BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES KATHY BALL

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

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Kathy joins the Ponte Vedra from another local brokerage, and with over thirty-five years of experience working as a Realtor, and specializing in dealing with relocations, first time home buyers, and luxury homes. As a resident of Northeast Florida for several years, Kathy loves the weather, proximity to the ocean, and the friendliness of the people, and is excited to help her clients find the house that they can make their home.

Eager to transition to Florida Network Realty’s single agency model, Kathy states, “The single agent model of business that Florida Network Realty offers allows me to run my business the way that I want. I love being able to help my clients find their dream homes, and sell their homes to realize their dreams. By doing this, I am also realizing my dreams, and the support that Florida Network Realty offers their Realtors allows me the highest level of representation for my clients.”

Prior to becoming a Realtor, over thirty-five years ago, Kathy was also the owner of a local floral design company. When not working, Kathy enjoys painting, singing, and dancing, and she has also been in various musical theater productions and sung in numerous choirs.

“Having the right real estate agent means having an agent who is committed to helping you buy or sell your home with the highest level of expertise in your local market. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, existing homeowner or investor, Kathy will help you make selling and buying real estate faster, less costly, and stress-free. I am happy to welcome her to our team,” shares Kevin Waugaman, Broker/Manager of the Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office.

For more information, Kathy can be reached by phone at 774.454.1321 or at Kathy.Ball@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: KBall.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 COLTON COLLINS

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Colton Collins to the Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office.

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Colton is beginning his career as a Realtor with Florida Network Realty, and he is excited about what the future holds. When asked why he joined the Beaches office of Florida Network Realty, he states, “When looking for a brokerage, Florida Network Realty really stood out to me. They seem to be willing to help their agents at any cost, and genuinely care about their agents.”

When not working Colton enjoys taking advantage of all of the outdoor activities that Northeast Florida has to offer. He enjoys fishing, surfing and golfing, as well as traveling to new destinations.

“Please join me in welcoming Colton to the Beaches office. Although new to real estate, Colton is eager to grow his career as a Realtor. With the support of his family of Realtors and now the Florida Network Realty team, Colton’s career will reach new heights. We look forward to celebrating his accomplishments,” shares Don Cline, Assistant General Manager and Broker/Manager of the Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office.

For more information, Colton can be reached by phone at 904.330.8743 or at Colton.Collins@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: CCollins.FloridaNetworkRealty.com. The Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office is located at 375-1 Atlantic Boulevard, Atlantic Beach, Florida 32233.

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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES MELISSA & CASEY CLEARMAN

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Melissa & Casey Clearman as The Clearman Group to the Fleming Island/Orange Park office.

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Melissa and Casey are excited to begin their real estate careers with Florida Network Realty. Melissa holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of North Florida as well as a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from the University of Central Florida. She earned her real estate license in 2013 and has spent the past three years as a referral agent with another brokerage. Casey is beginning his career in real estate after working for Underwood Jewelers for fourteen years as a certified watchmaker.

Having bought and sold various types of properties, The Clearman Group is eager to help their clients as they prepare to buy or sell their home. Melissa and Casey know that when your house is on the market, your whole life is wrapped up in staging, showings, and open houses. Their goal as Realtors is to walk step-by-step with their clients through each stage of the real estate process in order to help them move to their next phase of life.

“I am very excited to welcome Melissa and Casey, as The Clearman Group, to the Fleming Island office! Their passion for helping others is evident the first time that you meet them, and Melissa and Casey will provide you with best-in-class service to help you buy or sell a home. With their experience, dedication and client-oriented focus, the Clearman Group will guide you through the complete real estate process,” shares Linda Benson, Broker/Manager of the Fleming Island/Orange Park office.

For more information, The Clearman Group can be reached by phone at 904.803.4116 (Melissa Direct), at 904.803.4075 (Casey Direct) or at TheClearmanGroup@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: TheClearmanGroup.FloridaNetworkRealty.com. The Fleming Island/Orange Park office is located at 3535 Highway 17, Suite 10, Fleming Island, FL 32003.

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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES EMMA GREENHILL

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

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Emma joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty with a background as a business owner and in sales. Born and educated in England, Emma moved to the United States in 1999 and spent 10 years living in Central Florida. In 2009, Emma returned to England where she started her own retail and home décor business and also sold her own artwork. Having studied art and design in college in England, this was a natural next step for Emma.

