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Report: Florida job creation slowed in July

August 30th, 2015 · No Comments

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Florida added 13,700 private sector jobs in July, the weakest monthly performance so far this year, according to a recent report, per an Aug. 12 article by the Tampa Bay Times.

The article states that an estimate from payroll-processing firm ADP indicated Florida is still among the strongest job generators in the country.

To read the entire article, click here.

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Survey shows Jacksonville is in Top 50 for convention, meeting visitors

August 29th, 2015 · No Comments

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As reported in a recent Florida Times-Union article, Jacksonville is ranked No. 47 in a listing of the top 50 cities in the United States to host business meetings and conventions.

“It signifies that Jacksonville is being seen by more people as a meeting destination,” said Katie Mitura, director of marketing and communication at Visit Jacksonville, the city’s tourism bureau. “They’re considering taking the opportunity to explore it further and send us leads and send us potential business for our hotels to take a look at and give us the opportunity to sell these meetings to meeting planners and professionals.”

To view the article in its entirety, click here.

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Metrostudy Market Update Headlines September Sales and Marketing Council Meeting

August 28th, 2015 · No Comments

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Plan now to attend the Northeast Florida Builder Association (NEFBA) Sales and Marketing Council Breakfast meeting on Friday, Sept. 11, at the University of North Florida to hear the Metrostudy Market Update by Anthony Crocco.

The breakfast meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at the UNF Herbert Center, located at 12000 Alumni Drive. To register for the event, click here.

Real Estate is back and Florida is once again in the national forefront of new construction. Get the latest trends in new home sales and more at the annual Metrostudy Update. Florida Regional Director Crocco will present an overview of the U.S. and Florida macro economics and provide detailed data on new construction statistics from across the Northeast Florida region.

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Clay Builders Charity Golf Tournament Sept. 11

August 27th, 2015 · No Comments

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Join the Clay Builders Council for its 28th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, Sept. 11, at the Orange Park Country Club.

Lunch and range begins at 11:30 a.m. and the tournament will begin at 12:30 p.m.  The cost is $150 per player or $500 per foursome.

RSVP to Jessie Spradley at jspradley@nefba.com, or for more information visit www.nefba.com.

The Clay Builders Council is a council of Northeast Florida Builders Association for builders, remodelers and other companies who have an interest in the construction industry, specifically in Clay County.

The group discusses, forms opinions, petitions local government and takes actions on issues facing the construction industry in Clay County. In doing so, the council provides members with an opportunity to become involved and take an active role in the events and issues that shape the construction industry in Clay County.

 

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Northeast Florida Builders Association Gala–Save the Date–Friday, November 13

August 26th, 2015 · No Comments

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The Northeast Florida Builders Association (NEFBA) has announced the date for the 2016 Gala. It will be held on Friday, November 13, 2015 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

This grand event caps the year for NEFBA builders, developers and associates with an evening of fine dining, entertainment, valuable prizes and an unparalleled opportunity to socialize and network. A black tie optional evening, tickets are available at $125 per person. The price includes dinner, open bar, casino games, a silent auction and prizes.

Tickets will be available here.  For additional information about the NEFBA Gala, contact Corey Hacker at 725-4355 or CHacker@nefba.com.

 

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Donates $61,438 to Dreams Come True

August 25th, 2015 · No Comments

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The real estate professionals at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty are well known for helping make the dream of homeownership come true. The company also donated a record $61,438 over the last two years for Dreams Come True, the First Coast’s only locally based nonprofit organization dedicated to fulfilling the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses.

“Fulfilling dreams is a life-long goal for us at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda Sherrer. “We are thrilled to present this gift to Dreams Come True. We appreciate the support we received from our valued customers and passionate team members to help make dreams come true for many deserving children.”

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty’s fundraising effort for Dreams Come True began in August 2013 as part of the company’s 25th anniversary year. The Northeast Florida real estate firm set a goal of raising $25,000 over one year for the nonprofit organization, pledging to donate a percentage of each home sale to Dreams Come True.

