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  • Watson Realty Corp. Associates Named America’s Best Real Estate Agents

    by Watson Realty | Jul 29, 2014

    Jacksonville, Fla. – July 29, 2014 – REAL Trends recently released their list of “America’s Best Real Estate Agents.” A total of four categories comprise this prestigious list: Individuals by Transaction Sides, Individuals by Volume, Team by Transaction Sides and Team by Volume.

    The requirements for individuals to be recognized on the list are a minimum of 50 sides or $20 million and for teams, 75 closed sides or $30 million in closed sales volume.

    Of the 332 total agents who made the list in Florida for transaction sides, Watson Realty Corp. had 29 sales associates recognized. In terms of closed volume, Watson Realty Corp. had 6 sales associates awarded out of 162, and two teams out of a total of 172 teams.

    Kyle Passkiewicz of the Watson Realty Corp. Intracoastal office ranked number one in Florida for transaction sides. Passkiewicz’s transaction sides totaled over 609.65 and valued $75 million in 2013; allowing him to set a first-ever company record. In terms of transaction volume he ranked 15th in the entire state.

    “It is a huge honor to be recognized as top REALTOR in the state of Florida for transaction sides,” said Passkiewicz. “To also set a company record shows that hard work and attending to the customer’s needs truly pays off.”

    Debbie Shagnea from the Mandarin North office, the company’s second highest producer in 2013, ranked 34th for sales volume and 24th on the list for transaction sides. Shagnea closed $50.1 million in sales with transaction sides totaling 155.25.

    “I never think my customers notice this type of recognition, but you would be surprised how many actually do their homework before selecting a real estate professional and mention it when they make their first contact to enlist me as their agent,” said Shagnea.

    The Gachet-Crum Team of the St. Augustine Beach office was the highest producer in the company’s North Central region and ranked 89th on the Top Team by Sides category, closing a total of 106.35 sides.

    The “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” list was created by Real Trends in partnership with Trulia. Individuals who made the list will have the “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” logo displayed on their Trulia profiles.

    For a complete list of all the winners access “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” at http://www.realtrends.com/best-real-estate-agents-america#.

  • Moving Out Cleaning Checklist

    by Watson Realty | Jul 28, 2014

    Whether you are moving out and trying to sell your home, or moving out of a rental and hoping to get your deposit back, cleaning is important. Most cleaning is easier to complete after you have moved, but some can be done beforehand. If you are renting, check your lease or rental agreement to verify what cleaning responsibilities you have.

    Use the list below to help you tackle the cleaning room by room.

    All Areas

    • Dust/clean baseboards
    • Get rid of any cobwebs
    • Dust/clean walls, remove any scuffs
    • Vacuum/sweep and mop floors
    • Remove nails or screws from walls and fill holes
    • Replace any burnt out light bulbs
    • Replace A/C filter and dust/clean all vents
    • Wash windows
    • Dust/clean all doors and door knobs
    • Wipe down light switches and outlets
    • Dust/ clean any window coverings or blinds
    • Clean the grout of any tile flooring

    Kitchen

    • Completely clean oven and broiler pans. Some ovens have a self-clean setting, but hand cleaning with an oven cleaner works better and won’t heat up the entire house.
    • Clean refrigerator and freezer inside and out
    • Dust/clean all cabinets
    • Clean under the refrigerator
    • Dust/clean all lighting
    • Scrub sink, countertops and faucet
    • Clean out drawers and remove any liners
    • Vacuum/sweep and mop flooring

    Bathroom

    • Thoroughly clean bath and/or shower. Get rid of all soap scum and any dust or hair.
    • Clean out cabinets and drawers. Remove drawer liners and make sure cabinets are completely empty.
    • Clean toilet inside and out. Make sure to clean well around the base of the toilet. If needed, replace toilet seat.
    • Clean all glass and mirrors.
    • Clean and disinfect countertops, sink and faucet
    • Vacuum/sweep, mop and disinfect floors
    • Dust/clean the surface of vent fan

    Living Room

    • Dust/clean down walls, baseboards and window frames
    • Vacuum/ sweep and mop flooring
    • Dust/clean windows (including window sills)
    • Dust/clean ceiling fan blades and light fixtures

      Bedrooms

    • Dust/clean walls, baseboards and window frames
    • Dust/clean ceiling fan blades and light fixtures
    • Clean all windows (including window sills)
    • Vacuum/ sweep and mop flooring
    • Dust/clean any closets and shelving

    Laundry Room

    • Vacuum around, behind and under washer and dryer
    • Get rid of all remaining lint and dust bunnies
    • Clean out the lint trap
    • Dust/clean the exterior of all appliances

    Outdoor Areas

    • Clean out any outdoor storage
    • Sweep off patio and/or front door step
    • Dust/clean any light fixtures, replace burnt out light bulbs
    • Get rid of any cobwebs or any insect nests
    • Clean doors and the tracks of sliding doors
  • Watson Realty Corp. Adds Community Association Management Division

    by Watson Realty | Jul 24, 2014
    Jacksonville, Fla. – July 24, 2014 – A new division of Watson Realty Corp. Property Management is now located in the Palm Coast branch office, effective July 16.

