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  • Buying vs. Renting a Home Solar System

    by Watson Realty | Mar 06, 2015

    Looking for ways to cut costs as a homeowner? Go solar!

    According to Consumer Reports, installing a solar system at home can reduce your utility bills by 50 percent or more. And solar systems are here to stay – the U.S. Department of Energy expects 900,000 homes will have a solar component by 2020.

    Before you hire a solar specialist, consider how much direct sunlight your home gets on any given day, in any season. Homeowners with more exposure to sunlight will have greater opportunities for savings. It’s also important to evaluate the exterior of your home – an older roof will not be an ideal platform for solar paneling.

    If you’ve determined that your home is well-equipped for a solar system, your next step is to decide whether you’d like to finance your own system or lease one from a reputable company. Installation can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $50,000, but you’ll immediately profit once the system is paid for. The government also provides tax credits and rebates which may lower costs overall.

    Leasing a system may be a better option if you anticipate rate hikes in the future. A contract generally lasts for 20 years, so talk to your utility provider about foreseeable increases. It’s also a good idea to research past increases to gauge how volatile any changes may be over the next few years. Contracts typically include an escalation schedule that indicates expected payments over the life of the lease, so compare those with information from your utility provider to make the best decision.

    Whether you plan to buy or lease your home’s solar system, be sure to shop around for estimates. A professional contractor will suggest the optimal size needed for your home and outline projected savings.

    Source: Consumer Reports 

  • Dealing with Spring Allergies

    by Watson Realty | Mar 06, 2015

    After a long and hard winter, most of us are looking forward to spring. Spring is the season when birds chirp, grass grows and cool and nice breezes welcome you outside. While the season has its joys and moments, there are some of us who suffer from seasonal allergies in the spring. This often makes outdoor activities extremely challenging for them.

    The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America suggest that pollen from trees, weeds and grass can start as early as February. That is when symptoms like congestion, runny nose, sneezing and watery eyes kick in.

    Allergies are caused by our body's overreaction to certain substances. They can range from sneezing to breaking out in hives. People are allergic to different things including pollen, molds, animal dander and harmless proteins in the environment. According to Dr. Marina Gafanovich, MD, “Seasonal allergies are triggered by substances that are more common at particular times of the year, like pollen. Your body reacts with some kind of inflammation, which produces a lot of annoying symptoms.”

    In the early part of spring, yellow pollen is everywhere—on our cars, our driveways, and our grass. In addition, there are pollen particles that are not visible to the naked eye. Pollen can be extremely bothersome for people with allergies and often triggers classic symptoms of allergic rhinitis including sneezing, runny nose, nasal stuffiness, itchy eyes, nose, ears or throat, sinus pressure and postnasal drainage. In some people, seasonal allergic rhinitis also results in itchy or inflamed skin.

    The most effective strategy for dealing with pollen is to avoid exposure to it. However, that is difficult to achieve since pollen is everywhere. Those suffering from such allergies can use antihistamines or nasal steroids/nasal antihistamines. It's best to use the medicines as per the guidelines of your physician. However, allergic rhinitis is treatable and there is no reason why you should suffer from it and not be able to enjoy spring.  

    If you suffer from allergies, it is recommended that you keep the windows in your house closed. Always take off your shoes before entering the house and wipe down pets if they've been outside. For those of you who suffer from serious allergies, try to avoid going outside early in the morning since pollen count is very high at that time. If you have to work in the yard, wear a paper mask.

    You can check the pollen count in your area by reviewing reports from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI). You can sign up for daily updates to be aware of how the day will be.

    Always keep your place is dust-free. Vacuum thoroughly and make sure you clean crevices where dust particles can set in. Clean carpets, pillows, curtains, furniture and under the bed. There are ways you can boost your immune system. Some immune-friendly foods and supplements include onions, apples, coconut oil, honey and olive leaf complex. Honey is soothing for the throat; green tea also has many healing compounds. Quercetin and stinging nettle can also help combat sneezing, itchy eyes and runny nose.

    Spring is the season of bloom and joy. People with seasonal allergies can also enjoy the season as long as they take some precautionary measures to protect them from harmful substances.

    Sources: http://www.mynycdoctor.com, http://www.aafa.org/

    Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2015. All rights reserved.

  • Watson Realty Corp. Celebrates 2014 Performance At Jacksonville Region Awards Ceremony

    by Watson Realty | Mar 06, 2015

    Watson Realty Corp. recently celebrated associates and offices in the Jacksonville region for their exemplary performances in 2014 at the 49th annual awards ceremony, held at the Adam W. Herbert University Center at the University of North Florida. The Jacksonville region had an outstanding year in 2014, with more than $1.43 BILLION in closed volume. This helped the company to achieve more than $2.61 billion in closed volume for 2014!

    Circle of Honor for Listings Award

    The Circle of Honor for Listings Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who had one new listing each month of 2014.

    Canard Thomas, North Jacksonville
    Colleen Bording, Hidden Hills
    Jon Singleton, Avondale/Ortega
    Dawn DuBose, Mandarin South
    John Richardson, Ponte Vedra

    Circle of Honor for Sales Award

    The Circle of Honor for Sales Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who had one new pending sale each month of 2014.

    Carol Foster, Fort Caroline
    Ellen Dittman, Orange Park Blanding
    Debbie Miller, North Jacksonville
    Antoinette Jackson and Tiffany Hardy, North Jacksonville
    Juliette Vaughn, Sunbeam/Baymeadows
    Stephanie Saylor, West/Chaffee Road
    Wanda Taylor, West/Chaffee Road
    Joseph Poletto, San Marco/San Jose
    Richard Bain, Orange Park Oakleaf
    Janine Basford, Southside
    Regina Sooey, Southside
    Will Vasana, Southside
    Reginald Fountain, Avondale/Ortega
    Sharon Mills, Hodges
    Paula and Antonio Pou, Hodges
    Sallie and Fred Ross, Fleming Island
    Ro Andrade, Fleming Island
    Ellen Snider, Fleming Island
    Kevin Evans, St. Johns
    Angela Tharp, St. Johns
    Doris Arnold, Mandarin North
    Jennifer Cate, Mandarin North
    Renea Downes, Mandarin North
    Team Walker/Vergales (Angela Walker and Howard Vergales), Mandarin North
    Teresa Akel, Mandarin South
    Barbara Maple, Ponte Vedra
    Patti Mohr, Ponte Vedra

    Circle of Honor for Excellence Award

    The Circle of Honor for Excellence Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who had one new listing AND one new pending sale each month of 2014.

