Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Hosts Free Community Shredding Event and Food Drive

Shred Sensitive Documents and Feed the Community

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty will be hosting a free Shredding Event and Food Drive on Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the company’s Mandarin/St. Johns branch office located at 11576 San Jose Blvd. in Jacksonville.

Community members are encouraged to bring their personal documents and sensitive materials, which will be securely shredded during the event. Families may bring up to 10 boxes or bags of materials to be destroyed.

Shredding provides a safe and effective way to completely dispose of personal documents and can help prevent identity theft and fraud. According to the Better Business Bureau, more than half of identity theft victims have traced the theft to something that was stolen from their own possession.

“In our business, we have seen first-hand what can happen when people don’t dispose of personal information properly,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda Sherrer. “Identity theft and fraud are real problems that can be avoided if you securely dispose of sensitive and personal documents. We want to protect our clients and the community as a whole from the risk of identity fraud.”

During the event, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is collecting donations of nonperishable food items. The company is requesting participants bring one food item for every box or bag of materials to be shredded. All food donations will go to the local food bank, Feeding Northeast Florida.

“Events like this are in keeping with our company culture,” said Broker/Executive Vice President Christy Budnick. “We are grateful to be able to give back and offer these important services to the communities we serve.”

Mandarin Real Estate

The Mandarin area has become one of the fastest-growing communities in Northeast Florida. Located south of San Marco, Mandarin boasts miles of waterfront along the St. Johns River, quiet neighborhoods framed by magnificent Live Oak trees, beautiful parks and rich history.

The popular area offers something for everyone including riverfront and equestrian estates, gated communities, subdivisions, condominiums, townhomes, and starter homes. Also, Mandarin is one of the few places in Jacksonville where acreage is available. Mandarin’s home prices are just as diverse as the style of available homes, ranging from the $100,000s to the millions.

Homebuyers also enjoy numerous shopping and dining choices, proximity to top-rated public and private schools, many recreational opportunities and easy access to all parts of the Northeast Florida region including downtown and the beaches.

“The Mandarin area offers residents an incredible way of life. There is such a strong sense of community and so many things to do,” said Christine Scalf, broker/manager of the Mandarin/St. Johns office. “With so much to offer, the demand for homes in Mandarin is strong. We continue to see increasing interest from buyers who are drawn to Mandarin’s wide array of homes, family oriented quality of life, historic appeal and school choices.”

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty’s full service branch office, which is located on San Jose Boulevard north of Loretta Road, is home to the area’s most successful real estate agents who work hard to deliver an exceptional client experience and the most positive real estate results.

For more information about the shredding event or about buying or selling a home in Northeast Florida, connect with the best at

Written by Clockwork Marketing

Friday, 7 April 2017

5 Times Everyone Was Proud to Call Jacksonville Home

Jacksonville is known for being a beautiful, sunny place to live. The weather isn’t the only thing that makes this city so cheerful; it’s the people themselves that are the Jacksonville is so great. When it comes down to it, you wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. We looked at the positive news stories from the last little while and found five times everyone was proud to call Jacksonville home.

5. Seebees Build For Disabled Sailor

In July, former U.S. Navy airman C.J. Bagocius called the Seabees from the Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 202 Detachment to help him get in and out of his house. The Seabees, along with Home Depot and volunteers from HandsOn Jacksonville, spent around 160 hours building a new ramp, deck, and boardwalk for Bagocius.

4. Scholarships Help Those Fighting MS

The North Florida Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society scholarship programs help students affected by multiple sclerosis pursue a college or technical school education. The scholarship winners in 2016 were Lisa Mullis, an office manager, Robert Kemple, a high school senior, and Khalilyl Bogarty, a junior at the university of South Alabama.

3. Ophthalmologist Wins “Young at Heart” Award

Eighty-five-year-old ophthalmologist Howard Rose volunteered for twelve years, helping hundreds low-income and uninsured members of the community with their eye care needs at Volunteers in Medicine. When he retired this past year, he was awarded the “Young at Heart” award for his years of hard work.

2. Teen Helps Raise $10,000 For 40,000 Meals

Renee Reneau is a communications and political science major at the University of Miami who helped raise $10,000 for Stop Hunger Now, which will go towards providing 40,000 meals to those in need. Reneau has been working with Stop Hunger Now since she was eighteen years old.


1. Non-Profits Help Those In Need

Throughout the year, there are numerous organizations that are helping to better the city of Jacksonville and the people that call it home. The Mandarin Branch Lions Club is one of many non-profits that raises funds and takes food donations for the Mandarin Food Bank. Camellia at Deerwood holds multiple activities for various charities, including the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. These organizations, along with countless others, are always looking for new volunteers if you’re interested in getting involved.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

8 Must-Do Family Activities in Jacksonville This Spring

Spring is a time for new beginnings, so it’s fitting that there are so many new things to do with your family in Jacksonville once winter ends. It’s time to get outside with your loved ones and have a good time, no matter how old you are. Here are eight must-do family activities that are happening in Jacksonville this spring.

