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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.”

J.D. Power

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.

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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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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES RADI DELISTOYANOVA

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

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Radi joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty with one year of experience in real estate in Northeast Florida – closing four transactions for over one million dollars during that time. With her experience in residential real estate and relocation, Radi is excited to help her clients buy or sell their dream home.

When asked why she became a Realtor at the St. Augustine office, Radi states, “I am excited to work with such a successful, reputable company – the training and support that is offered to agents matches my desire to succeed and achieve the goals that I set, both professionally and personally. I am eager to help my clients understand the fast-paced real estate market of Northeast Florida and to foster long lasting relationships while doing so.

Radi is the proud mother of a beautiful daughter that makes her life complete and is a family oriented individual – and agent. Volunteering at the local Humane Society, Radi is both an animal lover and a pet lover. Radi describes herself as, “…striving to succeed in everything I do, and achieving my goals makes me extremely satisfied,” – this passion continues even into her workout routine, as Radi enjoys running and doing cardio outdoors even when the temperature is ninety degrees or above!

“With Radi’s enthusiasm for helping her clients buy or sell their home and her passion for working with people and forging connections, I’m sure she’ll go far in her career as a Realtor. We are excited to have Radi join our ‘real estate family,” shares Ann King, Broker/Manager of the St. Augustine and Murabella at World Golf Village offices.

For more information, Radi can be reached by phone at 904.729.5313 or at Radi.Delistoyanova@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: RadiSells904.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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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES TRISHA ZIEMBA

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

Trisha joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty with a background in Human Resources and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership, and has spent the past decade in commercial pest control sales as a Pest Specialist and Account Representative.

After visiting St. Augustine for an anniversary trip, Trisha and her husband Joe knew that they had found home, and started planning for their big move from Delaware. Relocating in January of this year, Trisha and Joe found their dream home – and from this search, Trisha felt pulled to help others find their own piece of paradise as a Realtor.

Trisha currently serves as a local pageant coach and a national choreographer for the National Miss pageant – in fact, she is a former Ms. Delaware United States (2009), and was the first runner up to Mrs. Delaware in 2016! Trisha and her husband Joe love having an active lifestyle, along with her two sons, who also love the outdoors. When not working, she enjoys family visits with her three step-daughters, her new granddaughter, and is excited about the new arrival of her grandson!

“Please join me in welcoming Trisha to our St. Augustine office! Trisha is eager to begin her career as a Realtor with us, and we are excited to have her as an addition to our Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty family and feel confident that she will be invaluable to our team,” shares Ann King, Broker/Manager of the St. Augustine and Murabella at World Golf Village offices.

For more information, Trisha Ziemba can be reached by phone at 904.802.0505 or at Trisha.Ziemba@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: TrishaZiembaHomes.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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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES ZACKERY WILLIAMS

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Zackery Williams to the Metropolitan office with locations in Avondale and San Marco.

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With a love of Northeast Florida that goes beyond working, Zack has called Jacksonville home since birth. With Zack’s local knowledge of the neighborhoods and communities around Avondale and San Marco, he is eager to help his clients find not only a house but a home in a community where they can put down roots.

Zack states, “I am a true ‘people person,’ and love the social aspect of real estate; making connections with my clients and helping them find their dream home is my passion. Two of my very close friends are Realtors at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, seeing their passion for their careers, and love of their company really solidified my decision to make Network Realty my company as well.”

“Zack has a high level of commitment to pursuing his goals. He makes a great addition to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty team! With the support of his family of Realtors in the Avondale office, Zack’s career will reach new heights. We look forward to celebrating his accomplishments,” shares Josh Cohen, Broker/Manager of the Metropolitan office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty with locations in Avondale and San Marco.

For more information, Zack can be reached by phone at 904.962.5479 or at Zackery.Williams@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: ZackSellsJax.com. The Metropolitan offices in Avondale and San Marco are located at 3627 St. Johns Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32205 and 1983 San Marco Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32207.

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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES WENDY PATTON

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

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A longtime local to Northeast Florida, and a native Floridian, Wendy comes to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty with over thirty years of experience in real estate. With a background in relocation, luxury properties, and condominium sales, Wendy has both the knowledge and the passion to help her clients buy or sell in a competitive market.

Previously working as a Branch Manager for a local real estate company, Wendy states that she made the move to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, “…due to the reputation of the brand, the culture of the company and the tools that they offer to their agents.” Wendy’s focus as a Realtor is providing the highest quality of service while bringing a high degree of experience, knowledge and negotiation skills into each of her transactions.

Wendy has been married to the man of her dreams for twenty-one years, has two beautiful daughters, eighteen and fourteen, and has a rescue dog and a rescue cat. When not working, Wendy loves birdwatching, visiting the beautiful beaches of Northeast Florida, and football!

“From your first meeting to the final closing, Wendy provides best-in-class service to her clients. She has the experience you can count on and the passion to make things happen even with the most challenging circumstances,” shares Kevin Waugaman, Broker/Manager of the Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office.

For more information, Wendy can be reached by phone at 904.382.0527 or at Wendy.Patton@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: WPatton.FloridaNetworkRealty.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 NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES PATRICIA FOSKO

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Patricia Fosko to the Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office.

