Gainesville, FL Real Estate News

By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
The Gainesville area has another feather in its cap today!   A front page article , by Nathan Crabbe, in the Gainesville Sun today provides all the details about Gainesville's latest HONOR. The Smithsonian.com List shows Gainesville, FL as one of fifteen cities where "cultural-attuned retirees" should consider living! For more information on this list, visit the the Smithsonian Magazine.  Those of us here in Gainesville enjoy the various cultural offerings around us.  I think we have a vibrant arts scene that entertains us and draws visitors to our area. So Check out the cultural happenings of Gainesville.   And please consider Gainesville as a great place to retire.  The rest of the list includes: Amherst, MA Ann Arbor, MI Lexington, KY Oakland, CA Ogden, UT Portland, OR Raleigh, NC Ri...
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By Angela St. John, REALTOR Classic , Properties ~ Gainesville, FL Re
(Classic Properties)
To take advantage of the national advertising for Century 21: April OPEN HOUSE month, I held an open on a townhouse I have listed here in Gainesville, FL. Of course the seller of this property asked if I had considered doing an open house and I was way ahead of him as I had been planning this! The property is on a well-traveled, yet quiet road. I was armed with 3 Century 21 open house signs, balloons, candles, plants (for a little staging touch), plenty of copies of the listing sheet, the buyer's one year home warranty plan (through Service Plan of FL) we're offering, AND a local lender was accompanying me to pre-qualify customers on the spot and pass out estimated monthly payment sheets. I even printed out my "Buyer's Guide to Survival PART 1 and PART 2. I was ready to rock. And then, ...
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By Angela St. John, REALTOR Classic , Properties ~ Gainesville, FL Re
(Classic Properties)
Buyers: Please stop by to preview this wonderful Tiffany Townhouse. The location cannot be beat, with close proximity to UF and SFCC and on the bus route!Agents: If you're showing condos/townhomes this weekend, I'd love for you to stop by with your customer to preview this unit! There will be a lender present to provide estimated monthly payment info, as well as info about the exciting AmeriDream down payment assistance program which is a"Dream" to work with and may lower the buyer's cash to close! You don't want to miss this! NO PET RESTRICTIONS, on RTS bus route, home warranty provided, approx. 3 year old roof, swimming pool, about 2.5 miles from UF! Angela Elliott | Century 21 Classic Properties | 352-256-7038 3065 NW 28th CR , Gainesville, FL ON BUS ROUTE, PROP MANAGER SAYS NO PET R...
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By Angela St. John, REALTOR Classic , Properties ~ Gainesville, FL Re
(Classic Properties)
This weekend marks the 39th annual Spring Arts Festival in downtown Gainesville, specifically the NE 1st/Duckpond area of town.Link to Google Map for location of Spring Arts Festival WHEN:Saturday, April 5th, 9 am to 5:30 pm Sunday, April 6th, 1 pm to 5:30 pm Link to Downtown Spring Arts Festival website The link above provides a schedule of events and a list of artists and youth artists.  At the festival you can expect to see entertainment,  ceramics, 3D mixed media, mixed media, glass pieces, fiber, jewelery, sculpture, paintings, photography and more!!Enjoy a nice weekend strolling through historic Gainesville among some of the areas most beautiful and unique homes and spring blooms.  It may just inspire YOU! Angela Elliott is a licensed Florida REALTOR® with Century 21 Classic Prope...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
This week has given me a great dose of Spring fever! Spring Bloomers are everywhere around Gainesville, Florida.   All types and colors of AZALEAS are strutting their stuff and I had to share and brag about my front lawn. The winter frosts and freezes are gone, and my lawn is starting to prove this!! Another of my ANNUAL blooms are my amarilla bulbs that thrive in my front flower beds.  They too are happy as can be and are proud bloomers too! I love Spring!  My landscape is waking up, showing new colors and I love to spend time digging in the dirt and taking care of my plants.  It's my great way to "decompress" and have a mental "get-away" from working, working, working.   So, go get your grubby tennis shoes on and find your garden gloves and go outside and get dirty.  I am better at be...
