Davidson Realty Welcomes New Agent Kim Baum

November 19, 2020

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What qualities do you expect from your realtor? Experience? Commitment to understand your needs? A willingness to provide you with a level of service that ensures you will refer them to your friends and family? An understanding of your community and what makes your home valuable? Our new Davidson Realty Agent, Kim Baum, checks all of those boxes.

 

Kim comes to Davidson Realty after an extensive career in education, most recently in the St. Johns County School District, and as a previous owner of several rental properties.

 

“After my first meeting with Kim I knew she would make an excellent addition to our team and was hoping she would choose Davidson Realty,” shares Andrea Gallagher, Davidson Realty Sales and Training Manager. “With her level of commitment and past years’ experiences working in our local school and community she embodies what we deem essential in being a great real estate advisor which is putting people first.”

 

The feeling was mutual as Kim felt right at home at Davidson Realty and truly respected the brokerage’s outstanding reputation. “I chose Davidson Realty because of their extensive training and mentor programs. They have a wonderful team of supportive agents and foster a family atmosphere which I really loved,” shares Kim. “I feel so grateful to be a part of the Davidson Realty team.”

 

After moving to the World Golf Village area of St. Augustine in 2004, Kim fell in love with Northeast Florida. “I truly enjoy living in Northeast Florida as it provides the perfect climate and an attractive pace of life. I look forward to sharing my knowledge of the area with my clients and welcoming newcomers to Northeast Florida!”

 

In her free time, Kim and her husband enjoy traveling the world and playing golf together as much as possible. Kim also has a huge heart for animals and has rescued many dogs, cats, and horses over the years.

 

Kim works out of the Davidson Realty World Golf Village Office. If you are interested in buying or selling your home, give Kim a call today!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TOP PRODUCERS FOR OCTOBER

November 10, 2020

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Davidson Realty’s team ended another spectacular month of real estate transactions. Davidson Realty’s team of real estate experts at our St. Augustine and Beaches offices wrapped up the month of October with thirty-three closings for a total of more than $11.6 million and twenty-nine sales for a total of more than $9.3 million in sales. Join us in congratulating Davidson Realty’s October Top Producers!

 

 

The Top Producer and Top Buyer Sales Agent for the month was Mirtha Barzaga. Mirtha had more than $1.3 million in closings and $1.1 million in buyer sales. Mirtha continues to thrive at Davidson Realty and is regularly recognized as a top producer.

 

 

Suzy Evans was Davidson Realty’s Top Listing and Top Overall Sales Agent for the month of October with more than $1.5 million in total sales. Suzy’s 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.

 

 

Davidson Realty’s Top Sales and Top Producing Team for the month of October was The Nemethy Group. Shelley and Tim Nemethy had more than $2 million in closings last month. The Nemethy Group takes pride in offering personalized service for their customers, along with a team approach in meeting their customers’ real estate needs.

 

 

Candy Gil was Davidson Realty’s Jacksonville Beach office Top Producer and Top Sales agent last month. Candy had more than $500,000 in sales and closings. Candy’s first priority is always her clients and works hard to ensure their needs are met.

 

 

Congratulations to the entire Davidson Realty team and especially to these Top Producers! If you are interested in buying or selling a home in Northeast Florida, call one of our experienced agents today!

HOW COVID IS AFFECTING THE REAL ESTATE MARKET

October 21, 2020

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For nearly three decades, Mike and Felicia created memories and raised five children in their colonial home in Beverly, MA. With every passing winter and as it turned into spring, the Waldrons would begin to daydream about what life would be like living in the Sunshine State. As their two youngest children “flew the coup” as they say, and headed off to college, the Waldrons, looked around their 3,500 square foot home filled with years of memories and felt confident it was the right time to pack up, downsize and head south. “We wanted to move near my parents and my sister and her family who live in Bradenton,” shared Felicia Waldron, “We were ready to escape the hard winter weather of the northeast and the higher cost of living.”

 

The research began and the Waldrons landed on a move to Northeast Florida. Like most who relocate here, they appreciated the friendly and welcoming community, the weather which includes some cooler temperatures during the winter months, and of course, the close proximity to the beach. “As we were touring a home in World Golf Village, we happened to meet Mirtha Barzaga, a Davidson Realty Agent,” Felicia said, “We stayed in contact with Mirtha while we prepared our home in Beverly for market, then listed during COVID.”

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an interesting impact on the real estate market. While inventory is low and homes are selling quickly in most markets, the National Association of Realtors is reporting an influx of people moving to more rural areas from larger cities and moving south for a more moderate climate. These often cross-country moves are a result of a few reasons all COVID related: corporate offices have allowed employees to work from home as a measure to help stop the spread of the virus, homeowners living in congested areas are seeking rural life where COVID cases are typically significantly lower, and families have reprioritized and are looking for a slower pace of life.

 

While the Waldrons were searching St. Johns County for their new and perfect home, they were concerned about each passing day their home in Beverly sat on the market. “It took us more than four months to sell our Beverly house because COVID was ramping up and things were pretty closed down in MA,” Felicia explained, “Mirtha sent us uplifting notes and emails as we were becoming more dejected wondering if our dream of moving to Florida was ever going to come to fruition.”

