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  • Establishing Home Ownership

    by Susan Roche | Jun 29, 2012

    My daughter, Jamie, learned to ride a bicycle this month. Jamie and her daddy went to the beach together last week and rode bikes. They had a blast. I was unable to spend this time with them; I was hard at work helping my customers.

    I am working with several different buyers, and have one accepted sale agreement. Both my customer and I are waiting patiently for good news about her loan. Working with buyers is very rewarding, and like anything rewarding it takes work. Of course, they really want to make the best decision possible, so it is understandable.

    While most people would not think to get preapproved for a loan before looking at houses, doing so is a smart choice as it saves you time and effort in the long run. Of course you must have some established credit before you can be approved. Not having any is merely a bump in the road that can be avoided. One way to avoid this is to go out and get a credit card, buy something, and make payments (minimum or more) each month, but don't pay it off completely. That will establish your ability to pay bills on time, which will give you a good credit rating. While at least 6 months credit history is necessary, a year is probably your best bet. As a parent, I am teaching my daughter such values. Learning to build good credit is like learning to ride a bike. If you start young, keeping it will come easy to you later.

    We all want the American Dream. By building a strong foundation of credit, you will assure your dream of home ownership. And when you are ready to buy your next home, I will be right here ready to hold your hand, from beginning to happy ending.  

    Martha Aiken, REALTOR®
    Watson Realty Corp. San Marco/San Jose Office
    5443 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207
    (904) 703-1638
    MarthaAiken@WatsonRealtyCorp.com

  • Bill Watson Receives LeadingRE President's Award

    by Susan Roche | Jun 29, 2012
    Bill Watson, founder and chairman of the board of Watson Realty Corp., is the recent recipient of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) President’s Award, among the network’s highest honors for individual performance.

    The President’s Award is part of the service recognition program, which formally acknowledges contributions such as committee involvement, presentations at network conferences, and service on various advisory councils and boards. Watson is the 2012 chairman of the board for LeadingRE and is recognized as one of the founders of the organization. With countless hours of service, Mr. Watson shows his ongoing commitment and dedication to the company and the real estate profession.

    President/CEO Pam O’Connor of LeadingRE shared the following compliment about Mr. Watson. "This award acknowledges individuals who are major contributors to the network for their willingness to share their talent, expertise and time with fellow affiliates. Our organization thrives because of the generous contributions of industry leaders like Bill Watson, and we are proud to recognize him with this award."

    Mr. Watson is a well-known real estate leader on a local, national and international level andis generous with his time, frequently traveling to speak to audiences about his knowledge and experiences.
  • Watson Realty Professionals are among the First to Earn the New LeadingRE Designation

    by Steve Clement | Jun 07, 2012
    Watson Realty’s trusted reputation includes a well-known commitment to providing excellent training and support for associates.  In addition, Watson Realty encourages additional industry training to stay on the cutting edge of real estate knowledge.

    Institute 2.0 was introduced by LeadingRE in 2011 and is a powerful online tool for continuing education.  The new LeadingRE Certified Leader (LCL) designation requires a completion of 13 courses with leadership skill development as the focus.

    Watson Realty Corp., is pleased to announce the names of the 11 Watson Realty real estate professionals who have earned the LCL designation:

    • Patsy Bradley, CDPE, GRI, Manager of the NSB Office
    • Beverly Garvin, CDPE, CRB, GRI, LTG, Manager of the Hidden Hills Office
    • Sharon Juhasz, Broker Associate, Watson Relocation Services
    • Millie Kanyar, CDPE, JD, LMC, LTG, Manager of the Fort Caroline Office
    • Carlotta Landschoot, EVP, Watson Realty Corp. Watson Relocation Services
    • Mary Lee, CRP,GMS, Director of Watson Relocation Services
    • Tom Longmoore, GRI, SFR, TRC, Manager of the Oviedo Office
    • Dianne Pittman, CDPE, GRI, Manager of the St. Augustine Office
    • Frank Plesko, Manager of the Maitland Office
    • Ellen Thunell, CDPE, Manager of the Championsgate Office
    • Tammy Vlah, Assistant Director, Watson Relocation Services
  • Watson Realty Ponte Vedra Beach Office Welcomes Raymi Vontz

