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  • Watson Realty Corp. Associates Named America’s Best Real Estate Agents

    by Watson Realty | Jul 29, 2014

    Jacksonville, Fla. – July 29, 2014 – REAL Trends recently released their list of “America’s Best Real Estate Agents.” A total of four categories comprise this prestigious list: Individuals by Transaction Sides, Individuals by Volume, Team by Transaction Sides and Team by Volume.

    The requirements for individuals to be recognized on the list are a minimum of 50 sides or $20 million and for teams, 75 closed sides or $30 million in closed sales volume.

    Of the 332 total agents who made the list in Florida for transaction sides, Watson Realty Corp. had 29 sales associates recognized. In terms of closed volume, Watson Realty Corp. had 6 sales associates awarded out of 162, and two teams out of a total of 172 teams.

    Kyle Passkiewicz of the Watson Realty Corp. Intracoastal office ranked number one in Florida for transaction sides. Passkiewicz’s transaction sides totaled over 609.65 and valued $75 million in 2013; allowing him to set a first-ever company record. In terms of transaction volume he ranked 15th in the entire state.

    “It is a huge honor to be recognized as top REALTOR in the state of Florida for transaction sides,” said Passkiewicz. “To also set a company record shows that hard work and attending to the customer’s needs truly pays off.”

    Debbie Shagnea from the Mandarin South office, the company’s second highest producer in 2013, ranked 34th for sales volume and 24th on the list for transaction sides. Shagnea closed $50.1 million in sales with transaction sides totaling 155.25.

    “I never think my customers notice this type of recognition, but you would be surprised how many actually do their homework before selecting a real estate professional and mention it when they make their first contact to enlist me as their agent,” said Shagnea.

    The Gachet-Crum Team of the St. Augustine Beach office was the highest producer in the company’s North Central region and ranked 89th on the Top Team by Sides category, closing a total of 106.35 sides.

    The “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” list was created by Real Trends in partnership with Trulia. Individuals who made the list will have the “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” logo displayed on their Trulia profiles.

    For a complete list of all the winners access “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” at http://www.realtrends.com/best-real-estate-agents-america#.

  • Moving Out Cleaning Checklist

    by Watson Realty | Jul 28, 2014

    Whether you are moving out and trying to sell your home, or moving out of a rental and hoping to get your deposit back, cleaning is important. Most cleaning is easier to complete after you have moved, but some can be done beforehand. If you are renting, check your lease or rental agreement to verify what cleaning responsibilities you have.

    Use the list below to help you tackle the cleaning room by room.

    All Areas

    • Dust/clean baseboards
    • Get rid of any cobwebs
    • Dust/clean walls, remove any scuffs
    • Vacuum/sweep and mop floors
    • Remove nails or screws from walls and fill holes
    • Replace any burnt out light bulbs
    • Replace A/C filter and dust/clean all vents
    • Wash windows
    • Dust/clean all doors and door knobs
    • Wipe down light switches and outlets
    • Dust/ clean any window coverings or blinds
    • Clean the grout of any tile flooring

    Kitchen

    • Completely clean oven and broiler pans. Some ovens have a self-clean setting, but hand cleaning with an oven cleaner works better and won’t heat up the entire house.
    • Clean refrigerator and freezer inside and out
    • Dust/clean all cabinets
    • Clean under the refrigerator
    • Dust/clean all lighting
    • Scrub sink, countertops and faucet
    • Clean out drawers and remove any liners
    • Vacuum/sweep and mop flooring

    Bathroom

    • Thoroughly clean bath and/or shower. Get rid of all soap scum and any dust or hair.
    • Clean out cabinets and drawers. Remove drawer liners and make sure cabinets are completely empty.
    • Clean toilet inside and out. Make sure to clean well around the base of the toilet. If needed, replace toilet seat.
    • Clean all glass and mirrors.
    • Clean and disinfect countertops, sink and faucet
    • Vacuum/sweep, mop and disinfect floors
    • Dust/clean the surface of vent fan

    Living Room

    • Dust/clean down walls, baseboards and window frames
    • Vacuum/ sweep and mop flooring
    • Dust/clean windows (including window sills)
    • Dust/clean ceiling fan blades and light fixtures

      Bedrooms

    • Dust/clean walls, baseboards and window frames
    • Dust/clean ceiling fan blades and light fixtures
    • Clean all windows (including window sills)
    • Vacuum/ sweep and mop flooring
    • Dust/clean any closets and shelving

