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Fleming Island Schools are some of the best in the State of Florida. They are part of the Clay County School system. Here are the websites of the Fleming Island Schools on the Island: Fleming Island Elementary School Thunderbolt Elementary School Paterson Elementary School Fleming Island High School Fleming Island Elementary has ranked #4 in the state and is a Blue Ribbon school. There are only three Blue Ribbon Elementary Schools in the entire Northeast Florida area and only 26 in the entire state. Blue Ribbon schools have been recognized for their Superior Academic Excellence. Fleming Island (0 comments)
Is ActiveRain Really the Most Powerful Real Estate Network? Let's Test It! - 03/31/10 10:51 AM
Vote for Jeremy! Via Jeremy Blanton (210 Consulting~ Social Media Advisors): I know that ActiveRain is a powerful network and that the members here are some of the most loyal & supportive people around. I know when I asked before for assistance with my daughter winning a contest, you all stepped up & voted over 3,000 times for her. Well, it is time once again for me to ask for your assistance. I recently entered a contest with a local Chick-Fil-A restaurant to win "Free Chicken for a Year." This is where I need the help of the members of ActiveRain. In order (0 comments)
PUBLIX ON FLEMING ISLAND IS REMODELING ~ FLEMING ISLAND FL - 03/30/10 11:59 PM
PUBLIX ON FLEMING ISLAND IS REMODELING ~ FLEMING ISLAND FL Our Publix on Fleming Island is remodeling. Every night Monday through Thursday, the store closes at 9 PM. The store employees can be seen hurrying to unload the cases which will be replaced or refurbished during the night. This is expected to go on for the next couple of weeks. I tell people moving here that Publix is one of the nicest things about moving to Florida. Winner of more awards than I can name here, Publix is a joyful place to shop. They have scored higher than any other grocery (4 comments)
Fleming Island's Eagle Harbor Neighborhood - 03/26/10 12:27 PM
Sometimes you come across a place that is the way a neighborhood ought to be. Eagle Harbor on Fleming Island FL is just that kind of place. From the minute you drive past the fountains and charming bridge at the entrance, you know this is some place special. For over 15 years, Eagle Harbor residents have been living the life of their dreams. Every morning during the school year, you can see hundreds of children riding bikes along the winding sidewalks to Fleming Island Elementary School right here in Eagle Harbor. Our 8' sidewalks run the entire length of Eagle Harbor (7 comments)
Governor Charlie Crist dedicated the First Coast Outer Beltway yesterday at a ceremony at I-10 and Chaffee Road. The Governor spoke about how the Outer Beltway is an important roadway for the entire Northeast Florida region, not just for Clay and St. Johns Counties. The Outer Beltway, named '9B' will not just relieve traffic congestion in the immediate area, it will open up opportunities for commercial and residential development. Not only along its corridor, but expanding into outlying areas there will finally be sufficient roadways to warrant development. (2 comments)
NEW FEDERAL GUIDELINES FOR LEAD-BASED PAINT IN HOMES BEGINNING APRIL 2010 - 03/26/10 12:19 AM
NEW FEDERAL GUIDELINES FOR LEAD-BASED PAINT IN HOMES BEGINNING APRIL 2010 Realtors®, Remodelers, Contractors, Buyers and Sellers, be aware that there are new guidelines for homes built all the way to 1982 for lead-based paint. Lead-based paint stopped production in 1978, but there were homes using these products all the way into 1982. As of April this year, Contractors will be required to test to see if any home built 1982 or before has lead-based paint. They will take a sample of the paint to determine if there ls lead-based paint. If so, there are certain steps that must be taken (12 comments)
Jacksonville Florida has some outstanding local Builders. Cornerstone Homes is one of them. Mark Downing and partner Cliff Gray have over 50 years' combined experience in the homebuilding industry. These builders have the reputation of not cutting corners to save a dollar, but building a quality home from start to finish.