In 2015, Emma returned to the United States and started her own art business, selling her artwork at shows across Florida, as well as being represented by a gallery in St. Augustine. “I love the fun of art shows,” says Emma, “Art is a passion of mine, and I love traveling throughout Florida and meeting new people! This year I’ve been lucky enough to win two awards for my work.”

Although Emma is a new Realtor she is eager to bring her passion for interior design, love of helping people and joy of living in Florida to real estate. When asked why she joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty as a Realtor, Emma states, “I chose Florida Network Realty as my brokerage because I believe it to be a quality company with high standards. I aim to excel and succeed in all areas of my life, and I believe that Florida Network Realty will help me on my journey.”

When not working, Emma enjoys relaxing by riding her bike and kayaking with her husband and finding new restaurants to try. Emma also enjoys volunteering in her community and worked with the American Cancer Society in 2016 with their Look Good Feel Better program – a program designed to educate women on skin care and wig options while undergoing chemotherapy. More recently, Emma has volunteered with her church, helping families in the community rebuild after Hurricane Irma.

“Please join me in welcoming Emma to the Fleming Island office! She is a new agent with a wonderful personality – we hit it off immediately! Her background in sales, and passion for helping others align perfectly with our company’s culture, and I’m sure she will succeed here at Florida Network Realty,” shares Linda Benson, Broker/Manager of the Fleming Island/Orange Park office.

For more information, Emma can be reached by phone at 904.210.2688 or at Emma.Greenhill@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: EGreenhill.FloridaNetworkRealty.com. The Fleming Island/Orange Park office is located at 3535 Highway 17, Suite 10, Fleming Island, FL 32003.

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Lights Up Northeast Florida

Experience the magic as Northeast Florida is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles and laughter.

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is proud to present Luminaria 2017 in neighborhoods throughout Northeast Florida. The luminarias will take place on Sunday, Dec. 17, beginning at dusk. In the event of inclement weather, the luminarias will be moved to Sunday, Dec. 24.

A holiday tradition, luminarias are simple paper bags that are filled with sand and a votive candle. Beginning at dusk, the candles are lit for a spectacular display. Candles light the streets and bring neighbors together for holiday fun and cheer. Luminaria 2017 also supports those in need.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is offering a limited number of pre-assembled, ready-to-go luminaria kits containing all the necessary materials. Each kit includes six bags, six votive candles and sand.  Each luminaria kit is hand made by Pine Castle, a local charity that empowers adults with disabilities through opportunities to learn, work and connect.

Luminaria kits are $5 (check or cash only) and available for pickup at six Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty office locations through Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., while supplies last. Each luminaria kit lights approximately 25 to 30 feet, and individuals are welcome to purchase as many kits as they need to light their home. Additionally, 100 percent of the proceeds from luminaria kit sales will be donated to local charities including Pine Castle, BEAM, St. Johns CARES and Pace Center for Girls, among others.

“You have to experience a luminaria to truly appreciate and understand how it makes you feel,” said Realtor Lee Elmore who launched the company’s inaugural Luminaria in Atlantic Beach. “It was so incredible to see the streets of Atlantic Beach lined with luminaria, magically transforming our city into a night of lights and a celebration of the holiday season unlike anything we have ever experienced. I am thrilled our event is expanding and more communities in Northeast Florida will enjoy a spectacular night of lights.”

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Modeled after Riverside/Avondale’s beloved luminaria, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty’s inaugural event last year was a terrific success, raising $3,700 from luminaria kit sales while bringing friends and neighbors together to celebrate the magic of the holiday season. The funds were donated to local community charitable organizations and the company decided to expand the luminaria to additional branch office communities.

“Our company loves to support events that bring our communities together,” said Broker/Executive Vice President Christy Budnick. “Luminaria 2017 is about community spirit and bringing neighbors together to experience the light and celebrate for greater good during this magical time of year.”

Participants are encouraged to purchase official luminaria kits from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty offices. Proceeds from luminaria kit sales will benefit local non-profit programs and charitable causes. Payment is by check or cash only (please make check payable to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty.) Organizers recommend everyone interested purchase their luminaria kits soon as the company sold out of kits prior to last year’s event.

On the day of the luminaria, participants will light their candles at dusk. With the neighborhood aglow, the company encourages neighbors to organize evening celebrations, such as community block parties or progressive dinners, and stroll through the streets to enjoy the lights.

To ensure a safe and enjoyable evening for residents and visitors alike, organizers encourage walking, biking or the use of golf carts whenever possible. Those visiting are asked to be respectful of property owners and to operate vehicle transportation in a safe and responsible manner. The Luminaria is a fun event for all to enjoy.