    by Steve Clement | Jun 07, 2012
    When Raymi Vontz held her first granddaughter at Baptist Medical Center Beaches, she knew Ponte Vedra was calling her home. Leaving her successful California career in real estate consulting, Vontz purchased a condo in Sawgrass and moved back to the beautiful community where she raised her own children.  Vontz grew up on the ocean in Ponte Vedra and graduated from FletcherHigh School and UNF with a BS in Accounting. 

    After spending over 15 years in the public accounting and private real estate consulting businesses, Vontz is proud to have the new title of “Gigi” from her granddaughter and Realtor from the Watson Realty Ponte Vedra Beach team.  

    Whether it’s playing tennis with her husband and the big kids or taking the little kids with her in the golf cart to look for gators, Vontz considers life to be precious and exciting.  Her personal travels to Scandinavia, Europe, Southeast Asia and Russia enhanced her awareness of cultural differences, but also the similarity of respect that we share for one another.  Her experience and enthusiasm translates to her real estate career and her customers know she is committed to their real estate needs.

    “Ponte Vedra is a treasure and I want to help local and international customers find their golden home,” shared Vontz.

    To learn more about Raymi Vontz or to view listings, visithttp://RVontz.WatsonRealtyCorp.com or call (904) 504-9504. 
  • Watson Realty Corp., Fernandina Beach office celebrates million dollar real estate earners

    by Steve Clement | Jun 07, 2012
    The Watson Realty Corp.™, Fernandina Beach office recently celebrated million-dollar years for three of their sales associates: Deborah Barclay, Susan McEwen, AHWD, CDPE, and Hazel Preuss, GRI. The awards dinner was held at Sliders restaurant in Fernandina Beach with over a hundred Realtors and affiliates of the Amelia Island- Nassau County Association of Realtors (AINCAR).

    Barclay also received the Rookie of the Year award from AINCAR at the event.
    “These three associates are star performers in real estate and valued members of our team. Their loyal customer-base is a true testament to their ability to provide the legendary quality service that Watson Realty is known for in our community,” shared Eric Eppley, managing broker of the Watson Realty Fernandina Beach office.



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  • Watson Realty Corp. Recognizes Gainesville Realtor for Relocation Award

    by Steve Clement | Jun 07, 2012
    Watson Realty Corp.™ Relocation Services recently recognized the top sales associate for each region for the most closed outgoing referrals. Julie VanBeek of the Watson Realty Corp. Gainesville office was awarded this prestigious title for 2011 representing the North Central Florida region.

    “This award is a testament to VanBeek’s ability to offer her customers real estate services worldwide through our affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®,” commented Carlotta Landschoot, EVP, Watson Realty Corp.

    VanBeek is a broker-associate who specializes in residential real estate including experience in new construction. VanBeek earned the prestigious Watson Realty Corp. President’s Award as one of the top sales associates in the Gainesville office.
  • Kayaking in Moses Creek Conservation Area, St. Augustine, FL

    by Steve Clement | Jun 07, 2012
    The Moses Creek Conservation Area spans over 2,000 acres and preserves one of the few remaining undeveloped tidal creeks in the St. Augustine region. The tidal marshes served as an important resource to Native Americans who occupied the area thousands of years ago. Moses Creek is a tributary to the Matanzas River. The land, which surrounds Moses Creek, is an important water resource and provides ecological functions and wildlife habitat. Seven natural communities including scrub, upland mixed forest, freshwater tidal swamp, mesic flatwood, depression marsh, dome swamp and estuarine tidal marsh can be found on the land. The diverse vegetative communities provide habitat for a variety of wildlife. Canopied dirt roads serve as trails beneath grand old live oaks, through scrub, to sandy bluffs overlooking Moses Creek.

    http://www.sjrwmd.com/recreationguide/mosescreek/
    http://www.sjrwmd.com/landmanagementplans/pdfs/2009_Moses_Creek_CA.pdf

    The entire conservation area is open to the public with recreational opportunities for hiking, biking, camping, equestrian activities, wildlife viewing, fishing, and photography. Paddling and boating are available via the Matanzas River.
    Two public access points are located off State Road (SR) 206. Local access is provided to neighboring landowners on the north boundary.