    Wickham/Timmons Team (Sabrina Wickham and Justin Timmons), Sunbeam/Baymeadows
    Camie Hastings, West/Chaffee Road
    Susan Krawczyk, West/Chaffee Road
    DeCastro/Erickson Team (Leona DeCastro and Andria Erickson), Hidden Hills
    Sandy Miller, Intracoastal
    Jan Shields, Atlantic Beach
    Keith Kennedy, Atlantic Beach
    Menton/Ballou Team (Lisa Menton, George Ballou II, Jamie Ballou, and Annette Blackford), St. Johns
    Team Bay (Bill and Nina Bay), St. Johns
    Joanie Heighes, Mandarin South
    Randy Martin, Mandarin South
    Debbie Shagnea, Mandarin South

    President’s Award

    The President’s Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who closed a volume of $3-$5 Million in 2014.

    Missi Howell, Ponte Vedra
    Debra Dooney, Ponte Vedra
    Jim Ross, Ponte Vedra
    Summers Team (Jean Summers and Dan Summers), Ponte Vedra
    Jeanie Leapley, Ponte Vedra
    Kay Kennedy and George Lewis, Ponte Vedra
    Daryl Atkins, Ponte Vedra
    Teresa Akel, Mandarin South
    Leslie Taylor, Mandarin South
    Mary Espling-Gonzalez, Mandarin South
    Teresa Clark, Mandarin South
    Judy Lassiter, Mandarin North
    Susan Fraser, Mandarin North
    Kathy Akel, Mandarin North
    Gary Harlow, Mandarin North
    David Podiva, Mandarin North
    Paul Mitchell, Mandarin North
    Jill Chappano, Mandarin North
    Jennifer Cate, Mandarin North
    Renea Downes, Mandarin North
    Stella Alexander, St. Johns
    Kevin Evans, St. Johns
    Norita Birdsong, Atlantic Beach
    Bill Bacher, Atlantic Beach
    Joan Morton, Atlantic Beach
    Anita Hiles, Intracoastal
    Tom Moore, Intracoastal
    Ron Courchaine, Intracoastal
    Lori Loving, Intracoastal
    Marc Jernigan, Fleming Island
    Shelly Zeisel, Fleming Island
    John Warner, Fleming Island
    Melissa Marro, Fleming Island
    Marianne Fearon, Hodges
    Karen Cook, Hodges
    Sharon and Danny McMullen, Hodges
    Mary Ann Conley, Hodges
    Sue Holt, Hodges
    Vicki Flannery, Avondale/Ortega
    Waldrip Team (Keith Waldrip and Terri Cornell), Avondale/Ortega
    Susan Hopkins, Avondale/Ortega
    Belinda Fletcher, Avondale/Ortega
    Maxine Kelley, Avondale/Ortega
    Taft Alexander, Avondale/Ortega
    Flo Bliss, Avondale/Ortega
    Bryan Gates, Avondale/Ortega
    Jeri Gething, Hidden Hills
    Laura Rosener, Hidden Hills
    Jill Marquez, Hidden Hills
    Nimira Dharssi, Southside
    Tony Caribaltes, Southside
    Regina Sooey, Southside
    Faye Parker, Southside
    Will Vasana, Southside
    Janine Basford, Southside
    Kaya Frechette, Orange Park Oakleaf
    Gerard Nicholson, Orange Park Oakleaf
    Shelby Holmes, Orange Park Oakleaf
    Gonzalo Mejia, San Marco/San Jose
    Anil Pathak, San Marco/San Jose
    Bruce Homeyer, San Marco/San Jose
    Sandra Scott, San Marco/San Jose
    Pam Fore, West/Chaffee Road
    Wanda Taylor, West/Chaffee Road
    Camie Hastings, West/Chaffee Road
    Stephanie Saylor, West/Chaffee Road
    Marilyn Stewart, Sunbeam/Baymeadows
    Impact Team (Millie Kanyar and Diana Galavis), South Beach
    Samantha Heflin, North Jacksonville
    Debbie Miller, North Jacksonville
    Ellen Dittman, Orange Park Blanding
    Carol Foster, Fort Caroline

    Watson Title Award

    The Watson Title Award recognizes the Watson Realty Corp. sales associate with the highest number of closings in 2014.

    1st Place – Menton and Ballou Group (Lisa Menton, George II Ballou, Jamie Ballou, and Annette Blackford), St. Johns
    2nd Place – Joanie Heighes, Mandarin South
    3rd Place – Darlene Joseph, Mandarin North
    4th Place – Susan Krawczyk, West/Chaffe Road
    Highest Capture Rate – Orange Park Oakleaf
    Highest Number of Closings – Mandarin North

    Property Management Award

    Associate with the Most Referrals – David Carter, Ponte Vedra
    Office with the Most Referrals – Fleming Island

    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.

    Kevin Evans, St. Johns

    Rising Star Award

    The Rising Star Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who were licensed in 2014 and closed over $1 million in volume or had 10 new listings.

    Sarah Helfer, South Beach    
    Brenda Hudnall, Southside    
    Luis Perez-Roman, Southside
    Stephanie Henderson, Southside       
    Jason Wedenfeller, Hidden Hills
    Melissa Hawkinson, Fleming Island
    Joshua Flamm, Atlantic Beach
    Mia Janowski, Mandarin North         
    Katie Covey, Mandarin North 

    Watson Relocation Award

    Associate with the Most Closed Outgoing Referrals – Debbie Shagnea, Mandarin South
    Award of Excellence – Mandarin North

    Silver Pinnacle Award

    The Silver Pinnacle Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who closed a volume of $5-$10 Million in 2014.

