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  • Watson Realty Corp. Orlando Managing Broker Appointed to Florida Real Estate Commission

    by Watson Realty | Dec 28, 2017

     

    ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 26, 2017) – Fla. Governor Rick Scott appointed Guy Sanchez, Jr., vice president and managing broker of the Watson Realty Corp. Orlando office, to serve as a Commissioner on the Florida Real Estate Commission, Dec. 21, in Tallahassee during an announcement of appointments to multiple state boards.

     

    The FREC is responsible for oversight and regulation of real estate professionals, licensees and corporations in Florida.  The Commission is comprised of seven members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate. Sanchez is nominated to succeed outgoing Commissioner, Claude Boring, effective Dec. 21.

     

    Guy Sanchez was born and raised in Florida, and has more than 28 years of real estate experience in Florida. Since 2017, he has been the managing broker and vice president for the Watson Realty Corp. SW Orlando office, where he manages 30 associates in providing legendary quality service to customers who seek to buy and sell real estate. With eight different real estate professional Realtor certifications and multiple active ties to the community, Sanchez is expected to bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Commission during his appointed four-year term. This is the second time Sanchez has been appointed to the Commission, having previously served from 2000-2005, including as Chairman from 2004-2005.

     

    “I am honored that Gov. Scott chose me to serve on the FREC. I pride myself on my integrity, my commitment to the Florida real estate industry, and my loyalty to the citizens of Florida. I am looking forward to establishing trust and providing the highest levels of professionalism and customer service for the public and for the real estate profession.” said Sanchez.

     

    Sanchez is a decorated Marine Corps veteran and has built his real estate career along with his wife Katherine Figueroa, also a real estate professional, who served on the Puerto Rico Real Estate commission, and as a past president of the Puerto Rico Association of Realtors. Katherine is a Watson Realty Corp. broker associate in the ChampionsGate office with over 25 years’ experience in the real estate industry.

     

    Guy Sanchez, Jr. is expected to be confirmed by the Florida Senate in early 2018. For more information about Watson Realty Corp., please visit www.watsonrealtycorp.com.

  • WATSON REALTY CORP. CELEBRATES SALESPERSONS AND LISTERS OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER 2017

    by Watson Realty | Dec 15, 2017

    Watson Realty Corp. would like to recognize and congratulate the top Salespersons and Listers from each office for the month of November. 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

    Sharon Mills – Hodges

    Suzanne Schinsing – Ponte Vedra

    Menton-Ballou Group – St. Johns

    Debbie Shagnea & Associates – Mandarin South

    Sandy Miller Team – Intracoastal

    Doris Arnold – Mandarin North

    David and Clair Team – San Marco/San Jose

    Joanie Heighes – Mandarin South

    Susan Krawczyk Team – West/Chaffee Rd.

    Walker-Vergales Team – Mandarin North

    Luxury Leaders Team – Ponte Vedra

    Anne Milanes Team – Fleming Island

    Pamela Hodges – Hidden Hills

    Idy Rodriguez – Middleburg

    Ash Team – Nocatee

    DeCastro/Erickson Team – Hidden Hills

    Paula Pou Team – Hodges

    Shelby Holmes – Orange Park Oakleaf

    John Warner – Fleming Island

    Paula Powell – Intracoastal

    The Get Smart Team – Baymeadows/Sunbeam

    Luis Perez Roman – Southside

    Jon Singleton – Avondale/Ortega

    Craig Williams – South Beach

    David Faehnrich – Orange Park Blanding

    Joseph Poletto – San Marco/San Jose

    Camie Hastings – West/Chaffee Rd.

