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  • Two Watson Realty Corp. Brokers Achieve CRB Designation

    by Watson Realty | Oct 09, 2014

    Orlando, Fla. – Oct. 9, 2014 – Jeff Fagan, regional vice president, and Nancy Shear, vice president/managing broker at the Oviedo office, both recently earned Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) designation by the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers.

     

    “This is a milestone designation. It means I have combined the experiences of hands-on management with practical application of skills learned in a classroom setting,” said Fagan. “I hope the designation and skills learned will make me a better broker for my company.”

     

    Fagan spent three years working towards his CRB designation, which he describes as a personal investment in himself. The required coursework for the CRB designation includes courses on streamlining operating practices, understanding finances and other skills necessary to be a successful brokerage manager.

     

    Shear spent two years pursuing the designation and believes the additional education will help her better serve and assist her agents. She describes her role as an “agents’ broker,” striving to be constantly available to her agents for support.

     

    “I bring knowledge, experience and passion to help my agents become successful, creating a win-win situation for us both,” said Shear. “By understanding the needs of the agents and helping them provide outstanding services, we can together grow the success of our brand and market share.”

     

    The CRB designation is designed to recognize real estate professionals who have the knowledge, skills and professionalism necessary to be successful brokerage managers.

    A broker’s license isn’t required to achieve the designation, but the Realtor® must have at least one year of management experience.

  • SEPTEMBER NEW AGENTS

    by Watson Realty | Oct 08, 2014

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

    Jacksonville Region

    Daugherty, John – Fleming Island

    Dawn Jensen – Intracoastal

    Zoe Tischbein – Mandarin North

    Bill Suggs III, Dawn Lee – Mandarin South

    Aaron Brouse, Laury Latania, Marie Vinson – OP Blanding

    Cassandra L. Agee – OP Oakleaf

    David Corbitt – Ponte Vedra

    Sinda G. Williams – San Marco/San Jose

    Linda C. Garner – South Beach

    Eleana Carrion, Zuleyka Espinosa – Southside

    Jocelyn Allen – St. Johns

    Brittany Golden – West/Chaffee Road

     

    Central/Orlando Region

     

    Sami Belmabkhout, Jeanne Hall – Championsgate

    Jennifer Stokes – DeLand

    William R. Briggs, Marcia Corcoran, Rosa Dreifus, Celia C. Mercado – Heathrow

    Olga Gordasevych, Victor Molina - Kissimmee

    Hulda Capellan, Donna Gilbert, George Lewman, Sky Roberts – Longwood

    Terri Lynn Breary, Stacy McCallister – New Smyrna Beach

    Karla Ryan, Shen Zhou – Orlando SW

    Felipe Rhossard – Oviedo

     

    North Central Region

     

    Larry Jones, Scott Kight, Brad Martin – Amelia Island  

    Janda Brock, Susan Reitnauer – Gainesville

    Blaine P. Draisey, Tim N. Finnegan, Marek Suchocki, Linda Tillman, Jessica Walsh – Palm Coast

    Wayne Colbert Sr. – Putnam County

    Adrian Campbell, Mason Patrou – St. Augustine Beach

    Daniel B. Nash – St. Marys

     

  • Watson Realty Corp. Realtors® Awarded Emeritus REALTOR® Status

    by Watson Realty | Sep 30, 2014

    Jacksonville, Fla. – Sept. 30, 2014 – Four Watson Realty Corp. Realtors® received the REALTOR® Emeritus Status by the National Association of REALTORS® at the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors (NEFAR) Election Luncheon Fri. Sept. 26 at the Jacksonville Marriott.

    Watson Realty Corp. President Ed Forman and sales associates Russell Grooms, Margie Scarborough and Charlotte Branch were all recognized with REALTOR® Emeritus Status for dedicated membership in the National Association of REALTORS® for a cumulative of 40 years.

    “The REALTOR® Emeritus recognizes a Realtor member with forty continuous years of long and faithful service to the real estate industry. REALTOR® Emeritus members have made long term commitments and overcome some major obstacles during their tenure to maintain successful careers,” said William Glenn East, CEO of the NEFAR. “Many have become elite and respected leaders within our Realtor® family. Congratulations to all REALTOR® Emeritus recipients.”

    The three sales associates awarded at the luncheon have had lasting careers as Realtors® as well as at Watson Realty Corp. Grooms is in his 41st year with the company, Branch will be celebrating her 39th year Oct. 1 and Scarborough has been working for Watson Realty Corp. for 31 years.

