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You received good advice from the previous answer when he said you need to consider your proximity to either NAS Jax or NS Mayport when looking at homes in Jacksonville. The "Jacksonville area" is a very large geographic area and commuting across town can take a long time. You said you have family living in Palm Coast. That is a very nice area but is pretty far south of both bases. It would be a very long commute to NS Mayport (most certainly over an hour) and a pretty long one to NAS Jax (close to an hour on good days) from there. My suggestion would be to look in Orange Park, Clay County, or West Jacksonville if you are going to work at NAS Jax and the Beaches, Arlington, or the Northside of Jax is you are going to work at NS Mayport for the shortest commutes.
I live and work in the Orange Park area and would be happy to assist you with a home search if you are interested in those areas. There are a number of affordable homes in great neighborhoods around NAS Jax that meet your criteria. You mentioned a number of builder websites but there are two others you may want to consider that were not on your list. They are Drees Homes and Monarch Homes. Both of them are building wonderful homes in a community called Two Creeks in your price range.
NFHBA is a good place to look for new construction, but you've also got a good handle on most of the builders in the area. Many builders are offering incentives such as paying most closing costs and giving buyers a few thousand dollars in upgrades they can use at the builder's design center as incentives to purchase. A lot of builders are quoting 4-6 months to get you into a new home (I just completed a sale for new construction in Doctors Inlet Reserve that was completed in four months), but you should check with each builder in each community to see what they are quoting.
Whether you are looking for new construction or resale it is important to interview Realtors and choose one you feel comfortable with and work with him/her to find your home (especially since you are relocating). They will know your needs and can more effectively search for homes that meet your criteria. If you try to do it yourself and have to visit each builder you will spend a lot of time repeating the same information to each site agent and visiting communities that may not meet your needs. Help your Realtor understand your needs and then let him/her do the legwork for you.
Good luck in your home search.
Prudential Network Realty
C: (904) 327-5676
O: (904) 269-1716
First Coast Realty Associates
Our Company has many REO Properties within the Jacksonville, FL area. Please refer to our website click on the state of FL and pick area you are looking for.
If you have any questions or need any additional information you can give me a call.
SN Servicing Corporation
Phone: 800-603-0836, Ext. 2723
I want to let you know of a local builder that you will want to meet with. Star Construction is a great builder and has prices much lower than the large national builders. Their homes are amazing and they are completely flexible as far as any additions, flooring, landscaping or pretty much anything else you can think of. Also if you buy a Star Home from me I will give you 1% of your purchase price back at closing. I have attached a link below to one of their homes, be sure to click on the virtual tour link so you can see all of the photos. As you will see they have ceramic tile, hardwood floors, crown moulding, custom cabinets, walk-in showers, epoxy garage floors and much more. Please let me know if you have any questions and I would be happy to help you out.
I also can provide one stop home shopping so you can work directly with me and I can help you with everything from insurance, mortgages, financial planning and much more.
Have a great weekend!
I am a REALTOR & Mortgage Broker here in Jacksonville, FL. I have a great deal of experience with military relocations. I have very favorable VA loans. Please let me know what progress you have made and I would be happy to assist you and your family in finding the perfect house great schools and the other needs you are looking for. Fleming Island or Oakleaf Plantation would be a great area to look
David Cool, REALTOR & Mortgage Broker
INI REALTY Investments, Inc
904 338 4601
My wife and I are relocating from NAS Jax to NS Everett over the holiday months and will be putting our house on the market around 200K. It's 2800+sqft, brick, 3BR, 2Bth, Office, Bonus Room, fenced in large backyard, large front yard, fish pond, addition (kids play room or extend kitchen out), covered porch, deck, pet kennel, and 2 sheds. We're located in Orange Park in good neighborhood near good schools, shopping, and 7 miles to NAS Jax. If the place meets yours needs let me know. 904-298-1797, 904-542-6231
Also check out the link to military housing available through programs run by Navy Housing at JAX, Mayport, and Kingsbay :http://www.jaxairnews.com/stories/061506/mil_housing001.shtml
Good luck, we are looking too. We have 4 kids and are looking forward to the change of scenery in WA.
Terri Randall, Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Jacksonville
2950 Halcyon Lane, Suite 102
Jacksonville, Fla 32223
I live and work at the beaches, not far from NS Mayport. As you are aware, this is great time to buy, and I don't see the prices changing that much between now and the time you are tentatively scheduled to arrive. Distance to bases and schools will be important components for your decision; Clay County and Orange Park may be much more appealing if your orders are for NAS Jacksonville, and areas such as Arlington and the Intracoastal will be more convenient if your orders are NS Mayport.
A great school website to research is: http://www.greatschools.net, where you can compare and find top-rated schools by city. I'm sure you have already contacted the housing office on base for their local Multiple Listing Service properties, which is a good source of information as well.
Good luck, and if I can help further, please let me know
Yes, I am fairly familiar with Duval County. As I am active duty Navy (military), I will be relocating in the coming months (could be as soon as January or as late as July 2009). We would need to be within a certain distance (no more than a 45 minute drive) from either NAS Jacksonville or NS Mayport. We have been looking around, and we think that Orange Park or the southern portion of Nassau County (around the northwest area of the I-295) would be an excellent place to begin, due to pricing, ammenities (shopping, communities, etc.), and location. We do not currently have any children, but we are planning on having children in the near future, so good school districts will also be a factor. In regards to pre-existing homes, we may be interested in those, but we also would like to build on our own (my wife has a few things that are near and dear to her that she would like to have in our home). We may be interested in some of the pre-existing homes so long as they are newer (within the last five years or so), as we don't want to walk into a maintenance situation in an older home. Again, thanks for your help, and I look forward to hearing from you all..
Thanks, Jason Lindsay, REALTOR, Jacksonvillr FL
Historic District Specialist
My name is Terri Randall and I am a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty Jacksonville. I would be more than happy to help you with your search for a new home in the Jacksonville area, but I need to get some information from you first. Eo you have children and if so, what ages? Are you relocating do to employment and if so, are you military?
In regards to builders, you are not be unrealistic. I have worked with a number of builders purchasing property for my buyers. If you would like I can send you a link to a new service called Listingbook Account. I send you the link and then once you establish your account you can search the North Florida Mulit Listing Service to see what the Jacksonville area has to offer property wise. I would also suggest that you check out DRHorton.com. They have a number communties in the Jacksonville area and are very enjoyable to work with. Jacksonville is a very large area based on the square millage, so we will need to narrow down your search by area.
Just some thoughts. My contact information is below and please feel free to let me know if you would like me to send you the Listingbook Account Link.
Thanks so much,
Terri M. Randall, Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Jackisonville
2950 Halcyon Lane Suite 102
Jacksonville, Fla 32223