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  • A Home for Casselberry Elementary School

    by Watson Realty | Jun 25, 2013
    Each of our 40 sales offices at Watson Realty Corp. have their own unique personality that is influenced by the communities they serve. One common trait that brings them together is their willingness to serve those in need through different community charitable organizations. Throughout the years and through the efforts of our sales offices, Watson Realty Corp. has had the opportunity to work with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Children’s Home Society, Jacksonville Humane Society and the Second Harvest Food Bank, just to name a few.

    One particular organization struck a personal chord with the Watson Realty Corp. Oviedo office.  So much so, that they decided to adopt this organization as their charity for the first half of this year.  Here is a letter from Wendell Yates, REALTOR® at the Oviedo office, sharing the impact made on him by getting the office involved with this amazing organization:

    Over two seasons, CBS's 60 Minutes has run a story on Casselberry Elementary School. The school is located about 20 minutes from Watson Realty's Oviedo office in Casselberry, Fla. The school has a large number of homeless families; even enough to create bus stops at motels where many of these families now reside.

    60 Minutes highlighted the plight of these families along with the community and their response. Last fall, at my wife's suggestion, I brought over donations to the school's Care Cabin. I was moved by the "family" of administrators, teachers and students at the school. I continued to help in any way I could by bringing over canned goods, clothing, toys and Wal-Mart gift cards (used for food & Christmas gifts).

    With the help of our Managing Broker, Nancy Shear, and our New Homes Manager, Pam Feirick, our office adopted Casselberry Elementary as our charity for the first six months of 2013. Everyone at the office jumped in and Nancy and Pam kept us focused on a common goal of helping the school. We even had a group of REALTORS® who made all-natural laundry detergent from scratch for the school. Clothes were collected along with food products and paper goods. The office would also caravan to the school on a number of occasions to help fill the Care Cabin.

    We would like to recognize the Extraordinary Watson Realty Corp. Oviedo office and their continued efforts benefiting the Casselberry Elementary School. They set a prime example of extraordinary community members. As a business that makes houses homes, we believe that the Oviedo office is helping the families of Casselberry Elementary School by making their current living arrangement feel more like home.

    Click here to watch the Casselberry Elementary School 60 Minutes segment:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7358670n

    ***Do you know an extraordinary Watson Realty Corp.™ REALTOR®? We are looking for those who have made an extraordinary impact on their community to share across our social media sites.

    Is your office coming together on a project that will make a difference in your community? What random act of kindness have you experienced and how did you pay it forward? What organizations are you involved with and how do you support their cause?

    Submissions will be collected until Sunday, June 30th.

    Click on the link to submit your story:

    http://www.watsonrealtycorp.com/realtors-league
  • League of Extraordinary REALTORS® - An American Hero

    by Watson Realty | Jun 19, 2013

    Three military bases, Jacksonville NAS, Mayport Naval Station and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, surround Jacksonville, Florida. The communities in this area have a strong military presence and are thankful to the men and women who serve. Grateful to serve these markets, we at Watson Realty Corp. know first hand, how it feels to have a loved one fighting for our country.

    Jon Singelton, Realtor® at our Avondale/Ortega office is a Naval Officer who was involuntarily mobilized to Afghanistan in 2006. He had spent almost 10 years on active duty flying helicopters, going to sea, living overseas, working logistics and ended up in the Pentagon working budget and policy issues and preparing reports for Congress.  He left that life to settle in Jacksonville and raise a family. Then one day, he got a phone call that changed his life. Here is a letter from Jon to his family and friends.

    03.12.2006
    TO ALL:

    I am deeply grateful and humbled by the support and concern our family has received over the past few weeks.  I've been called duty, and though this was not our plan, I'm going willing to serve, and I will be better able to conduct my mission with your love in our hearts.  I've now finished the Navy portion of my "processing" and am on the way to an Army Camp in Mississippi to learn about Army things.  My basic role will be to train the Afghan National Army in Logistics... I'm currently leading a group of 14 Navy Supply and Medical personnel, and we'll be in various parts of Afghanistan, preparing the country to assume the duties of National Defense.  We have at least 150 Navy folks going, performing various different missions, and I understand we'll join about 1,000 National Guard troops, and all go over together.  I'll be learning Dari and Pashtu, as well as the use of Army equipment, before I head over in May.  I'll be "in-country" for a year, and will not be back in Jacksonville until at least June 2007, and it may be August before I'm available for beer and war stories.  I do know that this will be an incredibly rewarding experience, and I'm sure in the future I'll count this as one of my most significant periods of my life. 