    Juliette Vaughn, Sunbeam/Baymeadows
    Harold Isgette, Hidden Hills
    David Faehnrich, Orange Park Blanding
    Richard Bain, Orange Park Oakleaf
    Lisa Martinelli, Mandarin South
    Rhonda Gummerman, Ponte Vedra
    Sharon McEleny, Hodges
    Ro Andrade, Fleming Island
    Michele Stewart, Ponte Vedra
    Angie Clausen, Intracoastal
    Bowen Team (Felicia and Greg Bowen), Avondale/Ortega
    Susan Krawczyk, West/Chaffee Road
    Laura Brannen, Mandarin North
    Gina Sharp, St. Johns
    Jim Zeller, Ponte Vedra
    Sherry Martello, Hidden Hills
    Teri Lundgren, Mandarin North
    Colleen Bording, Hidden Hills
    Cammy and Richard Ray, Ponte Vedra
    Rolnick Team (Mary Ann Rolnick and Scott Rolnick), Intracoastal
    Cindy Balla, St. Johns
    Kim Brown, Mandarin South
    Joseph Poletto, San Marco/San Jose
    Karen DeLoach, Ponte Vedra
    Keith Kennedy, Atlantic Beach
    Patti Mohr, Ponte Vedra
    Toni Randall, Hodges
    David Neves, St. Johns
    Kimberly King, Mandarin North
    Paula and Antonio Pou, Hodges
    Evelyn and Steve Martin, Intracoastal
    Darlene Joseph, Mandarin North
    Katherine Etheridge, Mandarin North
    Sallie and Fred Ross, Fleming Island
    Rhiannon Myers, Fleming Island
    DeCastro/Erickson Team (Leona DeCastro and Andria Erickson), Hidden Hills
    Angela Tharp, St. Johns
    Betsy Picot, St. Johns
    Team Walker/Vergales (Angela Walker and Howard Vergales), Mandarin North
    Neil Avery, Fleming Island
    Wickham/Timmons Team (Sabrina Wickham and Justin Timmons), Sunbeam/Baymeadows
    David Gatto, South Beach
    Team Bay (Bill and Nina Bay), St. Johns
    Kim Martin, St. Johns
    Pat Crossen, Sunbeam/Baymeadows

    Watson Mortgage Award

    Top Capture Rate – Mandarin South
    Top Office Volume – Mandarin South
    Top Referring Agent – Debbie Shagnea, Mandarin South

    American Home Shield Award

    Top Office for Warranty Production – Mandarin North
    Highest Number of Warranties – Sandy Miller, Intracoastal

    Watson Commercial Award

    Commercial Agent of the Year – Bill Little

    Highest Number of Listings Sold

    1st Place – Debbie Shagnea, Mandarin South
    2nd Place – Jan Shields, Atlantic Beach

    Top Office by Closed Volume

    Ponte Vedra

    Gold Pinnacle Award

    The Gold Pinnacle Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who closed a volume of $10-$25 Million in 2014.

    LeRoy Team (Debra LeRoy, Pat LeRoy, and Ann Milanes), Fleming Island
    Paula Powell, Intracoastal
    Dawn DuBose, Mandarin South
    Paula Carlson, Southside
    Joanie Heighes, Mandarin South
    Elise and Murray Beard, Ponte Vedra
    Barbara Maple, Ponte Vedra
    Jon Singleton, Avondale/Ortega
    Sharon Mills, Hodges
    Doris Arnold, Mandarin North
    John Richardson, Ponte Vedra
    David Butler and Clair Corbett, San Marco/San Jose and Mandarin North
    Sandy Miller, Intracoastal
    Randy Martin, Mandarin South
    Missy DeKay, Ponte Vedra

    Platinum Pinnacle Award

    The Platinum Pinnacle Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who closed a volume of $25-$50 Million in 2014.

    Menton and Ballou Group (Lisa Menton, George Ballou II, Jamie Ballou, and Annette Blackford), St. Johns
    Debbie Shagnea, Mandarin South

    The Crown Award

    The Crown Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who closed a volume of $50-$75 Million in 2014.

    Jan Shields, Atlantic Beach

  • Watson Realty Corp. Celebrates 2014 Performance At Central Florida Region Awards Ceremony

    by Watson Realty | Feb 26, 2015

    Watson Realty Corp. recently celebrated associates and offices in the Central Florida region for their exemplary performances in 2014 at the 49th annual awards ceremony, held at the Westin Lake Mary at Orlando North. The Central Florida region had an outstanding year in 2014, with more than $624 million in closed volume. This helped the company to achieve more than $2.61 BILLION in closed volume for 2014!

    Circle of Honor for Listings Award

    The Circle of Honor for Listings Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who had one new listing each month of 2014.

    Virginia Bellhorn, Oviedo

    Circle of Honor for Sales Award

    The Circle of Honor for Sales Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who had one new pending sale each month of 2014.

    Linda Lake and Christine Tangusso, Mount Dora
    Eve Metlis, SW Orlando
    Alan Norris, Heathrow
    Fred Fair, New Smyrna Beach
    Marjorie Palmer, New Smyrna Beach
    Jan Cantu, Wekiva/Longwood
    Lori Clark, Port Orange
    Helen Weaver, Kissimmee
    Becky Singleton, DeLand
    Terrie White, DeLand
    Monique McGuire, Clermont
    Diane Reis, Clermont

    Circle of Honor for Excellence Award

    The Circle of Honor for Excellence Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who had one new listing AND one new pending sale each month of 2014.

    Russie Weidl, Heathrow
    Stephen Gardner, Port Orange
    Kelley Team, Kissimmee
    Nieves Team, Kissimmee
    Jane Crosby, DeLand
    Bruno Lodwig, DeLand
    Paul Hutton, DeLand

    President’s Award

    The President’s Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who closed a volume of $3-$5 Million in 2014.

