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relocating to jacksonville fl on a 5 year physican contract......would like buyer agent?

Asked by Rod, Fri Apr 11, 2008

I am single, looking for nice area, condo townhouse close to activities city, sports, clubs, and sports any ideas

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Advice from a doc who relocated to Florida for a job at Mayo, rent.
I also found the market unstable and this has worked out well, especially as some of homes I was thinking about buying a year ago are still on the market and have price reductions up to 200K!
Go to: http://www.nefmls.net/cgi-bin/index.cgi
Click search for properties. Then you can drill down by area and filter rentals that are available.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 3, 2008

Having worked with many physicians most request to live within 20 to 30 minutes of the hospital in which they work. I understand that this is a response criteria required by many of the hospitals. Most all of our hospitals are near Condo and Townhome communities that will meet this requirement.

I am with RE/MAX. I was one of the 5 original charter members of the National Association of Exclusive Buyer's Agents in Jacksonville when NAEBA was formed in the 1990's. I am a native of Jacksonville and have been a licensed Realtor since 1985. Should you contact me, I will be the agent you will work with. I do not assign another agent to work with you. Before you choose an agent to represent you be sure to interview several.
Web Reference: http://www.cathysloan.com
2 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 14, 2008
My advice to you is live somewhere CLOSE to where you work. You will put some serious miles on your car in Jacksonville! Traffic can get nasty and it's no fun when it's hot outside. Whatever office you are close to, try to get as close as possible to that office! Good luck!
Valorie Ford
Keller Williams First Coast Realty
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 11, 2008

thanks for the advice,,, i agree with you this market is still going down

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nice house but not sure where palm coast is

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i did not like the downtown area
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 5, 2008
I have a home under contract in Jacksonville, Fl.for a cardiologist who has completed a four year tour in Jacksonville. This is a great place to live and a wonderful time to buy. Take a moment and let me know the size home you might be interested in, number of bedroooms and baths, and which medical facility you will be woking in. I'll be happy to send you homes that might be if interest. Ed @EdRobinsonSells.com Mobile 904-610-3740
Web Reference: http://EdRobinsonsells.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 4, 2008
Sorry the areas you first thought you liked disappointed you

Eagle Harbor and Fleming Island Plantation are two areas I personally like. There are some very nice homes listed for much less than homes at Berkman Plaza , San Marco or RIverside.

Eagle Harbor and Fleming Island Plantation both offer townhomes and duplex homes with full lawn maintenance. Eagle Harbor actually has an Activities Director on Staff to coordinate all the activities available for residents there.

Link to Eagle Harbor web site: http://www.eastwestrealty.com/floridacommunities/eagleharbor/

Link to Fleming Island Plantation site: http://www.flemingisland.com/fleming_w/files/home.htm

Follow this link to view Townhome and Duplex listings until June 26:


Hope this helps with your additional research.
Web Reference: http://www.cathysloan.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed May 28, 2008
Well my trip to jax was busy getting the credentials and professional issues taken care of......
did have a few days to explore the area......and was somewhat disappointed...... it is surely not ST Petersburg fl...... the downtown area by berkman plaza was a disaster......would never live there......
the beach was nice but unfortunately very far from were i will be working.... guess it will be riverside/avendale or southbank if a condo....... I also figured since i like to play golf to look at some golf course communitiies.........find eagle landing and the eagle harbor areas....

for now it looks like coroporate rental in the strand building and more searching......
the market is a tricky one and since i am not retiring in JAX (100 per cent sure) do not want to get stuck with a property..... will not do a short sale or foreclosure only

1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed May 28, 2008

I think you have made a wise decision. Your friends should know their way around, and can help you navigate condo neighborhoods that may fit into your lifestyle. There are luxury condo's in Orange Park on the St. Johns River that are an easy 10 Min Commute to NAS. The area is older ,quaint and very beautiful. Be sure to take a drive there. I am attaching a link that will be active until may 18th giving you access to some of the condo's available in Downtown, Avondale, Riverside, San Marco, San Jose and Orange Park. These condo's may offer what you are looking for as to neighborhood and convenience. Driving directions to the condos are included. Best of luck. If you need any research material for areas, etc. please feel free to send me an e-mail through my Trulia profile. Here is the link you may need to cut and paste not sure if it will hyperlink.

Web Reference: http://www.cathysloan.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 17, 2008
Cora, Wade and Cathy

thanks for the information and certainly whatever resident style i decide on will need to be maintence free
ie lawns etc......... usually that is hard to find in single family place unless 55+ which I am not....also I am better off spending those hours working as a physician and paying the cost for services.....
that is why a place like berkman plaza looked promising.....i would not be interested in apartment condo conversion. best plan is to visit my friends in jax next week and get a lay of the land

may have to rent or stay in hotel for a while rather than make a mistake........

