Thursday, 12 October 2017

Why Now May Be the Best Time to Sell Your Home

Low Inventory + Low Interest Rates = Strong Demand

Patience may pay off for those who have postponed putting their homes up for sale.

St. Augustine Homes for Sale

Homebuyer activity is up and inventory is low. While prices are on the rise, interest rates remain low. If you’re thinking about putting your home on the market, now is a great time to sell.

“There is strong buyer interest but exceptionally low inventory in the current market, which is terrific news for those who are selling their homes,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda Sherrer. “Competition among buyers is fierce for available listings and it’s driving prices up.”

Northeast Florida Homes for Sale

The latest data from the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors shows there is not enough inventory on the market to fill the needs of buyers. The August 2017 real estate market report showed:

  • Inventory levels plunged 19.9 percent more than inventory levels in August 2016
  • The Months Supply of Inventory dropped 22.2 percent to 3.5 months
  • Homes sold in an average of 63 days, 12.5 percent faster than 72 days a year ago
  • Competitive bidding, as a result of the low inventory, resulted in 11.2 percent of properties being sold for more than their original listing price

BHHS 4 - 906 Greenridge Rd Jacksonville

“There are fewer homes for sale in every price point, but we are not seeing a shortage of serious buyers,” said Broker/Executive Vice President Christy Budnick. “The current market has created a sense of urgency among buyers and we are seeing bidding wars, many properties going to contract very quickly and some for well over the asking price. All in all, it is a good time for people to put their homes up for sale.”

The decision on when to sell your home isn’t solely based on market conditions. Before putting a ‘For Sale’ sign in your front yard, it is important to take into account your personal situation and wise to partner with a professional you trust to help you achieve your goals.

BHHS 3 - 1485 Melbourne Cove Ct Fleming Island

While it may be tempting to avoid commissions by considering for-sale-by-owner, it’s not in the best interest of the seller to do so for numerous reasons, including netting the highest profit. A real estate agent’s contributions are invaluable including marketing, arranging showings, negotiating offers with buyers and their agents and working through the numerous issues and requirements to ensure a smooth closing.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty offers the most comprehensive and expansive marketing program for its listings. The company’s Realtors have access to all-encompassing marketing plans, including global exposure and social media. In addition to the firm’s website, they are connected to the industry’s most advanced technology platforms.

BHHS 5 -11297 Lake Mandarin Cir E Jacksonville

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Realtors also have the knowledge and experience to help you price your home properly, review contracts and maneuver through regulatory changes, ensuring the proper paperwork is in place. The company’s agents receive the highest level of training and support, and they have a team of professionals to assist their clients in every aspect of the transaction.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty works with many serious buyers, both locally and those relocating to the area. Whether you are buying or selling, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty can help you take advantage of the best opportunities in the market.

For more information, contact Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty at (904) 296-1906 or visit


  1. 112 Hawthorne Road in St. Augustine. Listed by Realtor Shelley Trela of the St. Augustine office. Realtor Stacey Scanlan of the St. Augustine office, represented the buyers. Scanlan made the first appointment within two hours of home’s listing on MLS. Buyers made an offer, which was which accepted within five hours on Day 1.Home sold for $278,000.
  2. 12337 Brady Manor Way in Jacksonville. Listed by Realtor Diane Farmer of the Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office. Went from MLS to contract within 72 hours. Sold for $396,000.
  3. 906 Greenridge Road in Jacksonville. Listed by Realtor Margee Michaelis of the Avondale/San Marco office. Went from MLS to contract in 27 days. Listed for $1,285,000.
  4. 1485 Melbourne Cove Court in Eagle Harbor in Fleming Island. Listed by Realtor Connie Owen of the Fleming Island office. Went from MLS to contract in one day. Sold for $275,000.
  5. 11297 Lake Mandarin Circle East in Jacksonville. Listed by Realtor Donna Hodges of the Mandarin/St. Johns office. Went from MLS to contract in one day. Received multiple offers and sold for $183,000, over list price of $179,000.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Atlantic Beach Named as One of America’s Favorite Beaches in 2017


Just in! Atlantic Beach has been named as one of America’s favorite beaches in 2017!

Expedia analyzed tens of thousands of social media conversations to pull trends in beach-goers posts and the 2017 Flip Flop Report. The U.S. leads the pack with Florida, California and Hawaii yielding the highest numbers.

Atlantic Beach scored high in three of the categories for the report for cleanliness, family-friendly appeal and relaxation.

To search Atlantic Beach homes for sale, please visit:


Image Via Flickr/Davide Santoriello

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

7 Out Of The Box Activities To Do In Northeast Florida


You know by now that there are a lot of things to do in Northeast Florida. You can head to any of the area’s beautiful beaches or check out some of the many alligators that live in this part of the state. But if you’re looking for unique ways to spend a couple hours or a couple days, here are seven out of the box activities to do in Northeast Florida.

