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  • Watson Realty Corp. Celebrates 2014 Performance At Central Florida Region Awards Ceremony

    by Watson Realty | Feb 26, 2015

    Watson Realty Corp. recently celebrated associates and offices in the Central Florida region for their exemplary performances in 2014 at the 49th annual awards ceremony, held at the Westin Lake Mary at Orlando North. The Central Florida region had an outstanding year in 2014, with more than $624 million in closed volume. This helped the company to achieve more than $2.61 BILLION in closed volume for 2014!

    Circle of Honor for Listings Award

    The Circle of Honor for Listings Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who had one new listing each month of 2014.

    Virginia Bellhorn, Oviedo

    Circle of Honor for Sales Award

    The Circle of Honor for Sales Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who had one new pending sale each month of 2014.

    Linda Lake and Christine Tangusso, Mount Dora
    Eve Metlis, SW Orlando
    Alan Norris, Heathrow
    Fred Fair, New Smyrna Beach
    Marjorie Palmer, New Smyrna Beach
    Jan Cantu, Wekiva/Longwood
    Lori Clark, Port Orange
    Helen Weaver, Kissimmee
    Becky Singleton, DeLand
    Terrie White, DeLand
    Monique McGuire, Clermont
    Diane Reis, Clermont

    Circle of Honor for Excellence Award

    The Circle of Honor for Excellence Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who had one new listing AND one new pending sale each month of 2014.

    Russie Weidl, Heathrow
    Stephen Gardner, Port Orange
    Kelley Team, Kissimmee
    Nieves Team, Kissimmee
    Jane Crosby, DeLand
    Bruno Lodwig, DeLand
    Paul Hutton, DeLand

    President’s Award

    The President’s Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who closed a volume of $3-$5 Million in 2014.

    Dennis Hjorten, Clermont
    Brenda Anglad, Clermont
    Ellen Tidwell, Clermont
    Kris Persaud, Clermont
    Mike and Colleen Taylor, Clermont
    Camille Ruiz, Clermont
    Shari Lawrence, DeLand
    Paul Hutton, DeLand
    Bruno Lodwig, DeLand
    Monica Menegay, DeLand
    Aistrop Team, Kissimmee
    Cliff Clover, Kissimmee
    Bill Sirigas, Kissimmee
    Stephen Gardner, Port Orange
    Barbara Davis, Port Orange
    Tara Warnock, Port Orange
    Dexter Copp, Port Orange
    Gail Sneed, Port Orange
    Charlie Cuccia, Oviedo
    Jan Cantu, Wekiva/Longwood
    Kim Adorante, New Smyrna Beach
    Fred Fair, New Smyrna Beach
    Chandra Maraj, Championsgate
    Andre’ Hernandez, Championsgate
    Vicki Bray-Fagan, Heathrow
    Alan Norris, Heathrow
    Anne-Marie Ferraro, Longwood
    Elisa Edwards, Maitland
    Lee Cameron, Maitland
    Tricia Ramsby, Maitland
    Maribel Zimeri, Maitland
    Shirley Welch, Maitland
    Gloria Plesko, SW Orlando
    Charisma Marin, SW Orlando
    Beverley Stanton, SW Orlando
    Judy Huff, SW Orlando

    Watson Title Award

    The Watson Title Award recognizes the Watson Realty Corp. sales associate with the highest number of closings in 2014.

    Associate with highest number of closings in 2014 – Russie Weidl, Heathrow
    Highest Number of Closings – DeLand
    Highest Capture Rate – Championsgate

    Rookie of the Year Award

    The Rookie of the Year Award recognizes the sales associate with the highest closed volume in their first full year associated with Watson Realty Corp.

    Helen Weaver, Kissimmee

    Rising Star Award

    The Rising Star Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who were licensed in 2014 and closed over $1 million in volume or had 10 new listings.

    Nikki Ansons, Championsgate
    Sue Webb, Championsgate
    Tim Veigle, Oviedo
    Ada Tancun, Kissimmee
    Chuck Shaver, DeLand

    Watson Relocation Award

    Associate with the Most Closed Outgoing Referrals – Lorraine Weaver, Longwood
    Award of Excellence – Oviedo
    Relocation Specialist Silver Pinnacle Awards – Frank Dahlstrom, Greg Rokeh, Jim Wright

    Silver Pinnacle Award

    The Silver Pinnacle Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who closed a volume of $5-$10 Million in 2014.