    My business is continuing in my absence, thanks in large part to the help of my boss.  I have a team in place, taking care of my customers, and I will still have good email access, and will even be able to retrieve voice mail and faxes (the numbers below will continue to work, particularly for messages).  I will be working on several license and designation classes, and hope to return with a stronger skill set than when I left. I'll have a mailing address in Afghanistan soon, and will promulgate that information.  I plan to serve as a conduit for all the troops to home, and will be seeking other Florida residents.  I know I have phenomenal support, and plan to spread that as far as it will go.  We currently have about 20,000 troops in Afghanistan, and that seems to be increasing. 

    Thanks again, I couldn't do this without you.  I'll give you more information as I have it.  Feel free to forward my emails to those who may not have received them.  Raise a cup for me at Starbuck's and I'll hurry home.

    As mentioned in the letter, Jon was able to continue his business with the help of his team, office and manger.  That year, Jon and his team closed over $2.5 million in sales.  Although he was not physically there at showings and closings, Jon continued to help his customers and build a team that portrayed his values when it comes to quality customer service.

    We thank Jon for his service and his continued efforts in real estate. Jon demonstrates the qualities of an American hero and is a true example of an Extraordinary REALTOR®.

    To read more about Jon’s Sojourn to Afghanistan, click here: http://bit.ly/14iMDeZ 

    ***Do you know an extraordinary Watson Realty Corp.™ REALTOR®? We are looking for those who have made an extraordinary impact on their community to share across our social media sites.

    Is your office coming together on a project that will make a difference in your community? What random act of kindness have you experienced and how did you pay it forward? What organizations are you involved with and how do you support their cause?

    Submissions will be collected until Sunday, June 30th. 
    Click on the link to submit your story:
    http://www.watsonrealtycorp.com/realtors-league

  • Don Migliore Earns Bronze Premier Club Award from LeadingRE for Outstanding Referrals

    by Watson Realty | Jun 14, 2013

    Watson Realty Corp™ is proud to announce Don Migliore P.A., of the Championsgate office as the recipient of the LeadingRE 2013 Bronze Award.  Migliore met the Bronze Level status requirements for all of 2013 in the first quarter of the year by having three sent outgoing referrals and one closed outgoing referral. 

    The 2013 Bronze Award is part of the LeadingRE Premier Club program, recognizing sales associates for superior outgoing referral production.  The Premier Club offers three levels of awards based on numbers of outgoing referrals sent and closed in a calendar year:  the Bronze Award, the Silver Award and the Gold Award. 

    Migliore is a multi-million dollar producer and holds many national real estate designations. He has been named the top associate for the past four years in the Championsgate office and was given a Five Star Best Client Satisfaction award from Florida HomeBuyer Magazine in 2009 and 2012. 

    Don Migliore can be reached through his associate website, DonMigliore.WatsonRealtyCorp.com.

  • The League of Extraordinary REALTORS® - David Butler aka Santa Saves the Day!

    by Watson Realty | Jun 13, 2013

    Few home closing transactions are unforgettable – both for the customers and for the Realtors. The trip to the title company for the signings, exchange of funds, and picking up the house keys is that necessary step sandwiched between the thrill of the hunt for the perfect house and the excitement of moving in and making the house a home. For Ray and Alicia Klaase and their children, walking into their closing was the most exciting step of all and one they will never forget.

    Realtor David Butler has helped many buyers and sellers close on their properties for the past 17 years. The Klaase family is a long-time customer who was ready to upgrade their home to meet the needs of their growing family. After enjoying living on the Westside of Jacksonville, they chose the booming new community of Nocatee for their second home. Located between Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra, Nocatee offers great amenities for residents, including neighborhood parks, a sports and pool complex and plans for an elementary school. The Klaase family carefully chose their lot before the street was even finished and their four daughters helped to design and choose tile and colors during the six-month home-building process. The entire family was involved in helping to create their dream home.

