Judy Griffin's Blog Posts

FHA Increases Loan Limits For 2019

FHA loan limits increased for 2019WASHINGTON – Dec. 17, 2018 – The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced the agency's new schedule of loan limits for 2019, with most areas in the

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How To Negotiate Repairs After A Home Inspection

How to Negotiate Repairs After a Home Inspection: Haggling Tips for BuyersBy Cathie Ericson | Oct 19, 2017 fstop123/iStockIf you're buying a home, you'll want to know how to

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Chip And Joanna Gaines Target Collection

Chip and Joanna Gaines' Target Collection: 6 Home Decor Items That Will Sell Out FastBy Natalie Way | Nov 3, 2017 target.comNow's your chance to bring a little piece of Chip and

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8 Frightening Things In Sellers Homes That Can Scare Buyers Silly

8 Frightening Things in Sellers' Homes That Can Scare Buyers SillyBy Cathie Ericson | Oct 17, 2017 ktsimage/iStockNo matter how gorgeous your home is, it could contain an item

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Protecting Your Valuables During A Move

Moving isn’t cheap. And really, it shouldn’t be. If it is, you might find out how expensive it can get when all of your valuable possessions have been destroyed in the move! Whether you’re

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How To Handle A Troublesome Tree

If you have a troublesome tree on your property, dealing with it responsibly, economically, and safely is important. While you may own a chainsaw, tackling the project yourself can be extremely.

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Do I Need A Real Estate Agent To Buy From A Builder

Q: Do I need to hire a real estate agent to represent me when I buy a new home from a builder?A: Legally, no. But if you don’t, you might be missing out on some tangible benefits that impact

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Do You Need An Umbrella Policy

An Umbrella Policy is important to protect all your assets if you are ever sued including your investment properties. In our “law suit happy” society, you may need to have an extra layer of

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New Homes In Niceville Deer Moss Creek

Ruckle Properties is developing it's newest subdivision in Niceville, Deer Moss Creek. Situated in the back of Rocky Bayou, the planned community will have easy access to the bases and the sugary

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Things To Consider When Buying Your New Home

The current Real Estate market we're in across the country is on fire! Make sure when you're ready to pull the trigger on your purchase, avoid these detrimental mistakes.1. Timing: In today's,

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4 Tips For First Time Buyers

Buying your first house is an exciting adventure. Here are a few tips to help you find the home of your dreams.1. Find out how much home you can afford. As a rule of thumb you do not want to spend

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5 Things To Do In Destin In April

April is one of the best times of the year to visit Destin. The air and water temperatures are in the 70's perfect for a day at the beach. Besides the obvious outings at the beach, here are a list

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Best First Time Buyer Loans

Owning a home is part of the American Dream. There are many factors to consider but the one that is on the top of the list of priorities is finding an affordable mortgage. Here are a few loans that

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Winter Tips For Your Home

12 Simple Home Repair Jobs to Lift You Out of Winter's FunkFight winter doldrums with easy home repairs that’ll raise spirits and get your house ready for spring. ReadErase Ugly Scratches from

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Holding Out For A Higher Price

Holding Out for a Higher PriceSource: Story provided by: Dian Hymer, Inman NewsIt’s not unusual for sellers to have an over inflated opinion of the value of their home. Often this comes from pride

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7 Red Flags Not To Overlook At An Open House

7 Red Flags Not To Overlook At An Open HouseWhen you're on the hunt for a new home, weekends spent touring open houses can quickly veer from fun to daunting by house No. 3. Keeping track of which

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10 Factors Most Likely To Influence Your Sale

Selling Tips10 Factors Most Likely to Influence Your Sale  There are many factors which influence a sale. The following checklist of items will bring you closer to a sale. By carefully;

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Swimming Pool Ownership

In Florida, it seems that everyone looking for a home wants to have a pool in the back yard or if the house does not have one there mustto be room to add one.  It is often easier and more

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Discount Homes For Teachers Firefighters EMTs And Law Enforcement