7. Chamblin Bookmine


Chamblin Bookmine has been selling new, used, and rare books in Northeast Florida for so many years that it’s practically an institution – especially because their inventory is comprised of over two million novels. Spend a few hours getting lost in the world of literature at either of the two locations, you won’t be disappointed.

6. Treaty Oak

Treaty-Oak-690x517 (1)

The Treaty Oak is a live oak tree that boasts as many limbs as an octopus and is believed to be over two hundred years old. It’s a historic monument thanks to a fabricated story that claims a treaty between the Americans and the Indians was signed underneath this old tree. Now you’re able to visit it anytime in Treaty Oak Park. Make sure you bring your camera because you’re going to want to Instagram this feat of nature.

5. Sweet Pete’s


Sweet Pete’s is a fully functioning candy factory with retail areas that sell handcrafted quality chocolates and over a thousand different types of candy. Not only does this factory have its own restaurant, bar, rooftop patio, and dessert bar, it also features classes that teach the art of candy making, with hands-on interactive and informative sessions. You’re bound to be in for a sweet afternoon at Sweet Pete’s.

4. Abandoned Annie Lytle Elementary School


The Abandoned Annie Lytle Elementary School that used to be full of students is now full of ghost stories and overgrown vines. Rendered inconvenient to get to and noisy due to the highways that were built in the 1950s, this spooky spot has been abandoned since 1960. Yet there’s still something alluring and interesting about it, head on over to Chelsea Street to get a good look at this place and you’ll see what we mean.

3. Braddock Blueberry Farm



Check out Braddock Blueberry Farm for your fix of fresh locally grown blueberries. Nothing beats picking your own fruit and bringing them home in your own containers. The best part is that this amazing farm is close by, so you don’t have to go far to get fresh fruit and vegetables from hardworking, friendly people.

2. Mandarin Park


Mandarin Park, located in the Mandarin section of Southeast Jacksonville, is a unique place to bring a picnic – especially if your picnic includes oranges. This part of town is known for the Mandarin oranges that were grown in the area back in the 1800’s. The area’s residents had input on the design of the park and its facilities, which is why there are nature trails, a pier, a boat ramp, and of course an excellent picnic area.

1. Diamond D Ranch

Diamond D

If you’re interested in horseback riding, there’s no beating Diamond D Ranch. They offer guided trail rides around their five hundred acres or through the Jennings State Forest. It’s fun for beginners and advanced riders alike, with the option of riding for an hour or two – or even doing a trail ride that lasts either half a day or a full two days!

6 Reasons Raising a Family is a Good Idea in Northeast Florida

Choosing where to put down roots and raise your children can be one of the hardest decisions you’ll ever make, luckily you can’t go wrong settling down in Northeast Florida. Aside from the lack of snow days and the proximity to Disney World, here are six reasons why raising a family is a good idea in Northeast Florida.

6. Family-Friendly Activities

family fun


There are so many things to do in Northeast Florida, especially for kids. Whether you’re in the mood for adventure, ran out of activity ideas on a rainy day, or are in need of a relaxing afternoon at the beach – Northeast Florida has got you covered. You and your children will never grow bored.

5. Sense Of Community


Jacob Lund/Shutterstock

The diverse sense of community that you’ll find in this area of the state is unbeatable. You know you’ll be living in close proximity to good people who will be supportive neighbors and will make you and your family feel safe, something that is important to all of us.

4. Family-Oriented Neighborhoods

family watching tv


Because you’re living in neighborhoods that boast like-minded people and other young families, your children will have other kids to play with. And because of the high number of children in the area, there’s more of a focus on family-oriented shops and restaurants. Northeast Florida offers quiet residential areas that have that suburban feel, even in the bigger cities.

3. Education

kids in class

Syda Productions/Shutterstock

The high test scores and comfortable class sizes in public schools and the percentage of neighbors with college and graduate degrees are strong indications of the importance of education here. Ensuring your children can attend a school with a happy learning environment is easy if you’re choosing to settle down in the Northeast Florida area.

2. Low Cost Of Living


Jacob Lund/Shutterstock

The thriving job market here means securing work so that your family can live comfortably. The cost of living is also very low in Northeast Florida, living in this area costs a fraction of what it would cost to live in other parts of the state. There’s also the added bonus that house prices are down and rent is much lower than the national average.

1. Location Location Location

family on beach


Settling down and starting a family anywhere in Florida would be nice, but in the Northeast, you’re getting the best weather, you’re close to everything you would need or want, and you have the best beaches – all a short walk or drive away! It really doesn’t get any better than Northeast Florida when it comes to putting down roots.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Supports Dreams Come True

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is well-known for helping people fulfill their dreams of homeownership. The company is also recognized for its commitment to the community, devoting time and financial resources to a wide variety of charity organizations with an emphasis on organizations that benefit children and families.