    Executive Vice President for Watson Realty Corp. and President of Watson Maintenance Services, Wendell Davis, recently announced that Flagler Palm Coast Property Management, Inc. has merged with Watson Realty Corp. to become Watson Realty Corp. Association Management.

    The office will provide community association management services for 27 residential condominium and homeowner associations, as well as commercial condominiums and industrial parks in Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns counties. Community association management includes overseeing daily operations and maintenance of the facilities, common properties and amenities within the communities. It also includes management of the community finances and association compliance with their governing documents.

    This will be the 29th office supervised by Davis and the first Watson Realty Corp. Association Management office.

    “It is a great accomplishment to expand our services in the Palm Coast area,” explained Davis. “This growth will hopefully lead to wonderful opportunities for the company and our division.”

    Marc Bellapianta will lead the new Watson Association Management office. Bellapianta joins the Watson team with 18 years of experience working as the manager of Flagler Palm Coast Property Management, Inc.

    “I am excited about this opportunity to join Watson Realty Corp. and to work to expand community association management throughout central and northeast Florida,” Bellapianta said.
  • Watson Realty Corp. celebrates recent LeadingRE graduates

    by Watson Realty | Jul 21, 2014

    One Watson Realty Corp. team member recently earned the LeadingRE Service Expert Certification (LSE) through Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) Institute 2.0 online training program.

    Completion of these courses demonstrates an ongoing commitment to providing outstanding customer service and leadership excellence.

    Cher Parris – Longwood

    Seven Watson Realty Corp. team members recently earned the LeadingRE Relocation Specialist (LRS) through Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Institute 2.0 online training program.

    Completion of these courses demonstrates an ongoing commitment to providing expertise relocation services, customer satisfaction and leadership excellence.

    Judy Lassiter – Mandarin North

    Shimon Meir – Mandarin North

    Jan Stumbaugh – Mandarin North

    Michael Robinson – OP Blanding

    Judy Bissell – Orlando Relocation

    Patricia Shook – Port Orange

    Michele Scarponi – St. Augustine 

    Five Watson Realty Corp. team members recently earned the LeadingRE Sales Specialist Certification (LSS) through Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Institute 2.0 online training program.

    Completion of these courses demonstrates an ongoing commitment to increasing sales performance, leadership and excellence.

    Michael O’Callaghan – Championsgate

    Kyle Verno – Oviedo

    Bill Wicker – Oviedo

    Kathleen Brooks – St. John’s

    Jackie Frye – St. Marys

  • Watson Realty Corp. Congratulates Four Associates Named in America’s Top 1,000 Real Estate Professionals by Real Trends in The Wall Street Journal

    by Watson Realty | Jul 17, 2014

    Jacksonville, Fla. – July 17, 2014 – Watson Realty Corp. sales associates were recently named in America’s top real estate professionals by REAL Trends and as advertised in The Wall Street Journal.  They are now members of the “The Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals,” a prestigious national awards ranking sponsored annually by the two respected publications.

    “The Thousand” honors the top 1,000 residential agents and agent teams by transaction sides and volume. Watson Realty Corp. is proud to have such talented real estate professionals.

    “Becoming a member of such an elite group as “The Thousand” is an incredible accomplishment in any market, but what these individuals did during these challenging times is impressive on so many levels,” said Marti Gallardo, vice president of classified advertising for The Wall Street Journal.  “Their efforts topped 99.99 percent of the more than 963,000 REALTORS nationwide.”

    Rankings by Transaction Sides:

                #5        Kyle Passkiewicz – Intracoastal Office – 609.65

                #191     Debbie Shagnea – Mandarin South Office – 155.25

                #235     Misty Williams – Jacksonville Relocation – 144.80

                #236     Jane Crosby – Deland Office – 144.75

    Rankings by Volume:

                #146     Kyle Passkiewicz – Intracoastal Office - $75,652,072

    “The best individual agents and teams were nothing short of phenomenal considering the recovering real estate market,” said Steve Murray, founder of Denver-based publishing and communications company REAL Trends, which compiled the list. 

