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Excitement Buzzing Around Madeira at St. Augustine

July 6th, 2015 · No Comments

Madeira streetscape

There is tremendous activity and excitement concerning Madeira at St. Augustine. The compelling new home community recently relaunched by elacora has quickly become a place that many want to call home.

“Although it feels as though someone just flipped a switch, the momentum has been building for months at Madeira,” said Victoria Robbins, exclusive agent for elacora Northeast Florida. “We have a vision for Madeira and all of its components are now in place. It is exciting to see the community coming to life.”

It is easy to understand why Madeira is strongly resonating with homebuyers. Madeira’s Sales Center, conveniently located at the community’s entrance off U.S. 1 in northern St. Johns County, welcomes visitors to the community. The Sales Center is an excellent place to begin discovering the Madeira lifestyle and the incredible value residents enjoy at this community.

Madeira’s private Residents Club, the social and recreational hub of the community, is ready to open. The spacious amenity center includes a pool with lap lanes, clubhouse, fitness center and outdoor gathering areas. Membership to the Residents Club is included with the purchase of a home at Madeira.

Madeira’s highly desirable location is surrounded by nature and extends back along the Intracoastal Waterway. The lush natural setting provides the perfect backdrop for elacora’s homes. Homesites at Madeira back up to conservation areas with spectacular water or nature preserve views. Construction of several homes is underway as evidenced by the Mediterranean-themed streetscape taking shape in two different locations within Madeira.

Capri exterior

Homes by elacora are expertly crafted and beautifully built with features to delight even the most discriminating home buyer. Designed with the Florida homebuyer in mind, elacora offers two different home collections at Madeira, ranging in size from 1,797 square feet to more than 3,300 square feet and priced starting from the mid-$200,000s. The company’s innovative designs offer unique options – including additional bedrooms, sunrooms, game rooms and Florida basement storage solutions – so that homebuyers can select a floor plan designed to best suit their way of life. Additionally, all of elacora’s homes at Madeira are built with advanced energy-efficient standards included in the purchase of a home.

Capri Interior

With elacora’s financial strength, Madeira has no less than a dozen move-in ready homes available at all times for prospective buyers to tour. Visitors to Madeira also are invited to see the company’s award-winning Capri model home from elacora’s Portada Collection. Furnished and decorated by Barbara Ondo Designs, the model showcases the Capri’s spacious, open design for living and entertaining. A new designer-decorated model from elacora’s Serena Collection is scheduled to open in August. The Villena from the Serena Collection will highlight elacora’s exceptional new home design and Barbara Ondo Design style.

Madeira is located in northern St. Augustine, recently named No. 4 on the Top 100 Best Small Towns list. The nation’s oldest city is known for its beautiful beaches, world-renowned golf courses, historical attractions, arts and culture, parks and recreational areas, fabulous dining and entertainment, and top-rated St. Johns County schools.

To learn more about the good life, visit elacora at Madeira. The community sales office is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call (904) 484-9024 or visit www.elacora.com.

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Northeast Florida Builders Association Sales and Marketing Council Breakfast set for July 10

July 5th, 2015 · No Comments


Daniel Davis, executive director, JAX Chamber  is the keynote speaker for the  Northeast Florida Builders Association’s Sales and Marketing Council breakfast on July 10. Held at the University of North Florida at 12000 Alumni Drive at 8 a.m., the event will be sponsored by Wells Fargo and Nocatee. The cost of the event is $15 for Sales and Marketing Council members and $20 for non-members. Register for the event here. Davis will deliver his annual update at the Breakfast. As a past NEFBA Executive Director, Jacksonville City Council President and State Legislator, Davis brings a rare insight into business, government and housing.

About Sales and Marketing Council (SMC):

SMC is the place where Builders, Realtors® and other real estate industry-related professionals come together for business development, networking and educational opportunities. Over 200 professionals aligned to create programs, events and activities that bring members and guests together throughout the year.