“It’s enchanting to be in the midst of thousands of golden-hued luminarias that punctuate every street and walkway in your community,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda Sherrer. “We love that the holiday season provides unique opportunities to share holiday cheer and make a positive difference, and we hope everyone will enjoy our luminaria.”

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Information Box 1:

Luminaria 2017 kits are available at the following Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty office locations:

  • Avondale/San Marco – 3627 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville (904) 388-5005
  • Atlantic Beach – 375-1 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach (904) 241-2417
  • Fleming Island – 3535 Highway 17, Suite 10, Fleming Island (904) 269-1716
  • Murabella/World Golf Village – 196 Capulet Drive, Suite 3, St. Augustine (904) 802-0609
  • Ponte Vedra Beach – 333 Village Main St., Suite 670, Ponte Vedra Beach (904) 285-1800
  • St. Augustine – 112 Sea Grove Main St., Suite 210, St. Augustine Beach (904) 471-6906

Information Box 2:

In addition to Pine Castle, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Luminaria kit sales will benefit: 

  • Avondale/San Marco – Rethreaded, Inc.
  • Atlantic Beach – Boy Scout Troop #15, Beaches Town Center and BEAM
  • Fleming Island/Orange Park – Pace Center for Girls (Clay)
  • Murabella/World Golf Village – First Coast Blessings in a Backpack
  • Ponte Vedra Beach – St. Johns CARES and Ponte Vedra Public Education Foundation
  • St. Augustine – Matanzas Riverkeeper

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  1. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is proud to present holiday luminarias in neighborhoods throughout Northeast Florida on Sunday, Dec. 17, beginning at dusk.
  2. A holiday tradition, luminarias are simple paper bags that are filled with sand and a votive candle.
  3. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty’s inaugural event in 2016 was a success, raising $3,700 from luminaria kit sales while bringing friends and neighbors together to celebrate the magic of the holiday season.

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ranked Highest for Repeat Home Seller Satisfaction in J.D. Power’s 2017 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, an HSF Affiliates LLC company which includes Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, recently announced that the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices real estate brokerage network ranked “Highest Overall Satisfaction for Repeat Home Sellers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms” in the J.D. Power 2017 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction StudySM.

“A home is one of the most important assets that most people will ever buy. Homes are also where memories are made and you want to work with someone you can trust.”

-Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

The 10th annual study assessed customer satisfaction among the nation’s largest real estate brokerage companies and their agents. Overall satisfaction was measured across five factors of the real estate process: agent/salesperson, closing process, real estate company marketing, real estate company office, and package of additional services. The study was based on responses from 4,170 consumers.

Among repeat home sellers, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices scored 858 on a 1,000-point scale, performing particularly well in the categories of agent/sales person, closing process and real estate company marketing.

“Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices stands for top-quality real estate representation in markets across America,” said Gino Blefari, CEO and president of the network. “We’re proud to accept this award, as it spotlights the exemplary service network agents and their brokerages provide every day.”

The ranking, “highest for repeat home seller satisfaction,” speaks volumes in the real estate community. Repeat home sellers have been through the real estate process and have a clear understanding of the work and expertise involved in a successful home sale. This type of satisfaction means Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network agents excel when it comes to communicating with clients and listing and marketing clients’ homes.

“When we started almost 30 years ago, we had one clear goal in mind – to raise the level of professionalism in real estate in Northeast Florida,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda Sherrer. “We knew we would achieve our goal as long as two key elements were present –a well-known brand that commanded respect and trust, and a select team of Realtors and employees with a shared vision and passion for serving client needs.”

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J.D. Power’s study yielded several key findings about the real estate process. Among them:

Relationship. An agent’s relationship with a buyer is the most important factor in determining customer satisfaction.

Marketing. For sellers, marketing of the home is most important, as it is the most visible way for the seller to gauge the agent’s support.

Information. Satisfaction is strongly influenced by the amount of time agents invest in keeping customers informed versus when they are not kept informed.

Reputation. Word-of-mouth remains important: First-time home buyers and sellers report good reputation and recommendations from friends, family and colleagues as the two main reasons for selecting a real estate company.

“Our name stands for strength, integrity and trust, and we offer the best talent, experience, assets and relationships to our clients – sellers and buyers alike,” said Broker/Executive Vice President Christy Budnick. “Our company commands the highest average sales price for our clients and we develop and execute finely-tuned marketing plans designed to reach and attracted the most qualified buyers. Our agents offer Single Agency Representation – the highest level of service and representation afforded by Florida law. Our Realtors bring our strong reputation and access to the best resources to help their clients in all phases of their real estate transaction.”

