6 REASONS YOUR HOME WON’T SELL

Are you ready to sell your home and want it to have a great first impression on the market? Or maybe your home has been listed for a few weeks or months, and you can’t figure out why it won’t sell, and you know your agent is working hard to market it. We’ve listed below the top 6 reasons your home may not make a good impression and end up stagnant on the market.

1. IT’S OVERPRICED

To be clear, an overpriced home is the #1 reason a home won’t sell. We often times want our homes to be worth a lot more than we may see based on the data, but if you put your home on the market for the number you wish it will bring instead of the price it actually needs to be, your home can sit on the market for months without getting a single showing. If you’re thinking you need to price high to leave room for negotiations, statistics show that views for your property, for buyers in your price range, can drop a whopping 90% if it’s priced too high. Discuss with your agent what the market says the value of your home is, then price it competitively to potentially get a bidding frenzy instead of low offers or having it expire.

2. LOW SHOWING AVAILABILITY

Making sure the house is clean and having to leave on a daily basis for buyers to tour the home may get a little overwhelming, but it is crucial to have open availability to have your home shown. You could end up missing out on the perfect buyer if you decline too many showings. The longer it sits on the market, the less value buyers will see in it. Talk with your agent about having a 24 hour notice period if the extra time is needed, but make sure your home is available to be shown as often as possible.

3. CLUTTERED SPACE

Buyers want to walk into a house and envision their lives in that home. This is difficult to do if your home is cluttered with personal belongings. They are instantly given the feeling of invading someone else’s personal space, instead of the satisfaction of being able to see a future in your home. Make sure your property is clutter free before putting it on the market; and store away any family photos.

4. UNPLEASANT ODORS

If you smoke or have pets, it’s easy to get used to the smell to the point that you don’t even notice it anymore. But it’s important to understand that the scent can be picked up by new people visiting your home, and it can really turn them off from making an offer. Before a showing, make sure to dispose of any garbage, don’t cook fish or other strong smelling food, and ensure the home is freshened up so there are no pet or smoke odors.

5. UNWILLING TO MAKE REPAIRS

Selling your home as-is may sound appealing at first, but being unwilling to make repairs could cost another mortgage payment that far exceeds the cost of repairs if you refuse to work with the buyer on their requests and the home goes back on the market again. It’s wise to be open to repair requests, and simply go over with your agent what you can afford to do and make a reasonable counter offer during the repair negotiations. 

6. UNWILLING TO NEGOTIATE WITH BUYERS

It’s important to have an open mind about requests that will come from buyers when it comes to purchasing your home. These requests can come in the form of price negotiations, repair requests, or even requests to cover closing costs or home warranties. With your agent on your side advising you of the best steps to take, it’s best to be open to working with the buyer’s on some of their requests to ensure a successful closing.

Estate & Yard Sale Weekend Extravaganza

Where: 58 N Roscoe Blvd
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
When: Friday, March 3rd, Saturday, March 4th & Sunday, March 5th
Time: 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Details: An eclectic collection from 2 generations. Everything must go. You do not want to miss this one!!!
Antiques, collectibles, furniture, pictures, linens, books, household items, jewelry, glassware, and much much more.

Delivery service available if needed.

Daily’s Place Amphitheater

The Daily’s Place amphitheater is under construction next to EverBank Field. Daily’s Place is a collaboration between the Jacksonville Jaguars & the City of Jacksonville. The concert lineup was announced Friday January 27th, with the first concert on May 27, 2017.

The 5,500-seat amphitheater and flex facility will sit underneath an iconic roof structure, creating an outdoor concert atmosphere. This is a welcomed addition to downtown Jacksonville! (Check out the renderings below)

For more information about shows and tickets, visit dailysplace.com

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Beaches Museum ‘Beach Cruisers’ Young Professionals

We are excited to  begin the second year of Young Professional membership at the Beaches Museum! The inaugural year of the Beach Cruisers was a busy and successful one. With three well-attended History Happy Hours, membership numbers soared to a year end total of 64.  This far exceeded our goal of 50 members!!

We have many exciting projects for the coming year and look forward to the Beach Cruisers being an integral part of them.  Dates for two History Happy Hours have already been set.  Join us February 9th for Camos + Cocktails at the Oesterreicher-McCormick Cabin and April 20th at Hotel Palms in Atlantic Beach.