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Patricia, originally from Alton, Illinois met and married her husband while attending the University of Notre Dame. From there, Patricia and her husband lived in Maryland, Virginia, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania during her husband’s medical training. During this time, Patricia worked at Johns Hopkins in the Transplant Immunology Lab and was also involved with juvenile diabetes research at the University of Virginia. Patricia and her husband also lived in St. Louis, Missouri for twenty-two years, and during this time Patricia was a Stock Broker with Huntleigh Securities.

Happily married for thirty-two years, Patricia and her husband settled down in Northeast Florida two years ago, in 2015. Drawn to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty’s reputation and single agent representation, Patricia is eager to begin her career as a Realtor at the Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office.

Patricia has three adult children, two of whom are CPA’s living in Boston and Chicago, and one working as a Nurse living in New Orleans. When not working, Patricia enjoys exercising, fishing and relaxing with her family and friends.

“Patricia has a strong desire to help her customers achieve their home buying and selling goals. We are very excited that she has decided to join Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty,” shares Don Cline, Assistant General Manager and Broker/Manager of the Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office.

For more information, Patricia can be reached by phone at 904.699.3912 or at Patricia.Fosko@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: PFosko.FloridaNetworkRealty.com. The Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office is located at 375-1 Atlantic Boulevard, Atlantic Beach, Florida 32233.

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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES JENNY MEIDE

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

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Jenny Meide has lived and worked in Northeast Florida for over thirty years, with fifteen of those years working primarily in the Beaches and Ponte Vedra area. During this time, Jenny not only got her real estate license and worked with Oakwood Realty Group but has also worked closely with Oakwood Building Group, a local custom home building company.

Jenny’s background, both in real estate and new construction, allows her to have a unique perspective as a Realtor. Her experiences will help her clients make sure that they are making the most of their investment when selling their home, and to ensure that they have explored every option when buying a house to make their home.

When asked why she joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty as a Realtor, Jenny states, “Berkshire Hathaway has a reputation for delivering top-notch service to its clients, and Florida Network Realty is a leader in the local real estate industry and is known for giving back to the community. These are only some of the attributes that made Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty an easy choice for my real estate career.”

Currently, Jenny is a fitness instructor at Fit With Hiit in Ponte Vedra Beach and is on the tennis team at Ponte Vedra Inn and Club. Married to Marcus Meide, Jenny and Marcus have two beautiful children, Avery (10), and Brady (7). When not working, Jenny enjoys taking advantage of the active community of Ponte Vedra Beach, getting outside and spending time in the warm weather and beautiful beaches of Northeast Florida.

“Having the right real estate agent means having an agent who is committed to helping you buy or sell your home. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, existing homeowner, or investor, Jenny will help you make selling and buying real estate faster, less costly, and stress-free,” shares Kevin Waugaman, Broker/Manager of the Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office.

For more information, Jenny Meide can be reached by phone at 904.607.7996 or at Jenny.Meide@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: JMeide.FloridaNetworkRealty.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 NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES HEATHER ROBERTS

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Heather Roberts to the Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office.

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“You have a story, a future, and a purpose. The question is, where will it take place?”

Heather’s story originated down south, was refined in Minnesota and continues here in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. An endurance athlete with extensive sales and customer service experience, Heather thrives in uncharted waters and in conquering opportunities disguised as challenges.

“Listing, selling or buying a home can be overwhelming, exhausting, and taxing,” Heather states, “My job is to simplify your real estate process, to offer you educated choices and wise counsel to give your future purpose a place. As your trusted Realtor, backed by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, I would be honored to partner with you and become part of your story.”

“I’m very excited to have Heather join our team. Heather’s enthusiasm, confidence, and likability will serve our clients well,” shares Don Cline, Assistant General Manager and Broker/Manager of the Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office.

For more information, Heather Roberts can be reached by phone at 904.868.4224 or at Heather.Roberts@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: HRoberts.FloridaNetworkRealty.com. The Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office is located at 375-1 Atlantic Boulevard, Atlantic Beach, Florida 32233.

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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES CAMELIA WILSON

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Camelia Wilson to the Metropolitan office with locations in Avondale and San Marco.

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Camelia settled in Jacksonville in 2012 after extensively traveling the world with her husband. Working as an interpreter for several law firms and organizations, Camelia speaks fluent Romanian and Spanish, in addition to English, and is conversational in Russian and several other languages as well.

In addition to her work as an interpreter, Camelia has also worked as a salesperson and manager for a high-end retail store affiliated with the Caribe Hilton Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Eager to begin her career as a Realtor, Camelia knows that her background selling in luxury markets will help her clients’ find their dream home.

Persistence and dedication are two traits that will distinguish Camelia as a Realtor. She attended public school in Romania during and subsequent to the Soviet era. After attending the College of Chemistry, Rimnicu Vicea in 1994, she discovered that her available educational records were not deemed sufficient to apply for a Florida Real Estate license. Undeterred, Camelia undertook obtaining a GED in English and completed this process through the Florida State College adult education system, and on July 2017 she was officially licensed as a Real Estate Sales Associate.

“Please join me in welcoming Camelia to the Avondale office! She is highly motivated to start her real estate career, and will be a fabulous addition to our Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty family,” shares Josh Cohen, Broker/Manager of the Metropolitan office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty with locations in Avondale and San Marco.

For more information, Camelia can be reached by phone at 904.955.3137 or at Camelia.Wilson@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: CWilson.FloridaNetworkRealty.com. The Metropolitan offices in Avondale and San Marco are located at 3627 St. Johns Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32205 and 1983 San Marco Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32207.

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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

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“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.

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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 http://ift.tt/1fEO8HN.

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  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.

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