    “It is a great honor to be recognized for this accomplishment,” said Forman. “This distinguished group has remained dedicated to real estate through industry changes and remained successful.”

    These four REALTOR® Emeritus members join Watson Realty Corp. Founder and Chairman of the Board William A. Watson Jr, Beverly Garvin, vice president/managing broker of the Hidden Hills office, and Steve Carlyon, vice president/managing broker of the Sunbeam office, in REALTOR® Emeritus membership.

  • Congratulations to Watson Commercial Realty, Inc.!

    by Watson Realty | Sep 26, 2014

    Paul Capicchioni, broker/president of Watson Commercial Realty, Inc. is shown with Madeline Holz (Senior Account Executive with CoStar) receiving the 2013 CoStar Top Firm Power Broker Awards in Sales and Leasing for 2013.

    Watson Commercial Realty, Inc. ranked in the top ten over numerous other commercial companies.

    Also shown is a plaque awarded by the Jacksonville Business Journal. Watson Commercial Realty, Inc. was ranked in the top 10 of 25 commercial real estate agencies listed/rated in the Jacksonville Business Journal ‘Book of Lists’ for 2014.

  • Watson Realty Corp. celebrates recent LeadingRE graduates

    by Watson Realty | Sep 12, 2014

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

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

    Grace Pethe – ChampionsGate
    Joe Balla – Corporate
    Kacie Becker – Heathrow
    Cassandra Brown – Hidden Hills
    Lisa Eddy – Jacksonville Relocation
    Roxane Felder – Middleburg
    Fances Mangino – Orlando Relocation
    Zenda Rexroad – Orlando Relocation
    Bill Underwood – Orlando Relocation
    Bill Wicker – Oviedo
    Robert Maguire – St. Augustine

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

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

    Ron Lawson – Clermont
    Belinda Blanton – Deland
    Heather Dumadag – Mandarin North
    Kerry Herbstritt – Mandarin North
    Naomi Hernandez – Mandarin North
    Misty Phillips – Mandarin North
    Roxane Felder – Middleburg
    Frances Mangino – Orlando Relocation
    Jim Wright – Orlando Relocation
    Terri Bennett – Ponte Vedra
    Carol Light – Ponte Vedra
    Russ Lousignont – Southside
    Luis Perez Roman – Southside
    Debby Duenow – St. Augustine
    Madalan Marine – St. Augustine
    Barbara Tatro – St. Augustine
    Michelle Thomas – St. Augustine

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

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

    Grace Pethe – ChampionsGate
    Roxane Felder – Middleburg
    Joe DiMaulo – Oviedo
    Phillip Hughes – Oviedo
    Peter Palmer – Oviedo
    Tony Caribaltes – Southside

    One Watson Realty Corp. team members recently earned the LeadingRE Certified Leader Certification (LCL) through Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Institute online training program.

    Completion of these courses demonstrates an ongoing commitment to management and excellence in leadership.

    Andrew Vold – Wekiva/Longwood

  • AUGUST NEW AGENTS

    by Watson Realty | Sep 05, 2014

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

    Jacksonville Region

    Bridget Ester, Marsha Flock – Atlantic Beach
    Blaine Mitchell – Avondale/Ortega
    Marci Juskowski, Misty Vick – Fleming Island
    Phil Amato, Cynthia Young – Hodges
    Jeff Broekman – Intracoastal
    Erin McElroy – Mandarin North
    Sylvia Stone – Ponte Vedra
    Mirielys Alvarez, Jennifer Grunewald – San Marco/San Jose
    Scott Nelson, Lionel Ledesma – South Beach
    Jeffery Price – Southside
    James Connelly, Jeffrey Schneider – St. Johns

    Central/Orlando Region

    Clayton Sovich, Tom Popadak – Championsgate
    Michael Rodriguez, Carole Mauck, Yolando Rivero – Clermont
    Lisa “Holly” Rabits - DeLand
    Felix Rados Heathrow 
    Jack McCann, Annie Resnick – Longwood
    Jana Collett – New Smyrna Beach
    Jocelyn Klucar, Terry Porter, Jeremie Calo – Oviedo
    Katie Atrat, Hye Sook Cho – Wekiva/Longwood

    North Central Region

    Barbara Wolf, David Wolf, Heather Hagan, Tracey Kail – Amelia Island  
    Sara Cottman, Lloyd Kerr – Gainesville
    Linda O’Malley – Palm Coast
    Butch Puryear – Putnam County
    Christina Vaughn, Gabriela Guevara-Garcia – St. Augustine
    Linda Victory, Brittany Brazell – St. Marys

     

  • Watson Realty Corp. Welcomes Phil Amato to the Hodges Branch Office

    by Watson Realty | Sep 04, 2014

    Jacksonville, Fla. – Sept. 4, 2014 – Watson Realty Corp. is proud to welcome Phil Amato as a sales associate in the Hodges office.

