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KB Homes - Ambridge Cove Northside Jacksonville FL
KB Homes - Ambridge Cove Northside Jacksonville FL

Oceanway is one of the oldest, most established neighborhoods in Jacksonville, and it’s been undergoing a serious makeover in the last few years, attributed to the fact that it’s a short drive to Jacksonville International Airport (JIA), Orange Park, the Westside and Downtown. Since it’s just a short hop to I-95 and I-295, the ease of commute is surely a factor, but Oceanway has a lot more going for it. Great schools (like Oceanway Elementary), and a family-friendly atmosphere, with the popular Oceanway Community Center and close proximity to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and the ever-expanding River City Marketplace.

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Jacksonville New Homes - Spec Home
Jacksonville New Homes - Spec Home

Speculative or “spec” homes are built by the developer in the hope that, once fully built, for sale with no particular buyer in mind. There often fully completed, but it’s still possible to catch a spec home under construction, wherein the builder will leave some room for your own personal touches. Some builders do more spec homes than others, preferring to  build without a customer’s involvement. Other builders are just the opposite. They like the process of working with their customers and would prefer building a custom home rather than a spec home. Still others make little or no distinction between the two.

Jacksonville New Home Construction - Tract Homes
Jacksonville New Home Construction - Tract Homes

By definition, its style and floor plan are similar to pretty much all of the other houses in a given neighborhood. One example of a development would be a nrighborhood with all  3-bedroom ranch-style homes, one car garage, basic floor plans consistent from house to house.  
 
These tract homes can be produced at a lower cost per square foot. Building in volume saves the builder materials and labor costs over the spec or custom home building methods. Some models may have floor plans reversed or contain some different option packages, but they are essentially the same houses built in succession throughout a neighborhood, with little difference from one to the other.  The floor plans are usually chosen from one of a most popular plans the builder offers for sale.  

New Home Builder Warranty

It’s probably the single highest price purchase you’ll make in your lifetime, so all buyers out there should have that home warranty high on the priority list when considering a new home. You’ve got to pay attention to the small stuff. Read the fine print. What’s hiding just behind the list of items the warranty covers? How do you  make a claim, and how does the problem get resolved in the unlikely event of a dispute?. Many warranties are builder-backed. Others are purchased by the builder or the homeowner from an outside Home Warranty provider. You might even consider getting some supplemental coverage for even greater peace of mind.  In fact, if you’re getting a Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), or Federal Housing Authority (FHA) loan, you are required to get a third-party warranty as a way to protect your, and the bank’s investment.

Watch our video of our tour of Copperfield II Townhome Model Tour in Willowcove at Nocatee by Dream Finders Homes.



Looking for a Townhome in the St. Johns County / Ponte Vedra area?  you might want to take a look at the New Townhomes by Dream Finders  Homes in Willowcove at Nocatee.  The Townhomes features a two floor layout, with the Living area and the kitchen as one big open space that is perfect for entertaining.  This Copperfield II Model features a gourmet kitchen with stainless appliances and a large granite top counter top that is perfect for thos family get togethers.  Hardwood floors is throughout the first floor of this model home.  Up in the second floor you have a great landing area with space perfect for an office.  The master bedroom is open and inviting, and you have the master bath with it's seperate shower and bath tub.

Need a realtor when buying a new Home in Jacksonville FL?
Need a realtor when buying a new Home in Jacksonville FL?

Ok -- you’ve got the best deal you can get on that new home from your local builder. Is that the best you can do? Did you ask about incentives, design rebates, paid closing costs, And here’s a great one: How are your negotiating skills these days? Call a Realtor®.  Their more valuable than having some accompaniment when you walk you into the sales office and tag along on the  tour. A Realtor is your true financial and business representative, whose fees are paid by the builder. Their negotiations skills alone can save you thousands of dollars. And very often, those incentives are not so crystal clear to the walk-in consumer. It takes a Realtor to pull out all that can be done on the part of the builder to save you money, and get you those perks like design upgrades and free appliances, etc. 

Parade of Homes 2013
Parade of Homes 2013

The 2013 annual Parade of Homes March 1 entry deadline has come and gone, so all contestants have registered for the April 27 through May 5 event, which will culminate in an awards banquet on May 9 at Marsh Landing Country Club in Ponte Vedra. The fee to participate in the event is $2300 per home, with entrants entering more that two homes receiving a discount on the third home, and every home thereafter.
 
Everyone associated with the new home industry, from buyers, to realtors, to builders, service providers and designers take great interest in the Parade of Homes, because it highlights the best of the best in what Northeast Florida has to offer in the way of new home construction. The contestants are judged not only on style and aesthetic, but also on and functionality and environmentally friendliness.  Judging takes place right up until the day before the event begins. This year, the Parade of Homes has entries from across every county in Northeast Florida, including Duval, St. Johns, Clay and Nassau Counties.

Watch video of our recent trip to Austin Park in Nocatee St. Johns Fl to view the beautiful Castille II Model home by Cornerstone Homes.



We stopped by Cornerstone Homes in the Austin Park New Home Community to take a look at their beautiful Model home.  When you walk into this Castille II Model, you will be greated with a great spacious open layout. The main living area features a stone fireplace that extends all the way to the second floor.  High ceilings and large windows makes this place very open and inviting.  Right next to the main living area you will find the gourmet kitchen which features a large marble top island perfect for entertaining your guests.

Jacksonville New Home Construction Building Process - How Long?
Jacksonville New Home Construction Building Process - How Long?

Any project that has the inherent complexity of building a new home in Jacksonville FL from ground up has a timeline. Push too hard on that schedule and you’re inviting slips ups. Don’t stay on top of the game, you could experience unneeded delays. As we said, it depends. As with any timeline, and the formal process that’s wrapped around it, don’t try and skip ahead. and don’t depend on the site manager to give you daily or even weekly updates. It’s a proactive process. Lean in and ask questions, and get progress reports, all along the way. The most common critical steps are as follows: 
New Home Prices Increase

CoreLogic, a real estate data provider, announced that home prices have seen their most substantial rise since 2007. And that momentum continues in a lot of  local markets, most importantly for us, this holds true for Jacksonville. There was an 8.3 percent rise in December 2012 compared with that month in 2011. And this not geographically isolated data. These rises were felt in 46 of the 50 U.S. states.
 
The fact that home prices also rose 0.4 percent in December from the previous month is an especially healthy sign, because sales are known to slow over the the winter months. Three great reasons that a rise in home prices is a very very good thing for the market: 1) higher prices can make homeowners feel wealthier. That encourages more consumer spending.
2) they entice some would-be buyers to purchase homes before prices rise further, and 
3) they encourage more people to sell homes, and activity is a good thing 
 

Video Tour Enclave at Town Center Nocatee
Jacksonville New Home Incentives and Deals
NewHomesJacksonvilleFL.com has all the information new construction homebuyers need to make a well-informed choice, in a often confusing stream of new neighborhoods, buyer incentives, price points, home styles and far flung locations, as a building boom continues to develop throughout Duval and St. Johns County. Bloom Realty has all the data, all the relationships with new home builders, and we can guide you through the maze of choices. We are experts in the new home buying process. We know what's happening, who's building where, what the new home builders are offering, and how to get you the best value, in the best location for you, anywhere, in and around the Jacksonville metro area.

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