NEFBA’s Sales & Marketing Council is the largest builder association SMC in Florida and one of the biggest in the nation. The SMC has received the “Best SMC In The Nation” award from the National Association of Home Builders multiple times for its premier programs:

  • Monthly Networking Breakfast Meetings
  • Annual Laurel Awards for Sales & Marketing Excellence
  • Monthly Top Sales Awards Recognition
  • Educational & Development Opportunities
  • SAM Tram New Model Home Realtor® Bus Tours
  • Networking & After hours Socializing Events
  • Annual Builder – Realtor® Tradeshow
  • Annual NEFBA Parade of Homes Promotion
  • Charitable Activities & SMC Cares

Membership is open to all NEFBA member companies and their employees. Open the door to new business, career enhancement, relationship development and great fun with an SMC membership. It’s the best way to meet and network with the top real estate industry professionals in Northeast Florida.

Explore the website to learn more about the many benefits of membership.

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Celebrate the 4th of July in Jacksonville

July 4th, 2015 · No Comments


Looking for plans to celebrate Independence Day?

Click here for a listing of various happenings throughout the Jacksonville area, including live music, family activities and fireworks!

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Vote for favorite logo design for Florida Realtors 100th Anniversary

July 3rd, 2015 · No Comments



Be a Part of History! 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of Florida Realtors, and you’re invited to vote on the logo being used to promote this great event throughout the year. Vote by July 3 for your favorite logo here: http://bit.ly/1Gh6Plu The Florida Realtors Association will be celebrating “A Century of Service.”

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Ed Burr elected to Chairman of Florida State University Board of Trustees

July 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

Edward E  Burr June 2015

Edward E. Burr

The Florida State University Board of Trustees unanimously elected trustee Edward E. Burr as its chairman during its recent regularly scheduled meeting. Burr has served as a trustee since 2011 and has been chair of the Academic Affairs Committee for the past year.

As the president and CEO of GreenPointe Holdings of Jacksonville, Fla., Burr is widely considered to be a visionary leader in the real estate industry for his ability to analyze real estate potential and lead companies in the creation of communities throughout the Southeast that are known for their recreational, residential and commercial value. A longtime advocate for bettering the lives of children, Burr is founder and Chairman of the Board of the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, a foundation committed to the prevention of bullying and child abuse. He also serves as Chairman of the Jacksonville Civic Council.

Burr succeeds trustee Allan G. Bense, who began his service as chairman of the Board of Trustees in 2012.

The board re-elected trustee Leslie V. “Les” Pantin as vice chairman. Pantin, who has served as a trustee since 2013, is president of Pantin/Beber Silverstein Public Relations in Miami. In addition, Pantin has served on the boards of the FSU Alumni Association, FSU Foundation and Seminole Boosters, and served a previous five-year term on the Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2010.

In addition, the Board of Trustees welcomed its four newest members.

  • William “Billy” Buzzett is a partner with the law firm of Harrison, Rivard, Duncan & Buzzett in Panama City, Fla. He has almost 30 years of experience in engineering, law and development and served as secretary of the former Florida Department of Community Affairs from 2010 to 2011. Buzzett, who succeeds trustee William “Andy” Haggard, was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott.
  • Bob Sasser, of Virginia Beach, Va., is the CEO of Dollar Tree Stores, the nation’s largest discount variety store chain selling merchandise predominantly for $1. Sasser, who succeeds trustee Margaret “Peggy” Rolando, was appointed by the Florida Board of Governors.
  • Susan Fiorito, 2015-2017 president of the Faculty Senate, is Jim Moran Professor and chair of the Department of Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Information Systems in the College of Business. She has been on the university’s faculty since 1990.
  • Jean Tabares, Florida State’s Student Body President for 2015-2016, is a senior pursuing a double major in marketing and political science.

Florida State’s 13-member Board of Trustees consists of six trustees appointed by the Florida governor, five trustees appointed by the Florida Board of Governors, one trustee who is the president of the university’s Faculty Senate and one who is the student body president.

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Supporting Wreaths Across America

July 1st, 2015 · No Comments

Wreaths Across America

The real estate professionals at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty are raising money in support of “Wreaths Across America,” a national charity dedicated to remembering and honoring fallen veterans.

