Gainesville, FL Real Estate News

By Angela St. John, REALTOR Classic , Properties ~ Gainesville, FL Re
(Classic Properties)
If you are out an about for this year's FALL BUILDER PARADE OF HOMES in Gainesville, FL, please be sure to plan on visting Granite Parke, a newer community of elegant homes located off of SW 8th Ave. not far from Haile Plantation. You will delight in touring this tastefully appointed 4 bedroom 3 bath pool home featuring den with built-ins, Brazilian wood flooring, large cook's kitchen, glamour master bath, extensive crown molding, wainscotting, chair rail, surround sound inside and out, hot tub and SO MUCH MORE - all on a large privacy fenced yard. At only $350,000, this home is the lowest priced home in Granite Parke, which continues towards the 600k mark. If you are looking for luxury at an affordable price, you can't miss this new listing. Please make sure to stop by and fall in lov...
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By Angela St. John, REALTOR Classic , Properties ~ Gainesville, FL Re
(Classic Properties)
    If you are out an about for this year's FALL BUILDER PARADE OF HOMES in Gainesville, FL, please be sure to plan on visting Granite Parke, a newer community of elegant homes located off of SW 8th Ave. not far from Haile Plantation.  You will delight in touring this tastefully appointed 4 bedroom 3 bath pool home featuring den with built-ins, Brazilian wood flooring, large cook's kitchen, glamour master bath, extensive crown molding, wainscotting, chair rail, surround sound inside and out, hot tub and SO MUCH MORE - all on a large privacy fenced yard.  At only $350,000, this home is the lowest priced home in Granite Parke, which continues towards the 600k mark.  If you are looking for luxury at an affordable price, you can't miss this new listing.  Please make sure to stop by and fal...
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By Erelopro Out of Business, Relocation Professionals are out of business
(erelopro)
Realtors call: (800) 900-2807 for Exclusive Home Buyer Leads for the Gainesville, Florida area!   Over the last 6 months we have seen a huge increase of people wanting to buy homes in Gainesville. www.eLeadMarketing.com is searching for one qualified realtor in the Cleveland, Ohio area with relocation experience. We have scrubbed, fresh, Free411.com matched Home Buyers that are moving to these area that need a Relocation Specialist assistance. We guarantee a minimum of 75 referrals over 6 months... there is an up front fee but no profit sharing whatsoever. An ideal candidate would have at least some relocation experience. We have scrubbed, fresh, free411.com matched home buyers that are moving in to these area. Many of these families/individuals will need relocation assistance. Please g...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
The rates are falling  !!       The rates are falling !!               The rates are falling !!Ok folks....this is not  "CHICKEN LITTLE"  screaming  that the SKY is falling.....                           it's the home mortgage rates that are falling!  This is REAL !Hopefully, our National press & media will be shouting this from the roof tops. Your local real estate professional will be telling you about this too!  Just pick up the phone and call your local lenders - they are ready to get you pre-qualified and make you feel "confident" about buying a home soon.   It's a BUYERS' MARKET...and with the mortgage rates falling - this should help get the "fence sitters" to become "committed buyers".   We have excellent inventory of homes for sale here in Gainesville and communities all over A...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
Welcome to the Gainesville-Alachua County Real Estate Market Update for August 2008.   The stats for this report are pulled directly from the Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors database.   These statistics are for Residential Sales only and do not include commercial properties or vacant land sales. # of HOMES SOLD in August 2008 is  226. Average # of Days on the Market (for closed sales) is 127 Days. AUG 2008 -2BR 3 BR 4+BR Condo Total #Units Sold    18    104    45    59    226 Avg Sale Price  94,080  179,793  337,414  156,922  198,380 Avg List Price  102,622  190,643  356,690  162,115  209,247 List/Sell/Ratio    91%   94%    94%   96%    95% Median Sale Price  120,000 174,471  288,000  147,300  168,950 Here is a good summary of the "TYPES" of financing of homes sold i...
