Gainesville, FL Real Estate News

By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
Features That Date Your HomeThere’s a fine line between “vintage” and “dated” when it comes to home features. Buyers tend to be willing to pay more for a contemporary-looking property. But how do you determine whether to invest in an update? Here are a few features it’s pretty safe to say are long past their expiration date.1. Popcorn ceilingsAlso known as acoustic, or cottage cheese ceilings, they were styled using a popular spray-on ceiling finish for decades. Fortunately, the finish is easy enough to remove using a variety of DIY methods.2. Tiled countertopsEven if they’re not from the 40s or 50s, once you’ve wasted time scrubbing grout clean, you’ll understand why these should go. Changing your countertops to a current feature such as granite, quartz, or solid surface can make a exc...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
Gainesville Florida Real Estate Market Report for Single Family Homes Sold in November 2015.  Here you will find the recent three-month statistics for Gainesville Florida single family homes real estate market September, October and November 2015.  Gainesville’s real estate market is in our fall season. Football time!The chart below shows Gainesville’s NEW LISTINGS, PENDING SALES, and the CLOSED SALES for the last 3 Months.   New Listings are down with 185 for November.  Our PENDING contracts are stable for the current fall market. Closed Sales are up with 239 closing for November.The Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors® provides their statistics to the Florida Realtors® each month and they compile statewide data that allows them to compile these reports. Let’s look at st...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
Gainesville Florida real estate market report for Condominiums SOLD in NOVEMBER 2015.These stats for the Gainesville condominium market are compiled from our local MLS and Florida Realtors Research Department. Our November 2015 stats shows a normal slow in our Gainesville condo market for winter season, although not much winter weather here. The pending sales are down, and new listings are stable for the slow season. Closed sales are down a bit from last month.This chart below shows the stats for September, October and November 2015. New Active Listings,  Pending Sales, and Closed Sales are displays for comparison. This data is compiled from the Gainesville Multiple Listing Service & Florida Realtors® research and statistical reports. Each month we compile these posts, we plan to publis...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
6 Things to Ponder if You’re Thinking DIY Home ImprovementsThe Do-It-Yourself Dilemma. Should you call a pro, or try to do the work yourself? Home-improvements?  Upgrades to your home?  There are so many options and potential projects.  After all, it looks so simple on TV and the Internet, Right?Here some good things to think about:1. Time is money.Doing the labor yourself will undoubtedly be less expensive than the labor costs for a professional, but don’t forget to factor in the value of your precious time.2. Can you spare the space?Some projects, like plumbing or flooring, may take entire rooms out of commission for the duration of the work. For example, if you’re re-tiling your bathroom, life’s certainly easier if you have another to use during the project. If not, hiring a pro who ...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
9 Tips For Compromising During Your Home SearchEveryone has their own unique vision of their dream home, which is why finding the “perfect” Gainesville house for both you and your spouse can be difficult. Here are a few suggestions to help you work together to find a place that makes everyone happy.1. Have a Board Meeting and Make Your Wish Lists.Each person should sit down and make a list of the top ten or so features he or she wants in the next home. Compare your lists and come up with features that are “Must haves” and “Maybe’s”.2. Want or need?Categorize each item on your list as a “want,” such as a magnificent view from the back deck, or a “need,” such as a home with a ranch layout to accommodate your achy knees.  Flat level or stairs? Spilt bedroom plan?  Screened Patio?   Discuss...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
City of Gainesville has developed a free app called 311GNVThe City of Gainesville is at your service! With the power of the 311GNV mobile app in the palm of your hand, you will be able to easily and quickly submit requests for assistance with city issues, such as report a pothole, let them know about overgrown lots, and report damaged or missing street signs. You can even report graffiti.  It’s a FREE app and easy!  Just click a photo to submit with the GPS location and this notifies the City of Gainesville. All reports will be routed to the appropriate City department to be addressed in a timely manner and you will receive notice when the work is complete.Thanks to 311GNV, it’s easier than ever to have Gainesville at your service. Download and start using this free app today and thank ...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
WILDS PLANTATION Neighborhoods in Gainesville FLWhy Do People Live here?WILDS PLANTATION and THE ESTATES OF WILDS PLANTATION are two beautiful neighborhoods of single family homes that is conveniently located in Southwest Gainesville. Wilds Plantation is now complete, and the new section is now under construction and has been named The Estates of Wilds Plantation and there will be 5 different luxury home builders and it is expected there will be an additional 80 homes being built there. The entrance to Wilds Plantation is located on SW 24th Avenue at SW 103rd Street. This community has easy access to several shopping areas such as Tioga Town Center, Haile Market Square, Haile Village Center, Tower Square, or Newberry Square.What’s the Neighborhood Like?The homes for sale in the Wilds Pl...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
