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One of the things you’ll learn very quickly when starting your home search is that there are many more monthly costs than just a mortgage payment when it comes time to purchase a home. If you’re a buyer looking at new construction, you’re bound to run into a few communities with a CDD fee - or community development district fee. You’ll find these fees in planned neighborhoods from Nocatee to Oakleaf Plantation to Julington Creek Plantation, and are another fee often in place or in addition to a Homeowners Association (HOA) fee. So what is the quick explanation of a CDD fee?

Spring has officially sprung, and that can only mean one thing for Jacksonville’s real estate market: things are about to get hot.

Are you buying or selling a home in Jacksonville during the next few months and looking for some advice? Grab your favorite brew and buckle down to learn the best tips and tricks for tackling the spring real estate market.

There’s plenty to do around Jacksonville this weekend, check it out:

Foodies & Movies in Orange Park

Food trucks and classic movies; what could be a better mix?

Each Friday night in March, the City of Orange Park is hosting a Foodies and Movies event at Town Hall Park from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. A live band will play from 6 to 8 p.m., with an outdoor movie starting at 8 p.m.

This week the chosen film is Who Framed Roger Rabbit, with music from Bootleg Creek. For more info on upcoming Foodies & Movies events, check out townoforangepark.com/foodies-movies.

The Great Urban Race

Are you a fan of the show Amazing Race? You should probably check out The Great Urban Race, coming to Jacksonville this Saturday. Hundreds of adventurers will take to the city streets from noon to 5 p.m. to unlock clues and participate in mental and physical challenges at unique stops throughout Jacksonville.

New to Jacksonville and looking for things to do? Or maybe you’ve been here a while and think you’ve done everything worth doing. You may think you know the First Coast, but read through this list and you may find you don’t know Jax.

1. Get face to face with lions, tigers and bobcats at Catty Shack Wildlife Ranch.

Home to Siberian tigers, lions, cougars, black leopards and other wild cats, Catty Shack Wildlife Ranch is a nonprofit sanctuary open to anyone who wants to get up close and personal with their favorite felines. Visitors can stop by on varying days of the week for a 45 minute guided tour, with tickets starting at $10 for adults, $5 for children.

Catty Shack Ranch is located at 1860 Starratt Road.

2. Brew your own batch of craft beer.

The success of Jacksonville’s craft breweries may have you day dreaming of one day brewing your own unique batch of beer. Dream no more - Engine 15 Brewing Company offers a brew-your-own program that caters to both new brewers and experienced brewers who don’t have the time to monitor every step of the brewing process.

You can brew your own recipe, or choose from one of Engine 15’s more than 100 tried-and-tested recipes, then bottle your own beer with personal labels.

Find more info on the Engine 15 website.

The Jacksonville Real Estate market continues to see a recovery towards a more healthy, stable marketplace, but at a more moderate pace. This isn't a bad thing - it means that the rise to normal inventory numbers and prices will be stable and less likely to falter. Some potential trends to watch for this year include increased seller activity as sellers become more confident in the market, more new construction to help combat low inventory numbers, and fewer foreclosures on the market as they continue to be picked up by investors and buyers willing to work with them.