Would you like to buy a home for 50% off the listing price?Believe it or not, you might be eligible to do just that. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has a program called “Good

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Tips For Making New Friends In Your Neighborhood

So you’ve just moved to a neighborhood you love, but you don’t know the neighbors. No problem! In this blog post I share some tried-and-true tips for connecting with the neighborhood.Post Body

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3 Big Myths Of Home Buying

I’m here to save you pain, buyers. There are myths about the home shopping experience that must be addressed. I like to make the home buying experience as stress-free as possible, so please hear

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The Secrets To Pricing A Home Right

The pricing conversation is always a challenge. You want top dollar for your home, and your real estate agent will, too. After all, a better commission comes from a better price. But a lot of

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Ask Your Agent The Right Questions

Odds are the day will come when you need to speak to a real estate agent to help you sell your home. When that day comes, you want to be absolutely sure you have the knowledge you need to choose

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Fixer Upper Or Move In Ready Home

Shows like HGTV's "Fixer Upper" have popularized the idea of buying and renovating the worst house on the best block. Homes that need major remodeling, however, aren't

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Greening Up Your Home Garden

Do you have a home garden? Are you thinking of starting one? Are you concerned about pesticides and expenses associated with growing your own food? Check out these tips for making a home garden

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Sandestin Wine Festival

The Sandestin Wine Festival will be held on April 14 - 17 in the Village of Baytowne Wharf. The many events range from wine tastings, to wine dinners, and even a Solaris wine cruise.  

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Instant Home Makeovers

Not every home makeover has to be a major project that lasts days, weeks, or even months. There are a ton of quick touch-ups and fixes that can make a huge difference in the look and feel of your

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Homeowner Tax Breaks

One of the many perks of home ownership is big tax breaks. So whether you’re doing your taxes yourself or getting help from a professional, it’s important to take advantage of those breaks

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Front Door Greetings

FRONT-DOOR GREETINGSA home’s front door is among one of the first things that buyers notice when pulling up to a home. When selling your home, it should be one of the first things to be

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Supersizing Small Living Spaces

Has your home started to feel a little small for your family? It happens to the best of us. The things we own gradually end up colonizing a lot of our free space, and the house which felt “just

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Down Payment Saving Tips

Every month you pay the rent, you’re probably thinking, “I wish this money was going into my future.” For a lot of would-be first-time home buyers, it’s the down payment which makes home

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Foreclsoures In Niceville Florida

Looking for a foreclosure in Niceville? Click the link to see what's available today:http://judy.nicevilleflhomes.com/index.php?types[]=1&types[]=2&types[]=35&areas[]=area%3ANiceville&fbts=7263303

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How Can A Real Estate Agent Help Me

Seven main roles of your real estate agentA Buyer's Real Estate Agent: Educates you about the local market and the available properties. Analyzes your wants and needs within your budget.

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7 Tips To Remember Before Applying For A Mortgage

Getting a loan in today is not as easy as it once was. Small little blips can mean the difference between getting a mortgage or not. Here are a few tips to follow when getting ready before you

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Ready To Move Up

Homes with outdated kitchens and baths are only two of the many limitations that lead homeowners to have ambivalent feelings about their homes. The good news is that they no longer need to feel

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The Best Mortgage Calculators

The Best Mortgage CalulatorsLooking for a new home is an exciting time. Most buyers begin their search online and can find all of the homes currently on the market in just a few quick click of the

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Tis The Season For Charity

There are those in this world who do not enjoy the comforts of home. Those who lack the fundamentals of food, shelter, and safety. During the holiday season it can be easy to overlook the less

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Low Down Payment Loans

Many buyers that I work with in today’s market do not have a lot of cash to put down on a house. The good news is that there are a lot of loan programs available that allow you to 

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Understanding how to find and finance the perfect home for you!Buying a house requires a lot of time and effort, but these 10 steps can help make the home buying process manageable and help you make

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Why October Is A Good Month To Sell Your Home In Niceville

October is one of my favorite months of the year, the weather is cooler, there are less people at the beach and you no longer have to wait for a table at area restaurants. October is also

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Fall Fun On The Destin Harbor

Plug in to some local fun on the Destin Harbor!  If you missed the Seafood Festival, no worries..Monster Mash Pub Crawl is right around the corner.  I'm betting on another big crowd.  

