All Blog Entries by Daniela McCarthy

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1% CASH BACK 

For the months of April,May and June I am running a Special CASH BACK offer: If you use me as your buyer's agent when purchasing a new construction home, I will give you 1% cash back! For example: if the purchase price of the new construction home is $300,000, I will give you $3,000 at closing! Mention this Special when you contact me :)

 

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     Residential real estate had a great year in 2015. Demand was strong and inventory, although dropping, was still enough to sustain the demand. It is expected that 2016 will also be a good year. It maybe a little more favorable for sellers since the affordability index continues to drop and inventory has fallen to 3.4 months.
     In Jacksonville metro area, prices continue to go up during the first month of 2016. The median sale price increased +14.6%. Inventory fell -17.7%.
In Ponte Vedra Beach (zip code 32082) there were 51 homes pending sale and 26 homes sold with prices ranging from $124,000 to $1,650,000. Average sale price was at 94% of the listing price. Average days on the market 102. To see last month’s real estate Market Statistics

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It's not a secret that real estate is extremely seasonal. Most realtors will tell you that winter months a very slow, buyer interest re-appears in January and closings peak during summer months. However, here are a few reasons to give yourself and your family a Christmas gift instead of waiting till spring to buy a home, as presented by Jonathan Smoke, chief economist of realtor.com:

 

Don’t Wait—Beat the Crowds and Buy This Winter

Now that the U.S. has regained its job-creation mojo, as the October employment report showed, the demand for housing is only going to grow.

After all, when people have jobs they can break off and form new households—ditching the roommates behind or finally moving out of Mom and Dad’s

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There's much to be learned from the uber-wealthy and successful!

By Larry Kim, Founder and CTO, WordStream@larrykim  

So, you want to be a billionaire?

Billionaires share similar innate qualities. Now, I obviously can't promise you that elusive status, but we can take away from their willingness to share advice with us a few lessons to help each of us on our way.

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One common and specific trait among our favorite billionaires and their abounding successes is their ability to create an exceptional personal brand. Which billionaire's philosophy most resonates with you?

1.) As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do. -- Andrew Carnegie

2.) Too many companies

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NEW YORK (AP) – July 13, 2015 – Your credit score is an important bit of information that determines a lot about your financial life. But if you wanted to be in the loop, it came with a price tag.

That never seemed fair, but now consumers can increasingly see their FICO score for free – the three-digit number that determines if you'll be approved for a credit card or loan.

Fair Isaac Corp., the company that developed the FICO score, has been working with credit card issuers and lenders to allow them to show customers their FICO score online or on monthly statements. Seeing the score frequently pushes consumers to improve their finances, says Jim Wehmann, a vice president of FICO's scores business.

People with higher FICO scores, which generally

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The Kind of Smart Homes People Actually Want

American’s thirst for smart home technology is growing, with more home owners seeking greater control of their home’s appliances, lighting, and systems. Indeed, more than 70 percent of about 2,000 adults recently surveyed say they wish they could just control something in their home from their mobile device, according to Lowe’s 2014 Smart Home Survey. Just How Smart Is That Home? Homes Are Getting Smarter, More Connected Market a Smart Home Smartly What do they most want to be able to do? The survey showed respondents wanted to be able to adjust the thermostat, turn on the lights, or start the coffee pot before they get out of bed. Besides added convenience, 40 percent of adults surveyed say they believe a

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