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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES SARAH OLSON

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Sarah Olson to the Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office.

Sarah joins Florida Network Realty with nearly two decades of experience in real estate. Previously the Broker/Owner of Leap Realty in North Carolina, Sarah has extensive experience in new construction homes – especially in Energy Star homes – and she has successfully marketed and sold many homes that have that have qualified for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, as well as homes with the Energy Star qualifications.

When asked why she hung her license with the Ponte Vedra office after moving to Florida three years ago, Sarah states, “The professionalism and integrity of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty and their commitment to their community completely aligns with my own goals and principles as a Realtor. I have a passion for healthy living and enjoy sharing my expertise with my clients – helping them to achieve their goals, from building a dream home to finding a home with the best garden space, is what drives me as a Realtor.”

Sarah is an active runner in several Jacksonville running clubs and has two daughters – one attending Bishop Kenny and one studying at the University of Central Florida. When they have downtime, you can find Sarah and her husband paddle boarding throughout the area.

“Please join me in welcoming Sarah Olson to the Ponte Vedra office! Having successfully owned a brokerage in North Carolina, Sarah has a ‘fast track’ to a successful career in real estate with us. We are excited to have her as part of our Florida Network Realty family,” shares Kevin Waugaman, Broker/Manager of the Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office.

For more information, Sarah can be reached by phone at 336.403.8840 or at Sarah.Olson@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: SOlson.FloridaNetworkRealty.com. The Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office is located at 333 Village Main Street, Suite 670, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082.

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Tax Reform – What Homebuyers Need to Know

Tax season is officially underway, and many are tracking down their receipts and filling in forms in preparation for the tax deadline in April 2017.

Many also have questions about the newly enacted tax policy – The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was signed into law by President Trump in December 2017.

The new tax law, which went into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, does not apply to this year’s tax return, which has to be filed in April. Most of the changes will not be noticeable until consumers file their taxes in 2019.

What is in The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act? There are notable changes in the new tax law that affect nearly everyone, and there are changes of particular interest to current and future homeowners including the mortgage deduction.

Under the new law, new homebuyers are able to deduct interest on the first $750,000, formerly $1 million, of mortgage debt on a newly-purchased home. Current homeowners who had a mortgage in place by Dec. 14, 2017, will not be affected by this change.

Homeowners must itemize their taxes if they want to claim the mortgage interest deduction. With the higher standard deduction under the new law, fewer Americans are expected to itemize next year.

Taxpayers are no longer able to fully deduct state and local property taxes plus income or sales taxes. The new law allows individuals to deduct up to $10,000 in property taxes and state and local income or sales taxes.

Taxpayers may exclude up to $500,000 ($250,000 for single filers) from capital gains when they sell their primary home, as long as they have lived there for two of the past five years.

“My advice to everyone is to consult with a tax professional,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda Sherrer. “There are numerous factors that can determine what your tax bill will be, and a tax expert can help you understand what the changes in the new law mean for you.”

According to the National Association of Realtors, the legislation will benefit many homeowners, homebuyers and real estate investors.

“Keep in mind that every tax situation is different and we encourage everyone who is buying or selling a home to consult with a tax professional about the variables that could affect you,” said Broker/Executive Vice President Christy Budnick. “There are many factors in a homeownership decision, and the tax implications are just one of them, not the whole picture when making a home-buying or selling decision.”

Founded in 1988, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty has a team of more than 400 real estate professionals in nine offices throughout Northeast Florida. For more information, call (904) 296-1906 or visit FloridaNetworkRealty.com.

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  1. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda H. Sherrer

 

  1. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Broker/Executive Vice President Christy Budnick

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10 Great Places To Grab Breakfast In Jacksonville

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Luckily, Jacksonville is full of yummy options – from healthy to hearty, traditional to modern. We understand that it’s hard to make a decision in the morning, especially when it comes to food, so we narrowed it down for you. Here are ten great places to grab breakfast in Jacksonville.

 10. Fox Restaurant

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Fox Restaurant is a casual hotspot known for its delicious breakfast and lunch options. Their menu includes a chorizo omelette, biscuits and gravy, fried green tomatoes, and “The Larry David”; a smoked turkey sandwich that is as popular as its namesake’s television show.

 9. Olio

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Olio is a Jacksonville favorite, no doubt due to the organic and locally sustainable dishes. They even cure and smoke their own bacon, chicken, and pork! The French toast is made with banana bread, dulce de leche, brulee bananas, candied pecans, and bacon lardons. The egg roll features sriracha scrambled eggs on a crispy tortilla roll.