    The ranking of “The Thousand” can be found at: www.thethousandrealestateprofessionals.com.

    Watson Realty Corp.™ is honored to be a founding member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) and a four-time recipient of the network’s highest honor, the Diamond Award. In addition to trusted referrals, members of the LeadingRE® network provide exceptional marketing advantages and knowledge to their buyers and sellers.

     For more information on Watson Realty Corp., visit www.WatsonRealtyCorp.com  or call 800.257.5143

  • Two Watson Realty Corp. Ponte Vedra Associates Receive Graduate, REALTOR® Institute Designation

    by Watson Realty | Jul 15, 2014
    Jeanie Leapley and Michele Daly, sales associates at the Watson Realty Corp. Ponte Vedra office, received their Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation from the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors in June.

    There are three separate GRI series: GRI-1 is 45 hours of coursework, GRI-2 and GRI-3 are both 30 hours. The GRI coursework provides Realtors with a more extensive real estate education. The courses cover specialized topics including ethics and professional standards as required by the National Association of REALTORS®. Other courses cover personal marketing, business planning and laws on land use and private property rights.

    Leapley described the course content as interesting, relevant and engaging. She is grateful for the additional knowledge she gained on specific practices including appraisals, property management and international real estate.
  • Justin Timmons Featured on HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt

    by Watson Realty | Jul 10, 2014
    Jacksonville, Fla. – July 10, 2014 – Justin Timmons, Realtor, Watson Realty Corp. Sunbeam office is the latest sales associate to be featured on HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt. The episode originally aired July 4 and will air again on August 17. For additional airings, visit www.HGTV.com.

    “It was definitely a new and different experience,” said Timmons.

    “Even though at times it was stressful, having to memorize certain lines on the spot and doing the same scenes multiple times, I was excited to be a part of the process”

    Timmons started his career at the age of 20, in the Watson Realty Corp. Baymeadows office as an administrative assistant, after quitting his job as a busboy at Red Lobster. Six months later, Timmons obtained his real estate license and soon after began partnering his real efforts with his mother, Sabrina Wickham.

    Wickham, who has been a Realtor for 12 years, said it was always their mission to become a team and partner together once Timmons obtained his license.

    “Our personalities really work well together,” Wickham said. “Even though he is my son, I wanted him to earn his own respect as a Realtor.”

    Wickham says they were able to separate their family relationship easily as Timmons would call her Sabrina and a lot of people didn’t even know that he was her son.

    Both Timmons and Wickham are happy to be a part of the Watson Realty Corp. team. They attribute their success in the industry to the wonderful training received and the dominant market presence Watson Realty Corp. has in Northeast Florida.

    In his spare time Timmons enjoys spending time with his two sons at the beach or pool and is a huge Jaguars fan and a season ticket holder. Wickham enjoys cooking, working out and spending time with her two grandsons.

    Watson Realty Corp. (WatsonRealtyCorp.com) is honored to be a founding member of LeadingRE (www.LeadingRE.com ), and a four-time recipient of the network’s highest honor, the Diamond Award. LeadingRE is the largest network of premier locally-branded firms producing over one million annual home sale transactions and provides its affiliates with an extensive range of brokerage services. These services include lead generation, cross-market referrals, branding support, luxury marketing, online exposure, technology systems, and industry-leading professional development.  

    For more information on Watson Realty Corp., visit www.WatsonRealtyCorp.com  or call 800.257.5143.
  • JUNE NEW AGENTS

    by Watson Realty | Jul 09, 2014

    Watson Realty Corp. would like to welcome all sales associates who joined us in the month of June. Congratulations on joining our team of nearly 1,300 sales associates dedicated to providing Legendary Quality Service.

     Jacksonville Region

    Monir Yazgi – Hidden Hills

    Tanya Tomanek – St. Johns

    Barbara Morrissey – Fort Caroline

    Travis Wilson – South Beach     

    Christopher Ricks – North Jacksonville

    Karen Brazda, Kelly Tomlinson – OP Blanding

    Marie Cadogan, Richard Gibaja – Southside

    Christopher Bryant – Intracoastal

    Central/Orlando Region

    Denise Febres – Clermont

    Danielle Diana-Morgan, RuthAnn Costa, Warren Wright – DeLand

    Betsy Bayram, Daniel Pisha, Lisa Chiesa – Lake Mary/Heathrow

    Barry Steinhart, Olga Franco, Stacey Engstrom – Wekiva/ Longwood

    Michelle Figueroa – Kissimmee

    Joe DiMaulo - Oviedo 

    North Central Region

    Dwight Staub, Brenda McKinney, Robert Maguire, Alexis Ashton – St. Augustine

    Roxane Felder, Mary Singley, Kalonie Jones – Middleburg

    Annia Torres, Brendo Cohn, Christina McKendrick – St. Augustine Beach

    Rocky Eppolito, Kendra Thorsell – Gainesville

    Andrea Thompson – Palm Coast

  • Watson Realty Corp. Palm Coast Office Celebrates $7.02M Commercial Sale

    by Watson Realty | Jul 08, 2014
    Palm Coast, Fla. – July 8, 2014Tom Tallaksen, Realtor, Watson Realty Corp. Palm Coast office, just closed on the office’s largest transaction of the year.