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. The company operates a corporate relocation division, a new home and condominium sales division, Florida Network Property Management, Gibraltar Title Services, LLC and is in a mortgage relationship with EverBank.

For more information, call (904) 296-1906 or visit FloridaNetworkRealty.com.

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10 Great Places To Grab A Drink In Jacksonville

10 Great Places To Grab A Drink In Jacksonville

There are so many great bars and restaurants in the city of Jacksonville to get a beer, wine, cocktails, and to meet new people and make new friends. Whether you’re looking to check out a new watering hole or you’re visiting from out of town and need to know where to go, we’ve got you covered. Here are ten great places to grab a drink in Jacksonville. Cheers!

10. MOJO no.4 Urban BBQ Whiskey Bar

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MOJO no. 4 Urban BBQ Whiskey Bar is a Southern barbeque joint that doubles as a fun cocktail bar. Their signature drinks include a pineapple sour, a huckleberry mojito, and a margarita made with agave nectar and smoked salt. It’s also only three dollars for a shot of whiskey and their menu is endless.

9. Matthew’s Restaurant

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The wine cellar at upscale hotspot Matthew’s Restaurant is temperature controlled and houses approximately two thousand bottles. The extensive wine list is hand-selected by their sommelier and the staff is trained to recommend the right wine to pair with your food and to complement your tastes.

8. Aardwolf Brewing Company

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The Aardwolf Brewing Company knows their stuff when it comes to beer. Their beer list is as wide-ranging as is it delicious. “Beards To The Bar” is a milkshake IPA with raspberries, peaches, and vanilla. “Bees?!” is made with honey, hibiscus, and orange peel. And the “El Mariachi” is a spiced imperial stout with cacao nibs, cinnamon, and ancho chilies.

7. Intuition Ale Works

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The brews at Intuition Ale Works are a cut above the rest. The “All Night Diner” is a BBQ breakfast stout brewed with smoked and roasted malts, oats, local Bold Bean Coffee, and maple syrup. The “No Schmoes Gose” is a traditional German-style wheat ale with sea salt and coriander.

6. Bistro Aix

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Don’t miss out on happy hour at Bistro Aix. Their handcrafted cocktails include the “Lefty Special” made with Pabst Blue Ribbon with a shot of Four Roses Yellow Label or Fernet Branca. The “Aixoise Martini” is comprised of vodka, olive juice, and blue cheese. Not to mention numerous wines, beers, and food options like pizza and prime hand-ground beef burgers!

5. Topgolf

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You can drink and play at Topgolf – making it a great place to bring a date or to get your friends together. Their “Washington Apple Cocktail” is made with apple whiskey, cranberry juice, and lime juice. Their “Pineapple Punch” is served in a signature take-home mug. And they have three different margaritas on the menu, including one made with fresh strawberries and jalapeño vodka.

4. The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails

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Named one of Jacksonville’s best new restaurants, The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails boasts good food and great drinks. “Sweet Pete’s Watermelon Sour” is comprised of rum, watermelon puree, watermelon pucker, lime juice, and a sour watermelon gummy. “The Golden Ticket” contains black coconut rum, orange liqueur, house-made sour mix, and pineapple juice.

3. Whiskey Jax

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With great drink deals throughout the week, you know you’re bound to have a good time at Whiskey Jax. This gastropub specializes in whiskey and craft beer. Happy hour is from 4 pm to 7 pm throughout the week and 2 pm to 7 pm on Friday, when they do a dollar off of craft drafts and domestic drafts are three dollars, cocktails range between four to five dollars and appetizers are only five bucks!

2. Black Sheep Restaurant

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The bartenders at Black Sheep Restaurant can make a mean cocktail. The “Exit Sage Left” is a bourbon-based drink with sage syrup and blackstrap bitters. The “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” tastes like orange and chocolate. And the “Faux Croix” contains vodka, grapefruit, hibiscus syrup, lime, and tropical bitters.

1. b b ’s

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“A groovy place to b” – b b ‘s does wine and handcrafted cocktails like no other. Their drink menu includes a long list of by-the-glass wine selections, and their cocktails are made with top quality liquor and fresh ingredients. Like the “Cozy Nights” done with vanilla vodka, cinnamon rum cream, and served with a cinnamon sugar rim.

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