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  • Watson Realty Corp.’s Robin Skaggs Visits LeadingRE Brokerage in Belize City, Belize

    by Watson Realty | Nov 27, 2017

    Robin Skaggs, VP/Managing Broker at Watson Realty Corp.’s Mount Dora office, recently traveled to Belize City, Belize on an anniversary trip with her husband. While she was there, she served as an ambassador for Watson Realty Corp. and connected with a fellow Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) brokerage, Vista Real Estate, to learn more about their real estate market and practices.

     

    Skaggs met with Vista’s Nadimi Blanco, Customer Care Coordinator, and Jeanine Vernon, General Manager, at the Vista Real Estate office, a lovely boutique style office in the premiere side of town on a marina where cruise ships come in. They discussed pricing in Belize and exchanged literature, home guides and relocation guides on Belize and Central Florida.

     

    “I knew we had a partner in Belize so I wanted to stop by because I was curious and also wanted to make a potential referral connection,” said Skaggs. “The ladies were very courteous and professional.”

     

    Through this opportunity, Skaggs learned that home prices are much higher in Belize than in Central Florida. “You cannot really purchase anything for under $200,000, and buyers really need to spend upwards of $500,000,” said Skaggs. “But what we do have in common is that our offices are warm and inviting, where customers are always greeted very professionally!”

     

    About Vista Real Estate

    Vista Real Estate is a full-service real estate company proudly serving Belize with the highest level of real estate services. Though Vista Real Estate is mostly known as a land, residential, commercial, office and industrial real estate brokerage firm (sales and rentals), the company also offers property valuation, research, marketing and consultation, investment analysis, retirement planning and property management services. With a primary office located in Belize City, Vista works with agents and brokers throughout Belize to ensure that customers have access to excellent and reliable real estate services in any area of Belize that interests them.

     

    For more information about Vista Real Estate, please visit http://www.belizerealestate.bz

  • Featured Luxury Homes Near the Beaches

    by Watson Realty | Nov 21, 2017

    The beaches of Jacksonville – Ponte Vedra Beach, Jax Beach, Atlantic Beach, and Neptune – are some of the city’s most popular destinations, and it’s no great mystery why. With picturesque white sandy beaches, warm weather year-round, and plenty to do away from the water, this region is not just a great place to visit; it’s also a great place to live.

    Given its paradise-like qualities, it’s also no wonder that the Jacksonville beaches area is home to some of the city’s most gorgeous luxury homes. Take a look at these five extravagant homes to get a glimpse of the perfect beach life. 



    Island-Style Living Without the Island

    Address: 112 Cypress Lagoon Court, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

    Listing Agent: Suzanne Schinsing

    This island-style home offers tranquility and luxury in equal measure. Take in the peace and quiet out back next to the saltwater pool or try out a new recipe in the dreamy kitchen; no matter how you spend your time in this elegant house, you’ll be in love.

     6 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, One Happy Family

    Address: 256 Auburndale Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32081

    Listing Agents: Keith Waldrip & Teressa Cornell

    Stretch out in this spacious Mediterranean home and enjoy a life of pure luxury. With six bedrooms and five bathrooms, you’ll never struggle to find space for visiting friends and family. Meanwhile, the stunning foyer and unobstructed lake views are sure to give your guests major house envy.

    A Golfer’s Dream Home

    Address: 1649 Atlantic Beach Drive, Atlantic Beach, FL 32081

    Listing Agent: Jan Shields

    If your weekly routine involves counting down the seconds until your next tee time, this home might be one for you to take a look at. Situated on a gorgeous fairway, this single-family house’s location ensures you’re never too far away for at least a quick 9 holes. With an open great room and upgraded kitchen at your disposal, there’s plenty to do when you’re not out on the green, too.

    Beach Living at Its Finest 

    Address: 3306 1st Street South, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

    Listing Agent: Missy Dekay

    It’ll feel like summer never ends in this marvelous coastal house located just a few minutes walking distance from Jax Beach. When you’re not spending your time soaking up the sun at the beach, you’ll enjoy entertaining guests in the lovely kitchen and living area.

    Stunning Condo with an Oceanic Backyard  

    Address: 1031 1st Street South, #803, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

    Listing Agent: Gerry Williamson

    Stepping into this sophisticated condo, the first thing you’ll notice is the awe-inspiring view of the ocean in the living room. That’s not the only stunning part of this home, though; the spacious bedrooms, luxurious master bathroom, and decked-out kitchen combine with the beachside location to make this one of Jax Beach’s most magnificent luxury condos.