    Stephanie DeAngelo – North Jacksonville

    Jodee Akers – St. Johns

    Your Holm Team – Middleburg

    Impact Team – South Beach

    Debbie Moore – Keystone Heights

    Carrie Hatton – Duval Station

    John Inama – Nocatee

    Sara Conrad – Ft. Caroline

    Hudnall Team – Southside

    Marilyn Stewart – Baymeadows/Sunbeam

    Palmer Marketing Group – Atlantic Beach

     

    Listers of the Month

     

    Menton-Ballou Group – St. Johns

    Randy Martin Team – Mandarin South

    Jan Shields – Atlantic Beach

    Katherine Etheridge – Mandarin North

    Melissa Pellerito – Keystone Heights

    Rick Beeson – Ft. Caroline

    Kim Dove – West/Chaffee Rd.

    Dream Home Team Jax – San Marco/San Jose

    Sharon Sherwood – Intracoastal

    Sara McGraw – Duval Station

    Don Bowman – Middleburg

    Walker-Vergales Team – Mandarin North

    Olga Smirnoff – San Marco/San Jose

    Lane Manis – Avondale/Ortega

    Ray Team – Ponte Vedra

    Neil Avery – Fleming Island

    Judy Lassiter – Nocatee

    Diana Kelly – Ponte Vedra

    Sandy Miller Team – Intracoastal

    Joanie Heighes – Mandarin South

    Debbie Miller – North Jacksonville

    Gerard Nicholson – Orange Park Oakleaf

    The Get Smart Team – Baymeadows/Sunbeam

    Paula Pou Team – Hdoges

    DeCastro/Erickson Team – Hidden Hills

    Kennedy Team – Atlantic Beach

    Lesley Mackie – St. Johns

    Sheryl Appleget – Hidden Hills

    Juliette Vaughn – Baymeadows/Sunbeam

    Sharon McMullen – Hodges

    Cameron Bracewell – Orange Park Blanding

    Susan Krawczyk Team – West/Chaffee Rd.

    Janine Basford – Southside

    Foster/Nelson Team – Fort Caroline

    Darby Duo – Fleming Island

    Hudnall Team – Southside

     

     

    North Central Region

     

    Salespersons of the Month

     

    Gaffney Team – St. Augustine

    Leslie Ferro – Gainesville

    Rita Hall – St. Marys

    Farnsworth Team – Amelia Island

    Sherron Skibo – Palm Coast

    Bonne Jones – St. Augustine Beach

    Melissa Cruz – St. Augustine

    Smith-Fields Team – Putnam County

    Mako Real Estate Group – Palm Coast

    Brad Martin – Amelia Island

    Miles Patterson – Tioga

    Jenifer Smith – Putnam County

    Crum-Gachet Team – St. Augustine Beach

     

    Listers of the Month

     

    Gaffney Team – St. Augustine

    Rita Hall – St. Marys

    Crum-Gachet Team – St. Augustine Beach

    Smith-Fields Team – Putnam County

    Heather Surrency – Gainesville

    Paul Wenglowsky – St. Augustine

    Angela Garcia – Amelia Island

    Michael Mooney – Tioga

    Mark Hansen – St. Augustine Beach

    Richard DeCeglie – Palm Coast

    Preuss Team – Amelia Island

    Whitney Redford – Putnam County

     

     

    Central Florida Region

     

    Salespersons of the Month

     

    Russie Weidl – Heathrow

    Jay Kendall – Orlando SW
    The Sister Team – Mount Dora

    Lynda Miller – Wekiva/Longwood

    Foster-Jensen Team – DeLand

    Janet Hoffman – Clermont

    Team Ruddy – Longwood

    Stacy McCallister – New Smyrna Beach

    Helen Weaver – Kissimmee

    Valery Perry – Oviedo

    Lori Clark – Port Orange

    Kip Ripper – Longwood

    Chuck Shaver – DeLand

    Team Nieves – Kissimmee

    Melissa Horbal – Mount Dora

    Jay Laing – Ormond Beach

    Alan Norris Team – Heathrow

    Cici Homsuwan – Maitland

    Chandra Maraj – ChampionsGate

    Paul Hutton – Port St. Lucie

    Weaver/Ricks Team – Oviedo

    Maryanna Zito – Port Charlotte

     

    Listers of the Month

     

