If the carpet is in good shape, then this may work. If the carper is already in bad shape, I would recommend just going ahead and putting down new flooring. Some buyers may not want to deal with the hassle of putting down new floors.... more
Here is a link to the school grades for all schools in all counties http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/default.asp Some of Duval schools are very good. This link is about the choices you have as a parent concerning the school your child attends http://www.fldoe.org/families/schoolChoice.asp
This link is a list of all 3 bedroom 2 bath homes within 30 miles of Baptist Hospital on Prudential. I did narrow the search down from the original search (over 9000 homes) to homes with over 1500 sq. ft., a fenced back yard, 2 car garage, and a fireplace. The results just over 900... I can change the search criteria or focus on any one neighborhood you desire. This is a starting point and hopefully it will be of benefit.
If you are looking for a great time to buy in Florida you have found it. Property taxes will vary depending on where you end up buying but as a "rule of thumb" you can figure about 2% of the purchase price for property taxes. Again, each property is different so you must carefully research all of the costs associated with that home; are there non ad-valorem taxes like CDD fees? Is the property encumbered by an HOA? The best place to start is with a clear definition of your goals. Working with a professional agent who can notify you of matching opportunities is critical to successfully finding the best property and negotiating the best pricing and terms.
Your best bet is most probably going to be a bank owned foreclosure but then your targeted developments will all have different levels of foreclosure activity and the Realtor you are working with should be able to provide you data of what will be upcoming in those neighborhoods. Patience has it's virtues and at times the "hunt" can be lengthy for locating the perfect match so better to start early so you do not miss an opportunity that may pas you by down the road. The key for you is finding the right opportunity and you just never know when it might present itself.
Inventory levels will be different depending on location but last year in most areas we saw the highest levels of inventory during the first quarter. Most of my market areas have lower inventory levels at this time than they have for quite a while so it really is not something that you can time on a seasonal basis. Prices again will depend on what type of property you are looking for; many market segments, typically on the lower end of the scale appear to have hit bottom and it is hard to imagine any scenario that would drive prices any lower. Other segments, luxury homes for example, there are incredibly high inventories and we should see continued downward pricing pressure. Each property is unique to itself and a careful analysis of the market directly surrounding that property is very, very important.
If you are set in Jacksonville I know the area well as I used to live there and have many colleagues I would be happy to refer you to. Remember that the winter weather than far north is considerably different than south Florida; for instance it is pretty normal to see night time differences of 20 degrees+ this time of year. I work with a lot of are Canadian neighbors and you should also consider looking in the Palm Beach and Martin County areas. You might enjoy reading a blog I did a while back;
Your best bet at this point is to start working with a professional Realtor to help you along this path. A few recommendations I would make; I would tell you to not sign a buyer's broker agreement with anyone. This is a form an agent will use to tie you up and ensure any transaction you make will only be through them. Find an agent who is happy to perform their services with the knowledge that if they do not properly meet your expectations they will lose your business. Second, never call a listing agent about a home they have listed as their initial relationship with the seller will prevent you from working out the best deal. Finally, I would recommend that you interview at least three qualified agents to assist you and select one who you feel will have your best interests as their primary goal. I work almost entirely as a buyers agent and certainly would be honored to be on your list if you want to explore opportunities in this area. If you are set up north again I have many colleagues and would be happy to refer you to someone I know will take very good care of you.
I hope this information is helpful but if you need anything additional please do not hesitate to give me a call.
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Tom Priester e-PRO
"Results Driven Real Estate"
Keller Williams Realty