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By Joe Romano | Agent in Saint Johns, FL
  • Saint Johns, Florida - Market Stats - June 30 to July 30, 2013

    Posted Under: General Area in Saint Johns County, Market Conditions in Saint Johns County  |  July 30, 2013 4:37 PM  |  234 views  |  No comments

    Saint Johns, Florida is showing some real positive numbers as it relates to the "Market Stats"  I pulled some numbers to share with you today to prove that it's a great time to market and sell a home in this area. 

    We have been hearing that the market conditions have been improving in the news, but here aresome stats relative to Saint Johns, FL. 

    The information below is from the Northeast Florida Multiple Listing and does not include private sales or listings "For Sale by Owner".    



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    This Year

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    These are great numbers and all positive.  As Realtors, we need more listings as you can see, the inventory is down year over year

    If you have any questions about these stats, please give me a call or email me.

    Until the next time. 

    Warm and Sunny Regards,

    Joe Romano
    Century 21 Lighthouse Realty

  • Getting Ready to Buy?

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Saint Johns, Financing in Saint Johns, Credit Score in Saint Johns  |  July 29, 2013 4:41 PM  |  272 views  |  No comments
    Have you been on-line looking at homes and saying to yourself, it's time to buy but I don't know where to start?

    This segment is about your CREDIT.

    1.  Your credit is the first place to begin.  If you have not reviewed your credit report, get yourself a free copy by going to https://www.annualcreditreport.com/cra/index.jsp . When you finished with this step, it will provide you with information a lender will look at when evaluating your credit history. It will not provide you a credit score unless you pay for it.  I personally would not pay for it as your lender is the person who needs that.

    2.  If you have any errors on your report, clean them up.  Contact the creditors or file a dispute on-line using the tools on that website.  What you want to do is to have an error free report so a lender can get a good feel for how you pay your debt.

    3.  Don't open or close any credit accounts.  Don't apply for any new loans or lines of credit including that department store that is offering 20% off if you open a new credit account.  

    4.  Talk to your Mortgage person.  If you don't have a mortgage person then check with your bank, credit union, friends or ask your Realtor for a referral if you don't know someone in the mortgage industry.

    4.  Your mortgage representative will provide guidance on how much house you can afford.  Once you have that, start looking.  Your Realtor will need a Pre-Qualification letter from your prospective lender when an offer is being submitted.  The Pre-Qualificaiton letter should be tailored to your offer.  I personally don't submit an offer with a letter that is more than the offer price.  Why show all your cards?  A seller's agent may figure if you are approved for more than the offer, let's negotiate!

    Well, that's all for now.  I hope you have found this info helpful.  Please send me your comments if you have questions.

    Warm and sunny regards,

    Joe Romano 
    Century 21 Lighthouse Realty
    Jacksonville, FL 32217
  • Looking for the best public schools in the country?

    Posted Under: Schools in Saint Johns, Home Buying in Saint Johns, Moving in Saint Johns  |  April 29, 2011 7:26 PM  |  504 views  |  No comments
    Relocating to Northeast Florida and concerned about finding the best schools for your children's education?  Saint Johns County public schools were recently ranked #9 in the country, yes country!

    There are many established and new communities that offer homes in all sizes and price ranges.  Interest rates are at historically low levels.  Now is the time to act.  

    Saint Johns County is home to historic Saint Augustine, Beautiful Beaches, TPC Golf, Equestrian and the Saint Johns winding river.

    Reach out to me if I can help you with your relocation needs.
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