 8. Jax Beach Brunch Haus

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Breakfast and lunch in the same place all day, as well as a full-service bar, how can you say no? After a visit to Brunch Haus, the only thing you’ll be saying is “gimme more!”Be sure to try one of their Bodacious Bennis.

7. Biscottis

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You’ll find a lot more than just biscotti at Biscottis, with an eclectic and innovative menu that features the likes of sweet potato pancakes with whipped honey butter, blueberry-pecan waffles, slow braised corned beef hash, and Bellini’s made with peach puree.

 6. Bread & Board

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Bread & Board is serving up traditional American breakfast made modern. Their menu is different and exciting, including a roasted butternut squash scramble with toasted sunflower seeds, organic eggs, crispy kale, and goat cheese. Their crispy seasonal fish and yellow grits dish is served with smoky collard greens and a house habanero sauce.

 5. Southern Roots Filling Station

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When it’s time to fill up, there’s no better place than Southern Roots Filling Station. This vegan restaurant focuses on healthy and ethical foods. The Tofu Egg Salad Sandwich features sprouts, avocado, and a garlic vegan cheese. The Protein Bowl is made with quinoa, chickpeas, and a hemp ranch dressing.

 4. Cool Moose Café

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Cool Moose Café is a cozy neighborhood spot that offers an extensive coffee menu and some of the best all-day breakfast in the city. Their menu includes a veggie omelette with brie cheese, traditional eggs benedict with Canadian bacon, and Belgian waffles with fresh berries.

 3. Another Broken Egg Café

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There isn’t another café quite like Another Broken Egg Café. Their menu seems endless; hits include peach cobbler pancakes filled with honey-roasted granola and an omelette filled with goat cheese, asparagus, roasted red peppers, and roasted garlic cloves.

 2. Metro Diner

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Sometimes all you need is a hearty breakfast from an old-school diner. Thankfully Jax’s beloved Metro Diner has a few locations across the city, so you can get your fix of chicken and waffles, slow-roasted corn beef hash with poached eggs, pound cake French toast, and huevos rancheros, to name a few menu options.

 1. Maple Street Biscuit Company

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There’s a reason why Maple Street Biscuit Company is so popular amongst Jacksonville locals; it’s that good. They pride themselves on making comfort food with a twist. “The Farmer”, for example, is all natural fried chicken and pecan wood smoked bacon on a flaky biscuit, topped with fresh house-made apple butter.

 

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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES DEBRA HANNON

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Debra Hannon to the Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office.

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“Debra is eager for the opportunity to assist her clients in the largest financial commitment of their lives, and to make this process as stress-free and easy as possible. I’m glad to welcome Debra to our Ponte Vedra Office, and am eager to see her succeed as a Realtor,” shares Kevin Waugaman, Broker/Manager of the Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office.

For more information, Debra can be reached by phone at 801.657.2918 or at Debra.Hannon@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: DHannon.FloridaNetworkRealty.com. The Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office is located at 333 Village Main Street, Suite 670, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082. 

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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES CHARLENE ANGELO

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Charlene Angelo to the St. Augustine office with locations in St. Augustine Beach and Murabella at World Golf Village.

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Charlene joins the Murabella office of Florida Network Realty with twenty years of experience as a Realtor, having worked both locally in St. Augustine and in Crystal River, Florida. When asked why she is a Realtor, Charlene states, “I love working with and for people trying to find their dream home. Every day in real estate is an adventure and I look forward to meeting all challenges head-on. When I was looking for a brokerage in St. Augustine, Florida Network Realty’s reputation and business platform drew me to them, and I believe that they will help me to grow my career as a Realtor in Northeast Florida.”

When not working, Charlene enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, whom she adores. She also enjoys exploring the beautiful beaches of Florida’s First Coast and traveling with her family.

“Please join me in welcoming Charlene to the Murabella office. She comes to us from Citrus County and has closed close to five million last year alone. Her knowledge of real estate and enthusiasm is evident from the first time you meet her, and I am excited to have her on our Florida Network Realty team,” shares Ann King, Broker/Manager of the St. Augustine and Murabella at World Golf Village offices.

For more information, Charlene can be reached by phone at 352.464.4179 or at Charlene.Angelo@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: CharleneAngelo.com. The St. Augustine offices in St. Augustine Beach and Murabella at World Golf Village are located at 112 Sea Grove Main Street, Suite 210, St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080 and 196 Capulet Drive, Suite 3, St. Augustine, FL 32092.

