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  • Watson Realty Corp. Receives Website Quality Certification

    by Watson Realty | Mar 26, 2013

    Watson Realty Corp.™ announced that it has received the Website Quality Certification (WQC) from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), which presents the certification to member real estate firms that demonstrate best practices in website design and Internet communications. 

    The company’s website,, earned the certification after reaching high marks on a range of criteria, including usability, design and content, interactivity, responsiveness, search engine optimization and more. 

    “We introduced the WQC in 2009 to recognize member websites that combine high standards for design, technology and customer service,” said Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® President/CEO Pam O’Connor.  “Each year, we revisit the criteria to ensure the standards reflect the most current online trends, and we are especially proud to recognize the firms whose sites earned the WQC this year.” 

    The WQC is an optional program available only to firms affiliated with LeadingRE and requires re-certification every two years. 

    “We strive to produce and maintain the highest standards in all of our communications online. I am so pleased with the hard work of our IT department and their ongoing efforts to always re-new this certification,” said President Ed Forman, Watson Realty Corp.™ 

    Watson Realty Corp.™ is the member representative of LeadingRE for Northeast Florida.

  • Going Green with Watson Realty Corp.

    by Watson Realty | Mar 20, 2013
    Green building is smart building. Aside from their obvious benefit to the environment, green buildings deliver financial savings, are more comfortable, return higher productivity rates and have higher resale values.

    Whether you are building a green home or looking for one, you are doing your part to reduce your carbon footprint. 

    Luckily, this home has energy efficient features that help you save on your electricity bill while enjoying a quiet, environmentally friendly oasis in your own backyard.

    Heating and cooling costs are a very large portion of your energy bill. The most effective way to cut these costs is to lower the amount of heat transferred into your home in the summer and out of your home in the winter. With NASA developed insulation throughout this home and garage, you are saving tremendously on your electric bill.

    Enjoy a late afternoon swim in the solar heated pool. Not only does it feel amazing, solar heated pools save you money. A gas heater can cost you up to five times more in a fifteen-year period.

    For more information or to view this energy efficient home, please visit or contact Josette Estes at 904.705.1092 or
  • Watson Realty Corp. Welcomes Drake Batchelder to St. Augustine Beach

    by Watson Realty | Mar 13, 2013


    Paula Silberberg, VP/Managing Broker of the Watson Realty Corp.™ Realtors® St. Augustine Beach office, welcomes Drake Batchelder as a residential sales associate.

    Originally from Indiana, Batchelder was raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and completed a law degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville. After working for law firms in South Florida, Batchelder started his own practice of real estate law. He decided to begin his second career in residential real estate sales in 2012. Batchelder has completed his licensing and sales training and looks forward to using his past experience in business sales and real estate law to assist customers with their real estate needs.

    An active participant in his community, Batchelder has served on various boards with civic, charitable and legal organizations.   “Watson Realty’s available training and marketing tools combined with my commitment to providing excellent service to customers will ensure the results they expect and deserve,” shared Batchelder.

    For more information about Drake Batchelder, contact him by phone at (904) 806-4544 or

  • Watson Realty Corp. Welcomes Channing Bernreuter to Atlantic Beach

    by Watson Realty | Mar 11, 2013
    VP/Managing Broker Ann Shahin is pleased to welcome Channing Bernreuter to the Atlantic Beach sales team. Bernreuter joins Watson Realty Corp.ä with 12 years of successful sales and sales management experience throughout the North Florida area. He also has executive business experience as a corporate trainer. Bernreuter is an active member of the National Association of Realtorsâ, Florida Realtorsâ and Northeast Florida Association of Realtorsâ. Bernreuter enjoys many Florida outdoor activities such as golfing, biking on the beach and boating, as well as spending time with his family and friends. He is also a technology enthusiast and stays current on the latest gadgets.

    Bernreuter was attracted toWatson Realty Corp. for many reasons which included name recognition, branding and strength in the market area. “I choose Watson Realty because, as a Jacksonville native, I grew up knowing the Watson Realty name and reputation. Having had friends and family become members of the Watson Realty Corp. family, it simply feels like the best choice for me.” said Bernreuter.

    For more information or to view listings, Channing Bernreuter can be reached by phone at (904) 655-3031 or at The Atlantic Beach office is located at 1117 Atlantic Blvd.
  • New LeadingRE Designations Earned

    by Watson Realty | Mar 07, 2013

    Congratulations to the following individuals for completing training to become Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE) Certified Leaders (LCL). The LCL is awarded after successful completion on all 13 Leadership skills courses in the Leadership Certification series in LeadingRE's online learning system, Institute 2.0.

