Apr
 
23
 

Phyllis & Brian Benson with one of their treasured grandchildren

For Brian Benson, it was the draw of an active 55+ community near the beach. For his wife Phyllis, an avid traveler, it was more about access to planes, trains, ships and highways. What drew the couple to World Golf Village was that it offered both!

The Bensons, who bought a home in The Cascades, have certainly made the most of life in their new community. We recently caught up with Phyllis to learn more about them.

What do you like best about living in The Cascades?  No yard work! The Cascades offers beautiful and well maintained facilities, an active community life, and friendly neighbors. The first time we walked into our house it felt like coming home for both of us. 

We have attended several functions and met many new friends since joining The Cascades community.  We recently learned that we are part of a growing “younger” crowd moving into The Cascades; the more the merrier.

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Apr
 
10

Good Growth – Invest in Your Place

Posted by: Rick Pariani in News
 

One of our nation’s premier professional land planning and development institutions, the Urban Land Institute, says that “Growth is inevitable and desirable, but destruction of community character is not. The question is not whether your part of the world is going to change. The question is how”.

How indeed. In our neck-of-the-woods, significant change is underway. It is rapid – more so in the residential realm than commercial and mixed-use (but that too is following and will continue to do so). It isn’t whether change will come and when – it is already here on a daily basis.

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It is hard to believe that there was a time that the World Golf Village consisted of only a sales trailer, guard shack and burgeoning infrastructure, but Davidson Realty’s employee Judy Hagen-Kashou remembers that time well.
Judy and her late husband, George Kashou, moved to the World Golf Village in August of 1998 from Chicago, but they had been coming to St. Augustine long before that as Judy had family in the area and they had been reading all of the press releases on what was to come and were excited about the project.  In effect, they watched the World Golf Village grow and they decided that they wanted to be a part of it.  With this decision made, their Panitz home was the third home constructed in Turnberry in the Neighborhoods of World Golf Village.

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Davidson agent Mirtha Barzaga hosted a Thanksgiving donation drive in Heritage Landing on Saturday, November 11, to benefit the Emergency Services & Homeless Coalition of St. Johns County. Donors brought hundreds of bags of food, supplies and toys for families in need.

 

Barzaga was joined by several volunteers including students from Nease High School’s Junior ROTC and Coaltion volunteer Sergio Quintanal (pictured).

 

“My sincere thanks to everyone who came out and showed their generosity,” said Barzaga, a top performing Davidson Realtor. “Since Hurricane Irma, the Coalition has experienced an increased need for everything a family needs, so every little bit helps.”

 

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Join us at Davidson Realty’s headquarters in World Golf Village on Tuesday, September 5, at 6 p.m. when Jim Davidson will take attendees through the journey of World Golf Village from concept to completion.

Jim, who is President of Davidson Development, was the driving force behind the community’s strategy, establishment and growth.

Davidson Realtor Shelley Nemethy and Bank of England Mortgage Banker Andrew Merritt are sponsoring the free event, which is part of Davidson’s quarterly series featuring real estate related information.

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Davidson Realty is inviting real estate agents from any company to attend the best nationwide Realtor training at either of Davidson’s two office locations. Buffini & Company’s 16-week training course, Peak Producers, helps Realtors increase their production through negotiating skills, lead generation and overall customer service. Buffini & Company has trained over 3 million agents in 37 countries and has more than 20,000 members nationwide.

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Jay Owen, Owner of Design Extensions, is launching a brand new podcast called Building a Business That Lasts. Design Extensions is a locally owned website development company that focuses on creative marketing and branding for their clients. Jay has been working on websites since the age of 17 when he attended Nease High School and has turned Design Extensions into an extremely successful company that helps other local businesses grow through quality design, practical strategy and measurable marketing.

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Did you know that hundreds of children in St. Johns County qualify as homeless? Let’s come together to make sure they have what they need to start their school year off right! Davidson Realty agent Mirtha Barzaga is hosting a Back to School Supply Drive on August 5th and 6th to collect items like backpacks, pencils, lunch boxes, highlighters, calculators, colored pencils and more!

The Supply Drive is to support children in need from Kindergarten through eighth grade at our local schools. Each grade has a specific list of needs, which you can view by visiting http://www.davidsonrealtyinc.com/resources/events or Davidson Realty’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/davidsonrealty. Any items you can provide would be so appreciated!

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Jul
 
25

It’s All About The Buyer

Posted by: Rick Pariani in Tips
 

With the patience, persistence and professionalism of my Real Estate Agent*, we successfully closed the sale of our home on 7/21/17.

We were on the market for about 140 days. But for my slow acceptance of buyer preferences and market facts – it could have been much quicker. After all, the house across the street from us had three offers the first day it was on the market – and it’s sale closed rapidly.

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Jun
 
28

Wanted In White – Clean Not Cluttered

Posted by: Rick Pariani in Tips
 

In my last installment, as a current home seller, I shared a personal lesson-learned. I summarized the lesson into the simple observation – “listen to the market – don’t doubt the Buyer – understand their preferences”.

The longer one’s home remains on the market – the more lessons flood in. You don’t always have to personally live the lesson to benefit from it. When you seek the right counsel – your path and progress can be secured.

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