What to know about home appraisals

Once you’ve found the perfect property, you likely will need an appraisal. So what does that all entail? Find answers to five common questions about this important piece of the home buying process.


1. Why is an appraisal required?
2. Do I need to hire an appraiser?
3. How do appraisers determine a home’s value?
4. How could the results of the appraisal affect my purchase?
5. Can I challenge the appraisal results?

Your NextHome First Coast Realtor can guide you on every step in the purchase process, including the appraisal. Discuss any additional questions or concerns you may have with your Realtor. We are here to help!

If you are looking for your next home, we are your brokerage of choice. 🧡🏠🐾🧡
Stephanie Sanalila – Florida Licensed Realtor, Owner
NextHome First Coast
St.Augustine, FL

How to become a Real Estate Agent

Here are the basic Steps to Become a Real Estate Agent in Florida

1. Purchase and begin Your 63 Hour Florida Pre Licensing Course for Sales Associate –

For pre-license course, recommend a company called The CE Shop. I like their formatting and they offer pre-license and continuing ed courses.


Truly you can use any online real estate school that is FREC approved and provides the 63 hour Florida Pre-license course for sales associates.

2. Apply For Your Real Estate License for Florida  https://www.myfloridalicense.com/CheckListDetail.asp?SID=&xactCode=1010&clientCode=2501&XACT_DEFN_ID=744

3. Get Fingerprinted – register here  https://dtis.com/ and then sign up for a location: most UPS stores will accommodate this – you can call to make an appointment and ensure you bring the proper identification required. 

4. Complete Your 63 Hour Florida Pre Licensing Course and Pass Your Florida Sales Associate Exam (through the online course you selected)

5. Schedule and Pass the Florida State Exam – this is scheduled as an in-person exam at a physical testing site through Pearson  https://home.pearsonvue.com/fl/realestate (there is a location off Baymeadows Rd in Jacksonville or others throughout Florida). 

6. Find a Sponsoring Broker to hang your license under – NextHome First Coast is an excellent choice! 🙂 That’s ME! Once you select a brokerage, you will sign up for the association (NEFAR) and MLS and get lockboxes and such. I can talk to you about all of that once you complete your exam. The first thing is to get licensed. If it takes a while for your application to be processed and approved and you find you have down-time while waiting to take the state exam, please contact me. I’ll give you an early glimpse into my Day One program, which is a training program for all new agents to set up their first 12 weeks to be successful in the first 12 months!

Resource links for reference:

FREC is the Florida Real Estate Commission, and they govern licensure.


DBPR is the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. They monitor your license once you have it, and ensure you are completing your continuing education credits on time.


There are continuing education credits required as a licensed Realtor, and many other things to learn as you go. The first step is getting the pre-license course selected and started!

Pace yourself, and try to accomplish an hour or two a day. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to take the exam. Call me for help or guidance as you progress through the pre-license course. I am happy to provide relevant examples to help you better understand the concepts in practice.

Best wishes on a successful real estate journey! I hope to be a part of your future.


Happy One Year Anniversary, NextHome First Coast!

Huge Announcement from NextHome First Coast!

NextHome-First-Coast-Logo-Horizontal-OrangeOnWhite-Web-RGBIt’s been a YEAR! Look at how much we have accomplished together! As a community, as friends, as colleagues, as partners. We have helped families find new homes, from down the road to clear across the country. We have run a fiscally responsible organization that is profitable and thriving, amidst the pandemic and economic craziness in the world today. We have made good decisions, dare I say GREAT decisions, in how to operate and market and follow up to follow through. We love on our clients from the moment we meet to each day thereafter. We never say goodbye at the closing table, instead we say thank you and appreciate the journey that brought us together and look forward to building the future. We sold houses, but we made friends, and we contributed to a thriving community.


As a company, NextHome First Coast wants to celebrate all of our clients and friends that have helped us accomplish our goals. We planned on a big anniversary bash party to thank each and every person that has supported us in our journey. But amid a pandemic, gathering in large groups is not suggested. This year, our very first anniversary, we couldn’t let it go unnoticed or uncelebrated. So we decided to invest in the community by donating $1000.00 to Strong Like Steve Foundation, a non-profit foundation with the mission to assist adults with special needs and their caregivers. This mission is close to our hearts and this contribution is in complete gratitude to EACH of our clients who ultimately funded this donation. If you bought or sold a house with us, or were engaged in any part of that process in 2020, you have made it possible for us to make this donation on your behalf.


NextHome First Coast is a proud sponsor of Strong Like Steve Foundation. We believe in Humans over Houses. We believe in enriching lives by helping people find their next home. We believe in abilities, not disabilities. We believe all humans have strengths to share, and it is up to each of us to discover our own and bring out the strength in those around us.


Thank you from NextHome First Coast for the warm welcome into the community this past year. We appreciate your support, your engagement, and most importantly, your trust.

Happy One Year Anniversary to NextHome First Coast!