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  • Watson Realty Corp. Celebrates 2017 Performance At North Central Region Awards Ceremony

    by Watson Realty | Feb 13, 2018

    Watson Realty Corp. recently celebrated sales associates in the North Central region for their exemplary performances in 2017 at the 52nd annual awards ceremony, held at The Renaissance at World Golf Village. The North Central region had an outstanding year in 2017, attaining more than $688 million in closed volume. This helped the company to achieve more than $3.4 billion in closed volume for 2017!

     

     






    Rookie of the Year Award

     

    The Rookie of the Year Award recognizes the sales associate with the highest closed volume in their first full year associated with Watson Realty Corp.

     

    Whitney Redford – Putnam County

     

     

    President’s Award

     

    The President’s Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates and teams who closed a volume of $3-$5 Million in 2017.

     

    Individual Sales Associates

     

    Pam Richardson - Palm Coast

    Whitney Redford - Putnam County

    Cindy Balla - St. Augustine Beach

    Jennifer Barona - Gainesville

    Robert Holmquist - St. Augustine Beach

    Sharon Ford - St. Augustine

    Michele Scarponi - St. Augustine

    Kathleen MacDowell - Gainesville

    Rachel Diaz - Gainesville

    Brandi Burton - St. Marys

    Deborah Hatcher - Middleburg

    Leslie Andree - Amelia Island

    Sam Sell - Amelia Island

    Andrea Pittenger - Palm Coast

    Deirdre Murphy - Gainesville

    Pam Acosta - Palm Coast

    Doug Tackett - Middleburg

    Karrie Guthrie Forrester - Middleburg

    Mike Weseman - Gainesville

    Richard DeCeglie - Palm Coast

    Marilyn Williams – St. Augustine

    Jackie Frye - St. Marys

     

    Teams

     

    Williams-Higginbotham Team (Kathy Williams & Kaylee Higginbotham) - Amelia Island

    Coastal Home Team (Dave Hewett, Glenda Hewett, Jen Tucker & Caitie Culleton) - Amelia Island

    Johanson Team (Bob & Barbara Johanson) - Palm Coast & Hammock

    Team Green (Danny Green & Nicholas Ford) - Palm Coast

     

     

    Silver Pinnacle Award

     

    The Silver Pinnacle Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates and teams who closed a volume of $5-$10 Million in 2017.

     

    Individual Sales Associates

     

    Sheila Clark – St. Augustine

    John Lawrence - St. Augustine

    Gayle Logan - St. Augustine Beach

    Sherman Bryan - Gainesville

    Debby Duenow - St. Augustine

    Scott Friedlander - Amelia Island

    Cornelia Downing-Manfre - Hammock

    Angela Garcia - Amelia Island

    Idy Rodriguez - Middleburg

    Bonne Jones - St. Augustine Beach

    MeLissa Pellerito - Keystone Heights

    Debbie Krantz - St. Augustine Beach

    Deborah Barclay - Amelia Island

    Tara Presser - St. Augustine Beach

     

    Teams

     

    Mako Real Estate Team (Chris Kaufman, Brandon Canipelli & Thomas Waller) - Palm Coast

    Bandelin/Hagan Team (David Bandelin & Heather Hagan) - Amelia Island

    Your Holm Team (Tim Holm & Gigi Scoates) - Middleburg

    Gonzales Thomas Real Estate Team (Michelle Thomas & Regina Gonzales) - St. Augustine

    Caryl Culbertson Team (Caryl & Brent Culbertson) - St. Augustine

    Collins Team (Julie Collins & Bob Miller) - Amelia Island

    Tatro-Marine-Scarponi Team (Barbara Tatro, Madalan Marine & Doug Scarponi) - St. Augustine

    Preuss Team (Hazel Preuss, Jeremy Paetsch & Greg Prey) - Amelia Island

     

     

    Highest Number of Listings Sold

     

    Individual Sales Associate

     

    Rita Hall – St. Marys

     

    Teams

     

    Dawn Gaffney Team (Dawn Gaffney, Brad Barfield & Cheryl Dziurzynski) – St. Augustine

     

     

    Top Offices

     

    Office with 2nd Highest Volume: St. Augustine

    Office with Highest Volume: St. Augustine Beach

     

     

    Gold Pinnacle Award

     

    The Gold Pinnacle Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates and teams who closed a volume of $10-$25 Million in 2017.

     

    Individual Sales Associates

     

    Ali Burchfield – St. Augustine Beach

    Jonathan Colon – Gainesville

     

    Teams

     

    Pat LeRoy Team (Pat LeRoy, Debra LeRoy & Anne Milanes) - St. Augustine & Fleming Island

    McEwen Team (Susan & Sarah McEwen) - Amelia Island

    Farnsworth Team (Gary & Frances Farnsworth) - Amelia Island

    Jacalone Advantage Team (Teresa Jacalone, Mark Jacalone Sr., Mark Jacalone Jr. & Marcia Jacalone) - St. Augustine

     

     

    Top Producers 

     

    Individual Sales Associates

     

    2nd Highest Production: Rita Hall – St Marys

    Highest Production: Elaine Wallace – St. Augustine Beach

     

    Teams

     

    2nd Highest Production: Dawn Gaffney Team (Dawn Gaffney, Brad Barfield and Cheryl Dziurzynski) – St. Augustine

    Highest Production: Crum-Gachet Team (Greg Crum, Rebecca Crum and Peggy Gachet) – St. Augustine Beach

     

     

    Watson Title Awards

     

    Associate with Highest Number of Closings: Richard DeCeglie – Palm Coast

    Team with Highest Number of Closings: The Johanson Team (Bob & Barbara Johanson) – Palm Coast & Hammock

    Office with Highest Number of Closed Units: Palm Coast

    Office with Highest Capture Rate: Palm Coast 

     

     

    Watson Property Management Awards

     

    Associate with Most Referrals to Property Management: Catherine Nelson – Gainesville

    Office with Most Referrals to Property Management: Gainesville 

      

     

    Watson Relocation Awards

     

    Associate with Highest Number of LeadingRE Outbound Closings: Dee Hawkins – Palm Coast

    Office Performance Award: Putnam County

     

     

    Watson Mortgage Awards

     

    Top Referring Associate: Ali Burchfield - St. Augustine Beach

    Office with Highest Closed Volume: Palm Coast

    Office with Highest Capture Rate: Palm Coast

     

    Watson Commercial Award

     

    Commercial Real Estate Associate of the Year: Bill Little

     

    Watson Realty Corp. recently celebrated sales associates in the North Central region for their exemplary performances in 2017 at the 52nd annual awards ceremony, held at The Renaissance at World Golf Village. The North Central region had an outstanding year in 2017, attaining more than $688 million in closed volume. This helped the company to achieve more than $3.4 billion in closed volume for 2017!

     

     

  • Watson Realty Corp. Receives Marketing Awards at Global Real Estate Conference

    by Watson Realty | Feb 07, 2018

    Watson Realty Corp. was presented with multiple Marketing Awards from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), a selective global community of the highest quality independent real estate firms. The awards were presented during the LeadingRE Annual Conference, which took place January 29-February 2 at Wynn Las Vegas. The conference was part of LeadingRE Conference Week, a series of events that has attracted a global audience of nearly 3,000 real estate professionals from 24 countries.

     

    The award winning entries were chosen for excellence in creativity, quality and overall presentation and effectiveness.

     

    Watson Realty Corp. received the following:

    • 1st place for Internal Promotions - recognizing outstanding marketing of LeadingRE programs to the company’s internal audience.
    • 1st place for Referral Promotions - recognizing superior marketing relating to referral contests and programs, helping raise awareness of the company’s global real estate capabilities through its affiliation with LeadingRE.
    • 2nd place for Interactive Media – recognizing originality in consumer materials, interactive media and/or video.
    • 2nd place for Best Overall Use of New LeadingRE Brand – recognizing materials that showcase the firm’s LeadingRE affiliation and incorporate the new LeadingRE brand and story.
    • 3rd place for Business Cards, Letterhead and Specialty Marketing – recognizing superior Business Cards, Letterhead and Specialty Marketing in recognition of its creative and effective collateral materials.

