20. July 2015 14:27
Last week Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors participated in the Bowling for Buck$ Fundraiser held at Splitz Bowling Center! Over 111 bowlers raised $2,000 for Rebuilding Together of North Central Florida, $1,000 for Alachua Habitat for Humanity, and $1,000 for Family Promise of Gainesville! And we are now the NEW REALTOR® Champion!
We sure enjoyed the fun night of friendly competition and can’t wait to do it again next year!
19. July 2015 11:02
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish, Realtors welcomes Mark Stern as the newest addition to our professional team.
Mark Stern is a Gainesville native who is happy to be back in his hometown. He completed his undergraduate and law degrees in North Carolina and Michigan before returning to the Sunshine State. Mark began his real estate career with Coldwell Banker in Winter Park, FL, where his work ethic and firm understanding of real estate law put his clients at ease. Whether you are planning to sell or looking to buy, it would be Mark's pleasure to help you with your real estate needs. He will work tirelessly on your behalf to ensure you get the best value for your investment dollars and he prides himself on being available 24/7 for his clients.
Contact Mark today!
Mark Stern, REALTOR®
15. July 2015 11:46
Congratulations to Lauretta Fogg for being recognized by RealTrends as one of America’s best real estate agents. For calendar year 2014, Lauretta ranked #47 in closed sales for the entire state of FL according to the RealTrends report. To lend perspective, Florida has more than 100,000 licensed real estate sales agents, so being ranked #47 while working in a smaller marketplace like Gainesville is quite remarkable. To read full report, click here.
For the Right Move in Real Estate, contact Lauretta today!
GRI, CRS, Broker Associate
Sr Vice President
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6. July 2015 11:43
Pros and Cons of Buying a Home with a Pool
Coldwell Banker Blue Matter
Tips, advice and the cold, hard facts from pool owners and expert Coldwell Banker agents.
You’re a buyer looking for a new home. You come across an amazing home, but it has a pool. What’s your reaction?
Chances are you react strongly either for a pool or against one. I’m currently in the market for a home, and I went in with a very strong opinion that I did NOT want a home with a pool. But then there are some really nice homes with some really nice pools that got me wondering whether or not I should change my mind.
Isn’t it costly to upkeep? Do I have time to maintain it? Doesn’t it depend on where you live? All these questions are running through my mind so I set out to talk to actual home owners with pools and several Coldwell Banker agents to help me determine the real pros and cons of buying a home with a pool.
Pro: You’re the Cool House
There is no monetary value associated with this, but there’s definite advantages to being the home people want to go to. A number of my friends who have pools talked about how it gave them piece of mind that they knew all their kids friends and what was going on because of the amount of time being spent at their house. Plus parties, birthdays, and backyard BBQ’s are always better when a pool is involved.
Con: It’s an added expense, but maybe not as much as you think.
Pool maintenance will become a new line item in your budget, but how much is it really going to cost you? A friend of mine remarked that they paid someone to open their pool in the spring and it cost about $400, but they soon realized they could probably do it themselves in the future for less than $100. John Houseman with Coldwell Banker Sunstar-Morris Realty in Florida remarked that upkeep on a pool can be as cheap as $40-$50 a month if you do it yourself. Pools will also add an additional liability insurance to your statement, but depending on where you live some pool owners remark that it was only an additional $10-$20 a month.
Pro: It’s a Selling Feature…For Pool People
The concern of a pool being a tough feature when it comes time to sell is really dependent on where you live. If you’re in California, Florida, Arizona or Texas, you’re going to have a ton of interested people. If you’re in Maine, North Dakota, Minnesota and Michigan, you might have a tougher time at resale. Some Coldwell Banker agents in warmer markets are seeing a $15,000-$20,000 increase in selling price for homes with pools, but agents in more seasonal markets find homes with pools often take longer to sell as you’re waiting for the right person.
Con: When Something Goes Wrong, It’s Gonna Hurt Your Wallet
Repairing a pool is a nightmare. Every person I talked to that had a leakage problem or a structural repair issue with their pool talked about it as if it was the worst experience ever. Homes with newer pools are the way to go, but even that is no guarantee. You’ll want a thorough inspection of the pool’s condition before moving on buying a home with one. While determining the pros and cons of buying a home with a pool I also uncovered a number of tips for people who ultimately end up owning one:
- Look at getting a salt water pool. It costs more upfront but your investment is made back after 2 years. Plus you’ll save on chemicals.
- Put up a fence around the pool. Protects you from liabilities and helps you control who is going in the pool and at what times.
- Solar panel heating of a pool is something to consider that might save you money over the course of the time you own your home.
- Get a robotic pool cleaner to minimize the time you spend maintaining it.