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By Angela St. John, REALTOR Classic , Properties ~ Gainesville, FL Re
(Classic Properties)
On my Gainesville, FL real estate website, I have a tab for Food and Recreation.  I have done several Gainesville area restaurant profiles and have written an article for my recommended places to eat in Gainesville.  I also comprised a list of places to play golf in Gainesville and golf course communities.  It is high time I transfer my list of State Parks from my website to Localism and Active Rain in an effort to gain more exposure for these places!  Gainesville is a very "green friendly" community and is home to a wealth of trees not commonly thought of when one envisions a "typical" Florida city.  Gainesville more closely resembles what people envision when they think of Georgia or North Carolina, NOT Florida.  And guess what?  We have hills!   Please view my blog index for Gainesvi...
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By Angela St. John, REALTOR Classic , Properties ~ Gainesville, FL Re
(Classic Properties)
Who:  Storm Roberts Show, Bob Rose Show, and The Drive Time Happy Hour with Chip Morris & Mr. PC.   What:  Shands for Kids Radiothon to help support the Children's Miracle Network.  The event is showcased by local Gainesville, FL radio stations KTK 98.5 and The Sky 97.3.  The event is created to raise awareness and funds for the Shands Children Hospital at UF.  You can call in your donation or make a donation directly at the KTK website.   Where:  LIVE from the Atrium at Shands at the University of Florida.  Search for Shands UF on Google Maps.   When:  NOW!  Sept 3rd - Sept 5th         Angela Elliott is a licensed Florida REALTOR® with Century 21 Classic Properties in Gainesville, FL. Please visit my profile for more about me and browse my Gainesville, FL real estate website for additi...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
My Saturday morning paper has a wonderful feature.....it's a page called GATOR GAMEDAY. Yesterday being our season opener and a Home Game was the first "FIX" for my college football addiction.  Yes, I am addicted to college football. GO Gators !!   But, something happened that I don't know if anyone else noticed....... Our Gainesville Sun Sports Writer, Robbie Andreu is known for his game prediction, called Andreu's Pick. Saturday's paper showed his prediction of final score :  Florida 56, Hawaii 10. AND GUESS WHAT ??? Robbie Andreu's pick was the final score ! Does Robbie Andreu have a crystal ball?               Way to go Mr. Andreu !!            
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By Angela St. John, REALTOR Classic , Properties ~ Gainesville, FL Re
(Classic Properties)
If any of you have used AmeriDream or Nehemiah Down Payment Assistance Programs to help your buyers get into a home, you know how excellent the programs are, how easy to use they are and how they can often make or break the difference between your customer being able to purchase a home or not. 10/01/2008 is TOO LATE.  Please take a moment to support H.R. 6694 and fight to save down payment assistance.  In a market like this, we need all the help we can get to assist good qualified buyers into getting into a home.  These down payment assistance programs are TOOLS for your toolbox and not to be abused.  Only qualifying buyers are eligible to use these programs and they are an excellent source for your first time  home buyers. Down payment assistance programs are not just a tool for buyers...
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By Angela St. John, REALTOR Classic , Properties ~ Gainesville, FL Re
(Classic Properties)
HOME INSPECTORS SERVING GAINESVILLE & ALACHUA CO. AREA: Ian Millinoff, Reliance Home Inspection ServicesOffice: 352-378-5808Cell: 352-214-5803E-mail: millinoff@cox.net Josh Hellstrom, Hellstrom Home Inspection ServicePhone: 352-870-0475 John Egal, Egal Home Inspection 352-373-2024 Matt Peck, Housemaster Home InspectionsPhone: 352-373-7864E-mail: matt.peck@housemaster.com Micah HawthornePhone: 352-376-6978Mobile: 352-278-0606 TERMITE INSPECTORS SERVING GAINESVILLE & ALACHUA CO. AREA: Arrow ExterminatorsPhone: 352-373-3642 Orkin352-378-1501 Florida Pest Control352-376-2661 Dunn-Rite Pest Control352-336-6747 APPRAISERS SERVING GAINESVILLE & ALACHUA CO.: Burton Appraisal Company352-371-1919 Edward Bell Appraisals352-375-3937 Owens-Willis Appraisals352-337-2888 Allied Appraisals352-378-6291...