    After working for over 20 years as a morning TV anchor on First Coast News, Amato decided it was time for a change. He wanted to find a career where he didn’t have to wake up at 2:30 a.m. every day. Having a normal schedule will give Amato more time to spend with his wife and two children.

    “I have built a trust with the viewers and the community. I know the city and the unique neighborhoods in Jacksonville. I look forward to helping people sell and buy homes. What better way to do so than with a company that has been here for almost 50 years,” said Amato. “I plan to treat this career like I did the last by showing up on time, working hard and being professional.”

    With over 10 years of experience as a licensed Realtor® and real estate investor in Jacksonville, Amato feels confident assisting other real estate investors and luxury clientele.

    “Every home has a story to tell.  I want to use my abilities as a realtor and journalist to market properties in a groundbreaking way,” said Amato, who will use his expertise shooting and editing high-quality video packages to market the homes he is selling.

    Amato plans to start his own YouTube channel where he will post tips on home selling and show viewers Jacksonville neighborhoods and their histories through short video clips.  He also plans to post frequent video updates on his Facebook page.

    “It is a great honor to welcome Phil to the Watson Realty Corp. family,” said Ed Forman, Watson Realty Corp. president. “His humble personality and experience as a real estate investor will make him a true asset in the Hodges office.”

    For more information, Phil Amato can be reached by phone at 904.466.4035 or via email at philamato@watsonrealtycorp.com.

  • Sharon Voss Named Associate Realtor of the Year by Florida Realtors®

    by Watson Realty | Aug 28, 2014

    Orlando, Fla. – Aug. 28, 2014 – Watson Realty Corp. is very proud of Sharon Voss being honored as Associate Realtor of the Year at the Florida Realtors® Conference and Trade Expo in Orlando on Aug. 14.

    “Sharon has contributed a tremendous amount of dedication and time at the local, state and national levels and is associated with Watson Realty Corp.’s Wekiva/Longwood office,” said William A. Watson Jr., Watson Realty Corp. founder. “We are very proud of Sharon’s outstanding leadership and dedication to home ownership.”

    Voss serves as a director for the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and on NAR’s land use committee. She also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, Toys for Tots, Paws for the Cause, Mother Cabrini’s Society, the Junior Achievement Program and her church.

    “It is a great honor to receive this award and to represent the hardworking Realtors involved with Florida Realtors®,” said Voss. “We are all actively involved in our careers as well as in the communities we serve.”

    Voss has worked for Watson Realty Corp. since 1995 with short breaks. She was named 2012 Orlando Regional Realtor Association’s (ORRA) REALTOR® of the Year and is now the chairman elect for ORRA.

    She has taken additional courses to receive numerous certifications including GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute), CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative) and CIPS (Certified International Property Specialist.)

    Florida Realtors® has presented the Realtor of the Year and Associate Realtor of the Year awards for over 50 years. The Associate Realtor of the Year award honors a Realtor who is not a broker for their lifetime contributions to their local board or association, state and national associations and their own community.

  • Fernandina Beach, Watson Realty Corp.’s 43rd Branch Office, Celebrates Grand Opening

    by Watson Realty | Aug 26, 2014

    Fernandina Beach, Fla. – Aug. 26, 2014 – The Watson Realty Corp. Fernandina Beach branch office’s grand opening and ribbon cutting took place on Aug. 21.

    Attendees celebrated the office opening with refreshments and were welcomed to try out the new interactive storefront.

    With an Interactive Real Estate Storefront, a through-window, cutting-edge touch sensor technology allows customers 24/7 access to listings. The storefront displays utilize heat resistant (blackening-free), ultra-bright LED technology to deliver unblemished visibility, even in direct sunlight.

    “This historic area is a wonderful location to expand our presence on Amelia Island,” said William A. Watson Jr., Watson Realty Corp. founder. “The interactive storefront will make it possible to have a 24-hour presence in this busy area with frequent foot traffic.”

    The interactive storefront is accompanied by a sleek cable display system presenting multiple listings in the window, giving the public access to listings even outside of normal office hours.

    “The interactive storefront will draw attention to the office,” said Eric Eppley, vice president/managing broker of the office. “The technology will cause many exploring the historic district to stop by to try out the touch screens, see our listings and remember the new Watson Realty Corp. office.”