    Dennis Hjorten, Clermont
    Brenda Anglad, Clermont
    Ellen Tidwell, Clermont
    Kris Persaud, Clermont
    Mike and Colleen Taylor, Clermont
    Camille Ruiz, Clermont
    Shari Lawrence, DeLand
    Paul Hutton, DeLand
    Bruno Lodwig, DeLand
    Monica Menegay, DeLand
    Aistrop Team, Kissimmee
    Cliff Clover, Kissimmee
    Bill Sirigas, Kissimmee
    Stephen Gardner, Port Orange
    Barbara Davis, Port Orange
    Tara Warnock, Port Orange
    Dexter Copp, Port Orange
    Gail Sneed, Port Orange
    Charlie Cuccia, Oviedo
    Jan Cantu, Wekiva/Longwood
    Kim Adorante, New Smyrna Beach
    Fred Fair, New Smyrna Beach
    Chandra Maraj, Championsgate
    Andre’ Hernandez, Championsgate
    Vicki Bray-Fagan, Heathrow
    Alan Norris, Heathrow
    Anne-Marie Ferraro, Longwood
    Elisa Edwards, Maitland
    Lee Cameron, Maitland
    Tricia Ramsby, Maitland
    Maribel Zimeri, Maitland
    Shirley Welch, Maitland
    Gloria Plesko, SW Orlando
    Charisma Marin, SW Orlando
    Beverley Stanton, SW Orlando
    Judy Huff, SW Orlando

    Watson Title Award

    The Watson Title Award recognizes the Watson Realty Corp. sales associate with the highest number of closings in 2014.

    Associate with highest number of closings in 2014 – Russie Weidl, Heathrow
    Highest Number of Closings – DeLand
    Highest Capture Rate – Championsgate

    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.

    Helen Weaver, Kissimmee

    Rising Star Award

    The Rising Star Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who were licensed in 2014 and closed over $1 million in volume or had 10 new listings.

    Nikki Ansons, Championsgate
    Sue Webb, Championsgate
    Tim Veigle, Oviedo
    Ada Tancun, Kissimmee
    Chuck Shaver, DeLand

    Watson Relocation Award

    Associate with the Most Closed Outgoing Referrals – Lorraine Weaver, Longwood
    Award of Excellence – Oviedo
    Relocation Specialist Silver Pinnacle Awards – Frank Dahlstrom, Greg Rokeh, Jim Wright

    Silver Pinnacle Award

    The Silver Pinnacle Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who closed a volume of $5-$10 Million in 2014.

    Lori Clark, Port Orange
    Virginia Bellhorn, Oviedo
    Lynda Miller, Wekiva/Longwood
    Monique McGuire, Clermont
    Mike Long, Oviedo
    Don Migliore, Championsgate
    Eve Metlis, SW Orlando
    Linda Lake and Christine Tangusso, Mount Dora
    Nieves Team, Kissimmee
    Cindy Walker, New Smyrna Beach
    Sandy and Mike Simmonds, Clermont
    Kistler/Ward Team, Oviedo
    Sara Jo Rusch, Maitland
    Becky Singleton, DeLand
    Kelley Team, Kissimmee
    Diane Reis, Clermont
    Bob Stein, Port Orange
    Chris Bunnell, SW Orlando
    Ruddy Team, Longwood
    Patsy Bradley, New Smyrna Beach
    Terrie White, DeLand

    Watson Mortgage Award

    Top Capture Rate – Longwood
    Top Office Volume – Kissimmee
    Top Referring Agent – Ben Deal, Kissimmee

    American Home Shield Award

    Top Office for Warranty Production – Oviedo
    Highest Number of Warranties – Terrie White, DeLand

    Property Management Award

    Associate with the Most Referrals – Jeannie Fowler, Clermont
    Office with the Most Referrals – Clermont

    Highest Number of Listings Sold

    1st Place – Jane Crosby, DeLand
    2nd Place – Russie Weidl, Heathrow

    Top Offices by Closed Volume

    1st Place – Clermont
    2nd Place – DeLand

    Gold Pinnacle Award

    The Gold Pinnacle Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who closed a volume of $10-$25 Million in 2014.

    Russie Weidl, Heathrow
    Jane Crosby, DeLand

  • Watson Realty Corp. Celebrates 2014 Performance At North Central Region Awards Ceremony

    by Watson Realty | Feb 23, 2015

    Watson Realty Corp. recently celebrated associates and offices in the North Central region for their exemplary performances in 2014 at the 49th annual awards ceremony, held at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village. The North Central region had an outstanding year in 2014, with more than $492 million in closed volume. This helped the company to achieve more than $2.61 BILLION in closed volume for 2014! 

    Circle of Honor for Listings Award

    The Circle of Honor for Listings Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who had one new listing each month of 2014.

    Holly Peters, Middleburg
    Richard DeCeglie, Palm Coast
    Julie VanBeek, Gainesville

    Circle of Honor for Sales Award

    The Circle of Honor for Sales Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who had one new pending sale each month of 2014.

    Nancy BarBera, Keystone Heights
    Doug Tackett, Middleburg
    Farnsworth Team, Amelia Island
    Charles Paxton, Gainesville
    Chad Shaffer, Gainesville
    Jacalone Team, St. Augustine
    Tatro/Marine Team, St. Augustine
    Gayle Logan, St. Augustine Beach
    Elaine Wallace, St. Augustine Beach
    Jamie Jo Cribbs, St. Augustine Beach

    Circle of Honor for Excellence Award

    The Circle of Honor for Excellence Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who had one new listing AND one new pending sale each month of 2014.

    Rita Hall, St. Mary’s
    Danny Green, Palm Coast
    Team Johnson, St. Augustine
    Gaffney Team, St. Augustine
    Crum-Gachet Team, St. Augustine Beach

    President’s Award

    The President’s Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who closed a volume of $3-$5 Million in 2014.