“We are proud to call Northeast Florida home and fortunate to have a strong military presence in our region,” said Broker/Executive Vice President Christy Budnick. “We appreciate the brave men and women who have made extraordinary sacrifices to keep us safe and protect our freedom. We want to honor our veterans and their families, and we encourage others to join us.”

This is the fourth year the Northeast Florida real estate firm has supported the campaign’s effort to place a commemorative wreath on every veteran’s headstone.

“The Wreaths Across America ceremony is one of the most amazing expressions of patriotism and a heartfelt remembrance of our nation’s fallen,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Broker/Manager Ann King of the company’s St. Augustine office, who initiated the company’s participation.

Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, which began in 1992. The organization collects donations to purchase commemorative wreaths that are placed on the headstones of veterans buried at national cemeteries and other locations across the country.

In 2014, Wreaths Across America distributed more than 700,000 memorial wreaths at more than 1,000 locations in the United States and beyond. This year, wreath-laying ceremonies are planned on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, at locations nationwide including the national cemeteries in Jacksonville and St. Augustine.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is accepting donations to support Wreaths Across America. The cost is $15 for each wreath. More information is available at www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org.

“We believe in the American dream, and it is our privilege to be part of a campaign that acknowledges those who sacrificed so much to protect our freedom,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda Sherrer. “We appreciate the opportunity to support this program and its efforts to remember and honor veterans in Northeast Florida and around the country.”

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Proud Homeowners Enjoy Life at The John Gorrie a condominium

June 30th, 2015 · No Comments

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Residents of The John Gorrie a condominium in front of the historic building’s façade

As residents of The John Gorrie a condominium recently gathered within the lobby of the building to receive new remote controls for the building’s private parking lot, Alisa Hawthorne observed several people introducing themselves to one another or asking each other, “Who is that?”

For months prior, Hawthorne had discussed with friends and fellow owners the idea of creating a resident directory, similar to the annuals published by The John Gorrie Junior High School, as a way to bring residents together. Soon The John Gorrie Resident Directory Committee was formed by Hawthorne, Ron Episcopo, David Jett and Mark Pariani.

“We knew it was time to act, so an invitation email was sent to each owner requesting basic information, and to make it interesting we asked for hobbies, a fun fact and a photo,” said Hawthorne. In keeping with the history of The John Gorrie a condominium being a former school, the directory will feature a dedication page to the owner of The John Gorrie, Delores Barr Weaver, who is affectionately referred to as “The Principal.”

JohnGorrieInteriors - Kitchen

Residences feature original historic architectural elements such as an exposed brick wall along with modern luxuries including gourmet kitchens

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. 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. Now 75 percent sold, The John Gorrie a condominium is home to professionals of all ages, retirees, families and their pets.

“My favorite part of living in The John Gorrie is the privilege of living in a historic building,” said Hawthorne. “My home is part of what used to be the library and I often think about the books, tables and whispering that filled the area,” said Hawthorne, a nursing instructor, and two-year resident of The John Gorrie.

The John Gorrie Resident Directory Committee plans to host a resident social late summer for all to receive their yearbook.

“As a community we strive to meet socially as often as possible,” said David Jett, a technology sales professional who has lived at The John Gorrie for two years with his wife, Jayne. “Sometimes our gatherings are hosted in someone’s home, or occasionally a local restaurant or bar where we can support the businesses within our neighborhood like Mossfire Grill or European Street Café.”

Across the street from Bold Bean Coffee Roasters, Tres Leches eatery, a bicycle shop and more, The John Gorrie is also within walking distance to grocery stores, which allows its residents the opportunity to enjoy the immediate neighborhood without getting into a car.

In addition to being FHA and 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.

John Gorrie A Condominium

John Gorrie residents enjoy building amenities, including its private courtyard

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.

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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elacora in The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach Building Luxury Homes for Expedited Move-in

June 29th, 2015 · No Comments

Muirfield showhome

Buyers who want a luxurious home and wish to move in quickly should visit elacora in The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach. elacora, known for its innovative designs and exceptional high quality construction, has five homes underway targeted for completion starting late this summer.