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3 Upgrades That Add VALUE To Your Home

One of the best things a seller can do to increase the value of their home is start on a few home improvement projects.  The following are some of the least expected upgrades that can pack a

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Pumpkin And Gourd Wreath

To make the pumpkin-and-gourd wreath, first cover a 20-inch foam form with sheet moss, using a glue gun to hold the moss in place. Loop a 3-inch-wide burlap ribbon over the wreath to create a hanger

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Seller Tips Cleaning

My grandmother’s idea of clean and mine are totally different. Don’t get me wrong, I like a clean house and mine is usually clean to the casual observer but I know that it would not pass my

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7 Reasons You Need Flood Insurance

You’ve bought your new home, decorated each room and picked up a great quote on home insurance. Now, it’s time to relax, right? Not so fast.There’s a good chance you might need to

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Destin Commons Dash

The Destin Commons Dash takes off August 29 at 8 am with three main events: 1 Mile Fun Run1 Mile Relay Fun Run 1 Mile Walk Join “The Ticket” Sports Network and help raise funds for

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Crucial Questions For Sellers Agents

Odds are the day will come when you need to speak to a real estate agent to help you sell your home. When that day comes, you want to be absolutely sure you have the knowledge you need to choose

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Dont Get Caught Underwater Flood Insurance

It’s a nightmare situation, and we’ve all seen it on the news before: Water lapping at people’s roofs, furniture floating in inundated living rooms, and entire livelihoods swept away by

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How To Work With A Buyers Agent

When buying or selling a house most people will find themselves in need of a real estate agent. Knowing how they operate will help you benefit the most from the relationship.Here are a few simple

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Interest Rates Are Edging Up

Interest Rates are Edging UpLenders will agree that interest rates are bound to go up in the future unfortunately they will  increase sooner than most people imagine. I study trends&

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Niceville Real Estate Update

Niceville Real Estate Update As you may have noticed, prices of real estate along the Emerald Coast have been slowlyincreasing over the last 12 months.The real estate outlook is

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Just Sold 4277 Skipjack Ln Niceville

Another successful closing at 4277 Skipjack. The house was a beautiful Huff built home in Bluewater Bay. The two story home featured hardwood floors in the living areas and master bedroom. Beautiful

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How To Make A Down Payment Possible

How To Make A Down Payment PossibleEvery month you pay the rent, you’re probably thinking, “I wish this money was going into my future.” For a lot of would-be first-time home buyers, it’s

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Questions To Ask When Interviewing A Real Estate Agent

Buying or selling a property is one of the biggest transactions that the average person is involved with.  Picking the right agent to work with will help insure that you have a successful and

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Tips For Buying A New Home

Have you always fantasized about buying the home of your dreams, a brand new pristine home? Here are a few tips that can help you make the process a great experience.Hire Your Own AgentThe builder

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Fix Your Credit Before Shopping For A Home

Credit scores can come back to haunt you in many aspects of your life so why not start fixing it now?! First thing is to pull your credit report and see what is "exactly on it".   Site like www

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Home Hunt Tip Dont Disregard These 3 Crucial Details

Think you’ve found the perfect home? Think again. There are three little details which can turn an ideal house into the world’s most annoying location. Before you make your offer, take into

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Making Little Feel Big Tips To Upsize Your Small House

Has your home started to feel a little small for your family? It happens to the best of us. The things we own gradually end up colonizing a lot of our free space, and the house which felt “just

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I was working with a buyer a few weeks ago who cancelled the contract on a house he was purchasing because he became nervous that he was overpaying when Zillow's Zestimate of the

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How Long Does it Take to Sell a House?When I list a home for sale one of the first questions I need to know is how soon the folks need to move. From there we can determine a pricing strategy

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