    Laundry Room

    • Vacuum around, behind and under washer and dryer
    • Get rid of all remaining lint and dust bunnies
    • Clean out the lint trap
    • Dust/clean the exterior of all appliances

    Outdoor Areas

    • Clean out any outdoor storage
    • Sweep off patio and/or front door step
    • Dust/clean any light fixtures, replace burnt out light bulbs
    • Get rid of any cobwebs or any insect nests
    • Clean doors and the tracks of sliding doors
  • Watson Realty Corp. Adds Community Association Management Division

    by Watson Realty | Jul 24, 2014
    Jacksonville, Fla. – July 24, 2014 – A new division of Watson Realty Corp. Property Management is now located in the Palm Coast branch office, effective July 16.

    Executive Vice President for Watson Realty Corp. and President of Watson Maintenance Services, Wendell Davis, recently announced that Flagler Palm Coast Property Management, Inc. has merged with Watson Realty Corp. to become Watson Realty Corp. Association Management.

    The office will provide community association management services for 27 residential condominium and homeowner associations, as well as commercial condominiums and industrial parks in Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns counties. Community association management includes overseeing daily operations and maintenance of the facilities, common properties and amenities within the communities. It also includes management of the community finances and association compliance with their governing documents.

    This will be the 29th office supervised by Davis and the first Watson Realty Corp. Association Management office.

    “It is a great accomplishment to expand our services in the Palm Coast area,” explained Davis. “This growth will hopefully lead to wonderful opportunities for the company and our division.”

    Marc Bellapianta will lead the new Watson Association Management office. Bellapianta joins the Watson team with 18 years of experience working as the manager of Flagler Palm Coast Property Management, Inc.

    “I am excited about this opportunity to join Watson Realty Corp. and to work to expand community association management throughout central and northeast Florida,” Bellapianta said.
  • Watson Realty Corp. celebrates recent LeadingRE graduates

    by Watson Realty | Jul 21, 2014

    One Watson Realty Corp. team member recently earned the LeadingRE Service Expert Certification (LSE) through Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) Institute 2.0 online training program.

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

    Cher Parris – Longwood

    Seven Watson Realty Corp. team members recently earned the LeadingRE Relocation Specialist (LRS) through Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Institute 2.0 online training program.

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

    Judy Lassiter – Mandarin North

    Shimon Meir – Mandarin North

    Jan Stumbaugh – Mandarin North

    Michael Robinson – OP Blanding

    Judy Bissell – Orlando Relocation

    Patricia Shook – Port Orange

    Michele Scarponi – St. Augustine 

    Five Watson Realty Corp. team members recently earned the LeadingRE Sales Specialist Certification (LSS) through Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Institute 2.0 online training program.

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

    Michael O’Callaghan – Championsgate

    Kyle Verno – Oviedo

    Bill Wicker – Oviedo

    Kathleen Brooks – St. John’s

    Jackie Frye – St. Marys

  • Watson Realty Corp. Congratulates Four Associates Named in America’s Top 1,000 Real Estate Professionals by Real Trends in The Wall Street Journal

    by Watson Realty | Jul 17, 2014

    Jacksonville, Fla. – July 17, 2014 – Watson Realty Corp. sales associates were recently named in America’s top real estate professionals by REAL Trends and as advertised in The Wall Street Journal.  They are now members of the “The Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals,” a prestigious national awards ranking sponsored annually by the two respected publications.

    “The Thousand” honors the top 1,000 residential agents and agent teams by transaction sides and volume. Watson Realty Corp. is proud to have such talented real estate professionals.

    “Becoming a member of such an elite group as “The Thousand” is an incredible accomplishment in any market, but what these individuals did during these challenging times is impressive on so many levels,” said Marti Gallardo, vice president of classified advertising for The Wall Street Journal.  “Their efforts topped 99.99 percent of the more than 963,000 REALTORS nationwide.”

    Rankings by Transaction Sides:

                #5        Kyle Passkiewicz – Intracoastal Office – 609.65

                #191     Debbie Shagnea – Mandarin South Office – 155.25

                #235     Misty Williams – Jacksonville Relocation – 144.80

                #236     Jane Crosby – Deland Office – 144.75

    Rankings by Volume:

                #146     Kyle Passkiewicz – Intracoastal Office - $75,652,072

    “The best individual agents and teams were nothing short of phenomenal considering the recovering real estate market,” said Steve Murray, founder of Denver-based publishing and communications company REAL Trends, which compiled the list. 