  • Watson Realty Corp. Celebrates Salespersons and Listers of the Month For October 2017

    by Watson Realty | Nov 20, 2017

    Watson Realty Corp. would like to recognize and congratulate the top Salespersons and Listers from each office for the month of October. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to providing Legendary Quality Service!

     

    Jacksonville Region

     

    Salespersons of the Month

     

    Jan Shields – Atlantic Beach

    Luxury Leader Team – Ponte Vedra

    Debbie Shagnea & Associates – Mandarin South

    The Get Smart Team – Baymeadows/Sunbeam

    Menton-Ballou Group – St. Johns

    Sandy Miller Team – Intracoastal

    Keith Kennedy Team – Atlantic Beach

    Dream Home Team Jax – San Marco/San Jose

    Walker-Vergales Team – Mandarin North

    Joanie Heighes – Mandarin South

    Sallie Ross Team – Fleming Island

    Diana Kelly – Ponte Vedra

    Felicia Bowen – Avondale/Ortega

    Rudy Pabustan – Orange Park Oakleaf

    Leslie Mackie – St. Johns

    Darlene Joseph – Mandarin North

    Colleen Bording – Hidden Hills

    Idy Rodriguez – Middleburg

    DeCastro/Erickson Team – Hidden Hills

    Ash Team – Nocatee

    Evelyn Martin – Intracoastal

    Melissa Pellerito – Keystone Heights

    Judy Lassiter – Nocatee

    Stephanie Henderson – Southside

    Neil Avery – Fleming Island

    Joseph Poletto – San Marco/San Jose

    Waldrip Team – Avondale/Ortega

    Marilyn Stewart – Baymeadows/Sunbeam

    Paula Pou Team – Hodges

    Kelly Perkins – Hodges

    Wanda Taylor – West/Chaffee Rd.

    April Bliss – South Beach

    Kimberly Godsey – Duval Station

    Ellen Dittman – Orange Park Blanding

    Your Holm Team – Middleburg

    Rick Beeson – Ft. Caroline

    Susan Krawczyk Team – West/Chaffee Rd.

     

    Listers of the Month

     

    Menton-Ballou Group – St. Johns

    Debbie Shagnea & Associates – Mandarin South

    Sandy Miller Team – Intracoastal

    Jan Shields – Atlantic Beach

    Charles Anno Team – San Marco/San Jose

    Jon Singleton – Avondale/Ortega

    Gerry Williamson – South Beach

    DeCastro/Erickson Team – Hidden Hills

    Merilee Agana – Orange Park Oakleaf

    Joshua Rosenberg – San Marco/San Jose

    Paula Powell – Intracoastal

    Doris Arnold – Mandarin North

    Harold Isgette – Hidden Hills

    Ash Team – Nocatee

    Keith Kennedy Team – Atlantic Beach

    Kim Brown – Mandarin South

    Melissa Pellerito – Keystone Heights

    Susan Krawczyk Team – West/Chaffee Rd.

    Kay Stalvey – Duval Station

    Carol Sellers – West/Chaffee Rd.

    Thomas Hammond Team – Ponte Vedra

    Carol Gorey – Ponte Vedra

    Fanny Moscoso – North Jacksonville

    Sue Holt – Hodges

    Idy Rodriguez – Middleburg

    Andrenia Green – Orange Park Blanding

    Walker-Vergales Team – Mandarin North

    Misty Phillips – Nocatee

    Kathryn Henthorn – St. Johns

    Lisa Peeler – Baymeadows/Sunbeam

    Will Vasana – Southside

    Waldrip Team – Avondale/Ortega

    Kevin Noel – Fleming Island

    Sallie Ross Team – Fleming Island

    The Get Smart Team – Baymeadows/Sunbeam

    Carlson Team – Southside

    Impact Team – South Beach

    Sara Conrad – Fort Caroline

    Your Holm Team – Middleburg

    Foster/Nelson Team – Fort Caroline

     

     

    North Central Region

     

    Salespersons of the Month

     