    “We are very proud of our affiliation with LeadingRE and it is very rewarding to receive top honors for our promotion of that affiliation,” said Watson Realty Corp. Executive Vice President Carlotta Landschoot. “Our marketing team strives to ensure our associates are well versed in the additional benefits our affiliation affords their customers and clients.” 

     

    “The winners of our Marketing Contest have earned distinction by developing highly creative materials and campaigns that showcase the distinctive character of their companies, using compelling content, original graphics and effective delivery,” said LeadingRE President/CEO Pam O’Connor. “Our visual display of these award-winning materials is always a highlight of our conference, providing inspiration to all of our members.”

     

    Watson Realty Corp. is an affiliate of LeadingRE (www.LeadingRE.com). With a global membership that spans six continents, LeadingRE connects more than 565 firms and 130,000 sales associates who produce over 1.1 million real estate transactions each year. As a founding member of LeadingRE, Watson Realty Corp. provides a quality real estate experience, global marketing reach and access to top real estate professionals in virtually any market worldwide.       
  • Watson Realty Corp. Relocation Services Director Receives Top Individual Honor at Global Real Estate Conference

    by Watson Realty | Feb 06, 2018

    (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) – Feb. 6, 2018 - Tammy Vlah, vice president and director of Watson
    Relocation Services,
    is the recipient of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®
    President’s Service Award, a top individual
    award from Leading Real Estate Companies of
    the World®
    , a selective global community of the highest quality
    independent real estate firms
    The award was presented during the
    Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® 
    (LeadingRE) Conference Week, a series of events that drew an impressive audience
    of 3,000 real estate professionals
     from 24 countries.

     

    The President’s Service Award recognizes Vlah’s dedication, commitment and expertise in relocation services, and her contributions to the LeadingRE network of affiliates. This is the third time Watson Relocation Services has been recognized for this prestigious honor.

    “I am honored and humbled to receive this award and to join the past recipients who I have long admired and respected,” said Vlah. “Providing the highest quality of service to customers is at the core of Watson’s company values, and central to my personal philosophy of success.”

     

    “Our community is built upon the generous contributions of our members who share their talent, time and expertise to support the success of their fellow members, as well as our collective network,” LeadingRE President/CEO Pam O’Connor said. “Being able to honor the Member Achievement Award recipients, who have demonstrated an extraordinary level of commitment through years of service to LeadingRE, is a true pleasure and a privilege.”

     

    Watson Realty Corp. is a Florida and south Georgia representative of LeadingRE (www.LeadingRE.com). With a global membership that spans six continents, LeadingRE connects more than 565 firms and 130,000 sales associates who produce over 1.1 million real estate transactions each year. As a member of LeadingRE, Watson Realty Corp. provides a quality real estate experience, global marketing reach and access to top real estate professionals in virtually any market worldwide.

     

    For more information about Watson Realty Corp., please visit www.watsonrealtycorp.com

  • WATSON REALTY CORP. CELEBRATES SALESPERSONS AND LISTERS OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER 2017

    by Watson Realty | Jan 19, 2018

    Watson Realty Corp. would like to recognize and congratulate the top Salespersons and Listers from each office for the month of December. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to providing Legendary Quality Service!

     

    Jacksonville Region

     

    Salespersons of the Month

     

    Menton-Ballou Group – St. Johns

    Ash-Rose Team – Nocatee

    John Richardson – Ponte Vedra

    Debbie Shagnea & Associates – Mandarin South

    Mohr Team – Ponte Vedra

    Joanie Heighes – Mandarin South

    Flo Bliss – Avondale/Ortega

    Doris Arnold – Mandarin North

    Gerry Williamson – South Beach

    DeCastro/Erickson Team – Hidden Hills

    Laura Rosener – Hidden Hills

    Neil Avery – Fleming Island

    The Get Smart Team – Baymeadows/Sunbeam

    Betsy Picot – St. Johns

    Sara McGraw – Duval Station

    Mary Williams – Intracoastal

    Norita Birdsong – Atlantic Beach

    Joseph Poletto – San Marco/San Jose

    Myrna Gatenby – Orange Park Oakleaf

    Foster/Nelson Team – Fort Caroline

    Melissa Pellerito – Keystone Heights

    Judy Lassiter – Nocatee

    David and Clair Team – San Marco/San Jose

    Idy Rodriguez – Middleburg

    Sharon McEleny – Hodges

    Carlson Team – Southside

    Sandy Miller Team – Intracoastal

    Your Holm Team – Middleburg

    Dream Home Team Jax – San Marco/San Jose

    Paula Pou Team – Hodges

    Don Oxley – North Jacksonville

    Austen-Hermann Team – Atlantic Beach

    Mark Feagle – Orange Park Blanding

    Senada Sejdic – Southside

    Christina Molteni – West/Chaffee Rd.

    Waldrip Team – Avondale/Ortega

    Maurice Martinez – Ft. Caroline

    Susan Krawczyk Team – West/Chaffee Rd.

    Marilyn Stewart – Baymeadows/Sunbeam

    Dream Team Jax – Fleming Island

     

    Listers of the Month

     

    Sandy Miller Team – Intracoastal

    Luxury Leaders Team – Ponte Vedra

    Debbie Shagnea & Associates – Mandarin South

    Keith Kennedy Team – Atlantic Beach

    Menton-Ballou Group – St. Johns

    Barbara Maple – Ponte Vedra

    Jan Shields – Atlantic Beach

    David Gatto – South Beach

    DeCastro/Erickson Team – Hidden Hills

    The Get Smart Team – Baymeadows/Sunbeam

    Walker-Vergales Team – Mandarin North

    Darlene Joseph – Mandarin North

    Carrie Clark – Hidden Hills

    John Warner – Fleming Island

    Christina Molteni – West/Chaffee Rd.

    Nimia Dharssi – Southside

    Angie Clausen – Intracoastal

    Sara McGraw – Duval Station

    Neil Bridgers – Avondale/Ortega

    Melissa Pellerito – Keystone Heights

    Idy Rodriguez – Middleburg

    Marilyn Stewart – Baymeadows/Sunbeam

    Sharon McEleny – Hodges

    Joanie Heighes – Mandarin South

    David and Clair Team – San Marco/San Jose

    Stephanie Olsen – St. Johns

    Ash-Rose Team – Nocatee

    Shelby Holmes – Orange Park Oakleaf

    Misty Phillips – Nocatee

    Don Oxley – North Jacksonville

    David Maloney – Orange Park Blanding

    Carlson Team – Southside

    Impact Team – South Beach

    Joseph Poletto – San Marco/San Jose

    Anne Milanes Team – Fleming Island

    Susan Krawczyk Team – West/Chaffee Rd.

     

    North Central Region

     

    Salespersons of the Month

     

    Crum-Gachet Team – St. Augustine Beach

    Rita Hall – St. Marys

    Gaffney Team – St. Augustine

    Bonne Jones – St. Augustine Beach

    Farnsworth Team – Amelia Island

    Jonathan Colon – Gainesville

    Michele Scarponi – St. Augustine

    Angela Garcia – Amelia Island

    Andrea Pittinger – Palm Coast

    Mako Real Estate Group – Palm Coast

    Craig McCall – Tioga

    Smith-Fields Team – Putnam County

    Johanson Team – Hammock

    Jenifer Smith – Putnam County

     

    Listers of the Month

     

    Crum-Gachet Team – St. Augustine Beach

    Michael Mooney – Tioga

    Coastal Home Team – Amelia Island

    Gaffney Team – St. Augustine

    Jonathan Colon – Gainesville

    Charlene Garra – St. Augustine Beach

    Sheila Clark – St. Augustine

    Rita Hall – St. Marys

    Kathleen Nadeau – Putnam County

    Smith-Fields Team – Putnam County

    Nancy Rossiter – Amelia Island

    Sherron Skibo – Palm Coast

    Team Green – Palm Coast

     

     

    Central Florida Region

     

    Salespersons of the Month

     

