Feb. 23, 2014

Orange Park FL waterfront homes under one million

Orange Park FL waterfront home values have been increasing over the last few years but there is still time to find a waterfront Orange Park FL Waterfront view home under one million dollars.  Summer is right around the corner and if you enjoy boating, water-skiing, fishing or any water activities, now is a great time to purchase an Orange Park waterfront home.

Search all Orange Park waterfront home for sale under one million

When looking at waterfront homes in Orange Park, FL you have a choice of purchasing a home that either backs up to St. Johns River or Doctors Lake either choice you can’t go wrong.

Homes on the water in Orange Park usually come with larger lots which give homeowners some more privacy and great waterfront views.  Think of plenty of weekends having friends and family over for BBQ’s or picnics or even just enjoying a morning cup of coffee on your back porch.



Next top waterfront agent in Orange Park - Robert Schwabe (904) 403-2429

Posted in Real Estate
Nov. 22, 2013

Oakleaf Plantation New Listings - Oakleaf Plantation Homes for sale Orange Park Real Estate

Oakleaf Plantation New Listings - Oakleaf Plantation Homes for sale Orange Park Real Estate.

Oakleaf Plantation is one of the more popular communities to live in Orange Park FL. Oakleaf Plantation homes for sale


Oakleaf Plantation new listings

Oakleaf Plantation has two athletic centers that offer baseball fields, soccer fields, fitness centers, Basketball Courts, Clubhouse, and playgrounds that all homeowners have a chance to enjoy. There is plenty of shopping and dining in the area located at the Oakleaf Town Center.




Posted in Real Estate
Aug. 14, 2013

Fleming Island Real Estate Market Report August 2013

July has been another great month for home sales on Fleming Island FL. A total of 242 homes sold on Fleming Island with a sales price average of $242,809 and an average of 71 days on the market. Fleming Island home sales

Fleming Island has also seen an increase in home values for 2013 with sale prices increasing and listing prices for 2013 increasing and then leveling off. 

Click here to see what your Fleming Island home is worth.





Next top agent  Fleming Island Plantation - Robert Schwabe

Posted in Market Reports
May 7, 2013

Fleming Island Waterfront Homes for Sale

Fleming Island Waterfront Homes for SaleWaterfront view

Welcome to the Fleming Island waterfront homes for sale. Your single stop for finding a waterfront home on Fleming Island. Whether you enjoy the views of Doctors lake or the St. Johns River, here you can search every available waterfront home for sale on Fleming Island.
Also, search Fleming Island new construction, foreclosures, short sales. Fleming Island condos. and Fleming Island waterfront.


As of today, there are many waterfront homes and properties for sale that are available to search. The number of waterfront homes changes daily, so be sure to keep coming back, to the best site for Fleming Island waterfront homes for sale.


Posted in Real Estate
April 11, 2013

Fleming Island FL waterfront homes under one million

 Summer is right around the corner and if you enjoy boating, water-skiing, fishing, or any water activities Fleming Island waterfront homes have all that to offer. When looking for waterfront homes on Fleming Island, you have a choice of purchasing a home that backs up to St. Johns River or Doctors Lake either choice you can't go wrong. Fleming Island waterfront homes usually come with larger lots so you can enjoy having friends and family over for BBQs or picnics.



Posted in Real Estate
Feb. 24, 2013

Florida Homestead Exemption and how to apply for it.

The Florida Homestead Exemption and how to apply for it


The Florida Homestead exemption is a property tax exemption enjoyed by legal Florida residents. The Florida Homestead exemption applies to homes, condos, townhomes, and certain mobile homes that must be approved before they qualify.

The constitution of the state of Florida provides for the homestead exemption on the first and third $25,000 of the assessed value of a home.

Florida residents qualify for the Homestead Exemption if they have made the property their home or if any legal or natural dependent have made the place their residence by the January of the year the tax exemption is applied for. January 1 is the date when a permanent residence is ascertained.