    Historic photos of Amelia Island are also displayed throughout the completely remodeled office, showcasing the historic area that surrounds the office.

    The office is located at 116 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. This prime location will have heavy foot traffic located in the heart of historic downtown Fernandina Beach with 55 blocks of historic buildings, shops, restaurants and entertainment.

  • Watson Realty Corp. celebrates recent LeadingRE graduates

    by Watson Realty | Aug 14, 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 online training program.

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

    Marie Benjamin – Heathrow
    James Benjamin – Heathrow
    Andrew Trotter – Maitland
    Karen Brazda – OP Blanding
    Jeff Baker – Orlando SW
    Peter Palmer – Oviedo
    Tina Arant – Putnam County
    Christine Wyant – St. Augustine
    Valerie Sanders – Watson Referral Realty Inc.

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

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

    Sherri King – Deland
    Andrenia Green – OP Blanding
    Jeff Baker – Orlando SW
    Eve Metlis – Orlando SW
    Joe DiMaulo – Oviedo
    Rocky O’Riley – Ponte Vedra
    Michael Walsh – Ponte Vedra
    Ray Boswer – Wekiva

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

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

    Cathy Laurenzi – Gainesville
    Jan Thompson – Hodges
    Paul Mitchell – Mandarin North
    Karen Brazda – OP Blanding
    Jeff Baker – Orlando SW
    Lisa Miller – Oviedo
    Shalynn Johnson – St. Augustine

  • Watson Realty Corp. Announces Gold Anniversary Cruise Incentive

    by Watson Realty | Aug 12, 2014

    Jacksonville, Fla. – Aug. 12, 2014 – Watson Realty Corp. founder William A. Watson Jr. and president Ed Forman are proud to announce the start of an associate incentive for a chance to take part in a 50th Golden Anniversary Cruise.

    Qualifying sales associates will set sail on the cruise to the eastern Caribbean May 17-24, 2015. A total of 250 double cabins with balconies have been reserved on the Royal Caribbean “Freedom of the Seas.”

    “I recognize that talented, professional associates have helped to make my business what it is today,” said Watson. “For that reason we have added the cruise to our 50th celebration, as a token of my gratitude.”

    The incentive will run from Aug. 12 – Nov. 30, 2014, with new and experienced sales associates having a chance to win. Each office’s vice president/managing broker kicked off their sales meeting this morning with a celebration of this exciting opportunity.

    Associate incentives help foster a successful and rewarding environment. This cruise will be an opportunity for associates to celebrate this occasion and their success together.

    “We believe that this cruise will bring excitement to our associates,” noted Forman. “This incentive and competition will lead to increased associate initiative.”

    After nearly 49 years in business, Watson Realty Corp. is still going strong and consistently providing Legendary Quality Service to accommodate customers’ real estate needs.

  • Pray for Pierce

    by Watson Realty | Aug 08, 2014

    Since finding a hard mass in the abdomen of their 5-month-old son Pierce on June 16, Alex and his wife Kiley Watson have been working tirelessly to find the best care and treatment for their son. Alex Watson, though no relation, is a sales associate at the Watson Realty Corp. Atlantic Beach office.

    On Aug. 4, the Watsons arrived in New York City at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Pierce met his doctors the following day. They began testing and are anxiously awaiting all of the results.

    “It is so hard to know what is best, especially when we’ve been told that if we don’t get it right the first time we are asking for a ‘death sentence’,” Kiley wrote on Facebook when the Watsons decided to get a second opinion on treatment.

    Days after originally discovering the mass, the family was informed it was a malignant tumor, later diagnosed as a neuroblastoma. Pierce had his first surgery June 24, to remove the tumor, which also required the removal of a kidney and several lymph nodes.

    On July 9, Pierce began chemotherapy at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.  The family was notified the next day Pierce’s cancer was very aggressive, dropping his chance of survival to about 50 percent and increasing the amount of treatment needed.

    Family and friends were heartbroken, along with the family, following this diagnosis. The news hit extremely close to home for Geneva Maxwell, a close friend of Alex and Kiley and mother of two children around the age of the Watsons’ boys.

    “Many lives have been touched and changed by this cute, precious baby boy,” said Maxwell. “Life’s problems truly didn’t even seem like problems when we thought about their [the Watsons’] situation and what they were going through. We prayed and asked God to use us in any way he saw fit.”

    Maxwell set up a GoFundMe account for the family and got wristbands manufactured to sell, with the proceeds going to the family.

    After receiving the news about the aggressiveness of Pierce’s condition, the treatment plan and overall outlook for his future, Alex and Kiley decided to get a second opinion by reaching out to Sloan-Kettering in New York City.