1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 17, 2008
I would move cautiously on Berkman Plaza. I have clients who are older retirees living there. They love it and it works well for them since it is near the hub of public transportation. I understand from them that not many acutal home owners living there. A lot of vacant or rented investment properties. Lots of investors invested in Berkman during the period leading up to the Super Bowl. I had several units listed that did not get much action after the Super Bowl. The condo fees are higher than most at a little over $500 a month.

I have visited them several times. Downtown Jax is very peaceful in the evening.
Web Reference: http://www.cathysloan.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 16, 2008
Thanks to all that replied and i have been checking websites and feel i will probably end up downtown, avaondale/riverside or san marco........ i will come pre-approved and will be working at the navy hospital JAX as a civilian contract radiology physician........... the berckman plaza properties look nice but i am concerned because it seems like the prices have dropped alot.....does that mean the properties are in trouble??????? would hate to buy into an association that is troubled...... will be to busy for trouble......
I am trying to solidfy a trip probably after the 9th of may but could be next week......... i have a good friend i can stay with for a few months before she leaves for penn st practice......... so no immediate hurry.....and like everyone i am very gun shy about the real estate market right now....

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 10, 2008
I am an exclusive buyer's agent, certified by Prudential Relocation, and would be most happy to interview with you for the job of being your REALTOR. As you know, having a buyer's agent costs you nothing as the fees are always paid by the seller but you have the advantage of someone being on your team that works exclusively for you!!. Please feel free to contact me at your convenience, day or night, weekdays or weekdends. You have made a great choice in coming to Jacksonville. The quality of life is superb, arts, sports, weather!!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 10, 2008
Hi Rod, Have you found a home yet? I am currently listing a nice fixer-upper about 1 mile from the NAS Jax. You can see some pics of it at my website http://www.jasonlindsay.directhomes.com This place is priced to move. With a small remodel budget you could have a dream home, plus you could ride your bike to work. Let me know, Jason
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 7, 2008
I have the perfect home located near Fernandina Beach . The home is about twenty-five minutes from Jacksonville. Take a look at the website homesandland.com MLS 46277. This home is close to beaches yet in a very quiet neighborhood.The home is priced well below purchase price. For more information call 904-261-4159
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 30, 2008
Hi Rod,

Since Jacksonville is such a big town it all depends on where you will be working and how much time you want to spend in the car driving to and from work. If you let me know where, I can send you a link of all the condos and townhomes close to your work place and also close to activities and sports. Jacksonville is a big town and traffic can get pretty bad during rush hour. However, we have a great Better Jacksonville plan thru the city that are working on improving and widening the roads to help lowering the traffic. Jacksonville is a great place to live! You should be excited living here for the next 5! I specialize in helping buyers relocate to Jacksonville and find that perfect area of town that will meet all your needs and wants.

Helena Norden, P.A., REALTOR
Web Reference: http://www.helenanorden.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 13, 2008
Rod, Palm Coast is 20 mins from Daytona Beach and I think about 45 mins from Jacksonville. Google map it, then you can really see where it is and if it would be a place you would like to live. We have just lowered the price of our home, so if your interested please let me know.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 12, 2008
Dr. Rod,
If you'd like my opinion, I think the Southside area would be perfect for you. Copy and paste this link: http://pub.realtyweb.net/cgi-bin/view.cgi?200806120048131398…

to see some townhomes available. WHEN are you needing to relocate down here. I would love to help you. I am a former LPGA Golf Professional, so if you play golf, or want to learn, I the REALTOR of choice for you. I feel like my Competitive Spirit really helps me in my negotiating the best deal for you!!
Check out my website: http://www.buyandsellGOLFhomes.com
JEannette Kohlhaas
"A Straight Shot to a Successful Closing!"
Keller Williams Realty JAX
(904) 735-8666
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 11, 2008
Hi Rod, if you are still in the market for a buyer's agent visit my web site to find out a little about me. If you would like to have some coffee and discuss your needs just let me know. Thanks and good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 10, 2008
Hi Rod,
I am a homeowner in the rivreside area and just love it here, my home is for sale, and when I move I will stay in this neighborhood. On my block alone there are 2 doctors 1 @ shands and 1 @ stvincents a respitory therapist a physc doc and I dont know how many nurses, riverside is very close to NAS about 15 min ride, as far as those condos downtown, some are now selling for 60,000, could be a good place to live, I myself dont like the idea of no yard, riverside / avondale areas mostly have very small lots and the time it takes to do your own lawn is only about 1/2 hr a week or you could pay someone $100 month to do it for you, if you would like a link for my house for sale lemme no or write to confusedseller@gmail.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 9, 2008
If you are looking for a great condo and do not want to sink tons of money into it, you may want to check out Mandarin Pointe. These are great condo conversions at a great price http://www.mandarinpointe.com
Located in the heart of Mandarin, a 2 Bed, 2 Bath unit is only $106,000!

