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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Lights Up Northeast Florida

Experience the magic as Northeast Florida is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles and laughter.

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is proud to present Luminaria 2017 in neighborhoods throughout Northeast Florida. The luminarias will take place on Sunday, Dec. 17, beginning at dusk. In the event of inclement weather, the luminarias will be moved to Sunday, Dec. 24.

A holiday tradition, luminarias are simple paper bags that are filled with sand and a votive candle. Beginning at dusk, the candles are lit for a spectacular display. Candles light the streets and bring neighbors together for holiday fun and cheer. Luminaria 2017 also supports those in need.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is offering a limited number of pre-assembled, ready-to-go luminaria kits containing all the necessary materials. Each kit includes six bags, six votive candles and sand.  Each luminaria kit is hand made by Pine Castle, a local charity that empowers adults with disabilities through opportunities to learn, work and connect.

Luminaria kits are $5 (check or cash only) and available for pickup at six Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty office locations through Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., while supplies last. Each luminaria kit lights approximately 25 to 30 feet, and individuals are welcome to purchase as many kits as they need to light their home. Additionally, 100 percent of the proceeds from luminaria kit sales will be donated to local charities including Pine Castle, BEAM, St. Johns CARES and Pace Center for Girls, among others.

“You have to experience a luminaria to truly appreciate and understand how it makes you feel,” said Realtor Lee Elmore who launched the company’s inaugural Luminaria in Atlantic Beach. “It was so incredible to see the streets of Atlantic Beach lined with luminaria, magically transforming our city into a night of lights and a celebration of the holiday season unlike anything we have ever experienced. I am thrilled our event is expanding and more communities in Northeast Florida will enjoy a spectacular night of lights.”

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Modeled after Riverside/Avondale’s beloved luminaria, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty’s inaugural event last year was a terrific success, raising $3,700 from luminaria kit sales while bringing friends and neighbors together to celebrate the magic of the holiday season. The funds were donated to local community charitable organizations and the company decided to expand the luminaria to additional branch office communities.

“Our company loves to support events that bring our communities together,” said Broker/Executive Vice President Christy Budnick. “Luminaria 2017 is about community spirit and bringing neighbors together to experience the light and celebrate for greater good during this magical time of year.”

Participants are encouraged to purchase official luminaria kits from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty offices. Proceeds from luminaria kit sales will benefit local non-profit programs and charitable causes. Payment is by check or cash only (please make check payable to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty.) Organizers recommend everyone interested purchase their luminaria kits soon as the company sold out of kits prior to last year’s event.

On the day of the luminaria, participants will light their candles at dusk. With the neighborhood aglow, the company encourages neighbors to organize evening celebrations, such as community block parties or progressive dinners, and stroll through the streets to enjoy the lights.

To ensure a safe and enjoyable evening for residents and visitors alike, organizers encourage walking, biking or the use of golf carts whenever possible. Those visiting are asked to be respectful of property owners and to operate vehicle transportation in a safe and responsible manner. The Luminaria is a fun event for all to enjoy.

“It’s enchanting to be in the midst of thousands of golden-hued luminarias that punctuate every street and walkway in your community,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda Sherrer. “We love that the holiday season provides unique opportunities to share holiday cheer and make a positive difference, and we hope everyone will enjoy our luminaria.”

For more information, call (904) 296-1906 or visit http://ift.tt/1fEO8HN.

Information Box 1:

Luminaria 2017 kits are available at the following Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty office locations:

  • Avondale/San Marco – 3627 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville (904) 388-5005
  • Atlantic Beach – 375-1 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach (904) 241-2417
  • Fleming Island – 3535 Highway 17, Suite 10, Fleming Island (904) 269-1716
  • Murabella/World Golf Village – 196 Capulet Drive, Suite 3, St. Augustine (904) 802-0609
  • Ponte Vedra Beach – 333 Village Main St., Suite 670, Ponte Vedra Beach (904) 285-1800
  • St. Augustine – 112 Sea Grove Main St., Suite 210, St. Augustine Beach (904) 471-6906

Information Box 2:

In addition to Pine Castle, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Luminaria kit sales will benefit: 