    The entire conservation area is open for public recreation. There is a marked trail system, campsites as well as a boat dock and access stairs, which enable public access to the property from the water

    I try to kayak there as often as possible. These photos were taken from my kayak trips. If you are interested in knowing more about other local kayak spots, please let me know. This is one of the highlights to living in St. Augustine that I enjoy sharing with others.


    Clay R Seay
    Watson Realty Corp.
    St. Augustine, FL
    904 540 1182
  • Watson Realty Corp Welcomes Broker Associate Edward “Bo” Dennis

    by Steve Clement | Jun 07, 2012
    Managing Broker Paula Silberberg is pleased to welcome Broker Associate Edward “Bo” Dennis to the Watson Realty Corp., St. Augustine Beach office.  Dennis joins Watson Realty with 16 successful years of experience in real estate sales and management.  For over a decade, Dennis owned his own brokerage firm in St. Augustine with eight sales agents.

    Dennis is a graduate of the Florida Real Estate Institute and was trained in Real Estate Law at the University of Florida.  Dennis is a member of the Northeast Florida MLS, St. Augustine/St. Johns County MLS and the Flagler County MLS.

    Dennis is committed to giving customers quality service with a legal, ethical and timely handling of their real estate transaction. 

    For more information or to view listings, Bo Dennis can be reached by phone at (904) 806-0944 or at BoDennis.WatsonRealtyCorp.com.  


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  • New Executive Position Created to Meet Growth at Watson Realty Corp.

    by Steve Clement | Jun 07, 2012

    Watson Realty Corp.™ is pleased to announce the creation of a new executive position to meet the growing business demands within the company. Jeff Fagan, CDPE, former vice president and managing broker of the Watson Realty Corp. Fleming Island office, has been promoted to the position of assistant to the president of Watson Realty Corp. Fagan will work alongside President Ed Forman at the corporate office in Jacksonville, Fla.

    “Jeff is a highly detailed, organized and energetic leader and a great asset to the company,” shared Forman.

    The creation of this position is in response to the tremendous growth of the company over the last year and the continued projected growth in the coming years.

    Fagan was named the Watson Realty Corp. Manager of the Year in 2009 and, under his leadership, the Fleming Island office ranked in the top five Watson Realty Corp. offices year after year. Fagan is a member of the Watson Realty Corp. Executive Club, President’s Club and Million-Dollar Club and is a licensed Florida Real Estate Instructor.

    A graduate of Virginia Tech, Fagan began his career in real estate in 2001 after a successful 15-year business career in the poultry industry. In addition to his leadership positions at Watson Realty Corp., Fagan holds industry leadership positions with Northeast Florida Association of Realtors® (NEFAR) and RPAC. Fagan was also an inaugural graduate of the NEFAR Leadership Academy.
  • Watson Realty Intracoastal Office Receives Awards for Achievement

    by Steve Clement | Jun 07, 2012
    Watson Relocation Services is pleased to announce two notable award presentations to the Watson Realty Corp. Intracoastal office for outstanding achievement in 2011.

    The Crown of Excellence is awarded to the top Watson Realty Corp. office representing all three regions of the company with the highest performance in relocation referrals. The Medallion of Excellence is awarded to the top office with the most outgoing referrals sent and closed. The Intracoastal office represents the top office for the Jacksonville region of the company.

