John Raker - Real Estate Advisor

Our Spring Real Estate Market is now in full swing! In addition to getting asked “How is the Market,” I am also often asked about the prices of specific homes on the market AND the current value of peoples homes. So to help, here are TWO FREE resources that you can use whenever you want to determine home prices for yourself:


Become a real estate insider with the Engel & Völkers property search app, EVInsider. It has the most accurate, up-to-date MLS information, and features augmented reality search, large photos, advanced search filters, and more. It can be used nationwide, as well as here in Nassau county, wherever homes are listed on the multiple-listing-service. Download it now: EV INSIDER SEARCH APPLICATION


Just type in the address and in one click use this weblink to view (3) separate price valuations for your property (includes zillow and 2 others). The site allows you to edit the number of beds, baths and square footage and provides really interesting Maps showing Buyer Activity and past 90-days of color-coded Buyer Search Areas specific to your property location. You can also review Recent Nearby Sales and have the ability to receive FREE monthly updates on your property evaluations by e-mail. Click here to visit:  FREE Home Price Valuation with (3) different sources 

Thank you for your interest and please call on me if I can help you or your family and friends with their real estate needs.

John Raker, Real Estate Advisor
cell:  1-904-557-8054

5185 South Fletcher Avenue
Amelia Island, Florida 32034


How is the Market for SELLERS?

Contrary to our volatile fishing weather, our Spring Real Estate Selling Season is off to a Fantastic start. Here are three listings that I have under contract!

2478 South Fetcher is an Oceanfront Amelia Island home that was professionally updated and in move-in ready condition with a great mid-island location.

2720 Jean Lafitte in the Sea Grove Island
community went under-contract before we officially launched it on our MLS.

06744 Soap Creek is a Marsh front lot in
Oyster Bay Harbour that has a community lake across the street in front and expansive marsh views to Amelia Island from the rear.

For Amelia Island Sellers here is some Data from our local multiple listing service:

Of the 106 Amelia Island properties under contract 84 went under contract since the end of January with a Median Price of $759,000 from a list price range of $5,100,000 (oceanfront home) to $175,000 (a lot).

Just like with successful fishing, a professional guide with expert knowledge who understands current conditions/seasons with 10 years  or ore direct experience can more successfully market and sell our home more quickly and at a higher price than those without. I can be your guide to help you successfully navigate our real estate market!

If you have questions, or wish to refer friends or family, please contact me so that I can help!

John Raker 
Real Estate Advisor, Engel & Völkers
(904) 557-8054 (m)


How is the market? 

There are 786 Active Listings in our local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) today (2/5/2024). 

This is traditionally a very low number for our Inventory! 

A normal count used to be closer to 1,100-1,300 active listings prior to Covid-19. During periods of the Covid pandemic, inventory here dropped to just under 350. With all the new homes and communities that have been built over the last few years, this makes the percentage of total homes for sale even lower comparatively.

 Of the 786 Active Listings:

23     Commercial
78     Condominiums
2       Duplexes
196   Lots and Land Parcels
4       Multifamily
34     Rentals
449   Residential Homes

Of the 449 Active Homes for sale in the MLS, 141 are on Amelia Island and the Median asking price of Amelia Island Homes is $1,050,000 (from range of $9,975,000 - $369,000. The Median number of Days-on-Market (DOM) for these listings is 67 Days (from Range of 415-0). 

Of the 308 other Active Homes in our MLS, the Median asking price is $618,950 (from range of $5,500,000 - $139,000) and their Median number of DOM is 59 (from Range of 360 - 0) 

Please contact John Raker for a custom property valuation and market analysis.

Thank you for reading,

John Raker 
Real Estate Advisor, Engel & Völkers
(904) 557-8054 (m)


Active Homes for Sale with Deep Water Docks!

(1)  1889 Sunrise Drive on Amelia Island’s protected Egan’s Creek. Dock is built and home is new construction to be built by Arthur Rutenberg Homes
$2,064,000 3 Beds, 3.5 Baths with 2,759 sq.ft.
         Click on:

(2) 95003 Nassau River Road off Island location near fantastic in-shore fishing grounds. Home has Workshop and plenty of room on acreage for expansion or pool.
$1,350,000 3 Beds, 3 Bath with 2,495 sq.ft.
         Click on:

(3) 9294 Heckscher Drive is a Custom Luxury Estate Home with Pool and Private Dock with Lift on St. Johns River south of Amelia Island.
$2,490,000 4 Beds, 4 Bath with 5,200 sq.ft
         Click on:

John Raker


The Best Local Real Estate Opportunities of 2023 will be this October – December!

