Thursday, April 12, 2018

New Listing Timuquana

4358 Timuquana Road # 172

Wonderful townhome style Ortega condo convenient to everything, yet quiet. Enter into large dining area with tongue & groove ceiling. Kitchen is tiled with newer range, microwave, refrigerator & disposal. Walk-in pantry with laundry hookups. Kitchen opens to living area with peaceful view. Relaxing patio has view of courtyard with wonderful trees and flowers. Close to community pool & clubhouse. Powder room downstairs. Two large bedrooms upstairs with generous closets. Updated bathroom with tile, tub, extra cabinets. New HVAC, and very well-maintained unit. Wonderful value for size and location. Walking distance to shops, parks, Timuquana Country Club. Condo fees include water & sewer.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Marathon High

Long Post about Marathon High......
Four years ago my work and home life had reached a good, stable place, but I still did not feel complete. I needed a bigger reason to jump out of bed every day and be the best I could be. I wanted to help others, but I was not sure how.
I saw something about Marathon High, and training teenagers to run a half marathon from scratch, and I was intrigued. I asked if they would accept a small sponsorship from me, and they were so grateful and excited for me to partner with them.
I got my first Marathon High shirt, and I attended an All School Run at Lee HS, which was simply AMAZING. All these every day teens running together with their coaches encouraging each other and giving high fives. These were not decorated track stars, but they were superstars, every single one of them.
They were brave, strong, dedicated, tenacious teens. Nothing like the stereotypes we see of teens in the media today. This group had so much diversity, but they had running and supporting each other in common. This was exactly the welcoming community I myself had experienced when I became a runner about ten years before.........and we all know running changed my life.
I begged to be a coach the following season and was so excited to coach at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. I absolutely loved mentoring, training, and pushing these amazing teens. Over the last three years my other amazing DA coaches and I have shaped a fun, challenging and fantastic MH Program for our students. I know that we have all grown as runners and people, and our students have grown in ways we never knew was possible. We have also had a group of parents who have started to walk or run from time to time, as they watch their teens become more active.
For the past three years, Marathon High has changed my life for the better. These are the runs I most look forward to every week, and friends I know I will have for life. I am crazy, goofy, nerdy and strange, but Marathon High accepts me with all my jagged edges. My teens teach me new things about life and myself every week.
Marathon High makes me always try to do the right thing in business and my personal life. I make a ton of mistakes, but I try to give praise and thanks when it is due, apologize when i am wrong, reach out to encourage someone who is struggling, and always give more when I can, because there is always someone who has less than I do.
We just finished this season with the run 13.1 around Springfield and Evergreen, and it was just as great as expected. It felt like the whole race was Marathon High students and supporters. We started with a really fun group and stuck to our 3 and 30 plan. The two guys were feeling great, so they went on ahead with my dear friend and fellow coach Tara Vanderperren Showalter.
Jordan wanted to drop back, but no way was I going to leave her..........we ran every step together and she never gave up. We got to run with students and coaches from other schools. We high fived every single person we saw to encourage them. There was a guy who was giving a high five even to every volunteer as he ran along. We picked up various groups of students as we ran. We talked, laughed and pushed hard until the very end.
As we saw the finish line, we sprinted and my sweet Jordan tried to outkick me, but we crossed together, greeted by parents and other students from our group. We all celebratad with hugs and high fives. You know Carrie Ann Whitsell I sure love you and your sweet young adult!!
We waited and cheered for each group as they came in. We saw a prom proposal, lots of high fives, lots of tears and smiles, and a few people limping.
Our last girl Erin, never gave up, and I ran her in. She loves running, but she doubts herself, and struggles with asthma. But she has finished the last two 13.1 races, and she will always have running, as she graduates this year and moves on to college!
Life is hard and full of challenges, ups and downs, but if you can run 13.1 in the heat, the cold, the rain, and amidst all the other obstacles life puts in your way.............really you can do ANYTHING! Thank you Deborah Dunhamfor having the vision of Marathon High, and for these last three amazing years!!!
Now it's time to think about Season 8 Jackie Horner Culver!!!
But first...............I have to run across Tennessee.................for Marathon High, in July! Stay tuned for my upcoming fundraiser...........Regina Runs Tennesee for Teens!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

New Listing 10920 Steeding Horse Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32257

