Congratulations to all our Top Producers for August!

September 22, 2022

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Davidson Realty is proud to announce our top real estate agents for August.  Read on as our best for August share their professional insights on some of the most sought-after questions in our local Northeast Florida market right now.

 

 

 

Our Top Producer for July is Margherite Myers with $1.2 million in closings.  Q&A with Margherite:

 

 

 

 

Q – What is the best advice you can give for someone moving from out of state?

Margherite – Since I have done this 6 times personally there are many things to consider.   First – Schools, even if you do not have children, top rated schools bring better resales with the home you are about to purchase.   Price is a big consideration.  Proximity to shopping and hospitals is also a consideration.  I personally drive through areas at all times of the day to see which communities I am comfortable in.  I am patient so if you are interested in purchasing here in NE Florida I am here to assist.

 

 

 

 

Our Top Listing and Overall Sales Agent is Mirtha Barzaga with over $1.2 million in overall sales. Q&A Mirtha:

 

 

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Congratulations to all our Top Producers for July!

August 18, 2022

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Davidson Realty is proud to announce our top agents for the month of July.  Get to know our top real estate advisors with a special Q & A with them.

 

 

 

Our Top Producer (Closings) for July is Mirtha Barzaga with $1.7 million in closings.  Q&A with Mirtha:

 

 

 

 

Q1 – What advice do you have for anyone looking to buy right now?

Mirtha – Get Pre-approved or have your finances in order before you begin your search.  Learn the different areas.  Your agent can educate and serve as a valuable resource in discovering what is ideal for you.  Plan your time accordingly for either a re-sale or new construction purchase.  If you are selling and buying, use the same agent for both transactions so they can coordinate the timing for both. 

 

Q2 – What local charities are most important to you and why?

Mirtha – I support the St Johns County Homeless Coalition all the way, but also contribute to the American Cancer Society, the MS Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association and the local Schools ROTC, Band or Sports programs.

 

Q3 – What is your favorite local beach spot and why?

Mirtha – Anastasia State Park, because it is surrounded by nature, and it just seems more natural.

 

 

 

 

 

Our Top Listing Agent is Margherite Myers with $900,000 listings sold. Q&A with Margherite:

 

 

 

 

Q1 – What is your favorite local restaurant and favorite dish to eat there?

Margherite – I have many favorite restaurants but I really enjoy going to the country club at TPC and ordering their flatbread with wine during Happy Hour .  They recommend great wines and they have become my favorites.    

Ford Garage is also a great local restaurant and of course Caps on the Water for great seafood.

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Congratulations to all our Top Producers for June & the Second Quarter!

July 13, 2022

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It was not just the weather heating up here in Northeast Florida, June was another sizzling month for our Davidson Realty team finishing the second quarter of this year very strong!  We are especially proud of our top performers who have been working tirelessly to help people buy and sell property in our local market and beyond. Enjoy our Q & A with these special real estate advisors!

 

 

 

Our Top Producer (Closings) for June and the quarter as well as Top Overall Sales for June and Top Buyer Sales for the quarter is Mirtha Barzaga.  Mirtha had over $7.4 Million in closings to end the quarter on a high note.

 

 

 

Q&A with Mirtha:

 

Q1 – In your opinion what’s the coolest design trend you are seeing in homes today?

Mirtha – Flooring has become a big trend, the vinyl plank or wood tile throughout the house is the best way to go.  Painted cabinets are a big trend as well as quartz counter tops and outdoor design living spaces.

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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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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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