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    Wednesday, January 12, 2022   /   by Blake Hollaway

    The Home Buyer's Roadmap & Checklist

    Buying a home is an important purchase but it doesn't have to be stressful. We have put together a home buyer's roadmap to give you some guidance on what to expect when you're going through the process of purchasing a new home.
    1. Initial Consultation With Your Local Agent

    Write out your home needs and wish list
    Prioritize your needs and wants
    Find a local market expert
    Get guidance and get educated
    Sign a Buyer's Brokerage Agreement

    2. Get PreApproved For a Home Loan

    Speak with a Lender. We here at Gailey Enterprises have some great suggestions we can make for possible lenders.
    Credit check 
    Obtain preapproval from your lender of choice
    Formal commitment by the lender to extend credit

    3. Start Your Home Search

    Set up a custom home search
    Discuss needs and wants with your agent
    Select homes you are interested in 
    View homes

    4. Make An Offer On Your New Home

    Strategize and prepare a strong offer based on current market trends
    Seller concessio ...

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    Monday, January 3, 2022   /   by Blake Hollaway

    7 Reasons People Are Moving To Ocala, Florida

    Ocala, Florida has grown quickly over the last few years. Why? Because Ocala has a lot to offer! Here are 7 reasons people are moving to Ocala, Florida. 
    1. Ocala is the horse capital of the world.
    That's right! Of the world! With the recent opening of The World Equestrian Center, Ocala has a variety of horse, rodeo, and other animal competitions and shows that bring crowds from all over the world to the city of Ocala. 
    2. Ocala is the #4 safest place to live.
    According to the US News & World Report Ocala is ranked as the number 4 safest place to live making it an ideal candidate for families looking to settle down. 
    3. Ocala is affordable.
    The sales price for a single-family home is lower than the national average. Property taxes are near the state average and sales tax is just under the state average giving an overall more affordable lifestyle.

    3. Ocala is the #16 best place to retire according to US News & World Report. 
    Because Ocala is affo. ...

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    Tuesday, December 28, 2021   /   by Blake Hollaway

    15 New Years Resolutions For Realtors

    With only 4 days left of 2021, now is a wonderful time to reflect, celebrate accomplishments, and set new goals for the coming year. With experts projecting that the real estate market will be equally, if not busier, this coming year, setting new goals now can really help you gear up for success and make the most of your year. 
    Lucky for you, we have created a list of some great new year resolution ideas specific to real estate agents! 
    1. Start Dialing
    Not sure where to start? Just picking up the phone is a good place. Dialing can help you create new connections, new leads, and grow your sphere of influence. Try setting aside at least an hour a day to make calls uninterrupted. Treat it like a job you have to show up for to help hold yourself accountable. 
    2. Post Daily On Social Media
    Make content part of your daily routine. Take pictures and videos throughout your day to help you batch your content. Come up with a consistent posting schedule even if it isn't eve ...

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    Wednesday, December 22, 2021   /   by Blake Hollaway

    11 New Schools in St. Johns County

    St. Augustine, Florida & St. Johns County has been growing at an amazing rate! As one of the fastest growing counties in the state, they have been making big plans to help with the growth of the area and the rapidly overpopulting schools.
    According to Action News Jacksonville, St. Johns County has a plan for nearly $350 million dollars to be used for new builds, repairs, maintenance, and remodeling projects over the next five to ten years. The plans include the building of eleven new schools as well as the expansion of some of the current school buildings. According to News4Jax, it is projected that the new schools will reduce the percentage of portable classrooms used in the district from 19% to 1% by 2025.
    Some of the new schools are expected to be completed by the summer of 2022 and ready for the 2022-2023 school year. A 73-acre lot has already been cleared and readied for construction. 
    The mascots, colors, and names of the schools are still being determined. The St.. ...

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    Friday, November 26, 2021   /   by Blake Hollaway

    6 Reasons To Buy A Home This Fall

    If you're in the market for a home here are six reasons why you should buy in the fall!
    1. Increase Number Of Homes For Sale
    Research has shown that people held off selling their homes in 2020 and early 2021 due to COVID-19. Now that the vaccine is more widespread, more people are finally listing their homes for sale again, giving home buyers more options to choose from again. 
    2. Possible Price Cuts On Older Listings
    Fall traditionally has fewer buyers due to the weather and the holiday season, making it the ideal time to get a good deal on a nice home that may have been sitting on the market for a longer period of time. 
    3. Slower Price Appreciation
    After a year of skyrocketing housing prices, experts are finally seeing the prices slow and lower. 
    4. Historically Low-Interest Rates
    Low-interest rates and slowing house prices are making buying a home more affordable.
    5. End Of Year Closing
    Homeowners looking to sell their home may want to take advantage of a; ...

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