    Deborah Krantz, St. Augustine Beach
    Margo Marshall, St. Augustine Beach
    Jamie Jo Cribbs, St. Augustine Beach
    Tony Bosco, St. Augustine Beach
    Danny Ebersold, St. Augustine
    Sheila Clark, St. Augustine
    Debby Duenow, St. Augustine
    Dawn Gould, St. Augustine
    Deirdre Murphy, Gainesville
    Heather Surrency, Gainesville
    Kathleen MacDowell, Gainesville
    Tessie Redmer, Gainesville
    Mike Weseman, Gainesville
    Preuss, Paetsch, Prey Team, Amelia Island
    Danny Green, Palm Coast
    David Alfin, Palm Coast
    Bob and Barb Johanson, Palm Coast
    Dana Davis, Palm Coast
    Richard DeCeglie, Palm Coast
    Mark Hewchuk, Palm Coast
    Don Bowman, Middleburg
    Holly Peters, Middleburg
    Karrie Forrester, Middleburg
    Deborah Taylor, Keystone Heights
    Sandra Smith, Putnam County
    Brenda Bond, Putnam County 

    Watson Title Award

    The Watson Title Award recognizes the Watson Realty Corp. sales associate with the highest number of closings in 2014.

    1st Place – Danny Green, Palm Coast
    2nd Place – Holly Peters, Middleburg
    3rd Place – Richard DeCeglie, Palm Coast, Tina Kidd and Sam Sell, Amelia Island

    Highest Capture Rate – Palm Coast

    Highest Number of Closings – Palm Coast

    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.

    Troy Criss, Gainesville

    Rising Star Award

    The Rising Star Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who were licensed in 2014 and closed over $1 million in volume or had 10 new listings.

    Jackie Frye, St. Mary’s
    Michele Scarponi, St. Augustine
    Marilyn Williams, St. Augustine
    Ali Burchfield, St. Augustine Beach

    Watson Relocation Award

    Associate with the Most Closed Outgoing Referrals – David Alfin, Palm Coast
    Award of Excellence – St. Augustine

    Silver Pinnacle Award

    The Silver Pinnacle Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who closed a volume of $5-$10 Million in 2014.

    Rosemarie and Tom Tallaksen, Palm Coast
    Tatro/Marine Team, St. Augustine
    Julie VanBeek, Gainesville
    Farnsworth Team, Amelia Island
    Bonne Jones, St. Augustine Beach
    Sam Sell and Tina Kidd, Amelia Island
    Jonathan Colon, Gainesville
    Susan McEwen, Amelia Island
    Gayle Logan, St. Augustine Beach
    O’Connor-Stires, St. Augustine
    Jacalone Team, St. Augustine
    Ford Team, St. Augustine
    Rita Hall, St. Mary’s
    Dori Dekle, St. Augustine

    Watson Mortgage Award

    Top Capture Rate – Palm Coast
    Top Office Volume – Palm Coast
    Top Referring Agent – Tina Raulerson, Middleburg

    American Home Shield Award

    Top Office for Warranty Production – St. Augustine
    Highest Number of Warranties – Rita Hall, St. Mary’s

    Property Management Award

    Associate with the Most Referrals – Donna LaTorre, Gainesville
    Office with the Most Referrals – Gainesville

    Highest Number of Listings Sold

    1st Place – Team Johnson, St. Augustine
    2nd Place – Crum-Gachet Team, St. Augustine Beach 

    Top Offices by Closed Volume

    1st Place – St. Augustine Beach
    2nd Place – St. Augustine

    Gold Pinnacle Award

    The Gold Pinnacle Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who closed a volume of $10-$25 Million in 2014.

    Team Johnson, St. Augustine
    Elaine Wallace, St. Augustine Beach
    Gaffney Team, St. Augustine

    Platinum Pinnacle Award

    The Platinum Pinnacle Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who closed a volume of $25-$50 Million in 2014. 

    Crum-Gachet Team, St. Augustine Beach

  • Watson Realty Corp. Celebrates Recent LeadingRE Graduates

    by Watson Realty | Feb 18, 2015

    Nine Watson Realty Corp. team members recently earned the LeadingRE Relocation Specialist Certification (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.

    Wendy Andrews – Central Florida Relocation
    Chauncey Behrens – ChampionsGate
    Dionne Campbell – EBusiness
    Lex Gray – Fort Caroline
    Linda O’Malley – Palm Coast
    Rom Borna – Ponte Vedra
    Jon Howell – South Beach
    Corey Clement – St. Augustine
    Shalynn Johnson – St. Augustine

    Nine 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.

    Debbi Brinegar – Clermont
    Heather Adrian – Kissimmee
    Jeremy Kasper – Maitland
    Sanjeev Malik – Oviedo
    Jim Blankenship – Ponte Vedra
    David Corbitt – Ponte Vedra
    Shannon Kay Boahn – St. Augustine
    Christina Vaughn – St. Augustine
    Anna Formica – St. Johns

    Six 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.

    Jeremy Kasper – Maitland
    Leanne Ralph – Maitland
    Shannon Kay Boahn – St. Augustine
    Madalan Marine – St. Augustine
    Barbara Tatro – St. Augustine
    Christina Vauhgn – St. Augustine

  • Borrowers Who Refinanced in 2014 Saved Billions in Interest Payments

    by Watson Realty | Feb 10, 2015
    Freddie Mac recently released the results of its fourth quarter 2014 quarterly refinance analysis, showing that borrowers are continuing to take advantage of near record low mortgage rates to lower their monthly payments, shorten their loan terms and overwhelmingly choosing the safety of long-term fixed-rate mortgages as they closed out the year. Borrowers who refinanced in 2014 will save on net approximately $5 billion in interest over the next 12 months. This release of the report also contains annual statistics on refinances for the 22 largest metropolitan areas and four Census regions of the U.S.

    "Our latest refinance report shows the refinance boom continued to wind down as the pool of potential borrowers declined over the course of 2014,” says Len Kiefer, Freddie Mac deputy chief economist. “However, because mortgage rates fell in the fourth quarter of last year, we actually saw the share of refinance originations tick up a bit despite volumes being down, a similar trend we expect to see for the first quarter of 2015 as mortgage rates have moved even lower. Lower mortgage rates, coupled with greater house prices appreciation last year, also brought about a larger share of borrowers cashing out home equity at the time of refinance. However, while the percentage is up, the total dollar amount declined by nearly $1 billion from the third quarter of 2014, and nearly $4.6 billion from the fourth quarter 2013."

