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  • Sharon Voss Named Associate Realtor of the Year by Florida Realtors®

    by Watson Realty | Aug 28, 2014

    Orlando, Fla. – Aug. 28, 2014 – Watson Realty Corp. is very proud of Sharon Voss being honored as Associate Realtor of the Year at the Florida Realtors® Conference and Trade Expo in Orlando on Aug. 14.

    “Sharon has contributed a tremendous amount of dedication and time at the local, state and national levels and is associated with Watson Realty Corp.’s Wekiva/Longwood office,” said William A. Watson Jr., Watson Realty Corp. founder. “We are very proud of Sharon’s outstanding leadership and dedication to home ownership.”

    Voss serves as a director for the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and on NAR’s land use committee. She also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, Toys for Tots, Paws for the Cause, Mother Cabrini’s Society, the Junior Achievement Program and her church.

    “It is a great honor to receive this award and to represent the hardworking Realtors involved with Florida Realtors®,” said Voss. “We are all actively involved in our careers as well as in the communities we serve.”

    Voss has worked for Watson Realty Corp. since 1995 with short breaks. She was named 2012 Orlando Regional Realtor Association’s (ORRA) REALTOR® of the Year and is now the chairman elect for ORRA.

    She has taken additional courses to receive numerous certifications including GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute), CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative) and CIPS (Certified International Property Specialist.)

    Florida Realtors® has presented the Realtor of the Year and Associate Realtor of the Year awards for over 50 years. The Associate Realtor of the Year award honors a Realtor who is not a broker for their lifetime contributions to their local board or association, state and national associations and their own community.

  • Fernandina Beach, Watson Realty Corp.’s 43rd Branch Office, Celebrates Grand Opening

    by Watson Realty | Aug 26, 2014

    Fernandina Beach, Fla. – Aug. 26, 2014 – The Watson Realty Corp. Fernandina Beach branch office’s grand opening and ribbon cutting took place on Aug. 21.

    Attendees celebrated the office opening with refreshments and were welcomed to try out the new interactive storefront.

    With an Interactive Real Estate Storefront, a through-window, cutting-edge touch sensor technology allows customers 24/7 access to listings. The storefront displays utilize heat resistant (blackening-free), ultra-bright LED technology to deliver unblemished visibility, even in direct sunlight.

    “This historic area is a wonderful location to expand our presence on Amelia Island,” said William A. Watson Jr., Watson Realty Corp. founder. “The interactive storefront will make it possible to have a 24-hour presence in this busy area with frequent foot traffic.”

    The interactive storefront is accompanied by a sleek cable display system presenting multiple listings in the window, giving the public access to listings even outside of normal office hours.

    “The interactive storefront will draw attention to the office,” said Eric Eppley, vice president/managing broker of the office. “The technology will cause many exploring the historic district to stop by to try out the touch screens, see our listings and remember the new Watson Realty Corp. office.”

    Historic photos of Amelia Island are also displayed throughout the completely remodeled office, showcasing the historic area that surrounds the office.

    The office is located at 116 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. This prime location will have heavy foot traffic located in the heart of historic downtown Fernandina Beach with 55 blocks of historic buildings, shops, restaurants and entertainment.

  • Watson Realty Corp. celebrates recent LeadingRE graduates

    by Watson Realty | Aug 14, 2014

    Nine 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.

    Marie Benjamin – Heathrow
    James Benjamin – Heathrow
    Andrew Trotter – Maitland
    Karen Brazda – OP Blanding
    Jeff Baker – Orlando SW
    Peter Palmer – Oviedo
    Tina Arant – Putnam County
    Christine Wyant – St. Augustine
    Valerie Sanders – Watson Referral Realty Inc.

    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.

    Sherri King – Deland
    Andrenia Green – OP Blanding
    Jeff Baker – Orlando SW
    Eve Metlis – Orlando SW
    Joe DiMaulo – Oviedo
    Rocky O’Riley – Ponte Vedra
    Michael Walsh – Ponte Vedra
    Ray Boswer – Wekiva

    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.

