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Moving in Jacksonville : Real Estate Advice

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Decpeace asked:
Tue Oct 18, 2016
Tartaglia001 answered:
What side of town are you looking at? I own have a rental unit that is available. It is a 2 bed, 2 bath condo on in the "South Side" 8601 Beach Blvd Unit #724 Jacksonville FL 32246. Let me know if you are interested.

Call or text Mike at 850-322-3678
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Wed Jun 8, 2016
Diane Christner answered:
Before you do anything, I would suggest contacting 3 local real estate agents who work in your immediate area and have them prepare CMAs (comparative market analysis) for your home, based on recent sales in your area and the current condition of your home. That will give you an idea as to your home's current worth in the real estate market, you can then decide where to go from there. ... more
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Mon Feb 22, 2016
Christy Redmer answered:
I would say northwestern St. Johns County is in my opinion a wonderful place to raise a family! We had a new home built in the Aberdeen community just down the road from Durbin Crossing several years ago, and love living here! It's a wonderful family community that is perfect for raising our 4 kids. You really can't go wrong with any of the communities in this area of St. Johns County! This area is really booming with new communities being built almost everywhere you turn. Part of the reason this area is growing faster than any other area in Northeast Florida is because the schools in St. Johns county are A rate and are the top schools in the entire state of Florida! Some good builders here include Toll Brothers, Richmond American, Dreamfinders, David Weekley, Mastercraft, DR Horton, and Lennar. Some amazing communities just being started that have unbelievable amenities like water parks, crystal lagoon man made beaches, and kayak launches connecting to river ways are Shearwater, Twin Creeks, and Rivertown, and Julington Lakes. There are many, many, more new home communities here as well that I haven't listed. We got a 1% rebate when we had our home built and got a check for $4,000 from our Realtor at closing! I would highly recommend using a buyer's agent that gives a rebate on a new construction home to save you thousands when you build your home. The best in the area I know of right now is a 2-5% rebate with FloridaNewHomes. com. Hope this helps! ... more
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Thu Jun 12, 2014
Dave Shandilay answered:
Jacksonville, with the land areas of 885 square miles, is the largest city by area in the contiguous United States, and it is also the largest city by population in the state of Florida. In the recent years, even through the struggling economy, Jacksonville has continued to attract a talented workforce here and the population has continued to grow each year.

Every big city has some negative issues, that does not mean that everything about that city is negative. Depending on where you choose to live in or around Jacksonville, you can get the “big city feel” or the “small town feel”.

As far as your question about schools, St. Johns County (county south of Jacksonville) has some top rated schools:
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Fri Jun 6, 2014
Adam Silk answered:
Mandarin would probably be ideal really. It's a little closer to NAS Jax then Mayport, but you'd still be in the middle. 295 would be your main thoroughfare between the two
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Thu Apr 10, 2014
Freda Williams answered:
First I would begin by talking to a lender and getting pre-approved for a loan. This will definitely help you focus your search, and make things easier once you find a home you want to purchase. If you don't have a lender in mind, I would be happy to suggest a few to you.

Second, there are many homes with pools on the market in many different price ranges, so once you know your price point, it will be much easier to determine what your money will buy. And there are still some short sales and foreclosures on the market in Jacksonville that are good values, if you don't mind purchasing a "fixer-upper".

If you are not already working with a realtor, I would love to talk with you more. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call.

Freda Williams
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Florida Network Realty
(904) 463-7404
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Thu Feb 13, 2014
Thomas McQueen answered:
If you plan on moving in April it may be best to wait until beginning or mid March. Typically applications are only good for 30- 45 days but it depends on the company. If you are looking for a particular area or certain square footage give me call at 904-993-1653, or email at and I could make your search much easier. ... more
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Wed Mar 27, 2013
Neri Romero answered:
Check out the Riverside and Avondale areas in Jacksonville....Riverside area has more going on, but Avondale is generally a safer place to live and more family friendly. In terms of schools, check out LaVilla school of the arts downtown. St Johns County is Very family oriented and they have great schools, but they REALLY lack diversity and culture. Good Luck! ... more
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Tue Mar 26, 2013
Claire Meadows Intl Team answered:
Hi Dietz

I would love to help you just call me and I will be there to help you find what you are looking for.