    Melanie Dean – St. Augustine Beach

    Coastal Home Team – Amelia Island

    Gaffney Team – St. Augustine

    Deborah Barclay – Amelia Island

    Jonathan Colon – Gainesville

    Rita Hall – St. Marys

    Dee Hawkins – Palm Coast

    Crum-Gachet Team – St. Augustine Beach

    John Lawrence – St. Augustine

    Craig McCall – Tioga

    Green Team – Palm Coast

    Smith-Fields Team – Putnam County

    Whitney Redford – Putnam County

     

    Listers of the Month

     

    Smith-Fields Team – Putnam County

    Rita Hall – St. Marys

    Jacalone Advantage – St. Augustine

    Bonne Jones – St. Augustine Beach

    Crum-Gachet Team – St. Augustine Beach

    Angela Garcia – Amelia Island

    Jean Calderwood – Tioga

    Craig Leathers – Putnam County

    Jesse Whitfield – Gainesville

    Farnsworth Team – Amelia Island

    Debby Duenow – St. Augustine

    Dorothy Thompson – Palm Coast

    Linda O’Malley – Hammock

     

     

    Central Florida Region

     

    Salespersons of the Month

     

    Tom O’Brien – Heathrow

    Foster-Jensen Team – DeLand

    Lynda Miller – Wekiva/Longwood

    Elisa Edwards – Maitland

    Fran Zvaigzne – Oviedo

    Frank Plesko – Orlando SW
    T.J. Jarosik – Ormond Beach

    Becky Singleton – DeLand

    Alan Norris Team – Heathrow

    Cindy Walker – New Smyrna Beach

    Kris Persaud – Clermont

    Jane Dennis – ChampionsGate

    The Sister Team – Mount Dora

    Tim Veigle Team – Oviedo

    SueEllen Blanchard – Kissimmee

    Gail Sneed – Port Orange

    Kristie Baumgartner – Mount Dora

    Chris Young – Vero Beach

    Team Goldenberg – Kissimmee

    Sharon Salopek – Port St. Lucie

    Pat Zajkowski – Longwood

     

    Listers of the Month

     

    Jami Richart – Port Orange

    Chris Young – Vero Beach

    Kip Ripper – Longwood

    Russie Weidl – Heathrow

    Jeanette Sheppard – New Smyrna Beach

    Alan Norris Team – Heathrow

    Pierce Team – Mount Dora

    Eve Metlis – Orlando SW

    Helen Weaver – Kissimmee

    Maryanna Zito – Port Charlotte

    Weaver-Ricks Team – Oviedo

    Janet Hoffman – Clermont

    Team Simmonds – Clermont

    Team Ruddy – Longwood

    Linda Fennell – Wekiva/Longwood

    Nancy McCloskey – Mount Dora

    Lisa Bertossa – Oviedo

    White/Pavek Team – DeLand

    Melody Travers – Ormond Beach

    Sandi Creyaufmiller – Port St. Lucie

    Jane Dennis – ChampionsGate

    James Darrin – DeLand

    Elisa Edwards – Maitland

    Nievez Team – Kissimmee

    Martinez Team – Kissimmee

  • Watson Realty Corp.’s Beverly Garvin Visits LeadingRE Brokerage in Melbourne, Australia

    by Watson Realty | Nov 16, 2017

    Beverly Garvin, VP/Managing Broker at Watson Realty Corp.’s Hidden Hills office, recently visited Melbourne, Australia with her husband Everett. While there, she met with a fellow Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) brokerage, Caine Real Estate, to learn more about their real estate market and practices and make valuable international connections with industry leaders.

     

    Beverly met with Alex Subotsch, Director - Property Management with Caine Real Estate, at the new Caine Real Estate office. The two discussed similarities and differences in how Watson and Caine conduct business and Beverly gained great insight on the Melbourne real estate market.

     

    “Prices in Melbourne are very high and continue to rise with so many people living close to their downtown area,” said Beverly. “Most homes are held open to the public for a very short viewing time and then auctioned off.” Beverly also found that differently to most brokerages in the U.S., Caine Real Estate works predominately with sellers while buyers tend to go without agent representation. 

     

    Beverly toured the modern office space and presented Alex with a Watson cookbook at the end. “Alex was a gracious host,” said Beverly. “It was a wonderful visit!”