Here are the Communities where Cornerstone is currently building:
CLAY COUNTY Eagle Harbor Build on our lots Rolling Hills Priced from $100,000s Eagle Landing Priced from $200,000s Doctor's Inlet Reserve Priced from the $100,000s
I was so hoping that there would be hot chocolate, coffee, or some other refreshments for sale when we walked through the doors of Rich's Antiques in Forest VA, just down the street from Poplar Forest (Thomas Jefferson's summer home). It was disappointing not to find victuals, but it was NOT disappointing to meet Rich, the owner. He is a wealth of knowledge about the local area, and his store is filled with collectibles to make a collector's heart soar. He told us about Martha Jefferson Randolph's home which I wrote about last week. (12 comments)
BUILDER FRAUD - Convicted - 03/24/10 12:09 PM
Justice caught up with one local Jacksonville homebuilder who committed fraud during the real estate boom here in Florida. This week, one of the owners of American Home Builders received a very stiff 145 year sentence for inflating the prices of home he was building in order to give $50,000 to $100,000 back to buyers outside of closing. Three other co-conspirators plead guilty and testified against him at the trial. This man is 59 years old, and this is a sad day for him and his family. It is difficult to think of someone who has been a very successful businessman (3 comments)
Fleming Island Plantation Homes for Sale - Fleming Island Florida 49 Active 12 Short Sales 6 Bank Owned 38% of all homes for sale in Fleming Island Plantation are Short Sales or Bank Owned. 59 homes have sold since 3/21/09, so there is about a 10 month inventory of homes for sale in Fleming Island Plantation. The best homes at the best price will sell. Currently there are 12 Contracts Pending. 6 of them are Distressed Sales (Short Sales or Bank Owned), or 50%. One is over $1,000,000, and three are between $300,000 and $400,000. Seven are under $300,000. Fleming (0 comments)
When I first entered real estate, a young man asked me a question I couldn't answer; not really. "Aren't condos and townhouses the first to go down in value?" In my limited experience, that wasn't an issue. The market in 2001 was not super exciting, but it was limping along. It wasn't too long before the years on steroids were raising values and demand in every category. Condos were so popular that apartments were being converted to keep up with the demand. Fast forward 2010. Condominium values have suffered greatly in the real estate bubble. There are several reasons: 1. (5 comments)
Eagle Harbor FL Homes for Sale 83 Active 11 Short Sale 2 Bank Owned 15% of all Eagle Harbor FL homes for sale are Distressed Sales. The market trends are somewhat down from the from the Eagle Harbor FL Homes for Sale July 4 Market Report, which listed 97 homes for sale and 15% were short sales. Active homes for sale in Eagle Harbor are down by about 14%. 92 homes have sold in Eagle Harbor since 3/21/09. This means we have about an 11 month supply of homes for sale if no other homes come on the market. The best (0 comments)
Ashford Manor in Forest VA is the former Summer home of Martha Jefferson Randolph, daughter of Thomas Jefferson. Her home was a couple of hills away from President Jefferson's Poplar Forest, both overlooking thousands of acres owned by the Jefferson family. Deena Cottingham inspired the 'photo smithing' of this photograph. It was a blustery day, and the light fell off the wonderful English Box-woods. With a little photo editing, they are in view (I can almost smell them), and the clouds are more dramatic. (12 comments)
HoneyBaked Ham is helping Military Families this Easter. As a generous token of their appreciation for our Military Families here in Jacksonville, the Orange Park HoneyBaked Ham store created a Meals for the Miitary program. Customers can give donations toward Easter meals for Orange Park, Fleming Island and Jacksonville Military Families whose loved ones are deployed overseas. Between now and April 2, if you want to donate $1 or more to this worthy cause, you can stop by the HoneyBaked Ham Store at 24 Blanding Blvd, in the shopping center north of Wells Road beside Red Lobster. There is no (7 comments)
Sunday we visited Forest, Virginia, location of Thomas Jefferson's summer home Poplar Forest. We were not able to visit Poplar Forest because it is only open April 1-November 30, but through a local person, we found out his daughter's home was just down the road. Martha Jefferson Randolph's home, Ashford Manor, was sold at an Absolute Trustee Auction yesterday. The bank foreclosed and bought this magnificent home. With almost 5,000 sq. ft., three stories plus English basement (whatever that is), six fireplaces, five bedrooms, and three baths on over three acres, this Federal style home stands as a significant Historical (9 comments)
Building a new home can be a very exciting experience. Knowing the right questions to ask and what to expect can help remove some of the uncertainty about whether to move forward with new construction. What types of loans are available for new construction? There are two general categories: Construction Perm Loans and End Loans
CONSTRUCTION PERM LOANS Construction Perm Loans are a type of loan where the Buyer first buys the lot from the Builder, then begins the building process. The Buyer is carrying the cost of building the house, and monthly (25 comments)
It's just a sign of the times when a significant historic home is auctioned. This magnificent edifice was bought by a developer who built townhouses on the land around it, then sold the house to an investor out of state. The market has caught up even with significant historic properties like this, and Wednesday, March 17, there will be an Absolute Auction. Thomas Jefferson owned thousands of acres in the area of Forest, Virginia outside of Lynchburg. He built a mini-Monticello which he named Poplar Forest, and his daughter, Martha, built her own summer home on a hill a few (11 comments)
597 Glasgow Court Orange Park FL Home For Sale - 03/15/10 12:23 AM
Orange Park FL Real Estate ~ Just listed 597 Glasgow Court, Orange Park Florida. Listed at $598,000. Listed by Frank and Sharon Alters of Team Alters, Watson Realty.