    Lynda Miller – Wekiva/Longwood

    Russie Weidl – Heathrow

    Lori Clark – Port Orange

    Cindy Walker – New Smyrna Beach

    Pierce Team – Mount Dora

    Eve Metlis – Orlando SW
    Robert Cruz – DeLand

    Virginia Bellhorn – Oviedo

    Sue Webb – ChampionsGate

    Kris Persaud – Clermont

    Foster-Jensen Team – DeLand

    Team Goldenberg – Kissimmee

    Weaver Ricks Team – Oviedo

    Fran Bove – Kissimmee

    Team Ruddy – Longwood

    Team Simmonds – Clermont

    Cheryl Hilty-Huth – Mount Dora

    Chris Young – Vero Beach

    Catherine Branham – Ormond Beach

    Michelle Sellgren – Longwood

    Beverly Hanna – Port St. Lucie

     

    Listers of the Month

     

    Chuck Shaver – DeLand

    Lynda Miller – Wekiva/Longwood

    Bill Sirigas – Kissimmee

    Lainy McKain – New Smyrna Beach

    Foster-Jensen Team – DeLand

    Gayle Alliston – Ocala

    Pierce Team – Mount Dora

    Monique McGuire – Clermont

    Russie Weidl – Heathrow

    Karen Chmilnitzky – Oviedo

    Frank Plesko – Orlando SW

    Lawrence Adcock – Mount Dora

    Nieves Team – Kissimmee

    Shirley Steidle-Bear – Port Charlotte

    Jan Fitzgibbons – Port Orange

    Zachary Lay – ChampionsGate

    Jay Laing – Ormond Beach

    Terri Misek – Longwood

    Kistler-Ward Team – Oviedo

    Nicholas Romero – Maitland

    Team Ruddy – Longwood

    Eliud Perez – Port St. Lucie

    Sue Meyers – Vero Beach

    Team Simmonds – Clermont

  • Cook at Home More This Year with These Amazing Luxury Kitchens

    by Watson Realty | Jan 17, 2018

    Like many people, there’s a pretty good chance you made a resolution to be healthier in 2018. Whether your version of getting healthy means hitting the gym more or trying out a new diet, there’s one easy way to improve your health that’s worth committing to this year: cooking at home.

    Even if you don’t like donning your chef hat and manning the stove, there’s no denying the allure of a home-cooked meal. But when you’re in one of these awesome luxury kitchens, cooking feels more like an adventure than a chore.

    Sprawling Kitchen Perfect for Hosting

    If you love hosting large dinner parties, this spacious kitchen will impress and exceed your expectations. With plenty of space to spread out with the preparation island and ample counter space, this gorgeous kitchen is a host’s dream. Luxurious touches like soaring ceilings, elegant lighting, granite countertops, and a hidden refrigerator ensure this kitchen still feels like a gourmet kitchen, even if you’re just whipping up a small meal for the family.    


    Dual Ovens Creates a Baker’s Paradise

    Looking for a kitchen that appeals to your inner confectioner? Look no further, as this cozy luxury kitchen has everything you need to make a delicious baked good, from extra counter space for mixing to the high-end, gas cooking dual ovens that can hold twice as much. And of course, there’s plenty of room in the attached dining area to dig in to your latest fresh-out-of-the-oven treat.

     
    A Modern Kitchen Fit for a Trendy Restaurant

    This home’s custom designed and recently built kitchen is perfect for those seeking something a little more contemporary. The modern color scheme, stainless steel Thermador appliances, and gorgeous marble countertops contribute to the kitchen’s chic look while elevating it into luxury status.  Gas cooking provides a high-end touch to all your meals, while the adjoining wet bar features a wine cooler for added luxury and convenience.

     

  • Watson Realty Corp. REALTORS Retains Prestigious RELO® Quality Certification

    by Watson Realty | Jan 16, 2018

    Jacksonville, FL (Jan. 15, 2018) – Watson Realty Corp. REALTORS has successfully completed the re-certification process for the prestigious RELO® Quality Certification by Chicago-based Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®.  The RELO® Quality Certification (RQC) was the first program in the relocation industry to quantify and qualify what true relocation service excellence means.  Modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige national quality award, it was created by the network to provide measurable standards for the pursuit of relocation excellence.

    Under the guidance of Tammy Vlah, Vice President, Director of Relocation, Watson Realty Corp. REALTORS has demonstrated that it continues to meet the specific criteria used to evaluate performance and production, staffing, training and continuing education, quality and scope of relocation service, program marketing, customer satisfaction, technology resources, office facilities, and more.  

    After earning the certification, a company must complete a re-certification process every five years to ensure it continues to meet the program’s rigorous standards and remains current in terms of technology, relocation trends and other relevant areas.

    “We are incredibly honored to achieve this re-certification and remain among such an elite group of brokers committed to a pursuit of relocation excellence,” said Vlah.  “Our entire company, especially our Relocation Department, is exceedingly humbled by this prestigious honor which renews our focus on delivering legendary quality of service.  I’m thrilled to showcase our team’s expertise through this process and proud to represent them every day.”

    Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® President/CEO Pam O’Connor credits Watson Realty Corp. REALTORS for its dedication to excellence in relocation.  “Being re-certified for the RQC reflects Watson Realty Corp. REALTORS’ ongoing commitment to delivering a superior level of service to its relocation clients and operating a highly efficient and responsive program that is among the best in the business.” 

    For more information on Watson Realty Corp.’s local and national relocation services, contact Tammy Vlah, Vice President, Director of Relocation for Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia, at 904-596-5900 or toll free at 1-800-529-7356 or Judy Bissell, Vice President, Director of Relocation for Central Florida and Central East Coast at 407-774-4040 or toll free at 1-800-888-0836.

  • Watson Realty Corp. Names New Regional Vice President of North Central Region

    by Watson Realty | Jan 12, 2018

    Watson Realty Corp. is thrilled and honored to announce the promotion of one of its own, Mark Rosener, to the position of Regional Vice President of the North Central region. Rosener was previously the Vice President and Managing Broker of the St. Johns office, where he was named “Manager of the Year” for 2015.

     

    In his new role, Rosener will lead and oversee regional operations for 15 Watson Realty Corp. offices, including real estate sales, staff operations, and training for more than 380 associates spread throughout seven north Florida counties.

     

    Ed Forman, President of Watson Realty Corp., announced Rosener’s promotion early this week. “Mark Rosener is a very talented leader with a strong track record of success. He is a great addition to our executive leadership team,” said Forman.

     

    Rosener began his real estate career in 2005, after more than 25 years in retail store management. In his first few years, Rosener enjoyed success in both the Southside and Hodges’ offices, before becoming the Managing Broker of the St. Johns office in 2009. He has served in various leadership capacities with NEFAR, NEFMLS and recently as Florida Realtor Director since 2016.

     

    “I am very excited about the opportunity to partner with the leadership team in the North Central region to build on the current momentum for outstanding future results. It is an honor to be a part of the executive leadership team of Watson Realty Corp.,” said Rosener.

     

    Mark Rosener’s appointment to Regional Vice President of the North Central Region encompasses a large geographic region throughout north Florida, including offices in Jacksonville, St. Johns, Ocala, Palm Coast, Gainesville/Tioga, St. Augustine, Middleburg and Putnam County.

  • Watson Realty Corp. Orlando Managing Broker Appointed to Florida Real Estate Commission

    by Watson Realty | Dec 28, 2017

     

    ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 26, 2017) – Fla. Governor Rick Scott appointed Guy Sanchez, Jr., vice president and managing broker of the Watson Realty Corp. Orlando office, to serve as a Commissioner on the Florida Real Estate Commission, Dec. 21, in Tallahassee during an announcement of appointments to multiple state boards.

     

    The FREC is responsible for oversight and regulation of real estate professionals, licensees and corporations in Florida.  The Commission is comprised of seven members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate. Sanchez is nominated to succeed outgoing Commissioner, Claude Boring, effective Dec. 21.

