Zillow buys Trulia for $3.5 billion

by Jala Harris 28. July 2014 13:54

Big news for the real estate world on Monday!

By Les Christie
@CNNMoney
July 28, 2014

The two biggest names in online house hunting -- Zillow and Trulia - are joining forces in a stock deal valued at $3.5 billion.

Trulia shares jumped 12% on the news that it's selling to Zillow.

Zillow will continue to operate two separate websites, where consumers can search listings of homes for sale. Zillow and Trulia together attract more than 130 million visitors a month.Read full article here.

Featured Property Of The Week!

by Jala Harris 28. July 2014 13:50

11175 NW 18th Road Gainesville, FL 32606

Gainesville Featured Home

Welcome Home to Ridgemont! This home has it all! Walter Howell built with all the stunning millwork that his homes are known for. Barely lived in and move in ready. One of the best lots in the neighborhood, backs to large common area with upgraded black aluminum fencing and lovely custom landscaping. Enter through leaded glass doors with sidelights into a welcoming foyer; gleaming hand scraped wood floors thru out all common areas & master suite. Large great room with corner fireplace for easy furniture placement; formal dining with wainscoting and lighted tray ceiling. Gourmet kitchen with wood cabinets, granite, stainless steel appliances, including desirable gas cooktop. Large breakfast room overlooks common area. Spacious screen porch with brick pavers. Click here for more photos and details. #featuredgainesvillehome

Gainesville Featured Home

Gainesville Featured Home

Gainesville Featured Home

People are back to buying houses right now and supply is low. If you see a home that you love, make sure you give one of our Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish sales associates a call right away, before it’s gone! It’s a seller’s market and we need houses… list with us! We can get it sold for you – we are Gainesville’s real estate leader for a reason.

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The 6th Annual Real Estate Beach Retreat!

by Jala Harris 28. July 2014 09:20


The 6th Annual Real Estate Beach Retreat was held last Friday in Vilano Beach. This event is organized by Beau Beery and Todd Rainsberger of Coldwell Banker Commercial M.M. Parrish Realtors and includes many of the top players in Gainesville Real Estate and also from the national level. This year’s speakers include Alex Reece, C&M Investments LLC/Real Estate Investor, Fred Schmidt, President & COO of Coldwell Banker Commercial Worldwide, Andrew Hodor, Hodor Company/Developer, and Todd Boss, FBC Mortgage/National Sales Manager. Click here to view all the pictures from the event.

 

 

Gainesville Florida Made Top 10 for Great College Towns to Retire!

by Jala Harris 25. July 2014 09:49


10 Great College Towns to Retire to
Kiplinger by Sandra Block
July 2014


Remember when you went off to college for the first time? You were eager for challenges and psyched to try something new. Retire to a college town, and you can re-create that horizon-broadening experience and sense of adventure.

In these ten towns, a university generates intellectual and cultural sizzle for local residents and opens the door for retirees to take free or low-cost classes. College sports unite the entire community (and sometimes impel retired alums to move back). On-campus attractions, such as concerts, lecture series and games, are open to all comers, not just undergraduates.

College life isn’t the only reason these towns are great places to retire. Most are in states that are tax-friendly to retirees.


Gainesville, Florida is #9 of the top 10 Great College Towns to Retire to by Kiplinger.

College: University of Florida

Population: 35,533

Median home price: $169,287

Cost of living: 99.1

Gainesville is smack in the middle of the state, which means it’s 75 miles from the ocean. But during hurricane season, that’s not such a bad place to be. And the home of the University of Florida offers many benefits for retirees looking to escape the cold and the high cost of living up north.

In addition to Florida Gators football and basketball, the city offers 13 museums and galleries and a thriving downtown. Residents age 60 and older can enroll in courses at the University of Florida at no cost on a space-available basis. In addition, the Institute for Learning in Retirement at Oak Hammock, a retirement community affiliated with the University of Florida, offers an extensive roster of courses, many of them taught by university professors. (Seniors don’t have to live in the community to participate.)

Florida is one of the most tax-friendly states in the country for retirees. There is no state income tax, and permanent residents are eligible for a homestead exemption of up to $50,000. Seniors may qualify for an additional exemption.

Gainesville was founded as a health care resort. Now, medical care is available through the university’s Shands Hospital and the North Florida Regional Medical Center.

Read the full article here.