Here is Why: Current Active For Sale Inventory of Homes remains historically low and with Buyers waiting to "see what happens", a slowdown in contract activity has occured in recent months (the balance point of Supply/Demand).

So Buyers who can ACT NOW when there is LESS COMPETITION can be rewarded! Or instead, Buyers who WAIT and allow Buyer Activity to increase will experience Fierce Buyer  Competition again in this low home inventory environment. 

Sellers can move forward in this market but need to follow important marketing and pricing strategies to Sell!

Please call on me to Professionally Advise you as a Buyer or Seller or share my  information with Friends and Family to do the same! 

 My Reviews over the past 9 years are provided below: 

Zillow:  5 STARS (28 Reviews) ★★★★★

Google: 5 STARS (34 Reviews) ★★★★★

Facebook: 5 STARS (8 Reviews) ★★★★★

Thank you,
John Raker

Current Active Listings For Sale:
    Amelia Island Oceanfront Home:
    Oyster Bay Harbour Marshfront Lot:
    Amelia Island 5-Acre Development Parcel:

Local Real Estate Advisor John Raker is giving (10) FREE Consultations to the Amelia Island Fishing Report readers!

Do you have questions about: 

  •  Real Estate Closing Costs
  •  the Process of Listing or Buying a Property,
  •  Florida Homestead Real Estate Tax Exemption(s), 
  • Working with a Lender,
  •  Where to find Nassau County HOA Documents or original community Lot Plats,
  •  Finding a Great Realtor to Help you in another part of Florida, the US or Internationally, the Fernandina, Amelia Island, Florida or First Coast Real Estate Markets, 
  • Past Sales and Activity Data in your Community?
Basically John is offering to help some of my readers with anything relating to Real Estate for FREE. First Come – First Served by contacting John Directly. 

John Bio Link:


Ocean Front Amelia Island Home!


This exceptional move-in ready ocean front Amelia Island home has spectacular ocean views and a private beach walkover to the Atlantic Ocean! It has been in family ownership since 1968 and it has wonderfully evolved from a 1930's cottage via decades of careful additions, renovation and updates.

In the last 10 years the owners selected the best contractors and vendors to expand and modernize the home while maintaining  its coastal cottage feel. All bedrooms have ocean views, private baths, and outdoor decks for expansive ocean views (from the upper deck you can see the St. Mary's, Ga jetties north and Talbot Island to the south).

The kitchen was moved, enlarged and fully updated. All baths and the main floor Owners Suite were renovated. Enjoy rich materials and architectural elements throughout the home such as: book-matched walnut wood walls, high quality windows/doors and shiplap, and beamed and vaulted ceilings.

A rare feature on the garage level is an air-conditioned room with over 440 sqft of additional space for storage/creative use. Comfortably live on the main floor with it's Owners Suite, walk-thru closet, office, laundry room loop from the kitchen/great room.

Don't miss this Ocean Front Amelia Island home and it's Grand Coastal Living Lifestyle!

List price:  2.95 million

To view more of this beautiful home Click Here:

Realtor John Raker can also Email Floor & Site plan diagrams, 2014-2023 written detail of completed renovations and update work.  

Contact John Raker, Realtor at  
Cell: +1 904-557-8054 

Build Your Dream Home In The Beautiful Marina Community of Oyster Bay Harbor!

Oyster Bay Harbour is a gated community on a maritime forest peninsula offering stunning water views, low-country live oak trees draped with Spanish moss and a  fantastic Yacht Club with deep-water marina. It is Nassau counties only Yacht Club community and its members recently gained reciprocity wit 36 other Florida Yacht Clubs/

This is a new listing is a  1.25 acre marsh front lot with expansive marsh views going across to Amelia Island. It ahs 119' of frontage on a lake across the street for further privacy. List Price is $235,000.