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By Angela St. John, REALTOR Classic , Properties ~ Gainesville, FL Re
(Classic Properties)
  I have mentioned the AmeriDream Downpayment Assistance in previous blogs.  It is an exceptional program that is very similar in concept to the Nehemiah Downpayment Assistance Program.  These programs can often make or break the difference between qualifying buyers being able to purchase a home or not. On October 1, 2008, Down Payment Assistance Programs WILL be eliminated.  40% of FHA based loans use down payment assistance and without it, 50,000 hardworking families will be denied homeownership for that month alone. I have used AmeriDream before and my customers have not defaulted on their loans.  AmeriDream helps qualifying buyers get into a home with little out of pocket expense.  Buyers, if you are on the fence about whether or not to purchase your first home and you believe you ...
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 Calendar of Festivals & Events Gainesville & Vicinity (North Central Florida)JANUARY EVENTSStephen Foster Day at Stephen Foster State Park. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in Gainesville. Great Air Potato Round-up throughout Gainesville & Alachua County. Hoggetowne Medieval Faire.FEBRUARY EVENTSScramble for Kids Golf Tournament at U. of Florida Golf Course. Ocala Draft Horse Show. Olustee Battle Festival and Reenactment in Lake City. Chocolate & Champaign Gala at U. of Florida Reitz Union Ballroom. Gainesville Gator Criterium Bike Race on Downtown streets. Alachua County Youth Fair & Livestock Show at Alachua County Fairgrounds.MARCH EVENTSSpring Garden Festival at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville. Kid's Carnival at the O'Connell Center U. of Florida. Walk...
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Gainesville Florida Area Active Recreation, Parks, and Theme Parks (North Central Florida)Active Recreation, Parks, and Trails (Hiking, Bicycle, and Horse Riding Trails) Alachua County Park System   www.alachuacounty.us  Black Prong Equestrian Center (Horse facilities and trails, Bronson)            http://blackprong.com   Blue Springs Park (High Springs)   www.bluespringspark.com City of Gainesville Park System   www.cityofgainesville.org Devil's Millhopper Geological Site (huge sinkhole with stairway, Gainesville)            www.floridaparks.org/devilsmillhopper  Gainesville - Hawthorne Trail (16 miles, Boulware Springs to Lochloosa to Hawthorne)            www.floridastateparks.org/gainesville-hawthorne  Ginnie Springs Outdoors (Campground & Dive Resort, Santa Fe River, High Springs)...
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Gainesville Florida Area Performing Arts Centers & Theaters (North Central Florida) Acrosstown Repertory Theater (Gainesville)   www.acrosstown.org All Children's Theater (Gainesville)   www.afn.org/~act/ACT.htm Civic Media Center (Gainesville)   www.civicmediacenter.org Dance Alive! (State Touring Company of Florida, Gainesville)   www.dancealive.org Gainesville Ballet Theatre (Gainesville)   www.gainesvilleballettheatre.org    Gainesville Community Playhouse Vam York Theater (Gainesville)   www.gcplayhouse.org High Springs Community Theatre (High Springs)   www.hsct.com Hippodrome State Theater (Gainesville)   http://thehipp.org Priest Theater in High Springs   Santa Fe Community College Planetarium (Gainesville)   www.sfcc.edu/planetarium Santa Fe Community College Playhouse (Gainesv...