Shonda Sauls, REALTOR®
Prudential Network Realty
Office (904)260-4300 #625
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 5, 2008
My home will be available for RENT/Sale come August. The current renters contract will be up. She wants to continue, but she has been too whishy washy to keep on with her payments. The house is 2350 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. It's a little larger for a single person, but the current tenant is single and lives there by herself and loves it! We are planning on getting a lawn care company to take care of the maitenance. The home is on 6th Street so it's only 6 blocks from downtown. 8th Street is the road that takes you to to the Jaguar Stadium and you can see the fireworks for the Suns games on the weekends. It's really nice! All hardwood floors, granite counters and custom kitchen cabinets. You would LOVE the neighborhood too. Lots of events and things to do almost every weekend. Go to http://www.sparcouncil.org/ and look around on the site to see what all is going on. My husband and I recently moved to VA due to his work and this was our home and it is GREATLY missed. If you may be interested, please feel free to e-mail me at vford@kw.com Best of luck! V
Valorie Ford
Real Estate III- Virginia
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - Florida
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 4, 2008
Hi Rod,
I have a home in palm coast, fl that is on the market right now. It is 5bedroom 3 bath home and was builtin 2006. Everything is brand new but because of my situation, I have to sell it. Please go to http://heritagerealty.florida.remax.com/listings/ListingDeta… and take a look at it. We are very negoiable on the price. Please contact my realtor if you wnat to see it or make a offer.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 3, 2008
How was your visit to Jax? There are also really neat homes/condos/lofts/whatever you might call them in Springfield on Market Street. A gentleman converted an old school into these really great living spaces. It's in a historic area that is awesome! My husband and I have a house we are selling in the neighborhood as his work has taken us up to Virginia. I wish I could take our home and all of our neighborhood friends with us! :( Best of luck and I have a great agent in the downtown area I could refer you to. She is top notch! Here is her website if you are interested and tell her I said hello! http://www.IntownJacksonville.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 23, 2008
Hi Rod,

Depending on your budget etc we have a 4 bedroom condo listed on FSBO currently. The unit is on the river with river views from the balcony,. A dock with free boat slip is also available. We are conveniently located about a mile from downtown and about 2.5 miles from San Marco. The link is below if you are still actively looking.


Good Luck!,
Web Reference: http://www.fsbo.com/102327
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 14, 2008
Jacksonville is a huge city with so many different areas to choose from. If you aren't already working with someone I would love to send you a relocation package. It has information about Jacksonville and the different areas of town from the Historic districts to the Beaches. Also you can check out my site at http://www.prudentialnetworkrealty.com/agent.aspx?id=34733 there is some information about Jacksonville on there and you can also take a look at some of the properties that are avaliable. Hope this helps and good luck with your search.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 8, 2008
We do have a condo in the downtown area to sell and if interested to talk pls email on soyab@hotmail.com.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 17, 2008
Hello Dr. Rod:
If your plan is to be in Jacksonville for 5 years, then consider all of your options. Though non of us have a glass ball it is important to look at the demographic trends of the area to determine if you want a condo, townhouse or perhaps a single family home in an area where they maintain the lawns? Jacksonville condo market it improving, but many are taking a hit on resale values and lawsuits. We are seeing lawsuits with a couple of condo conversions which are making these communities very hard to resale as Buyers can't get financing to purchase them). Some lenders are requiring 10% down in the event that you purchase a condo. There is so much more to consider and I can talk and walk you through the process.

Enjoy your day!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 17, 2008
Hi Rod,

There are many such listings available and my buyer's rep is ready to help you. Give her an email at carol0078@comcast.net and she can set you up!

JD “Dan” Weisenburger, GRI
Broker-Associate REALTOR®
Vanguard Realty, Inc. GMAC Real Estate
Web Reference: http://www.neflahomes.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Apr 12, 2008
I tried calling my referral partner in jacksonville and she is out with cutomers right now. So I am doing this for her. MARY MULDOWNY..... SHE IS AN AWESOME REALTOR. A TRUE PROFESSIONAL and with a GREAT company .
mary.muldowney@PrudentialNetworkRealty.com ---(904) 285-1800 ext 3023 (Office)
904-814-6739 (mobile) ---she works Orange Park, Mandarin, Ponte Vedra. and more RELOCATION SPECIALIST. Classy lady . To see her bio go to website below, click on offices and agents, then type in her name.
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