     

    About Caine Real Estate

    Caine Real Estate is Melbourne's premier boutique agency offering an unparalleled level of service and expertise across sales, asset management and property investment. As the longest existing East Melbourne agency, Caine has been the one constant in the East Melbourne and surrounding marketplaces for over a decade. The company has over 100 years of real estate experience on staff and prides itself on offering customer-centric dedication that ensures optimal results and outstanding outcomes.

     

    For more information about Caine Real Estate, please visit https://caine.com.au/
  • 9 Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving in Jacksonville

    by Watson Realty | Nov 14, 2017

    We’re thankful for different things during the holidays, but there’s one thing we can all agree to show some gratitude for: glorious Thanksgiving feasts. Instead of slaving away in the kitchen for eight hours, why not let someone else do the cooking this year?  

    Quite a few restaurants in Jacksonville are opening their doors on Thanksgiving, offering up family-sized feasts and saving you hours of cooking and cleaning. Ditch your apron and oven mitts and let a professional chef feed your family this Thanksgiving at one of these nine eateries. 

    [North Beach Bistro] 
    725 Atlantic Boulevard #6, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
    Thursday, November 23, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
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    Reservations: Recommended, Call (904) 372-4105

    Chef David Seavey and the team at North Beach Bistro offers a full buffet menu of delicious options, including traditional favorites like carved turkey with chestnut stuffing, honey glazed ham, garlic whipped Yukon potatoes, and more. Save room for a decadent dessert like Georgia peach bread pudding with molasses caramel.

    [The Blue Fish] 
    3551 St. Johns Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32205
    Thursday, November 23
    Reservations: Recommended, Call (904) 387-0700

    The Blue Fish’s Thanksgiving menu features classic fare alongside more unique offerings like shrimp and grits, beef stroganoff, and holiday lasagna with Italian sausage and beef meatballs. Pumpkin pie and cheesecake brownies close out this tasty meal. Open seats are going fast, so make a reservation fast to secure your spot at The Blue Fish’s Thanksgiving dinner!

    [The Chart House] 
    1501 Riverplace Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32207
    Thursday, November 23
    Reservations: Recommended, Call (904) 398-3353

    The Chart House trades in its usual seafood and steak menu for a holiday smorgasbord this Thanksgiving. With its gorgeous views and delicious turkey dinner complete with all the trimmings, The Chart House might be your pick if a classy Thanksgiving dinner is what you’re after.

    [The Hilltop Restaurant] 
    2030 Wells Road, Orange Park, FL 32073
    Thursday, November 23, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Reservations: Recommended, Call (904) 272-5959

    Ever wanted to scarf down your Thanksgiving dinner and then enjoy your turkey-induced nap in the comfort of a Victorian mansion? Okay, so you can’t actually succumb to your food coma at The Hilltop Restaurant’s gorgeous mansion location, but you can enjoy its delectable buffet of honey glazed ham, cornbread stuffing, and garlic mashed potatoes.

    [III Forks] 
    9822 Tapestry Park Circle, Suite #111, Jacksonville, FL 32246
    Thursday, November 23, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    Reservations: Recommended, Call (904) 928-9277

    One of Jacksonville’s classiest steakhouses wants to offer you a chance to relax this Thanksgiving. III Forks will be serving up a three-course feast, featuring your choice of entrees like spice rubbed holiday turkey, roasted Midwestern beef tenderloin, and more. If one of the restaurant’s massive steaks is calling your name instead, worry not – III Forks will offer its regular menu, as well.

    [Seasons 52] 
    5096 Big Island Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32246
    Thursday, November 23
    Reservations: Recommended, Call (904) 645-5252

    Seasons 52 wants you to spend more time with your family than with your oven this holiday season. To that end, the restaurant is serving a mouthwatering Thanksgiving dinner with favorites like roasted turkey – free of any antibiotics, as Seasons 52 proudly proclaims – green beans, and mashed butternut squash.   

    [The Capital Grille]
    5197 Big Island Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32246
    Thursday, November 23, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    Reservations: Recommended, Call (904) 997-9233

    Another of Jacksonville’s most lauded steakhouses features a Thanksgiving menu this year, as The Capital Grille’s executive chefs present their version of a holiday feast. Incredible slow-roasted turkey with brioche stuffing pairs with French green beans and mashed potatoes to create a filling Thanksgiving dinner. The Capital Grille’s full a la carte dinner menu will also be available if you have a craving that only a ribeye will satisfy.