    The net dollars of home equity converted to cash as part of a refinance remained low compared to historical volumes. In the fourth quarter, an estimated $6.7 billion in net home equity was cashed out during a refinance of conventional prime-credit home mortgages, down from a revised $7.6 billion the previous quarter. For the full year, an estimated $24 billion in net home equity was cashed out, down from $28.6 billion in 2013. The peak in cash-out refinance volume was $84 billion during the second quarter of 2006, with an annual volume of $320.6 billion. Adjusted for inflation, annual cash-out volumes during 2010 through 2014 have been the smallest since 1997.

    Of borrowers who refinanced during the fourth quarter of 2014, 34 percent shortened their loan term, down from 35 percent from the previous quarter. Further, 35 percent of those who refinanced outside of HARP took out a shorter-term loan, while 33 percent of HARP borrowers shortened their term. Borrowers who kept the same term as the loan that they had paid off represented 60 percent and only 6 percent chose to lengthen their loan term.

    The average interest rate reduction in the fourth quarter was about 1.3 percentage points -- a savings of about 23 percent. On a $200,000 loan, that translates into saving about $2,500 in interest during the next 12 months. Homeowners who refinanced through HARP during the fourth quarter of 2014 benefited from an average rate reduction of 1.6 percentage points and will save an average of $3,300 in interest during the first 12 months or about $275 every month.

    About 71 percent of those who refinanced their first-lien home mortgage maintained about the same loan amount or lowered their principal balance by paying in additional money at the closing table. That's shy of the 88 percent peak during the second quarter of 2012.

    More than 95 percent of refinancing borrowers chose a fixed-rate loan. Fixed-rate loans were preferred regardless of what the original loan product had been. For example, 67 percent of borrowers who had a hybrid ARM refinanced into a fixed-rate loan during the fourth quarter. In contrast, only 4 percent of borrowers who had a fixed-rate loan chose an ARM.

    For all other (non-HARP) refinances during the fourth quarter, the median property value was up 5 percent between the dates of placement of the old loan and the new refinance loan. The prior loan had a median age of 5.8 years and 35 percent of borrowers shortened their loan term.

    In metro areas where house price declines were more severe, the share of "cash-out" borrowers was smaller. Median house values on refinance loans have declined in eleven of the 22 large metro areas included in the report, with the sharpest declines in Detroit and Tampa. Of the 22 areas, San Francisco and Houston were the metro areas where median house prices increased the most.

    For more information, visit www.FreddieMac.com.
  • Q: What Is Seller Financing?

    by Watson Realty | Feb 10, 2015

    A: Also known as a purchase money mortgage, it is when the seller agrees to “lend” money to the buyer to purchase and close on the seller’s home. Usually sellers do this when money is tight, interest rates are high or when a buyer has difficulty qualifying for a conventional loan or meeting the purchase price.

    Seller financing differs from a traditional loan because the seller does not actually give the buyer cash to complete the purchase, as does the lender.  Instead, it involves issuing a credit against the purchase price of the home.  The buyer executes a promissory note or trust deed in the seller's favor.

    The seller may take back a second note or finance the entire purchase if he owns the home free and clear.

    The buyer makes a sizeable down payment and agrees to pay the seller directly every month.

    The interest rate on a purchase money note is negotiable, as are the other terms in a seller-financed transaction, and is generally influenced by current Treasury bill and certificate of deposit rates. The rate may be higher than those on conventional loans, and the length of the loan shorter, anywhere from five to 15 years.

  • Watson Realty Corp. Nominated for Achievement Awards to be Presented at Global Real Estate Conference

    by Watson Realty | Jan 30, 2015

    Jacksonville, FL – Jan. 30, 2015 – Watson Realty Corp. has been nominated for several Member Achievement Awards from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), a global network of more than 500 top real estate firms.  Award winners will be announced at the network’s annual conference on February 12 at Wynn Las Vegas. More than 2,500 top real estate professionals will participate in the network’s conference week, with representatives from 20 countries.      

    Watson Realty Corp. has been nominated for the following awards:

    • The network’s highest recognition, the Diamond Award
    • Website Quality Certification (WQC)
    • Best LeadingRE Branding Award
    • OUR WORLD Community Engagement
    • Outstanding Institute Participation
    • Excellence for Sales Production
    • Excellence for Referral Production
    • Top 5 – Most Outgoing Closings
    • Global Alliance – Most Outgoing Closings
    • Brokerage Award – Customer Experience Transaction of the Year

    “We are delighted to honor our top performing companies each year at our Annual Conference,” said Pam O’Connor, president/CEO of LeadingRE. “These companies have earned distinction among the top firms in the industry, and we commend them for the important role they play in the communities they serve and in our network.”

    Watson Realty Corp. had an outstanding year in 2014 with more than $2.6 billion in closed sales volume or 13,841 transaction sides, and is honored to be a founding member of LeadingRE and a four-time recipient of the Diamond Award.

    Watson Realty Corp. is the North and Central Florida representative of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (www.LeadingRE.com), the largest network of premier locally-branded firms producing over one million annual home sale transactions. LeadingRE provides its affiliates with an extensive range of brokerage services, which 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 WatsonRealtyCorp.com or call 800.257.5143.

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

    by Watson Realty | Jan 16, 2015

    Watson Realty Corp. would like to recognize and congratulate the top Salespersons, Listers, and Rookies of the Month for December 2014.