    The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York purchased the former Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) training facility June 27, for $7.02 million. The 2014 appraised value of the property was $8,831,305, according to the Flagler Property Appraiser’s Office.

    The property is located at 4500 Palm Coast Parkway SE., Palm Coast, FL 32137. Watchtower plans to use the site as a training facility much like the FAA. There are no major renovations planned.

    "Embry Riddle has been a good steward of the property,” Tallaksen noted. “Everything has been maintained at a high level.”

    This sale was the largest for both Tallaksen and the Palm Coast office. Tallaksen works as a team with his wife Rosemarie. The couple usually focuses on residential real estate, but this is not Tallaksen’s first commercial transaction. Tallaksen plans to put his focus on commercial sales going forward.

    Lindsay Dolamore, Vice President/Managing Broker of the Palm Coast office is excited for the possibility of expanding commercial business.

    “This sale is a major accomplishment for Tom and our office. We hope this transaction will show our capabilities in commercial real estate,” said Dolamore.

    Watson Realty Corp. (WatsonRealtyCorp.com) is honored to be a founding member of LeadingRE (www.LeadingRE.com ), and a four-time recipient of the network’s highest honor, the Diamond Award. LeadingRE is the largest network of premier locally-branded firms producing over one million annual home sale transactions and provides its affiliates with an extensive range of brokerage services. These services include lead generation, cross-market referrals, branding support, luxury marketing, online exposure, technology systems, and industry-leading professional development.  

    For more information on Watson Realty Corp., visit www.WatsonRealtyCorp.com  or call 800.257.5143.
  • Fourth of July Safety

    by Watson Realty | Jul 02, 2014

    Independence Day is right around the corner. It is a day of food, fun and celebration. Proper planning of your Fourth of July parties or festivities is essential. Planning ahead of time will keep the day safe and fun and help you to avoid any unforeseen problems. Consider the following tips when planning your Fourth of July.

    Fireworks Safety:

    • Keep fireworks away from children and supervise children at all times. Even sparklers can potentially cause injuries.
    • Never attempt to re-light or move fireworks that have not fully ignited or “duds.”
    • Keep water and a hose handy in case of fire.
    • Make sure to use fireworks that are legal in your area.
    • When lighting fireworks, make sure you are a safe distance from other people, homes, trees or cars.
    • Light fireworks one at a time and move back quickly.
    • For safe cleanup, douse used fireworks with water or soak in a bucket of water prior to disposal.

    Food Safety:

    • Avoid cross contamination: keep raw foods separate from cooked foods and vegetables.
    • Make sure to cook all meat products thoroughly. Checking internal temperature is much more reliable than checking the color of the meat.
      • Fish, pork, lamb, veal and beef should reach at least 145 degrees internally.
      • Ground beef and other ground meets should reach 160 degrees.
      • Poultry and hot dogs should reach at least 165 degrees internally for safe consumption.
    • Place cooked meat on clean dishes, not the same dishes used for raw meat.
    • Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Food should sit out for no longer than two hours after preparation. If it is warmer than 90 degrees outside, food should sit out for no longer than one hour.
    • Refrigerate or freeze leftovers promptly. Throw out any food that has been sitting out too long.

    Sun Protection:

    • Make sure to apply sunscreen before you are outdoors.
    • Reapply sunscreen every few hours if you are spending the day outside.
    • Buy new sunscreen each year. Old or expired sunscreen may not work effectively.
    • If possible, create shaded areas with umbrellas, tents or tarps to provide areas out of direct sunlight.

      General Tips:

    • Use alcohol responsibly. Make sure that a specific sober adult is designated to handle fireworks and that there is someone to supervise any children.
    • Bug protection is also important in the summer. Have insect repellent on hand and consider purchasing citronella candles or bug repelling tiki torches.
    • Make sure that children are constantly supervised. Playing outdoors poses more safety risks for children.
    • Ensure that children are drinking plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
  • Sugar Mill Country Club in New Smyrna Beach chosen for Watson Realty Corp.’s 43rd branch office opening

    by Watson Realty | Jun 24, 2014
    New Smyrna Beach, Fla. June 24, 2014 Sugar Mill Country Club, a premier golf community, has been selected for the opening of Watson Realty Corp.’s 43rd branch office July 1, 2014.

