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Tips for Preparing for Retirement from Equifax

Whether or not retirement is on your immediate radar, if it is within a few years for you, it’s no doubt something that’s on your mind. Preparing to leave the workforce, downsizing into a smaller home (maybe finding a home in a Jacksonville active adult community) and budgeting to live off of savings will all [...]

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Jacksonville Named in Top 10 Cities with Lowest Taxes

Good news for Jacksonville real estate owners: the city was recently named by MarketWatch as one of the top 10 cities in the United States with the lowest taxes. As with all Florida residents, individuals and families living in the city don’t have to pay state or local tax income. The majority of the state’s [...]

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Save the Best for Last with Color

When you walk into your local home improvement store, chances are you’re drawn to the paint samples section. However, before you rush into a paint color spree, make sure you’ve planned out the rest of your space. In comparison to paint colors, most other interior finishes come in a limited number of colors. You need [...]

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New Service Leads to Expedited Jacksonville Real Estate Roofing Repairs

Good news for Jacksonville real estate residents who need help when it comes to repairing their roof, Roof Links Inc. is now offering same day repair assessments for homeowners and business owners. The new business offering is aimed at helping citizens in northern Florida obtain roofing services much quicker during and after the hurricane season. [...]

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Challenges Ahead for Downtown Jacksonville Apartment Growth

Many beautifully constructed, historic building pepper the streets of downtown Jacksonville, and at a time when the real estate market is starting to improve, many builders are considering these prime Jacksonville real estate opportunities. One of the most sought-after buildings currently is the former public defender’s, the Groover Stewart Building at 25 Market St. Several [...]

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How to Pay Off Your Debt

With the economy slowly picking back up, more people are spending their money because they are more confident in the economy and their financial choices. For some people, more spending equals more debt. According to a CardHub study, the average American household now holds about $7,126 in credit card debt. If your credit card debt [...]

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When it’s Time to Expand: Move On or Add On?

Do you feel like you need more space and are considering either moving up to a bigger house or adding on to your existing home? If you’ve been thinking about your options, the real estate pros at the Equifax Finance blog share some tips for thinking through each scenario, and discuss what to keep in [...]

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Times When You Should Think Twice About Swiping Your Credit Card

Swiping your credit card on minor purchases such as filling your car up at the gas station or buying weekly groceries is a great way to help manage your money and build your credit history. In fact, your credit card payment history makes up 35 percent of your credit score. So, using your card to [...]

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Buying Jacksonville Real Estate on the Offseason

With August in the rearview mirror, we are firmly in the “homebuying offseason,” when you may assume that the good deals are gone and quality homes are few and far between – but that couldn’t be further from the truth! With the economy on the way up and the internet making it easier than ever [...]

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StrucSure Home Warranty Presents Platinum Builder Award to O’Dwyer Homes

StrucSure Home Warranty is proud to announce it has presented Dan O’Dwyer, President of O’Dwyer Homes, with its Platinum Builder Award. This award represents a mark of excellence and designates O’Dwyer Homes among the top builder members in the country. Obtaining a Platinum Builder designation with StrucSure Home Warranty is an accolade that is presented to builders who have [...]

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Learn the Key to Social Media Success

Jacksonville, it’s time to rev up your engines (not motorcycles but social media)! Author and managing partner of mRELEVANCE, Carol Morgan, provides the steps you need to reach your social media goals in her newly released book, “Social Media 3.0.” If you are ready to Rev up your social media program, this is the one [...]

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Outdoor Home Upgrade Tips from Equifax

Are you looking to redecorate your home in Jacksonville? If so, don’t forget about the outside! Upgrading your home’s exteriors/your outdoor space can make your home more enjoyable and attractive – especially during warmer months, when we can take full advantage of improvements. If you are looking to sell your home, upgrades to the outdoor [...]

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Steps for a Smooth Transition into Retirement

How many times have you seen someone “waste” their retirement years and you’ve sworn to yourself that you will not do the same and will make the best out of yours?  Transitioning into retirement, even if you have financial security, can be difficult for people who have worked their entire lives. Retirement is an adjustment [...]

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June Reports Show Jacksonville New Home Prices Rising

According to the latest report from the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors for June, the number of homes sold in Jacksonville dropped on a month-over-month basis, but that didn’t keep prices from continuing to rise. The median sales price was the highest since 2009 at $158,000 with the average sales price the highest since late [...]