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By August 2014, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty had raised more than $30,500 for Dreams Come True. Monies raised by the company sponsored numerous dreams for children including all expenses paid vacation packages to theme parks and attractions such as Disney World, Discovery Cove and Hawaii for a child and his or her family. The company wanted to continue to help make dreams come true for special First Coast children and announced its ongoing support to Dreams Come True.

“I am so proud to be part of a caring team in a company that puts a high priority on giving back to its community,” said Broker/Executive Vice President Christy Budnick. “Our team’s giving spirit and community support reflects our company’s culture and commitment to social responsibility and to being a good neighbor. We are honored to support Dreams Come True and its mission to make a difference in the lives of children.”

Established in 1984, Dreams Come True has granted more than 3,300 dreams for children battling life-threatening illnesses in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. Dreams Come True applies 100 percent of all donations, unless otherwise designated by the donor, directly toward dreams.

“Community support is vital to our ability to use the power of a dream to bring hope and joy to every First Coast child battling a life-threatening illness,” said Sheri Criswell, executive director, Dreams Come True of Jacksonville. “Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty has provided incredible support to Dreams Come True and the special children for whom we have provided dreams. Through their generosity, they have helped us stay true to our commitment to never have a waiting list or turn down an eligible child.”

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Clay County Market Success – Demand Outpacing Supply in Key Areas

August 25th, 2015 · No Comments

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1824 Sugar Maple Road, Fleming Island – Listed by Realtor Karen Wentz (904) 477-0463

With popular communities including Fleming Island and Orange Park, Clay County has become one of the top destinations for homebuyers in Northeast Florida.

Situated along the banks of the St. Johns River, Clay County offers an extraordinary natural setting, an outstanding selection of homes and copious neighborhood amenities including excellent schools.

“At one time, Clay County was one of the area’s best kept secrets,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda Sherrer. “As demonstrated by the tremendous growth Clay County has experienced in recent years, the secret is out!”

With a population of 200,000 people, Clay County is in the midst of a transformation from a rural community to a full-fledged suburb. According to JAXUSA Partnership, a division of the JAX Chamber and Northeast Florida’s regional economic development initiative, Clay County has experienced a demographic shift recently with a population growth that includes an influx of younger, well educated people with higher paying jobs.

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Clay County is an appealing place to live and raise a family. Homebuyers are drawn to the county’s award-winning public schools and magnificent outdoor recreational choices. With new residents arriving daily, the demand for homes in Fleming Island and Orange Park is strong.

As reported by the Northeast Florida Multiple Listing Service (MLS), closed sales in Fleming Island increased 46 percent, new listings increased 23 percent and the median sales price rose 16 percent in June 2015 over the same period in 2014. Northeast Florida MLS reported new listings in the Orange Park area increased 34 percent, closed sales were up 20 percent and the median sales price increased six percent during the same time period.

“Homes in both Fleming Island and Orange Park are selling at a much faster rate than the number of new homes coming to the market,” said Linda Benson, Broker manager of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty’s Fleming Island office. “We host numerous open houses each weekend and buyers are attending in record numbers.”

Northeast Florida MLS also reported homes in Fleming Island sold at 97 percent of the list price in June 2015, up from 95 percent during the same period in 2014 and up 95 percent year-to-date.

“This is an excellent time to sell because inventory is low and home prices continue to climb,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Broker/Executive Vice President Christy Budnick. “We are experiencing listings selling very quickly with many going under contract within days of going on the market.”

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, which operates a newly renovated full service branch office in Fleming Island, has maintained a leading presence in the area for many years. The company is home to the area’s most successful real estate agents who work hard to deliver an exceptional client experience and the most positive real estate results. Connect with the best by visiting www.FloridaNetworkRealty.com.