    The office will be located at 100 Club House Circle, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168.

    The Sugar Mill office will focus its sales and property management on the closely surrounding area. This will include Sugar Mill Country Club, Sugar Mill Gardens, Isles of Sugar Mill and Sugar Mill Landings.

    “This will be the 14th office in the Central Florida Region,” Jeff Fagan, Regional Vice President of the Central Florida Region explained. “The office allows an outstanding opportunity to expand the Watson Realty footprint in eastern Volusia County.”

    Operations of the office will be handled by Vice President/Managing Broker Patsy Bradley who will also continue her role of managing the New Smyrna Beach office.

    “This is a great opportunity to expand our business in New Smyrna Beach,” Bradley noted. “I am excited for my new role and to open this office.”

    Sugar Mill Country Club is conveniently located an hour from Orlando and only 15 minutes away from the beach.

    Watson Realty Corp. (WatsonRealtyCorp.com) is honored to be a founding member of LeadingRE (www.LeadingRE.com ), and a four-time recipient of the network’s highest honor, the Diamond Award. LeadingRE is the largest network of premier locally-branded firms producing over one million annual home sale transactions and provides its affiliates with an extensive range of brokerage services. These services include lead generation, cross-market referrals, branding support, luxury marketing, online exposure, technology systems, and industry-leading professional development.  

    For more information on Watson Realty Corp., visit www.WatsonRealtyCorp.com  or call 800.257.5143.
  • Abraham Blocker Appointed Assistant to the President, Watson Realty Corp

    by Watson Realty | Jun 17, 2014
    Jacksonville, Fla. – June 17, 2014 – Watson Realty Corp. is pleased to announce the addition of Abraham Blocker as assistant to the president, Ed Forman.

    Blocker was recently honorably discharged from active duty in the United States Marine Corps, where he served for ten years. He most recently served as a recruiter in Jacksonville Beach, where he received multiple awards and was recognized as rookie recruiter of the year in 2013.

    Blocker has been deployed as an infantryman and small unit leader in support of combat operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

    “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work for Watson Realty Corp.,” Blocker said. “Its core values and commitment to legendary quality service are what attracted me to this outstanding organization.”

    He is a licensed REALTOR® and is currently attending Jacksonville University for business management.

    “Abraham has a proven history of leadership and dedication,” explained Ed Forman, president, Watson Realty Corp. “He shares the company values and will be an excellent resource.”

    Blocker, a proud husband and father of three, is actively involved in his church and continues to serve in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He enjoys exploring northeast Florida with his family.

    Watson Realty Corp. (WatsonRealtyCorp.com) is honored to be a founding member of LeadingRE (www.LeadingRE.com ), and a four-time recipient of the network’s highest honor, the Diamond Award. LeadingRE is the largest network of premier locally-branded firms producing over one million annual home sale transactions and provides its affiliates with an extensive range of brokerage services. These services include lead generation, cross-market referrals, branding support, luxury marketing, online exposure, technology systems, and industry-leading professional development.  

    Abraham Blocker can be reached at ablocker@WatsonRealtyCorp.com or by phone at 904.596.5935.
  • Hurricane Preparedness Part Three

    by Watson Realty | Jun 16, 2014

    Preparing Your Pets for Hurricanes and/or Evacuations

    One step often forgotten in preparing for storms is preparing to care for pets. When an evacuation is ordered, you MUST take your pets with you.

    Having pets with you can effect what supplies you need as well as what shelters you can stay at. Most areas offer three types of shelters in case of emergency: general population, special needs and pet-friendly.

    Although the locations of the shelters are not determined until needed, there are guidelines concerning each type of shelter.

    Pet-friendly shelters do not require pre-registration, but there are guidelines as to who can be accepted into the shelters. Pet-friendly shelters accept dogs, cats, rodents, birds and rabbits. Reptiles will not be allowed in any shelters.

    To be allowed in the shelter, pet owners must have proof of vaccinations and registration. Animals must also be properly crated or caged as well as properly maintained by their owners.

    Have a back-up plan in case of shelters filling up. Research pet-friendly hotels and other places to shelter your pets in the event of a storm. Some hotels will make exceptions for pets in the event of an emergency. Have a list of these places prepared ahead of time.

