Gainesvillehomes – Chris Bohn’s Blog

January 7, 2010

Hawks Ridge – Estate Lots, Open Builder!

Filed under: Buyer's Agent,gainesville real estate — Christine Bohn, Realtor @ 2:29 am
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Absolutely Beautiful!   If you are looking for estate lots 3.25 – 4.25 acres each,  in an open builder community with deed restrictions – You should check out Hawks Ridge.  NW 78th Avenue & NW 184 Drive.

Posted via email from Gainesville FL – Chris Bohn’s Posterous Blog


June 28, 2008

Home Buyers’ Wish List – Let’s Get Started!

Everyone has a wish list.

On my first contact with a buyer, I like to take time to really understand what their needs and wishes are when looking for their next home. I ask them to help me make their WISH LIST.

A wish list can be a list of things they want in a home, and it can be things that they DON’T want in a home also. It helps me understand my buyers tastes & lifestyles. In my opinion, there is no such thing as a “picky buyer”. The more my buying clients tell me about what they like (and don’t like) – the better a job I will do in researching homes available in Gainesville. Our high inventory of homes for sale in Gaineville and the MLS database offer a large spectrum of price ranges. So the Price Range is the Most Important factor to any buyer….but let’s talk details, details, details !!

Here are some things to consider when preparing your own wish list. And let me know if you have things to add to the list as questions for home buyers. Share your wish list with YOUR Realtor !

  • Number of Bedrooms & Bathrooms
  • Size of the home (Square footage) – Which is all about the floorplan layout too
  • Floorplan Style – One level, Two levels, Open Floor plan
  • Size of Garage or number of cars
  • Do you want a pool, or spa, or both? Screened or Not?
  • If you don’t want a pool, do you want a screened patio?
  • Size of parcel
  • Age of Home – Is age an issue, or is updated older home ok?
  • Type of Construction
  • What type of neighborhood do you want your family in?
  • Do you want to be in a planned community with restrictions and community ammenities?
  • Are schools important?
  • What type of “travel-commute” time do you prefer to get to work each day?
  • Tell me what you want in your kitchen?
  • Do you want a fenced back yard?
  • Do you want a fireplace?
  • Is it important that the master suite be on the first floor?
  • Do you prefer a split bedroom floor plan?
  • Will you do a lot of entertaining? Need a formal dining room or summer kitchen?
  • Do you want a luxury master bath with 2 sinks, shower, and a jetted tub?
  • Surfaces – Wallpapers? Flooring? Counter Tops?
  • Bells & Whistles – tell all me all the extras you like – irrigation system, alarm system, sound systems, crown molding, high ceilings.

Every detail, no matter how small, can be very important to your buyers. We may not be able to find a home that is a perfect to match your wish list, but we will strive to find the best homes to view!

The more I know about my clients’ “likes and dislikes”, helps me to be well prepared for our first trip to show homes.

After showing homes to your buyers, you will learn what styles they like.

It’s great when your clients tell you that you’ve selected fabulous homes for them so see.

I LOVE working with buyers!

If you are wanting a caring, attentive, patient, buyer’s agent to help you find your next home in Gainesville FL & surrounding communities in Alachua County, FL…….. please call me!

April 12, 2008

Gainesville Market is Picking Up !

Don’t be over whelmed with the Gloom and Doom on the news media. Our Real Estate market here in Gainesville is picking up….and right on schedule too.

It\'s a Buyers MarketOur busiest season is from April through September. Families start planning their move and begin looking for homes so they can “really move” once school is out. The student community that rolls into Gainesville has gotten started with searching for homes and condos too.

Many buyers may be coming to Gainesville for their professional careers, and they are starting to look now because of the low interest rates, the large inventory of homes that are currently on the market, and they are all beginning to realize that NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY !!

Don’t let the national press get you depressed about how things are here in Gainesville Florida ! Gainesville is Great!

A recent article in USA TODAY says that Gainesville has done very well in relationship to other areas in Florida.