 

During the early months of the pandemic, the Waldrons found themselves packing up and moving across the country. But more importantly what they found was a good friend in their Realtor, Mirtha. “Mirtha’s experience and expertise helped take some of the stress out of buying a property long-distance. She went above and beyond by recommending home and pest inspectors, title company, arranging for deep cleanings before we arrived, and being present at the walk-through when we were not able. All in all, Mirtha became a trusted friend.”

 

The Waldrons have happily traded in their boots for flip-flops and are enjoying the Florida lifestyle in their Marsh Creek Country Club home. Despite the challenges COVID continues to bring, they are enjoying welcoming neighbors, golfing, and social events. And are beginning to create new memories in their new and perfect Northeast Florida home.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TOP PRODUCERS FOR SEPTEMBER AND THIRD QUARTER

October 15, 2020

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Davidson Realty ended the third quarter with another successful month of real estate transactions. Agents from Davidson Realty’s St. Augustine and Beaches offices finished the month with 31 closings totaling more than $9.7 million and 35 contracts totaling more than $9.6 million in sales. Congratulations to Davidson Realty’s Top Producers for their hard work in September and the third quarter. 

 

 

The Top Producer and Top Lister for the month of September was Mirtha Barzaga with more than $1.8 million in closings. Mirtha was also Davidson Realty’s Top Sales and Top Listing Agent for the third quarter with more than $2.5 million in listings sold and $1.7 million in buyer sales. Mirtha dedicates her time to Davidson Realty’s mentoring program to help other agents achieve success in real estate. 

 

 

Davidson Realty’s Top Sales Agent for the month of September was Suzy Evans with more than $1.8 million in sales. With more than $4.9 million in closings, Suzy was Davidson Realty’s Top Producing Agent for the third quarter. Suzy has been named one of the Top 50 Best Real Estate Agents in Northeast Florida by the Jacksonville Business Journal. 

 

 

The Nemethy Group was Davidson Realty’s Top Producing and Top Sales Team for September and the third quarter. In September, The Nemethy Group had more than $2.6 million in closings and more than $2 million in sales to round out the third quarter with more than $8.5 million in closings and $6.2 million in sales. Tim and Shelley Nemethy are ready to help guide you through the home buying and selling process to ensure a stress-free experience. 

 

 

Candy Gil was Davidson Realty’s Top Producing and Top Sales Agent for our Jacksonville Beach office last month with more than $850,000 in closings. Candy was also Jacksonville Beach Top Sales Agent for the quarter with more than $1.5 million in sales. Candy continually proves to be one of Davidson’s most valuable agents. In addition, thanks to her background as an interpreter and teacher, Candy is a superb choice for Spanish and English-speaking clients alike.

 

 

Caitlyn Hawkins was Davidson Realty’s Jacksonville Beach office third quarter Top Producer. Caitlyn had more than $1.8 million in closings and strives to help her clients sell their homes quickly. Caitlyn and her husband are having the time of their lives raising their young family here in North Florida, and love taking advantage of everything the First Coast has to offer. 

 

 

Congratulations to the entire Davidson Realty team and especially to these Top Producers! If you are interested in buying or selling a home in Northeast Florida, call one of our real estate experts today!

Real Estate Market Update

October 14, 2020

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“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”

Christopher Reeve

 

2020 has certainly presented some overwhelming obstacles and I have seen many heroes step up to help others. Many generous people are supporting our Davidson Cares Clay Day on October 29th and the charities are so grateful. You can still register to shoot or buy raffle tickets at DavidsonCares.com.

 

The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors market stats for September show continued strong demand for homes in Northeast Florida. There were 3,307 pending sales in September 2020 which is 36% more than the 2,436 in September 2019. We are up 9% year-to-date over the same period last year.

 

The inventory of homes for sale of 5,869 is down 39% from last September. This is the lowest level of inventory we have seen in this market. During the 2003 to 2005 timeframe when inventory was very low, there were still around 7,000 homes on the market.

 

The month’s supply of inventory is at 2.0 months. A balanced market is 5 to 6 months of inventory.

 

The median sales price is up 8% and the average sales price is up 10% year-to-date due to the increased demand and low supply.

 

Dr. Brad O’Coonor, the Florida Realtors Chief Economist provided some insight at the recent Florida Realtors convention. “The pace of residential building is still behind last cycle’s highs, and while building has continued through the pandemic as construction was deemed an essential occupation, costs of materials and labor have increased. Safety protocols for workers, some disruption in supply chains, and increased demand for materials all have translated into cost increases. Coupled with some uncertainty in lending, relief on the supply side is not coming from new construction.  For existing homes, the tap is dwindling to a dribble as current homeowners are living in their homes for an average of 10 years compared to only seven during the early 2000s. Uncertainty in the economy is also prompting people who can to stay put. That said, demand continues to be strong, as those who were sitting on the sidelines are feeling the pull to jump into a home for the first time or finally trade up, fueled in large part by record-low interest rates and the desire to upgrade to more “pandemic friendly” homes and locations. This all leads to an imbalanced market with demand outstripping supply, particularly in the single-family home category.”

 

It is a great time to sell your home! If we can be of any assistance in understanding the market or the value of your home, please let us know.

 

Enjoy the baseball playoffs and all the other great sports. Go Braves!

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