My wife and I have lived in Oyster Bay Harbour since 2014 and we are members of its Yacht Club therefore I am well versed with the community, HOA, Marina, etc. Fishing is one of its amenities as well as secure RV/Boat storage near the community pool, tennis courts and entrance gate. 

Please call on me to help you and your friends with your real estate needs!
Thank you,
John Raker
Real Estate Advisor

5 Acre Parcel On Island!

A 5-acre Amelia Island land parcel 2ith 200' frontage on the east side of First Coast Highway. The parcel is about 1 mile south of the Harris Teeter Circle on Amelia Island.
(Click on maps to enlarge)

This very unique parcel has ab out an acre fronting First Coast Highway that is zoned Commecial General to allow for a wide range of uses such as Hotel, Retail, Restaurants, Private Club and more. The remaining 4 acres are zoned Residential General 1 to allow for uses such as single family, duplex, multiple family and townhouse dwellings. Such parcels are getting very difficult to find, especially with a great south-island location and zoning in place. 

Have you ever been curious about the price or information of a Home you see for sale when traveling or about town? 

If so, use our Free App on your phone to quickly view the Homes Details, Price
and Map of the area. The App also allows you to do a custom search with your specific search criteria. You can use your location to quickly find a home you are driving or walking by. The App also has a built-in mortgage calculator for quick analysis. We use the App also around the country like last spring when on a fishing trip in Boca Grande FL and last month while in Charleston, SC. 

Use my link to the Phone Application that works on iPhones & Android Phones:

Become a Real Estate Insider with the Engel & Völkers property search EVInsider APP. It has the most accurate, up-to-date MLS information, and features augmented reality search, large photos, advanced search filters, and more. Download it now onto your phone or text John Raker (904) 557-8054 to receive the APP invitation by text message:

A Message from John Raker, Realtor:

Over the years I have read about several national examples of
property fraud and theft. Unfortunately, in the last couple of years I have local knowledge of several in Nassau County. For example, there was an instance where a lot owner had their property fraudulently "Quick Claimed" to another owner in Texas, where an LLC holding several properties had their status changed as Managing Member to someone else who then had properties fraudulently mortgaged and of course there are examples of wire fraud by Email interceptions/fraud.

Please view this free service from our Nassau County Clerk of Courts to potentially alert and notify you whenever a document with YOUR name is recorded in the Official Records of Nassau County's Clerk of Courts. Sign up only takes a few minutes online via:

Stay vigilant and consider this step to protect your property ownership from Fraud Crime.

Thank you,
John Raker
Real Estate Advisor

Real Estate Valuations

The Real Estate Market continues to change! Interest rates,  active home inventory, inflation, and south east population migrations are all current influences.

Please use my Home Valuation Tool and get (3) different $Price Estimates and their ranges to reference. The report also includes local buyer breakdown, recent nearby sales and more! Give it a try as this  much better and more informative than just zillow...and it's FREE!

If you wish, you can have the site automatically email you monthly to monitor the (2) $Price Estimates. There is also no charge for this service.

Please note if you have a house here in Nassau County and you want a market-ready home price, I can always help you with a home valuation that goes further by accounting for your home's location, age, recent updates/upgrades (roof, HVAC, etc) and unique features (pool, garages, etc) that also considers market competition and sentiment!

Click on this Home Estimator by John Raker

Thank you,

John Raker
Real Estate Advisor 

ENGEL & VÖLKERS Amelia Island 

Amelia Island/Jacksonville Beach/Neptune Beach/St. Johns
5185 South Fletcher Avenue
Amelia Island, Florida 32034
Cell: +1 904-557-8054 


Beautiful Amelia Island Home

This move-in-ready two bedroom two bath home located on Amelia Island has numerous upgrades including luxury vinyl plank or tile flooring, quartz kitchen counters and matching island, stainless steel appliances and more! Only a 5-minute drive to downtown Historic Fernandina Beach,  grocery stores, pharmacies  the Post Office and shopping. 

For recreation, you're also just minutes from the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center, the beach, the YMCA, the Greenway and......three boat ramps!  CLICK HERE to see all the information  you need about this beautiful Amelia Island home. 


Have you ever Dreamed of Owning and Living on a Private Island? 

If so, there is a 4.57 Acre Island with a convenient paved-causeway entrance to create a home that offers easy island living and is only limited by your imagination.