    Lori Clark, Port Orange
    Virginia Bellhorn, Oviedo
    Lynda Miller, Wekiva/Longwood
    Monique McGuire, Clermont
    Mike Long, Oviedo
    Don Migliore, Championsgate
    Eve Metlis, SW Orlando
    Linda Lake and Christine Tangusso, Mount Dora
    Nieves Team, Kissimmee
    Cindy Walker, New Smyrna Beach
    Sandy and Mike Simmonds, Clermont
    Kistler/Ward Team, Oviedo
    Sara Jo Rusch, Maitland
    Becky Singleton, DeLand
    Kelley Team, Kissimmee
    Diane Reis, Clermont
    Bob Stein, Port Orange
    Chris Bunnell, SW Orlando
    Ruddy Team, Longwood
    Patsy Bradley, New Smyrna Beach
    Terrie White, DeLand

    Watson Mortgage Award

    Top Capture Rate – Longwood
    Top Office Volume – Kissimmee
    Top Referring Agent – Ben Deal, Kissimmee

    American Home Shield Award

    Top Office for Warranty Production – Oviedo
    Highest Number of Warranties – Terrie White, DeLand

    Property Management Award

    Associate with the Most Referrals – Jeannie Fowler, Clermont
    Office with the Most Referrals – Clermont

    Highest Number of Listings Sold

    1st Place – Jane Crosby, DeLand
    2nd Place – Russie Weidl, Heathrow

    Top Offices by Closed Volume

    1st Place – Clermont
    2nd Place – DeLand

    Gold Pinnacle Award

    The Gold Pinnacle Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who closed a volume of $10-$25 Million in 2014.

    Russie Weidl, Heathrow
    Jane Crosby, DeLand

  • Watson Realty Corp. Celebrates 2014 Performance At North Central Region Awards Ceremony

    by Watson Realty | Feb 23, 2015

    Watson Realty Corp. recently celebrated associates and offices in the North Central region for their exemplary performances in 2014 at the 49th annual awards ceremony, held at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village. The North Central region had an outstanding year in 2014, with more than $492 million in closed volume. This helped the company to achieve more than $2.61 BILLION in closed volume for 2014! 

    Circle of Honor for Listings Award

    The Circle of Honor for Listings Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who had one new listing each month of 2014.

    Holly Peters, Middleburg
    Richard DeCeglie, Palm Coast
    Julie VanBeek, Gainesville

    Circle of Honor for Sales Award

    The Circle of Honor for Sales Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who had one new pending sale each month of 2014.

    Nancy BarBera, Keystone Heights
    Doug Tackett, Middleburg
    Farnsworth Team, Amelia Island
    Charles Paxton, Gainesville
    Chad Shaffer, Gainesville
    Jacalone Team, St. Augustine
    Tatro/Marine Team, St. Augustine
    Gayle Logan, St. Augustine Beach
    Elaine Wallace, St. Augustine Beach
    Jamie Jo Cribbs, St. Augustine Beach

    Circle of Honor for Excellence Award

    The Circle of Honor for Excellence Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who had one new listing AND one new pending sale each month of 2014.

    Rita Hall, St. Mary’s
    Danny Green, Palm Coast
    Team Johnson, St. Augustine
    Gaffney Team, St. Augustine
    Crum-Gachet Team, St. Augustine Beach

    President’s Award

    The President’s Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who closed a volume of $3-$5 Million in 2014.

    Deborah Krantz, St. Augustine Beach
    Margo Marshall, St. Augustine Beach
    Jamie Jo Cribbs, St. Augustine Beach
    Tony Bosco, St. Augustine Beach
    Danny Ebersold, St. Augustine
    Sheila Clark, St. Augustine
    Debby Duenow, St. Augustine
    Dawn Gould, St. Augustine
    Deirdre Murphy, Gainesville
    Heather Surrency, Gainesville
    Kathleen MacDowell, Gainesville
    Tessie Redmer, Gainesville
    Mike Weseman, Gainesville
    Preuss, Paetsch, Prey Team, Amelia Island
    Danny Green, Palm Coast
    David Alfin, Palm Coast
    Bob and Barb Johanson, Palm Coast
    Dana Davis, Palm Coast
    Richard DeCeglie, Palm Coast
    Mark Hewchuk, Palm Coast
    Don Bowman, Middleburg
    Holly Peters, Middleburg
    Karrie Forrester, Middleburg
    Deborah Taylor, Keystone Heights
    Sandra Smith, Putnam County
    Brenda Bond, Putnam County 

    Watson Title Award

    The Watson Title Award recognizes the Watson Realty Corp. sales associate with the highest number of closings in 2014.

