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February
21

Florida Chowder

Rich, flavorful Minorcan chowder kicks it up a notch with the addition of zippy datil peppers and hearty fresh clams. Our real estate agents indulge their cravings for one of Florida's famous foods at these wonderful restaurants right near the coast.

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January
13

Conch Fritters

Conch shells are thought to contain the sound of the ocean, and they also contain a unique form of meat. Known as "the escargot of Florida," conch fritters are one of the state's famous foods that can be found at these top restaurants. 

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July
30

Front Door Paint

Once you have your dream house, the next step is to make it your own. And the best place to start is with the front door. It's the first thing people see before they walk in; it should make a decorative statement about who you are and what kind of home this is. Here are some paint options to consider.

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July
20

Splash Pads

Summer is here, and there are few things that kids love more than spending a hot day cooling off at the local splash pad. From the piers near St. Augustine to the parks of Green Cove Springs, there are plenty of local splash pads throughout Northeast Florida that the kids will enjoy. Many of the region's best splash pads are also part of larger attractions, making it easy to plan a full day of family fun. We've got the details on five Northeast Florida splash pads where you can plan a fun family outing this summer.

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August
20

Home value is a tricky thing. Factors that are out of your control – the market, your neighborhood, and more – can cause your home's value to inflate and deflate. But there are ways to control your home's value, and that's why we're here. Whether your budget is big or small, we've gathered an assortment of projects that will help maximize your home's value.

Focus on Small Improvements

Great things often come in small packages. The same applies to home renovations and maintenance projects designed to maximize your home's value. Sure, installing a brand-new roof or completely remodeling your kitchen will likely boost value, but those sorts of projects will also drain your budget fast. Focus on smaller-scale projects to see big payoffs in the long run.

Hire an Inspector

Inspectors can identify flaws in your home that you didn't even know were there. Once you know they exist, you can take steps to remedy them.

Give the Illusion of Space

You can't magically change your square footage, but you can rely on visual tricks to give the illusion of greater space. Replace heavy curtains with blinds to let in more light – natural light helps a room feel more open. You could also try adding a large mirror to essentially double the space.

Boost Curb Appeal

First impressions matter, so make sure your home always makes a strong one with high curb appeal. Refresh the exterior paint if it needs it, decorate your front door, and consider adding accent items like light fixtures or furniture to your home's walkway as ways to ensure your home presents a handsome exterior.

Maintain Landscaping

Keep your lawn neat and tidy with regular landscaping can be a major factor in maximizing your home's value. Shrubs, colorful plants, and flowers can liven up your yard as well, but make sure to keep everything trimmed and well-manicured.

Plant a Tree

Planting a tree has a long-term payoff, but it's well worth it if you don't plan on selling anytime soon. A fully grown mature tree boosts curb appeal and can help with cooling costs by providing shade. Consider it a solid investment that boosts your home's value in the future.

Add Money-Saving Luxuries

You may not live in a multi-million-dollar beachfront mansion, but that doesn't mean you can't add affordable luxuries on a smaller scale. For instance, installing a water filtration system to your kitchen sink not only gives you clean water to drink without having to constantly drop money on water bottles, but it's also the kind of touch that will attract homeowners.

Painting

A fresh coat of paint always helps to liven up rooms or your curb appeal, and for those reasons it can have a positive impact on your home value.

Clean Up

Cleaning the house might just be a weekend ritual in your house, but if you're looking to sell, it can make a huge difference. Clean houses look better, feel better, and typically have a better chance at selling.

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