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26
 

I recently caught up with Troy Silhan, Production Manager and resident mortgage expert for Bank of England. He works with many local homeowners and was happy to provide major tips on what NOT to do before and during the loan process. The obvious list of problems to avoid includes pay your bills on time, save for a down payment, and so on. Here are some tips you might not have thought of:

1. DON’T change your name.
Regardless of the occasion (marriage or divorce), make sure not to change your surname when applying for a mortgage. As Troy says, “If you applied for a mortgage as Ms. Jones, then became Mrs. Smith, there is additional paperwork and things to do to make sure you are, in fact, one in the same person.” Your loan officer can let you know when you’re cleared to make the change!

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Northern St. Johns County has become one of the area’s most desired locations for homebuyers. It’s no wonder! Residents enjoy quick access to Jacksonville and an A-rated school district—all set against a pastoral backdrop of live oaks and palm trees (not to mention great golf).

In recent years, the area has experienced significant residential and commercial growth. The U.S. Census Bureau places St. Johns County as the 11th fastest-growing county in the U.S. (based on 2013/2014 estimates).

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Almost 10 years ago, the U.S. housing market turned downward and many Americans lost their homes to foreclosure. As a result, these families moved to rental homes, apartments and condos, waiting for the right time to buy again.

Now that the market has recovered, “boomerang buyers” as they’re called, are returning to the market ready to jump back in. However, many others still don’t know if they’re financially ready.

Bank of England Production Manager Troy Silhan recently explained how boomerang buyers can know when they’re ready, as well as what they can expect in this new market.

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Now that residential construction has gained momentum all around the greater World Golf Village area, businesses large and small are making their homes here as well. From banks and healthcare specialists to new eateries and shops, residents are enjoying more amenities than ever before – all just down the road.

Saint Johns Place, located just on the east side of I95, has added two new tenants. Village Dentist recently moved to its new location with the same great dentists, including Drs. Nick Tawil, Brian Young, Gaby Bahri, Nadeem Ahmed and Ross Fishman. The center also welcomes Baptist Primary Care, including Drs. Traci Bragg, Iulia Platte and Juan Fuentes.

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Jan
 
15
 

Gator’s Dockside is up and running in World Golf Village! If you aren’t familiar with the local-restaurant-turned-chain, Gator’s Dockside started with only one restaurant in Jacksonville before expanding their reach to 19 different locations throughout Florida. The family-friendly eatery is sports-themed and offers customers humongous flat screen TVs, pool tables, great food and awesome service. Perfect to grab a bite for lunch or watch some football!

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Davidson Realty is excited to announce their expansion to Jacksonville Beach! The grand opening of the new Jax Beach office is Thursday, January 21st from 4 to 7 pm and all our World Golf Village neighbors and friends are invited to join in on the fun! This is Davidson Realty’s second location, but a third location in Julington Creek/Mandarin area is planned for the near future.

Davidson Realty is very excited to expand their reach to better help their customers all over the First Coast. The event, located at 1500 Beach Boulevard, Suite 215, adjacent to Engine 15 Brewing Company, will offer guests complimentary beverages like craft beer by Engine 15 and a variety of wines. Hors Devours by Blackstone Grille will also be served.

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Davidson Realty recently rolled out its First Quarter 2016 referral contest and the prize is their best yet: a month-long membership at Serenata Beach Club! Anyone who refers a buyer, seller, tenant or home to be rented with Davidson is automatically entered to win the quarterly prize.

Located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Serenata Beach Club is widely regarded as one of Northeast Florida’s most luxurious coastal resorts – making this quarter’s prize one of the most valuable Davidson has offered! It’s also the closest private beach club to World Golf Village. Past prizes have also included beautiful gift baskets and gift cards to local eateries.

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We’re all busy with holiday hubbub and Christmas preparations, but before you know it we’ll be asking each other the same post-Christmas question: “What are your New Year’s plans?” Yes, the time has come to solidify where you will be ringing in 2016!

The First Coast has no shortage of great options no matter where you are in Northeast Florida. Here are some of the big events this year.

FERNANDINA BEACH

New Year’s Eve with Crescendo Amelia (Crescendo Amelia, Fernandina Beach, starts at 8 p.m.) With all-night entertainment from a 21-piece band, who wouldn’t want to go? Enjoy a classic cocktail or glass of wine while you dance the night away. Silent auction and raffle prizes will be offered, and all event profits go to the Nassau Humane Society.

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Looking for the perfect gift for a junior golfer? The PGA TOUR Golf Academy has you covered with its TOURAcademy Winter Golf Camps at World Golf Village. Programs are available during the holiday break for kids of all skill levels.

Campers will receive instruction from some of the country’s top instructors and experience a day in the life similar to a touring professional. Here are the camp options:

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Each year, we spend so much time shopping, wrapping, cooking, entertaining and managing seasonal hullabaloo that it can be difficult to actually enjoy this most festive time of year. Relax! We’ve nailed down the best ways to infuse you and your family’s holiday season with the most cheer (and the least stress). Here are three ways to get in the spirit:

1. Check out the local light displays. If there is one thing Northeast Floridians love, it’s a good holiday light display. Here are a few of the best through the area.

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