    The ranking of “The Thousand” can be found at: www.thethousandrealestateprofessionals.com.

    Watson Realty Corp.™ is honored to be a founding member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) and a four-time recipient of the network’s highest honor, the Diamond Award. In addition to trusted referrals, members of the LeadingRE® network provide exceptional marketing advantages and knowledge to their buyers and sellers.

     For more information on Watson Realty Corp., visit www.WatsonRealtyCorp.com  or call 800.257.5143

  • Two Watson Realty Corp. Ponte Vedra Associates Receive Graduate, REALTOR® Institute Designation

    by Watson Realty | Jul 15, 2014
    Jeanie Leapley and Michele Daly, sales associates at the Watson Realty Corp. Ponte Vedra office, received their Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation from the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors in June.

    There are three separate GRI series: GRI-1 is 45 hours of coursework, GRI-2 and GRI-3 are both 30 hours. The GRI coursework provides Realtors with a more extensive real estate education. The courses cover specialized topics including ethics and professional standards as required by the National Association of REALTORS®. Other courses cover personal marketing, business planning and laws on land use and private property rights.

    Leapley described the course content as interesting, relevant and engaging. She is grateful for the additional knowledge she gained on specific practices including appraisals, property management and international real estate.
  • Justin Timmons Featured on HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt

    by Watson Realty | Jul 10, 2014
    Jacksonville, Fla. – July 10, 2014 – Justin Timmons, Realtor, Watson Realty Corp. Sunbeam office is the latest sales associate to be featured on HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt. The episode originally aired July 4 and will air again on August 17. For additional airings, visit www.HGTV.com.

    “It was definitely a new and different experience,” said Timmons.

    “Even though at times it was stressful, having to memorize certain lines on the spot and doing the same scenes multiple times, I was excited to be a part of the process”

    Timmons started his career at the age of 20, in the Watson Realty Corp. Baymeadows office as an administrative assistant, after quitting his job as a busboy at Red Lobster. Six months later, Timmons obtained his real estate license and soon after began partnering his real efforts with his mother, Sabrina Wickham.

    Wickham, who has been a Realtor for 12 years, said it was always their mission to become a team and partner together once Timmons obtained his license.

    “Our personalities really work well together,” Wickham said. “Even though he is my son, I wanted him to earn his own respect as a Realtor.”

    Wickham says they were able to separate their family relationship easily as Timmons would call her Sabrina and a lot of people didn’t even know that he was her son.

    Both Timmons and Wickham are happy to be a part of the Watson Realty Corp. team. They attribute their success in the industry to the wonderful training received and the dominant market presence Watson Realty Corp. has in Northeast Florida.

    In his spare time Timmons enjoys spending time with his two sons at the beach or pool and is a huge Jaguars fan and a season ticket holder. Wickham enjoys cooking, working out and spending time with her two grandsons.

    Watson Realty Corp. (WatsonRealtyCorp.com) is honored to be a founding member of LeadingRE (www.LeadingRE.com ), and a four-time recipient of the network’s highest honor, the Diamond Award. LeadingRE is the largest network of premier locally-branded firms producing over one million annual home sale transactions and provides its affiliates with an extensive range of brokerage services. These services include lead generation, cross-market referrals, branding support, luxury marketing, online exposure, technology systems, and industry-leading professional development.  

    For more information on Watson Realty Corp., visit www.WatsonRealtyCorp.com  or call 800.257.5143.
  • JUNE NEW AGENTS

    by Watson Realty | Jul 09, 2014

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

     Jacksonville Region

    Monir Yazgi – Hidden Hills

    Tanya Tomanek – St. Johns

    Barbara Morrissey – Fort Caroline

    Travis Wilson – South Beach     

    Christopher Ricks – North Jacksonville

    Karen Brazda, Kelly Tomlinson – OP Blanding

    Marie Cadogan, Richard Gibaja – Southside

    Christopher Bryant – Intracoastal

    Central/Orlando Region

    Denise Febres – Clermont

    Danielle Diana-Morgan, RuthAnn Costa, Warren Wright – DeLand

    Betsy Bayram, Daniel Pisha, Lisa Chiesa – Lake Mary/Heathrow

    Barry Steinhart, Olga Franco, Stacey Engstrom – Wekiva/ Longwood

    Michelle Figueroa – Kissimmee

    Joe DiMaulo - Oviedo 

    North Central Region

    Dwight Staub, Brenda McKinney, Robert Maguire, Alexis Ashton – St. Augustine

    Roxane Felder, Mary Singley, Kalonie Jones – Middleburg

    Annia Torres, Brendo Cohn, Christina McKendrick – St. Augustine Beach

    Rocky Eppolito, Kendra Thorsell – Gainesville

    Andrea Thompson – Palm Coast

  • Watson Realty Corp. Palm Coast Office Celebrates $7.02M Commercial Sale

    by Watson Realty | Jul 08, 2014
    Palm Coast, Fla. – July 8, 2014Tom Tallaksen, Realtor, Watson Realty Corp. Palm Coast office, just closed on the office’s largest transaction of the year.

