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Poms Signature Restaurant

Chef Pom Souvannasoth’s, formerly chef/owner of Pom’s Thai Bistro in San Marco has surfaced in Tapestry Park, the urban style live, dine and play village near the corner of Gate Parkway and Southside boulevard. The “dine” part just got even better.


Jacksonville Rent to Own is on the Rise

Rent to Own on the Rise

A major misunderstanding about the rent to own market is that potential buyers need to go to a lender first.  Not true.

The right realtor will have a relationship with a lender or mortgage company, shepherd the buyer through the credit repair discussion with that lender. The agent can work with their affiliate attorneys and lenders to structure a contract that’s right for the buyer. They’ll have a list of homes for you to consider, so you don’t have to sit on your thumbs waiting for the lender to respond. If the lender gives you the green light, and states that you can qualify in 12 or 24 months, you’ll have already done the preliminary search, before you hit the road with the agent to find the home you want. And, you’re ready to move in.

2012 Parade of Homes by Northeast Florida Builders Association

The annual event, which recognizes the best in new home construction in the Northeast Florida building community, will take place this year April 14-22nd.  Mark your calendars!  We will post more information on what communities will be on the tour as they become available.  

For builders looking to enter this year please visit:

Enjoy the breathtaking views of the St. John's River from the 11th floor of this Mediterranean style condo in San Marco area. Amenities include a state of the art fitness center, tennis courts, clubhouse and pool, billiard room, covered parking, security, business center, and more.  Owner is willing to Rent to Own on this unit, or traditional sale.  For more information on this unit please visit:  1478 Riverplace Unit 1104 Jacksonville, FL 32207 Home For Sale

Update: Sold!

Adjustable Rate Mortgage

Did you hear the one about the mortgage banker option on the new BMW? No rear view mirrors.

Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs) made up 40 percent of mortgages in the midst of the subprime lending spree. Surprisingly ARMs are staging a slow comeback since hitting their bottom of 3 percent in early 2009. New ARM home loans are back up to 10 percent, and Freddie Mac predicts it could reach 14 percent by year’s end.

Books A Million Closing in Mandarin

Though the Books-A-Million store off San Jose in Mandarin is closing, the company is actually trying to expand, by snapping up former Border’s locations since Borders closed its doors in early 2011.

BAM is closing four stores across the U.S., including the Mandarin location. With Borders on its way out, the Alabama-based Books-A-Million is now the second  second-largest bookstore chain in the United States, and it’s closing only a small portion (four of its 232 stores). Ironically, its sales were boosted by BAM offering the Barnes & Noble’s Nook. Since last fall, Books-A-Million has carried Barnes & Noble’s Nook, the sales of which helped its electronic commerce trade segment see a 24.3 percent increase in net sales for the quarter.


How to get out of Jury Duty Duval County

You’re in luck. If you’re called for jury duty to the Duval County Courthouse, there a great parking garage right across the street, and you can't park there. At least not for free..

The city wants to reserve it for paying customers. In an article posted on last week, reporter Timothy Gibbons writes that when “Jacksonville’s new courthouse opens in May, it’s unclear where the several hundred jurors streaming into it each day will park.”

In fact, they’re going to have to re-print all the summons for the jurors to include parking instructions. Maybe it will read, “Park in Goofy or Donald Duck and take the tram.” I doubt it. But this is a minor hiccup. Let’s get to the real question: “How can a person leverage this blunder to get out of jury duty?” That’s what you’re thinking. You know it. I know it. The bailiff knows it, probably the judge knows it too, though he probably is less empathetic.  Continued after the break...

Bloom Realty is Hiring!

The Bloom Realty Team is Hiring!  Seeking Dynamic, Career Driven Full Time Buyer Specialist to join our Team.

Bloom Realty HiringThis is an excellent long term opportunity for a highly motivated and dedicated person to join the Bloom Realty Team in Jacksonville.
You’ll receive great training and support from our amazing support Team.  Buyer leads will be provided.
  • Qualifications and attributes of our next buyer specialist include:
  • Ability and willing to dedicate at least 3 hours, of daily lead generation and client follow up.
  • Great Communication skills are a must!
  • Current real estate license
  • Local knowledge of the Jacksonville Area
  • Outgoing personality; personable and comfortable with meeting new people & networking.
  • Background and experience as an agent with prior success in real estate or sales role

Send us your resume today to <a href=""></a>, and we look forward speaking to you!

Congratulations to Mike and Machelle on their new home in Fort Caroline! Thank you for allowing the Bloom Realty Team to be a part of your home buying experience.  We had a chance to sit down with the happy home owners, as Mike talks about his great experience with Bloom Realty.

Rent to Own Homes Jacksonville

Looking to buy a home in the Jacksonville area, but feel trapped by a couple of negative events in your credit history, or are self-employed; or perhaps have too brief an employment history to qualify with a bank under today's strict guidelines, then check out the possibility of the rent to own purchase process. At Bloom Realty we can help you make your dream of home ownership come true! If you can afford a reasonable down payment, afford the monthly payments, chances are you can easily qualify for our Rent to Own option program.  Search for Rent to Own Homes in our extensive inventory of homes available in the greater Jacksonville Area.


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