    1st Place – Danny Green, Palm Coast
    2nd Place – Holly Peters, Middleburg
    3rd Place – Richard DeCeglie, Palm Coast, Tina Kidd and Sam Sell, Amelia Island

    Highest Capture Rate – Palm Coast

    Highest Number of Closings – Palm Coast

    Rookie of the Year Award

    The Rookie of the Year Award recognizes the sales associate with the highest closed volume in their first full year associated with Watson Realty Corp.

    Troy Criss, Gainesville

    Rising Star Award

    The Rising Star Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who were licensed in 2014 and closed over $1 million in volume or had 10 new listings.

    Jackie Frye, St. Mary’s
    Michele Scarponi, St. Augustine
    Marilyn Williams, St. Augustine
    Ali Burchfield, St. Augustine Beach

    Watson Relocation Award

    Associate with the Most Closed Outgoing Referrals – David Alfin, Palm Coast
    Award of Excellence – St. Augustine

    Silver Pinnacle Award

    The Silver Pinnacle Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who closed a volume of $5-$10 Million in 2014.

    Rosemarie and Tom Tallaksen, Palm Coast
    Tatro/Marine Team, St. Augustine
    Julie VanBeek, Gainesville
    Farnsworth Team, Amelia Island
    Bonne Jones, St. Augustine Beach
    Sam Sell and Tina Kidd, Amelia Island
    Jonathan Colon, Gainesville
    Susan McEwen, Amelia Island
    Gayle Logan, St. Augustine Beach
    O’Connor-Stires, St. Augustine
    Jacalone Team, St. Augustine
    Ford Team, St. Augustine
    Rita Hall, St. Mary’s
    Dori Dekle, St. Augustine

    Watson Mortgage Award

    Top Capture Rate – Palm Coast
    Top Office Volume – Palm Coast
    Top Referring Agent – Tina Raulerson, Middleburg

    American Home Shield Award

    Top Office for Warranty Production – St. Augustine
    Highest Number of Warranties – Rita Hall, St. Mary’s

    Property Management Award

    Associate with the Most Referrals – Donna LaTorre, Gainesville
    Office with the Most Referrals – Gainesville

    Highest Number of Listings Sold

    1st Place – Team Johnson, St. Augustine
    2nd Place – Crum-Gachet Team, St. Augustine Beach 

    Top Offices by Closed Volume

    1st Place – St. Augustine Beach
    2nd Place – St. Augustine

    Gold Pinnacle Award

    The Gold Pinnacle Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who closed a volume of $10-$25 Million in 2014.

    Team Johnson, St. Augustine
    Elaine Wallace, St. Augustine Beach
    Gaffney Team, St. Augustine

    Platinum Pinnacle Award

    The Platinum Pinnacle Award recognizes those Watson Realty Corp. sales associates who closed a volume of $25-$50 Million in 2014. 

    Crum-Gachet Team, St. Augustine Beach

  • Watson Realty Corp. Celebrates Recent LeadingRE Graduates

    by Watson Realty | Feb 18, 2015

    Nine Watson Realty Corp. team members recently earned the LeadingRE Relocation Specialist Certification (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.

    Wendy Andrews – Central Florida Relocation
    Chauncey Behrens – ChampionsGate
    Dionne Campbell – EBusiness
    Lex Gray – Fort Caroline
    Linda O’Malley – Palm Coast
    Rom Borna – Ponte Vedra
    Jon Howell – South Beach
    Corey Clement – St. Augustine
    Shalynn Johnson – St. Augustine

    Nine 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.

    Debbi Brinegar – Clermont
    Heather Adrian – Kissimmee
    Jeremy Kasper – Maitland
    Sanjeev Malik – Oviedo
    Jim Blankenship – Ponte Vedra
    David Corbitt – Ponte Vedra
    Shannon Kay Boahn – St. Augustine
    Christina Vaughn – St. Augustine
    Anna Formica – St. Johns

    Six 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.

    Jeremy Kasper – Maitland
    Leanne Ralph – Maitland
    Shannon Kay Boahn – St. Augustine
    Madalan Marine – St. Augustine
    Barbara Tatro – St. Augustine
    Christina Vauhgn – St. Augustine

  • Borrowers Who Refinanced in 2014 Saved Billions in Interest Payments

    by Watson Realty | Feb 10, 2015
    Freddie Mac recently released the results of its fourth quarter 2014 quarterly refinance analysis, showing that borrowers are continuing to take advantage of near record low mortgage rates to lower their monthly payments, shorten their loan terms and overwhelmingly choosing the safety of long-term fixed-rate mortgages as they closed out the year. Borrowers who refinanced in 2014 will save on net approximately $5 billion in interest over the next 12 months. This release of the report also contains annual statistics on refinances for the 22 largest metropolitan areas and four Census regions of the U.S.

