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The Must-have Tech Tools for Your Big Move & Beyond

Posted by Nocatee Community

Oct 22, 2015 5:19:00 PM


Moving to a new home is exciting, but can be overwhelming when it comes to navigating the real estate market for a new neighborhood, planning your transition and getting all the details right for the big move. Moving to a new home is an exciting process. However, navigating the real estate market, planning your transition and getting all details right, can feel overwhelming. Luckily, there’s an app (or several) for the big move.

 

Here are some tools for adding more tech and less stress at every stage of the process — from home buying to unpacking your final boxes:

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Topics: Smart Home Technology, First-time Home Buyers, Empty Nesters, Home-buying Tips, New Home Search, Moving Tips, Home Loan

Beyond the Floor Plan: What Today’s Buyers Want in a Neighborhood

Posted by Nocatee Community

Sep 14, 2015 11:41:00 AM


After a long and somewhat bumpy journey, the housing market is looking up. In July, single-family housing starts (new construction) reached their highest level since 2007. This additional demand means that buyers can be a little choosier when shopping for a new home.

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Topics: Nocatee Schools, Nocatee Builders, Ponte Vedra, Design Trends, Sense of Community, Smart Home Technology, Tech-friendly New Homes, New Home Search, Walkable Communities

New Home Hot List: 5 Ways to Maximize Energy Efficiency

Posted by Nocatee Community

Aug 26, 2015 4:00:40 PM


A recent study by the National Association of Homebuilders revealed more and more millennial homebuyers are making energy efficiency a priority. The study states 84 percent of these young buyers are willing to pay up to 3 percent more for an energy-efficient home, as long as they see a return on their investment via reduced power bills.

 

No matter your age or demographic, saving energy at home is always a good idea. And a new construction home is the perfect canvas to implement several of the energy-saving technologies and features available for homes today.

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Topics: Nocatee Builders, Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, Energy Efficiency, Smart Home Technology, Tech-friendly New Homes, New Home Search, Millennials

New Home vs. Existing—Which is Right For You?

Posted by Donna Lundgren - Nocatee Welcome Center Manager

Apr 28, 2015 3:27:00 PM


When looking to buy a new home, there’s one decision that is almost as important as location, location, location—will you buy a new construction home or a resale home? It’s a debate that has been going on for years, with no signs of slowing down.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Growing Families, Smart Home Technology, Tech-friendly New Homes, New Home Search, Established Families, Owning vs. Renting, New Construction Homes Series

First-time Home-buying Tips for Millennials

Posted by Nocatee Community

Mar 18, 2015 10:36:00 AM

It’s been all over the news lately… Will this be the year millennials finally fly their parents’ coops and buy nests of their own? The timing couldn’t be better from a first-time homebuyer perspective. And an estimated 42 percent of this large generation plans on purchasing a home in the next one to five years.

 In addition to first-time-buyer-friendly loan terms, upcoming changes to the Pay-as-You-Earn program means that even millennials with old student debt only have to shell out 10 percent of their monthly disposable income on paying their student loans back, freeing up more funds for a mortgage payment.

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Topics: Smart Home Technology, Tech-friendly New Homes, First-time Home Buyers, Home-buying Tips, New Home Search, Millennials, Home Mortgage, Home Loan

How to generate excitement with out-of-state buyers

Posted by Donna Lundgren - Nocatee Welcome Center Manager

Feb 18, 2015 4:46:00 PM

Selling homes from afar has come a long way, thanks in part to sites like Zillow.com and Trulia.com. But how else can you get your prospects excited to see homes before they ever set foot in your state?

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Topics: Nocatee Realtors, Real Estate Professionals, Smart Home Technology, Real Estate Trends, New Home Search, 2015 Nocatee Realtor Resources

What Luxury Homebuyers Want

Posted by Donna Lundgren - Nocatee Welcome Center Manager

Nov 14, 2014 1:01:00 PM

According to a recent study of homebuyers by Realtor.com, only 13 percent of buyers are ready to purchase a luxury home, with another 26 percent considering it. With higher price tags come greater expectations in a home.

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Topics: Design Trends, Master Planned Community, Gated Neighborhoods, Growing Families, Luxury Home Buyers, Smart Home Technology, Tech-friendly New Homes, Real Estate Trends, New Home Search, Established Families

Looking to Buy a New Home? There’s an App for That!

Posted by Nocatee Community

May 20, 2014 4:36:00 PM

The Internet has revolutionized the way people buy and sell homes. Gone are the days when home buyers searched the newspaper for ads that intentionally omitted key information, such as street addresses, in order to drive house hunters to their local real estate office.

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Topics: Master Planned Community, Growing Families, Smart Home Technology, First-time Home Buyers, Empty Nesters, Retirees, Home-buying Tips, Real Estate Trends, New Home Search

Master-Planned Communities feature tech-friendly ‘Smart Homes’

Posted by Nocatee Community

Feb 28, 2014 10:58:00 AM

In 1957, Disneyland debuted its newest attraction: the “Monsanto House of the Future.” Constructed and furnished almost entirely of plastic, the space-age dwelling featured such futuristic amenities as push-button speakerphones, vinyl flooring and a culinary marvel known as a “microwave.”

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Topics: Nocatee Communities, Nocatee Builders, Model Homes, Design Trends, Master Planned Community, Benefits of a Master Planned Community, Upgrades, Smart Home Technology

Luxury Home Buyers Crave Upgrades, Amenities

Posted by Nocatee Community

Feb 21, 2014 9:59:00 AM


Househunters seeking luxury homes have distinct preferences when it comes to their new house’s size and offerings. A recent survey conducted by Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate found that today’s luxury home buyers are familiar with the current real estate market and confident about finding their desired features within their home.

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Topics: Design Trends, Master Planned Community, Benefits of a Master Planned Community, Gated Neighborhoods, Indoor/Outdoor Living, Luxury Home Buyers, Upgrades, Smart Home Technology, Established Families