    “The Crown of Excellence and the Medallion of Excellence are awards that represent outstanding performance and I congratulate Managing Broker Sandi Wagner and the entire Intracoastal office team on their praiseworthy success!” shared Carlotta Landschoot, EVP, Watson Realty Corp.
  • Watson Realty Corp. St. Augustine Office Welcomes Phil Orrill

    by Steve Clement | Jun 07, 2012
    Managing Broker Dianne Pittman is pleased to announce the new association of Phil Orrill with the St. Augustine office sales team.  Orrill is an experienced broker associate specializing in residential sales.  He is trained to assist customers around the globe from the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation and Transnational Referral Certificate (TRC).

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  • New Manager for the Fleming Island Office

    by Steve Clement | Jun 07, 2012
    Watson Realty Corp. welcomes Rich Zeisel as the new manager of the Fleming Island office. Rich has over 23 years of combined mortgage and real estate experience and previously worked in the Fleming Island office from 2001 to 2003.

    Rich is focused on associates and has a passion for real estate. He looks forward to his new position over the Fleming Island office. Rich Zeisel's professional designations include AHWD, CDPE, GRI and PA.

    Watson Realty President Ed Forman is pleased to welcome Rich to the Watson Realty leadership team and shared through the company e-mail announcement that Rich is a talented leader and will be a valuable asset to the Fleming Island office and the Watson Realty family.
  • Watson Realty Ponte Vedra Office Hosts Opulent Open House

    by Steve Clement | Jun 07, 2012
    The Luxury Leaders, a team of experienced luxury sales associates at the Watson Realty Corp. Ponte Vedra Beach office, recently held a broker cocktail party at one of their multi-million dollar listings. The gathering was by invitation only and was attended by area Realtors, brokers and guests.

    The event was designed to highlight a unique Marsh Landing five-acre property that encompasses three islands. Those attending enjoyed a brilliant sunset view over the property’s vast, captivating marsh.

    The secluded setting of this home necessitated transportation from the street down the long private drive to the main house. This was provided via golf cart for all guests to enjoy the scenery of the estate. Tours of the home were conducted by members of the Luxury Leader’s Team, Linda Ostoski, Rhonda Gummerman, Jim Zeller and Mark Ryan. Unique features and finishes of this finely crafted Collier custom home were highlighted during the tour.

    As guests entered, they were greeted by a pianist situated in the loggia of the home playing an eclectic selection of jazz and classical pieces. Savory hors d’oeuvres created for the occasion were served. Guests congregated at the poolside bar after their private tours to enjoy a glass of wine and revel in the natural setting of this distinguished property.

    Set in the beautiful coastal area southeast of Jacksonville, Fla., the Watson Realty Ponte Vedra office is located at 615 Highway A1A and can be reached by phone at (904) 285-6300 or online at http://www.WatsonRealtyPonteVedra.com.
  • 2012 A Fresh Start

    by Steve Clement | Jun 07, 2012
    As we reflect back, we can recognize that we saw monumental changes in the mortgage industry.

    There were new Good Faith Estimates that did not make things clearer for the consumer and made the lender responsible for fees that were not theirs. We saw regulations on products tighten and investor overlays restrict availability even more to the consumer. The United States Government legislated how Loan Originators are paid.

    We have seen the mortgage industry completely change and reform to fit the new mold. Change always brings new opportunities. Unemployment has started to drop. Real Estate prices are beginning to stabilize and interest rates are unbelievably low. Guidelines and restrictions are starting to loosen every day, some are even relaxing. Housing starts are up. The markets have not been as volatile. There are little glimmers of hope that shine through to let us know, the future is as bright as we are willing to make it. It may not be the same way as we have done it before, but a fresh new way.

    As we look back, let us not forget to appreciate the things that mean the most in our lives; our family, friends and loved ones. Be thankful for all of your joys and focus on the positive. Let’s make 2012 a great fresh start. We wish you all peace and prosperity for the New Year.


    Bill Watson III
    President
    Watson Mortgage Corp.
  • Watson Realty Corp. Recognizes Jacksonville Realtor for Relocation Award

    by Steve Clement | Jun 07, 2012

    Watson Realty Corp. Relocation Services recently recognized the top sales associate for each region for the most closed outgoing referrals. Jeanne Imhoff of the Watson Realty Corp. Intracoastal office was awarded this prestigious title for 2011 representing the Jacksonville region.