    Jacksonville and North Central Regions

    Salespersons of the Month

    Jan Shields – Salesperson of the Month Jacksonville – Atlantic Beach
    Crum/Gachet Team – Salesperson of the Month North Central – St. Augustine Beach
    Farnsworth/Holland Team – Amelia Island
    Cynthia Nelson – Atlantic Beach
    Felecia and Greg Bowen – Avondale/Ortega
    Justin Timmons and Sabrina Wickham – Baymeadows/Sunbeam
    Sallie Ross – Fleming Island
    Inge Nelson – Fort Caroline
    Joe Still – Gainesville
    Andria Erickson/Leona DeCastro – Hidden Hills
    Sharon McEleny – Hodges
    Sandy Miller – Intracoastal
    Deborah Taylor – Keystone Heights
    Katherine Etheridge – Mandarin North
    Debbie Shagnea – Mandarin South
    Karrie Forrester – Middleburg
    Kay Neal – North Jacksonville
    David Faehnrich – Orange Park Blanding
    Cynthia Bleiel – Orange Park Oakleaf
    Mark Hewchuk – Palm Coast
    Barbara Maple – Ponte Vedra
    Sandra Smith – Putnam County
    Gonzalo Mejia – San Marco/San Jose
    Team Johnson – St. Augustine
    Menton/Ballou Team – St. Johns
    Rita Hall – St. Mary’s
    Lee Buck – South Beach
    Paula Carlson – Southside
    Wanda Taylor – West/Chaffee Road

    Rookies of the Month

    Cythia Bleiel – Rookie of the Month Jacksonville – Orange Park Oakleaf
    Brett Bowen – Rookie of the Month North Central - Amelia Island

    Listers of the Month

    Debbie Shagnea – Lister of the Month Jacksonville – Mandarin South
    Crum/Gachet Team – Lister of the Month North Central – St. Augustine Beach
    David Bandelin – Amelia Island
    Jan Shields – Atlantic Beach
    Maxine Kelley – Avondale/Ortega
    Marilyn Stewart – Baymeadows/Sunbeam
    Sallie Ross – Fleming Island
    Monica Scates – Fort Caroline
    DJ Kaufman – Gainesville
    Pam Hodges – Hidden Hills
    Toni Randall – Hodges
    Sandy Miller – Intracoastal
    Deborah Taylor – Keystone Heights
    Laura Brannen – Mandarin North
    Doug Tackett – Middleburg
    Don Oxley – North Jacksonville
    Lisa Jacobs – Orange Park Blanding
    Myrna Gatenby – Orange Park Oakleaf
    Pam Acosta – Palm Coast
    Juanita Wright – Ponte Vedra
    Brenda Bond – Putnam County
    Nancy Owens/Christine Ragazzo – San Marco/San Jose
    Johnson Team – St. Augustine
    Kim Martin – St. Johns
    Rita Hall – St. Mary’s
    Sarah Helfer – South Beach
    Catherine Tappouni – Southside
    Wanda Taylor – West/Chaffee Road

    Central Florida Region

    Salespersons of the Month

    Russie Weidl – Salesperson of the Month – Heathrow
    Sue Webb – Championsgate
    Monique McGuire – Clermont
    Jane Crosby – DeLand
    Vickie Bray-Fagan – Heathrow
    Kelley Team – Kissimmee
    Eric Hansen – Longwood
    Maribel Zimeri – Maitland
    Samantha Stewart – Mt. Dora
    Marjorie Palmer – New Smyrna Beach
    Shannon Armstrong – Oviedo
    Lori Clark – Port Orange
    Judy Huff – Southwest Orlando
    Lynda Miller – Wekiva/Longwood

    Rookie of the Month

    John Mullins – Rookie of the Month – New Smyrna Beach

    Listers of the Month

    Dexter Copp – Lister of the Month – Port Orange
    Don Migliore – Championsgate
    Kris Persaud – Clermont
    Shari Lawrence – DeLand
    Russie Weidl – Heathrow
    Gloria and Hector Nieves – Kissimmee
    Eric Hansen – Longwood
    Maribel Zimeri – Maitland
    Linda Lake and Christine Tangusso – Mt. Dora
    Alice Nieburger – New Smyrna Beach
    Diane Evans – Oviedo
    Eve Metlis – Southwest Orlando
    Lynda Miller – Wekiva/Longwood

  • Watson Realty Corp. Celebrates Recent LeadingRE Graduates

    by Watson Realty | Jan 16, 2015

    Eight Watson Realty Corp. team members recently earned the LeadingRE Relocation Specialist Certification (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.

    David Alfin – Palm Coast
    Belinda Blanton – Deland
    Ali Burchfield – St. Augustine Beach
    Maureen Douse – Palm Coast
    Nancy Herbkersman – Ponte Vedra
    Micah Johnson – St. Augustine
    Mala Persaud – Oviedo
    Annia Torres – St. Augustine Beach

    Seven 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.

    Wendy Andrews – Central Florida Relocation
    Jackie Frye – St. Mary’s
    Dee Hawkins – Palm Coast
    Holly Hunter – Mandarin North
    Teresa Jacalone – St. Augustine
    Micah Johnson – St. Augustine
    Mala Persaud – Oviedo

    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.

    Kate Franzese – St. Augustine
    Dee Hawkins – Palm Coast
    Holly Hunter – Mandarin North
    Mala Persaud – Oviedo
    Leanne Ralph – Maitland
    Rose Rivas – Deland
    Dwight Staub – St. Augustine

  • Watson Realty Corp. Welcomes New Sales Associates

    by Watson Realty | Jan 15, 2015

    Watson Realty Corp. would like to welcome all sales associates who joined us last quarter (October-December 2014). Congratulations on joining our team of nearly 1,300 sales associates dedicated to providing Legendary Quality Service!