    “Building from the ground up can be overwhelming with all of the choices and options. Dave provided sound advice on how to best spend our money…,” shared Ray Klaase. 

    Both Butler and the family were hopeful that the completion date and closing would happen before Christmas so they could celebrate in the new house. With any home sales, hurdles are always presented along the way and it is the Realtor’s job to jump these hurdles and close the sale. 

    The week before Christmas had arrived and they were still not in their new home. As their Realtor, Butler was working with the builder’s site agent to try to make the closing happen by Friday. As the top associate in the Watson Realty San Marco/San Jose office, Butler is known for his great customer service and passion for helping others. One of his favorite volunteer jobs is being Santa Claus at Christmastime for the Community Hospice Center in Mandarin. On Friday, December 21, 2012, Butler was in his suit and enjoying playing the part. Between the Ho-Ho-Ho-ing and wish granting, Butler got the call that the documents were ready for the Klaase closing. This was the last business day before Christmas and therefore, the last possible chance to get the family in their new home in time for Christmas. Rushing to get there before 5:00 p.m., there was no time for Butler to change out of his Santa suit. The family was certainly surprised that Santa Claus was at their closing and delivering their biggest gift early – the keys to their dream home. 

    “We had fun with a Christmas closing and even with all the anxiety of moving, Dave made it possible for Santa Claus to be able to visit our four lovely girls on moving day. Dave and his reindeer are welcome to our home for milk and cookies anytime,” said Klaase.

    ***Do you know an extraordinary Watson Realty Corp.™ REALTOR®? We are looking for those who have made an extraordinary impact on their community to share across our social media sites.

    Is your office coming together on a project that will make a difference in your community? What random act of kindness have you experienced and how did you pay it forward? What organizations are you involved with and how do you support their cause?

    Submissions will be collected until Sunday, June 30th. 
    Click on the link to submit your story:
    http://www.watsonrealtycorp.com/realtors-league

  • The League of Extraordinary REALTORS® - Sharon Mills Saves the Day!

    by Watson Realty | Jun 12, 2013

    Throughout the years, we have recognized that our REALTORS® are particularly extraordinary. Whether they give their time volunteering in various community organizations or perform selfless random acts of kindness to those need, our REALTORS® go above and beyond the call of duty. In this example, we share a letter from a family in crisis who had just been in a car accident on I-95 in Jacksonville. Here is their story.

    "Dear Mr. Watson,

    On Sunday June 10, 2012 at 7PM we were on I-95 just south of downtown Jacksonville on our way home to Boca Raton after visiting family in Raleigh.  We were rear-ended by a hit and run pickup truck driven by a drunk driver.  We were pushed across the freeway where we bounced off the wall and spun back across all 3 lanes of traffic.  It's a miracle that we weren't hit by anyone else and we didn't suffer any serious injuries.  The driver was eventually apprehended and sentenced, but our car was totaled.

    The reason we are writing this letter to you is because of one of your associates, Sharon Mills.  As we were standing alone on the shoulder of the highway, next to our wrecked car waiting for the Highway Patrolman to get there, a SUV pulled over on the shoulder in front of us.  It was Sharon, she hadn't witnessed the accident, but when she saw us she stopped.  Something told us that our guardian angel had arrived, and we were so right.  No witnesses had stopped, but Sharon did.

    This is just the beginning of what Sharon did for us that night.  She immediately got out and came over to see what had happened, if we were okay and what she could do to help us.  That was 7PM and she stayed with us until 11PM.  She made numerous phone calls for us helping to arrange towing, local car dealers to tow to, hotels to stay overnight, assisting with the highway patrolman, etc.  There was a delay in getting towed, but Sharon was not about to leave us until she knew we had a place to stay overnight and that we could get a rental car.

    Sharon's family was at home expecting her to arrive soon.  She told them she couldn't leave us. Her family also deserves a big thank you for being so understanding.  We have a feeling that Sharon's family are just like her.

