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Time to Fall Back This Weekend

October 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Don’t forget. It’s time to fall back this weekend.

Most of us will be able to get an extra hour of sleep this weekend thanks to the annual shift back to standard time.

The change officially occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday, but most people will set their clocks back before heading to bed Saturday night.

Residents of Hawaii, most of Arizona and some U.S. territories do not have to change since they do not observe daylight savings time.

This weekend is also a good time to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. In addition to setting back your clocks, make sure your home and family are fire-safe.

Daylight savings time will return at 2 a.m. on March 8, 2015.

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elacora to Build Homes in The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach

October 29th, 2014 · No Comments

Brian Paul, Lee Arsenault and Victoria Robbins lead the elacora team building homes in Northeast Florida at Madeira in St. Augustine and in The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach.  

elacora, a national home building company, has announced that it will build 24 new homes on the last remaining lots at The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach.

“We are thrilled to offer these new homes within the prestigious master-planned community of The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach,” said Victoria Robbins, exclusive agent for elacora Northeast Florida. “There just aren’t many building lots left in Ponte Vedra Beach especially in established communities.  The initial interest in these new homes has been strong, both from Plantation residents looking to downsize and from the general public who have learned about our plans by word of mouth.”

Interested homebuyers are encouraged to contact elacora at (904) 484-9023 or ldinneen@elacora.com to join the interest list. Additional information may be found at www.elacora.com.  Sales to the general public will begin on Nov. 15.

Four new plans have been designed specifically for The Plantation, all with three-car garages and options for bonus spaces, gathering rooms, office space or media rooms. The new homes are priced from the $600s and are suited for the Florida coastal lifestyle. The open floor plans range in size from 2,600 square feet to more than 3,800 square feet. Each well-appointed home will include innovative and energy-efficient features and offer the quality and value for which elacora is known.

The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach is located in Ponte Vedra Beach in St. Johns County. Located off of SR A1A, it boasts an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, a tennis center with seven Har-Tru® tennis courts, and a private beach club that is a 10-minute bike ride from the front gate. A junior Olympic-size swimming pool is featured at the beach club and the 25,000 square-foot Plantation House has several dining options and fitness center.

 

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Attends CFO Conference

October 28th, 2014 · No Comments

(left to right) Chris Cardinale, Linda Sherrer, Earl Lee and Christy Budnick

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda Sherrer, along with Broker/Executive Vice President Christy Budnick and Chief Financial Officer Chris Cardinale, recently attended the 2014 CFO Financial Conference, “The CFO as Business Partner to the CEO,” in Ojai, Calif.

“The CFO Conference focused on ways individuals can work together to foster and advance collaboration and optimization, which are the key attributes of every successful real estate firm,” Sherrer said.

Hosted by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ parent company, HSF Affiliates LLC, “The CFO as Business Partner to the CEO” conference offered opportunities to network with colleagues and hear from today’s top business leaders about best practices and strategies for growth.

“The conference provided an exceptional opportunity to participate in educational sessions, strategic discussions and networking activities with the best in the industry,” Cardinale said.

“Howard Guttman’s presentation, which focused on building high performance teams where everyone is actively engaged in the company’s success, was especially enlightening,” added Budnick.

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Celebrate 70 Years with the Northeast Florida Builders Association

October 27th, 2014 · No Comments

If you’re looking for a fabulous evening of networking and fun, you won’t want to miss The Northeast Florida Builders Association’s 70th Anniversary Gala.

The Platinum Anniversary Gala will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.

Tickets are $125 per person and include dinner, an open bar, casino voucher and entry into the grand prize giveaway.

Don’t miss this exciting evening of food, dancing, casino games and prizes. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Corey Hacker at chacker@nefba.com or call (904) 725-4355.

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NAS Jax Air Show 2014

October 24th, 2014 · No Comments

 

Are you ready for the return of the Blue Angels? The NAS Jax Air Show is this weekend and a variety of military and civilian demonstrations are in store, with a grand finale from the Blue Angels. Gates open at 9am and the show begins at 10am both days. The show takes off this Saturday and Sunday, October 25 and 26, at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. A variety of military and civilian demonstrations are in store, with a grand finale from the Navy’s Blue Angels at 3:00pm. Plan on arriving at 12:30pm in order to see the Blues.