If you have hopes & dreams of owning a home for the first time in your life, then pick up the phone and talk to your banker or a lender ( or call me). Find out if you can “qualify” for a loan. The FHA Program is great for buyers now! Getting pre-qualified on a loan, will empower you as a buyer.

Call me if you have any questions about Gainesville’s real estate market. I love working with buyers, so let’s talk about what you are wanting in a home!

March 31, 2008

Spring is Blooming!

I have to share the “BLOOMS” in my own yard. I have a large island in my front yard with huge live oaks and bordered with mondo (monkey) grass. And planted underneath these oaks are “George Tabor” azaleas. They seem to be very happy shrubs……and they are showing their color.

My Azaleas

The spring season is showing it self in Gainesville, Florida.

Wisteria is also blooming everywhere around Gainesville, and I wish I had that plant growing in my yard and trees.

I grew up in Miami, and moved to North Central Florida in 1995. I love living where we do have seasonal changes in weather and visual, seasonal changes in our landscape too.

If you are planning a move to the Gainesville FL area, I know that you will fall in love with the live oaks, the spanish moss, the crepe myrtles, azaleas, and our wonderful community.

Here is another shot from my “once a year” bloomers….. my amarilla bulbs. They are just starting to open and strut their colors !

My Amarillas

March 5, 2008

Good News from CNNMoney – It’s a Buyer’s Market!

Finally some good news coming from the National Media.

A recent article on is very informative with regard to home values across the country. The main theme in the article is EXCELLENT NEWS!

Home Appreciation MapOur current market now is giving home buyers the best buys they’ve had since 2004 !!

I have been shouting this from my soapbox, website and blog site….and finally the national media is starting to pass along good news to prospective home buyers.

The condition of any real estate market is “Localized” and our market here in Gainesville should not be compared with markets in South Florida.

We have much more stability here, and this map shows which areas have been the hardest hit in the country.

It’s a great time to be a buyer ! And it’s easy to do!

First, get yourself a Buyer’s Agent Realtor to represent you (not the seller).

Second, get a local lender to talk to you about what loan program is good for you and your budget.

Third….start shopping for a home!

There are many homes & condos waiting for buyers just like YOU here in Alachua County.

Think of shopping for a home as a “process of elimination”.

Please call me and we can talk about your “wish list” of what you want in a home or condo. Let me help you find a great home!

Written and Posted By: Chris Bohn, REMAX Professionals Inc. I want to be your buyer’s agent.

Haile Plantation Luxury Home – MLS# 290439

You will love this exceptional luxurious home in the beautiful Haile Plantation community of SW Gainesville.  Spacious floorplan, beautifully landscaped corner lot in Amelia Gardens.  You can walk to the pool, tennis courts, or golf course if you select to join the Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club.  There are different activity levels and you can select the best for your family’s needs.  Take a moment and view the VIRTUAL TOUR.   MLS# 290439   $ 399,900

Four bedroom with 3.5 baths. Impressive 20ft foyer, Great Room with wood floors, gas fireplace, wood blinds. Ceramic tiled large eat in kitchen with new appliances. 10′ Ceilings downstairs, and 9′ ceiling upstairs. Formal dining room, crown molding, trey ceilings. Spacious bedrooms, Master Suite downstairs with Marble Luxury bath. Beautiful landscape,wrap around screened lanai, corner lot. So many features make this home a must see!

Haile Plantation - Amelia Gardens 

Written and Posted By: Chris Bohn, GRI- ABR-eProGainesville FL Real Estate
Copyright © 2008 Chris Bohn, RE/MAX Professionals, Inc., is a Florida Realtor® who specializes in Gainesville, FL and communities in Alachua County, FL .  You are welcome to contact her by phone at 352-472-4472 Ext 103  or by email at  . You can click to view her listings or visit her website.

