The information you are finding on your own seems to be outdated because you are inquiring about a property that has already closed. The best deals still sell quickly, even in this market. I made an offer yesterday for a buyer on a property that had been on the market for 2 days and it had 5 other offers already on it. The buyer offered $7000 more than list price and still probably will not be the contract selected by the seller.
The only way to insure that you find the home you want is to work with a Realtor that you feel comfortable with. That Realtor can show you all the homes listed in the MLS reguardless of which company or agent has the listing. That way you do not have to schedule appointments on 14 different houses with 14 different Realtors. Chose one Realtor and let them set up all the appointments and show you the houses back to back. Allow about 15-20 minutes per home, so if you are going to see 6 houses than allow at least 2 hours with your Realtor.
Before going to see houses be sure to get a pre-approval letter from your lender. Sellers in Jacksonville will not accept an offer unless it includes a letter from a mortgage company showing you are eligible to receive the funds to close. If you are paying cash you will need to show "Proof of funds". This can be a statement of your checking or savings account that shows enough money in the account to cover the purchase price and closing costs.
If you are a first-time homebuyer, then you need to see if you are eligible for the downpayment assistance programs like H2H or Florida Bond. You may be eligible for up to $24999.00 in assistance. 0 payments and 0% interest as a silent 2nd or 3d mortgage on the property you select.
If you would like to work with me as your Realtor you can contact me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-573-9638 Brenda Gravitt CRS, GRI
This home sold in May. In this exciting buyer's market, there are other great deals in the area and across Jacksonville. I would be happy to help you find something else. Please call or email. I am a short sale/foreclosure expert.
Vanguard GMAC Realty
I would be happy to schedule a showing for you on this property. I have extensive info on houses in that area. Please feel free to call or email and let me know if I can be of any assistance to you. Also, please feel
free to visit my website http://(www.lisamenton.com) to sign up for a free ListingBook account. Listingbook will allow you to search MLS like realtors do and get daily email updates on properties you are interested it.
Watson Realty Corp
St Augustine/Ponte Vedra Beach/Jacksonville