Whether you are selling your home or just looking for design insights, the newest World Golf Speaker Series event is for you! Join us at Davidson Realty’s headquarters in World Golf Village on Tuesday, June 6, at 6 p.m. when interior designer Donna Mancini presents “Staged to Sell”. Donna, who is owner of Donna Mancini Interiors & Flooring, will provide guidance and tips on staging a home properly to appeal to buyers as well as the newest design trends for summer.

For event attendees, Donna is offering 20 percent off furniture and accessories in her retail showroom for 30 days after the event. The Ponte Vedra showroom is located at 141 Hilden Rd, Unit 202, near US1.

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May
 
15

Popcorn Personality

Posted by: Rick Pariani in Tips
 

If you have been following along with this Series, you know that in our last article, “Like an Athlete in Training – Picture This”, I shared ideas on how to personalize the show and sale of your home.

I suggested that you don’t have to “stage” your home for sale as if it is a model home. I recommended that you showcase your home’s personality and portray it as a “happy home” enjoyed by family and friends. I thought I had evidence of the wisdom of that approach when we got feedback from a buyer who said “we can see ourselves living here”.

Well – Life is about Learning and Learning is Life.

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Apr
 
11
 

The most successful, competitive and accomplished athletes train with their minds. They can close their eyes and literally picture – and see – how to execute a routine, make a move, lead and score. They are able to imagine themselves in the winner’s circle.

After 20 years of home ownership and raising a family, I recently put my home on the market – thinking surely someone would come along and “see” and “sense” what we experienced over those years.

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Spring cleaning is often a daunting exercise and can stretch out for days and weeks, even a month or two. But completing a thorough spring cleaning within one weekend is absolutely achievable. Here is a day-by-day guide courtesy of Davidson Realty.

FRIDAY: Declutter day

Utilize day one to eliminate clutter throughout your house. Take an empty laundry basket and move room to room collecting anything that is not in its assigned “home.” This includes clothes, old mail, books and magazines, papers, toys, shoes, etc. It is all too easy to amass these items throughout the year in corners and on bookshelves.

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St. Augustine is a special little town known for its Spanish architecture, history, shopping and outstanding restaurants. Davidson Realty’s Graphic Designer Matt Burkhart and I recently took a trip to the oldest city in search of the best happy hour spots in town. Luckily for us, the locals were happy to point us to the three best places to stop and wet your whistle during the day!

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Sep
 
21
 

New construction is booming throughout Northeast Florida and has left buyers with an important decision to make: buy a new home or a previously owned home. We recently sat down with Bank of England Production Manager Troy Silhan for tips to help homebuyers understand the differences in the buying process and how to avoid issues.

According to Troy, the buying process is essentially the same from pre-approval through closing, but there are a few distinctions. His advice is to follow a few simple guidelines: determine your priorities early, utilize a Realtor’s expertise and thoroughly understand the contract.

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Jun
 
22
 

In this day and age it is easy to manage nearly every aspect of life on our own. However, home sellers are finding many more cons than pros emerge when they consider selling their own home. Back in 2005, 13% of sellers sold their home as a FBSO (For Sale By Owner). Fast forward 10 years and FSBO homes accounted for just 8% of home sales in 2015 (source: National Association of Realtors).

Sherry Davidson, President of Davidson Realty, helped shed light on why this is the case. “Sellers are realizing the drawbacks outweigh the advantages when they list a FSBO,” said Sherry. “In general, we are seeing FSBO homes stay on the market longer and end up selling for less than homes sold with the assistance of an agent who knows the market, appropriate pricing and property marketing techniques.”

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Attention neighborhood Realtors! Davidson Realty is hosting a Realtor training on Thursday, June 23rd from 4 to 5:30 pm to help agents better understand TRID (TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule). The presentation will take place at Davidson’s World Golf Village office, located at 100 East Town Place, St. Augustine 32092, and focus on crucial changes affecting Realtors and their customers.

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May
 
31
 

If you’ve ever applied for a mortgage, you undoubtedly asked a lot of questions. Troy Silhan knows all too well that answering borrower questions is vital to an open, productive lending process. And as Bank of England Mortgage Production Manager and Davidson Realty’s resident mortgage expert, he has the answers.

“Because of ever changing lending regulations, market adjustments and so on, it’s not uncommon for borrowers to have a long list of questions – even those who have purchased several homes,” said Troy. “This is a big investment, so it is important to understand each step throughout.”

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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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