Just Listed
10920 Steeding Horse Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32257
Pristine one owner lakefront home with screened lanai, new flooring & freshly painted just for you! Open floorplan with generous great room, brick wood burning fireplace, vaulted ceilings. Lrg kitchen w/oak cabinets, barely used appliances,breakfast bar pass through. Separate dining rm with lake view, could also be used as office or playroom. Large master with walk-in closet, lrg bath w/tub. Good sized secondary bedrooms fit any furniture. Oversized screened lanai with beautiful, relaxing water view. Recent updates include: new dishwasher(2017), garage door (2016), HVAC (2017), re-piped into CPVC, flooring (2018), interior paint (2018). Transferable Bugout termite bond. Well-maintained and lightly lived in. Wonderful established Mandarin neighborhood convenient to everything.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Thinking of selling your home on your own? Here are 11 reasons why you should use a Realtor.

11 Reasons Why FSBO Sellers Should Hire a Real Estate Agent

While selling your home by yourself, without getting a seller’s agent involved, may seem like a great way to save money on a commission fee, the fact is that most potential FSBO sellers end up regretting the decision. If you’re considering going FSBO, or you’re already listing your home that way and things aren’t exactly working out as planned, then keep reading. Using recent National Association of Realtors statistics, here are a few reasons you may want to reconsider.

1) FSBO Market Share is Shrinking

According to the most current data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), FSBO sales accounted for only 9% of all home sales in 2013*(CLICK TO TWEET). Not too impressive, is it? Well, it gets even worse when you take into account that FSBO sales seem to have been steadily declining over the past decade from a 2004 peak of just 14%*.

2) The Price Isn’t Right

While “location, location, location” might be the home buyer’s mantra, as a home seller, that’s one variable you really can’t change. Instead, the key factor to selling your home in a reasonable amount of time is pricing it correctly, which isn’t nearly as easy to do as you might think. Sure, you can go online and see what nearby homes have sold for, but are you really comparing apples to apples here? An experienced Realtor will be able to perform a detailed market analysis which not only takes into account your home’s condition and any improvements you might have made, but can generate an up-to-the-minute temperature reading of just how hot (or not) your local market really is.

3) Yard Signs and Newspaper Ads Just Won’t Cut It

Believe it or not, many FSBO home sellers still believe that all they have to do is throw up a “For Sale” sign in the yard and the world will beat a path to their doors. Sorry, but today’s tech-savvy buyers (See reason #4) prefer to house-hunt in more methodical ways than simply driving around the neighborhood. And yet, according to the NAR, this is still the top FSBO marketing method, as 36% of would-be sellers rely on yard signs*. The key word here is “would-be”, since only 10% of all buyers actually find their homes via yard signs**(CLICK TO TWEET). Statistics are even more dismal for sellers who choose print media, since only 1% of buyers find homes through newspaper ads.

4) Craigslist Can Be Creepy

Okay, so you’re internet-savvy, you know all about Craigslist and similar online, free classified listings. That’s fantastic, since NAR’s 2014 housing market profile shows that 92% of all home buyers use the internet to help them in their search***(CLICK TO TWEET). But (and it’s a really big but) – these online classifieds are also seen as a happy hunting grounds for scammers, criminals, and dangerous people you really do NOT want to be admitting to your home. Realtors don’t have to resort to dubious bargain-basement listings, but can instead list your home on highly-qualified sites such as Zillow or (See reason #6 for more on what resources Realtors have available.)

5) Your FB Friends Just Aren’t In the Market

Marketing via social media, what could be more up-to-the-minute? Sure, you may have hundreds of Facebook friends and Twitter followers, so that’s a potentially sizable audience if you decide to advertise your home that way. Think about it, though – how many of them actually live in your area? And of these, how many are actually looking for a new home? If you do manage to sell your home that way, you’ll be one of the lucky few.

6) Realtors Have All the Right Tools

91% of all Realtors make use of social media sites as a marketing tool**** (CLICK TO TWEET). Just about everyone browsing their page is interested in buying a home in the local area. What’s more, Realtors are actively engaged in driving traffic to their own websites and they also have the capacity to list homes on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). In order to list a home on the MLS, an FSBO seller will have to pay an outside agency several hundred dollars, as well as having to cover the cost of the buyer’s agent fee. At present, NAR data shows that only 7% of FSBO homes are listed on an MLS website*(CLICK TO TWEET).

