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Navigating This Market Can Be Complex At Times

  • Every seller will have different closing timeframes, negotiation styles and pricing strategies for accepting your offer.
  • It is much easier to find a home that meets your needs, negotiate a contract, and close the transaction with an experience agent by your side.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR HOME BUYING JOURNEY

Key Considerations Along the Path

Location

  • Where are you looking to buy?
  • Is proximity to the beach important?
  • Close to the airport?
  • Consider your hobbies and accessibility to facilities.
  • Think about what is most important, location or price.

Motivation

What will this move do for you and your family when we find you the perfect home?

Mortgage or Cash

  • Pre-approval – If you plan to obtain a mortgage, a pre-approval is critical as it will narrow down your search and allow you to make offers with confidence. We can connect you with an experienced and reputable lender.
  • Cash – Are your funds available?

Urgency

What is your desired timeline? Outside of a general tour, the best time to start scheduling showing appointments is when you are 2-3 months out from purchase.

Price

Your perfect price point includes both affordability and your spending comfort level. Being open and honest with us is critical in allowing us to connect you with your ideal home.

Agent

Selecting the right agent is important. The Volen Group prides themselves on being responsive. We are skilled at offering boutique-level service. Our team is known for being savvy, charming, tasteful, influential, community-oriented, and customer driven.

WHY THE VOLEN GROUP?

Because We Are The Leaders in Our Market and Miles Above the Competition

Our 2023 Numbers

2023 CLOSED SALES:$108.5 Million+
AVERAGE SALE PRICE:$1.8 Million
TOTAL TRANSACTIONS:60 Families Served
LIST : SOLD RATIO:97%

UNDERSTANDING FLORIDA REAL ESTATE CONTRACTS

The Key Components

BINDER DEPOSIT:Typically 2-3% of Purchase Price
Also referred to as “escrow” or “earnest money”
MORTGAGE AMOUNT:Most Conventional Loans Require 20% Down
PURCHASE PRICE:On Average, Homes in Jacksonville Sell for 97% of List Price
INSPECTION PERIOD:10-day Timeframe is the Norm
LOAN CONTINGENCY:30 Days is Contract Default for Loan Approval
CLOSING DATE:Negotiable, but Typically 30-45 Days

AREAS WE SELL

RELOCATING

Which Area is Best for You?

If you are new to the area, it is important to find the best neighborhood for you. Here in Northeast Florida we are surrounded by numerous waterways, beautiful beaches and stunning oceanfront views.

Whether you are looking for a beach house, a home by the river, or a place downtown, we will help you find it!

We enjoy giving clients a “flavor of Jacksonville” tour to help better understand what the area has to offer.

In 2015 Gwinn created The Ponte Vedra Focus. The Focus is a great resource for learning about the area – from restaurants to entertainment to communities.

It is the perfect guide to help you explore local spots and get to know your future neighbors!

Ponte Vedra Locals
Ponte Vedra Moms
Ponte Vedra Seniors

The Best in Class Team

Click name for more info on each agent or team member
Gwinn Volen, Realtor
GWINN VOLEN
Owner, CEO, Team Lead
REALTOR
Karen Tyrrell, Realtor
KAREN TYRRELL
Buyer Specialist
REALTOR
Willow Logue, Realtor
WILLOW LOGUE
Buyer Specialist
REALTOR
Cindy Moody, Realtor
CINDY MOODY
Buyer Specialist
REALTOR
Jennifer Heller
JENN HELLER
Licensed Assistant
Operations Manager
NANCY FREEMAN
Licensed Assistant
Listing Concierge

BREAKING IT DOWN

Establish Financing Method

  • Remember to connect with a lender early, unless you’re buying a home with cash. Getting pre-approved by a lender is critical. Offers will not be accepted without pre-approval. We work with a variety of highly experienced and recommended lenders.
  • Establish a true budget.
  • Proof of funds is needed if paying cash.

Prioritize Your Criteria

  • Prioritize your wish list and write it down so you can refer back to it.
  • Keep in mind almost every purchase includes some tradeoffs.

Start The Home Search

  • We will establish a property alert for you on our website. Please “heart” properties that appeal to you.
  • When you are “ready” to hit go, we’ll start making showing appointments.

Make An Offer

  • It is still a seller’s market, and yet buyers have more leverage than in 2021 and 2022.
  • Techniques for best offers:
    • Modifying contingencies
    • Showing financial soundness
    • Providing flexibility where you can
    • Understanding seller’s motivations

Under Contract

  • Welcome Jenn Heller, Operations Manager, to the process. Your agent remains involved for all negotiations.
  • Contract goes to title company (known as Escrow in some areas) for title search, survey, etc.
  • Contract sent to lender, if applicable.

Schedule The Inspection

  • Contracts have default 10-day inspection period.
  • You may exit the contract at your sole discretion during this time.
  • Typical inspections include:
    • General home inspection
    • Termite inspection (WDO)
    • Pool inspection
  • Repair list to be established if needed.
  • Consider reinspection

Secure Your Financing

  • Submit official loan application
  • Provide lender requested documentation in a timely fashion – this can be cumbersome, prepare yourself

Homeowners Insurance

  • Investigate during the inspection period so you understand costs
  • Mortgage companies require you to have insurance coverage so start early
  • Understand if flood insurance is required. www.gis.sjcfl.us/floodviewer/

Close and Set Move In Date

  • Set up closing time with Jenn.
  • You are entitled to a final walkthrough of the property (typically done the evening before or morning of closing).
  • Make sure remaining funds owed on your end are wired to the title company at least 24 hours prior to closing.
  • Plan your move – if possible build in a window between closing day and move in just in case there are delays.

WHEN YOU HAVE QUESTIONS KNOW WHAT TO ASK

Ask the Agent:

What does a strong offer look like?
What contingencies should we consider or skip?
Can I ask for a credit for repairs?
Can we renegotiate close date?
I’d like to exit the contract, what do we do?
What expenses should I expect after buying?
What is the resale value like in this neighborhood?
What are typical closing costs?
What is your fee?

Ask Jenn:

How do I get wiring instructions?
Do you have a good painter recommendation?
Can I write a personal check for my binder?
What day is closing again?
Can you send me the timeline of contract deadlines?
Have you heard from the lender?
Who do you recommend for inspections?
When will I see a settlement statement?
What is the title commitment for?

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