Gates open at 9am and the show begins at 10am both days. The event offers both free admission and free parking to the public.

For more info on the performers and parking, visit the NAS Jax Air Show website: http://www.nasjaxairshow.com/

And LIKE its Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/nasjaxairshow2014

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ULI Recognizes Real Estate Development Projects Throughout North Florida

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) North Florida announced the finalists of the 2014 Awards for Excellence, an annual awards program that recognizes real estate development projects throughout North Florida based on ULI’s mission to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.

The 2014 winners includes Peter S. Rummell received the Visionary Leader for his more than 40 year career in the real estate development industry.

The New Town Success Zone was honored in the Downtown Sector category for its $16 million capital campaign to provide homeownership to 135 families and complete 300 projects for homeowners already living in the neighborhood at Kings Road and West Beaver Street.

Mellow Mushroom received the Private Sector award for its 9,000 square foot restaurant in Avondale for bringing new life and energy to a piece of property which had an existing historic structure and abandoned gas station.

Cascades Park in Tallahassee was recognized in the Public/Open Space Category for its community-wide impact including improved water quality, enhanced traffic circulation and revitalized ecosystems.

St. Augustine Distillery and Ice Plant received the Reuse/Repurpose Sector award for its conversion of the 100 year old St. Augustine Ice Plant and converting the building into an iconic distillery and restaurant/bar.

Winners were presented with a bronze sculpture by local artist David Ponsler.

The ULI North Florida District Council was formed in 2005 and currently has more than 360 members from Flagler to Escambia Counties, including Jacksonville, Gainesville, Tallahassee, Panama City and Pensacola. More information about ULI North Florida is available online at www.northflorida.uli.org or www.uli.org.

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NEFBA Announces Candidate Endorsements

October 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Early voting for the General Elections began Oct. 20 in Duval and St. Johns counties, Oct. 21 in Nassau County and begins Oct. 25 in Clay County. The Northeast Florida Builders Association has endorsed the following candidates who are in contested races.

State

Governor Rick Scott – Governor

CFO Jeff Atwater – Chief Financial Officer

Duval County

Rep. Lake Ray – State House, District 12

Rep. Janet Atkins – State House, District 11

Jay Fant – State House, District 15

Rep. Charles McBurney – State House, District 16

Samuel Hall – Duval County School Board, District 2

St. Johns County

Sen. John Thrasher – State Senate, District 6

Rep. Doc. Renuart – State House, District 17

Jay Morris – County Commissioner, District 4

Todd Neville – St. Augustine Commission, Seat 4

Grant Misterly – St. Augustine Commission, Seat 5

Nassau County

Rep. Janet Atkins -State House, District 11

Stephen Kelly -County Commissioner, District 2

Clay County

Rep. Travis Cummings – State House, District 18

Gavin Rollins – County Commissioner, District 4

Kenny Leigh – Clay County School Board, District 1

Ashley Gilhousen – Clay County School Board, District 5

 

The General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 4. Click here to see a list of early voting locations.

For more information about NEFBA’s endorsed candidates or the voting process, contact Jessie Spradley at jspradley@nefba.com.

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Staging your Home to Shine

October 21st, 2014 · No Comments

By Judith Sisler Johnston, President of Sisler Johnston Interior Design and allied member, ASID

 

I’m often asked for tips and tricks to improve the impression of homes that are being sold.  I can share some suggestions for simple modifications to “stage” your home that will enhance your homes’ look and feel. You want potential homebuyers to leave your home with a positive lasting impression. But, be forewarned: After implementing these suggestions, many homeowners decide to remain where they are!=

Here are some topics for consideration when preparing your home to shine:

First Impressions – Let’s talk curb appeal.  Could the flower bed use some bright, cheerful flowers?  Maybe the chairs on the porch need new cushions?  What about a fresh coat of paint on the door?  The buyer will make many decisions about the home before they even walk through the door – make this first impression count!

