Gainesville, FL Real Estate News

By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
Now that I have "officially" been blogging for almost 3 months, I figured it was time to put out a post directly to my clients.  All of you have gotten my monthly "snail mail" I sent out this week and I made a note in the cover letter that said "I am Now a Blogger!".  I am not an expert in blogging....but I am learning, and love it!  I welcome your comments and advise too.  Welcome to my Gainesville Real Estate Blog! I hope those of you who get my monthly "Snail mail" packages are enjoying the little "Items of Value" I send out.  It's my great way to share TONS & TONS of information I receive in the real estate industry.  I love sharing as much as I can - especially with the clients I truly appreciate.  You are a member of my Client Appreciation Program! I love to stay in touch with my ...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
Smart Buyers make the Happiest Homeowners!  Buying a home is one of the largest investments most people make.  Statically, it is one of the top 3 stressful events in anyone's life.  But, don't let that depress you - be excited about your decision to buy a home.  Gather as much information as possible to educate yourself about real estate in Gainesville, and Alachua County.  Knowledge is Power!  I give all my buying clients a pamphlet that is titled "10 Deadly Mistakes buyers make when purchasing a Home".  I want all my clients to avoid these 10 Deadly Mistakes. Here is my advice to anyone beginning their search for a home.  Make a connection with a Realtor that is committed to YOUR needs before, during, and after your home purchase. Use a Buyers' Agent to represent your interests. Shop ...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
We have all been so bombarded with national & local news about the real estate marketbeing down, down, down.   Indeed, it has been a slower than normal market here in Gainesville-Alachua County.  Yet, please know this means a slower market for the "sellers".  It's a great market for the "buyers"!   Why???? Interest Rates are still near record-low levels. The amount of homes for sale in our MLS is twice the amount as last year, so you have more to choose from. (Higher Home Inventory) Our home prices have "adjusted" and "stabilized". More sellers & builders are offering "buyer incentives". So don't miss this "Buyer's Market"!  It's a great time to buy.  The news media is finally reporting that the real estate market is showing an upswing.  A recent article in the Gainesville Sun shows tha...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
Did you GOOGLE real estate in Gainesville?  If you have found this article by searching online for real estate in Gainesville, Florida  - then this post will give you a wider view of "Gainesville".  Located in North Central Florida, Gainesville is the county seat of Alachua County.  There are many other areas surrounding Gainesville that may not turn up in your searches if you search on the word "Gainesville" only.  This is because many physical addresses do not have "Gainesville" as their city mailing name or certain zip code. There is so much more to Gainesville than just the City Limits! Other municipalities full of wonderful communities surround Gainesville. So if a home is located in one of those areas, they don't pop up in a search of Gainesville. Don't limit your research of Gain...
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                Your child has been accepted to college and now you have to decide the best way to provide a place for he or she to live.  When attending the University of Florida in Gainesville there are many possibilities to consider.  They include living on campus in a dormitory setting.  These arrangements are very comfortable and affordable and are located close to most classes.  Basically you will be paying rent to the university.                Another possibility is renting a room in a home or condo near campus or renting an entire condo or home close to campus.  These come in all sizes, ages, conditions, and prices.  Basically you will be paying rent to a private landlord.                  A third possibility is renting an apartment in either a small, medium, or large apartment...
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By Jack Patton, CRS, GRI, E-PRO, Broker
(RE/MAX Professionals, Inc. )
 According to Zillow, the value of single-family homes smaller than 1,200 square feet fell by just 1 percent.  Meanwhile, values of midsize homes between 1,200 and 1,900 square feet fell an average of 3.1 percent, and homes larger than 1,900 square feet declined 2.8 percent.Zillow.com also offers a comparison of 66 metropolitan statistical areas on Zillow.com. These findings are culled from that analysis:The highest-appreciating metropolitan areas (year-over-year):· Grand Junction, Colo. (18.6 percent)· Corvallis, Ore. (11.2 percent)· Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC (9.0 percent)· Eugene-Springfield, Ore. (6.9 percent)· Spokane, Wash. (6.1 percent)· Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, Wash. (5.3 percent)Most-depreciating metropolitan areas (year-over-year):· Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla. (-16.4 pe...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
We have a great art & cultural foundation here in Alachua County.  I wanted to share the autumn schedule so you can mark your calendars.  Every August, I start to get excited about our "Fall Festivals".  I want to remind everyone about these events.  So if you are a visitor, or one of our new homeowners....please check out this web site to learn about the great things to do in Gainesville.   You can view much information at the City of Gainesville Cultural Affairs site.  The events, locations, dates, times, venues and even maps...it's all there!       Our "Fall Festivals" are from September to November.  Gainesville is a vibrant city with an active arts & cultural calendar.   Here is a list and links of the events on tap here in Beautiful Alachua County for our autumn season!    Art in ...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
By now, you've probably heard that Gainesville was voted the #1 place to live in the United States. RE/MAX Professionals is proud to support our vibrant community as we all continue to make Gainesville a great place to call home. The RE/MAX Balloon can come to your location! Here it is at one of our local elementary schools.   Balloon Events - come check out our seven-story hot air balloon at these local community events!  It's free and it's fun!  Come see a real RE/MAX Balloon! September 2nd: Rocky's Firework Show in Newberry October 25th:  CMN Art Auction at the Orthopedic Sports & Medicine Institute on 34th St. (30 ft. cold air balloon) November 10th: The Best Doggone Car Show in Gainesville (at the Springhill Commons Publix on 39th Ave. and I-75)     Helpful Links Children's Miracle...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