    [Moxie Kitchen & Cocktails] 
    4972 Big Island Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32246
    Thursday, November 23, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Reservations: Recommended, Call (904) 998-9744

    Cheddar biscuits and a savory barbecue butter kick off Moxie Kitchen & Cocktails’ family-style Thanksgiving, followed by your choice of roasted turkey, sliced ham, or seared salmon. Accompanying the meats are classic sides like macaroni and cheese, stuffing, and collard greens. Don’t forget about your sweet tooth – pumpkin, pecan, and buttermilk pies round out Moxie’s dessert offerings.

    [Maggiano’s Little Italy] 
    10367 Midtown Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32246
    Thursday, November 23
    Reservations: Recommended, Call (904) 380-4360

    Maggiano’s brings an Italian flair to its Thanksgiving offerings with its monstrous four-course dinner. After a first course of various bruschetta and a second course focused on salads, the third course features multiple entrée and side choices like parmesan-crusted tilapia and Tuscan creamed corn. It wouldn’t be a Maggiano’s meal without some pasta, which is why the third course also includes your choice of two classics like their famous rigatoni “D” spaghetti and meatballs or gnocchi and Italian sausage. Close the dinner out with pumpkin praline cheesecake or tiramisu and you’ve got one happy, stuffed family.

  • Watson Realty Corp.’s Beverly Garvin Visits LeadingRE Brokerage in Sydney, Australia

    by Watson Realty | Nov 13, 2017

    Beverly Garvin, VP/Managing Broker at Watson Realty Corp.’s Hidden Hills office, recently visited Sydney, Australia with her husband Everett. While she was there, she served as an ambassador for Watson Realty Corp. and connected with a fellow Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) brokerage, Stone Real Estate, to learn more about their real estate market and practices.

     

    Beverly and Everett met with Reece Coleman, Owner/Broker and Relocation Director for Stone Real Estate, and Di Henry, Sales Associate at Stone Real Estate. The four went out for lunch on the beach and discussed the real estate market in Sydney, and how it compares and differs from the market in Florida.

     

    “Reece was a great host and took us past a couple of their listings,” said Beverly. “It was a wonderful visit and I look forward to sharing referrals.”

     

    Through this exciting opportunity, Beverly learned that the average sales price in Sydney is over $1,000,000, and most homes sell within 3-4 weeks. Contracts are drawn up by attorneys rather than real estate agents, and it typically takes around 6 weeks to close. Beverly also found that many buyers in Sydney forego their own representation, and simply call the listing agent to see a property.

     

    A highlight for Beverly was when she gifted Reece with a Watson cookbook. “Reece was delighted with it,” said Garvin. “He has met Mr. Watson and already had one of our jar openers. He couldn't wait to take his cookbook home and try some of the recipes.”

     

    About Stone Real Estate

    Stone Real Estate specializes in buying, selling, renting and property management in Sydney, Australia. Stone’s forward-thinking property experts have extensive real-estate knowledge and a finely honed ability to accurately access the market. Stone prides itself on doing things differently, smarter and more efficiently with an honest, upfront approach to keep their customers in the know every step of the way.

     

    For more information about Stone Real Estate, please visit https://www.stonerealestate.com.au/

  • Watson Realty Corp.’s Cornelia Downing Manfre Earns Prestigious CCIM Designation

    by Watson Realty | Nov 09, 2017

     

    - The CCIM designation signifies expertise in the commercial real estate profession. -

               

    Cornelia Downing Manfre, broker associate at Watson Realty Corp.’s Hammock office, has been awarded the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation by the CCIM Institute.

     

    The designation was awarded during an October 17 pinning ceremony at CCIM Institute's Annual Governance Meeting at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, ON.

     

    Manfre was among more than 166 designees honored by CCIM Institute and their local chapter members. The new CCIMs have varying years of experience and work in all aspects of the commercial real estate profession.

     

    “I am so proud to be a part of this elite group of commercial REALTORS,” said Manfre. “This CCIM designation is invaluable to my career by allowing me to better serve my customers with market analysis, investment return, demographic studies and financial leverage.”

     

    To earn the CCIM designation, commercial real estate professionals must complete more than 160 hours of case-study driven education covering topics such as interest-based negotiation, financial analysis, market analysis, user decision analysis, investment analysis, and ethics in commercial investment real estate. Candidates must also compile a portfolio demonstrating the depth of their commercial real estate experience and pass a comprehensive examination.

