With the increase in new residents coming to Northwest St. Johns County, we have also seen new opportunities to meet people and build on World Golf Village’s already strong sense of community. The latest addition to our area is Good News Church, located off International Golf Parkway just east of Interstate 95.

Pastor Andy Hirko and church members opened their doors on Sunday, April 17, welcoming 990 people to just the first two services. The congregation has since continued to grow in size.

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May
 
17
 

Anyone who has endured a big move, especially to a different town or state, knows the frustration of arriving to your new empty home without lights, without cable, or worse, without coffee. Now there is a solution to your moving woes in locally owned company A Warm Welcome.

Launched in early 2016, A Warm Welcome is the result of a 1,000-mile move that owner Christine Bowe and her family made in 2015. She and her husband relocated with their four children from the hamlet of Stony Brook, New York, to Ponte Vedra last July.

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Calling all local Real Estate Agents! How familiar are you with the NEFAR Contract? Find out by attending the upcoming Contracts & Cocktail presentation on May 19th from 4 to 5:30 pm at Davidson Realty’s Jacksonville Beach location. Will Li, Esquire with Landmark Title will be presenting on common mistakes and issues that occur when using the NEFAR Purchase and Sale Agreement.

World Golf Village and other local real estate agents are welcome to hear and discuss common issues that with better knowledge can be avoided when using the NEFAR contract. Will Li will present on the topic before answering any questions!

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If you’re like most first-time homebuyers you have a lot of questions about the home buying process and where to even start! This is the perfect chance for you to get your questions answered and gain insight from industry professionals in a no-pressure environment. Davidson Realty Agent Terri Apodaca and Bank of England Production Manager Troy Silhan are hosting a seminar for you tomorrow, May 7th, at Davidson Realty’s World Golf Village headquarters (100 E Town Place, 32092).

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If your mom is anything like mine, you find it very hard to pick the perfect gift to show just how much you appreciate and love the woman who gave you life! You could go the easy route and stick with something you know she’ll love like spa services, an upscale restaurant gift certificate, a handwritten note, something made by the grandkids or maybe switch it up this year! Believe it or not there is still time…

Gift Ideas:

Shop local! What about a custom frame to go with the new photo of the grandkids (or in my case granddogs)? Check out MFrames on Etsy. MFrames are custom, handmade picture frames and home goods that are affordable, unique and thoughtful. You can even have them engraved! Skip the shipping and pop over to the shop to pick your frame up before Sunday.

TPC tickets! Even if your mom isn’t the biggest fan of golf, THE PLAYERS Championship is a must-see social event. The tournament runs from May 10 – May 15 and all different types of tickets are available from Stadium Passes (with access to more than 19 on-site public venues, local food and beverages, rope-side access to your favorite players and much more) to Family Plans and The Blue Room Passes.

Events:

Take advantage of everything going on in World Golf Village and St. Augustine on Sunday and spend the day with mom!

Mother’s Day Buffet at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort – Get the family together between 11 am and 3 pm. Check out Renaissance’s Facebook Page for the brunch menu. RSVP at (904) 940-8696.

Mother’s Day Brunch at the King & Bear Clubhouse – Reservations required! Members pay $29.95 and non-members pay $34.95 with kids under 12 at $14.95 each (kids 5 and under are free). Contact Ursula Howard at (904) 940-6207 for menu details and to reserve your seats!

Special Mother’s Day Champagne Carriage Ride for Two – The Tasting Tours is offering a very special 3-hour Mother’s Day food and wine tasting extravaganza via horse-drawn carriage on May 7th and May 8th (including champagne and flowers)! The tour is $139 per person and includes VIP boarding, champagne, fresh flowers, 3 hours of food and wine, 4 to 5 food and/or wine tasting venues, wine to enjoy on the carriage and a guided tour of historic St. Augustine.

Happy Mother’s Day to all!

 
 
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Apr
 
26
 

I recently caught up with Troy Silhan, Production Manager and resident mortgage expert for Bank of England. He works with many local homeowners and was happy to provide major tips on what NOT to do before and during the loan process. The obvious list of problems to avoid includes pay your bills on time, save for a down payment, and so on. Here are some tips you might not have thought of:

1. DON’T change your name.
Regardless of the occasion (marriage or divorce), make sure not to change your surname when applying for a mortgage. As Troy says, “If you applied for a mortgage as Ms. Jones, then became Mrs. Smith, there is additional paperwork and things to do to make sure you are, in fact, one in the same person.” Your loan officer can let you know when you’re cleared to make the change!

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Northern St. Johns County has become one of the area’s most desired locations for homebuyers. It’s no wonder! Residents enjoy quick access to Jacksonville and an A-rated school district—all set against a pastoral backdrop of live oaks and palm trees (not to mention great golf).

In recent years, the area has experienced significant residential and commercial growth. The U.S. Census Bureau places St. Johns County as the 11th fastest-growing county in the U.S. (based on 2013/2014 estimates).

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Almost 10 years ago, the U.S. housing market turned downward and many Americans lost their homes to foreclosure. As a result, these families moved to rental homes, apartments and condos, waiting for the right time to buy again.

Now that the market has recovered, “boomerang buyers” as they’re called, are returning to the market ready to jump back in. However, many others still don’t know if they’re financially ready.

Bank of England Production Manager Troy Silhan recently explained how boomerang buyers can know when they’re ready, as well as what they can expect in this new market.

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Now that residential construction has gained momentum all around the greater World Golf Village area, businesses large and small are making their homes here as well. From banks and healthcare specialists to new eateries and shops, residents are enjoying more amenities than ever before – all just down the road.

Saint Johns Place, located just on the east side of I95, has added two new tenants. Village Dentist recently moved to its new location with the same great dentists, including Drs. Nick Tawil, Brian Young, Gaby Bahri, Nadeem Ahmed and Ross Fishman. The center also welcomes Baptist Primary Care, including Drs. Traci Bragg, Iulia Platte and Juan Fuentes.

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Jan
 
15
 

Gator’s Dockside is up and running in World Golf Village! If you aren’t familiar with the local-restaurant-turned-chain, Gator’s Dockside started with only one restaurant in Jacksonville before expanding their reach to 19 different locations throughout Florida. The family-friendly eatery is sports-themed and offers customers humongous flat screen TVs, pool tables, great food and awesome service. Perfect to grab a bite for lunch or watch some football!

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