“The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach is ideal for buyers seeking a new luxury home in an established resort community,” said Victoria Robbins, exclusive agent for elacora Northeast Florida. “We have several homes underway, making it possible for buyers to move-in this year and enjoy this fantastic lifestyle.”

The single-family homes underway include the Arcadia, the Medinah, the Muirfield and the Oakmont. The Medinah will be ready for move-in this summer.

elacora Plantation Medinah

The Medinah is a two-story home with three bedrooms plus den, three-and-a-half baths and is priced at $859,250. Designed specifically for The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach, the Medinah, as well as all of elacora’s homes, are well suited for a Florida lifestyle with spacious open and flexible spaces for living and entertaining. elacora’s homes feature gourmet kitchens with furniture-quality cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, designer bathrooms, spectacular outdoor living areas, and three-car garages. Homes are designed to maximize natural light and include the latest in technology and green building practices.

In addition to the Medinah, the following elacora homes are underway and available to buyers for move-in later this year:

  • The Arcadia, a one-story home with three bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, priced at $729,900
  • The Muirfield, a one-story home with three bedrooms plus den and three-and-a-half baths, priced at $732,900
  • The Oakmont, a one-story home with two bedrooms plus den and two-and-a-half baths, priced at $824,900

A second larger Arcadia design is also under construction. The two-story home features three bedrooms plus den and upstairs game room and four-and-a-half baths. It is priced at $863,500.

Muirfield living and kitchen

Prospective buyers are encouraged to visit elacora at The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach to view the company’s available homes and its stunning designer-decorated Muirfield showhome. Furnished and decorated by Barbara Ondo Designs with the Florida homebuyer in mind, the Muirfield showhome highlights elacora’s exquisite finishes, features and design style.

All of elacora’s plans feature a choice of exterior elevation styles and multiple options to add bonus space for additional bedrooms, gathering rooms, office space or media rooms. elacora’s homes at The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach are priced starting from $624,900.

Plantation Beach House

The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach features 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 a fully equipped and staffed world-class fitness center and several dining options. elacora’s homes at The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach are being built adjacent to a new community park, featuring an open air pavilion, a large fenced-in playground, full-sized croquet court and open space for sports and activities.

For more information, call (904) 484-9023 or visit www.elacora.com.

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Clockwork Marketing Services Welcomes Penny Martin as Operations Manager, Bookkeeper

June 28th, 2015 · No Comments

Penny Martin

Penny Martin

Clockwork Marketing Services announces Penny Martin has joined the marketing and public relations firm as Operations Manager and Bookkeeper.

In her role, Martin is responsible for the day-to-day management of office operations including IT processes and maintenance. Martin’s organizational skills and attention to detail keep the office running smoothly. She manages the financial matters of the company including accounting, payroll, budgets, taxes and cash management. Her responsibilities include overseeing clients’ financial accounts including contract management, payment processes, terms and procedures in addition to serving as Clockwork’s Human Resources liaison.

Prior to joining Clockwork Marketing, Martin served as an office manager of a technology company. Her previous experience includes more than eight years in the IT field, more than 11 years of business management experience and more than 25 years working in the veterinary field. Martin attended St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the Veterinary Management Institute at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

“Penny is a great asset to Clockwork and we are glad to have her as part of our team,” said Clockwork Marketing President Maxine McBride. “Her organizational skills and willingness to learn and face new challenges has strengthened our company and continues to help us grow.”

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Florida Realtors Association turns 100 in 2016

June 27th, 2015 · No Comments


The Florida Realtors Association is creating an art piece that will include tools of real estate from over the years. They are seeking: old lock boxes, surveyor’s instruments, MLS books, For Sale signs, Open House signs, first-generation cell phones, Realtor pins, designation pins, print ads of home and or land prices from years gone by. Sev Scaglia is eager to incorporate donations into the art piece. Please mail donations to by Friday, July 3, to Florida Realtors, c/o Sev Scaglia, 7025 Augusta National Drive, Orlando, FL 32822.

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