     

    Manfre has been a broker associate with Watson Realty Corp. since 2015. She has more than 37 years of experience in commercial real estate, having served as a corporate real estate executive for 20 years with Fortune 100 firms.  

     

    Manfre brokered major transactions in the area including a 6800-acre land sale, development land sales for Lowe’s, Belk, Kohl’s and commercial leasing for Domino’s, Anytime Fitness, Publix, SunTrust Bank and Beall’s.

     

    Celebrating its 50th anniversary, CCIM Institute is a global community of 13,000 members, more than 50 chapters, and 30 countries that educates and connects the world’s leading experts in investment strategy, financial analysis and market analysis.

     

    About the CCIM Institute

    CCIM Institute created the language of global real estate investment. The organization, through its 50 chapters, innovates best practices and elevates the commercial real estate professional through its core designation program to earn the CCIM pin— real estate’s most coveted credential — and its topical education courses offered through the Ward Center for Real Estate Studies. In addition, membership in CCIM includes the industry’s best technology and operational platform, allowing entrepreneurial and mid-sized businesses to compete with the largest multinational providers. Today, almost 70 percent of designees hold the title of owner, partner, principal, or president, representing an exclusive worldwide referral network of 13,000 members in 30 countries.

     

    For more information about the CCIM Institute, please visit www.ccim.com

  • Watson Realty Corp.’s Gonzalo Mejia Works to Advance Relationships Between NAR, LeadingRE and South America

    by Watson Realty | Nov 08, 2017
     Gonzalo Mejia, VP/Managing Broker at Watson Realty Corp.’s San Marco/San Jose office, is taking major strides to make connections and advance relationships between the National Association of Realtors (NAR), Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), and South American real estate brokerages.

    Mejia was named the 2017 NAR President’s Liaison to Uruguay, and was re-appointed in October for the 2018 term. The elite group of Realtors selected as President's Liaisons work to help maintain NAR's important relationships with foreign real estate associations. As the President’s Liaison for Uruguay, Mejia is tasked with enhancing relationships between NAR and Cámara Inmobiliaria Uruguaya (CIU), the Uruguayan Real Estate Chamber.

    “As a President’s Liaison, my job is to promote the Realtor brand and the benefits of being part of NAR as an International Realtor Member (IRM),”said Mejia. “During my last visit to Uruguay, I was able to make a 4 hour presentation in front of 120 real estate agents from the country and educate them on social media platforms, MLS practices and the Realtor brand.”

    Mejia also recently traveled to Chicago where he met with Jana Coleman, VP of Business Solutions at LeadingRE. The two discussed LeadingRE’s presence in Uruguay and strategized on expanding the network to other parts of South America. Mejia will work closely with Coleman and Chris Dietz, VP of Global Operations for LeadingRE, and use his global contacts to connect them with qualified brokers in the region.

  • 7 Veterans Day Events in North & Central Florida

    by Watson Realty | Nov 08, 2017

    Every year on November 11, we take time to honor those brave men and women who fought for our country. This year is no different, and we’ve rounded up some of the biggest Veterans Day celebrations throughout northern and central Florida for you to add to your calendar.

    Whether you’re active duty or a veteran yourself, have a loved one in the armed services, or just want to show your support for our courageous soldiers, join us in saluting our veterans at one of these events this weekend!

    JACKSONVILLE
    Veterans Day Parade

    When: November 11, 11 a.m.

    Where: Parade begins at EverBank Field

    Jacksonville honors our heroic soldiers with a massive parade featuring more than 4,000 participants, marching bands from local high schools, and decorative floats. Viewers are encouraged to show their support in red, white, and blue as the parade marches from EverBank Field to the Prime Osborn Convention Center. You can find more information on the parade [here]. 

    ST. AUGUSTINE
    Veterans Day Grand Parade & Celebration

    When: November 11, 10:45 a.m.

    Where: Parade begins on Orange Street

    A ringing of church bells and a cannon salute from the famous Castillo de San Marcos kick off this Veterans Day Parade in downtown St. Augustine. Lasting approximately an hour, the parade is comprised of historic military vehicles, marching bands, and even military flyovers. After the parade is over, head to back to Castillo de San Marcos to tour the military vehicles and learn about the fort’s own military history. Find out more [here]. 

