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Monday, August 7, 2017

What’s the Good News From Our St. John’s County Market?

The latest statistics from our second quarter market show that St. John’s County is experiencing many positive real estate developments.

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I was reading The St. Augustine Record recently and, between all the Trump-Russia hoopla, I found an interesting article about the high number of homes and building permits being put together in St. John’s County and the ensuing price increases this has caused.

The latest statistics from our second quarter market reflect these exciting developments. During the month of June, 366 building permits were issued. This brings the total number of permits issued so far this year to over 2,000, and we’re on pace to reach 4,000. The median home price for the year is $310,000, which is up from $230,000 in 2012. By comparison, Clay County’s median home price is $185,000 and Duval County’s is $176,000.

Keep in mind, this information comes from a wide range of expert national indicators. In explaining why St. John’s County is experiencing this real estate boom, they all note factors such as our high quality of life, low cost of living, and excellent school systems. They also expect this positive trend to continue for up to 10 years into the foreseeable future.

Living in St. John’s County is like living in a postcard.

It’s like we always say—living in St. John’s County is like living in a postcard. It’s growing at a steady rate with all of its commercial development, and its infrastructure is following suit. We have quality builders and steadily increasing appraisal values, which means if you buy a house today, it will likely increase in value by the time you want to sell it.

It’s also worth mentioning that we’re one of the safest counties in all of Florida when it comes to weather-related issues. This means we have lower insurance rates, and with the county being as fiscally responsible as they are, we also have some of the lowest tax millage rates in the state.

If you’d like to read the above-mentioned article in its entirety, click here.

If you have any other questions about what’s happening in our St. John’s market or you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, feel free to reach out to us. We’d be glad to assist you.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Cure Your Meat Withdrawal at Smokin’ D’s

Smokin’ D’s works hard to make arguably the best barbecue in St. Augustine.

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In my latest St. Augustine area business showcase, I’m visiting Smokin’ D’s—a restaurant located right on the corner of US1 and SR206 at 110 State Rd. 206 East. 

Many people claim they serve the best barbecue in town, and that’s a hard point to argue—they’ve won the local Rhythm & Ribs competition the last three years running. 

Smokin’ D’s smokes their meat all night long before finishing it on the grill the next day. They have all the premium choices of meat you could ask for, whether it’s beef, pork, chicken, or turkey. They also feature an array of perfectly complementary sides, including baked beans, cole slaw, yellow rice, and potato salad. 

They work each day until everything is gone.

Starting at 11 a.m. each day, they cook until everything is gone. They usually last until around 7 p.m., so you’d be wise to get here before dinner if you want to partake. They also do a lot of catering and special events. 

Feel free to follow along in the video above to get a behind-the-scenes look at Smokin’ D’s kitchen. You can also visit their website at for more information. 

In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to give me a shout. I’d be happy to help.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Mortgage Advice for Future Homebuyers in St. Augustine

If you’re looking to buy a home in our area because you’re retiring here or you’re relocating for a job, there are some important mortgage implications you need to know about.

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We have many clients moving to our area because they’re either retiring or undergoing a job relocation. If you’re facing a similar situation, there are some important implications you need to be aware of in terms of obtaining a mortgage. 

According to Anne-Marie Fish of CornerStone Lending, one of the best things you can do is speak with a lender in advance and explain your situation. Whether your employer will allow you to relocate so you can get everything done while you’re still in your working years or you’re waiting until after retirement to move, they can evaluate your full financial picture to see which option is the most financially feasible and allow you to plan your schedule. 

Speak with a lender and explain your financial situation.

Selling your current home and buying a new one can be a complicated process, but getting pre-qualified in advance can help you plan that process and lets you know if you can carry two mortgages at once or if you need to sell the first house before you move into the other. 

If you’re moving here because of a job relocation and wondering whether you should buy a house before or after the transfer, the answer depends on your personal preference. There are plenty of options for both scenarios. Just because you’re relocating doesn’t mean you have to wait until you get down here and start working to begin the mortgage process. Lenders look for 30-day pay stubs once a person has started a new job. 

Cornerstone Lending also gives you the option of purchasing the house in this area before you close. There’s a time frame in which you can close before you start your new job if you have an employment letter that doesn’t have any contingencies or conditions. That way you don’t have to move twice and you can simply move from one home to the next. 

If you have any questions about this topic, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d be happy to help you.