    Cathy Laurenzi – Gainesville
    Jan Thompson – Hodges
    Paul Mitchell – Mandarin North
    Karen Brazda – OP Blanding
    Jeff Baker – Orlando SW
    Lisa Miller – Oviedo
    Shalynn Johnson – St. Augustine

  • Watson Realty Corp. Announces Gold Anniversary Cruise Incentive

    by Watson Realty | Aug 12, 2014

    Jacksonville, Fla. – Aug. 12, 2014 – Watson Realty Corp. founder William A. Watson Jr. and president Ed Forman are proud to announce the start of an associate incentive for a chance to take part in a 50th Golden Anniversary Cruise.

    Qualifying sales associates will set sail on the cruise to the eastern Caribbean May 17-24, 2015. A total of 250 double cabins with balconies have been reserved on the Royal Caribbean “Freedom of the Seas.”

    “I recognize that talented, professional associates have helped to make my business what it is today,” said Watson. “For that reason we have added the cruise to our 50th celebration, as a token of my gratitude.”

    The incentive will run from Aug. 12 – Nov. 30, 2014, with new and experienced sales associates having a chance to win. Each office’s vice president/managing broker kicked off their sales meeting this morning with a celebration of this exciting opportunity.

    Associate incentives help foster a successful and rewarding environment. This cruise will be an opportunity for associates to celebrate this occasion and their success together.

    “We believe that this cruise will bring excitement to our associates,” noted Forman. “This incentive and competition will lead to increased associate initiative.”

    After nearly 49 years in business, Watson Realty Corp. is still going strong and consistently providing Legendary Quality Service to accommodate customers’ real estate needs.

  • Pray for Pierce

    by Watson Realty | Aug 08, 2014

    Since finding a hard mass in the abdomen of their 5-month-old son Pierce on June 16, Alex and his wife Kiley Watson have been working tirelessly to find the best care and treatment for their son. Alex Watson, though no relation, is a sales associate at the Watson Realty Corp. Atlantic Beach office.

    On Aug. 4, the Watsons arrived in New York City at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Pierce met his doctors the following day. They began testing and are anxiously awaiting all of the results.

    “It is so hard to know what is best, especially when we’ve been told that if we don’t get it right the first time we are asking for a ‘death sentence’,” Kiley wrote on Facebook when the Watsons decided to get a second opinion on treatment.

    Days after originally discovering the mass, the family was informed it was a malignant tumor, later diagnosed as a neuroblastoma. Pierce had his first surgery June 24, to remove the tumor, which also required the removal of a kidney and several lymph nodes.

    On July 9, Pierce began chemotherapy at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.  The family was notified the next day Pierce’s cancer was very aggressive, dropping his chance of survival to about 50 percent and increasing the amount of treatment needed.

    Family and friends were heartbroken, along with the family, following this diagnosis. The news hit extremely close to home for Geneva Maxwell, a close friend of Alex and Kiley and mother of two children around the age of the Watsons’ boys.

    “Many lives have been touched and changed by this cute, precious baby boy,” said Maxwell. “Life’s problems truly didn’t even seem like problems when we thought about their [the Watsons’] situation and what they were going through. We prayed and asked God to use us in any way he saw fit.”

    Maxwell set up a GoFundMe account for the family and got wristbands manufactured to sell, with the proceeds going to the family.

    After receiving the news about the aggressiveness of Pierce’s condition, the treatment plan and overall outlook for his future, Alex and Kiley decided to get a second opinion by reaching out to Sloan-Kettering in New York City.

    The doctors at Sloan-Kettering were not sure the cancer was amplified and aggressive after looking over the test results from Wolfson.

    “This is absolutely crazy to us,” Kiley explained. “One group of doctors is telling us if we don’t do the most intense treatment possible for him, he will die; and the other is saying he may possibly not need any treatment.”

    Pierce’s oncologist at Wolfson then began to question whether the cancer was aggressive. One test showed that the cancer was amplified and aggressive, while a second test said it was not.