Smell and Lighting – The first thing many buyers will notice (even if they don’t realize it) is the smell and lighting of a home.  Have your entire house steam cleaned (furniture and floors) and insist that residents and guests smoke outside. To add a welcoming scent use a clean, simple scent like Fresh Linen and steer away from sweet scents like Vanilla or Cookie Dough.   Lighting is also critical – add a lamp to a dark corner or add brighter light bulbs to the fixtures.

 Neutral shades on walls and accent lighting can help prospective homebuyers imagine their families in these rooms.

Furniture – is there too much?  Too much furniture in a space can make the space look smaller than it really is.  Maybe that bulky recliner in the corner should be put in temporary storage?  Is there too little?  A simple café table placed in an empty breakfast nook could add that quaint finishing touch.

Color – Does your home have a bright pink accent wall in the family room or a den that is emerald green?  It might be a good idea to repaint those walls a neutral shade of beige or tan. 

Personalization – It’s hard for a buyer to picture themselves living in the home if it is full of family photos on every mantle, book shelf and counter top.  Remove the photos and put them away for safe keeping until they are in their own new home.

Windows – The home should be as bright and cheerful as possible.  Windows and window treatments should be examined for cleanliness, condition and weight.  It’s effective to replace old blinds with new ones and heavy drapery with lightweight panels that let in abundant light.  

A bright cheerful room framed by light window treatments showcases this home.

All That Stuff.  This is the tricky part because this isn’t a model home, it’s a home.  It’s going to be full of stuff.  Consider getting a temporary storage facility and move many extra items to the facility – this may include furniture, knick knacks, toys, countertop kitchen appliances, books, etc.

 

 First impressions matter and this room is organized to highlight the view. Minimize personal itmes on mantles and shelves.

Look for every chance you have to make small, but important, changes to make your home as special for its next owner as it was for you.

 

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Linda Sherrer Addresses JAX Chamber’s GrowJAX on Boldness in Business

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Maxine McBride, Linda Sherrer and Gwen Griggs

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda Sherrer recently spoke to JAX Chamber GrowJAX participants at the CEO Forum at Jacksonville University.

Sherrer shared stories from her business career that required bold decisions for her company to succeed.

The CEO Forum, a program of the JAX Chamber, is a complimentary program for second stage businesses to provide economic development in Northeast Florida.

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Sisler Johnston Interior Design Completes New HabiJax Model Home in New Town

October 17th, 2014 · No Comments

Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville (HabiJax) has opened a new fully furnished model home in the growing neighborhood of New Town. The new HabiJax model features the interior design of Sisler Johnston Interior Design.

“The programs and services offered by HabiJax are helping many realize the dream of homeownership,” said Judith Sisler Johnston, president of Sisler Johnston Interior Design and allied member, American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). “I believe our show home will inspire and encourage potential homebuyers to contact HabiJax for more information on purchasing a home.”

Featuring 1,064 square feet of flexible living space and priced from $101,000, the Wiley model showcases three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. The home features an open and spacious living room and dining room perfect for family living and entertainment, a stylish kitchen equipped with designer oak flat panel cabinets and Formica countertops, and a master bedroom with master bath and walk-in closet.

For the home’s lively design, Sisler Johnston selected a color palette of warm neutrals with vibrant accents of crimson, apple green and honey. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the vibrant elements and style of the Spiderman-themed children’s bedroom.

The model is located at 1308 Tyler St., Jacksonville, Fla. 32209. The model and homes built by HabiJax in New Town are part of a revitalization project underway in the historic neighborhood west of downtown.

“Our new model home designed by Judith Sisler Johnston is a reflection of the change taking place in New Town,” said HabiJax President and CEO Mary Kay O’Rourke. “We are thrilled that the community has embraced our initiative to make a difference in New Town and help families realize the dream of homeownership. I encourage everyone interested in purchasing a home to contact us for information on how to become a new homeowner.”

Founded in 1988, HabiJax has become the largest non-profit affordable housing provider in Duval County, helping improve urban core neighborhoods in Jacksonville, including New Town. HabiJax is one of the most successful Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the United States, having provided homeownership opportunities and other housing services to more than 2,000 families. In addition, HabiJax is an advocate for affordable housing, fair housing policies and economic development and provides workshops and other trainings to help families improve their opportunities for wealth building. For more information, visit www.HabiJax.org.

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