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December 20, 2007

Bayberry – NW Gainesville New Listing!

Christine Bohn | RE/MAX Professionals, Inc. | 352-278-9357
2503 NW 50th Place, Gainesville, FL
BRAND NEW ROOF on this Bayberry home in NW Gainesville! Great Location to where you need to be in Gainesville.
3 Bdrm Single Family House
offered at $184,000
Year Built 1987
Sq Footage 1,126
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2 full, 0 partial
Floors 1
Parking Unspecified
Lot Size .35 acres
HOA/Maint $0 per month
DESCRIPTION

BRAND NEW ROOF 12/07 with architectural shingles!! Pride of ownership shows very well at this quiet cul-de-sac home in Bayberry on an oversized lot. 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! Great location, zoned for Norton Elementary. Don’t miss seeing this one!
see additional photos below
PROPERTY FEATURES

Central A/C Central heat Fireplace
OTHER SPECIAL FEATURES

Beautiful Stone Fireplace
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS

Seller contact info:
Christine Bohn
RE/MAX Professionals, Inc.
352-278-9357
For sale by agent/broker
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Posted: Dec 20, 2007, 3:51am PST

December 15, 2007

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December 12, 2007

Pricing Right Is Key To Selling Your Home

When you decide to sell your home, you want the highest possible return from its sale. Determining price is the most critical step in preparing your home for sale.

Obviously, pricing your property too low won’t provide the best return. You may be deluged with lookers and (in a hot seller market) may get many offers, but you could lose thousands of dollars on your family’s largest investment.

Likewise, pricing a property too high is risky. Homes priced too high miss their target market. Qualified buyers who might find the home just right for their needs won’t see your home, or make an offer on it, because it is out of their price range. If they are shown an overpriced home during its early marketing stages and do not buy because it isn’t a good value, they are unlikely to revisit your home once the price is lowered. Real estate agents will hesitate to show an overpriced home, unless it will make a competing property look like a better value.

Many home sellers make a mistake by implementing the ‘let’s try it and see’ pricing attitude. But testing the market can be dangerous. A property receives its best exposure during the first three to five weeks on the market.

If your home is priced right from the outset, you maximize your opportunity of reaching the most qualified buyers. Buyers who have seen most available homes in their price range are waiting for the right house to come on the market. This is why a well priced home often sells quickly once it is put on the market.

Multiple listing service (MLS) statistics show that the longer a home is on the market, the lower the selling price. This is true in a hot seller market.  This may vary in a high-inventory (buyer market).

Pricing a home is part art and part science. It’s based on hard evidence by looking at sale prices for comparable properties. But, no two homes are identical. That means the evidence must be evaluated by an experienced sales associate, like myself.

The right price really is “the right price range” to attract the maximum number of qualified buyers within a time frame that suits the sellers’ needs. Pricing strategy depends on the market conditions at the time your home is put up for sale. It can best be determined by an agent who is active in the market, who constantly views homes and is monitoring the changing market conditions.

If you need help to determine the right price for your home, in order to sell your home in the least amount of time for the highest return, please contact me for a comparative market analysis and consultation regarding our local market conditions here in the Gainesville-Alachua County area.

Posted By: Chris Bohn, GRI- ABR-eProGainesville FL Real Estate
Chris Bohn, RE/MAX Professionals, Inc., is a Florida Realtor® who specializes in Gainesville, FL and communities in Alachua County, FL . To find out more information about her real estate services please visit her profile . You are welcome to contact her by phone at 352-472-4472 Ext 103  or by email at chris@eHomesGainesville.com  . You can click to view her listings or visit her website. Thank you for your visit.

December 2, 2007

Gainesville is a Great Place to Live!

University of FloridaUniversity of FloridaUniversity of FloridaGAINESVILLE IS  A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE!  If you or friends & family are planning a move to Gainesville, FL – I want to be your realtor. I love working with buyers, and will take excellent care of you every step of the way.    I specialize in residential real estate here in the Gainesville area.  You will want a professional buyers agent who knows the real estate market here in Gainesville.

There are so many different types of homes & condos in Gainesville and surrounding communities.  Homes can be very urban and yet within 10 minutes you can be on beautiful acreage with Grand Daddy Oaks.   So many different Florida lifestyles here! Our largest employers draw a large variety of clients coming to Gainesville.

Being a College Town, yes we have students coming each year. But, that can be under graduates to PHD’s.   Gainesville is proud to be home to a medical school, law school, vet school, dental school, along with many other colleges of engineering, construction etc…there can be a huge variety of students.

Gainesville is a great home for working professionals as well.  Our largest employers provide jobs such as the administrators and professors that work at the  University of Florida network.  Which we call it the “GATOR NATION”.   We also have a superb community college, Santa Fe Community College.

In addition to the University, another large reason that draws people to Gainesville is the medical network.  We have two large hospital networks.  SHANDS HOSPITAL and NORTH FLORIDA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER.  Both of these hospitals generate so many professional transfers to Gainesville. We also have a VA Hospital.

So if you know of anyone planning a move to Beautiful Gainesville, FL – please give me a call!  Let’s talk, as I want to know your WISH LIST.  Once I have a true, sincere understand of what you want…..I will find homes for you to review via email and be ready when you get here to preview homes.   Call or email me and I can mail you a relocation info package!

November 22, 2007

The All Powerful…all knowing “Google” – Caution Advisory!

GoogleGoogleGoogle I try to stay up-to-date on techno-stuff, and just heard about this today. Our internet is a great tool, but wow…then you start thinking about how horrible people could use this to hurt others….here is a thought to ponder. 