     

    Guy Sanchez was born and raised in Florida, and has more than 28 years of real estate experience in Florida. Since 2017, he has been the managing broker and vice president for the Watson Realty Corp. SW Orlando office, where he manages 30 associates in providing legendary quality service to customers who seek to buy and sell real estate. With eight different real estate professional Realtor certifications and multiple active ties to the community, Sanchez is expected to bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Commission during his appointed four-year term. This is the second time Sanchez has been appointed to the Commission, having previously served from 2000-2005, including as Chairman from 2004-2005.

     

    “I am honored that Gov. Scott chose me to serve on the FREC. I pride myself on my integrity, my commitment to the Florida real estate industry, and my loyalty to the citizens of Florida. I am looking forward to establishing trust and providing the highest levels of professionalism and customer service for the public and for the real estate profession.” said Sanchez.

     

    Sanchez is a decorated Marine Corps veteran and has built his real estate career along with his wife Katherine Figueroa, also a real estate professional, who served on the Puerto Rico Real Estate commission, and as a past president of the Puerto Rico Association of Realtors. Katherine is a Watson Realty Corp. broker associate in the ChampionsGate office with over 25 years’ experience in the real estate industry.

     

    Guy Sanchez, Jr. is expected to be confirmed by the Florida Senate in early 2018. For more information about Watson Realty Corp., please visit www.watsonrealtycorp.com.

  • WATSON REALTY CORP. CELEBRATES SALESPERSONS AND LISTERS OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER 2017

    by Watson Realty | Dec 15, 2017

    Watson Realty Corp. would like to recognize and congratulate the top Salespersons and Listers from each office for the month of November. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to providing Legendary Quality Service!

     

    Jacksonville Region

     

    Salespersons of the Month

     

    Jan Shields – Atlantic Beach

    Sharon Mills – Hodges

    Suzanne Schinsing – Ponte Vedra

    Menton-Ballou Group – St. Johns

    Debbie Shagnea & Associates – Mandarin South

    Sandy Miller Team – Intracoastal

    Doris Arnold – Mandarin North

    David and Clair Team – San Marco/San Jose

    Joanie Heighes – Mandarin South

    Susan Krawczyk Team – West/Chaffee Rd.

    Walker-Vergales Team – Mandarin North

    Luxury Leaders Team – Ponte Vedra

    Anne Milanes Team – Fleming Island

    Pamela Hodges – Hidden Hills

    Idy Rodriguez – Middleburg

    Ash Team – Nocatee

    DeCastro/Erickson Team – Hidden Hills

    Paula Pou Team – Hodges

    Shelby Holmes – Orange Park Oakleaf

    John Warner – Fleming Island

    Paula Powell – Intracoastal

    The Get Smart Team – Baymeadows/Sunbeam

    Luis Perez Roman – Southside

    Jon Singleton – Avondale/Ortega

    Craig Williams – South Beach

    David Faehnrich – Orange Park Blanding

    Joseph Poletto – San Marco/San Jose

    Camie Hastings – West/Chaffee Rd.

    Stephanie DeAngelo – North Jacksonville

    Jodee Akers – St. Johns

    Your Holm Team – Middleburg

    Impact Team – South Beach

    Debbie Moore – Keystone Heights

    Carrie Hatton – Duval Station

    John Inama – Nocatee

    Sara Conrad – Ft. Caroline

    Hudnall Team – Southside

    Marilyn Stewart – Baymeadows/Sunbeam

    Palmer Marketing Group – Atlantic Beach

     

    Listers of the Month

     

    Menton-Ballou Group – St. Johns

    Randy Martin Team – Mandarin South

    Jan Shields – Atlantic Beach

    Katherine Etheridge – Mandarin North

    Melissa Pellerito – Keystone Heights

    Rick Beeson – Ft. Caroline

    Kim Dove – West/Chaffee Rd.

    Dream Home Team Jax – San Marco/San Jose

    Sharon Sherwood – Intracoastal

    Sara McGraw – Duval Station

    Don Bowman – Middleburg

    Walker-Vergales Team – Mandarin North

    Olga Smirnoff – San Marco/San Jose

    Lane Manis – Avondale/Ortega

    Ray Team – Ponte Vedra

    Neil Avery – Fleming Island

    Judy Lassiter – Nocatee

    Diana Kelly – Ponte Vedra

    Sandy Miller Team – Intracoastal

    Joanie Heighes – Mandarin South

    Debbie Miller – North Jacksonville

    Gerard Nicholson – Orange Park Oakleaf

    The Get Smart Team – Baymeadows/Sunbeam

    Paula Pou Team – Hdoges

    DeCastro/Erickson Team – Hidden Hills

    Kennedy Team – Atlantic Beach

    Lesley Mackie – St. Johns

    Sheryl Appleget – Hidden Hills

    Juliette Vaughn – Baymeadows/Sunbeam

    Sharon McMullen – Hodges

    Cameron Bracewell – Orange Park Blanding

    Susan Krawczyk Team – West/Chaffee Rd.

    Janine Basford – Southside

    Foster/Nelson Team – Fort Caroline

    Darby Duo – Fleming Island

    Hudnall Team – Southside

     

     

    North Central Region

     

    Salespersons of the Month

     

    Gaffney Team – St. Augustine

    Leslie Ferro – Gainesville

    Rita Hall – St. Marys

    Farnsworth Team – Amelia Island

    Sherron Skibo – Palm Coast

    Bonne Jones – St. Augustine Beach

    Melissa Cruz – St. Augustine

    Smith-Fields Team – Putnam County

    Mako Real Estate Group – Palm Coast

    Brad Martin – Amelia Island

    Miles Patterson – Tioga

    Jenifer Smith – Putnam County

    Crum-Gachet Team – St. Augustine Beach

     

    Listers of the Month

     

    Gaffney Team – St. Augustine

    Rita Hall – St. Marys

    Crum-Gachet Team – St. Augustine Beach

    Smith-Fields Team – Putnam County

    Heather Surrency – Gainesville

    Paul Wenglowsky – St. Augustine

    Angela Garcia – Amelia Island

    Michael Mooney – Tioga

    Mark Hansen – St. Augustine Beach

    Richard DeCeglie – Palm Coast

    Preuss Team – Amelia Island

    Whitney Redford – Putnam County

     

     

    Central Florida Region

     

    Salespersons of the Month

     

    Russie Weidl – Heathrow

    Jay Kendall – Orlando SW
    The Sister Team – Mount Dora

    Lynda Miller – Wekiva/Longwood

    Foster-Jensen Team – DeLand

    Janet Hoffman – Clermont

    Team Ruddy – Longwood

    Stacy McCallister – New Smyrna Beach

    Helen Weaver – Kissimmee

    Valery Perry – Oviedo

    Lori Clark – Port Orange

    Kip Ripper – Longwood

    Chuck Shaver – DeLand

    Team Nieves – Kissimmee

    Melissa Horbal – Mount Dora

    Jay Laing – Ormond Beach

    Alan Norris Team – Heathrow

    Cici Homsuwan – Maitland

    Chandra Maraj – ChampionsGate

    Paul Hutton – Port St. Lucie

    Weaver/Ricks Team – Oviedo

    Maryanna Zito – Port Charlotte

     

    Listers of the Month

     

    Russie Weidl – Heathrow

    Lynda Miller – Wekiva/Longwood

    Kelly D’Errico – DeLand

    Foster-Jensen Team – DeLand

    Eve Metlis – Orlando SW

    Susan Davis – Mount Dora

    Allen Mates – Clermont

    Helen Weaver – Kissimmee

    Terri Lynn Brearey – New Smyrna Beach

    Chris Young – Vero Beach

    Lori Clark – Port Orange

    The Sister Team – Mount Dora

    Kathleen Ciaffone-Wasch – Maitland

    TJ Jarosik – Ormond Beach

    Virginia Bellhorn – Oviedo

    Weaver-Ricks Team – Oviedo

    Sterling Rachal – ChampionsGate

    Martinez Team – Kissimmee

    Kip Ripper – Longwood

    Maryanna Zito – Port Charlotte

    Team Ruddy – Longwood

    Joanne Kebeck – Port St. Lucie

    Team Simmonds – Clermont

    Gayle Alliston – Ocala

  • 7 Awesome Bookstores in Jacksonville

    by Watson Realty | Dec 06, 2017

    What better way to spend a chilly winter night than snuggling up with a hot beverage and a good book? Sure, Florida isn’t exactly a frozen tundra during the cold months, but there’s no denying the joy of a relaxing night in and getting lost in a new page-turner.