    Pet supplies necessary in the event of an evacuation:

    •            Ownership/registration paperwork

    •            Medical records

    •            Necessary medication

    •            Leash/collar

    •            At least a three-day supply of food and water, bowls for food

    •            Litter and litter box

    •            Cage or crate

    •            Towels/blankets and cleaning supplies

    •            Toys

    •            A current photo in case your pet gets lost

  • Beth Ruggeri Appointed Managing Broker of St. Augustine Beach Office

    by Watson Realty | Jun 12, 2014

    St. Augustine, Fla. – June 12, 2014 – Watson Realty Corp. is pleased to announce Beth Ruggeri has been promoted to Managing Broker of the St. Augustine Beach office.

    Ruggeri has 28 years of realty experience in St. Johns County. She has worked for Watson Realty Corp. since June 2010 as a Broker Associate and Technology Trainer.

    “I am very excited to enter this new stage of my career,” Ruggeri said. “My experience and knowledge of St. Augustine will help this office and my associates continue to prosper.”

    Ruggeri became a licensed real estate broker in 2003, owning and operating her own brokerage firm. She has worked in real estate since she moved to St. Augustine in 1986, shortly after graduating from Auburn University.

    “With a long history in real estate, Ruggeri will be a great asset as Managing Broker,” said Ed Forman, president, Watson Realty Corp.

    Ruggeri is a proud mother of two, actively involved in her children’s sports and activities. She loves St. Augustine and the coastal lifestyle. Going to the beach and boating are two of her favorite ways to relax when she isn’t working.

    Watson Realty Corp. (WatsonRealtyCorp.com) is honored to be a founding member of LeadingRE (www.LeadingRE.com ), and a four-time recipient of the network’s highest honor, the Diamond Award. LeadingRE is the largest network of premier locally-branded firms producing over one million annual home sale transactions and provides its affiliates with an extensive range of brokerage services. These services include lead generation, cross-market referrals, branding support, luxury marketing, online exposure, technology systems, and industry-leading professional development.  

    Beth Ruggeri can be reached at bruggeri@WatsonRealtyCorp.com or by phone at 904.494.2575.

  • Watson Realty Corp. celebrates recent LeadingRE graduates

    by Watson Realty | Jun 11, 2014

    Nine Watson Realty Corp. team members recently earned the LeadingRE Service Expert Certification (LSE) through Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) Institute 2.0 online training program.

    Completion of these courses demonstrates an ongoing commitment to providing outstanding customer service and leadership excellence.

    Belinda Blanton – Deland
    Sherri King – Deland
    Maryfrances Walsh – Deland
    Lauren Martilli – Hodges
    Wallace Gainey – Intracoastal
    Amber Nappi – Jacksonville Relocation
    Craig McCall – Orange Park Blanding
    Earl Leatham – Oviedo
    David Morse – Port Orange

    Nine Watson Realty Corp. team members recently earned the LeadngRE Relocation Specialist (LRS) through Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Institute 2.0 online training program.

    Completion of these courses demonstrates an ongoing commitment to providing expertise relocation services, customer satisfaction and leadership excellence.

    Marianne Fearon – Hodges
    Amber Nappi – Jacksonville Relocation
    Jim Ruddy – Longwood
    Joel McManamey – Maitland
    Bill Underwood – Orlando Relocation
    Liliana Kilgore – Ponte Vedra
    David Morse – Port Orange
    Kimberlee Ormond – South Beach
    Zenda Rexroad – Orlando Relocation

    Five Watson Realty Corp. team members recently earned the LeadingRE Sales Specialist Certification (LSS) through Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Institute 2.0 online training program.

    Completion of these courses demonstrates an ongoing commitment to increasing sales performance, leadership and excellence.

    Casey Omura – Champions Gate
    Sherri King – Deland
    Earl Leatham – Oviedo
    David Morse – Port Orange
    Vicki Butcher – Sunbeam/Baymeadows

  • Watson Realty Corp. names Robert and Barbara Johanson as top listing sales associates for May in Palm Coast office

    by Watson Realty | Jun 10, 2014

    Palm Coast, Fla. – June 10, 2014 – Husband and wife team Robert and Barbara Johanson were recently recognized as top listing agents for the month of May with $1.19 million in listings.

    The Johansons were also recognized as top listing agents in March, as well as top selling agents in April 2014.

    The pair joined Watson Realty Corp. in 2007. They work together to provide quality service to all of their customers, buyers and sellers.

    “With both of us working for our customers, they get the advantage of the expertise of two trained professionals 100 percent of the time,” said Barbara Johanson.

    The team was presented with a President’s Award from Watson Realty Corp. at the North Central Awards ceremony earlier this year. This recognition is only received by agents who close with between $3 million and $5 million for the year.