This truly proves to me how all-powerful our internet has become.  I love Google!  I Google everything and my son uses it to do research for school.  But this is one thing everyone should take a look at, and consider for yourself.  

Google has implemented a new feature which enables you to type a telephone number into the search bar and hit enter and you will be given the person’s name and address. If you then hit Map quest ,you will get a map to the person’s house. Everyone should be aware of this!  It’s a nationwide reverse telephone book.

If a child gives out his/her phone number, someone can now look it up to find out where he/she lives. The safety issues are obvious, and alarming.

You can have your phone number removed or blocked. I tried my number and it came up along with the Mapquest and directions straight to our house. You can fill out the “removal form”. 

Please look up your own number. Consider….should it be there?

In order to test whether your phone number is mapped, go to: Google (http://www.google.com/ ).  Type your phone number in the search bar (i.e.555-555-1212) and hit enter. If you want to BLOCK Google from divulging your private information, simply click on your telephone number and then
click on the Removal Form. Removal takes 48-hours.
Check your own number and although this may not apply to you if you have an unlisted number or cell phone as primary contact, but you may know someone who needs to know this.

Please share this information with friends! and family.

Gainesville Market Report Nov 2007

A good and informative article appeared in our Sunday Edition of  THE GAINESVILLE SUNHomes & Real Estate Section.  With all the horrible, negative news about Real Estate and the Housing Industry throughout the U.S. it was a sign of good things about our local market here in Gainesville.

The statistics used were compiled from The Florida Assocation of Realtors and  represent data from the “Gainesville Metropolitan Statistical Area of Alachua and Gilchrist Counties. (Gainesville MSA). 

  • Statewide sales were down 38% for the year and the median Price dropped 9% $243,000 to $ 221,200
  • Gainesville MSA sales were down ONLY 21% for the year, and median price down 1%  $206,400 to $205,300

Bob Stroh, director of the Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing at the University of Florida provided his research and findings on how Gainesville has fared much better than the rest of our Sunshine State.  Gainesville MSA home prices did NOT see the same “RUN-UP” in home prices as the rest of Florida between 2001 and 2005.

These charts show that the Gainesville MSA Area has survived!!

SEPTEMBER MEDIAN SALES PRICES

Gainesville MSA (Metro Statistical Area) Data:

2001 $ 123,500
2002 $ 131,700
2003 $ 147,900
2004 $ 160,400
2005 $ 179,800
2006 $ 206,400
2007 $ 205,300 (Up 66.2 % since 2001

Florida Statewide Data:

2001 $ 130,100
2002 $ 141,400
2003 $ 158,900
2004 $ 193,400
2005 $ 246,100
2006 $ 243,300
2007 $ 221,200  (Up 70% since 2001

These are encouraging stats for our area!  It’s good to know that mortgage rates are historically low, and the existing inventory of homes for sale make it a good financial atmosphere for buyers.  Lenders have “tightened their standards” for qualifying  buyers, but stong buyers have a great “Market” to Jump into here in Gainesville.

Call Chris Bohn if you are thinking of jumping into the Gainesville area! 

There is more to Gainesville…than just “Gainesville”!

alachua-st.gifDid you GOOGLE real estate in Gainesville?  If you have found this article by searching online for real estate in Gainesville, Florida  – then this post will give you a wider view of “Gainesville“.  Located in North Central Florida, Gainesville is the county seat of Alachua County.  There are many other areas surrounding Gainesville that may not turn up in your searches if you search on the word “Gainesville” only.  This is because many physical addresses do not have “Gainesville” as their city mailing name or certain zip code. There is so much more to Gainesville than just thealachua-st.gif City Limits!

  • Other municipalities full of wonderful communities surround Gainesville. So if a home is located in one of those areas, they don’t pop up in a search of Gainesville. Don’t limit your research of Gainesville.  Here is a list of surrounding communities that are within short drive to Gainesville City Limits.
  • Newberry
  • Archer
  • Alachua
  • High Springs
  • Waldo
  • Micanopy
  • Melrose
  • Hawthorne

Many people that live in these communities, work & play in Gainesville.  So don’t limit your search to just Gainesville proper…..we have so much to offer here in Alachua County.  Our local MLS Board serves more than just the Gainesville-Alachua County areas.  We also have listings for properties that lie in surrounding counties such as Levy, Gilchrist, Dixie, Baker, Putnam, and Columbia

There are plenty of folks that live in surrounding counties that commute to work in Gainesville.  Most roads lead to Gainesville! Such as I-75, US 441, US 301, SR 24, SR 26 to name a few.

I have sold homes to people who work at Shands Hospital or the University of Florida, yet bought homes in High Springs, Williston, and Newberry.  Many owners here love their country feel without sacrificing access to the urban atmosphere of Gainesville.  If you don’t mind a 30-minute commute to work, you just may have deer and hawks in your back yard.  It’s beautiful here!

I moved here from Miami in 1995, and live in Jonesville-Newberry area.  I can be at the Oaks Mall or a UF Gator Basketball Game in 15 minutes!  So please, don’t under estimate the surrounding communities of GainesvilleIt’s a great place to live!

Please call or email me if you would like more information about real estate in Gainesville or surrounding areas.  We have a wide spectrum on homes. So your dream setting might be a suburban neighborhood with a community atmosphere, or a home for you and your horses or even a private-gated luxury estate.  It’s all here for you.

Presented By Chris Bohn, ABR, e-PRO, GRI  Your Realtor in Gainesville Florida!

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