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Mon Sep 18, 2017
Dwigreen59 answered:
I keep getting notices from lis pendens about homes to buy a home 0 zero down and x amount of money per month is this b s or what
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Mon Mar 31, 2014
K Fletcher answered:
I walk all over Avondale by myself, all the time, and have never felt threatened. I carry mace and walk during daylight hours only.
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Sat Jul 28, 2012
Jeff Metcalf answered:
For safety, I recommend checking This website will give you crime rates and other pertinent facts. For available rentals check out This is my company's property management website for rentals only. Let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Jeff Metcalf, REALTOR(R)
Watson Realty Corp.
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Wed Jun 22, 2011
Charles Chorman answered:
As indicated you are going to have to assemble a team if you really want to obtain this property. You will need: a knowledgeable real estate agent familiar with foreclosures/short sales, a real estate attorney to handle the transaction insuring that you get a clear title, an attorney familiar with IRS liens (a real estate attorney might not be familiar with this type of transaction) and how best to satisfy them, your accountant to make sure you're taking advantage of all the tax laws. Lastly, patience. As this is a lis pendens, the mortgage holder might not have decided on just what to do with the property at this time. The owner can satisfy any outstanding balances in payments or make arrangements for a mortgage adjustment at any time. This whole process can take months to satisfy before it becomes available for sale. Check to see what the procedure is in New York.

Good luck.

Charlie Chorman - REALTOR
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty
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Wed May 18, 2011
Taft Alexander, GRI answered:
Dear Lifelister,

I live on Shadowlawn Street, so I am especially familiar with this section of Avondale.

You have received a number of excellent answers. I believe you have enough information at this point to make an informed decision.

I will add this. According to Trulia, roughly 9 out of 10 buyers begin their home search online, so you may wish to find an agent who has a good website and Internet presence.

Also, if you only request one thing from your Realtor®, make sure he or she uses a professional photographer. First impressions matter, and it is well documented that good photography sells homes.

If you would like to view market reports for Avondale, you may do so on my website.

Good luck!

Taft Alexander
Watson Realty Corp.
Avondale-Ortega Office
Direct Line (904) 421-3532
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Sun Mar 20, 2011
Sandra Sevilla answered:
Riverside-Avondale is a well known Historic District to the Jacksonville native. I agree with David and Bryan concerning the Riverside-Avondale Historic District. I live here for 20 years! and still loving it! ... more
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Sun Nov 29, 2009
Allison Steilberg answered:
It's an interesting question. A lot depends on how long you've been in your home in Avondale and how much you paid for it. The research I've done shows that the values have retreated back to what they were in 2003/2004. So, if you bought in 2005, 2006 or 2007, you could be facing a loss.

If you're trading up, you probably have a smaller home to sell and that could be good because a lot of homes less than $300K are selling well due to the first time homebuyer stimulus being offered by the government.

My partner, Caroline Powell and I specialize in the neighborhoods of Avondale, Ortega and Riverside. Take a look at our website or our new BLOGSITE at to see very local and very specific information about what's going on. I publish a market update every Monday Morning on my blog that you might find useful. Please give us a call at 904-252-5181 if you'd like any additional information. Thanks!
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Mon Feb 16, 2009
Sherry Meyer answered:
Hi Allison,

I used to live in L.A.! and now I reside in Jacksonville. The Riverside/Avondale area is rich with history as well as surrounded by beautiful Oak Trees. The homes vary with regard to the size of a yard. There are definitely homes under $300K. I'd be glad to assist you. Before I can answer your last question, please call me and let me know what you mean by problems? Are you seeking whether homes are in a A-rated school district or not? Are you seeking to understand other statistics? Give me a call, and I'll be glad to help. And say hi to all my friends in L.A. Regards, Sherry (904) 651-2194 Also, please visit ... more
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Tue Apr 22, 2008
Eric Cavanagh answered:
Hi, Jessica;
If you are using a Realtor (if you're not, then call me), they'll tell you that the property gets reassesed every year and that the assesment can be challenged at any time. We're seeing a lot of this with the declining market and it's important to keep two things in mind: The assesed (or "fair market" ) value should be between 80-90% of the retail value of the property. "Retail" value is what it sells for today on the open market. The homestead exemption of $50,000 reduces your taxable amount even further so that your $190k assesed value should be reduced to about $135, then take $50k off that and you should pay taxes on approx. $85k, or $1530/yr (127/mo) at the .018 millage in Duval County. Hope that makes things a little easier. You might even get the assessor lower than that.
However (and this is important), if you are buying a short sale or foreclosed property then you will be stuck with the fair market value assesment because the property is selling at an artificially depressed price that isn't neccesarily reflective of comparable properties. Call me for more detailed information.
Eric Cavanagh Sr. Keller Williams Realty Jacksonville 904-589-6941
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