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By Angela St. John, REALTOR Classic , Properties ~ Gainesville, FL Re
(Classic Properties)
A 1031 Exchange, also referred to as a "Starker Exchange" is a method to defer payment of capital gains on the sale of your investment property.  It involves taking the proceeds from your relinquished investment property and using them to acquire another like-kind property.Some basics you need to know about a 1031 Exchange are:1. The property sold and the property acquired must qualify as a business or investment use (such as selling a duplex for $200k and using your net proceeds to acquire another investment property, such as a quadplex).  You cannot do a 1031 on the sale of your personal (owner occupied) residence.2. You have 45 days to identify property from the sale of your current investment.  This is when you list the properties that you are considering purchasing.  You can ONLY P...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
One of my clients told me about a Great Event this week at the Florida Museum of Natural History.   My son is loves "cool" science stuff and watches several shows on Science Channel so this is right up his "cool stuff" alley.   We plan to attend this event at the Florida Museum of Natural Histoy this Thursday 3/27. It looks like great fun with the University of Florida's  science experts: UF Department of Geologial Sciences. Mark you calendars!  Bring your science kids and ENJOY!!   Fun for all Ages!   Free Admission ! Thanks to Jennifer Gifford and Alison Davis !!   I will see you there! Posted By: Chris Bohn, GRI- ABR-ePro- Gainesville FL Real Estate  RE/MAX Professionals, Inc., is a Florida Realtor® who specializes in Gainesville, FL and communities in Alachua County, FL . To find ou...
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By Angela St. John, REALTOR Classic , Properties ~ Gainesville, FL Re
(Classic Properties)
FHA is a wonderful loan program that is commonly used among first-time homebuyers.  FHA offers financing in the amount of 97%, is not supremely credit score driven, and allows up to 6% seller contributions (on a $100,000 property that amounts to up to $6,000! Seller contributions can be used to pay for your closing costs, pre-paids, and escrows!). FHA can also be coupled with the down payment assistance program called AmeriDream for qualifying buyers, and when working with the right lender and Realtor, you may be coming to the closing table with very little out of pocket (it can be done, you just have to be working with the right people that know HOW to do it!)  For a little more detailed info on the FHA loan program and costs associated with a loan, please visit the Florida Housing adm...
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By Angela St. John, REALTOR Classic , Properties ~ Gainesville, FL Re
(Classic Properties)
We get so wrapped up in our daily lives, that it is easy to forget about the elements in this world outside out immediate bubble.  Sometimes we take a glimpse past this bubble and realize there is a larger picture than our own, and in that moment we think "maybe I'll volunteer at _____" or "Next paycheck, I'll donate a portion to ______."Have you guys heard the commercial where the narrator says that merely thinking about giving is the same as not giving at all?  Well, allowing this thought to strike a cord in you might be enough to encourage you to participate in at least one random (or premeditated!) act of kindness.There are a lot of abused, neglected, homeless and innocent animals that would love to receive some of the kindness you have within you.  If you're not in a position to ad...
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By Angela St. John, REALTOR Classic , Properties ~ Gainesville, FL Re
(Classic Properties)
This probably won't be very difficult for anyone that lives near this restaurant and has seen this.  Now, I might be missing something, but I am pretty sure STYEL is NOT, in fact, a word.  YES, I did google it to see if it were some type of "classy" thing they were trying to do ala the "theatre" type spelling as opposed to theater.My results only confirmed that I think this establishment made a boo-boo.  Not only did the owner overlook this, but the neon sign maker did as well!The first time I saw this I "lol'd" and vowed to take a picture of it next time I saw it.  Without further ado, where is this sign from:       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...
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By Angela St. John, REALTOR Classic , Properties ~ Gainesville, FL Re
(Classic Properties)
Haile Plantation is a beautiful neighborhood in the SW section of Gainesville, FL. It spans in the vein of 1700 acres and has it's own golf course, Golf and Country Club, swimming pools, tennis courts and wonderful shops, restaurants, a fitness center, and other various establishments that are located in the Haile Village Market.Haile Village Center also features a Farmer's Market Saturday Mornings from 8:30-12:00 where you can purchase fresh produce, baked goods, fair trade coffee and gifts (website link below)! My second installment in a continuing series of slideshows I am doing for various areas of Alachua County focuses on Haile Plantation. The first slideshow showcases the Haile Golf and Country Club, golf course and Haile's beautiful streets:    Haile Golf and Country Club websit...
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
  Ummmm, well what I mean is "DA AGONY of DA-FEET".....so say some of my buyers this week!   Their feet are killing them from viewing so many condos! It's Spring Break here for the University of Florida, but that means there are parents here for soon-to-be UF students and we are hunting for condos near UF. I think I have worn out two sets of parents here, and they are amazed at how many condos are for sale at great prices.  So, if they want to see them....we get busy.   I always tell them to dress comfy and wear their comfortable shoes. Here in the Gainesville market, you have different scenarios to consider for your student's housing at UF: New Construction Communities with Community Pools, Gyms, Tennis, and on a Bus Line? Re-Sale Condos in established Communities popular to students....
