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    by B. J. Weyer

    Have you ever wondered how many homes on the market is too many? As a realtor, friends and neighbors often ask me when they see me at the club about the number of homes on the market. The number of homes for sale in Deercreek fluctuates between 14 and 18. This means if only 3 homes were sold in a month, the inventory would sell out in five to six months. Of course, some homes take longer than six months to sell because they are overpriced, not maintained, not updated, or have issues with the floorplan or the lot on which they sit. So, while these homes sit on the market, others come on the market and sell quickly in 30-45 days.

    Over the last 3 months, according to 9/04/18 NEFMLS, 12 homes totaling $6,039,200 sold & closed. The homes ranged in price from $320,000 to $712,500. The average price per sf was $145.54, down from $149.88; yet, price per sf ranged from $104.37 to $188.24. Two homes are under contract: 10090 Chester Lake and 10180 Vineyard Lake.

    14 homes are for sale in Deercreek. One of the lowest priced homes on the market is a foreclosure at 9911 Chelsea Lake priced at $399,900. The highest priced home on the market is 10083 Vineyard Lake at $779,300. The homes for sale range in size from 2494 to 4545 sf and have been on the market for an average of 61 days. 7926 Bishop Lake was on the market but was withdrawn (which happens when a home cannot be shown for more than 3 days).

    Sales have slowed a little in Deercreek yet continue to move forward. Engage your new neighbors and invite them to a block party, golf outing, Yappy Hour or other gathering. Welcome the new faces to their new community!

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    by B. J. Weyer

    Have you ever felt like living in Deercreek is a bit like Bedford Falls in the movie classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”? A place where everyone goes about their business on a daily basis; yet, when someone needs help, the community rallies around to assist. I am so thankful Deercreek is this type of community as I have experienced it first-hand. A community can have homes of many sizes, floorplans, and prices. It can have every amenity or none at all. The real meaning of community, to me, is the people, even when people continually move in and out.

    Over the last 3 months, according to 7/30/18 NEFMLS, 16 homes sold & closed ranging from $299,000 to $712,500 (new construction at 7945 McLaurin). The average selling price over the last 3 months was $502,187 and the average size was 3395 sf. The average price per sf was $149.88. The highest price paid per sf was $188.24 for 10046 Heather Lake Ct, a 1700 sf club home which had been updated and well maintained. Two homes are under contract: 8204 Hampton Lake Lane and 10180 Vineyard Lake Road. 7907 Vineyard Lake Road was also under contract, but the contract fell through.

    14 homes are for sale in Deercreek. Priced from $325,000 to $599,000, they range in size from 1898 to 3949 sf. The List prices range from $111.34 to $181.55 per sf, and have been on the market an average of 57 days.

    A community is the people. They support each other and what’s going on in the Jacksonville area. They hold peanut butter & jelly drives, and cook meals for Gabriel House residents undergoing organ transplants. They knit hats for tiny infants in the hospital, or they come together to support neighbors who lost everything in a fire, or are going through medical and financial issues. The real estate market in Deercreek remains strong as does the bond of its residents.

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    by B. J. Weyer

    Happy 4th of July!  It’s a great time to celebrate summer.  What will you do?  Head to the beach or the mountains?  If so, have you considered the purchase of an investment property or 2nd home?  What’s the difference? It depends on your purpose and how much you plan on occupying the home during the year. The determination of an investment property vs a second home can also have an impact on interest rates if you finance the purchase, as well as the cost of homeowners’ insurance.  I’m no expert in mortgages, insurance or taxes; however, there are plenty of lenders, agents and accountants who can provide the expert advice you need before you make the purchase.  Once you know what fits your situation best, I am the expert in real estate.

    According to the 5/29/18 NEFMLS, 14 homes are currently for sale in Deercreek.  Priced from $349,900 to $899,900, they range in size from 1898 to 5741 sq ft.  The List price averages $156.52 per square ft.  These homes have been on the market on average 115 days, down from 148 days.

    The last 3 months have seen 9 homes sold & closed ranging from $299,000 to $625,000.  Extensive repairs were required on the home selling for $299,000. The average selling price was $459,200.  The average price per sq ft was $147.54. The homes sold between 93 and 99% of the list price, and they were on the market an average of 84 days. Eight homes are currently under contract, with list prices from $400,000 (8237 Bay Tree) to $740,000 (8263 Ashworth).

    Enjoy the longer days of summer!  Find a way to beat the heat!  Barring anything unexpected, July will continue to bring new homes on the market and homes sold; maintaining an inventory around 15 homes on the market in Deercreek at any one time.