    Imhoff has 18 years of professional real estate experience and is a member of the prestigious Watson Realty Corp. Executive Club. Imhoff has held leadership positions in professional real estate organizations as well as community clubs. She has a passion for real estate and a commitment to providing legendary quality service to her customers.
  • Watson Ponte Vedra Office – What’s your area like?

    by Steve Clement | Jun 07, 2012
    I am fortunate enough to work in Watson’s Ponte Vedra Beach office – nestled in one of the few untouched, well-respected, natural areas in all of Northeast Florida. On any given day, it is not uncommon to see an Eagle soaring in the sky, dolphins jumping in the ocean, alligators tending their young or an assortment of Mother Nature’s other creatures going about their daily routine.

    This area presents the opportunity for the lifestyle of your choice - from the laid back sun drenched beaches and mazes of golf courses to an assortment of professional businesses - it is just as natural to see someone pumping gas in shorts and flip flops as it is a three piece suit or a dress.

    Though the lovely beaches and golf courses entice people to this area it is almost easy to forget that we are only 20-30 minutes from the St. Johns Town Centre with its upscale outdoor shops and restaurants; the Jacksonville International Airport; and the Gator Bowl – YES, I SAID THE GATOR BOWL, home of the Jaguars, Jacksonville’s very own NFL team.

    We can also boast that our immediate area is the host to The Players Championship golf tournament – one of the hottest PGA tournaments in the World, with a purse this year of $9.5 million – move over Louis Vuitton.

    If you are not intrigued or doubt any of the above as being the truth, I beg you come and see for yourself --- you may want to bring a suitcase – chances are YOU will never want to leave.

    With much Gratitude,
    Cindy Hewett, REALTOR®
    Watson Realty Corp.
    615 Hwy A1A Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
    (904) 473-1558 CindyHewett@WatsonRealtyCorp.com
  • Watson Realty Corp. Nominated For Top Performance Awards

    by Steve Clement | Jun 07, 2012
    Watson Realty Corp.™ is proud to announce it has been named a nominee for eight (8) Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® 2011 Performance Awards. The nominations include:

    • OUR WORLD™ Community Engagement Award
    • Top Luxury Brokerage Award
    • Transaction of the Year Award
    • Website Quality Certification: Best Internet Leads Management Process and Response Time Award
    • Top Five Outgoing Closings Award
    • Award of Excellence: Outgoing Referral Production
    • Award of Excellence: Outgoing Sales Production
    • Global Alliance Award: Most Outgoing Closings

    Carlotta Landschoot, EVP, Watson Relocation Services is pleased with the number and type of award nominations for 2011. “Everyone at Watson Realty is very excited about these nominations. As a two-time recipient of the coveted Diamond Award, Watson Realty Corp. always has a dedication to excellence in their service to their customers and other real estate brokers around the world,” shared Landschoot.

    The winners will be announced during the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Annual Awards Gala during the upcoming 2012 annual conference in Orlando. The event is expected to draw an international audience of more than 1,000 attendees from leading real estate firms in the United States and abroad.
  • Things to Do in Beautiful New Smyrna Beach, FL – Special Events!

    by Steve Clement | Jun 07, 2012
    One of the more attractive aspects of our beautiful area is our “Special Events! Be it racing, motorcycles, art, or other great things to do, we literally have it ALL! In this blog let’s concentrate on racing and motorcycles.

    Come the beginning of each year starting in late January, all senses turn to racing. Whether European/Indy style, NASCAR, FASCAR, and on and on; we have racing. The season starts with the late January Rolex 24-Hours of Daytona. This is a European/Indy style race of endurance that is run on the Tri-oval and infield track at Daytona International Speedway. Fans from all over the world come to this full day of racing and the almost week of ancillary racing events.