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By Angela St. John, REALTOR Classic , Properties ~ Gainesville, FL Re
(Classic Properties)
I absolutely LOVE food.  I'm not sure love is even a strong enough word for it, but I immensely enjoy savoring good food and plan my day around this act of mastication.  Pre-career I had time to indulge in cooking at home.  That was a different time in my life and I find myself being exhausted at the end of the day and not wanting to deal with preparing a meal, so I find myself picking up food from restaurants on the way home instead.I have lived here for around 17 years at this point, which is long enough to at least get your feet wet in exploring Gainesville's culinary offerings.  I'm quite fond of "Mom and Pop" operations and less interested in chains, as you will see by my list below.  These are some of my favorite picks in Gainesville:Favorite Sushi place (yes Dragonfly is good too...
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By Angela St. John, REALTOR Classic , Properties ~ Gainesville, FL Re
(Classic Properties)
I receive quite a few inquiries from out of town buyers that are considering moving to the Gainesville area. What is most fascinating is the fact that these buyers hold interest for this area, yet they don't know much about it - much less what the area looks like. Most of these buyer's want to move to Florida and be in an area that has a University, which keeps the town progressive, eclectic and interesting. Others have read something on the internet (or heard on the news) about how Gainesville, FL has been ranked the #1 city in the nation to live for 2007 and want to see what is so great about us anyway! Other than currently having one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state and a relatively stable economy, A-rated schools, great food, and all the big town amenities with a small ...
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By Jeremy Butts, Investor
(Real Estate Entrepreneur)
This past weekend I was attracted to the annual Spring Promenade, which is a fundraiser for the Thomas Center gardens in Gainesville. The center sold tickets to tour six historic houses in the Duck Pond area. After seeing the first home and walking around at a snail's pace due to the crowd, I decided that it would be more fun to simply photograph some of my personal favorites in the neighborhood instead. Here are a few photos from my stroll:          
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
Finally some good news coming from the National Media.   A recent article on CNNMoney.com is very informative with regard to home values across the country.  The main theme in the article is EXCELLENT NEWS! Our current market now is giving homebuyers the best buys they've had since 2004 !! I have been shouting this from my soapbox, website and blog site....and finally the national media is starting to pass along good news to prospective home buyers. The condition of any real estate market is "Localized" and our market here in Gainesville should not be compared with markets in South Florida.   We have much more stability here, and this map shows which areas have been the hardest hit in the country.   It's a great time to be a buyer !   And it's easy to do! First, get yourself a Buyer's A...
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By Jeremy Butts, Investor
(Real Estate Entrepreneur)
How close can you guess: where in Alachua County is this property?I have driven by this property a hundred times and thought to myself, "I wish I had my camera!"  HINT: it is not on the side of some hidden dirt road. I was also amazed to discover that someone actually lives here. Just as well, it probably would have disintegrated if left vacant.  I'd love to see a professional photographer get up close and take some black and white shots. This house seems very floridian, to me. I added a couple more pics of the opposite side of the road.  
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By Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
It's March 1st and for Gainesville, that means the GATORNATIONALS are coming ! Our Gainesville Raceway is the proud home to the SEASON OPENER for the NHRA Racing Season.  March 12th -15th will be a thrill event with 4 days of packed events.  Tickets are on sale now!   And you can't get a hotel room in this area as the race teams will start rolling into town a week before the event begins!  Loyal race fans book their hotel rooms a year in advance! The Gainesville Raceway has a rich heritage of the NHRA. Gainesville Raceway opened in 1969 and held its first Gatornationals event in 1970. The Gainesville Raceway is proud to be known as one of the fastest tracks on the NHRA circuit, it was from this, legendary launch point that drivers clocked the first 260-270- and 300-mph Top Fuel runs. It...
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By Jeremy Butts, Investor
(Real Estate Entrepreneur)
Here, in Gainesville, we aren't spoiled with sunsets. It is flat and there are tall trees that mask the horizon from almost every point. As a result, it is almost necessary to make an effort to see a sunset in all its glory. Luckily, I was visiting my parents' in Keystone Heights, about 45 minutes away, and happened to have my camera when I was witness to this view!
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By Jeremy Butts, Investor
(Real Estate Entrepreneur)
I attended the monthly GATORREIA (GATOR Real Estate Investor's Association) meeting this Wednesday in Gainesville. I estimate approximately 40 people were there in total. It was the second part of a four-part series about buying foreclosures. The speaker of this segment discussed the options available to homeowners in foreclosure. I'm pretty sure he found his material directly from the HUD (US Dept. of Housing and urban Development) and FHA (Federal Housing Administration) websites. There is a lot of good information on these sites, so I've included links here: HUD: Tips for Avoiding Foreclosure FHA: You Can Avoid Foreclosure and Keep Your Home 
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