    The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York purchased the former Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) training facility June 27, for $7.02 million. The 2014 appraised value of the property was $8,831,305, according to the Flagler Property Appraiser’s Office.

    The property is located at 4500 Palm Coast Parkway SE., Palm Coast, FL 32137. Watchtower plans to use the site as a training facility much like the FAA. There are no major renovations planned.

    "Embry Riddle has been a good steward of the property,” Tallaksen noted. “Everything has been maintained at a high level.”

    This sale was the largest for both Tallaksen and the Palm Coast office. Tallaksen works as a team with his wife Rosemarie. The couple usually focuses on residential real estate, but this is not Tallaksen’s first commercial transaction. Tallaksen plans to put his focus on commercial sales going forward.

    Lindsay Dolamore, Vice President/Managing Broker of the Palm Coast office is excited for the possibility of expanding commercial business.

    “This sale is a major accomplishment for Tom and our office. We hope this transaction will show our capabilities in commercial real estate,” said Dolamore.

    Watson Realty Corp. (WatsonRealtyCorp.com) is honored to be a founding member of LeadingRE (www.LeadingRE.com ), and a four-time recipient of the network’s highest honor, the Diamond Award. LeadingRE is the largest network of premier locally-branded firms producing over one million annual home sale transactions and provides its affiliates with an extensive range of brokerage services. These services include lead generation, cross-market referrals, branding support, luxury marketing, online exposure, technology systems, and industry-leading professional development.  

    For more information on Watson Realty Corp., visit www.WatsonRealtyCorp.com  or call 800.257.5143.
  • Fourth of July Safety

    by Watson Realty | Jul 02, 2014

    Independence Day is right around the corner. It is a day of food, fun and celebration. Proper planning of your Fourth of July parties or festivities is essential. Planning ahead of time will keep the day safe and fun and help you to avoid any unforeseen problems. Consider the following tips when planning your Fourth of July.

    Fireworks Safety:

    • Keep fireworks away from children and supervise children at all times. Even sparklers can potentially cause injuries.
    • Never attempt to re-light or move fireworks that have not fully ignited or “duds.”
    • Keep water and a hose handy in case of fire.
    • Make sure to use fireworks that are legal in your area.
    • When lighting fireworks, make sure you are a safe distance from other people, homes, trees or cars.
    • Light fireworks one at a time and move back quickly.
    • For safe cleanup, douse used fireworks with water or soak in a bucket of water prior to disposal.

    Food Safety:

    • Avoid cross contamination: keep raw foods separate from cooked foods and vegetables.
    • Make sure to cook all meat products thoroughly. Checking internal temperature is much more reliable than checking the color of the meat.
      • Fish, pork, lamb, veal and beef should reach at least 145 degrees internally.
      • Ground beef and other ground meets should reach 160 degrees.
      • Poultry and hot dogs should reach at least 165 degrees internally for safe consumption.
    • Place cooked meat on clean dishes, not the same dishes used for raw meat.
    • Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Food should sit out for no longer than two hours after preparation. If it is warmer than 90 degrees outside, food should sit out for no longer than one hour.
    • Refrigerate or freeze leftovers promptly. Throw out any food that has been sitting out too long.

    Sun Protection:

    • Make sure to apply sunscreen before you are outdoors.
    • Reapply sunscreen every few hours if you are spending the day outside.
    • Buy new sunscreen each year. Old or expired sunscreen may not work effectively.
    • If possible, create shaded areas with umbrellas, tents or tarps to provide areas out of direct sunlight.

      General Tips:

    • Use alcohol responsibly. Make sure that a specific sober adult is designated to handle fireworks and that there is someone to supervise any children.
    • Bug protection is also important in the summer. Have insect repellent on hand and consider purchasing citronella candles or bug repelling tiki torches.
    • Make sure that children are constantly supervised. Playing outdoors poses more safety risks for children.
    • Ensure that children are drinking plenty of water to prevent dehydration.