    Russie Weidl – Heathrow

    Lynda Miller – Wekiva/Longwood

    Kelly D’Errico – DeLand

    Foster-Jensen Team – DeLand

    Eve Metlis – Orlando SW

    Susan Davis – Mount Dora

    Allen Mates – Clermont

    Helen Weaver – Kissimmee

    Terri Lynn Brearey – New Smyrna Beach

    Chris Young – Vero Beach

    Lori Clark – Port Orange

    The Sister Team – Mount Dora

    Kathleen Ciaffone-Wasch – Maitland

    TJ Jarosik – Ormond Beach

    Virginia Bellhorn – Oviedo

    Weaver-Ricks Team – Oviedo

    Sterling Rachal – ChampionsGate

    Martinez Team – Kissimmee

    Kip Ripper – Longwood

    Maryanna Zito – Port Charlotte

    Team Ruddy – Longwood

    Joanne Kebeck – Port St. Lucie

    Team Simmonds – Clermont

    Gayle Alliston – Ocala

  • 7 Awesome Bookstores in Jacksonville

    by Watson Realty | Dec 06, 2017

    What better way to spend a chilly winter night than snuggling up with a hot beverage and a good book? Sure, Florida isn’t exactly a frozen tundra during the cold months, but there’s no denying the joy of a relaxing night in and getting lost in a new page-turner.

    With so many novels to choose, from across hundreds of genres, the biggest challenge might just be finding the next book to dive into. Luckily, there are a few awesome local bookstores beyond the typical big-name chains in Jacksonville where you can discover your next literary obsession. 



    Chamblin Bookmine
    4551 Roosevelt Boulevard
    215 North Laura Street

    Chamblin Bookmine is a used book institution in Jacksonville. The ancient bookstore has been serving voracious readers since 1976 with an inventory sitting at more than two million books. Chamblin claims its inventory is 98% used and rare books, so it might be the perfect spot to unearth a few classics you can’t find anywhere else.

    San Marco Bookstore
    1971 San Marco Boulevard

    This cute bookstore is a staple in the charming San Marco neighborhood, and for good reason. Within its cozy walls, you’ll find a massive selection of new and used books, unique kids toys, Papyrus greeting cards, and plenty of friendly allure that makes San Marco such a special neighborhood.

    The BookMark
    220 1st Street

    Originally established in Atlantic Beach in 1990 before moving a few blocks south to Neptune Beach, The BookMark is one of the premier independent bookstores located in Jacksonville’s beaches region. Browse The BookMark’s carefully curated selection of new fiction, non-fiction, and more the next time you’re in need of a beachside reading session.

    Superhero Hive/Superhero Beach
    Superhero Hive: 2724 Park Street
    Superhero Beach: 1124 North 3rd Street

    Maybe you’re looking for reading material that’s of the caped crusader variety? If that’s the case, check out Superhero Hive and Superhero Beach. The Riverside-situated Hive and its sister location at the beach offer the week’s newest comics alongside dozens of classic books like Marvel, DC, Image, and so much more.

    Black Sheep Books
    9735 Old St. Augustine Road, Suite 20

    Black Sheep Books boasts a collection of gently used books spanning all genres and styles. Its cozy atmosphere and homely decorations make for a comfortable browsing experience for any bookworm.

    Gotham City Limits
    3733 Southside Boulevard, Suite 7

    Gotham City Limits is another of Jacksonville’s popular comic book destinations. This haven for all things superhero and sci-fi has comic books, graphic novels, and manga in spades, plus a huge selection of collectibles covering just about every corner of fandom. Gotham City Limits recently announced a change in management, so now’s the time to pay this revitalized comic shop a visit!

    2nd & Charles
    4972 Town Center Pkwy. Suite 100

    2nd & Charles is a new addition to the bustling St. Johns Town Center, having just opened its doors in September 2017. This sprawling superstore is the closest you’ll find to a chain on this list, but 2nd & Charles has enough personality and independent spirit to earn its spot here. In addition to towering rows of new and used books, 2nd & Charles expands its offerings to everything from movies and vinyl records to retro video games and niche collectibles.