    Come February, the area revs-up for major Stock Car Racing. Speed Weeks at Daytona are a spectacle of unimaginable proportions. Almost two weeks of racing for every fan capped by the Daytona 500! The area literally buzzes with fans, tourists, vendors and international stars.

    During this period, the New Smyrna Speedway sponsors ten nights of racing! Just ten minutes from our city we have a top-notch ½ mile track that operates most of the year. You can also find racing in Barbarville, Florida, just up the road.

    Racing again heats up in July at the “World Capital” of Stock Car Racing in Daytona for the Daytona 400! This is a great time for a summer vacation, enjoy the beach and river, golf and watch fantastic racing under the lights!

    We are also blessed with two major motorcycle events in our area and Daytona Beach. In October we have a fantastic weekend long event known as Bike-To-Ber Fest! Motorcycle aficionados come from all over to enjoy our fantastic, mild, fall weather and cruise the area on their bikes. Of course, we have many great venues to visit for entertainment and they come alive!

    In early March, spring is here to greet thousands of Bikers for the world famous Bike Week! Ten days of cruising, partying and meeting old friends and making new ones at the “World’s Largest” Bike event makes this the largest venue in the world for this type of activity. It is a fantastic time to visit even if you don’t own a “Hog”!

    Some of the more famous venues for both Speed Weeks and Bike Week include Gilly’s Pub 44, Main Street in Daytona Beach, the Boot Hill Saloon; the Iron Horse, the Eagle’s Nest in Samsula and the World Famous Cabbage Patch!

    The New Smyrna Beach-Edgewater area is not only a great place for special events, but also a fantastic area to live in. We have so much to do here and our housing is oh so affordable. Call me today, at (386)576-6564 for more information or search through my properties at www.jenandfredfair.com.

    I LOVE THIS PLACE!!!

    Fred Fair, REALTOR
    Watson Realty Corp
    E-Business Specialist
    386-428-7355
    386-576-6564
    FredFair@WatsonRealtyCorp.com
    www.jenandfredfair.com
  • Top Ten Outdoor Activities in Jacksonville, Florida to Enjoy this Spring

    by Steve Clement | Jun 07, 2012
    Spring is a glorious time here in Jacksonville! The days are comfortably warm and sunny, flowers and trees are in full bloom and plenty of outdoor activities. This spring, why not take advantage of the beauty, fabulous weather and hospitality of the area while trying something different? While the possibilities are endless, here are ten outdoor activities you may want to try:

    • Walk the Bridges The St. Johns River runs right through downtown Jacksonville. Find a parking spot near Friendship Park on the south bank. After enjoying the fountain in Friendship Park walk across the river on the John T Alsop Bridge (more commonly known as the Main St. Bridge). Stroll around the Jacksonville Landing where you can shopp, people-watch and perhaps enjoy a refreshing beverage. When you are finished walk across the Acosta Bridge to get back to the south bank where you can explore a museum, grab a bite to eat or just enjoy watching the river traffic.

    • Bike the Back Roads Whether you enjoy bicycling alone, with your family and friends, in a bike club or as part of a tour, you will find plenty of opportunities to explore Jacksonville on two wheels. Tour companies offer guided rides through beautiful old neighborhoods like San Marco, Olde Mandarin, Springfield and Riverside/Avondale. Not your speed? How about a ride along the beaches or in Old St. Augustine? Or grab your water bottle and GPS and set off on your own. Happy pedaling!

    • Mount a Horse Whether you are an experienced rider or have never been near a horse, there is a horseback-riding trip for you. Have you always dreamed of horseback-riding on the beach at sunset? Are you looking for riding lessons or trail rides? Jacksonville has it all. Now giddy up!