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Gainesville Florida Area (North Central Florida) Stadiums, Arenas, and RacetracksAlachua County Fairgrounds (128 acres, Gainesville)   www.alachuacounty.us  and  www.alachuacountyfair.orgAlfred A. McKethan Stadium at Perry Field (Gator Baseball, U of F, Gainesville)            http://www.gatorzone.com/facilities/?venue=mckethan&sport=baseb Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field ("The Swamp") (Gator Football, University of Florida, Gainesville)            http://virtualtour.ufl.edu/campus_sites/stadium.htm Bradford County Fairgrounds (Starke)  www.bradfordcountyfair.orgBronson Motor Speedway (ASA Stock Cars, Bronson) www.bronsonmotorspeedway.com Canterbury Equestrian Showplase (161 acres, Newberry)   www.canterburyshowplace.com Clay County Agricultural Fairgrounds (Green Cove Springs)...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
This weekend I had the pleasure of working with "out of state" buyers.   When buyers can make a trip here, I like to call it their "Pre-Purchase Visit", and I am more than happy to be their tour guide.   I know some Realtors are thinking......."oh boy, what a waste of time.....".   But, in my opinion, it helps people relocating to Gainesville become familiar with our beautiful area, and discover the neighborhoods & subdivisions that they like (or dislike). Gainesville is the county seat for Alachua County here in the Sunshine State.   But again this weekend, my buyers asked "how do you pronounce that????"I always laugh and say, that "that depends on if you are asking about  "Alachua County" or the "City of Alachua".......and they are both S-P-E-L-L-E-D the same.???If you are speaking of...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
Fed Stands Still – Time to Make Your Move The Federal Reserve held the line on Tuesday–leaving the Fed Funds Rate at 2.00% for the third straight meeting. The decision, however, was anything but cut-and-dry. Earlier in the week, the Personal Consumption Expenditure data indicated that inflation climbed 0.8% overall in June, which is the highest inflation jump in 27 years. In addition, the report indicated that inflation now sits at 2.3%–above the Fed's desired range of 1-2%. Although the Fed ultimately left interest rates unchanged, inflation obviously remains a concern and the recent rise may lead to an interest rate hike by the Fed in the near future. What Does This Mean to You? Many experts believe the housing market is nearing the bottom and may even be set to bounce back up. For n...
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Gainesville Florida Area Passive Recreation, Gardens, and Conservation Areas (North Central Florida)Alfred A. Ring Park (20 acres on Hogtown Creek, wildflowers, Gainesville)            www.cityofgainesville.org/no/facilities/aarp.aspx Austin Cary Memorial Forest (Waldo)   www.sfrc.ufl.edu/facilities.html Biven's Arm Nature Park (57 acres of oak hammock,marsh, and trail, Gainesville)            www.cityofgainesville.org/no/facilities/banp.aspx and            www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/guide/regions/north/trails/bivens_arm_trail.htm Boulware Springs (Gainesville)   www.cityofgainesville.org/no/facilities/bsphw.aspx Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum (UF Campus, Gainesville)  www.flmnh.ufl.edu/butterflies/ Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve (Cedar Key)   www.floridastateparks.org/cedarkeys...
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By Mark Cohen
(Eyemark Realty, Inc.)
Gainesville Florida Area (North Central Florida) Golf Courses & Tennis Centers          Golf Courses within 40 miles of Gainesville, FloridaCity of Gainesville Ironwood Golf Course (Gainesville)   www.ironwoodgolf.net  or            www.cityofgainesville.org/ironwoodCity of Ocala Municipal Golf Course 1   www.ocalafl.org City of Ocala Municipal Golf Course 2 (formerly Pine Oaks)   www.ocalafl.orgChiefland & Country Club (Chiefland)  www.thegolfcourses.net/golfcourses/FL/261.htm Country Club of Ocala (Ocala)   http://privategolfocala.com    Gainesville Country Club (Gainesville)  www.gainesvillegolf.cc/sites/courses/view.asp?id=334&page=8312Golden Hills Golf Club (Ocala)   www.goldenhillscc.com Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club   www.goldenocala.com Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club...
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Gainesville Florida Area (North Central Florida) Fishing, Boating, Swimming, and Watersports.Many city and county parks and recreation areas have public swimming pools.  Many Active and Passive Recreation Areas have Rivers, Creeks, Lakes, and Ponds where swimming, fishing, canoeing, boating, and tubing are allowed.  The Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico are short drives away.           http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Gainesville+florida+fishing&btnG=Google+Search          www.purewaterwilderness.com      and      www.originalflorida.org   FRESHWATER (Lakes, Ponds, and Rivers)            The "Lake Region" which includes Earleton, Hampton, Hawthorne, Interlachen, Keystone Heights, Melrose, and Waldo forms a crescent around Gainesville on the east, northeast, and southeast.  There...
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