home buyers: NEFAR Housing Statistics, September 2013 - 10/15/13 06:45 AM
NEFAR Releases September 2013 Housing Sales Results
1,691 closed sales up 25 percent from a year ago, down slightly from past several months. Less than 35 percent of sales are now lender mediated. Sales averaging just 80 days.
 
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – September 2013 real estate market statistics are now available from the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors. Except where otherwise indicated, statistics reflect combined results for single-family residential and condominium properties.
 
Closed sales of 1,691 during September is a 25 increase from a year ago, although down a bit from the past several months. The share of sales that … (3 comments)

home buyers: Why Do I Want Title Insurance? - 03/28/13 07:36 AM
As agents, we understand why buyers and sellers want and need title insurance on their real estate transactions. In Florida, specifically Northeast Florida, it is standard for the seller to pay for the owner's policy, and the buyer to pay for the simultaneous policy to cover their interests, as well as their lender's interests.
Title insurance is underwritten as a result of a title search, which researches all prior ownership interests in the property, and ascertains these interests have been satisfied so the only ones with an interest in the property are the owners and their lender. 
Some properties MAY convey … (8 comments)

home buyers: Eviction Notice, Part 3, Neptune Beach, FL - 03/10/13 10:10 PM
A buyer/ of mine, with a week old baby was served with eviction notices 3 weeks after closing on her new home.
As part of my assistance, I took photos of the notice, and emailed them to the title company to alert them we had an issue; after all, we could not have closed if there were any clouds on the title.
The title company responded to me that the file and notice had been elevated to the company president, and he reached out to the legal firm that generated the eviction notice.
This, combined with the homeowner having called the … (3 comments)

home buyers: Eviction Notice, Part 2, Neptune Beach, FL - 03/09/13 11:18 PM
I met with the buyer at her house to see the eviction notice, and confirm who had served it. I took photos as well, to have copies for my files. (LOVE the iPad!)
I had already emailed the local assocation's legal counsel with a thumbnail sketch of the situation to get his input.  (See? Being involved in the local association has major bennies!)
I reiterated to her again to not worry, we would at the very least accomplish two things: 
Get a stay (extension) on the writ of possession. Find our next steps once the legal counsel had replied to me.  … (3 comments)

home buyers: Eviction Notice - Part 1, Neptune Beach, FL - 03/08/13 10:13 PM
My day started off great yesterday: good workout at the gym, wonderful breakfast.
And, then, the phone call.
My buyer/s (engaged, she's here in FL, he's in the process of moving here) bought and closed on a house in Neptune Beach, FL on 2/15/13. 
She gave birth a week ago. 
Yesterday, eviction notices were posted to her doors. She was absolutely astonished, and called me to ask for my help. 
Now, I've not encountered this exact situation previously, so my first words were "Relax. It's most likely a misunderstanding. I'll be there within the hour, and we'll figure out a course of … (12 comments)

home buyers: 15 Miles in 3 Hours? - 01/06/13 08:47 AM
I showed buyers 5 potential homes today, all within a pretty tight radius; we started in Atlantic Beach, and our last house was in Jacksonville Beach.  They are expecting their first child in two months, and have been looking at a variety of homes from $250K and up. 
Two of these houses were very pleasant surprises: one in Jacksonville Beach was newer, tenant occupied (and the CLEANEST tenant occupied home I've ever seen!), had a fabulous back yard, and had the highest price tag.
The last house in Jacksonville Beach was a green, energy efficient home with a solar water heater; … (7 comments)

 
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Carol Zingone

Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

Jacksonville Beach, FL

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