Claire Meadows
904 386 4358
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Sun Mar 24, 2013
Joseph Poletto answered:
Hi JP!

This is the best time to move to Jacksonville... especially if you have family members living in the area.

I moved here a little over a year ago and couldn't be happier. It's nice to have others to fall back on when you come to a new community and the resources they've provided for me has helped me immensely.

If I can be of assistance to you, please do not hestiate to contact me.

Warm Regards,

Joseph Poletto
Watson Realty
904.738.6446/ 401.450.9720
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Sun Mar 24, 2013
Joseph Poletto answered:
Hello Jacklyn & Family!

I know the feeling of moving from the Northeast to Jacksonville. I did the move myself a year ago (from Rhode Island) and know the stresses and ability to trust someone to find you a place to live and understand your needs.

I would love to help you with your rental search. When you have some time, please call me at 904.738.6446/ 401.450.9720 or email me at

It's great to see other New Englanders moving to Jacksonville!

Warm Regards,

Joseph Poletto
Watson Realty
904.738.6446/ 401.450.9720
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Sun Feb 17, 2013
JHH answered:
Check our listing, "3bd / 2ba house in Del Rio ", offered for lease on Julington Creek. With a boathouse and dock, it is a perfect setting for kayaking in splendid solitude or motor boating out to the St Johns River, yet minutes away from shopping, schools, and Baptist Hospital South. It is midway between St Augustine and downtown Jacksonville (20 minutes either way.) If you are considering a lease until you become familiar with the area, this is a great option. ... more
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Tue Jul 3, 2012
Kathie & Neil McGuinness answered:
The Nocatee area in Ponte Vedra, not only offers new homes built by a variety of builders, but St, Johns County is noted for its schools. Perhaps you could give me an idea of size and price range, and I would be happy to send you some of the current listings as well as information about who is building and where.
Kathie McGuinness
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Wed Dec 28, 2011
Tanya Watson answered:
Unfortunately, you won't be able to get right on the beach for $1500. Oceanfront condos are going for a minimum of $3,000/month. You could potentially get within walking distance but more realistically biking distance to the beach. There's also the option of a nice community close to the beach that has a fabulous pool, club, fitness center and more.

There are some condos on the Riverfront downtown that start at $1500. These are 2/2's. One potential problem with downtown is you will not have the nice grocery store close.

There is also a condo community 5 min from the beach that is on a canal off the Intracoastal waterway. You can rent in there for $1200 - $1500. Some of the units face the water but you would also have a boat slip if you wanted to buy some jet skis or a boat!! This area has a grocery store, Walmart, Target & all kinds of shopping within minutes and it's still close to the beach (I used to live in the community too so I know it well!)

Please free to contact me if you would like more any information on any of these options!
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Fri Nov 4, 2011
Tanya Watson answered:
If you would like to stay in the property 2+ years then it is best to try to get as much information about the Owner and the property before you rent it. For example, is the Owner in the military and plan on coming back in the next few years (or have they just left on their deployment and will be gone at least xnumber of years).

Is the Owner a seasoned investor and has no interest in selling the property any time soon? What are the Owners plans for the property within the next couple of years? All of my Owners would love a Renter like you that would execute a multiple year lease!

My company has a mixture of all those and I can tell a potential resident the chances of being able to stay long term in a property. Of course, you need to make sure the property isn't in jeopardy of foreclosure either!

If the State of Florida Supreme Court approved lease for residential properties is used, then yes, it specifically states that the lease period can be no more than 1 year. However, some (like me) use a lease drafted by an Attorney which can be for however long we agree it to be but if longer than 1 year, it does need to be in writing and signed by 2 witnesses.
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Sat Aug 7, 2010
Daniel Workman answered:
136 East Bay Street downtown jacksonville. what do like about the building?
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