    Pierce’s treatment was put on hold until the family could get more definitive answers. Alex, Kiley and Pierces’ oncologists were all puzzled that the same test could bring different results. After sending out samples again, the results came back the same, with one showing amplified and the other showing non-amplified.

    The Watsons do not want to put Pierce through chemotherapy unless it is absolutely needed. They have read of horror stories about what chemotherapy can do to children so young, including going deaf and infertility among many other possible side effects.

    “He only has one kidney,” noted Alex. “All of the treatment would be processed through that one kidney.”

    Although the hospital bills are the last thing on their minds right now, the bills have inevitably been piling up. The Watsons got approved for government health insurance in late July. Alex is struggling to work and provide for his family while watching over Pierce and his brother Gage, who turns three Aug. 22.

    Support for the family has been overwhelming since the diagnosis and throughout their struggles to decide what treatment is best for Pierce.

    Family friend, Kate Pearce, is organizing a benefit dinner and silent auction for Pierce on Aug. 8 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Riverside. Between dinner tickets and auction proceeds, they are hoping to raise over $10,000 for the family.

    “We wanted to be able to do something substantial and knew we couldn’t do it ourselves,” said Pearce.

    The Watson Realty Corp. Chaffee Road office will be a sponsor of this event. Victoria St. Clair, a sales associate at the Chaffee Road office has been actively involved in raising money for the fundraiser.

    “It is just heartbreaking to know what this family is going through,” St. Clair said. “You can’t be prepared for something like this and I wanted to do anything I could to help out.”

    Many Watson Realty Corp. offices have gotten involved in fundraising and supporting the family.

    “I am so grateful to work for such an amazing company that cares about its associates not only from an administrative level but on an individual level as well,” said Alex. “I am receiving phone calls, letters and emails of support from everyone.”

    There are other ways to support Pierce and his family. Donations can be made to The Watson’s Family Fund on GoFundMe at http://www.gofundme.com/au5m5s. For information on other events, visit prayforpierce.com.  

  • July New Agents

    by Watson Realty | Aug 05, 2014

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

    Jacksonville Region

    Donna Dawson Hernandez – Atlantic Beach
    Katie Donoher, Ankur “Dev” Sharma, Jayne Parker – Avondale/Ortega
    Lesley Smith – Baymeadows/Sunbeam
    Cheryl Woolard, Diane Racioppo, Lateef Warnick, Bryan Kallam – Fleming Island
    Monica Scates, Carmen Llontrop, Cammie McLeod, Lex Gray – Ft. Caroline
    Lana Laskey – Hodges
    Sue Ann Decker – Intracoastal
    Jennifer Howell – Mandarin North
    Vickie Fiore – Mandarin South
    Lynda Williams – Orange Park Blanding
    Blake Meacham – Orange Park Oakleaf
    Carol Ann Spear – Ponte Vedra
    Jeffery Price – Southside
    Victoria Hlavac, Michael Sheppard, Cynthia Magnus, Sebastiana Ayres, Shantel Jackson, Mickey McCoy – St. Johns

    Central/Orlando Region

    Enger Barnes-Webb – Clermont
    Deb Kioukis Heathrow
    Vivian Arroyo, Yvonne Vickers, Renaud Lambert, Jamil Farmer – Kissimmee
    Joanne Prince – Longwood
    Jeremy Kasper – Maitland
    Mark Lake – Mt. Dora
    Barbara Fiorletta – New Smyrna Beach
    Natalie Lewis – Orlando SW
    Heather Sikes, Shannon Armstrong, Phillip Hughes, Peter Palmer, Laura McCarthy – Oviedo
    Linda Rode – Port Orange
    Nicole Myers, V. Mickie Rodriguez – Wekiva/Longwood  

    North Central Region

    Candace Fasano, Angela Garcia – Amelia Island
    Larayne Wilson – Gainesville
    Debra LaPorte – Middleburg
    Lotte Kassebaum – Palm Coast
    Kathleen “Kate” Franzese, Sharon Ford – St. Augustine