FLETCHERS MILL Neighborhood in Gainesville FLWhy Do People Live here?FLETCHERS MILL  is a beautiful neighborhood of single family homes that is conveniently located in northwest Gainesville. The entrance to Fletchers Mill is located on West Newberry Road at NW 115th Street. This community has easy access to several shopping areas such as Tioga Town Center, Canterbury Publix in Jonesville, and Newberry Square at I-75/Tower Road.  You won’t be far from the West End Golf Course or Santa Fe College!What’s the Neighborhood Like?The homes for sale in the Fletchers Mill community are going to range between 1,300 and 3,000 square feet with a different variety of floor plans, and most are a minimum of 3 bedrooms with 2 baths and 2-Car Garage. The lot sizes can vary as there are many cul-de-sac s...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
Gainesville Florida Real Estate Market Report for Single Family Homes Sold in October 2015.  Here you will find the recent three-month statistics for Gainesville Florida single family homes real estate market August, September and October 2015.  Gainesville’s real estate market is in our fall season. Football time!The chart below shows Gainesville’s NEW LISTINGS, PENDING SALES, and the CLOSED SALES for the last 3 Months.   New Listings are steady at 282 for October compared to last month.  Our PENDING contracts are stable for the current fall market. Closed Sales are down for October and this is slow.The Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors® provides their statistics to the Florida Realtors® each month and they compile statewide data that allows them to compile these repor...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
Gainesville Florida real estate market report for Condominiums SOLD in October 2015.These stats for the Gainesville condominium market are compiled from our local MLS and Florida Realtors Research Department. The October 2015 stats shows a normal slow in our Gainesville condo market for fall season. The pending sales are down, and new listings are stable for the second month of our fall season. Closed sales are up a bit from last month.This chart below shows the stats for August, September and October 2015. New Active Listings,  Pending Sales, and Closed Sales are displays for comparison. This data is compiled from the Gainesville Multiple Listing Service & Florida Realtors® research and statistical reports. Each month we compile these posts, we plan to publish these monthly reports aft...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
CAPRI Neighborhood in Gainesville FLWhy Do People Live here?CAPRI is a beautiful neighborhood of single family homes that is conveniently located in northwest Gainesville. The entrance to CAPRI is located on NW 34th Street at NW 44th Place. This community has easy access to several shopping area such as Hunters Crossing, Millhopper area, and Walmart on NW 34th.  The YMCA is just north of the Capri neighborhood too.What’s the Neighborhood Like?The homes for sale in the CAPRI community are going to range between 1,300 and 2,800 square feet with a different variety of floor plans, and most are a minimum of 3 bedrooms with 2 baths and 2-Car Garage. The lot sizes can vary as there are many cul-de-sac streets throughout the neighborhood. The CAPRI community has a large community center and th...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
Real Estate Consumers & Agent Safety InformationSafety is a concern everywhere nowadays, even here in Gainesville-Alachua County area.  If you are a home buyer and have a called a Realtor to see a home, the agent may have asked you a few questions that you think are unusual.  It may be about safety issues.  You may not know, but throughout our country, there have been real estate agents that have be assaulted and injured while showing a home to strangers.So take a quick minute and watch this Realtor Safety Program video about Realtor and Consumer Safety. Showing Homes to Buyers Seller puts their home on the market Showing Vacant Homes Open Houses Meeting Strangers? In this video, consumers learn about the potential safety protocols they may encounter when working with a REALTOR®.Origina...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
Happy New Home Day to the Powell Family!Hooray to The Powell Family on the closing of their home purchase in the Longleaf neighborhood last week. The best reward for our Gainesville Real Estate business is to have very happy buyers!We had fun home-hunting too. Yes, we saw a few ugly frogs, but found a beautiful home in Longleaf.  They are looking forward to enjoying the community pool and clubhouse. It’s great when a plan comes together and everything worked out well on their home purchase.Thanks to Leslie Remy at FBC Home Loans for wonderful service to the Powell family on their VA Loan process too!Thanks Nina & Mike for trusting me to be YOUR Realtor® in Gainesville!Happy Buyers are the foundation of our business!********If you are needing a BUYERS AGENT in Gainesville FL, please give...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
The Oakmont Community in Gainesville FLWhy Do People Live here?OAKMONT is a new planned community of single family homes that is conveniently located in southwest Gainesville.  The entrance to Oakmont is located on SW 24th Avenue at SW 117th Street. There are six custom luxury builders that are participating in the development of this community.  Each builder has a model center that is open daily.What’s the Oakmont Neighborhood Like?NEW HOMES, Luxury Custom Built Homes, and Builder Model Centers are OPEN.  The initial phase of Oakmont is being developed by luxury custom home builders that include ICI Homes, Tommy Waters, Barry Bullard, Arthur Rutenberg, Jeffrey Wilde, and Tommy Williams.  All homes are custom built and a large variety of floor plans & styles are available.  Make sure to...