Welcome home to the luxury you have earned. This 4200 sq. ft. home with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths has everything you have been looking for, from the completely renovated Gourmet Kitchen with Maple Cabinets, Tile Backsplash, Stainless Appliances and Quartz Counters, to the Spa Master Bath with Travertine Floors and Shower, Garden Tub with Travertine Surround and Listello and a large California Style Master Closet. The Floor Plan is (2 comments)
The back of my Grandmother's house. We drove the alley behind her house just to see the sleeping porch one more time. It is closed in now. Just to see the two-car one-car wide garage. Just to see the window at the landing, the door to the basement, the windows where I used to look out from my crib. Just to step back in time. (9 comments)
Last night we tried a new location (they have lots), rolling up a little before 9. Squinting at the door and seeing faces inside, it appeared that the closing time was "9." We ambled up and realized it was an "8" not a "9" for closing. Oops! Fortunately, true Southern Hospitality was at work. The Manager and her helper offered us sandwiches. When (11 comments)
Where else but Paris? And note that this is not rectangular, but a mere triangle above first floor retail. Nevertheless, For Sale it is, suspended and compromised in form. An architect's dream, nightmare, what have you...it's location, location, location! Couldn't resist snapping this photo when we were visiting Paris a few years ago. (16 comments)
It Was A Quite Day At The Office - 03/10/10 10:17 PM
Let's join in and wish Russel a very Happy Birthday! Shhh, it's a surprise until tomorrow :) Via Al and Peggy Cunningham Voted Best Real Estate People Brampton (RE/MAX Realty Services Inc.): Okay guys we need your collective help and support. We are holding a surprise cyber-space birthday party for one of our very own Ambassadors, Russel Ray, tomorrow March 11th! He has done so very much for all of us, now its our turn to do something for him. Remember; shhhh, it's a big huge surprise for his 55th birthday.
Here's the plan, we'll host the par-tay for him here. So (3 comments)
We Are The Banksters and We Are Here To Help You! - 03/08/10 10:12 PM
Every Florida citizen and especially real estate professionals need to be aware of this bill and contact their State representatives. Here is the Link for the House of Representatives. Find your Florida State Senators here. Thanks to Katerina and Joe for blowing the whistle. Now let's do our part and let our representatives know this bill is not in the best interest of Florida citizens. Via Nestor & Katerina Gasset Realtors® Wellington Florida Luxury Homes (International Properties and Investments, Inc.): The Banksters are claiming that they are here to help release the burden of our overloaded and short of cash courts. The Banksters (1 comments)
Fleming Island Homes for Sale March 7, 2010 ~ Market Report (Fleming Island FL) - 03/08/10 12:09 AM
Fleming Island Homes for Sale March 7, 2010 (Fleming Island Florida) Fleming Island boasts many beautiful communities, including Eagle Harbor, Fleming Island Plantation, Pace Island, and Hibernia Plantation among others. Here are the statistics on Homes for Sale on Fleming Island. This Report also includes four significant communities on Fleming Island - Eagle Harbor FL, Fleming Island Plantation, Pace Island, and Hibernia Plantation. Fleming Island Homes for Sale There is a significant reduction in the homes for sale since the July Market Report. There are about 36% fewer homes for sale on Fleming Island at this time (down from 339 Active). (5 comments)
This is the view from the Balcony of the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse. You can see the Grandstands in the distance. Yesterday was quiet, just a few golfers about. But you can imagine the crowds and excitement during the TPC. The Clubhouse even has its own TPC Storyteller, who explains the history of Sawgrass, the TPC, and other fascinating trivia. (14 comments)
Fleming Island Plantation Homes for Sale - Fleming Island Florida 48 Active 12 Short Sales 6 Bank Owned 38% of all homes for sale in Fleming Island Plantation are Short Sales or Bank Owned. 57 homes have sold since 3/7/09, so there is about a 10 month inventory of homes for sale in Fleming Island Plantation. The best homes at the best price will sell. Currently there are 17 Contracts Pending. 10 of them are Distressed Sales (Short Sales or Bank Owned), or 59%. One is over $1,000,000, and three are between $300,000 and $400,000. Seven are under $300,000. (3 comments)
