Davidson Realty Welcomes New Agents Sean Nolan and Chris Thompson to Team of Experts

September 8, 2022

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Davidson Realty is proud to welcome two new faces to its team of experts. “At Davidson Realty, putting people first is our top priority and we give our agents the tools to do just that! Our Northeast Florida real estate experts ensure each client gets a personalized experience from start to finish,” shares Davidson Realty President, Sherry Davidson. Davidson Realty is delighted to introduce two new members to the family!

 

 

Sean Nolan

Sean Nolan and his wife, Erin, relocated from Colorado to St. Augustine, Florida in 2017. Immediately upon their arrival, they fell in love with all the wonderful things Northeast Florida has to offer as it is truly a great place to live, work, and play. After twenty successful years in the restaurant and hospitality industry, Sean takes pride in his ability to provide memorable customer experiences. Sean’s professionalism and attention to detail are key qualities that matter in real estate. Whether you are searching for a rental, first home, dream home, or investment property, Sean promises dedication to your unique needs. As a proud member of the Davidson Realty family, Sean carries the values of hard work, integrity, and outstanding client service into everything he does. Sean welcomes the opportunity to partner with you through your real estate journey.

 

Chris Thompson

Originally from Long Island, New York, Chris Thompson, and his wife Jane, currently reside in World Golf Village. Chris is an active member of the St. Augustine community and sits on the board of a local charitable organization, is involved with his parish church, and is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoys golf, rollerblading, and is an avid hockey fan.

Chris has always believed that service to clients and customers is the cornerstone of successful business relationships. He feels this is especially true in real estate, where buyers and sellers make very emotional decisions and often look for guidance from a trusted advisor. “Buying and selling a home can be a very stressful undertaking, and being able to eliminate that stress and provide both parties with a happy result is what being a Realtor is all about,” shares Thompson.

 

If you are interested in a career in real estate with Davidson Realty, call us today at (904) 940-5000.

Davidson Realty and Riverside Homes Welcome Homebuyers to Explore Courtney Oaks at SilverLeaf

August 23, 2022

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SilverLeaf has quickly become one of the most sought-after, master-planned communities in Northeast Florida. Located in St. Johns County, SilverLeaf comprises more than 11,000 acres and is zoned for more than 16,300 dwelling units, 2,900,000 square feet of mixed-use and commercial space, and more than 4,350 acres of pristine conservation land. Once complete, SilverLeaf will be one of the largest community developments in Northeast Florida. Davidson Realty is proud to support builder partner, Riverside Homes as they welcome another new neighborhood in the SilverLeaf community: Courtney Oaks.

 

“Everyone can find a place to call home in SilverLeaf. With a wide variety of floor plans, finding a home that is the right size, price, and style for you and your family is simple,” shares Davidson Realty President, Sherry Davidson. “Riverside Homes is an award-winning home builder with a strong reputation for building quality and thoughtfully designed homes. Building a home with their team in Courtney Oaks would be a delightful experience, as they strive to exceed their homeowners’ expectations throughout the entire home building process.”

 

Courtney Oaks will allow residents the opportunity to live in an exclusive gated section of the SilverLeaf community with home prices from Riverside Homes starting at $659,900. This neighborhood will feature a new lineup of floor plans from Riverside Homes that range from 2,484 to more than 4,000 square feet. Homes built by Riverside Homes in Courtney Oaks will be situated on estate-sized 70’ and 80’ wooded lots with many backing up to tranquil conservation views. Courtney Oaks will be in close proximity to SilverLeaf Commons as well as a new amenity center that is coming soon.

 

“With the success of home sales in SilverLeaf’s SilverLeaf Village and Silver Landing neighborhoods, our Riverside Homes team looks forward to continuing to build dream homes for our homebuyers in the new picturesque setting of Courtney Oaks. We are now selling expansive estate-sized homesites and look forward to welcoming visitors to our Stella II model in Courtney Oaks soon,” shares Andrea Johnson, Online Sales and Marketing Director for Riverside Homes.

 

Watch an exclusive tour of Courtney Oaks with Riverside Homes New Home Sales Consultant, Brian Thurston, here. To learn more about building in Courtney Oaks with Riverside Homes, contact Davidson Realty today at (904) 940-5000.

Top 5 Reasons People Move to Northeast Florida

July 28, 2022

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With the help of the pandemic and the onset of work-from-home life, more people are moving to Northeast Florida than ever before. Simply drive through all the beautiful neighborhoods and see how special this area is. “Northeast Florida has it all! It provides the perfect setting to enjoy time with family and friends while providing plenty of opportunities to try new things,” shares Davidson Realty President, Sherry Davidson. 

 

1. Water

While living near the ocean is a dream for many, residents of Northeast Florida have the privilege of living just miles from the beach and have the added bonus of living close to the St. Johns River and Intracoastal waterways. This abundance of water provides countless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. 

 

2. Weather

Alongside the beautiful beaches attracting people to Northeast Florida is the weather. While it gets colder than parts of South Florida, the average annual temperature is still 70 degrees in Jacksonville. Mild winters and balmy summers make Northeast Florida weather basically perfect. With an average of 221 sunny days per year, what more could you want?

 

3. Financial 

Your hard-earned money stretches further in Florida. As one of a handful of states in the United States with no state income tax or estate tax, living in Northeast Florida has many financial benefits. With so many communities and various housing options, finding a home that fits your budget is a breeze.  

 

4. Sports

If you are a sports fan, Northeast Florida is the place for you! Downtown Jacksonville is home to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, and Jacksonville Iceman. Travel south to Ponte Vedra Beach to visit The Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass, one of the world’s most renowned golf courses and home of the annual PGA tour stop, The Players Championship. Grab some friends and get some tickets, the sports scene is thriving in Northeast Florida. 

