Playing 20 Questions: Davidson Realty Agent Spotlight with Mirtha Barzaga.

May 29, 2020

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Here at Davidson Realty we thought it would be neat to give you an inside view like no other to our fabulous team.  In this fun agent spotlight blog series we will be Playing 20 Questions where we get up close and personal with our agents.  Today we are featuring agent Mirtha Barzaga. 

 

1.) In three sentences or less tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a focus business minded individual whose full-time job is real estate.

I care about my customer’s investment and wellbeing more than I care about the sale.

I know the North Florida area like the palm of my hand and that helps me in guiding my customers well.

 

2.) What do you like best about living here in Northeast Florida (can be specific area, i.e. WGV, Jax Beach, PVB, etc.)?

I love St. Johns County because of the relaxed, more suburban lifestyle, but like all of North Florida in general.  It is a melting pot of some of the nicest people from all over the country I have ever met.

 

3.) What is your favorite indoor or outdoor activity?

I love to garden! Over the past 15 years of living here I have converted my yard into an English garden.

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Keep your home safe by reinforcing these home entry points

April 28, 2020

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Thanks to video doorbell systems, we are now paying more attention to home security. We’ve all seen the videos online of would-be burglars and scammers caught by high-tech front porch security systems.

 

The only problem? These camera systems don’t actually prevent criminals from accessing your home. Even in gated neighborhoods and master-planned communities throughout Jacksonville and St. Augustine, home break-ins can and do happen—anywhere.

 

 

In addition to installing a home security system to alert the authorities of suspicious activity, it is important to deter criminals from even gaining access in the first place.

 

Here are a few ways you can increase protection at your home’s main entry points.

 

Garage door

The garage door is one of the most vulnerable entry points in a home! An amateur burglar can easily open it by drilling a hole in the door (or breaking a glass window, if applicable) and using a long hook tool to pull the emergency release wire. Once the wire has been pulled, the door disengages and can be opened manually in just seconds. This goes for heavy-duty garage doors as well; the spring system works to counter the door’s weight.

 

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Big surprise for Heritage Landing girl shows community togetherness despite COVID-19

April 14, 2020

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Saturday, April 4, was a very important day for Sloane Stadt for two reasons. She was home for the first time after an intense, month-long round of chemotherapy, and she was turning four years old.

 

Sloane was diagnosed with Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) on February 28. She entered the hospital on March 2 to begin treatment and returned home last weekend for a brief respite before returning to the hospital.

 

While Sloane was unable to celebrate with a party at home due to COVID-19, the community stepped in to help her celebrate her big day. A community car parade was organized in Heritage Landing where she lives with her family.

 

The procession included nearly 60 vehicles as well as vehicles from St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office and St. Johns County Fire Rescue. Many cars were decorated with balloons and signs. Lots of cars were honking, waving and dropping off birthday gifts for Sloane.

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Want to boost curb appeal? Start in the yard!

April 8, 2020

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It’s finally springtime! And with it comes warm weather, singing birds and, for many of us, a damaged post-winter lawn to deal with. Now is the perfect time to bring your yard out of hibernation and boost your home’s curb appeal dramatically.

 

Curb appeal isn’t just for home sellers! Whether you are planning to sell your home or not, getting your lawn in shape now prevents current problems from getting worse and helps to avoid future issues.

 

In addition to the basics like keeping your grass under control and trimming the hedges regularly, here are a few projects that will make your lawn beautiful and healthy again.

 

Tackle those weeds!  Nothing damages a home’s curb appeal quite like a yard overtaken by weeds. Once you get rid of them and take steps to prevent future weeds, you have taken a huge step in the right direction!

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Using safety measures and technology to stay open for business

April 1, 2020

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While COVID-19 may have temporarily changed how we shop for homes, we as Realtors are following suit with our own precautions as well as innovative ways to connect you with the home of your dreams!

 

In addition to following CDC recommendations on hand washing and using hand sanitizer, we are maintaining safe social distancing. Like most people, I have also eliminated unnecessary trips from my day, focusing only on the office, grocery and drug store as needed.

 

When it comes to business, an agent’s top priority is ensuring customer safety. Some of the ways I am striving to ensure the real estate process remains safe include the following:

  • When showing a home to buyers, I let them follow me in their car instead of riding together as we would traditionally.
  • At home showings, I have made a practice of wiping the lockbox, key and door handles before and after each and every opening. I ask my customers not to touch anything in the house. I follow these practices when I meet appraisers and inspectors as well.
  • My title company partners are only allowing signers at the closing table.
  • While the Davidson Realty offices are closed, access is available by appointment only. If you would like to meet me at the office, I would be happy to set up an appointment.

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