    With so many novels to choose, from across hundreds of genres, the biggest challenge might just be finding the next book to dive into. Luckily, there are a few awesome local bookstores beyond the typical big-name chains in Jacksonville where you can discover your next literary obsession. 



    Chamblin Bookmine
    4551 Roosevelt Boulevard
    215 North Laura Street

    Chamblin Bookmine is a used book institution in Jacksonville. The ancient bookstore has been serving voracious readers since 1976 with an inventory sitting at more than two million books. Chamblin claims its inventory is 98% used and rare books, so it might be the perfect spot to unearth a few classics you can’t find anywhere else.

    San Marco Bookstore
    1971 San Marco Boulevard

    This cute bookstore is a staple in the charming San Marco neighborhood, and for good reason. Within its cozy walls, you’ll find a massive selection of new and used books, unique kids toys, Papyrus greeting cards, and plenty of friendly allure that makes San Marco such a special neighborhood.

    The BookMark
    220 1st Street

    Originally established in Atlantic Beach in 1990 before moving a few blocks south to Neptune Beach, The BookMark is one of the premier independent bookstores located in Jacksonville’s beaches region. Browse The BookMark’s carefully curated selection of new fiction, non-fiction, and more the next time you’re in need of a beachside reading session.

    Superhero Hive/Superhero Beach
    Superhero Hive: 2724 Park Street
    Superhero Beach: 1124 North 3rd Street

    Maybe you’re looking for reading material that’s of the caped crusader variety? If that’s the case, check out Superhero Hive and Superhero Beach. The Riverside-situated Hive and its sister location at the beach offer the week’s newest comics alongside dozens of classic books like Marvel, DC, Image, and so much more.

    Black Sheep Books
    9735 Old St. Augustine Road, Suite 20

    Black Sheep Books boasts a collection of gently used books spanning all genres and styles. Its cozy atmosphere and homely decorations make for a comfortable browsing experience for any bookworm.

    Gotham City Limits
    3733 Southside Boulevard, Suite 7

    Gotham City Limits is another of Jacksonville’s popular comic book destinations. This haven for all things superhero and sci-fi has comic books, graphic novels, and manga in spades, plus a huge selection of collectibles covering just about every corner of fandom. Gotham City Limits recently announced a change in management, so now’s the time to pay this revitalized comic shop a visit!

    2nd & Charles
    4972 Town Center Pkwy. Suite 100

    2nd & Charles is a new addition to the bustling St. Johns Town Center, having just opened its doors in September 2017. This sprawling superstore is the closest you’ll find to a chain on this list, but 2nd & Charles has enough personality and independent spirit to earn its spot here. In addition to towering rows of new and used books, 2nd & Charles expands its offerings to everything from movies and vinyl records to retro video games and niche collectibles.

  • Watson Realty Corp.’s Robin Skaggs Visits LeadingRE Brokerage in Belize City, Belize

    by Watson Realty | Nov 27, 2017

    Robin Skaggs, VP/Managing Broker at Watson Realty Corp.’s Mount Dora office, recently traveled to Belize City, Belize on an anniversary trip with her husband. While she was there, she served as an ambassador for Watson Realty Corp. and connected with a fellow Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) brokerage, Vista Real Estate, to learn more about their real estate market and practices.

     

    Skaggs met with Vista’s Nadimi Blanco, Customer Care Coordinator, and Jeanine Vernon, General Manager, at the Vista Real Estate office, a lovely boutique style office in the premiere side of town on a marina where cruise ships come in. They discussed pricing in Belize and exchanged literature, home guides and relocation guides on Belize and Central Florida.

     

    “I knew we had a partner in Belize so I wanted to stop by because I was curious and also wanted to make a potential referral connection,” said Skaggs. “The ladies were very courteous and professional.”

     

    Through this opportunity, Skaggs learned that home prices are much higher in Belize than in Central Florida. “You cannot really purchase anything for under $200,000, and buyers really need to spend upwards of $500,000,” said Skaggs. “But what we do have in common is that our offices are warm and inviting, where customers are always greeted very professionally!”

     

    About Vista Real Estate

    Vista Real Estate is a full-service real estate company proudly serving Belize with the highest level of real estate services. Though Vista Real Estate is mostly known as a land, residential, commercial, office and industrial real estate brokerage firm (sales and rentals), the company also offers property valuation, research, marketing and consultation, investment analysis, retirement planning and property management services. With a primary office located in Belize City, Vista works with agents and brokers throughout Belize to ensure that customers have access to excellent and reliable real estate services in any area of Belize that interests them.

     

    For more information about Vista Real Estate, please visit http://www.belizerealestate.bz

  • Featured Luxury Homes Near the Beaches

    by Watson Realty | Nov 21, 2017

    The beaches of Jacksonville – Ponte Vedra Beach, Jax Beach, Atlantic Beach, and Neptune – are some of the city’s most popular destinations, and it’s no great mystery why. With picturesque white sandy beaches, warm weather year-round, and plenty to do away from the water, this region is not just a great place to visit; it’s also a great place to live.

    Given its paradise-like qualities, it’s also no wonder that the Jacksonville beaches area is home to some of the city’s most gorgeous luxury homes. Take a look at these five extravagant homes to get a glimpse of the perfect beach life. 



    Island-Style Living Without the Island

    Address: 112 Cypress Lagoon Court, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

    Listing Agent: Suzanne Schinsing

    This island-style home offers tranquility and luxury in equal measure. Take in the peace and quiet out back next to the saltwater pool or try out a new recipe in the dreamy kitchen; no matter how you spend your time in this elegant house, you’ll be in love.

     6 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, One Happy Family

    Address: 256 Auburndale Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32081

    Listing Agents: Keith Waldrip & Teressa Cornell

    Stretch out in this spacious Mediterranean home and enjoy a life of pure luxury. With six bedrooms and five bathrooms, you’ll never struggle to find space for visiting friends and family. Meanwhile, the stunning foyer and unobstructed lake views are sure to give your guests major house envy.

    A Golfer’s Dream Home

    Address: 1649 Atlantic Beach Drive, Atlantic Beach, FL 32081

    Listing Agent: Jan Shields

    If your weekly routine involves counting down the seconds until your next tee time, this home might be one for you to take a look at. Situated on a gorgeous fairway, this single-family house’s location ensures you’re never too far away for at least a quick 9 holes. With an open great room and upgraded kitchen at your disposal, there’s plenty to do when you’re not out on the green, too.

    Beach Living at Its Finest 

    Address: 3306 1st Street South, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

    Listing Agent: Missy Dekay

    It’ll feel like summer never ends in this marvelous coastal house located just a few minutes walking distance from Jax Beach. When you’re not spending your time soaking up the sun at the beach, you’ll enjoy entertaining guests in the lovely kitchen and living area.

    Stunning Condo with an Oceanic Backyard  

    Address: 1031 1st Street South, #803, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

    Listing Agent: Gerry Williamson

    Stepping into this sophisticated condo, the first thing you’ll notice is the awe-inspiring view of the ocean in the living room. That’s not the only stunning part of this home, though; the spacious bedrooms, luxurious master bathroom, and decked-out kitchen combine with the beachside location to make this one of Jax Beach’s most magnificent luxury condos.

  • Watson Realty Corp. Celebrates Salespersons and Listers of the Month For October 2017

    by Watson Realty | Nov 20, 2017

    Watson Realty Corp. would like to recognize and congratulate the top Salespersons and Listers from each office for the month of October. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to providing Legendary Quality Service!