8. Wild Wonders Nature Program

The Wild Wonders Nature Program takes place during the months of March, April, May, and June at the Dutton Island Preserve in Atlantic Beach. You and the family will be able to get up close and personal with some of your favorite animals, including turtles and snakes!


7. Science and History Boat Tours

Learn more about the city you call home while taking a leisurely boat cruise with the Science and History Boat Tours, happening every Saturday, brought to you by the Museum of Science and History. You can buy your tickets in-person at the museum or online.


6. Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks

The Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks is free with zoo admission at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. This fun for the whole family exhibition boasts over a dozen LEGO sculptures that are made with over 300,000 bricks!


5. Family Seining

Take the family out on a free seining adventure at the GTM Research Reserve. You’ll have a blast pulling a seine net through Guana Lake, where you’ll be able to witness first hand many different species of fish and crustaceans while learning more about all underwater life.


4. Celestial Farms Open House

At the Celestial Farms Open House, you’ll be able to take in many mini classes on interesting topics like first-aid, cheese making, gardening, and soap making. Not to mention the animal meet-and-greets and the rides and fun activities put on for people of all ages.


3. Bugs Bunny at the Symphony

Bring your kids to a show you’ll enjoy as well, and one that will make you feel like you’re their age again. Bugs Bunny at the Symphony is presented by Warner Bros. Studio and it stars all of your favorite childhood characters, including Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and Daffy Duck.

2. Karate America

If you’re looking for something different to do this spring, look no further than Karate America. Regardless of your age you’ll be able to learn self-defence and inner-strength. You and your family will be building your confidence and your overall health while having a great time.

1. Family Bicycle Ride

The Riverside Arts Makers Family Bicycle Ride is a great way to get outdoors with your family. You’ll bike for about ten miles, stopping along the way for refreshments and snacks. At the end of the ride, you’ll end up at the Arts Market to enjoy some local produce and freshly baked bread. It’s fun for the whole family!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

5 Jacksonville Suburbs Young Professionals Love

When young professionals are looking for a place to live, there are so many factors to consider. They tend to search for places with low unemployment rates and a low cost of living, somewhere that is in close proximity to the city center yet still boasts a tight knit community. It’s difficult to decide where to put down roots, which is why we compiled this list of five suburbs in Jacksonville that young professionals love.

5. Callahan

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Callahan has that small town vibe that young professionals look for in a suburb. You’re close to the city center, just thirty minutes from downtown, yet you get to live in such a quiet and safe neighborhood, away from the noise and pollution. Callahan offers a low cost of living, and the Callahan Farmer’s Market boasts an array of fresh local produce.

4. Atlantic Beach

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Atlantic Beach is a fun neighborhood to call home because you won’t run out of things to do on any given night of the week. For example, the Wednesday Market always has the best local produce and crafts. There are tons of community events happening, like Arts in the Park. And there’s also the beloved Beaches Town Center.

3. Jacksonville Beach

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The oceanfront suburb of Jacksonville Beach is so well liked amongst young professionals because you just can’t beat being in close proximity to the beach. There are a wide variety of housing options to choose from, whatever your price range may be. The focus on arts and culture makes this neighborhood appealing as well.

2. Orange Park

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Orange Park attracts young professionals due to the neighborhood’s eclectic housing options and charming community events. There’s always something going on in this suburb, for example, the popular Orange Park Farmer’s Market. A large percentage of the population are people in their twenties, so you know you’ll be surrounded by like-minded individuals.

1. Neptune Beach

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Who doesn’t want to live in the beautiful oceanfront suburb of Neptune Beach? This neighborhood is known for its sights, like the beloved Jarboe Park. It also has some of the lowest unemployment rates around. Whether you want to live in a beachside cottage or a modern townhouse, your dream home is waiting for you in Neptune Beach.

Monday, 3 April 2017

REALTOR® Spotlight: Q&A with Sharon Crain

Sharon Crain Q&A

Where are you from?

Born at the Naval Hospital In Memphis Tennessee and have lived in more than 30 different homes from California, to Rhode Island, Washington DC, New Orleans and Jacksonville in my lifetime.

What brought you to real estate?

I am a licensed teacher in Florida and a published children’s author but always thought I would enjoy real estate. I guess because I’ve lived in so many houses.

What actress/actor would play you in movie

I’m not much of a movie buff so when I think of actors and actresses not a single one came to mind. I googled and got Johnny Depp and realized I do like him.

What is your favorite local restaurant?

