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Spring Cleaning: New Homes Require Less Maintenance

Posted by Donna Lundgren - Nocatee Welcome Center Manager

Mar 29, 2016 4:59:00 PM


With the cold weather mostly behind Florida residents, homeowners are preparing for their annual spring cleaning – and prospective buyers are beginning to consider just how much house they can afford as the red-hot spring real estate market heats up.

 

Often, however, buyers fail to factor home maintenance costs into their house-buying budget, or to consider how those costs could impact their decision on whether to purchase an existing home or a new one.

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Topics: Design Trends, National Association of Home Builders, Tech-friendly New Homes, First-time Home Buyers, National Association of Realtors, Home-buying Tips, Affordable Homes, New Home Search

5 Tips for Reducing Living Expenses in 2016

Posted by Nocatee Community

Jan 11, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Whether you’re an empty nester, single professional or anywhere in between, reining in your spending is a smart and attainable goal for 2016. Of course changing spending habits will require a certain level of discipline and planning.


For starters, you should spend a month or two tracking where your money actually goes versus where you think it does. It’s recommended that no more than 28 percent of your gross monthly income go to housing and housing costs, no more than 15 percent to debt repayment, and no more than 5 percent to entertainment expenses. Once you know where your financial pitfalls are, it will be easier to cut out lattes or lavish nights out as necessary.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Empty Nesters, Affordable Homes, New Home Search, Single Professionals, New Year's Resolutions

6 Things Only Master-Planned Community Residents Understand

Posted by Nocatee Community

Aug 19, 2015 4:33:00 PM


Yes, life in a master-planned community (MPC) is different than your average suburb or neighborhood. Maybe that’s why MPCs are so popular, with the top 50 master-planned communities in the country taking 5 percent of 2014’s total new-home sales

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Topics: Nocatee Greenway Trails, Resident Testimonials, Benefits of a Master Planned Community, Growing Families, Sense of Community, Affordable Homes, Health and Wellness

6 Ways Northeast Florida Takes the Fear Out of Retirement

Posted by Donna Lundgren - Nocatee Welcome Center Manager

May 26, 2015 4:04:00 PM


Face it, retirement can be tough. Although many of us sock away money every month and daydream about all of that free time, the reality is, living off of your nest egg is a scary proposition for many Americans. And according to a recent study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, only 31 percent feel confident they’ve saved enough for retirement.

 

No one can predict inflation rates or fluctuations in the stock and housing markets, but there are a few factors that can give retirees some financial relief—and they all come down to location, location, location.

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Topics: Jacksonville, Del Webb Ponte Vedra, Empty Nesters, Retirees, Affordable Homes, New Home Search, Job Creation

Are FHA Loans Still the Best Deal for First-time Homebuyers?

Posted by Nocatee Community

Mar 10, 2015 3:11:00 PM

The answer to that question isn’t as black and white as one would hope. With the recent drop in private mortgage insurance (PMI) rates for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans from 1.35 percent of the annual mortgage balance to 0.85 percent, first-time homebuyers have even more things to consider when choosing a home loan.

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Topics: First-time Home Buyers, Empty Nesters, Real Estate Trends, Affordable Homes, New Home Search, Home Mortgage, Home Loan

3 Big Mortgage Changes Help First-time Homebuyers

Posted by Nocatee Community

Mar 5, 2015 10:32:00 AM


There have been a number of changes in the world of mortgage-related requirements designed to balance responsible lending with making the American Dream more accessible for all. 

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Topics: Town Center Neighborhoods, Ponte Vedra, First-time Home Buyers, Home-buying Tips, Affordable Homes, New Home Search, Single Professionals, Townhomes, Home Mortgage

New Community Announcement – Twenty Mile Village

Posted by Nocatee Community

Mar 3, 2015 8:30:00 AM

The PARC Group, Nocatee’s master developer, has revealed plans for Twenty Mile Village, the newest neighborhood in its Twenty Mile community. Located just west of the Intracoastal Waterway in St. Johns County, Twenty Mile Village residents will live alongside huge oak canopies, preserved lands rich in history, rustic split-rail fences and old-Florida style accents.

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Topics: Nocatee Builders, Nocatee Nature, The PARC Group, Nocatee Amenities, Nocatee Parks, New Amenities, Nocatee History, eBook, Growing Families, Twenty Mile at Nocatee, Affordable Homes, Established Families

Home Buying Tips for Single Professionals

Posted by Nocatee Community

Feb 25, 2015 2:56:04 PM

At 124.6 million, the number of single Americans has now reached the majority of the populationa whopping 50.2 percent. Although this is quite newsworthy in the U.S., across the pond more than half of Europeans living single is nothing new. In Stockholm, the rate of those living solo tops 60 percent.

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Topics: Gated Neighborhoods, First-time Home Buyers, Home-buying Tips, Real Estate Trends, Affordable Homes, New Home Search, Single Professionals

Ditch the Cold: Find a Warm City to Call Home

Posted by Nocatee Community

Jan 9, 2015 11:37:00 AM

Research has shown that the farther north (or away from the equator) you live, the more common seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is. Although SAD is tied more to a lack of sunshine than a lack of warmth, it’s easy to argue the correlation between cold weather and winter blues. 

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Topics: Jacksonville, Relocation, Retirees, Real Estate Trends, Affordable Homes, Job Creation, New Year's Resolutions, Warm Weather, Zillow

Your 8-step Plan for Buying That First Home

Posted by Nocatee Community

Jan 6, 2015 2:25:06 PM

Happy New Year! If buying your first home is at the top of your resolution list, now is the right time to start planning and working toward your dream of homeownership. It’s not something that will happen overnight, but the rewards far outweigh the efforts!

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Topics: Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, First-time Home Buyers, Home-buying Tips, Affordable Homes, New Home Search, Single Professionals, New Year's Resolutions