     

    Jacksonville Region

     

    Salespersons of the Month

     

    Jan Shields – Atlantic Beach

    Luxury Leader Team – Ponte Vedra

    Debbie Shagnea & Associates – Mandarin South

    The Get Smart Team – Baymeadows/Sunbeam

    Menton-Ballou Group – St. Johns

    Sandy Miller Team – Intracoastal

    Keith Kennedy Team – Atlantic Beach

    Dream Home Team Jax – San Marco/San Jose

    Walker-Vergales Team – Mandarin North

    Joanie Heighes – Mandarin South

    Sallie Ross Team – Fleming Island

    Diana Kelly – Ponte Vedra

    Felicia Bowen – Avondale/Ortega

    Rudy Pabustan – Orange Park Oakleaf

    Leslie Mackie – St. Johns

    Darlene Joseph – Mandarin North

    Colleen Bording – Hidden Hills

    Idy Rodriguez – Middleburg

    DeCastro/Erickson Team – Hidden Hills

    Ash Team – Nocatee

    Evelyn Martin – Intracoastal

    Melissa Pellerito – Keystone Heights

    Judy Lassiter – Nocatee

    Stephanie Henderson – Southside

    Neil Avery – Fleming Island

    Joseph Poletto – San Marco/San Jose

    Waldrip Team – Avondale/Ortega

    Marilyn Stewart – Baymeadows/Sunbeam

    Paula Pou Team – Hodges

    Kelly Perkins – Hodges

    Wanda Taylor – West/Chaffee Rd.

    April Bliss – South Beach

    Kimberly Godsey – Duval Station

    Ellen Dittman – Orange Park Blanding

    Your Holm Team – Middleburg

    Rick Beeson – Ft. Caroline

    Susan Krawczyk Team – West/Chaffee Rd.

     

    Listers of the Month

     

    Menton-Ballou Group – St. Johns

    Debbie Shagnea & Associates – Mandarin South

    Sandy Miller Team – Intracoastal

    Jan Shields – Atlantic Beach

    Charles Anno Team – San Marco/San Jose

    Jon Singleton – Avondale/Ortega

    Gerry Williamson – South Beach

    DeCastro/Erickson Team – Hidden Hills

    Merilee Agana – Orange Park Oakleaf

    Joshua Rosenberg – San Marco/San Jose

    Paula Powell – Intracoastal

    Doris Arnold – Mandarin North

    Harold Isgette – Hidden Hills

    Ash Team – Nocatee

    Keith Kennedy Team – Atlantic Beach

    Kim Brown – Mandarin South

    Melissa Pellerito – Keystone Heights

    Susan Krawczyk Team – West/Chaffee Rd.

    Kay Stalvey – Duval Station

    Carol Sellers – West/Chaffee Rd.

    Thomas Hammond Team – Ponte Vedra

    Carol Gorey – Ponte Vedra

    Fanny Moscoso – North Jacksonville

    Sue Holt – Hodges

    Idy Rodriguez – Middleburg

    Andrenia Green – Orange Park Blanding

    Walker-Vergales Team – Mandarin North

    Misty Phillips – Nocatee

    Kathryn Henthorn – St. Johns

    Lisa Peeler – Baymeadows/Sunbeam

    Will Vasana – Southside

    Waldrip Team – Avondale/Ortega

    Kevin Noel – Fleming Island

    Sallie Ross Team – Fleming Island

    The Get Smart Team – Baymeadows/Sunbeam

    Carlson Team – Southside

    Impact Team – South Beach

    Sara Conrad – Fort Caroline

    Your Holm Team – Middleburg

    Foster/Nelson Team – Fort Caroline

     

     

    North Central Region

     

    Salespersons of the Month

     

    Melanie Dean – St. Augustine Beach

    Coastal Home Team – Amelia Island

    Gaffney Team – St. Augustine

    Deborah Barclay – Amelia Island

    Jonathan Colon – Gainesville

    Rita Hall – St. Marys

    Dee Hawkins – Palm Coast

    Crum-Gachet Team – St. Augustine Beach

    John Lawrence – St. Augustine

    Craig McCall – Tioga

    Green Team – Palm Coast

    Smith-Fields Team – Putnam County

    Whitney Redford – Putnam County

     

    Listers of the Month

     

    Smith-Fields Team – Putnam County

    Rita Hall – St. Marys

    Jacalone Advantage – St. Augustine

    Bonne Jones – St. Augustine Beach

    Crum-Gachet Team – St. Augustine Beach

    Angela Garcia – Amelia Island

    Jean Calderwood – Tioga

    Craig Leathers – Putnam County

    Jesse Whitfield – Gainesville

    Farnsworth Team – Amelia Island

    Debby Duenow – St. Augustine

    Dorothy Thompson – Palm Coast

    Linda O’Malley – Hammock

     

     

    Central Florida Region

     

    Salespersons of the Month

     

    Tom O’Brien – Heathrow

    Foster-Jensen Team – DeLand

    Lynda Miller – Wekiva/Longwood

    Elisa Edwards – Maitland

    Fran Zvaigzne – Oviedo

    Frank Plesko – Orlando SW
    T.J. Jarosik – Ormond Beach

    Becky Singleton – DeLand

    Alan Norris Team – Heathrow

    Cindy Walker – New Smyrna Beach

    Kris Persaud – Clermont

    Jane Dennis – ChampionsGate

    The Sister Team – Mount Dora

    Tim Veigle Team – Oviedo

    SueEllen Blanchard – Kissimmee

    Gail Sneed – Port Orange

    Kristie Baumgartner – Mount Dora

    Chris Young – Vero Beach

    Team Goldenberg – Kissimmee

    Sharon Salopek – Port St. Lucie

    Pat Zajkowski – Longwood

     

    Listers of the Month

     

    Jami Richart – Port Orange

    Chris Young – Vero Beach

    Kip Ripper – Longwood

    Russie Weidl – Heathrow

    Jeanette Sheppard – New Smyrna Beach

    Alan Norris Team – Heathrow

    Pierce Team – Mount Dora

    Eve Metlis – Orlando SW

    Helen Weaver – Kissimmee

    Maryanna Zito – Port Charlotte

    Weaver-Ricks Team – Oviedo

    Janet Hoffman – Clermont

    Team Simmonds – Clermont

    Team Ruddy – Longwood

    Linda Fennell – Wekiva/Longwood

    Nancy McCloskey – Mount Dora

    Lisa Bertossa – Oviedo

    White/Pavek Team – DeLand

    Melody Travers – Ormond Beach

    Sandi Creyaufmiller – Port St. Lucie

    Jane Dennis – ChampionsGate

    James Darrin – DeLand

    Elisa Edwards – Maitland

    Nievez Team – Kissimmee

    Martinez Team – Kissimmee

  • Watson Realty Corp.’s Beverly Garvin Visits LeadingRE Brokerage in Melbourne, Australia

    by Watson Realty | Nov 16, 2017

    Beverly Garvin, VP/Managing Broker at Watson Realty Corp.’s Hidden Hills office, recently visited Melbourne, Australia with her husband Everett. While there, she met with a fellow Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) brokerage, Caine Real Estate, to learn more about their real estate market and practices and make valuable international connections with industry leaders.

     

    Beverly met with Alex Subotsch, Director - Property Management with Caine Real Estate, at the new Caine Real Estate office. The two discussed similarities and differences in how Watson and Caine conduct business and Beverly gained great insight on the Melbourne real estate market.

     

    “Prices in Melbourne are very high and continue to rise with so many people living close to their downtown area,” said Beverly. “Most homes are held open to the public for a very short viewing time and then auctioned off.” Beverly also found that differently to most brokerages in the U.S., Caine Real Estate works predominately with sellers while buyers tend to go without agent representation. 

     

    Beverly toured the modern office space and presented Alex with a Watson cookbook at the end. “Alex was a gracious host,” said Beverly. “It was a wonderful visit!”

     

    About Caine Real Estate

    Caine Real Estate is Melbourne's premier boutique agency offering an unparalleled level of service and expertise across sales, asset management and property investment. As the longest existing East Melbourne agency, Caine has been the one constant in the East Melbourne and surrounding marketplaces for over a decade. The company has over 100 years of real estate experience on staff and prides itself on offering customer-centric dedication that ensures optimal results and outstanding outcomes.