7) They Can’t Buy It If They Can’t See It

One thing you might not be taking into account as a potential DIY home seller is just how available you’ll need to be in order to show your home. Are you really going to be able to call in sick or cancel your plans every time someone wants to look at your home? Potential buyers aren’t going to want to work around your convenience. A professional Realtor, however, doesn’t need to take a day off work in order to show your home, since this IS his/her job.

8) You Don’t Want To Waste Your Time With Bargain Hunters

If you’re acting as your own sales agent, how do you decide who’s a legitimate buyer and who’s just going to be wasting your time? Seller’s agents have the necessary tools to determine whether a buyer is pre-qualified with a home loan sufficient to cover the cost of your listing. What’s more, FSBO homes are more likely to appeal to the type of buyer who’s out for a rock-bottom bargain-basement deal and may even go so far as to want you to give them a cut of the commission you’re saving by foregoing a Realtor’s services.

9) You’re Drowning in Paperwork

In case you’re not already getting the picture, selling a home is pretty hard work! Not only do you have to find and vet potential buyers, but once you’ve found that buyer, then the real headaches begin. Every detail must be attended to in order to make the sale go through…and what’s more, if you neglect something crucial like a mandatory disclosure or inspection report, you may find yourself facing not just the loss of the sale, but also potentially serious legal repercussions. There is some paperwork to go through even if you work with an agent, but that’s still a lot easier than doing it all yourself.

10) Hiring a Selling Agent Needn’t Cost You a Penny

What? How can this be? Don’t all seller’s agents work on commission? Well, yes, they do. But real estate agents themselves bear many of the costs you might otherwise have to pick up, like marketing your home and screening buyers. A savvy sales agent can also build the cost of his/her commission right into your home’s asking price, so you won’t feel a thing. Check out this UpNest case study to learn more about how our free service can save you money and all the hassle that comes with FSBO by matching you with a top, local agent. Here are some tips on choosing an agent.

11) In Fact, You Might Even Make Money With A Realtor

And the survey says…bottom line, the average FSBO home last year sold for $208,700 while the average agent-assisted home sale was $235,000***(CLICK TO TWEET). This means that an agent-assisted home sale can net you an 11% larger profit. Assuming you paid a 5% agent commission on a $235,000 home, or $11,750, you would still come out $14,550 ahead! Looks like a win for everybody.
If you’re willing to put up with all the headaches of listing, selling, and closing on a home, and you don’t mind settling for what may well be a lower price, then an FSBO sale may be for you. If, on the other hand, this all sounds like too much work for too little payoff, you’re in good company. It seems that, according to a Massachusetts Real Estate News article,  over 80% of all FSBO sellers eventually wind up choosing to sell their homes by using an agent instead (and this number applies nationwide, not just in Massachusetts).

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Thinking about selling your home? Curb appeal is a buyers 1st impression of your home.

Thinking about selling your home?  Curb appeal is a potential buyers 1st impression of your home.  Make sure it is clean and inviting.  Here are a few curb appeal tips from Better Homes and Gardens.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Thinking of selling your home, here are a few maintenance tips to keep in mind.

To prevent minor issues from escalating into full-blown, money-sucking, sale-killing problems, focus on these six important areas you can’t afford to neglect.

1. Keep up the yard and walkways

Whether you're still living at the home or not, you'll want to make sure to keep your landscaping tidy—remove dead tree limbs, rake leaves, and clean out flowerbeds.
If your home is already vacant, have someone tend to the yard regularly so that grass and weeds don’t detract from your home’s appearance, suggests Kyle Hiscock, a Realtor® with Re/Max Reality Group in Rochester, NY.
“If your home does not have a well-maintained exterior, (potential buyers) will keep driving,” he cautions. “Plus, this kind of neglect can be a bull's-eye for vandals to break into your property.”
Consider having lights on timers so the house doesn’t look dark all the time, and arrange for driveways and walkways to be plowed weekly in the winter months. And don't let mail pile up in the mailbox.