Have you ever wondered is there a direct way to get answers to Tax questions related to Real Estate?  Other than hunting the hard way at http://www.irs.gov/ here are some great links that may answer your questions! Since I am a realtor here in Gainesville, I have clients buying and selling real estate in Gainesville that ask questions all the time.  I am hoping this is a great source of info & Tax Tips directly from the IRS! Tax Tips - Real Estate This section contains information on topics such as tax credits, rental income and expenses and the sale of your residence. http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/industries/content/0,,id=98947,00.html Avoiding Problems - Real Estate This section contains important information on recordkeeping and warns you of fraudulent real estate schemes. http...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
Did you know that Gainesville is now rated #1 in the newest edition of the 848 page book by Bert Sperling and Peter Sander? In 2004, Gainesville placed #56 and now in 2007 is proud to be #1 in the Second Edition of CITIES Ranked & Rated. The rankings are based on 10 categories ranging from economy to the arts!  The book is a comprehensive analysis of more than 400 Metropolitan Areas in USA and Canada.  The results are based upon public statistics on the municipalities and of judgements of the authors about physical attractiveness and the ease of living. We have such a diverse community!  It's NOT just "another college town".   Gainesville is a Great Place to Live! Gainesville benefits from a strong concentration of young people,  large medical & professional careers, and now is drawing ...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
 GAINESVILLE IS  A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE!   If you or friends & family are planning a move to Gainesville, FL - I want to be your realtor. I love working with buyers, and will take excellent care of you every step of the way.    I specialize in residential real estate here in the Gainesville area.  You will want a professional buyers agent who knows the real estate market here in Gainesville. There are so many different types of homes & condos in Gainesville and surrounding communities.  Homes can be very urban and yet within 10 minutes you can be on beautiful acreage with Grand Daddy Oaks.   So many different Florida lifestyles here! Our largest employers draw a large variety of clients coming to Gainesville.   Being a College Town, yes we have students coming each year. But, that can be...
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By Jack Patton, CRS, GRI, E-PRO, Broker
(RE/MAX Professionals, Inc. )
"To leave satisfied you must arrive prepared."Consider this your home buyer's toolkit. Open it up, take a look around, and if you like, start equipping yourself with the tools necessary to make your best purchase. In most businesses, knowledge equals power, and real estate is certainly no exception. I hope you enjoy the free reports I've provided, and I hope you learn a little more about what it takes to make your important purchase a great one. Be sure to take time and preview my flash presentation here: " What you need to Know before Buying Your Next Home". The real estate market in Gainesville is certainly volatile, and all of the information about buying a home can be overwhelming. I can help.
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By Jack Patton, CRS, GRI, E-PRO, Broker
(RE/MAX Professionals, Inc. )
 When it's time to sell, you must be confident that every element of negotiating the best terms and the highest price has been set before your home is even listed. Start with the resources I've provided. There is no charge for this information. These will help get you started in terms of assessing your real estate situation and planning for a stress-free and successful sale. Be sure to take time to preview my flash presention: "What Ever Seller Needs to Know Before Selling Their Home". The real estate market in Gainesville is volatile, especially lately, and it takes an experienced professional to move your house quickly, professionally, and profitably. When you've decided to sell, I will be your advocate, your guide, and your fierce negotiator. I will work hard to make yours a great sa...
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By Jack Patton, CRS, GRI, E-PRO, Broker
(RE/MAX Professionals, Inc. )
 The Florida numbers are out.  Florida overall continues to be in a buyer's market with a stale market.  The Gainesville area is no different. We are experiencing about 14 months of inventory and buyers continue to be affected with the tax issue.  The homes that are selling are those of great value, in move in condition, and with great terms. Florida existing home sales: -34% Florida existing condo sales:-28%Florida existing home median price:$237,000Florida existing condo median price:$202,500Florida consumer confidence: 83National existing home sales: -2.1%National existing home median price$223,700National (Freddie Mac) mortgage rate6.63%
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By Jack Patton, CRS, GRI, E-PRO, Broker
(RE/MAX Professionals, Inc. )
Now that the Holidays have passed and we are back to work and the numbers are in, it seems that all the experts have an opinion as to the past years activity and the pending 2007 activity.  According to todays Gainesville Sun:  Sales of existing single-family homes in the Gainesville area plunged 21 percent in 2006, while the median price of homes locally jumped 19 percent - the largest increase in the state.The average price of a home in the Gainesville Metropolitan Statistical Area - which consists of Alachua and Gilchrist counties - rose from $179,200 to $213,200.The dip in home sales locally, agents say, came despite the fact that sales were still riding the crest of the 2004-05 nationwide investment wave through the first seven months of 2006. For the rest of '06, however, sales sl...
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By Jack Patton, CRS, GRI, E-PRO, Broker
(RE/MAX Professionals, Inc. )
Wondering if its worth while to put or keep your home on the market during these holidays?   Well here are some ideas that may help you decide.  Buyers shop for homes all year round, including the holiday season. In fact, I was hoping to coast during this month and just take some time to catch up for the upcoming 2007. Over the years I have found that sellers who put their homes on the market during the holiday season (roughly between November and January) may have an advantage because there are fewer houses on the market so there's less competition. There are several other reasons to consider putting your home on the market during the holidays:A. Many home buyers have extra time off during the holiday season so they have more time to look for their new home. Additionally, in Florida, w...
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By Jack Patton, CRS, GRI, E-PRO, Broker
(RE/MAX Professionals, Inc. )
 Tired of reading boring promotional borchures about our beautiful city, Gainesville.  Now you can experience it by a relaxing video.  Watch & Enjoy! For all your Gainesville area real estate needs, call or email me.  For realtors, I'm happy to work with all your referrals.
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