Please be sure to tell friends and colleagues about the opportunity to be part of this dynamic group.  Complimentary Guest Passes may be used to bring a friend to History Happy Hour for a glimpse of what the Beach Cruisers have to offer.  Included below are links for membership which can be used to renew your membership or passed on to anyone interested in joining as a new member.  We anticipate another great year with the Beach Cruisers!!
 
For membership information or to renew your membership please click

LOCAL: Craft Cocktails

So you like tasty cocktails? If you’re looking for a place with a fun atmosphere & deliciously creative concoctions, the places below need to be on your radar!

  1. ROOT DOWN – 1034 Park Street Jacksonville, FL (5 Points) 

  2. BLACK SHEEP – 1534 Oak Street Jacksonville, FL (5 Points)  

  3. Rogue Bar – 927 King Street Jacksonville, FL (Riverside) 

  4. ORSAY – 3630 Park Street Jacksonville, FL (Riverside/Avondale) 

  5. South Kitchen & Spirits – 3638 Park Street Jacksonville, FL (Riverside/Avondale) 

  6. HOBNOB – 220 Riverside Avenue Jacksonville, FL (Brooklyn/Riverside) 

  7. Candy Apple Cafe – 400 N Hogan Street Jacksonville, FL (Downtown) 

  8. The Volstead – 115 West Adams Street Jacksonville, FL (Downtown) 

  9. Dos Gatos – 123 E Forsyth Street Jacksonville, FL (Downtown)  

  10. Bistro Aix – 1440 San Marco Blvd Jacksonville, FL (San Marco) 

  11. SideCar – 1406 Hendricks Ave Jacksonville, FL (San Marco)

  12. Grape & Grain/The Parlour – 2000 San Marco Blvd Jacksonville, FL (San Marco) 

  13. Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails – 4972 Big Island Dr Jacksonville, FL (Southside) 

  14. Flask & Cannon – 528 1st St North Jacksonville Beach, FL (Beaches) 

  15. Flying Iguana – 207 Atlantic Blvd Neptune Beach, FL (Beaches) 

  16. Odd Birds – 33 Charlotte Street St. Augustine, FL (Downtown St. Augustine) 

  17. Dos Gatos – 66 Hypolita Street St. Augustine, FL (Downtown St. Augustine) 

  18. The Ice Plant – 110 Riberia Street St. Augustine, FL (Downtown St. Augustine) 

Know of any bars/restaurants with incredible drinks we missed? Please contact us or comment to let us know!

St Johns & Duval County – December Market Statistics

If you are considering selling your home this year, take a look at the Market Statistics for St. Johns & Duval County over the past month.

The market is still doing well and our area is considered a ‘HOT’ Market this year, so now would be the PERFECT time to sell. Inventory is low  and we are currently in a seller’s market. Buyers are very active in our area, since we live in Florida, we do not truly have a “slow season.” Smaller inventory means more buyers will be viewing YOUR home.

If you have any questions about selling your home or getting it ready to go on the market, our team would be happy to help!

You can contact us via email at thekoppgroup@gmail.com or give us a call at (904) 705-5990.

We would be happy to speak with you or schedule a meeting to go over our Marketing Presentation.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!


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Jacksonville’s Dog Cafe

We LOVE dogs & coffee/tea, so we are ECSTATIC about the Jacksonville Dog Cafe!

The cafe located at 4228 St. Johns Avenue is offering patrons the chance to sit & enjoy a cup o’ joe or tea while spending time with furry friends looking for their fur-ever homes. If you’re unable to adopt, it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a tasty drink and spend some time loving on a dog without the commitment of adoption!

If you haven’t heard about the Jacksonville Dog Cafe yet, check out www.jaxdogcafe.com. Don’t forget to check out their upcoming events for 2017 & be sure to stop by!

What could be better than drinking coffee and playing with dogs?!

*Keep in mind the Jacksonville Dog Cafe is a POP-UP Cafe and does not operate on a daily basis*


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Can Emergency Responders Locate You?

Spread the word – help emergency responders find you.

Most people don’t realize how important it is to have their address posted in a place that is easily seen by emergency responders. For visitors it is even more difficult to explain where you are when you don’t know the area or the exact address of where you are located while visiting. In an emergency, stressful situations can cause confusion for anyone and you may forget things you wouldn’t normally forget, such as your address.

The same applies while out on the water. The water side of properties are totally different from the land side. Many times docks that are side by side are addressed from completely different streets. This makes it hard for those involved in emergencies to tell emergency responders where they are, even when they are from the area, thus causing a delay for emergency workers responding to locate and provide much needed help.