    The doctors at Sloan-Kettering were not sure the cancer was amplified and aggressive after looking over the test results from Wolfson.

    “This is absolutely crazy to us,” Kiley explained. “One group of doctors is telling us if we don’t do the most intense treatment possible for him, he will die; and the other is saying he may possibly not need any treatment.”

    Pierce’s oncologist at Wolfson then began to question whether the cancer was aggressive. One test showed that the cancer was amplified and aggressive, while a second test said it was not.

    Pierce’s treatment was put on hold until the family could get more definitive answers. Alex, Kiley and Pierces’ oncologists were all puzzled that the same test could bring different results. After sending out samples again, the results came back the same, with one showing amplified and the other showing non-amplified.

    The Watsons do not want to put Pierce through chemotherapy unless it is absolutely needed. They have read of horror stories about what chemotherapy can do to children so young, including going deaf and infertility among many other possible side effects.

    “He only has one kidney,” noted Alex. “All of the treatment would be processed through that one kidney.”

    Although the hospital bills are the last thing on their minds right now, the bills have inevitably been piling up. The Watsons got approved for government health insurance in late July. Alex is struggling to work and provide for his family while watching over Pierce and his brother Gage, who turns three Aug. 22.

    Support for the family has been overwhelming since the diagnosis and throughout their struggles to decide what treatment is best for Pierce.

    Family friend, Kate Pearce, is organizing a benefit dinner and silent auction for Pierce on Aug. 8 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Riverside. Between dinner tickets and auction proceeds, they are hoping to raise over $10,000 for the family.

    “We wanted to be able to do something substantial and knew we couldn’t do it ourselves,” said Pearce.

    The Watson Realty Corp. Chaffee Road office will be a sponsor of this event. Victoria St. Clair, a sales associate at the Chaffee Road office has been actively involved in raising money for the fundraiser.

    “It is just heartbreaking to know what this family is going through,” St. Clair said. “You can’t be prepared for something like this and I wanted to do anything I could to help out.”

    Many Watson Realty Corp. offices have gotten involved in fundraising and supporting the family.

    “I am so grateful to work for such an amazing company that cares about its associates not only from an administrative level but on an individual level as well,” said Alex. “I am receiving phone calls, letters and emails of support from everyone.”

    There are other ways to support Pierce and his family. Donations can be made to The Watson’s Family Fund on GoFundMe at http://www.gofundme.com/au5m5s. For information on other events, visit prayforpierce.com.  

  • July New Agents

    by Watson Realty | Aug 05, 2014

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

    Jacksonville Region

    Donna Dawson Hernandez – Atlantic Beach
    Katie Donoher, Ankur “Dev” Sharma, Jayne Parker – Avondale/Ortega
    Lesley Smith – Baymeadows/Sunbeam
    Cheryl Woolard, Diane Racioppo, Lateef Warnick, Bryan Kallam – Fleming Island
    Monica Scates, Carmen Llontrop, Cammie McLeod, Lex Gray – Ft. Caroline
    Lana Laskey – Hodges
    Sue Ann Decker – Intracoastal
    Jennifer Howell – Mandarin North
    Vickie Fiore – Mandarin South
    Lynda Williams – Orange Park Blanding
    Blake Meacham – Orange Park Oakleaf
    Carol Ann Spear – Ponte Vedra
    Jeffery Price – Southside
    Victoria Hlavac, Michael Sheppard, Cynthia Magnus, Sebastiana Ayres, Shantel Jackson, Mickey McCoy – St. Johns

    Central/Orlando Region

    Enger Barnes-Webb – Clermont
    Deb Kioukis Heathrow
    Vivian Arroyo, Yvonne Vickers, Renaud Lambert, Jamil Farmer – Kissimmee
    Joanne Prince – Longwood
    Jeremy Kasper – Maitland
    Mark Lake – Mt. Dora
    Barbara Fiorletta – New Smyrna Beach
    Natalie Lewis – Orlando SW
    Heather Sikes, Shannon Armstrong, Phillip Hughes, Peter Palmer, Laura McCarthy – Oviedo
    Linda Rode – Port Orange
    Nicole Myers, V. Mickie Rodriguez – Wekiva/Longwood  

    North Central Region

    Candace Fasano, Angela Garcia – Amelia Island
    Larayne Wilson – Gainesville
    Debra LaPorte – Middleburg
    Lotte Kassebaum – Palm Coast
    Kathleen “Kate” Franzese, Sharon Ford – St. Augustine

  • 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 South 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.