2. Clean the gutters and check the roof

This one's easy to forget about, even when you don't plan on going anywhere. But when it comes to gutter and roof issues, neglect can cause a dangerous domino effect.
Overflowing gutters can damage your foundation, and also lead to drainage issues. And, of course, you don’t want buyers seeing puddling water as they approach your house.
Just ask Alise Roberts, owner/broker at Alise Roberts & Company in Bellevue, WA. In the rainy Pacific Northwest climate, she frequently has to remind her clients to keep sidewalks clear of moss and clean gutters of pine needles and leaves.
"Buyers, seeing the house when it’s raining, will also see your gutters overflowing," she says. "That’s a terrible first impression.”
And then there's the roof. Of course, it'll be examined during the home inspection, but it would behoove you to do it before putting your home on the market. Small roof cracks can remain undetected for years, causing water to slowly infiltrate your home and damage ceilings and walls.
“If water starts to penetrate a property, it can be a very difficult sale," Hiscock notes. "Water in basements or in homes is one of the top three things buyers are scared of.”

3. Service your heating systems

It’s not sexy, but the hidden guts of your home need regular attention, whether you’re still living there or not. That means having your HVAC systems professionally serviced.
First up, your furnace: If you get it addressed before you list your home, it won't smell like dust when you crank up the heat during an open house on a chilly day. While you're at it, have the duct work and filters cleaned as well. And if you have baseboard heaters, vacuum those out, too.
(Speaking of heat, Roberts suggests keeping the thermostat at 66 degrees Fahrenheit when agents are showing your house so buyers can visit your place comfortably. This will also avoid any issues with pipes freezing or bursting.)
Have a chimney? Be sure to have it inspected and cleaned as well.
“You want to make sure there are no cracked flue tiles, and that from the exterior, there are no gaps in the mortar between the bricks,” Hiscock explains. “Otherwise, you could potentially have the chimney fall over onto the house, and that’s a very expensive fix.”

4. Keep the critters out

If you don’t want to add "family of raccoons included" to your listing (and pay the hefty tab for getting them out), inspect the inside and outside of your home for any areas that need to plugged up. Take care of holes from damaged siding or fascia under the roofline—and do it promptly.
“In a colder climate, squirrels look for somewhere warm to go, and they’ll find their way into your property,” Hiscock says.
Stove and dryer vents, for example, should be covered with wire mesh to deter pests.

5. Wash your windows

Most people associate sparkling windows with spring-cleaning, Roberts says. But if your house is on the market, it doesn't matter what time of year it is—you need to get those babies squeaky clean.
“If buyers walk through your home and all they see is dirty windows, that’ll really mar the showing process," she says.
Make sure to wipe them down after a bad storm, when they're especially likely to show muck and grime buildup.

6. Check the calendar

Depending on what time of year you bring your house to market, pay attention to any details that scream, "We don’t live here or care anymore," Roberts says.
That means tackling seasonal tasks such as clearing away lawn mowers in the fall and storing shovels in the spring.
“Too often, I see a seller’s patio furniture still outside during the winter time. To me, that's not a good reflection on the property,” Hiscock says. “It shows deferred maintenance and lack of caring, and can really turn off a potential buyer.
"If a seller can’t put away their patio furniture and lawn mower, what makes you believe that they've actually maintained the property all the years they've been there?” he adds.
Staying on top of these regular tasks will make it easier to sell your home with fewer headaches. Plus, it'll preserve the value of your property, and potentially, the thickness of your wallet, too.

Monday, January 22, 2018


233 West Berkswell Drive
Gorgeous, pristine 1 owner home on 80' preserve lot zoned for PATRIOT OAKS ACADEMY. Room to add pool. Double culdesac with no traffic. Light, bright open concept w/ soaring 12' ceilings. Chef's kitchen w/ cafe has lrg island w/ seating, 42'' cabs w/ crown, granite, custom stone back splash, walk-in pantry, stainless appliances. Family rm w/ pocket patio doors to let the outside in. Office w/ french doors & elegant dining room w/ wainscoting. Over-sized lanai wired for cable & relaxation. Deluxe master suite w/ bay window, dbl tray, his/hers walk-in closets. Bath w/ garden tub, super walk-in shower, dbl vanities. Separate guest suite downstairs w/ private bath. Upstairs bonus rm w/ lrg closet & full bath. 18'' tile throughout home, upgraded lighting, gutters, H2O softener, transferable termite bond.

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