Applications for the Florida Homestead exemption for taxes is between the period of January 1 to March 1 for the year in which exemption is required. Once a homeowner has successfully filed for their Florida Homestead Exemption, it automatically is renewed annually as long as the ownership titles don't change. All the property owners should apply as Tenants in Common to claim all the coverage.

The procedure for application is as follows:

The proof of ownership

The applicant should provide proof of ownership of the home. The recorded deed or co-op proprietary lease should indicate the name of the person applying for the tax exemption. Where properties are held in trust, the owner may need to provide a copy of a trust agreement or a notarized certificate of trust.

The proof of permanent residence in Florida

The proof of residence for all applicants should show a date prior to January 1, for the year that the exemption is being filed. All applicants should also provide a Florida's Driving License or a Florida I.D. card for non-drivers. Applicants should also possess either a Florida Voter's registration or a recorded declaration of domicile. Non-US residents should additionally have proof of permanent residency, asylum or proof that one is the parent of a US-born (US citizen).

It is worth noting that the applicant or their marriage partner has a homestead exemption in another state on another home, then the applicant will not be eligible to qualify for tax exemption. Normally, the homestead exemption is granted to applicants based on their interest in the property. Applications for the Florida Homestead Exemption can be filed in person through email, online, or via mail. However, before this is done the owner should ensure that the required forms and copied documents are available and correctly filed.

The deadline to file for Homestead Exemption is March 1

Where to file for the homestead exemption if you live in Clay or Duval County FL.

Duval County

Duval County Property Appraiser
231 E. Forsyth St., Suite 270
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Office Hours: Monday - Friday
7 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Clay County

County Administration Building
Second Floor
477 Houston Street
U.S. Highway 17
Green Cove Springs, FL

Tax Collector's Office
Park Avenue Branch
1518 Park Ave
Orange Park, FL



Posted in Real Estate
Feb. 9, 2013

What is a CDD? (Community Development District)

What is a Community Development District Fee?

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In Northern Florida, there are countless community development districts that have popped up over the years, from big to small and everything in between. These planned housing communities oftentimes require a private or government financial bond to aid in the planning and building of the communities, traditionally these bonds are quite hefty as they provide the financial means for the development to have a sufficient budget to not only build the homes but complete the entire housing community as a whole. When a community planner accepts a financial bond it is expected that repayment of the bond loan will be covered in usually two ways: repayment from the company/firm that created the community or through CDD fees (community development district fees).
How is a CDD Fee Calculated?
Community development districts aren’t just a standard fee attached to any home in Northern Florida, they are carefully calculated based on both the overall size of the bond and the number of parcels attached to the housing community. The way the community development district fees are calculated is basically the amount of the bond minus by how much the company/firm has repaid or will repay towards the bond and then divided by the approximate number of parcels of land are in the community. From that point the community development district fees are given a set repayment plan for each buyer based upon the reasonable amount of time needed to repay the cost of the total fee, creating a set amount that needs to be paid monthly or yearly. Once that is done everyone who purchases a parcel of land in the housing community is required to pay the CDD fee over the length of the term of repayment.
What Does a CDD Fee Mean to a Home Buyer?
In the case of community development districts that establish a set fee to be repaid by the people who buy a parcel of land (home) in the community, a CDD fee is attached to the purchase of that parcel. Traditionally in areas in Northern Florida community development districts, fees are monthly/yearly payments that typically last around 20, 25 or 30 years… roughly about the length of the home loan that covered the cost of the purchase of the house. When a buyer purchases a parcel of land in the housing community, they agree to the CDD fee attached to it and it basically becomes another small expense attached to the overall costs of buying a home.

Here is a list of communities in Clay County, FL that have Community Development District fees CDD.