    "Our latest refinance report shows the refinance boom continued to wind down as the pool of potential borrowers declined over the course of 2014,” says Len Kiefer, Freddie Mac deputy chief economist. “However, because mortgage rates fell in the fourth quarter of last year, we actually saw the share of refinance originations tick up a bit despite volumes being down, a similar trend we expect to see for the first quarter of 2015 as mortgage rates have moved even lower. Lower mortgage rates, coupled with greater house prices appreciation last year, also brought about a larger share of borrowers cashing out home equity at the time of refinance. However, while the percentage is up, the total dollar amount declined by nearly $1 billion from the third quarter of 2014, and nearly $4.6 billion from the fourth quarter 2013."

    The net dollars of home equity converted to cash as part of a refinance remained low compared to historical volumes. In the fourth quarter, an estimated $6.7 billion in net home equity was cashed out during a refinance of conventional prime-credit home mortgages, down from a revised $7.6 billion the previous quarter. For the full year, an estimated $24 billion in net home equity was cashed out, down from $28.6 billion in 2013. The peak in cash-out refinance volume was $84 billion during the second quarter of 2006, with an annual volume of $320.6 billion. Adjusted for inflation, annual cash-out volumes during 2010 through 2014 have been the smallest since 1997.

    Of borrowers who refinanced during the fourth quarter of 2014, 34 percent shortened their loan term, down from 35 percent from the previous quarter. Further, 35 percent of those who refinanced outside of HARP took out a shorter-term loan, while 33 percent of HARP borrowers shortened their term. Borrowers who kept the same term as the loan that they had paid off represented 60 percent and only 6 percent chose to lengthen their loan term.

    The average interest rate reduction in the fourth quarter was about 1.3 percentage points -- a savings of about 23 percent. On a $200,000 loan, that translates into saving about $2,500 in interest during the next 12 months. Homeowners who refinanced through HARP during the fourth quarter of 2014 benefited from an average rate reduction of 1.6 percentage points and will save an average of $3,300 in interest during the first 12 months or about $275 every month.

    About 71 percent of those who refinanced their first-lien home mortgage maintained about the same loan amount or lowered their principal balance by paying in additional money at the closing table. That's shy of the 88 percent peak during the second quarter of 2012.

    More than 95 percent of refinancing borrowers chose a fixed-rate loan. Fixed-rate loans were preferred regardless of what the original loan product had been. For example, 67 percent of borrowers who had a hybrid ARM refinanced into a fixed-rate loan during the fourth quarter. In contrast, only 4 percent of borrowers who had a fixed-rate loan chose an ARM.

    For all other (non-HARP) refinances during the fourth quarter, the median property value was up 5 percent between the dates of placement of the old loan and the new refinance loan. The prior loan had a median age of 5.8 years and 35 percent of borrowers shortened their loan term.

    In metro areas where house price declines were more severe, the share of "cash-out" borrowers was smaller. Median house values on refinance loans have declined in eleven of the 22 large metro areas included in the report, with the sharpest declines in Detroit and Tampa. Of the 22 areas, San Francisco and Houston were the metro areas where median house prices increased the most.

    For more information, visit www.FreddieMac.com.
  • Q: What Is Seller Financing?

    by Watson Realty | Feb 10, 2015

    A: Also known as a purchase money mortgage, it is when the seller agrees to “lend” money to the buyer to purchase and close on the seller’s home. Usually sellers do this when money is tight, interest rates are high or when a buyer has difficulty qualifying for a conventional loan or meeting the purchase price.

    Seller financing differs from a traditional loan because the seller does not actually give the buyer cash to complete the purchase, as does the lender.  Instead, it involves issuing a credit against the purchase price of the home.  The buyer executes a promissory note or trust deed in the seller's favor.

    The seller may take back a second note or finance the entire purchase if he owns the home free and clear.

    The buyer makes a sizeable down payment and agrees to pay the seller directly every month.

    The interest rate on a purchase money note is negotiable, as are the other terms in a seller-financed transaction, and is generally influenced by current Treasury bill and certificate of deposit rates. The rate may be higher than those on conventional loans, and the length of the loan shorter, anywhere from five to 15 years.