Favorite local restaurant is Santioni’s Lacucina which is conveniently located a few doors from the office. My family is convinced that’s why I wanted to be at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Fleming Island.

Thing you’re most excited about this year.

I am most excited about the training and technology resources and support I have here at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty. I came from another brokerage and never realized this level of support and training was available in the industry. I look forward to learning all I can.


For more information,  Sharon can be reached by phone at 904.728.1115 or The Fleming Island/Orange Park office is located at 3535 Highway, 17 Suite 10 Fleming Island, Florida 32003.

REALTOR® Spotlight: Q&A with Jennifer Cook


Jennifer Cook Q&A

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in the Avondale neighborhood of Jacksonville, but have been coming to St. Augustine for weekends and vacations for as long as I can remember. After graduating college, I lived in Chicago for about 7 years before moving home to St. Augustine for good in 2013.

What brought you to real estate?
My career began in Advertising and Market Research, in client service and project management roles for some of the world’s largest brands…When I moved to St. Augustine, I wanted to do something that would leverage my professional background, yet give me the freedom to be out in about in the community that I love so much. Real Estate is the perfect fit!

What actress/actor would play you in movie
Claire Danes has always been one of my favorite actresses. I love how she can effortlessly transition from silly and carefree to intelligent and poignant.

What is your favorite local restaurant?
There are so many fabulous restaurants in St. Augustine! I would have to say that Collage is at the top of my favorites list! I was just drooling over a photo of their Cappuccino Semifreddo with Homemade Doughnuts.

Thing you’re most excited about this year.
The most exciting part of my life is watching my two daughters, Noelle (4 yo) and Anna (2 yo) grow and learn new things. In Real Estate, I am most excited about the new communities that we have opening throughout St. Johns County. There are some really beautiful homes that are ready for new families!


For more information, Jennifer can be reached by phone at 904.874.4480 or at and website: The St. Augustine office is located at 112 Sea Grove Main Street, Suite 210, St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080.


REALTOR® Spotlight: Q&A with Liz Bobeck

Liz Bobeck Q&A

Where are you from?

Atlanta, Ga but everyone knows Jack Bobeck brought me here kicking and screaming in 1998 and now it’s home.

What brought you to real estate?

A short conversation with my next door neighbor at the YachtClub bar had me signing up for real estate school the next day on a whim.

What actress/actor would play you in movie

I’m too shy for movies.

What is your favorite local restaurant?

Orsay, nacho taco, five points tavern, cruisers.

Thing you’re most excited about this year.

Making people’s dreams come true, meeting new people, eating the elephant a bite at the time and traveling.


For more information, Liz can be reached by phone at 904.210.6399 or at and website: The Metropolitan office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty with locations in Avondale and San Marco is at 3627 St. Johns Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32205.


REALTOR® Spotlight: Q&A with Lynee Ferguson

Lynee Ferguson Q&A

Where are you from?

I was born in Birmingham, AL but moved to Jacksonville when I was 7 thus considering it my home.

What brought you to real estate?

After teaching school for 14 years, I decided to pursue a career in sales, ending up in real estate in 2006, a lifelong dream career.

What actress/actor would play you in movie?

I enjoy musicals so Julie Andrews is one of my all-time favorite actresses but I also love comedies so Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon are high on my list.

What is your favorite local restaurant?

My favorite local restaurant’s include North Street Bistro, Capps on the Water, Taco Lu, BB’s and Bistro Aix.

Thing you’re most excited about this year.

I am confident 2017 will be another banner year in real estate. Interest rates are still low and I look forward to every transaction because no two are ever the same. Meeting and getting to know new Buyers and Sellers are my passion. On a personal note, I look forward to spending time with friends, family, especially my grandchildren.


For more information, Lynee can be reached by phone at 904.514.0577 or at and website: San Marco/ San Jose office has locations in Avondale and San Marco is at 1983 San Marco Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida 32207



Carlo Colalillo

St. Augustine, FL – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Carlo Colalillo to the St. Augustine office with locations in St. Augustine Beach and Murabella at World Golf Village.

Previously an Advertising Consultant for TheHomeMag, Carlo has an extensive background in both sales, marketing, and negotiating. Translating and applying these skills to his new career as a Realtor, Carlo is ready to help all his clients navigate smoothly through each real estate transaction.

When asked about what he enjoys most about being a Realtor, Carlo states, “Purchasing or selling a home is such an important part of all of our lives –  I love building relationships with my clients and helping them to navigate Northeast Florida’s real estate market. Making sure they are being taken care of every step of the way is something I strive for.”

“We look forward to watching Carlo grow in his real estate career. His experiences helping homeowners fight for their homes shows his compassion and dedication to his clients, and we are proud to have him join 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, Carlo can be reached by phone at 904.687.7759 or at and website: 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.