    For more information to view listings, Robert or Barbara Johanson can be reached by phone at 386.246.9279 or via email at robertjohanson@WatsonRealtyCorp.com.

    Watson Realty Corp. (WatsonRealtyCorp.com) is honored to be a founding member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (www.LeadingRE.com ), and a four-time recipient of the network’s highest honor, the Diamond Award. LeadingRE is the largest network of premier locally-branded firms producing over one million annual home sale transactions and provides its affiliates with an extensive range of brokerage services. These services include lead generation, cross-market referrals, branding support, luxury marketing, online exposure, technology systems, and industry-leading professional development.  

  • 5 Top Money Lessons for 2014 Grads

    by Watson Realty | Jun 06, 2014

    Whether graduating from high school or college, this year’s crop of grads undoubtedly learned a lot – including, one would hope, some practical life skills. But, say the money experts, it’s not uncommon for kids to graduate without a good grounding in the money management skills they will need in the real world.

    Holly Perez, a consumer money expert at Intuit, told U.S. News & World Report the top five money lessons she believes today’s graduates need to live by:

    1. Know the basics – Get acquainted with on-line tools that help you monitor your finances. Many automatically categorize your debit and credit card transactions, meaning you can see how much you've spent on groceries, entertainment, etc. at a glance. You can also set up budgets and get notifications every time you're close to busting your own budget.

    2. Live within your means – If you now have your first full-time job, spending money is tempting. Keep your regular expenses in mind at all times and resist buying extras you can’t afford without getting into debt. If you’re smart, you will make a monthly deposit into savings as one of your regular expenses.

    3. Pay off student loans – More than 60 per cent of this year’s college grads will leave school in debt for student loans. Be proactive about paying more than monthly minimums, because the sooner you pay off your debt, the sooner you may really will have disposable cash.

    4. Stash away retirement savings – It may seem like a lifetime away, but it’s never too early to start saving for retirement. Challenge yourself to keep on increasing your contributions as your income increases.

    5. Be wise with credit cards – The short rule is, if you don’t have the cash to buy it, you probably shouldn’t buy it at all. Credit cards are great for convenience and emergency situations, but be wary of using them for big-ticket items that will put you into long-term debt with high interest rates. Use cards cautiously and pay off balances every month.

    Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2014. All rights reserved.

  • 3 Tips for Choosing an Assisted-Living Home for Your Parent

    by Watson Realty | Jun 05, 2014

    Seventy percent of people age 65 and older will need long-term care at some point in their lives, according to a 2014 study by CareScout, a division of Genworth Financial Services.

    “But that doesn’t mean they have to sacrifice their quality of life,” says Peder Johnsen, CEO of Concordis Senior Living, www.concordisseniorliving.com, which owns, operates and develops senior housing communities.

    “In fact, a person who needs some assistance with day-to-day living will often find he or she is much happier in a good assisted-living community with an atmosphere that reminds them of their former home.”

    And it doesn’t have to be outrageously priced, notes Johnsen, a third-generation ALF operator whose family pioneered the contemporary congregate community model.

    The median price for a private, one-bed home in an ALF community is $42,000, he says, citing the CareScout report. By contrast, a semi-private nursing home bed costs a median $77,000 a year.

    But it’s up to prospective residents and their families to ascertain the quality of the community and whether it’s a good match for the person who will be living there.

    “ALFs are not federally regulated and states vary widely on the breadth of oversight they provide, so you can’t necessarily rely on the law,” Johnsen says. “And don’t rely on salespeople either – that’s the biggest mistake people make.”

    There are, however, a number of easy ways to see if a home has a truly caring atmosphere and well-trained staff.

    Johnsen offers these tips:

    Ask to see the home’s state licensing survey, an assessment that usually includes inspections, audits, interviews with residents, etc. Every state has an ALF licensing agency and all have some form of survey system for ensuring that certain standards of quality are met, according to the Assisted Living Federation of America.

    “Requirements vary from state to state about how often the surveys are conducted and how the public can access the reports, but no matter what state you live in, you should be able to ask the ALF for its most recent report, or obtain it from the licensing agency,” Johnsen says. 

    The surveys will tell you if problems were found – or not – and what the ALF did to address them.

    Visit the ALF during non-business hours.

    Go before breakfast or after dinner – times when the administrators aren’t around. What’s the atmosphere? How do employees behave with the residents?

    “That’s a good time to talk to residents, too,” Johnsen says.

    Be a “mystery shopper,” he suggests. Pretend you’re just visiting the community – not scouting it out as a prospective customer.

    Ascertain how truly “homelike” the community is.

    In your own home, if you don’t feel like eating breakfast at 7:30 a.m., you don’t have to. You can have breakfast at 10. You can get snacks when you want them.