Eagle Harbor FL Homes for Sale 84 Active 11 Short Sale 2 Bank Owned 15% of all Eagle Harbor FL homes for sale are Distressed Sales. The market trends are somewhat down from the from the Eagle Harbor FL Homes for Sale July 4 Market Report, which listed 97 homes for sale and 15% were short sales. Active homes for sale in Eagle Harbor are down by about 14%. 93 homes have sold in Eagle Harbor since 3/7/10. This means we have about an 11 month supply of homes for sale if no other homes come on the market. The best (2 comments)
Funny Friday ~ Financial Planning - 03/05/10 10:32 PM
Dan was a single guy living at home with his father and working in the family business. When he found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly father died, he decided he needed a wife with which to share his fortune. One evening at an investment meeting, he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her natural beauty took his breath away. "I may look like just an ordinary man," he said to her, "But in just a few years, my father will die, and I'll inherit $200 million." Impressed, the woman obtained his business (13 comments)
Buyer Tips - 12 Mistakes Buyers Make - 03/05/10 10:12 PM
If you are considering buying a new home, these 12 Home Buyer Tips will help you avoid making mistakes. Owning your own home is the single largest investment most people make, so it pays to do your homework and avoid these pitfalls. Incorporate these buyer tips into your next home purchase: 1. Thinking you can do it yourself. Successful business people always form a team around them. You need a team of professionals around you, from your Realtor®, your Loan Officer, your Building Inspector, and so forth. It's great to research your own information, but then vet it with professionals who (24 comments)
The Casa Monica Hotel is the flagship hotel in St. Augustine's Historic District. Celebrating 120 years of serving the Community, Casa Monica is a favorite for locals and tourists alike. Its architecture carefully complements the other grandes dames down the street - the Lightner Museum (formerly Hotel Alcazar) and Flagler College (formerly Ponce de Leon Hotel). (14 comments)
50 Inexpensive Tips to Dramatically Increase the Value of Your Properties - 03/01/10 10:26 PM
This list was too good to pass up. We are getting ready to put a rental home on the market, so it is especially timely for me. Hopefully some of you will enjoy these tips as well for your Sellers. Via Tai DeSa (Significa Corporation): 50 Inexpensive Tips to Dramatically Increase the Value of Your Properties By Tai A. DeSa, Significa Corporation Professional landlords and investors involved in property flipping should constantly seek to improve their property value while keeping costs low. Below is a list of 50 tips that we shared with our property investment club (the Lehigh Valley Real Estate Investors (7 comments)
Amber Alert - Please Foward This To Everyone! - 03/01/10 09:52 PM
This can make a difference in this family's life. Via Nicholas Goglucci, PA. South Florida Real Estate (RE/Max ParkCreek): If this was my kid - I would appreciate anyone doing the same thing I am doing right now...Please look at this girls face - if you see her report it to the numbers below - you could be a hero today! Thanks all for helping out - we are a neighborhood! Staff Sergeant Rick Williams Rolla Police Department 1007 N. Elm St. Rolla , MO 65401 (573) 364-1213 Fax (573) 364-6346 Please look at the picture, read what her mother says, then forward (0 comments)
Exciting things are happening in the Loch Rane area of Orange Park Country Club. These homeowners are so happy living here that they are tearing down their house of 27 years and building new construction. Why? They love the area and their location in the Loch Rane area of the Country Club and don't want to move - but they want a new house. A neighbor told me they plan to build a 6,000 sq. ft. house on their lot. He was the one who told me they loved living there so much they didn't want to leave. Who could (0 comments)
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