    • Float your Boat No list of outdoor activities in the River City would be complete without boating. This time try something different: St. Johns Riverkeeper, a non-profit whose mission is to work on behalf of the community for clean and healthy waters in the St. Johns River, its tributaries and its wetlands, offers a variety of Eco-Tour boat trips on the St. Johns River. There is no better way to learn about the history and ecology of the river and its flora and fauna than to be floating upon it in a water taxi with guides who are passionate about getting and keeping the river clean and healthy. (http://www.stjohnsriverkeeper.org/)

    • Immerse Yourself In Art Jacksonville boasts several museums with world-class collections, but the art doesn’t end there. Enjoy a symphony orchestra, theaters, art galleries, dinner theater, traveling dance and theater productions, fairs and festivals. For a real treat, head to First Wednesday Art Walk which offers visual and live art and events in a 15 block area in downtown Jacksonville the first Wednesday evening of each month. Another gem is the Riverside Arts Market which is held under the Fuller Warren Bridge on Saturdays from March through November and features food, arts, and a variety of entertainment on several stages throughout the day.

    • Hit The Beach There are miles and miles of beaches in Jacksonville with something for everyone. Pack a picnic and head to the beach for swimming, fishing, biking, looking for shark teeth and shells or just to sink your toes in the sand. Feeling particularly adventurous? Take a surf lesson or grab your board and hang ten!

    • Head To The Ballpark Jacksonville is fortunate to have its very own minor league baseball team, the Jacksonville Suns. There is much more to do than just watch the games at the park; there are promotions throughout the season including giveaways, Friday Family Fireworks, Senior Citizens Days, Military Appreciation Days, Family Faith Days, and many more. All that and Popcorn! Peanuts! Hot Dogs! Beer!

    • Stroll The Gardens Along with scenic nature trails and tranquil parks, Jacksonville is graced with two beautiful places to enjoy flowers, plants and gardens. When you visit the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens or the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens you will feel as if you’ve entered the pages of a coffee table art book. These year-round oases provide inspiration for gardeners, artists and those who simply appreciate nature’s beauty. Don’t forget your camera!

    • Sink A Putt You don’t have to be a serious golfer to have some serious fun golfing in Jacksonville. In addition to the many golf courses in the area there are also a few miniature golf courses. Golfers of all ages and abilities can enjoy putting among windmills, waterfalls and sand traps. Fore!

    • Dip Your Oars You can’t go far in Jacksonville without crossing a river, creek, lake, stream or waterway. And where there is water there is kayaking! Local outfitters offer equipment rentals, lessons and group tours in either salt or fresh water. Bring a waterproof camera, your fishing pole or just your sense of adventure and explore the scenic waterways of the First Coast.

    With so many outdoor activities in Jacksonville your biggest challenge may be finding the time to do everything you’d like to this spring. If you would like further information about the Jacksonville area or any of these suggestions please contact me at 904.576.0706 or JBentley@WatsonRealtyCorp.com. And don’t forget to check out my blog again; before you know it I will be posting a list of Jacksonville adventures for the sultry days of summer.

    Happy Exploring!

    Julie Bentley
    REALTOR®
    Watson Realty Corp.
    11226 San Jose Blvd.
    Jacksonville, FL 32223
    JBentley@WatsonRealtyCorp.com
    904.576.0706
  • Sisters who Sell

    by Steve Clement | Jun 07, 2012
    Meet Colleen Bording and Norita Birdsong, Realtors® with Watson Realty Corp. in Jacksonville, Florida.  Colleen has been a sales associate at the Watson Realty Hidden Hills office for over 30 years.  She is a past top salesperson for the year for Hidden Hills and is a consistent top producer for the company.  Norita was introduced to real estate by working as Colleen’s assistant 25 years ago but she waited to officially join real estate until 11 years ago.  She is now a sales associate at the Watson Realty South Beach office and loves it!  With each year getting better and better, Norita questions why she didn’t get her license sooner!

    Even though they no longer work together, the sisters still support each other by giving advice and attending real estate events together.  They call each other with questions when showing properties in their different areas of expertise in Jacksonville.  As certified real estate stagers, they help each other stage properties for sale.

    They also look forward to seeing each other on caravans or at real estate luncheons.  Norita has a tradition of attending the annual Santa parties at the Hidden Hills office with her grandson.  They’ve also shared great memories on some of the Watson Realty trips together --- cruises and trips to