    • Jeff Fagan, Regional Vice President, Central Florida
    • Tina Arant, VP/Managing Broker, Putnam County office
    • Mike Chiorando, VP/Managing Broker, Wekiva office
    • Gina Hall, Manager, Gainesville office

     Congratulations to the following individuals for completing the training to become LeadingRE Certified Service Experts (LSE). The 12-course training was completed through Institute 2.0 and focuses on topics such as customer expectations, communication and active listening.

    • Eileen Jarvis, Jacksonville Relocation
    • Sue Brockelbank, Jacksonville Relocation

     Congratulations to the following individuals for completing the training to become LeadingRE Certified Sales Specialists (LSS). This certification is also 12 courses in length and covers strategy, readiness, service, communication, commitment and loyalty.

    • Bruce Blatman, Oviedo office
    • John Levchuk, Ponte Vedra office

    These three certifications each take approximately one year to complete and are available through OUR WORLD online community platform under the Institute 2.0 tab.

  • Watson Realty Corp. Ponte Vedra Welcomes Don Kimball

    by Watson Realty | Mar 07, 2013
    VP/Managing Broker Mary Ann Bongiorno is pleased to welcome J. Donald Kimball to the Ponte Vedra Beach office. Kimball joins Watson Realty with executive management experience and after a successful career in the automobile industry. Kimball raced Chevrolets in his younger years and then transitioned to working for and owning high-end car dealerships. He graduated from the General Motor Institute and the Honda Executive Management and BMW Executive Management schools.

    Kimball specializes in representing buyers and sellers in the luxury home market with ocean front homes and homes in gated communities. Kimball is active in the PGA Partners Club. He enjoys golfing, watching football, baseball and racing. His favorite pastime is spending time with his family. He and his wife, Shelby, have been married for 50 years and have five daughters and eight grandchildren. They are active in a charitable organization they founded that raises awareness and educates on the topic of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC).

    For more information or to view listings, Don Kimball can be reached by phone at (904) 483-8000 or at .  The Ponte Vedra Beach office is located at 615 Highway A1A.
  • Florida Realtors Selects Diana Galavis for Leadership Academy

    by Watson Realty | Mar 06, 2013
    Congratulations to Diana Galavis of the Hidden Hills
    office for being one of 14 Realtors state-wide to participate in the Florida Realtors® 5th annual Leadership Academy.   

    The Leadership Academy was established in 2008 to identify emerging Realtor® leaders ready to get involved, make a difference and enhance their leadership skills. The goal of the Academy is to empower its participants to develop the skills needed to lead a committee, a Realtor® association or a community activity.

    “We are very excited about this year’s program and its participants,” says 2013 Leadership Academy Committee Chairman Mark Palace, owner-broker of Palace Properties International in Indian Harbor Beach, Fla. “My committee did a wonderful job of interviewing and selecting our 14 participants; we’re looking forward to a great class this year!” 

    Members of the Leadership Academy will participate in classroom activities, group and independent study sessions, team-building and goal-setting exercises, leadership techniques and communication skills enhancement. In addition, they will collectively work on their class project designed to promote greater awareness of the need for organ donation.

    Galavis’s volunteer activities include service to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, Toys for Tots, Meals on Wheels, and sponsoring a needy family.  In addition, Galavis is a 2013 Young Professionals Network Advisory Committee District Contact, 2013 Northeast Florida Association of Realtors® Young Professionals Network Chairperson, 2013 Global Networking Forum Vice Chairman, and 2013 local chapter Woman’s Council of Realtors® Secretary.

    As part of the Florida Realtors® Leadership Academy, Galavis states “Volunteering for the Realtor® organization has been a part of my business plan and goals from the beginning of my career.  I began serving with Women’s Council of Realtors®, NEFAR Global Business Council and now spearheading the Young Professional Network at our local association.  I find giving my service to the Realtor® community is not only rewarding but also beneficial to the business.”

    Galavis was awarded the Watson Realty Corp.™ President’s Award for 2012 for closing more than $3 million in sales with her business partner, Millie Kanyar. Galavis was also chosen as a real estate role model within Watson Realty Corp.™ in 2012 representing the Jacksonville region. Galavis is with the Watson Realty Corp.™ Hidden Hills office ( ) and can be reached at 904-710-5387.