Johnson Island is in Oyster Bay Harbour and has over 2.25 acres of buildable footprint for a family compound with plenty of room for an Estate Home, Guest Cottages, Storage Buildings, Pool and basically whatever you decide. This Maritime Forest Island has Scenic Marsh and River Water views framed by Florida Lowcountry Live Oak Trees draped in Spanish Moss.

The current dock design has a deep-water floating dock set-up that can handle a Yacht up to 60’ or it can be re-configured to custom-fit your boating, dock or boatlift needs. Please note that the current dock is in need of repairs. Within view from the Dock is the quick run to the Intracoastal Waterway and out to the Atlantic through the northern Amelia Island Inlet.

The Oyster Bay Yacht Club is a short golf-cart ride away with its Superb Dining, separate Deep Water Marina & Fun Social Events. The Community of Oyster Bay offers Clay Tennis Courts, secure RV/Boat Storage & Community Pool. This Yacht Club and Community offering is very conducive to welcoming new residents to this Coastal Living Oasis! 



Contact Listing Agent & Oyster Bay Resident John Raker for more Information. List Price is $2,800,000

Thank you,

John Raker
Real Estate Advisor

Amelia Island | Jacksonville Beach | Neptune Beach | St. Johns

5185 South Fletcher Avenue
Amelia Island, Florida  32034

Cell: +1 904-557-8054

New Home in Oyster Bay Harbour

Oyster Bay Harbour is a gated community on  a maritime forest peninsula offering stunning water views, low-country live oak trees draped in Spanish moss and a fantastic Yacht Club with a deep-water marina. It is Nassau county's only Yacht Club community and its members recently gained reciprocity with 31 other Florida yacht clubs.

My wife and I have lived in Oyster Bay Harbour since 2014 and we are members of its Yacht Club therefore I am well versed with the Community, HOA, Marina, etc. Fishing is one of its amenities as well as secure RV/Boat storage near the tennis courts/entrance gate.

As you may know Oyster Bay Home resale listings have been extremely scarce this year! The community is just about built-out.
However, I am working with a local Builder offering 12 home+lot packages with water views & 5 different floor plans (Home prices: $699k-$799k with 2,314-3,020 sq.ft). At the moment, these offerings are not listed on our MLS!

(Click on images to expand)
As an example, the “Emma” home plan has a $699,000 price for a 3 Bed, 2.5 Bath
with 2,314 heated/cooled sq.ft. It offers a huge garage of 1,264 sq.ft. with 3 spaces in tandem + workshop area plus & another 772 sq.ft. of outside living space).

If you would like to learn more, please e-mail me using the link. I can provide answers to your questions, send you the other floor plan offerings and give additional market insights.

Lets have some FUN! To those who respond to me with interest and question(s) in the next 2 weeks, I will provide some unique incentives and enter you in a special Oyster Bay prize raffle drawing.

Thank you, 

John Raker

Engel & Völkers Real Estate Advisor

Oyster Bay Harbour Resident

Meet John Raker, Realtor

Meet John Raker, Real Estate Advisor here at Amelia Island working with Engel & Volkers.  You can CLICK HERE to visit John's webpage for more information. 

John and I have fished together numerous times in the backwaters of Amelia Island and I can attest to his good attitude, friendliness and professionalism-not to mention his angling skills!

If you are in need of a Realtor to help you find that perfect home or property here at Amelia Island or the surrounding area, or need help getting your home listed for sale, contact John Raker.

John is not only a Realtor here at Amelia Island but he is also an accomplished angler who has traveled the world fishing for Bonefish, Jack Crevalle, Rainbow Trout, Mutton Snapper, Snook and Permit using fly gear.  He's frequently on our local waters targeting Seatrout, Redfish and Flounder. His nice Seatrout took 2nd place in the 2021 Rodeo Tournament but unfortunately the Redfish he caught during the Tournament was OVERSIZED to be entered, but it sure made for a great photograph!

Harbour Island- Eleuthra, Bahamas
Quinatra Roo, Mexico

Sweeting Cay, Grand Bahamas

Nassau River, Florida
                  Pumpkin Hill Creek, Florida
Cumberland Sound, Georgia

Placencia, Belize
Missouri River, Montana

Bariloche, Argentina
South Holston River,

Caye Caulker, Belize
Amelia River, Florida

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