 

5. Location

Northeast Florida is uniquely located just a short drive away from many exciting and historic destinations. In just two hours, you can visit Orlando, to the south, or Savannah, to the north. Destinations like Charleston, Atlanta, Miami, and Tampa are ideal if you are looking for a fun road trip. 

 

It is clear to see that Northeast Florida is special. If you are interested in calling Northeast Florida home, call the real estate experts at Davidson Realty today at (904) 940-5000.

Davidson Realty Welcomes New Agents Theresa Connolly, Sharon Mathis, Maurkee Ragin, and Molly Austin to Team of Experts

June 15, 2022

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Davidson Realty is constantly welcoming new faces to its team of real estate experts as they continue to be the go-to brokerage in Northeast Florida. The team at Davidson Realty is proud to welcome four new members to their family. 

 

Theresa Connolly  

Theresa Connolly is proud to be a part of the Davidson Realty team. In 2014, Theresa relocated to the First Coast from Philadelphia. As soon as she explored St. Augustine it was love at first sight. With a background in account management and sales training, Theresa strives to fulfill the needs of her client. She looks forward to sharing her passion and active involvement in the local real estate market. “Theresa is ready to earn your trust while helping you achieve your real estate goals,” shares Davidson Realty President, Sherry Davidson. “I have a feeling Theresa will make many lifelong friendships in the process.”

 

Sharon Mathis

With more than twenty years of experience in both new construction home sales and seller and buyer representation, Sharon Mathis is joining the team of real estate experts at Davidson Realty. Sharon’s professional experience combined with her extensive knowledge of the Northeast Florida area will be a true advantage when helping clients purchase a home or investment property. Sharon is a long-time First Coast resident and has worked in Orange Park and the Ponte Vedra Beaches area. “Sharon has sold homes across Jacksonville, from Avondale to the beaches! Sharon’s knowledge of the area along with her passion will be true assets to her clients,” shares Davidson. 

 

Maurkee Ragin

Maurkee Ragin joins the Davidson Realty team eager to help his clients find their first home, second home, or home of their dreams! Growing up in a military family, Maurkee has not only had a few homes across the country, but was taught at an early age the importance of leadership, ethics, integrity, and selfless service. He has continued to develop these values through the Florida Army National Guard and is now one year away from earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Florida. “Maurkee is grounded and focused on the needs of his clients. He is professional and we are proud to have Maurkee represent the Davidson Realty brand,” continues Davidson.

 

Molly Austin

With a vast experience in real estate, Molly Austin joins the Davidson Realty family ready to serve her clients. Molly began investing in real estate in 2005 before starting her own property management company that specialized in commercial properties in 2013. Through these experiences, Molly has always wanted to become a REALTOR ® and chose the Davidson Realty team through a ladies’ network at the Jacksonville Clay Target Sports called Belles with Shells. Molly has a passion for missions and animals. She is a long-time sponsor and team leader for Faithful Servant Missions and is a board member for the Wildlife Rescue Coalition of Northeast Florida. “Molly comes to Davidson Realty with wonderful experiences working with our community. We are proud to share not only a love for real estate with Molly but excitement to serve our neighbors as well,” shares Davidson. 

 

If you are interested in a career in real estate with Davidson Realty, call us today at (904) 940-5000. 

Best Strategies to Win a Bidding War

June 2, 2022

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When buying a home in today’s real estate market, be prepared to pull out every weapon in your arsenal. Most agents are dusting off strategies and techniques they haven’t used since the early 2000s to compete in this competitive seller’s market. “Homes are selling fast and for thousands over list price. Homebuyers need to be ready to move quickly and aggressively when they find a home they love,” shares Davidson Realty President, Sherry Davidson. 

 

Putting together an offer to sellers? Make it strong! With only a month’s worth of inventory up for sale, more and more buyers are making all-cash offers. Cash sales are attractive because the seller has seemingly no risk of financing problems and they save time with the elimination of the underwriting process. 

 

Opt for a shorter inspection period or no inspection. Make an estimate of how much necessary improvements will cost and consider them in your offer. For newer homes, waiving the inspection could be a valid tactic, but the buyer must truly understand and be comfortable with it as it could be extremely risky. 

 

Allowing the seller to rent back the home for a short time is another way to appeal to the seller’s needs. If the seller needs time to find or move into their next home, the buyer can allow the seller to stay for a set period of time and pay rent, usually the mortgage payment, or stay rent-free as the buyer would begin paying the mortgage. Being flexible could be what helps you win a bidding war!

 

Waive the appraisal contingency. The appraisal contingency allows a buyer to get out of a pending sale if the appraised market value of the home is less than the agreed upon contract price. If the contingency is waived, the buyer agrees to pay the difference between what the bank is willing to lend on the appraised value and the contract price. Waiving the appraisal contingency is clearly an attractive strategy, however, the buyer needs to be aware of the risk. 

 

A tool many agents are recommending to buyers to win bidding wars is an escalation or escalator clause which states the buyer will pay a certain amount above the highest bid. This clause makes the offer more attractive because it guarantees it will beat the highest bid. Usually, a limit is set on the clause to avoid the buyer overspending.

 

Footing the bill for closing costs and paying the commission for both sides of the transaction is another way to sweeten the deal for the seller. Additionally, writing a “love” letter could appeal to the emotions of the seller. Trusting your agent to help you select the strategies that work best for your situation is key. 

 

In this real estate market, be ready and act fast! For expert advice on strategies to catch the seller’s attention and put your offer at the top of the list, contact Davidson Realty today at (904) 940-5000. 

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