Bayberry is a Great Neighborhood

MLS# 287617MLS# 287617Bayberry is located in NW Gainesville just south of Millhopper Rd at NW 24th Blvd.  It’s a quiet neighborhood that may fit perfectly into your dreams for a home for your family.  You can walk you child to Norton Elementary!

There are no cut-through streets, so what traffic you will have in front of your home will be your neighbors!

This home for sale in Bayberry is on the 2nd largest lot at the end of a cul-de-sac. 

Pride of ownership shows very well.  Three Bedroom and 2 baths. Beautiful stone fireplace in the living room with a bay window. Great cabinet space in kitchen, breakfast bar and dining room combo. Skylights in guest bath. Double closets in the master. Open patio with trellis, plenty of space to play in the yard!  And another terrific feature is a brand new roof complete in Dec. 2007.

MLS# 287617    $ 179,500    Please call for an appointment to see this home!

MLS# 287617 

Written and Posted By: Chris Bohn, GRI- ABR-eProGainesville FL Real Estate
Copyright © 2008 Chris Bohn, RE/MAX Professionals, Inc., is a Florida Realtor® who specializes in Gainesville, FL and communities in Alachua County, FL .  You are welcome to contact her by phone at 352-472-4472 Ext 103  or by email at  . You can click to view her listings or visit her website.

February 17, 2008

Condos and Townhouses in Gainesville ~ Near UF

You will have a wonderful selection of condos and townhomes in Gainesville, FL. If your career or your studies are bringing you to the University of Florida or any of our hospital networks here in Gainesville, you may be curious as to the different types of lifestyle choices you will have here.

There are different types of communities, and you will just need to let me know which one fits your need best. The more I know about what “YOU” want, the better I am at finding you the right homes to review.

If you are a serious medical or law student, I assume the most important feature must be “Location”. And the second most importance will be “peace & quiet” in a community that is not full of loud, partying neighbors.

I hate to assume, but I think best that you will want a community that will take care of the grounds, lawn work, and full exterior maintenance on the buildings. That way, you don’t have to paint or worry about replacing the roof!

So many people think that Gainesville is a college town (which it is), yet we have a very large “serious student” population in Medical School, Residency Programs, Law School, Dental School, VET School, and many Master & PhD programs.

Best Time to BuyWhy be here for 3-4 years and waste your hard earned money on “RENT”??!!

Let me find you some “peace & quiet” for your lifestyle here in Gainesville. Please call me and we can discuss your needs, and I will get to work finding you a great place.

I want your transition to Gainesville to be smooth, let me be your Realtor in Gainesville!

January 4, 2008

Happy New Year! It’s Gonna be a Great 2008

I truly believe it will be a great 2008!                let-buy.jpg

Now that the holiday season is complete and the New Year has rolled in all of us can settle in to a positive attitude for the 2008 year.   My phone has been ringing this week, and I have four (4) new buyers!!  I love working with buyers!

Remember that we have a great supply of homes for sale in Alachua County, and it’s a buyer’s market.  Are you thinging about checking out the market?  If so, please call me.  I want to know your “wish list” and we can start to find you a home.

The lender market is open to buyers that have good credit with full documentation.  You know if you are stong buyer, so let’s get busy and find you a great home!

There is a lot of great information on my web site for first time home buyers.  Make yourself a “New Year’s Resolution” to become a home owner in 2008!

December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

Filed under: Buyer's Agent,Gainesville Florida,Home Buyers — Christine Bohn, Realtor @ 3:05 pm

Merry ChristmasMerry ChristmasMerry ChristmasMerry ChristmasI hope everyone is full of holiday cheer!  Saturday and Sunday was wonderful around my house, or should I say my kitchen.   The holiday season gives me just another reason to bake.

My favorite things about the holiday season are Christmas trees and decorations and Christmas cookies and breads.  My son Michael set his “boom box” up in the kitchen and we played all the Christmas CD’s while we mixed, baked, decorated, and washed so many cookie sheets.

I want all of my clients know how much I am thankful for their business, and I truly hope you all will have a happy home that is full of holiday cheer.

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