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By Angela St. John, REALTOR Classic , Properties ~ Gainesville, FL Re
(Classic Properties)
I received a recommendation letter from one of my listing customers for a home I sold in Gainesville, FL several months ago in the Capri subdivision in NW Gainesville.When selecting a Realtor, ask them if they have any recommendations in writing from previous customers.  This will give you an indication of character to supplement what the Realtor is telling you they can do for you to market your property.  How available will your Realtor be to communicate with you once they have taken your listing?  References may also be requested of Realtors when working with a buyer.Note: The letter below contains my maiden name.  I have redacted the seller's names for privacy but do have a copy of their signed letter for face-to-face listing presentations.  I am writing to comment on the level of se...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
Are you looking for a nice family event for Halloween in Gainesville?  Here’s a great thing to do for Halloween this year at the North Central Florida YMCA.Come treat yourself at the YMCA for a scary good time at our annual Halloween trunk or treat!This is a free event so bring all the little monsters you can!  PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST CARNIVAL GAMES COSTUME CONTEST HAUNTED HOUSE FACE PAINTING TONS OF CANDY  Date: Frightday, October 30thTime: 6:00pm – 9:00pmLocation: 5201 NW 34th BlvdYour North Central Florida YMCA does not exist without support and contributions from our community. To make a contribution to this important community resource that will impact thousands of your friends and neighbors please click “Make a Donation“. **Originally posted in GainesvilleRealEstateTalk
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
6 Things to Know When Purchasing Income Properties in Gainesville FLPurchasing an income property is a big decision. In some cases it can be a great investment in the Gainesville area because of the professional turnover and the University of Florida student base. But with any investment, there are risks involved. Here are some things to be aware of:1. You won’t get rich quick.Income property is not a get-rich-quick plan. The real estate market can be unpredictable, so make sure you have realistic expectations about the potential return on your investment. It’s all about income VS expense. Even if TV shows make flipping property look easy and quick…just beware that it is your money. Plan wisely.2. Income properties cost money.As a landlord, you will likely need to pay for maintenance, t...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
The Arbor Greens Community in Gainesville FLWhy Do People Live here?ARBOR GREENS is a beautiful neighborhood of single family homes that is conveniently located in northwest Gainesville in the Jonesville area.  The entrance to Arbor Greens is located on Newberry Road at NW 122nd Street (across from Jockey Club).  The Arbor Greens community is a great location with easy access to shopping at Tioga Town Center and Steeplechase Publix Center.What’s the Neighborhood Like?There are two phases of Arbor Greens.  The original phase was developed by luxury home builders that include Tommy Waters, Barry Bullard, Arthur Rutenberg, and Jeffrey Wilde.  All homes were custom built and a large variety of floor plans & styles are available in resale homes.  The new phase of Arbor Greens is now under de...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
How much will owning a home cost you?Once you’ve had your closing when you purchased your home, the biggest outlay of funds is complete.  Whew, you paid for your downpayment and closing costs, and you know how much your monthly mortgage payment will be too.  You’ve budgeted & planned for other monthly expenses, but you will have other expenses when “owning” your home. Home maintenance costs should be in your budget too! The average American can spend $1,126 a month on utilities and insurance. As an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®), I can help you calculate those fees before you buy a home so that owning a home won’t break your budget. I look forward to working with you!Here is a great article and great info graphic and explanation for you to review!Here’s Why It Costs $1,126 A M...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
Millhopper Station Communities in Gainesville FLWhy Do People Live here?MILLHOPPER STATION is a beautiful neighborhood of single family homes that is conveniently located in northwest Gainesville.  There are two entrances to Millhopper Station on NW 43rd Street, just north of Millhopper Road at NS 62nd Avenue and then NW 65th Avenue. The nearest shopping is at the Hunters Crossing area just south at Millhopper Road & NW 43rd Street.What’s the Neighborhood Like?The homes for sale in the Millhopper Station community are going to range between 1,300 and 3,000 square feet with a different variety of floor plans, and lot sizes can vary in each phase. There are different named areas within Millhopper Station.  Those names are Grand Central, Montclaire, Union Square, and Victoria Square. This ...
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