house.

3. The offer is a must-accept in the eyes of your real estate agent.

When it comes to selling a house, it often is a wonderful idea to work with a real estate agent. In fact, this housing market professional may prove to be a difference-maker at each stage of the home selling journey.

A real estate agent will help you list your residence, promote it to potential homebuyers and set up home showings and open houses. That way, he or she can make it easy for you to generate substantial interest in your residence as soon as it becomes available.

Perhaps most important, a real estate agent is happy to provide honest, unbiased home selling recommendations. This housing market professional will help you differentiate between a mediocre initial offer and a stellar one and ensure you can make informed home selling decisions.

Lastly, be sure to analyze the initial offer on your home closely before you accept it. By taking a diligent approach to this home proposal, you can evaluate the pros and cons of it and make the best possible decision based on your individual needs.

This listing recently sold for $209,900.

4332 San Martarro Dr S, JACKSONVILLE, FL 32217  

Sale Price
Move in ready 3 bedroom, 2 bath home on a large corner lot in Beauclerc Estates. Open dining and living room have track pendant lighting and sliding door from dining area leading to backyard. Eat-in kitchen has tile flooring and appliances stay. Office /flex room located off kitchen. Bedrooms have closet organizers and ceiling fans. Updated baths with tile and new tub surround and pedestal sink in hall bath. Hardwood flooring throughout and tile flooring in baths and kitchen. Huge fenced backyard with double gated entry. Loads of storage and roof approx. 7 years old. Garage has lots of storage, epoxy flooring, door to backyard and laundry closet (washer/dryer stay).

4502 Gray Hawk St, ORANGE PARK, FL 32065  

Why build when you can move into this immaculate home w/ 5 bedrooms (one downstairs), 3 full baths, a huge loft area all located on a quiet preserve? Home is loaded with upgrades which include a chefs kitchen with granite counters, ss appliances, island, and French drs opening to screened patio. Oversized master with luxury bath and spacious walk in closet. Beautiful open staircase as you enter will catch your eye. Separate dining room just off the kitchen with butlers pantry. Home also has a 3 car garage. Come fall in love with this beautiful home located in the upscale golf community of Eagle Landing. Seller offering 5000.00 towards buyers closing costs. Discovery Oaks Elementary School opening Fall 2018 offering easy access through the back of Eagle Landing.