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Florida State College in Jacksonville - Communications

Florida State College at Jacksonville located in Baymeadows area plans to start three more bachelor's degree programs this year in addition to the seven already in place, extending the reach of the 45-year-old institution into the community. Once the school gains approval from the state, FSCJ will offer bachelor's degrees in business administration, behavioral sciences and converged communications, starting first quarter 2012...
 

William Sheffield Park Jacksonville FL

Construction has begun on phase 1 of William Sheffield Park on New Berlin Road adjacent to New Berlin Elementary.  The park master plan was released in 2006 but ground has just been broke on this ambitious project that will eventually have tennis, soccer, baseball, football as well as an indoor swimming pool. There are also two ponds that will have fishing and canoing. This will give the Northside a world class park.

9 new townhomes are still available from Ryland in the Villages of Northwoods townhomes located across the street from the new park. There are also several resale homes available in this community as well. Prices range from $106,000 to $151,000 for the model home. Ryland expects all construction to be complete in this 160 unit community by early next year. The location is great with the Elementary School and this new park within walking distance.

Fun Facts Elvis Florida Theatre

Elvis Presley put on several shows on August 10 and 11, 1956 at the Florida Theatre, but not without ruffling some feathers. Juvenile Court Judge Marion Gooding warned Elvis after his first show that he must “tone down” his act. Elvis told reporters “I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong”.  He modified his show nonetheless, wiggling his little finger suggestively with a gesture that replaced some of his less restrained body movements, but still driving the largely female teenage audience wild.  It is said that Judge Marion Gooding sat next to the stage throughout the remainder of Elvis’  performances to ensure that the King’s body movements would not become too “suggestive.” 

First Time Home Buyers on the Fence

Heed the words of one of our most notable U.S. Presidents, Franklin Delano Roosevelt: "The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself." There's the low prices, low interest rates, and you're a qualified 25-40 year old professional making $60K – $90K.  You and your significant other are renting a   townhome for $1200 a month, and you don't plan on moving soon. 

The stars are aligned, and there's only one thing preventing you from buying a house: Fear. "It's a big investment." Well so is the $1200 month rent. The difference is that the return on your $1200 per month is $0.00.
 



This Beautiful 5BR/3BA home is located in Wynnfield lakes Circle conveniently located off Kernan Blvd.  Watch this short video of this home.  For more information and detailed information please visit: 12222 Wynnfield Lakes Circle, Jacksonville FL Home For Sale

kt pizza jacksonville fl

For great pizza you don't need to fly to New York. We have a great pizza place right here in North Jacksonville called KT's Pizza They have great New York style pizza right here in North Jacksonville. In my travels across the world I've consumed tons of pizza but nothing compares to KT's. Along with great pizza they also offer many other wonderful Italian dishes, the Chicken Parmigiana is my personal favorite.

Also, don't miss happy hour Monday-Thursday from 2pm-7pm offering $1 Draft Bud & Bud Light or $2 Wine Inglenook Chablis

See you there!

 

Jacksonville Home Sellers

There's a common thread that runs through my discussions with my new clients who were previously unsuccessful in selling their homes. It's a touchy subject, those 300 days on the market, and what may have gone wrong. I start with the question, "What should we NOT do this time." It might be more palatable, and the few simple solutions can flow from that goodwill.  "What I need to do" is yet another pressure point for an already pressured home seller. Let's say, "I won't do X," this time.  It sounds easier already, doesn't it.  More after the break..
 
Send me your tired, your poor, your snails. The Florida Department of Agriculture wants to slow the population growth of the Giant African Land Snail, so they're putting out a call for homeowners to kill the sluggish beasts. I'm only writing this blog because I've never used the words "slow" and "snail" non-metaphorically in the same sentence, so I thought I should jump on it.  
 
I know what you're thinking. At the better restaurants you frequent, they're about $10 for the appetizer, and you only get six of them. More that 23,000 snails have been collected from nine areas in Miami-Dade County (quick calculation: 3,833 orders at $10 each. You do the math).   more after the break.
 
This brings to mind Robert F. Kennedy's famous quote: "There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?"
 
Q: Why does the seller rent their home?  
A: They don't know any better.  
 
Q: Why doesn't the seller use a Lease Option or Purchase? 
A: They don't know any better. 
 
It pains me to say it. Here's another bit of news that proves the point that the percentage of realtors offering the "why not," creative approaches to selling real estate is very, very small.  As of mid-2011, the Census Bureau cited a net increase of 1.4 million households that moved into rental housing –  4 percent more than the same period last year.  
 
So apartment rentals are going from dead "flat" to rising. Does this make sense with so many options for the "accidental landlord," i.e., they couldn't offload the property fast enough, so they're stuck?  The "accidental tenant" comes along with lots of income, albeit sporadically earned, or a credit score ding that's well on its way to healing, but hasn't disappeared fully enough for the bank to overlook it. I yearn for that day when we get the headline, "Rising Demand for Lease Options."
 
 

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