    “Depending on what’s important to your loved one, there are potentially many rules that can affect how ‘at home’ a person feels,” Johnsen says. “Some communities allow residents to have pets, others don’t. Some provide lots of activities. At some, residents can quickly and easily arrange for transportation or a service like hair styling.”

    Not every community can offer everything, he notes. That’s why it’s important to look for those features that are especially important to your loved one.

    Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2014. All rights reserved.

  • Hurricane Preparedness Post 2

    by Watson Realty | Jun 05, 2014

    To continue your preparation for hurricane season, it is crucial to understand what to do in the event a storm hits. Review these tips on steps to take when a storm is heading your way. Also check with your county’s emergency management department for information specific to your location. Duval County residents can find the 2014-2015 Emergency Preparedness Guide at www.jaxready.com.

    In the event of a storm:

    • Bring outdoor items indoors. Bring inside any loose items including outdoor furniture, grills, plants, toys, trash cans and more. If bringing a grill into a garage, ensure the propane is turned OFF.
    • Unplug electronics. Unplugging electronic devices can protect them from damage from an electrical surge.
    • Shelter valuable items. Secure valuables away from windows and doors, preferably in a closet or interior room.
    • Fill up your gas tank. Ensure that you have a full tank before an evacuation is ordered and lines build at gas stations. Even if an evacuation doesn’t seem likely, it is wise to have at least a half a tank of gas.
    • Prepare your home. Secure storm shutters, utilize dead bolts and secure all doors and windows.
    • Follow the plan. In times of panic, it is important to think smart. Follow your hurricane plan and use your best judgment.

    FEMA Evacuation Tips:

    • Plan family meeting areas within and outside of your immediate neighborhood.
    • Familiarize yourself with alternate evacuation routes in case of road closures or traffic delays. Choose several destinations in different directions.
    • Leave early to avoid being trapped in the severe weather.
    • Be alert for road hazards including damaged roads and bridges, road closures, fallen trees or downed power lines.
    • Take your emergency kit with you on the road.
    • Bring your pets with you, but realize that only service animals are allowed in most shelters.
  • Hurricane Preparedness Tips Part One

    by Watson Realty | Jun 03, 2014

    Hurricane Season is officially upon us. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts a quiet Hurricane Season for 2014, but that doesn’t lessen the importance of being prepared.

    Predictions call for between eight and 13 named storms, three to six of which being hurricanes. Hurricanes are defined as tropical cyclones with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or higher.

    Major hurricanes are tropical cyclones with maximum sustained winds of 111 mph or higher. The predictions for 2014 call for one or two major hurricanes.

    Hurricane preparedness involves steps needed to be taken in advance, while there are other steps to be completed when a storm is approaching.

    Be sure to remember that predicted storm paths and intensities are purely speculations. Conditions can change quickly so it is important to be prepared even when a storm isn’t predicted to hit or be that strong. Being properly prepared can save lives as well as save your home in the event of a disaster.

    Below are tips on how to keep your home and your family safe in the event of a hurricane.

    Steps to take now:

    • Make roofing repairs to protect your home. Check for loose roof tiles and take steps to re-secure. Check the roof for hurricane straps to secure the structure. Repair any damaged or cracked beams. Check for any roof leaks.
    • Install window covers to protect from wind damage. Window panels, shutters and other products are available to help secure windows in the event of a hurricane.
    • Prepare your yard and landscaping for high winds. Properly trim trees and shrubs to remove any broken limbs. Landscape with shredded bark mulch instead of gravel or stone, which can cause more damage.
    • Clear out gutters. Clean gutters and downspouts allow for better drainage and can prevent roof damage.
    • Prepare an evacuation plan. Determine a plan for your family and safe evacuation routes. Identify local shelter locations. Decide what to do in the event of a major hurricane, when to evacuate, what to do with pets and where to go. Make sure each family member knows and understands the plan.
    • Prepare an emergency/disaster kit. Emergency kits should include a battery-operated radio, extra batteries, flashlights, cash in case ATMs aren’t functioning, a three-day supply of food and water, change of clothes, a first-aid kit and a seven-day supply of medications. Make sure to have at least one gallon of water per person, per day. Also consider any special items that might be needed for infants, elderly or disabled family members. Remember dishes and utensils for food. Don’t forget a can opener to open non-perishable food items.
    • Check your insurance coverage. Check your insurance to make sure you have sufficient coverage in the event of a major storm.
    • Prepare a go kit. A go kit should contain copies of insurance policies, contact information for insurance companies and emergency contacts, a home inventory, extra keys and any important personal or financial records.