    Once the car was ready to be towed to a local dealer, we told Sharon that she should go home.  You know her answer? “NO WAY!”  She piled all of our luggage into her car and went with the tow truck driver.  Once the car was left there, she drove us to a local Hampton Inn.  She offered to come and get us in the morning, take us back to the Hyundai dealer and help us get a rental car.  That was not necessary because the hotel and car rental agency took care of that.

    W
    e are sure this is no surprise to you, as you know Sharon.  Her actions were somewhat surprising as many people nowadays just ignore others in need, but not Sharon. We wanted to tell someone this story because we doubt that Sharon would make a big deal over it, so we looked up your company contact information on your web page and thought you would enjoy hearing about one of your associates, who probably reflect her management and fellow employees.

    Please pass on our heartfelt thank you and appreciation to Sharon."

    We share that appreciation for Sharon and we thank her for her compassion and generosity. We could not think of anyone who better exemplifies the Watson Realty Corp.™ League of Extraordinary REALTORS®. 

    ***Do you know an extraordinary Watson Realty Corp.™ REALTOR®? We are looking for those who have made an extraordinary impact on their community to share across our social media sites.

    Is your office coming together on a project that will make a difference in your community? What random act of kindness have you experienced and how did you pay it forward? What organizations are you involved with and how do you support their cause?

    Submissions will be collected until Sunday, June 30th. 
    Click on the link to submit your story:

    http://www.watsonrealtycorp.com/realtors-league

     

  • Palm Coast Office Offers Seniors Living in Palm Coast Added Advantage With SRES Training®

    by Watson Realty | Jun 10, 2013

    When it is time for customers ages 50+ to sell the family home, contacting a Realtor® with specific training can ease the process. The Watson Realty Corp.™ Palm Coast office has a large group of Realtors® who hold the  Senior Real Estate Specialist designation (SRES®) . An official designation of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) through the Senior Real Estate Specialist Council, this training gives Realtors® professional expertise to meet the specific real estate needs of customers ages 50+. Some of the real estate needs include relocating, refinancing and selling the family home.
     
    The following sales associates hold the SRES® designation: 
    Cindy Tetreault, CTetreault.WatsonRealtyCorp.com
    Sherry L. White, SherryWhite.WatsonRealtyCorp.com
    Bina Yajnik, BYajnik.WatsonRealtyCorp.com
    Beatriz Garcia-Hoeppner, Beatriz.WatsonRealtyCorp.com
    David I. Alfin, http://dalfin.watsonrealtycorp.com/
     
    Customers can expect that an SRES® Realtor representing their next real estate transaction will provide knowledge and pertinent information for a customized marketing approach. SRES® Realtors are also trained to understand the challenges facing seniors making important life decisions regarding their living situation. For more information on the SRES® designation, visit SeniorsRealEstate.com. For more information about a qualified SRES Realtor at the Watson Realty Corp. Palm Coast office, visit http://www.WatsonPalmCoast.com or contact using the associate web page links above. 

  • Watson Realty’s Margaret Bove Strengthens Ties with IRG in Cayman Islands

    by Watson Realty | Jun 04, 2013

    Margaret Bove, office administrator for the Ponte Vedra Beach office, recently met with Sophie Miles, Relocation Director for fellow LeadingRE member International Realty Group Ltd (IRG) in the Cayman Islands.

    Ms. Bove and Ms. Miles met with the purpose of strengthening the business relationship between IRG and Watson Realty Corp.™  They discussed the strong real estate market in Grand Cayman and how IRG can increase their business through Watson Realty Corp.™  referrals for customers in the United States. Ms. Miles provided Ms. Bove with several marketing pieces including the IRG monthly magazine that includes a showcase of stunning properties. Available listings in the Cayman Islands include spectacular views with private beaches and luxury estates.

     

    For more information about available properties in the Cayman Islands or to view local luxury listings, contact the Watson Realty Corp.™  Ponte Vedra Beach office at 904.285.6300 or http://www.WatsonPonteVedra.com.

     

    Photo ID: L-R Margaret Bove, Watson Realty Corp.™ and Sophie Miles, IRG