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The John Gorrie a condominium homeowners say, “Nothing compared”

August 24th, 2015 · No Comments

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“Riverside has always been home,” said Jacksonville transplants and homeowners at The John Gorrie a condominium, Dr. Lawanda Ravoira and Steven Tatsak, USN, Retired.

Residents of Jacksonville since 1991, Ravoira relocated from Virginia and Tatsak from Minnesota via the Navy. Both find Riverside and the location of The John Gorrie to be most appealing after making the decision to downsize and visiting numerous condominiums and townhomes over the years.

“We concluded that The John Gorrie was the best choice for us as nothing we viewed compared to the quality and design of the condominium. We have been in the area for years so Riverside was a place we chose to remain. Five Points, Avondale and now downtown are growing at a fast pace and we strive to support the local community,” said Tatsak.

“Many small businesses are nearby with Lotus Yoga, Bold Bean Coffee, 13 Gypsies, Zen Cog Bicycles, and Tres Leches just across the street,” added Ravoira. “The John Gorrie is within walking distance to restaurants like Carmine’s Pizza, Lola’s, and Kickbacks, and is also close to many Five Points hotspots and Sun-Ray Cinema.”

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Homeowners at The John Gorrie a condominium, Ravoira and Tatsak

Designed by noted Jacksonville architects Roy A. Benjamin and Mellen C. Greeley, John Gorrie Junior High School was constructed in 1923. The buildings were listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1987 and the school was closed in 1997. The building’s owner, Delores Barr Weaver, completed an extensive renovation and restoration to transform the historic landmark school into 68 residences with luxurious contemporary amenities including 12-foot ceilings, expansive windows, stainless steel GE appliances, CaesarStone countertops and hardwood floors.

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The historic landmark school was transformed into 68 luxurious residences

“Lawanda has always had a love of school and books, so it seemed appropriate to move into a renovated school,” said Tatsak.

The John Gorrie offers one- and two-bedroom residences and two-story townhomes priced from the upper-$100,000s. The community’s amenities include private gated parking, a private courtyard, custom fitness center, elevators, a resident reading room and Wi-Fi Internet access.

“The John Gorrie offers a combination of an old-style exterior structure, combined with new and updated designs of the interior condominiums. Everything is new and the colors are current, yet many of the exterior walls were left as is,” said Ravoira. “Exposed brick and original plaster can be seen in almost every home.”

With just 16 homes remaining, The John Gorrie a condominium is home to professionals of all ages, retirees, families and their pets.

“Ours is one of the few townhouses offered at The John Gorrie and it is located in the middle of the original auditorium. It is a loft-style, dual-level townhouse with two bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms,” said Ravoira. “The loft area looks out a large 24-foot window, allowing full natural light. Walking in for the first time and seeing that tall, open window, sealed the deal for us.”

In addition to being Fannie Mae (FNMA) approved, making it possible for qualified homebuyers to obtain low down payment, fixed-rate mortgages at competitive rates, owners at The John Gorrie a condominium receive an ad valorem tax abatement toward their homeowner’s tax bill through 2021.

For more information about how you can be part of The John Gorrie community, call (904) 383-3688 or visit www.TheJohnGorrie.com.

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Jacksonville International Airport to Receive $19 Million Upgrade

August 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

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As recently published in Florida Trend, the Jacksonville International Airport will soon begin an upgrade of six new computed tomography X-ray machines, worth $19 million. The new machines will be capable of screening bags that have been dropped off at the ticket counter.

The transition of the equipment will take between 12 – 14 months and will begin in September.

To view the article in its entirety, click here.

 

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More than 100 million visitors expected to visit Florida in 2015

August 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

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According to a recent article published by the Miami Herald, Florida is on track to exceed more than 100 million visitors in 2015.

The article by Hannah Sampson quotes Visit Florida president and CEO, Will Seccombe, who said, “The foundation of the Florida economy is strong and we’ve got a tremendous amount of momentum” and that Florida’s official tourism industry marketing corporation is working to “establish Florida as the Number One travel destination in the world.”

To view the article in its entirety, click here.

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