New construction is booming throughout Northeast Florida and has left buyers with an important decision to make: buy a new home or a previously owned home. We recently sat down with Bank of England Production Manager Troy Silhan for tips to help homebuyers understand the differences in the buying process and how to avoid issues.
According to Troy, the buying process is essentially the same from pre-approval through closing, but there are a few distinctions. His advice is to follow a few simple guidelines: determine your priorities early, utilize a Realtor’s expertise and thoroughly understand the contract.
The 3rd Annual Golf Festival at World Golf Village is back September 23rd – 25th and is bigger and better than ever! This free event is open to the public and features fun for golf lovers of all ages. Swing by for free interactive golf clinics, appearances by Hall of Fame members, free family golf, live music, Demo Day, a kids’ zone, food trucks and free Hall of Fame admission. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.
The event will start with a Kickoff Tournament at the Slammer & Squire on Friday, September 23rd, followed by the Grace & Grit Exhibit Opening at the World Golf Hall of Fame. Tournament awards will take place at Murray Bros Caddyshack afterwards.
Davidson Cares, the corporate giving program of Davidson Realty, is excited to announce their 1st Annual Shooting for SAYS Event on Thursday, October 20th at Jacksonville Clay Target Sports! Since the Davidson family is passionate about shooting sports, they thought an afternoon of shooting with friends to raise money for St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS) would be an excellent new tradition for Davidson Cares. All proceeds from the event will benefit the boys at SAYS, which provides a safe, therapeutic home for boys 6-18 years of age that have suffered from severe abuse and neglect. SAYS takes in boys from all over the state of Florida.
Davidson Realty, World Golf Village’s local real estate office, has been giving away some awesome prizes for anyone referring business to the company. Rebecca Didi, a nurse, was entered to win Davidson’s 2nd Quarter Referral Prize (an RTIC roto-molded cooler and two 20 oz. RTIC tumblers) after referring a coworker to Davidson Realtor Suzy Evans. Suzy had previously helped Rebecca buy and sell a home!
Davidson just announced their 3rd Quarter Referral Prize, a silver unisex Mango Toucan beach cruiser bicycle, valued at more than $200. This referral contest will run until the end of September when the winner is chosen on September 26th.
The world is ramping up to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and the World Golf Hall of Fame is celebrating with a new exhibit dedicated to golf’s place in Olympic history.
Dubbed “Road to Rio: Golf’s Return to the Olympics,” the exhibit features two rare gold and silver medals won by H. Chandler Egan at the 1904 Summer Games, information about the Olympic qualifiers, changes to Olympic uniforms from 1900 to today, and more. Visitors can even have a photo taken on the Olympic podium holding their country’s flag.
Get out the sparklers and stock up on party snacks – it’s almost Independence Day! Once again, the World Golf Hall of Fame is celebrating in style with its annual festivities and fireworks display on Sunday, July 3.
World Golf Village’s 4th of July fireworks have long been regarded as one of Northeast Florida’s largest displays. Plus, the show gets better every year so it’s a must-see this year!
In this day and age it is easy to manage nearly every aspect of life on our own. However, home sellers are finding many more cons than pros emerge when they consider selling their own home. Back in 2005, 13% of sellers sold their home as a FBSO (For Sale By Owner). Fast forward 10 years and FSBO homes accounted for just 8% of home sales in 2015 (source: National Association of Realtors).
Sherry Davidson, President of Davidson Realty, helped shed light on why this is the case. “Sellers are realizing the drawbacks outweigh the advantages when they list a FSBO,” said Sherry. “In general, we are seeing FSBO homes stay on the market longer and end up selling for less than homes sold with the assistance of an agent who knows the market, appropriate pricing and property marketing techniques.”
Welcome to Legacy Trail, World Golf Village’s newest single-family home community located within walking distance from the World Golf Hall of Fame, Murray Bros Caddyshack Restaurant, the IMAX theater and the Slammer & Squire golf course. Legacy Trail is offering 29 exclusive homesites that feature the signature coastal style that community builder Emerald Homes is known for. Join Davidson Realty agent Mirtha Barzaga and I for a video tour!
Attention neighborhood Realtors! Davidson Realty is hosting a Realtor training on Thursday, June 23rd from 4 to 5:30 pm to help agents better understand TRID (TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule). The presentation will take place at Davidson’s World Golf Village office, located at 100 East Town Place, St. Augustine 32092, and focus on crucial changes affecting Realtors and their customers.
If you’ve ever applied for a mortgage, you undoubtedly asked a lot of questions. Troy Silhan knows all too well that answering borrower questions is vital to an open, productive lending process. And as Bank of England Mortgage Production Manager and Davidson Realty’s resident mortgage expert, he has the answers.
“Because of ever changing lending regulations, market adjustments and so on, it’s not uncommon for borrowers to have a long list of questions – even those who have purchased several homes,” said Troy. “This is a big investment, so it is important to understand each step throughout.”