    Jacksonville Region

    Jeffrey L. Ryan – Atlantic Beach
    Elizabeth Baldwin – Avondale/Ortega
    Martha C. Glocker – Baymeadows/Sunbeam
    Francine Simplice – Ft. Caroline
    Nichole Powell – Hidden Hills
    Sophia Estrada-Lucey, Lee Anne Forster, Cindi Slattery – Hodges
    Debbie Thomas, Angie Clausen, – Intracoastal
    Heather Granby – Mandarin North
    Christine A. Chavis, Kelsey A. Trainer – North Jacksonville
    Julia Mozden, Jennifer Nice, Deborah Ruth, Tony Teague – Orange Park Blanding
    Marc Kean, Aloha Davis, Tonia Evans, Traci M. Brooks, Nellie M. Huffman – Orange Park Oakleaf
    Justin Arthur Wybenga, Teri-Lyn Sharpe, Betsy Delcour, George Lewis, James Smith – Ponte Vedra
    Laura Lander – San Marco/San Jose
    Stephanie Y. Stanfield – Southside
    John Lawrence, Anna Formica, Ann Wallace, Cynthia Woods, David Riddell, KJ Watson – St. Johns
    Tammy Carter, Crystal Herring – West/Chaffee Road

    North Central Region

    Sam Kellum, Joseph Jay Wolf, Broc Nell – Fernandina Beach
    Larry Price, James Giroux – Gainesville
    Cheana Leon, JennaRae Head – Middleburg
    Dee Hawkins, Wendy W. MacKinnon, Maureen Douse, Dorothy J. Thompson – Palm
    Coast
    David Graham, Shirley Plunk, Jennifer Pecora, Corey Clement, Phillip Caballero, Micah Johnson – St. Augustine
    Susan Derby, Deborah Scogin, Layna Kocorowski, Linda Stegall, Tamera Martin – St. Augustine Beach

    Central Florida Region

    Colin Mason, Kathy Deabenderfer, Mythili “Mina” Sangana, John Wright – Championsgate
    Julia D’Arts, Linda Johnson, Debbi Brinegar – Clermont
    Bob Griffing, Tracy Jensen, Rose Rivas, Brittany Murphy, Jeannine Hoover, Janeen Morse, Linda Bauer – DeLand
    Miguel Cabrales, Parasto H. Eskandari, Andrea Miller – Heathrow
    William Farrell, David Ruiz, Ryan Longmoore – Kissimmee
    Beddie Nemcik, Wendy Vaneps, Michelle Magnusson – Longwood
    Diane Holland, Lillian Gonzalez, Leanne Ralph – Maitland
    Nicole Nockler, Jared Lindroth – Mt. Dora
    Michaela Messina – New Smyrna Beach
    Sally Sharpe, Cassia Oxendine, Scott Bevan, Bart Nyarady, Myke Fakir – Orlando SW
    Donald Bolinski, Mala Persaud, Victoria Scott LLC, Debora Plate – Oviedo
    Christine Brennan, Liz Eberly, Jami Richart, Rebecca Parrott, Carl Parrott, Tim Tierney – Port Orange
    Melissa King, Michelle Chase, Rick Schonert, Curtis Kuntz – Wekiva/Longwood

     

  • Watson Realty Corp. Earns Recognition In Jacksonville Business Journal 2014-15 Book Of Lists

    by Watson Realty | Jan 12, 2015

    The Jacksonville Business Journal 2014-15 Book of Lists has been published and Watson Realty Corp. and the Family of Services have received some outstanding recognition!  

    • Watson Realty Corp. ranked number 1 for Top Residential Real Estate Agencies (ranked by value of area houses and lots sold in 2013 as of March 21, 2014.) Watson Realty Corp. sold 9,893 homes in 2013; nearly three times more than any other agency.

       

    • Watson Property Management ranked 3rd for Residential Property Management (ranked by 2013 gross commissions for Northeast Florida as of November 14, 2014.)

       

    • Watson Realty Corp. ranked 7th for Fastest-Growing Private Companies By Dollar Volume (ranked by dollar-volume revenue increase for Northeast Florida as of July 18, 2014.)

       

    • Watson Commercial Realty Inc. ranked 9th for Top Commercial Real Estate Agencies (ranked by total value of sales and leases in 2013 for Northeast Florida as of March 21, 2014.)

       

    • Watson Mortgage Corp. ranked 11th for Mortgage Lenders (ranked by volume of mortgages by area office in 2013 for Northeast Florida as of June 20, 2014.)
  • Watson Realty Corp. celebrates recent LeadingRE graduates

    by Watson Realty | Dec 12, 2014

    Ten 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.

    Chauncey Behrens – ChampionsGate
    Kathy Deabenderfer – ChampionsGate
    Mythili Sangana – ChampionsGate
    Lorraine Weaver – Longwood
    Teresa Thomas – Heathrow
    Shalynn Johnson – St. Augustine
    Shannon Cotta – Jacksonville Relocation
    Carol LeTard – Jacksonville Relocation
    Chyanna Woodard – Jacksonville Relocation

    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.

    Holly Hunter – Mandarin North
    Tony Caribaltes – Southside
    Richard Gibaja – Southside
    John Wright – ChampionsGate
    Lorraine Weaver – Longwood
    Dee Hawkins – Palm Coast
    Kate Franzese – St. Augustine
    Misty Williams – Jacksonville Real Estate Services

    Eight 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.

    Kathy Deabenderfer – ChampionsGate
    Mythili Sangana – ChampionsGate
    Bill Briggs – Heathrow
    Maureen Douse – Palm Coast
    Micah Johnson – St. Augustine
    Michele Scarponi – St. Augustine
    SharDey Martin – Jacksonville Relocation
    Amber Nappi – Jacksonville Relocation

  • Watson Realty Corp. Building Office in Nocatee

    by Watson Realty | Dec 04, 2014

    December 2, 2014 – Watson Realty Corp. is excited to announce the purchase of an office-building site in Nocatee. 

    The office will provide real estate services including sales, leasing, property management, mortgage and title services.

    "I am really excited to open a new Watson office in Nocatee," said Ed Forman, Watson Realty Corp. President. "This is a tremendous opportunity to have a location in the one of the top selling communities in the country."

    Nocatee was the third best-selling master-planned community in the nation in 2013, according to real estate advisory firm RCLCO.

    “It is a perfect time to add an office in Nocatee as Watson Realty Corp. celebrates its 50th anniversary,” noted William A. Watson, Jr. founder and Chairman of the Board, Watson Realty Corp.

    Plans for the site include the construction of a state-of-the-art 6,000 square foot building with 4,200 square feet for the real estate office and 1,800 square feet for rental space.

    The anticipated completion date of the project is November 2015. The office will be Watson Realty Corp.’s 20th real estate sales office in the greater Jacksonville area and Watson's 44th office.

    For additional information, please call Career Development at 904-596-5950.

  • 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