    ORLANDO
    Veterans Day Parade

    When: November 11, 11 a.m.

    Where: Parade begins at the corner of Orange Avenue and Robinson Street

    Orlando’s Veterans Day Parade hopes to place special focus on the mental and emotional well-being of veterans and their families with its 2017 theme, “Healing the Invisible Wounds of War.” Active duty and veteran members from all military branches will march alongside Grand Marshals, this year comprised of community leaders who have dedicated their time to improving the mental health of Orlando’s local veterans. Learn more about this parade [here]. 

    GAINESVILLE
    Veterans Day Celebration

    When: November 11, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Where: Alachua County Veterans Memorial at the Veterans Memorial Park, 7400 SW 41st Place, Gainesville, FL 32608

    Organized by Alachua County Veterans Services, this family-focused celebration includes booths displaying military memorabilia, a live presentation about life in the Civil War, and various military vehicle displays. Skydivers and military K9 dog training demonstrations provide additional entertainment. Discover more about the event [here].

    FERNANDINA BEACH
    Veterans Day Parade in Fernandina Beach

    When: November 11, 11 a.m.

    Where: Parade begins at Buccaneer Field

    Fernandina Beach’s traditional Veterans Day Parade starts out at Buccaneer Field and marches west toward the riverfront before venturing along historic Centre Street. Find out more about the parade [here]. 

    ORMOND BEACH
    Veterans Day Tribute

    When: November 11, 11 a.m.

    Where: Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens, 78 East Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach, FL 32176

    Speakers from the different branches of our armed forces join musical ensembles and more to show their gratitude for our active duty and veteran men and women at this annual tribute event. Once the ceremony outside the Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens concludes, visitors are invited to stroll through the gardens and admire the museum’s many original sculptures dedicated to veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars. Learn more [here]

    PORT ST. LUCIE
    Veterans Day Service

    When: November 11, 11 a.m.

    Where: Veterans Memorial Park, 2100 SE Veterans Memorial Parkway, Port St. Lucie, FL 34952

    Port St. Lucie’s Veterans Day service features color guard units from local high schools, a 21-gun salute, and speeches by various dignitaries. The Port St. Lucie Community Band will be in attendance to liven things up with patriotic-inspired music, as well. Find out more about the event [here]. 
  • Watson Realty Corp.’s Anil Pathak Visits LeadingRE Brokerage in Beijing, China

    by Watson Realty | Nov 06, 2017

    Anil Pathak, sales associate at Watson Realty Corp.’s San Marco/San Jose office, recently traveled to Beijing, China. While he was there, he served as an ambassador for Watson Realty Corp. and connected with a fellow Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) brokerage, Asia Pacific Properties, to learn more about their real estate market and practices.

     Pathak met with Leo Xiao of APP Mobility, the Residential and Relocation Division of Asia Pacific Properties specializing in Corporate Relocation Services. The two discussed the real estate market in Beijing, as well as the current state of the market in Florida and the United States as a whole. Through this exchange, Pathak found that condominium and single-family home prices in the city are at astronomical highs. Overall, Pathak felt that this meeting was an excellent networking opportunity and a great success.

     “China is a fast developing country and they have prospered economically in the last 15-20 years,” said Pathak. “Leo Xiao was bilingual and very knowledgeable in the real estate field, so it was great to listen to his perspective and learn from his experience.”

     Pathak moved to Florida from New York in the early 1990’s. He has been with Watson for twelve years and specializes in resale homes, new construction and condominiums.

     About Asia Pacific Properties

    Asia Pacific Properties (APP) has been Asia’s premiere real estate and relocation company since 1985. APP is headquartered in Hong Kong, China with key offices in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou. They currently provide service to over 20 cities throughout China. With highly trained bilingual staff, the company is committed to the highest standards of corporate governance and best business practices.

     For more information about Asia Pacific Properties, please visit http://www.asiapacificproperties.com/

  • Three Watson Realty Corp. Brokers Graduate from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® MAESTRO Leadership

    by Watson Realty | Nov 06, 2017

    - Program focuses on leadership mastery for select real estate sales managers. -

     Three Watson Realty Corp. brokers have graduated from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World’s MAESTRO Leadership Certification program, of nearly 30 real estate branch sales managers from top brokerages around the country; Dianne Pittman, VP/Managing Broker of the St. Augustine office, Mary Ann Bongiorno, VP/Managing Broker of the Ponte Vedra office, and Mark Rosener, VP/Managing Broker of the St. Johns office. The program was created to address the critical industry need to develop talented and highly effective real estate leaders for the future, and only select applicants from LeadingRE member companies are accepted into the program.