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Celebrates Success and 30th Anniversary at Annual Awards

Company Applauds The Wonder Years in 80s style 

Wonder – A feeling of amazement and admiration, caused by something beautiful or astonishing. A person or thing regarded as very good, remarkable or effective.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty recently celebrated its real estate wonders with a celebration unlike any other, a throwback to the 1980s and the Wonder Years. Think big hair, shoulder pads, neon spandex, preppy style, punk rock and more.

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The celebration gave a nod to popular television shows with characters like Kevin Arnold and Winnie Cooper that everyone thought was cool. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ gathering conjured a certain wonderment as they honored and celebrated the team’s remarkable abilities and success.

While the festivities honored serious business, those attending enjoyed a tremendous amount of camaraderie and entertainment. Company leaders celebrated with energetic and insightful style, reaffirming a collective vision for continued success.

“Our team is committed to providing exceptional results based on individual client needs,” said Broker/Executive Vice President Christy Budnick. “I am incredibly proud to work with this team of professionals and to celebrate their success!”

Company awards were presented throughout the program, highlighting numerous achievements including the Northeast Florida real estate firm’s remarkable accomplishments.

In 2017, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty achieved a record-setting year with more than $1 billion in closed sales. The company continues to be the leader in luxury properties (priced $750,000 and above) throughout Northeast Florida. In 2017, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty ranked No. 1 in closed sales with a 17.2 percent market share, No. 1 in new listings with a 15.8 percent market share and No. 1 in pending sales with a 17.4 percent market share.

The celebration honored the company’s 2017 top producers for their performance, accomplishments and sales success. The Top Company Award Winners include:

Elizabeth Hudgins of the Ponte Vedra office led as Top Producer with $32.6 million in closed sales.

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Stefanie Bernstein of the St. Augustine/Murabella offices was named Top Listing Agent with 61 listings. Bernstein also was honored as the company’s Top Transaction Agent with more than 184 transactions and Top Sales Agent with 68 sales units.

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The Lisa Barton Team of the Ponte Vedra Beach/Nocatee office was recognized as the Top Producing Team with more than $38 million in closed sales.

Lisa Barton Team

Ilona Fischer of the Ponte Vedra office was named Rookie of the Year with more than $3 million in closed sales.

Ilona Fischer

The Ponte Vedra Office, under the leadership of Managing Broker Kevin Waugaman, received the Chairman’s Cup, which recognizes over achievement of budget targets in a number of categories, including client feedback, recruiting, listing sides, closed sides, per person productivity, closed volume and profitability.

 

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“We have the absolute best team of Realtors in the world and we can’t thank them enough for their loyalty and contributions to the company’s success,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda Sherrer. “We are so proud of our team’s tremendous achievements and our 30 years of serving home buyers and sellers in Northeast Florida. We are excited about what the future holds for us in 2018.”

The celebration will continue into February with the Top Producers Gala, a special invitation-only party for more than 80 of the company’s award-winning Realtors.

For more information about Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, call (904) 296-1906 or visit www.FloridaNetworkRealty.com.

 

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  1. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty recently celebrated in 80s style at the company’s Annual Awards Celebration.
  2. Elizabeth Hudgins of the Ponte Vedra office led as Top Producer with more than $32 million in closed sales.
  3. Stefanie Bernstein of the St. Augustine/Murabella offices was named Top Listing Agent, Top Transaction Agent and Top Sales Agent.
  4. The Lisa Barton Team of the Ponte Vedra office was recognized as the Top Producing Team.
  5. Realtor Ilona Fischer of the Ponte Vedra office was honored as Rookie of the Year.
  6. The Ponte Vedra office, under the leadership of Managing Broker Kevin Waugaman, received the Chairman’s Cup award.

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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES TROY SAUNDERS

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Troy Saunders to the Fleming Island/Orange Park office.

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“Please join me in welcoming Troy Saunders to our Florida Network Realty team! Troy has thirty years of experience in accounting and is ready to make real estate her second career. Her professionalism and enthusiasm for being a Realtor are evident from the first time you meet her. I am excited to have Troy join the Fleming Island office,” shares Linda Benson, Broker/Manager of the Fleming Island/Orange Park office.

For more information, Troy can be reached by phone at 904.729.8545 or at Troy.Saunders@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: TSaunders.FloridaNetworkRealty.com. The Fleming Island/Orange Park office is located at 3535 Highway 17, Suite 10, Fleming Island, FL 32003.

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