  • Avondale/San Marco – Rethreaded, Inc.
  • Atlantic Beach – Boy Scout Troop #15, Beaches Town Center and BEAM
  • Fleming Island/Orange Park – Pace Center for Girls (Clay)
  • Murabella/World Golf Village – First Coast Blessings in a Backpack
  • Ponte Vedra Beach – St. Johns CARES and Ponte Vedra Public Education Foundation
  • St. Augustine – Matanzas Riverkeeper

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  1. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is proud to present holiday luminarias in neighborhoods throughout Northeast Florida on Sunday, Dec. 17, beginning at dusk.
  2. A holiday tradition, luminarias are simple paper bags that are filled with sand and a votive candle.
  3. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty’s inaugural event in 2016 was a success, raising $3,700 from luminaria kit sales while bringing friends and neighbors together to celebrate the magic of the holiday season.

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ranked Highest for Repeat Home Seller Satisfaction in J.D. Power’s 2017 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, an HSF Affiliates LLC company which includes Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, recently announced that the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices real estate brokerage network ranked “Highest Overall Satisfaction for Repeat Home Sellers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms” in the J.D. Power 2017 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction StudySM.

“A home is one of the most important assets that most people will ever buy. Homes are also where memories are made and you want to work with someone you can trust.”

-Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

The 10th annual study assessed customer satisfaction among the nation’s largest real estate brokerage companies and their agents. Overall satisfaction was measured across five factors of the real estate process: agent/salesperson, closing process, real estate company marketing, real estate company office, and package of additional services. The study was based on responses from 4,170 consumers.

Among repeat home sellers, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices scored 858 on a 1,000-point scale, performing particularly well in the categories of agent/sales person, closing process and real estate company marketing.

“Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices stands for top-quality real estate representation in markets across America,” said Gino Blefari, CEO and president of the network. “We’re proud to accept this award, as it spotlights the exemplary service network agents and their brokerages provide every day.”

The ranking, “highest for repeat home seller satisfaction,” speaks volumes in the real estate community. Repeat home sellers have been through the real estate process and have a clear understanding of the work and expertise involved in a successful home sale. This type of satisfaction means Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network agents excel when it comes to communicating with clients and listing and marketing clients’ homes.

“When we started almost 30 years ago, we had one clear goal in mind – to raise the level of professionalism in real estate in Northeast Florida,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda Sherrer. “We knew we would achieve our goal as long as two key elements were present –a well-known brand that commanded respect and trust, and a select team of Realtors and employees with a shared vision and passion for serving client needs.”

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J.D. Power’s study yielded several key findings about the real estate process. Among them:

Relationship. An agent’s relationship with a buyer is the most important factor in determining customer satisfaction.

Marketing. For sellers, marketing of the home is most important, as it is the most visible way for the seller to gauge the agent’s support.

Information. Satisfaction is strongly influenced by the amount of time agents invest in keeping customers informed versus when they are not kept informed.

Reputation. Word-of-mouth remains important: First-time home buyers and sellers report good reputation and recommendations from friends, family and colleagues as the two main reasons for selecting a real estate company.

“Our name stands for strength, integrity and trust, and we offer the best talent, experience, assets and relationships to our clients – sellers and buyers alike,” said Broker/Executive Vice President Christy Budnick. “Our company commands the highest average sales price for our clients and we develop and execute finely-tuned marketing plans designed to reach and attracted the most qualified buyers. Our agents offer Single Agency Representation – the highest level of service and representation afforded by Florida law. Our Realtors bring our strong reputation and access to the best resources to help their clients in all phases of their real estate transaction.”

Founded in 1988, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty has a team of more than 400 real estate professionals in nine offices throughout Northeast Florida. The company operates a corporate relocation division, a new home and condominium sales division, Florida Network Property Management, Gibraltar Title Services, LLC and is in a mortgage relationship with EverBank.

For more information, call (904) 296-1906 or visit FloridaNetworkRealty.com.