Neighborhoods in Orange Park, FL that have CDD fees
Eagle Landing
Oakleaf Plantation

Wilford Preserve

Neighborhoods in Fleming Island, FL that have CDD fees
Eagle Harbor
Fleming Island Plantation

Neighborhoods in Middleburg, FL that have CDD fees
Pine Ridge
Two Creeks


Neighborhoods in Green Cove Springs, FL that have CDD fees
Magnolia West
Rolling Hills

Cross creek

Posted in Real Estate
Oct. 6, 2012

Briar Oaks at Oakleaf Plantation - Orange Park, FL

Oakleaf Plantation Townhomes for sale

Briar Oaks  Oakleaf Plantation Townhomes For Sale


Briar Oaks at Oakleaf Plantation is located right off Plantation Oaks Blvd. in Orange Park FL. Briar Oaks is a gated single-family townhome community. There is also new construction available in briar oaks oakleaf plantation  by Dream Finders

Townhomes in Briar Oaks at Oakleaf Plantation were built between 2006 -2008 There will be around 214 single-family townhomes when they are completely built out.  There are about 50 townhomes that have not yet been built. All the townhomes in Briar Oaks were built by  Taylor Morrison Homes. Townhome sizes range from 1,439 sq. ft.  3 bedroom 2.5 bathroom townhome up to 1,882 Sq. Ft. 3 bedrooms 2 bathroom townhome.  About half the townhomes in Briar Oaks have great lake views or views of wooded preserve areas.

Homeowners in Briar Oaks have a reasonable monthly HOA fee and CDD fee of around $1,310* annually that includes access to enjoy all the amenities that living in Oakleaf Plantation has to offer including the two community pool, walking paths, basketball courts, picnic areas, tennis courts, playground, and an 18-home championship golf course at Eagle Landing that you can pay as you play or you can become a member with annual membership fees.

Oakleaf Plantation homes for sale

Briar Oaks at Oakleaf Plantation is in the Clay County public school district and is zoned for the following schools.

Plantation Oaks Elementary

Oakleaf Junior High

Oakleaf  High

School zoning is always changing. It’s always best to call the Clay school district at (904) 529-4954 to get the latest attendance zones.

Streets associated with the Briar Oaks Neighborhood

Crestwick Cir. - Buckthorne Dr.


Briar Oaks townhomes for sale

Briar Oaks Oakleaf Plantation townhomes for sale

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Oakleaf Plantation condos for sale




*This fee may be subject to change.  Call the Homeowners Association for the latest fees.

First Coast Association Management at (904) 998-5365



Posted in Real Estate
Sept. 12, 2012

Wells Fargo Short Sale Success in Fleming Island, Florida

Fleming Island Short Sale Robert  Schwabe with Keller Williams First Coast Realty just closed another short sale property located in Fleming Island Plantation in Fleming Island FL.
The home was a short sale and Robert Schwabe was able to bring one of their buyers to view the home a write a cash offer at $110,000. This home was listed as a short sale with Wells Fargo being the only lien holder on the property. The offer was submitted on 6/21/2012 and took a total of 63 days from an accepted offer to close! The seller received a FULL WAIVER OF DEFICIENCY with no contributions. Robert Schwabe helped facilitate the transaction to a smooth and successful closing.

If you are facing foreclosure and not sure what to do, it might be time to call a Fleming Island Plantation Realtor who can help you find a buyer for your home and get it sold. Robert Schwabe works with all homeowners who live in the Orange Park, Fleming Island, Green Cove Springs, Middleburg, and Jacksonville areas.

So, if you need help getting your home sold in today’s market and would like to get a custom home value report with no obligation, please call Robert Schwabe at Herron Real Estate  (904) 403 2429.


Posted in Real Estate
Aug. 27, 2012

Eagle Crest at Eagle Harbor Fleming Island FL

Eagle Crest Homes for sale


Eagle Crest at Eagle Harbor roads are in and new home construction has begun. They have 3 lots that they have poured foundations on. This new construction at Eagle Crests homes should take 4 to 5 months to build.  There are still around 14 lots of the 34 still available to buy a home at pre-construction prices.

If you would like more information and prices on homes call

(904) 403-2429


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