     

    For more information about Caine Real Estate, please visit https://caine.com.au/
  • 9 Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving in Jacksonville

    by Watson Realty | Nov 14, 2017

    We’re thankful for different things during the holidays, but there’s one thing we can all agree to show some gratitude for: glorious Thanksgiving feasts. Instead of slaving away in the kitchen for eight hours, why not let someone else do the cooking this year?  

    Quite a few restaurants in Jacksonville are opening their doors on Thanksgiving, offering up family-sized feasts and saving you hours of cooking and cleaning. Ditch your apron and oven mitts and let a professional chef feed your family this Thanksgiving at one of these nine eateries. 

    [North Beach Bistro] 
    725 Atlantic Boulevard #6, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
    Thursday, November 23, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
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    Reservations: Recommended, Call (904) 372-4105

    Chef David Seavey and the team at North Beach Bistro offers a full buffet menu of delicious options, including traditional favorites like carved turkey with chestnut stuffing, honey glazed ham, garlic whipped Yukon potatoes, and more. Save room for a decadent dessert like Georgia peach bread pudding with molasses caramel.

    [The Blue Fish] 
    3551 St. Johns Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32205
    Thursday, November 23
    Reservations: Recommended, Call (904) 387-0700

    The Blue Fish’s Thanksgiving menu features classic fare alongside more unique offerings like shrimp and grits, beef stroganoff, and holiday lasagna with Italian sausage and beef meatballs. Pumpkin pie and cheesecake brownies close out this tasty meal. Open seats are going fast, so make a reservation fast to secure your spot at The Blue Fish’s Thanksgiving dinner!

    [The Chart House] 
    1501 Riverplace Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32207
    Thursday, November 23
    Reservations: Recommended, Call (904) 398-3353

    The Chart House trades in its usual seafood and steak menu for a holiday smorgasbord this Thanksgiving. With its gorgeous views and delicious turkey dinner complete with all the trimmings, The Chart House might be your pick if a classy Thanksgiving dinner is what you’re after.

    [The Hilltop Restaurant] 
    2030 Wells Road, Orange Park, FL 32073
    Thursday, November 23, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Reservations: Recommended, Call (904) 272-5959

    Ever wanted to scarf down your Thanksgiving dinner and then enjoy your turkey-induced nap in the comfort of a Victorian mansion? Okay, so you can’t actually succumb to your food coma at The Hilltop Restaurant’s gorgeous mansion location, but you can enjoy its delectable buffet of honey glazed ham, cornbread stuffing, and garlic mashed potatoes.

    [III Forks] 
    9822 Tapestry Park Circle, Suite #111, Jacksonville, FL 32246
    Thursday, November 23, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    Reservations: Recommended, Call (904) 928-9277

    One of Jacksonville’s classiest steakhouses wants to offer you a chance to relax this Thanksgiving. III Forks will be serving up a three-course feast, featuring your choice of entrees like spice rubbed holiday turkey, roasted Midwestern beef tenderloin, and more. If one of the restaurant’s massive steaks is calling your name instead, worry not – III Forks will offer its regular menu, as well.

    [Seasons 52] 
    5096 Big Island Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32246
    Thursday, November 23
    Reservations: Recommended, Call (904) 645-5252

    Seasons 52 wants you to spend more time with your family than with your oven this holiday season. To that end, the restaurant is serving a mouthwatering Thanksgiving dinner with favorites like roasted turkey – free of any antibiotics, as Seasons 52 proudly proclaims – green beans, and mashed butternut squash.   

    [The Capital Grille]
    5197 Big Island Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32246
    Thursday, November 23, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    Reservations: Recommended, Call (904) 997-9233

    Another of Jacksonville’s most lauded steakhouses features a Thanksgiving menu this year, as The Capital Grille’s executive chefs present their version of a holiday feast. Incredible slow-roasted turkey with brioche stuffing pairs with French green beans and mashed potatoes to create a filling Thanksgiving dinner. The Capital Grille’s full a la carte dinner menu will also be available if you have a craving that only a ribeye will satisfy.

    [Moxie Kitchen & Cocktails] 
    4972 Big Island Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32246
    Thursday, November 23, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Reservations: Recommended, Call (904) 998-9744

    Cheddar biscuits and a savory barbecue butter kick off Moxie Kitchen & Cocktails’ family-style Thanksgiving, followed by your choice of roasted turkey, sliced ham, or seared salmon. Accompanying the meats are classic sides like macaroni and cheese, stuffing, and collard greens. Don’t forget about your sweet tooth – pumpkin, pecan, and buttermilk pies round out Moxie’s dessert offerings.

    [Maggiano’s Little Italy] 
    10367 Midtown Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32246
    Thursday, November 23
    Reservations: Recommended, Call (904) 380-4360

    Maggiano’s brings an Italian flair to its Thanksgiving offerings with its monstrous four-course dinner. After a first course of various bruschetta and a second course focused on salads, the third course features multiple entrée and side choices like parmesan-crusted tilapia and Tuscan creamed corn. It wouldn’t be a Maggiano’s meal without some pasta, which is why the third course also includes your choice of two classics like their famous rigatoni “D” spaghetti and meatballs or gnocchi and Italian sausage. Close the dinner out with pumpkin praline cheesecake or tiramisu and you’ve got one happy, stuffed family.

  • Watson Realty Corp.’s Beverly Garvin Visits LeadingRE Brokerage in Sydney, Australia

    by Watson Realty | Nov 13, 2017

    Beverly Garvin, VP/Managing Broker at Watson Realty Corp.’s Hidden Hills office, recently visited Sydney, Australia with her husband Everett. While she was there, she served as an ambassador for Watson Realty Corp. and connected with a fellow Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) brokerage, Stone Real Estate, to learn more about their real estate market and practices.

     

    Beverly and Everett met with Reece Coleman, Owner/Broker and Relocation Director for Stone Real Estate, and Di Henry, Sales Associate at Stone Real Estate. The four went out for lunch on the beach and discussed the real estate market in Sydney, and how it compares and differs from the market in Florida.

     

    “Reece was a great host and took us past a couple of their listings,” said Beverly. “It was a wonderful visit and I look forward to sharing referrals.”

     

    Through this exciting opportunity, Beverly learned that the average sales price in Sydney is over $1,000,000, and most homes sell within 3-4 weeks. Contracts are drawn up by attorneys rather than real estate agents, and it typically takes around 6 weeks to close. Beverly also found that many buyers in Sydney forego their own representation, and simply call the listing agent to see a property.

     

    A highlight for Beverly was when she gifted Reece with a Watson cookbook. “Reece was delighted with it,” said Garvin. “He has met Mr. Watson and already had one of our jar openers. He couldn't wait to take his cookbook home and try some of the recipes.”

     

    About Stone Real Estate

    Stone Real Estate specializes in buying, selling, renting and property management in Sydney, Australia. Stone’s forward-thinking property experts have extensive real-estate knowledge and a finely honed ability to accurately access the market. Stone prides itself on doing things differently, smarter and more efficiently with an honest, upfront approach to keep their customers in the know every step of the way.

     

    For more information about Stone Real Estate, please visit https://www.stonerealestate.com.au/

  • Watson Realty Corp.’s Cornelia Downing Manfre Earns Prestigious CCIM Designation

    by Watson Realty | Nov 09, 2017

     

    - The CCIM designation signifies expertise in the commercial real estate profession. -

               

    Cornelia Downing Manfre, broker associate at Watson Realty Corp.’s Hammock office, has been awarded the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation by the CCIM Institute.

     

    The designation was awarded during an October 17 pinning ceremony at CCIM Institute's Annual Governance Meeting at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, ON.

     

    Manfre was among more than 166 designees honored by CCIM Institute and their local chapter members. The new CCIMs have varying years of experience and work in all aspects of the commercial real estate profession.

     

    “I am so proud to be a part of this elite group of commercial REALTORS,” said Manfre. “This CCIM designation is invaluable to my career by allowing me to better serve my customers with market analysis, investment return, demographic studies and financial leverage.”

     

    To earn the CCIM designation, commercial real estate professionals must complete more than 160 hours of case-study driven education covering topics such as interest-based negotiation, financial analysis, market analysis, user decision analysis, investment analysis, and ethics in commercial investment real estate. Candidates must also compile a portfolio demonstrating the depth of their commercial real estate experience and pass a comprehensive examination.

