Congratulations go out to our nine agents recently named as 2017 Five Star Professionals! Those agents include Ron Savarese, Joanne Samuelson, Michelle Gonzalez, Suzy Evans, Mirtha Barzaga, Lynn Whitley, Liz Pappaceno, Margherite Myers and Jock Ochiltree.
The annual distinction is awarded by Jacksonville Magazine and research firm Five Star Professional. It is presented to those who scored in the top three percent for client satisfaction out of all Northeast Florida real estate agents and brokers. (more…)
“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” Jim Rohn
I mentioned last month that Realtor.com is predicting Jacksonville to be the 6th most improved market for 2017. Trulia posted an article “10 Hottest Real Estate Markets to Watch In 2017” and selected Jacksonville, FL number one. Trulia said “Why is it so appealing? First, there are serious job opportunities. Jacksonville posted a 3.8% job growth rate in 2016, which makes it one of the healthiest markets for employment opportunities in the state. Second, there’s an increasing influx of people — which contributes to the area’s very high ratio of inbound home searches on Trulia by out-of-towners versus outbound searches by locals looking to leave.” It makes perfect sense to me that people would want to live in our beautiful area. (more…)
“Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection’’ Winston Churchill
Reflecting on 2016, I remembered new relations with Cuba, several terrorist attacks, the Benghazi investigation, Wikileaks, Hurricane Matthew and the Presidential election. If you are a sports fan, Alabama won the College Football playoffs, Denver won the Super Bowl and then Peyton Manning retired. There were Olympic games in Rio, the USA won the Ryder Cup, and the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. It was an eventful year. (more…)
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” — Albert Schweitzer
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to think about all we are grateful for. I want to express my gratitude to all the companies that supported our first annual Shooting for SAYS event. Because of you, Davidson Cares raised $30,000 for St. Augustine Youth Services. SAYS does a tremendous job working with boys that have suffered severe abuse and neglect. Please save the date for our 2017 shoot which will be on October 19th. (more…)
Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you better start running. -African proverb
I want to share a few trends from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) report, Demographic Strategies for Real Estate looking at the real estate industry over the next 10 years.
1. By 2025, the number of women in the workforce will rise to 78 million, 8 million above the level in 2015.
2. Immigration will account for more than half the U. S. population growth by 2025 and many immigrants are highly educated middle and upper-class families with substantial purchasing power. (more…)