May 2012

Found 6 blog entries for May 2012.

Will Banks Finally Loosen The Purse Strings in 2012?

The research firm Capital Economics are among the growing cadre of economists and industry forecasters that believe that the crisis is coming to an end. They cite one big factor, albeit an obvious one, and that’s loosening credit. 

As economists are prone to do, they blow through the water cooler buzz and head straight for the numbers, so here they are. If you have a credit score of 700, you should be able to qualify for a loan. Sure, this is a higher number than may have been required five years ago, but it’s remained fairly flat over the last two years. 

Phrased another way, the number, at least, is not rising. The Federal Reserve reported that credit score requirements in the fourth quarter of 2011 were about the same in previous two quarters of

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Brio Tuscan Grill at St. Johns Town Center
Brio Tuscan Grill at St. Johns Town Center

Brio is Italian for enthusiastic vigor, vivacity, verve.  With a definition like this, the new Brio Tuscan Grille, now under construction at the St. Johns Town Center, will fit right in to the city's most popular shopping mecca.

Slated for an August opening, the 8,535-square-foot restaurant is situated on the growing perimeter of the St. Johns Town Center between the main shopping area and J. Turner Butler Boulevard. Seasons 52 restaurant was the first to build on the perimeter of the St. Johns Town center, as the Center is literally "busting out" of its original borders. (There's also 5000 Town a new luxury aparment complex that's broken ground in the same area, on Big Island Drive). There will be 120 new

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Homeowners today want their outdoor space to be a extention of their home, and what designers have been offering lately does not dissapoint.  With all the new features such as sliding glass doors that roll away, helps unite the indoor with outdoor spaces.   Outdoor fireplace brings a cozy ambiance as well as comfortable warmth on chilly nights. Judith Sisler of Sisler Johnston Interior Design get's into all the details and trends of outdoor living.  Read her complete review after the break.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 22, 2012) – Outdoor living is one of the most popular trends in home improvement, according to Jacksonville-based Sisler Johnston Interior Design.

“The top trends in home design and renovation are blurring the lines between indoor and

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Don't Know much about credit scoring?

It should not be seen as an embarrassment, or personal shortcoming if you don’t really understand much about credit scores. Few non-financial industry people out there really understand how they’re formulated. There was a survey released by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) that implies we all should really get smarter on the subject. Not knowing the nuts and bolts of the credit score process can cost you money when you’re applying for a mortgage.

The CPA survey showed that there has been an learning curve over the course of the mortgage crisis, and in the past year, the survey showed, more of us understand how bank use credit scores and how they collect the data. But how are the scores calculated? How do they get to that number, exactly?

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Old San Jose on the River Amenities Center - Pool Area
Old San Jose on the River Amenities Center - Pool Area

Old San Jose is becoming the creative focus for some of the city’s best designers and builders . It was a long time coming, but the Old San Jose on the River, the riverfront community on San Jose Boulevard near Jacksonville’s historic San Marco, announces the opening of its luxury amenities center . It’s part of a one-two punch as they unveil their new site plan for single-family homes, which will allow for 26 single-family residences to be built and sold in the community, five of which will be waterfront home sites with private docks.

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Old San Jose Amenities Center - Clubhouse
Old San Jose Amenities Center - Clubhouse

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 10, 2012) – Old San Jose on the River, the

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Homes by Deltona's Barton Creek model at Isles of the World
Homes by Deltona’s Barton Creek model at Isles of the World was honored with a Best Courtyard Feature Award in the 2012 Parade of Homes

Congratulations to Homes by Deltona’s Barton Creek model at Isles of the World who was honored with a Best Feature Award in the 2012 Parade of Homes for its stunning private courtyards. The annual Parade of homes, took place from April 14 to April 22, honors the best in new home construction in Northeast Florida.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (May 1, 2012) – Homes by Deltona’s Barton Creek model at Isles of the World was honored with a Best Feature Award in the 2012 Parade of Homes for its stunning private courtyards.  The annual event, which took place from April 14 to April 22, honors the best in new home construction in

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