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Featured Property of the Week!

by Jala Harris 22. July 2014 10:25

6706 NW 81st Boulevard Gainesville, FL 32653

Gainesville Featured Home

Welcome Home to this private lot over 1 acre in gated San Felasco Estates! 5 large bedrm/3.5baths over 4000 sq.ft. Pool resurfaced in 2014 plus large enclosed patio for entertaining. New Phone System with 6 lines, ideal for a home office. Gourmet kitchen with Viking cooktop, granite counters and wood cabinets. One of a kind special home, just wait til you see! Offering an Old Republic Home Warranty too. Click here for more photos and details. #featuredgainesvillehome

Gainesville Featured Home

Gainesville Featured Home

People are back to buying houses right now and supply is low. If you see a home that you love, make sure you give one of our Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish sales associates a call right away, before it’s gone! It’s a seller’s market and we need houses… list with us! We can get it sold for you – we are Gainesville’s real estate leader for a reason.

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Landon Oaks Open House & Chamber After Hours!

by Jala Harris 21. July 2014 10:52

Williston Landon Oaks

Please join us this Thursday for the
Landon Oaks Open House & Chamber After Hours!
Click here for details.

Landon Oaks is a new community in the City Of Williston, just 21.5 miles from Shands/VA/UF. It is 8-new homes on a cul-de-sac starting at $139,900, the homes range from 1,390 square feet to 1,800 square feet. The quaint community is within walking distance to the elementary and high school. The community is USDA approved and the seller's are paying 3% of closing cost so a qualified buyer can move in with zero down.

Community Features:
• Minimum 1,350 Sq Ft
• Rocking Chair Front Porch
• Stainless steel appliances
• Laminate flooring
• 3 and 4 Bedrooms
• 2-Car Garage
• Cul-De-Sac Lots
• Walk to Elementary & High Schools

Click here to “like” Landon Oaks on facebook and stay up to date with all community details.

Kathi Williams Raises $$$ for Muscular Dystrophy Association!

by Jala Harris 21. July 2014 09:19

Kathi Williams, Realtor and Office Manager with Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors, got locked up as part the MDA Gainesville Lock Up 2014 benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Thursday. Kathi has raised over $675. Way to go Kathi!
 

Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors has had a strong culture of supporting our community for over 100 years. Our Staff, Management and Sales Associates are proud to participate in hundreds of different volunteer programs, organizations, fundraisers and community events as individuals. As a Company, we are involved in many local charities and sponsor several local events every year.

Open Houses This Weekend in Gainesville, FL!

by Jala Harris 16. July 2014 08:55

Visit these Gainesville Open Houses this weekened!

GARISON WAY OPEN HOUSE
3425 SW 74th Way, Gainesville, FL 32608
Sunday, July 20, 2014 1:00- 4:00 PM
Listed by Hebah Fox, Hosted by Jason Hurst

For a video preview click here.



OAKS AT HAGUE IN ALACHUA OPEN HOUSE
7226 NW 127th Place, Alachua, FL 32615
Sunday, July 20, 2014 1:00- 4:00 PM
Listed by Norma Adams

Check out the more Open Houses around the Gainesville area here and contact a Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtor today!

Open House This Weekend in Kanapaha Pines!

by Jala Harris 8. July 2014 17:44

Open House this Sunday, July 13th from 1:00-5:00pm hosted by Jason Hurst, REALTOR®!
Watch this video for a home preview.

10105 SW 89th Street in Kanapaha Pines
Property listed by Doug Baril, REALTOR®. Click here for property details.

Smokeless Tobacco Manufacturer Moves to Gainesville

by Jala Harris 7. July 2014 09:42


One of the largest industrial facilities in Alachua County has a new owner. Halo, a U.S. based manufacturer of smokeless tobacco products has recently purchased the 93,000 square foot Ball Container facility in Northwest Gainesville.

Ball Container purchased the property from Anheiser Busch in 2009 and produced beer can lids, literally millions per day. Recently Ball, a world-wide manufacturer of everything from jars to aerospace electronics, consolidated their lid production to larger facilities and elected to sell the Gainesville complex.

The sale was orchestrated by The Beery Rainsberger Group and Audley Harris of Coldwell Banker Commercial. Broker Todd Rainsberger, observed, "The Halo group has purchased a phenomenal property. The quality of construction and the overall condition of a building that's over 30 years old is amazing." Beau Beery added, "From the beginning we were impressed with the number of companies interested in such a large facility. As nice as it is, 93,000 square feet is over 2 acres under roof and not many companies need that much space. We had a lot of activity, but Halo moved decisively to make the deal happen."

Currently headquartered in New Jersey Halo has experienced exponential growth in recent years and needed to move to a larger facility. The company manufactures the "liquid smoke" or "smoke juice" used in e-cigarettes. They advertise that as an American-made product using only FDA approved ingredients their "juice" has none of the impurities found in imported brands.

Says Beery, "Halo loves the facility and is excited to come to Gainesville."

Click here to read The Gainesville Sun article.