Holiday Safety Precautions!
Crime doesn’t take a vacation. Many families across Florida and the nation will spend the Fourth of July holiday away from home, soaking up sun on the state’s beautiful beaches, traveling to see relatives or visiting friends for a backyard barbecue. To fully enjoy those activities and other summertime pursuits spent away from home, Florida […]
Sellers: DIY Projects that pay!
Home improvement projects don’t have to be large-scale to return a big value at the time of sale. According to the 2015 Cost vs. Value report, even something as simple and inexpensive as replacing a steel door returns an average of 101.8% nationally. Relatively simple DIY projects are the ultimate money-saving tools for homeowners. In addition […]
Lake City is Growing!
Lake City, FL is in the midst of a growth spurt! The Commercial real estate market in Lake City is going strong! Right now, we’ve got a good mix of new restaurants, medical construction, business expansion and/or relocation, and multifamily development. Here’s a quick recap of some of the recent growth. Panera Bread is now OPEN! […]
Buyers: Multiple Offer Situations
Educated buyers can gain an edge! As the Real Estate market continues to improve, we tend to see situations that we haven’t seen in quite a while. One of the most confusing is the multiple offer situation. While it’s true that sellers with more than one offer will pick the “best” one, the term “best” […]
Columbia home sales soar in May!
Statistics show 72% increase over last year! Despite the growing summer heat, home sales are going strong in Lake City. According to a monthly real estate report from the Lake City Board of Realtors, sales were up sharply in May. The report data covers all single-family homes in Columbia County for May and compares figures […]
Columbia County: Home Prices Rising!
Average rises from $120,000 to $152,900! Home prices are up sharply compared to this time last year, according to a monthly report from the Lake City Board of Realtors. The report, which covers single-family homes in Columbia County, compares April’s real estate transactions to those of April 2014. “There has been a significant increase in closed sales of higher-priced […]
Fewer Sellers Underwater!
RealtyTrac: Fewer Fla. homeowners are underwater IRVINE, Calif. – April 23, 2015 – RealtyTrac‘s U.S. Home Equity & Underwater Report for the first quarter of 2015 finds that Florida continues to see more homeowners emerge from underwater status, where they owe more on the mortgage than their home’s current market value. According to the first […]
Housing Market on Rise!
The end of year reports for 2014 are in! According to annual data from the Lake City Board of Realtors and the Florida Association of Realtors, the 2014 housing market was on the rise! The report shows that from 2013 to 2014, the Columbia County housing market saw a 20 percent increase in closed sales. […]
Tax Credits to Claim in 2015!
Tax Credits and Deductions to take advantage of in 2015! You don’t have to wait until the last minute to find out which of these tax credits you should be claiming. If you are not getting credits, contact your professional accountant and ask them to help you through an eligibility test. For those who get credits but […]
The newest restaurant to open in Lake City!
Delicious food at a reasonable price! Jessica’s Bistro is a family-owned bistro style restaurant that features an eclectic menu, comfortable atmosphere, and friendly, professional service. The Bistro is located in the former Mike’s Cafe & Grille location and is paying homage to the long-time restaurant by continuing to serve some of Mike’s famous dishes. Jessica’s […]