Dreams Come True

For four years, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty has supported Dreams Come True, Northeast Florida’s only locally based nonprofit dedicated to using the power of a dream to bring hope and joy to local children battling life-threatening illnesses. The company’s relationship with the nonprofit started with a single donation that quickly developed into an ongoing commitment.

“We are truly honored by the support we receive from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty,” said Dreams Come True Executive Director Sheri Criswell. “Community support is vital to our ability to use the power of a dream to bring hope and joy to a child with a life-threatening illness. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty has been an incredible blessing to the work of Dreams Come True, helping us stay true to our commitment to never turn down an eligible child.”

Beginning in 2013 and in honor of the company’s 25th anniversary, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty made a commitment to provide ongoing support to Dreams Come True. To date, the company has donated more than $150,000 to the nonprofit organization by contributing a portion of the proceeds from every completed home sale. Company leaders and associates are enthusiastic about supporting Dreams Come True.

“We are honored and privileged to celebrate our success by supporting Dreams Come True and its mission to fulfill the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses,” said Broker/Executive Vice President Christy Budnick, who serves as secretary on the Dreams Come True Board of Directors. “We truly appreciate the support we receive from our valued customers and our passionate team to help make dreams come true for many deserving local children.”

Dreams Come True

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty provides more than financial support to Dreams Come True. The team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has turned out in numbers to support Dreams Come True’s Dream Day, an annual parade and superhero fantasy experience that celebrates 50 special children, also known as brave Dreamers. Dream Day is part of Dreams Come True’s Special Times program. While the children served by Dreams Come True can only receive one dream, Special Times provides the child and his or her family ongoing opportunities to momentarily forget the realities of a life-threatening illness. The real estate company also donated hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies to Dreams Come True during its annual Backpack Challenge

“Our company is deeply committed to community service and we are thrilled to provide ongoing support to Dreams Come True,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda Sherrer, who has been named Chair of Dreams Come True’s “Walk, Run and Roll” event on Sept. 28, 2018, at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. “This organization provides many uplifting special events to deserving children and their families, reminding them they are special and loved.”

To learn more about Dreams Come True, visit or call (904) 296-3030.

For more information about buying or selling a home, contact Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty at (904) 296-1906 or visit


  1. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty’s Ann King and Josh Cohen took part in the Dream Day Dreamers Parade.
  2. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty came out in numbers to support Dreams Come True of Jacksonville’s Dream Day 2017. From left, Sam Heinemann, Jeff Heinemann, Art Gerspacher, Josh Cohen, Stephanie Lancer, Michael Barbieri II, Marisa Mariano, Ann King, Shelby Heinemann, and Mallory Heinemann. The Princess is Melanie Lawson from WJXT News4Jax.

About Dreams Come True

In 2016, Dreams Come True fulfilled the dreams of 181 children on the First Coast who have been battling life-threatening illnesses or conditions. Founded in 1984, Dreams Come True is the only 100 percent community donor-funded nonprofit that grants the dream of every First Coast child who has a life-threatening illness and brings hope and joy throughout their medical journey.  Dreams Come True has fulfilled the dreams of more than 3,600 children in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia since its inception.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Collects Record 1,151 Backpacks for Local Children

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty collected a record 1,151 backpacks filled with school supplies for Northeast Florida children during its 18th Annual Backpack Challenge. Last year, the company collected a then-record 1,011 backpacks for local children during the Backpack Challenge.



The backpacks and school supplies collected by the real estate firm during the campaign were donated to students throughout Northeast Florida via Dreams Come True, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice – Office of Prevention, Orange Park Junior High School, BEAM – Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry, Mayport Elementary School, Operation New Hope, Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida, Crookshank Elementary, Osceola Elementary and Charles E. Bennett Elementary School.

“We are filled with gratitude to all of our Realtors, employees and clients for ensuring that so many local children have the supplies they need for educational success,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda Sherrer. “The Backpack Challenge is an event our team looks forward to participating in every year and we are very proud of their efforts.”

During the campaign, backpacks and school supplies were collected at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty offices throughout Northeast Florida. The backpacks were purchased for students in kindergarten through grade 12, and filled with school supplies, such as pens, pencils, paper and notebooks.


“Words cannot express how much we appreciate the numerous donations and generous support we received from our team members and the community during the Backpack Challenge,” said Broker/Executive Vice President Christy Budnick. “We know that beginning the school year with a new backpack filled with supplies makes a difference in the lives of children living in our communities, and this effort helps us accomplish that goal.”

For more information about Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, visit