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    June marks one year from the end of all of my treatments for breast cancer. Over the last 12 months I’ve been able to return to my active life on the tennis courts and golf course, plus sell a lot of real estate. The last 12 months in real estate have been active in Deercreek, as well.

    Over the last 3 months, 10 homes sold & closed ranging from $360,000 to $675,000. The average selling price was $503,850. The average price per sq ft was $146.97. Eight homes are under contract ranging in size from 1904 sq ft to 3662 sq ft, and, with list prices from $319,900 (7809 Heather Lake Ct) to $625,000 (10061 Lakes End Ct). These homes in Deercreek sold on average at 98% of the list price. Friends and neighbors often ask if homes are selling here. The answer is yes, the number of homes generally does not fluctuate much; yet, individual homes continuously come on the market and sell.

    According to the 5/1/18 NEFMLS, 14 homes are for sale in Deercreek. Priced from $349,900 to $899,900 (new construction on McLaurin), they range in size from 1898 to 5741 sq ft. The List price averages $153.39 per square ft. These homes have been on the market on average 110 days, down from 148 days. As summer continues, I expect the average days on market to decrease.

    The temperatures will rise this summer, and we will probably see home prices rise slightly, as well. Word of caution, listing at a high price does not always bring the high price. You must first have a buyer willing to pay the high price; have a clean inspection; and then, have an appraiser appraise at the high price. Here’s to a healthy summer. Enjoy the longer days, the warm temperatures and the strong real estate market!

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    May is one of the busiest months for real estate. Every day I check the MLS, I find new homes on the market in Deercreek or others under contract. Buyers often look for a specific type of home and ask me if I know of homes coming on the market. I currently have a buyer looking for a home in Deercreek with a 3 car garage and a pool. Other buyers may be looking for an updated kitchen and baths, or an incredible outdoor living space. The point is if you decide to sell your home, you want to expose it to the largest group of buyers possible as buyers already have in mind what they want. Home prices are trending up, yet still require to be marketed well to obtain the best price.

    According to the 4/2/18 NEFMLS, 12 homes are for sale in Deercreek,. Priced from $319,900 to $899,900, they range in size from 1904 to 5741 sq ft. The List price averages $150.29 per square ft; yet, ranges from $126.44 to $199.35. These homes have been on the market on average 148 days. At least 3 homes are on the market For Sale By Owner, a challenge in a gated community.

    Over the last 3 months, 8 homes sold & closed ranging from $360,000 (10040 Ashford Crossing) to $675,000 (7949 McLaurin Rd), The average selling price was $494,188. Average price per sq ft was $147.04, yet ranged from $127.03 to $164.61 per sq ft. Six homes are under contract: 10117 Bishop Lake; 8209 Persimmon Hill; 10143 Deercreek Club Rd; 10075 Persimmon Hill Ct; 7702 Watermark; and 8206 Ashworth.

    Deercreek is my home and I can’t see myself leaving; however, others have great reasons for a change in their life. If you are looking to sell, even in an active market, remember the homes selling the quickest and for the best price are the ones which have been maintained, updated, priced appropriately and marketed well.

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    It’s April and as I write this, I think about the Taylor family who just lost their home on Cypress Lakes Dr in a fire. Everything can change in an instant. We should do what we can to prevent and take steps we can to prepare, just in case.

    In the category of prevention: make sure smoke detectors are functioning; dryer vents are clean; A/C filters are changed regularly; and repair any faulty outlets.

    In the preparation category: review homeowners’ insurance; purchase fire extinguishers; and have a family plan for escape and where to meet if a fire does break out. Our meeting place has always been our next door neighbor’s front door. While our homes are important, our lives are irreplaceable.

    Over the last 3 months, 8 homes sold & closed ranging from $365,000 to $675,000, according to the 3/1/18 NEFMLS. The average selling price was $480,875, up from $436,857. Average price per sq ft was $144.40, yet ranged from $122.16 to $159.80 per sq ft. Four homes are under contract: 9901 Windwater Ct; 10040 Ashford Crossing; 8204 Hampton Lake Ln; and 7717 Watermark Ln.

    13 homes are currently for sale in Deercreek. They are priced from $324,900 to $899,900 (ranging in size from 1904 to 5741 sq ft). The List price averages $154.27 per square ft; yet, ranges from $126.44 to $205.38. These homes have been on the market on average 109 days, down from 143 days. Home prices are trending up, yet still require homes to be maintained well, and updated to receive the best price.

    April is a time for jokes and pranks with April Fools’ Day. It is also a time for reflection and prayers at Easter and Passover. I think I’ll reflect on the many blessings I’ve enjoyed in the 24 years I’ve lived in Deercreek.

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