     Based on proprietary and validated research conducted by LeadingRE with 300 sales managers, the rigorous MAESTRO program encompasses three pillars of great office leadership, as determined by the research. It is the first program of its kind in the industry, with the goal of using science and art to establish and practice leadership mastery.

     LeadingRE’s Chief Learning Officer Mike Staver is the lead instructor, with faculty including Dean of Innovation Matthew Ferrara, REAL Trends President Steve Murray, Long Realty CEO Rosey Koberlein, and other brokers and colleagues from various industries.

     Participants attended three live sessions held at LeadingRE’s Chicago headquarters that included lectures and interactive workshops incorporating ‘real life’ exercises, case studies and group activities. Ongoing support from staff and fellow participants ensures continued engagement and measurable results from the program.  

     “The three leadership pillars of Culture, People Development and Business Growth from the Maestro program have strengthened my leadership skills tremendously,” said Rosener. “This program is just one more example of the value of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. I brought back so many concepts, skills and insights that will benefit not only my leadership productivity but the productivity of my entire team.”

     “We are delighted to have such an accomplished group of professionals graduate from our MAESTRO Leadership program,” said LeadingRE President/CEO Pam O’Connor. “Their commitment to enhancing their leadership and coaching skills so they can take their agents and offices to even higher performance levels is commendable, and we congratulate them on this achievement.”

     Pittman, Bongiorno and Rosener, were among a prestigious group of participants from 14 states across the U.S. Graduation took place on the last day of the program with each participant being recognized individually for their commitment and accomplishment of the program.

     Watson Realty Corp. is the Northeast Florida representative of LeadingRE (www.LeadingRE.com). With a global membership that spans six continents, LeadingRE connects more than 565 firms and 130,000 sales associates who produce over 1.1 million real estate transactions each year. As a member of LeadingRE, Watson Realty Corp. provides a quality real estate experience, global marketing reach and access to top real estate professionals in virtually any market worldwide.

  • Five Ways To Smarten Up Your Home

    by Watson Realty | Nov 02, 2017

    From smart TVs to smartphones, just about every device you interact with is equipped with functionality to make your life easier. With the rise of intelligent systems like smart lights and Wi-Fi-enabled kitchen devices, even basic household tasks are a little easier to manage.

     

    Whether you're looking to automate and regulate things around your house or you're hoping to save some extra time and money, these five pieces of smart home technology are sure to enhance your life.

     

    Automated Light Systems & Smart Bulbs

    Automated lighting systems and smart LED bulbs, like Wink Bright or Philips Hue, are energy-efficient and can be programmed with your smartphone to turn on and off at certain times of the day. Motion-sensing technology can even detect your presence and switch the lights on or off accordingly, ensuring you're not inflating your power bill.  

     

    Smart Sprinkler Systems

    Wi-Fi-enabled smart sprinkler control systems, like Rachio, can help you maintain a lush, healthy lawn while conserving water, time, and money. You can access the system from your smartphone or tablet to create watering zones, schedule times, and adjust amounts. If true automation is what you seek, Rachio can automatically adapt settings based on local weather conditions and soil moisture.

     

    Thermostats That Learn Your Preferences
    Smart thermostats, like the Nest Learning Thermostat, can learn your schedule and temperature preferences and adjust accordingly throughout the day. These devices can sense when someone is in a certain room and activate the heating and cooling appropriately or go into standby mode when the house is empty. No need to get up to change the settings either; Nest and similar systems can be controlled from your phone or tablet.

     

    Smart Home Security

    Smart home security systems allow you to monitor your home even when you're away. Many advanced systems like ADT Pulse bundle the ability to automate your home's temperature, lighting, and appliance control with other futuristic touches like smart door locks that you can operate remotely. You can even add real-time video capabilities to your package.

     

    Kitchen of the Future

    Several intelligent devices allow you to bring your kitchen into the modern age. Smart ovens can automatically calculate cooking temperature and time by sensing what's inside it, while Wi-Fi-enabled coffee makers let you start brewing your first cup of coffee before you're even out of bed using an app.