Written by Clockwork Marketing

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Friday, 3 November 2017

10 Reasons Why You Should Buy a Vacation Home In Northeast Florida

Anyone who has visited Northeast Florida will tell you it’s a great place to have a vacation home. Regardless of the time of year, the weather will be great, the people will be welcoming, and there will be myriad things to do in this beautiful region – aside from the Jacksonville Zoo and the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. We know you don’t need an excuse to pack your bags, but here are ten reasons why you should buy a vacation home in Northeast Florida.

10. Key Lime Pie

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We’re well aware that a slice of key lime pie can be found anywhere in the country, but the good stuff is in Florida. Most restaurants you walk into will have this staple on their menus, whether it’s made with a graham cracker crust or a pastry crust. This pie alone is worth the trip to Northeast Florida.

9. Shopping

Northeast Florida boasts some of the best shopping in the state. From upscale shopping centers to small family-run boutiques – there’s something for everyone. It’s always fun to check out stores you’ve never heard of before, whether you’re looking to buy souvenirs for loved ones or if you just want to revamp your wardrobe.

8. Nightlife

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You don’t have to be in college or on Spring Break to enjoy the nightlife that Northeast Florida has to offer. There are many popular party spots for various age groups, with more restaurants and bars than you can count. You’re on vacation, it’s time to let loose and enjoy yourself.

7. History

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Northeast Florida is steeped in a rich history, which makes it such an interesting and educational place to visit. You can experience so much of this history while exploring the area, like the Spanish-style architecture in St. Augustine or the Kingsley Plantation in Jacksonville.

6. Sports

Many people visit Northeast Florida for the sports. From baseball to football to hockey, there are many successful professional and collegiate teams based out of the area. And with sporting events happening year round, this region is a sports fan’s dream vacation spot.

5. Arts and Culture

The art and culture that Northeast Florida offers are what attracts many vacationers from all over the country. There are art, history, aviation, and science museums, dinner and Broadway-style theatres, and concert venues. There really is something for people of all ages, with all different tastes.

4. Nature

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It feels good to get out of the city, and even though Northeast Florida is made up of many cities and metropolitan areas, it’s also jam-packed with beautiful natural sites. From national parks to monuments – there’s so much nature to fall in love within this region. You’ll love the greenery and the fresh air that Northeast Florida offers.

3. Watersports

Because you’re visiting a state that’s surrounded by water, there’s so much to do. From fishing to windsurfing, sailing to scuba diving – you’ll never run out of fun things to do out on the water, especially with over eight thousand miles of shoreline, almost the same amount of lakes, over three-hundred springs, and around thirty-five rivers.

2. Theme Parks

With so many popular theme parks so close by, it’s no wonder Northeast Florida is such a popular vacation spot. It’s a magical place for kids and adults alike. This is why there are so many theme park enthusiasts and families visiting all year round. If you’re looking for a fun place to buy a vacation home, Northeast Florida is the place to go.

1. Beaches

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Of course, the beaches in Northeast Florida would make it to the top of our list. Sit in the sun, swim in the salty waters, and enjoy the views and the sounds of the beaches. The many miles of coastline boasts white sand, warm water, beautiful sunsets, family friendly environments, and a relaxing atmosphere.

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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORKREALTY WELCOMES JOSELIN GRUESER

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Joselin Grueser to the St. Augustine office with locations in St. Augustine Beach and Murabella at World Golf Village.

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Joselin has seventeen years of experience in the property management and leasing of residential apartment homes. Her expertise in tenant recruitment and lease negotiation is a strong skillset of hers, and she is also known for her networking and relationship building skills. Joselin has a strong track record of matching the right tenant with the right landlord as well.

At Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, she is focused on providing real estate services as a Sales Associate, and is therefore looking to utilize her skills, such as being an expert in recruiting and negotiating contracts to successfully match the right people with their dream home.

Prior to joining Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Joselin worked for Picerne Management Corporation in Daytona Beach, Florida as a Property Manager. Her wide variety of duties included, but was not limited to, being responsible for all administration, management and delivery of all public social housing programs, services and properties within Daytona Beach, Florida under the terms and conditions of the management agreement between the Daytona Housing Authority and Picerne.

