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28 | Family!


for Buying and Selling Your Home


By Andrew J. Carswell


any families on the First Coast dream about home ownership, but don’t know where to start when buying a house. Other families are looking to sell their homes so that they can move into a new home. Real estate can be tricky to navigate for those outside of the industry. But, we’re giving local families an insider's view on buying and selling real estate. We found


local experts from a variety of different backgrounds in real estate who provided us with information that will guide you as you buy and sell real estate in our area.


Buying If you are thinking about buying a home, now is the time to


do it. If you don’t know where to start, consider taking a beginners course to help you navigate the market. First Coast real estate specialist Leah Adams implores potential buyers to contact a licensed real estate agent in order to find out about the various programs available for guidance and support. “Tere are many special programs for first time home buyers; they would only need $1,000 out of their own pocket, a minimum [credit]


score of 640, and to take a first time homebuyer course that lasts for eight hours. Tis program is called the Florida Bond for First Time Home Buyers.”


It is impossible to discuss real estate without talking about


location. Most of us have heard the rule of thumb when considering any real estate sale or purchase: location, location, location. When thinking about location, it’s important to consider what you and your family want in terms of lifestyle. If your family enjoys leaving a small eco-footprint, then a location


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