Imagine being out on the water and you need emergency responders’ help. How do you tell dispatchers your location? GPS is different on the water and you may not even have time to look at the GPS. You may think you can dial 911 and the operator will know exactly where you are, but this is not always the case, especially if you are using a cell phone. Wireless providers are not required to give an exact location; they only have to pinpoint your call within 300 meters of where you are and that is not 100 percent of the time.

Help emergency responders find you when you need help! Below are some tips provided by emergency responders to save response time. A few minutes saved can help save a life!

Home or Business: display large address numbers that are prominent and contrast with the immediate background, such as black on white or white on black so that emergency responders – police, firefighters, ambulances – can quickly locate your business or residence. Make sure the address numbers are unobstructed; no shrubbery or other items blocking them from street view.

On the Water: when emergency dispatch – including Fire/Rescue, life guards, the Florida Wildlife Commission and the U.S. Coast Guard – respond to distress calls from waterways, it is often difficult to locate the distressed party as waterways lack street or address signs and often have no visible landmarks. Boaters / distress victims are sometimes unfamiliar with the area and can’t tell emergency responders where they are. Ask businesses and residential owners along waterways to post their full address (since there are no street signs) on the water side of the business / residence or on a dock or boathouse so that it is clearly visible. Large letters (at least four inches tall) in reflective materials for night visibility are encouraged.

Vacation Rentals: ask owners of vacation rentals to post the full 911 address of the rental inside the residence somewhere so it is easily seen and can be given to emergency assistance personnel if needed by renters.

Senior Citizens: it is always a good idea to post the 911 address in an area of the home of a senior citizen that is close to the telephone and / or easily seen. 


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IN MEMORY: Local WWII Hero, Dr. Harold “Hal” Baumgarten

DR. HAROLD (HAL) BAUMGARTEN, M.D., D-DAY SURVIVOR, DESCRIBED BY TOM BROKAW AS “ONE OF THE GREATEST OF THE GREATEST GENERATION”, DIED ON DEC 25, 2016.

HE WAS BORN IN NEW YORK, MARCH 2, 1925 AND BECAME A PERMANENT RESIDENT OF FLORIDA IN 1947.

HE LANDED IN THE FIRST WAVE ON OMAHA BEACH ON D-DAY, JUNE 6, 1944 AND WAS WOUNDED FIVE TIMES IN JUST 32 HOURS OF DEVASTATING COMBAT AND ALWAYS WONDERED WHY G*D HAD SPARED HIM THAT DAY. THUS, HE DEVOTED HIS LIFE TO “PAYING BACK” BY COMPLETING HIS EDUCATION TO BECOME A TEACHER AND THEN A PHYSICIAN TO HELP OTHERS IN LIFE.

HE RECEIVED HIS B.A. DEGREE FROM NYU AND HIS MASTERS DEGREE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI. HE THEN TAUGHT BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS AT PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL FOR OVER FIVE YEARS. WHEN THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI OPENED A MEDICAL SCHOOL, HE APPLIED TO ATTEND, WAS IMMEDIATELY ACCEPTED AND THEN GRADUATED MEDICAL SCHOOL.

HE PRACTICED MEDICINE AS A BOARD CERTIFIED PHYSICIAN FOR OVER 40 YEARS. HE ALSO WORKED PART TIME AS THE MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF GULF LIFE INSURANCE. WHEN HE RETIRED FROM HIS PRIVATE PRACTICE, HAL WORKED AN ADDITIONAL SIX YEARS AT THE LOCAL VETERANS ADMINISTRATION TO HELP HIS FELLOW VETERANS. HIS MENTOR WAS STEPHEN AMBROSE, FAMOUS AUTHOR AND HISTORIAN AND FOUNDER OF THE D-DAY MUSEUM IN NEW ORLEANS, WHO WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN DR. BAUMGARTEN’S LIFE, ENCOURAGING HIM TO TELL, SPEAK AND WRITE ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCES OF D-DAY.

HE HAS WRITTEN THREE BOOKS AND GIVEN LECTURES ALL OVER THE WORLD (ESPECIALLY IN NORMANDY, FRANCE), AT PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, POLICE ACADEMIES, CHURCHES, THE WWII MUSEUM AND ASSORTED BUSINESS GROUPS IN THE UNITED STATES. HE HAS BEEN ON DUTCH, AUSTRALIAN, GERMAN AND FRENCH TV AND IN MANY DOCUMENTARIES ON THE HISTORY, MILITARY AND CNN CHANNELS AND VARIOUS RADIO PROGRAMS IN THE U.S.