Joselin states, “I am originally from Venezuela, and am a native Spanish speaker and writer. I came to the United States when I was seventeen to further my education at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. My Major was in Business Administration and Management, from 1993 to 1995. If you have moved from another country, another state, or another city to Florida to St. Augustine, Jacksonville, or the Palm Coast it would be a privilege to serve you. I understand what involves moving from one country to another or from one state to another. I am determined to represent you with professionalism, creativity, integrity and loyalty, so please don’t hesitate to contact me.”

“With over seventeen years of real estate experience, Joselin has the skills to successfully navigate today’s marketplace. She has the ability to assess market values when working with sellers, and to find just the right home for prospective buyers. Her work ethic and passion are right in line with our company values, and I am thrilled to welcome her to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty,” shares Ann King, Broker/Manager of the St. Augustine and Murabella at World Golf Village offices.

For more information, Joselin can be reached by phone at 904.891.7951 or at Joeslin.Grueser@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: StAugustineHomeSearch.net. The St. Augustine offices in St. Augustine Beach and Murabella at World Golf Village are located at 112 Sea Grove Main Street, Suite 210, St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080 and 196 Capulet Drive, Suite 3, St. Augustine, FL 32092.

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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORKREALTY WELCOMES HELEN KELBLE

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Helen Kelble to the Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office.

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Originally from the United Kingdom, Helen’s sense of adventure has led her around the world. Joining Cunard as an Officer on-board the Queen Elizabeth II, Helen was able to travel extensively before settling in Washington, D.C. in 1990. As an employee of the World Bank Group for over a decade, Helen gained great insight into the diversity of our multi-cultural environment through working with people of all nationalities.

Helen relocated to Jacksonville, FL with her husband in 2007.  She worked for J.P. Morgan Chase in the Mortgage Banking industry for ten years, sharpening her ability to not only manage multiple projects simultaneously, but to adapt to the challenging finance industry while meeting deadlines in this fast-paced environment.

When asked what prompted her to become a Realtor® and why she joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Helen stated, “Interacting with fellow buyers in our new housing community ignited my passion for real estate. I joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty because of its professional standing, well-structured management and international reputation.”

Kevin Waugaman, Broker/Manager of the Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office shared: “With Helen’s extensive background in financial services, and her positive attitude, I believe that she is a perfect fit for our company. She embodies our company culture of ‘gracious with a kick,’ and I look forward to seeing all that she will achieve at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty.

For more information, Helen can be reached by phone: 904.552.1977; by email: Helen.Kelble@FloridaNetworkRealty.com; or by website: LivingJax.com. The Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office is located at 333 Village Main Street, Suite 670, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082.  

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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORKREALTY WELCOMES KRISTA CANDLISH

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Krista Candlish to the St. Augustine office with locations in St. Augustine Beach and Murabella at World Golf Village.

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Krista, born and raised in Southern Florida, joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty with over twenty-seven years of experience of working in the financial and healthcare industries. Before joining the St. Augustine Office as a Realtor, Krista worked as a Business and Healthcare consultant during her previous employment at FocusOne Business Services, LLC.

When asked why she joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Krista states, “I was drawn to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty due to their reputation for excellence, and am eager to begin my career as a Realtor with them. I want to use my experience in business to make the homebuying process more enjoyable for my customers because, it’s not about the bricks, sticks, and mortar…it’s about finding your home.”

Krista and her husband, Kevin, have four grown children and a two-year-old grandson. When not working, Krista loves to cook and entertain her family and friends. Krista is also a professional vocalist, and enjoys singing in her church, and serving the community.

 “In addition to Krista’s professional experience, she understands the value that a passionate Realtor® can bring to those who are busy handling their everyday work life and the need to trust a professional to search for the perfect house. I am excited for Krista to join our St. Augustine office, and know that she will shine as a Realtor®,” shares Ann King, Broker/Manager of the St. Augustine and Murabella at World Golf Village offices.

For more information, Krista be reached by phone at 904.652.5353 or at Krista.Candlish@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: KristaCandlish.com. The St. Augustine offices in St. Augustine Beach and Murabella at World Golf Village are located at 112 Sea Grove Main Street, Suite 210, St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080 and 196 Capulet Drive, Suite 3, St. Augustine, FL 32092.

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