     

    Manfre has been a broker associate with Watson Realty Corp. since 2015. She has more than 37 years of experience in commercial real estate, having served as a corporate real estate executive for 20 years with Fortune 100 firms.  

     

    Manfre brokered major transactions in the area including a 6800-acre land sale, development land sales for Lowe’s, Belk, Kohl’s and commercial leasing for Domino’s, Anytime Fitness, Publix, SunTrust Bank and Beall’s.

     

    Celebrating its 50th anniversary, CCIM Institute is a global community of 13,000 members, more than 50 chapters, and 30 countries that educates and connects the world’s leading experts in investment strategy, financial analysis and market analysis.

     

    About the CCIM Institute

    CCIM Institute created the language of global real estate investment. The organization, through its 50 chapters, innovates best practices and elevates the commercial real estate professional through its core designation program to earn the CCIM pin— real estate’s most coveted credential — and its topical education courses offered through the Ward Center for Real Estate Studies. In addition, membership in CCIM includes the industry’s best technology and operational platform, allowing entrepreneurial and mid-sized businesses to compete with the largest multinational providers. Today, almost 70 percent of designees hold the title of owner, partner, principal, or president, representing an exclusive worldwide referral network of 13,000 members in 30 countries.

     

    For more information about the CCIM Institute, please visit www.ccim.com

  • Watson Realty Corp.’s Gonzalo Mejia Works to Advance Relationships Between NAR, LeadingRE and South America

    by Watson Realty | Nov 08, 2017
     Gonzalo Mejia, VP/Managing Broker at Watson Realty Corp.’s San Marco/San Jose office, is taking major strides to make connections and advance relationships between the National Association of Realtors (NAR), Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), and South American real estate brokerages.

    Mejia was named the 2017 NAR President’s Liaison to Uruguay, and was re-appointed in October for the 2018 term. The elite group of Realtors selected as President's Liaisons work to help maintain NAR's important relationships with foreign real estate associations. As the President’s Liaison for Uruguay, Mejia is tasked with enhancing relationships between NAR and Cámara Inmobiliaria Uruguaya (CIU), the Uruguayan Real Estate Chamber.

    “As a President’s Liaison, my job is to promote the Realtor brand and the benefits of being part of NAR as an International Realtor Member (IRM),”said Mejia. “During my last visit to Uruguay, I was able to make a 4 hour presentation in front of 120 real estate agents from the country and educate them on social media platforms, MLS practices and the Realtor brand.”

    Mejia also recently traveled to Chicago where he met with Jana Coleman, VP of Business Solutions at LeadingRE. The two discussed LeadingRE’s presence in Uruguay and strategized on expanding the network to other parts of South America. Mejia will work closely with Coleman and Chris Dietz, VP of Global Operations for LeadingRE, and use his global contacts to connect them with qualified brokers in the region.

  • 7 Veterans Day Events in North & Central Florida

    by Watson Realty | Nov 08, 2017

    Every year on November 11, we take time to honor those brave men and women who fought for our country. This year is no different, and we’ve rounded up some of the biggest Veterans Day celebrations throughout northern and central Florida for you to add to your calendar.

    Whether you’re active duty or a veteran yourself, have a loved one in the armed services, or just want to show your support for our courageous soldiers, join us in saluting our veterans at one of these events this weekend!

    JACKSONVILLE
    Veterans Day Parade

    When: November 11, 11 a.m.

    Where: Parade begins at EverBank Field

    Jacksonville honors our heroic soldiers with a massive parade featuring more than 4,000 participants, marching bands from local high schools, and decorative floats. Viewers are encouraged to show their support in red, white, and blue as the parade marches from EverBank Field to the Prime Osborn Convention Center. You can find more information on the parade [here]. 

    ST. AUGUSTINE
    Veterans Day Grand Parade & Celebration

    When: November 11, 10:45 a.m.

    Where: Parade begins on Orange Street

    A ringing of church bells and a cannon salute from the famous Castillo de San Marcos kick off this Veterans Day Parade in downtown St. Augustine. Lasting approximately an hour, the parade is comprised of historic military vehicles, marching bands, and even military flyovers. After the parade is over, head to back to Castillo de San Marcos to tour the military vehicles and learn about the fort’s own military history. Find out more [here]. 

    ORLANDO
    Veterans Day Parade

    When: November 11, 11 a.m.

    Where: Parade begins at the corner of Orange Avenue and Robinson Street

    Orlando’s Veterans Day Parade hopes to place special focus on the mental and emotional well-being of veterans and their families with its 2017 theme, “Healing the Invisible Wounds of War.” Active duty and veteran members from all military branches will march alongside Grand Marshals, this year comprised of community leaders who have dedicated their time to improving the mental health of Orlando’s local veterans. Learn more about this parade [here]. 

    GAINESVILLE
    Veterans Day Celebration

    When: November 11, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Where: Alachua County Veterans Memorial at the Veterans Memorial Park, 7400 SW 41st Place, Gainesville, FL 32608

    Organized by Alachua County Veterans Services, this family-focused celebration includes booths displaying military memorabilia, a live presentation about life in the Civil War, and various military vehicle displays. Skydivers and military K9 dog training demonstrations provide additional entertainment. Discover more about the event [here].

    FERNANDINA BEACH
    Veterans Day Parade in Fernandina Beach

    When: November 11, 11 a.m.

    Where: Parade begins at Buccaneer Field

    Fernandina Beach’s traditional Veterans Day Parade starts out at Buccaneer Field and marches west toward the riverfront before venturing along historic Centre Street. Find out more about the parade [here]. 

    ORMOND BEACH
    Veterans Day Tribute

    When: November 11, 11 a.m.

    Where: Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens, 78 East Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach, FL 32176

    Speakers from the different branches of our armed forces join musical ensembles and more to show their gratitude for our active duty and veteran men and women at this annual tribute event. Once the ceremony outside the Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens concludes, visitors are invited to stroll through the gardens and admire the museum’s many original sculptures dedicated to veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars. Learn more [here]

    PORT ST. LUCIE
    Veterans Day Service

    When: November 11, 11 a.m.

    Where: Veterans Memorial Park, 2100 SE Veterans Memorial Parkway, Port St. Lucie, FL 34952

    Port St. Lucie’s Veterans Day service features color guard units from local high schools, a 21-gun salute, and speeches by various dignitaries. The Port St. Lucie Community Band will be in attendance to liven things up with patriotic-inspired music, as well. Find out more about the event [here]. 
  • Watson Realty Corp.’s Anil Pathak Visits LeadingRE Brokerage in Beijing, China

    by Watson Realty | Nov 06, 2017

    Anil Pathak, sales associate at Watson Realty Corp.’s San Marco/San Jose office, recently traveled to Beijing, China. While he was there, he served as an ambassador for Watson Realty Corp. and connected with a fellow Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) brokerage, Asia Pacific Properties, to learn more about their real estate market and practices.

     Pathak met with Leo Xiao of APP Mobility, the Residential and Relocation Division of Asia Pacific Properties specializing in Corporate Relocation Services. The two discussed the real estate market in Beijing, as well as the current state of the market in Florida and the United States as a whole. Through this exchange, Pathak found that condominium and single-family home prices in the city are at astronomical highs. Overall, Pathak felt that this meeting was an excellent networking opportunity and a great success.

     “China is a fast developing country and they have prospered economically in the last 15-20 years,” said Pathak. “Leo Xiao was bilingual and very knowledgeable in the real estate field, so it was great to listen to his perspective and learn from his experience.”

     Pathak moved to Florida from New York in the early 1990’s. He has been with Watson for twelve years and specializes in resale homes, new construction and condominiums.

     About Asia Pacific Properties

    Asia Pacific Properties (APP) has been Asia’s premiere real estate and relocation company since 1985. APP is headquartered in Hong Kong, China with key offices in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou. They currently provide service to over 20 cities throughout China. With highly trained bilingual staff, the company is committed to the highest standards of corporate governance and best business practices.

     For more information about Asia Pacific Properties, please visit http://www.asiapacificproperties.com/