FOR HIS MILITARY SERVICE HE RECEIVED THE PURPLE HEART, TWO BRONZE STARS, COMBAT INFANTRY BADGE, ETO MEDAL WITH BATTLESTAR AND ARROWHEAD. FROM FRANCE HE RECEIVED THE CROIX DE GUERRE WITH SILVER PALM AND THE KNIGHT OF THE FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION. HE HAS BEEN WRITTEN UP IN MANY NEWSPAPERS THROUGHOUT THE USA SUCH AS, TODAY, TIME MAGAZINE, USA TODAY AND WAS ON THE COVER OF PEOPLE MAGAZINE. HE APPEARED ON TOM BROKAW’S PROGRAM ON NBC SEVERAL TIMES AND HIS STORY WAS USED IN THE FIRST 20 MINUTES OF THE MOVIE, “SAVING PRIVATE RYAN.”

DR. BAUMGARTEN ASSISTED TOM HANKS IN PRESENTING STEVEN SPEILBERG HIS KENNEDY HONORS AWARD AT THE KENNEDY CENTER, WHICH INCLUDED DINNER AT THE WHITE HOUSE, AND WAS HONORED WITH NUMEROUS AWARDS AND PLAQUES OVER HIS MANY YEARS OF SHARING HIS FIRST HAND EXPERIENCES WITH THE WORLD. HE WILL BE PICTURED IN MANY MUSEUMS FOREVER, ESPECIALLY AT THE AMERICAN CEMETERY IN NORMANDY, FRANCE.

HAL WAS MARRIED TO HIS SWEETHEART AND THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE, RITA FOR 67 YEARS AND LEAVES BEHIND HIS LOVING CHILDREN KAREN (LEOPOLD) SHER, BONNIE (KEN) FRIEDMAN AND HAL (BRENDA) BAUMGARTEN, HIS SIX ADORING GRANDCHILDREN; MICHAEL ZABREK, ROSE (JEREMY) SOSO, SAMANTHA SHER, MATTHEW AND KATY ROSE FRIEDMAN, AND RACHEL BAUMGARTEN, A GREAT BROTHER-IN-LAW, BERT SNYDER, HIS PRECIOUS SISTER, BEATRICE YATES AND MANY NIECES AND NEPHEWS. HE WAS A LEGEND OF A MAN WHO WAS GREATLY LOVED AND WILL BE MISSED BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM.

IN LIEU OF FLOWERS IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE DONATIONS IN HIS NAME HIS CHOICES WOULD BE; THE WWII MUSEUM ON MAGAZINE STREET IN NEW ORLEANS, THE JACKSONVILLE JEWISH CENTER OR THE BETH EL BEACHES SYNOGOGUE IN PONTE VEDRA.

GRAVESIDE SERVICES WILL BE HELD AT 10:30 a.m. ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2016 AT THE NEW CENTER CEMETERY SECTION OF EVERGREEN CEMETERY WHICH IS LOCATED ON 43RD ST OFF OF MAIN STREET, JACKSONVILLE, FL. INTERMENT BY HARDAGE GARDENS.

Please Sign the guestbook at www.hardagegiddensoaklawnchapel.com
HARDAGE-GIDDENS, THE OAKLAWN CHAPEL, 4801 San Jose Blvd is serving the family.

Read more about Dr. Harold Baumgarten’s life here: http://jacksonville.com/news/2016-12-27/one-last-greatest-generation-passes-away-mayo-clinic

North Guana Outpost’s Holiday Happy Hour

Sip & Shop!
Join us Wednesday, December 21st from 3-7 PM for a Holiday Happy Hour!

We know it can be difficult to get your shopping done after a long day at work. Stop by North Guana Outpost on your way home for a glass of wine or beer (& a piece of Gail’s famous rum cake!) and finish up your holiday shopping!
We will have some deals in store including Buy 1 get one 1/2 off on select apparel and a free YETI Rambler handle with purchase of any YETI cup.

Hope to see you soon!
Cheers,
Lauren & Gail


If you have yet to check out North Guana Outpost, be sure to stop by or book one of their amazing paddle board or kayak tours! They also do paddle pilates, guided fishing and NGO also offers some classes & certifications.

Check out their website for more info, www.northguanaoutpost.com

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