Congratulations to all our Top Producers in May!

June 16, 2022

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May was another strong month for Davidson Realty with so many of our agents helping their customers make moves in this fluid housing market!  So, it’s especially important to us to recognize and congratulate our top performers who made such an impact!  In addition, we would love to share with you a little bit about them and what makes each of them so fantastic personally and professionally. Enjoy our Q & A of these great real estate advisors!

 

 

Our Top Producer (Closings) and Overall Top Sales Agent for May is Mirtha Barzaga with over $1.7 million in total closings and $1.4 million in overall sales for the month.

 

 

 

 

Q&A with Mirtha:

 

Q1 – What do you like best about living here in Northeast Florida?

Mirtha – World Golf Village in Northeast Florida is where l live and sell the most, it’s centrally located between Jacksonville, Old St Augustine, Daytona, and the beaches. To the north there is access to the Jacksonville work force as well as sports and theaters.  To the south you have the Old City, the beaches, theaters, and other attractions.  It is also a close commute to major airports like Jacksonville International Airport and Orlando where you can take day trips to the amusement parks.

 

Q2 – What is your favorite local restaurant and favorite dish to eat there?

Mirtha – Columbia Restaurant is a great place to entertain friends and family, my favorite there is Paella a la Valenciana and flan for dessert.

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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. 

Congratulations to all our Top Producers in April!

May 11, 2022

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Congratulations to our Top Producers in April! Our Company had over $18 million in closings for the month, so it wasn’t easy to be the tops.

 

The Top Producer (closings) and Top Buyer Sales is Mirtha Barzaga. Mirtha had over $4 million in closings helping 10 families in the month. She closed 3 homes for sellers, 3 new construction homes for buyers and 4 resale homes for buyers. Whatever your real estate needs, Mirtha has the knowledge and the skills to assist.

 

 

 

The Top Listing agent and Top overall Sales is Suzy Evans. Suzy had $2 million in sales for the month. Her knowledge of the local housing market and inventory, along with an extensive network of contacts, and her caring positive attitude are just a few reasons to choose Suzy for your real estate needs.

 

 

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Davidson Realty Welcomes New Agents Stacy Ann Cornell and Jennie Bermudez to Team of Experts

April 19, 2022

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Davidson Realty is proud to welcome new faces to its team of real estate experts. “At Davidson Realty we are focused on giving our agents the tools they need to put their clients first. By putting people first, our clients get a personalized real estate experience from our Northeast Florida real estate experts,” shares Davidson Realty President, Sherry Davidson. Davidson Realty is delighted to introduce two new members to the family!

 

 

Stacy Ann Cornell

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Stacy spent most of her childhood on the island of Jamaica where the majority of her family was born and raised. She earned a degree in Sociology from the University of Windsor and a diploma in Early Childhood Education from St. Clair College and went on to become a Preschool Teacher, in Canada. Without hesitation, Stacy seized an opportunity to teach overseas. She spent 11 years teaching English, developing and implementing English Curriculum for schools in South Korea and Japan. While living abroad, Stacy loved going on travel adventures, and backpacking in various countries, such as Thailand, The Philippines, Fiji, and Vietnam. 

 

Stacy is no stranger to constant relocation, planned and unplanned. Her family has relocated multiple times overseas and within the United States for her teaching career and for her husband who served in the United States Air Force. She understands the process and the importance of finding a home that will accommodate and support the needs of the military family lifestyle. Upon the retirement of her husband’s service from the military, Stacy and her family found permanent residency in the RIVERTOWN Community of Saint Johns County.

 

Stacy owns and operates a mobile childcare service, volunteers as a Chairperson on the PTO, is a Team Parent for the Julington Creek T-Ball league, and is an active member in her community, hosting various activities and family events with her nonprofit organization, The Belles & Beaus of the River Society. Stacy’s long time passion for real estate, combined experience, knowledge, and education as a Preschool Teacher and business owner, provide her with valuable skills to ensure her clients receive exceptional service for their real estate needs while establishing a lifelong relationship, not only as their agent but as a friend.

 

Jennie Bermudez

Jennie Bermudez is a native Floridian, born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. Growing up, Jennie’s father was a home building contractor and enjoyed being raised in the business. Due to her husband’s career, Jennie has been able to travel and live across the country. Life experiences along with extensive relocations made Jennie realize how important it is to have a compassionate and trustworthy Realtor. “Guiding someone through the process of buying and or selling your home is an emotional and complicated process. It is my responsibility to make your experiences as smooth and simple as possible. It will always be my pleasure and honor to accompany and help you on your journey,” shares Jennie. 

 

Jennie is a proud mother to two daughters, a fabulous son(in-law), three granddogs, and a rescue dog of her own. In her free time, Jennie loves to cook, thrift shop, and spend time with the people that mean the most to her. 

 

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

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