My biggest takeaway is that buying a home with a pool is really dependent on where you live and the type of person you are. If you live in warmer climates, owning a pool makes perfect sense and the upkeep is not a budget breaker. Also if you have a family, especially with young children, owning a pool can be a great investment into the time you spend at home. However, if you’re in cooler climates and not a big swimmer, chances are you won’t value the emotional rewards from being a pool owner.
29. June 2015 11:33
Andersen Windows explains why the shingle home style is the architecture of the late 19th century American summer.
Living in Style: The Shingle Home
Coldwell Banker Blue Matter
Brought to you by Andersen® Windows
The Shingle style home is distinctly American and traces its beginnings to the late 19th century. This style is a direct result of a renewed interest in Colonial American architecture happening at that time, as well as a desire to move away from the highly ornate Victorian style that had become widespread.
The first appearances of Shingle style homes originated with architects designing summerhouses for their well-established clients in the popular summer communities along the East Coast. One of the architects’ many goals was to create houses that differed in appearance from those of their clients’ more formal city homes.
Key features of the Shingle style include:
- Gently sloping gable roofs with narrow eaves
- Conical-roofed round towers
- Wood shingle wall surfaces
- Asymmetrical façade
- Multi-light windows
- Exterior colors in greens, grays and shades of brown to allow the home to blend into its natural surroundings
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16. June 2015 09:41
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish, Realtors welcomes Jonathan Sherrod as the newest addition to our professional team.
Jonathan was born and raised in Virginia where he began a career in the Military. His tours of duty led him to stays in Texas, Tennessee, Kentucky and overseas to Korea. After serving six years in the United States Army , he began a new career in management and sales, and it was this journey that led him to Florida. As a resident of North Central Florida for the past 15 years, he is grateful to have settled in the Gainesville, Florida area where he feels he was fortunate enough to have gotten married and started his family. Gainesville is truly home for him and he would enjoy nothing more than helping make it home for you and your family as well.
Jonathan believes the luckiest people in the world are those who love what they do, which led him to Real Estate. He enjoys meeting new people, exploring homes and land, as well as the variety a career in Real Estate offers. He is confident that he will find your dream home , sell your current home or find the perfect investment for you. When seeking a REALTOR® in Gainesville, Florida and the surrounding areas, Jonathan Sherrod is your go to guy.
Contact Jonathan today!
Jonathan Sherrod, REALTOR®
9. June 2015 12:02
Coldwell Banker Commercial M.M. Parrish, Realtors welcomes George Rafferty as the newest addition to our professional team.
George is a life-long Gainesville resident. He graduated from Gainesville High in 1969 and from Santa Fe Community College in 1972. He served in the Army Reserves from 1972-1978. George returned to college in 1996 and earned his BS in Business from the University of Florida.
As an entrepreneur, George was the owner of Rafferty Research and Development, Inc. The company’s purpose was to offer an incubation facility for inventors to work, including a fully operational machine shop. At that time George helped establish GAIN, Gainesville Area Innovation Network and worked on many inventions, mostly in the medical field.
George has extensive experience in the Industrial/manufacturing arena and has held leadership roles in those organizations, most recently as Plant Manager of a modern, high-speed manufacturing plant. Earlier experience in his family’s machine shop, Rafferty Machine and Tool, Inc. helped him develop some of the basic business principals of Quality, Customer Service, Competitive Pricing, and Respect for those you work with. This experience gives him insight into customers looking for a broad range of property types.
For several years George did residential and commercial real estate for Saxon Realty where he worked with a broker who was a long-time friend.
His knowledge of this community and his experience in business, real estate, and community service integrates well with his association with Coldwell Banker MM Parrish Realtors.
George married his high school sweetheart, Laura (Terrell) in 1972, and they live in Gainesville. They have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. Most if his spare time is spent with family and friends.
Contact George today!
George Rafferty, REALTOR®
4. June 2015 13:14
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish, Realtors welcomes Donavaun Horne as the newest addition to our professional team.
Donavaun’s fresh outlook, goal orientation, and determination create incredible value to his clients. Born in Clarksville Tennessee, he relocated to Frankfurt Germany while his father served in the military and eventually settled in Gainesville, FL. As a resident of Gainesville for the past 20 years, he is very knowledgeable of the area. He’s a University of Florida graduate with a bachelor in Gender Studies with a minor in education and has a VC in Operational Management from Santa Fe College, in addition to his Real Estate License.
He has previously held roles in management, consulting, and modeling. He is an excellent communicator and highly adaptive. In his down time he enjoys rambunctious activities with his family, Theater performances, antiquing, and attending events to support commendable causes.
Your needs are his primary focus, with a keen sense of personalized service, he will guide you in the discovery of your perfect home.
Contact Donavaun today!
Donavaun Horne, REALTOR®
25. May 2015 21:06
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish, Realtors welcomes Ken Mears as the newest addition to our professional team.
Ken is a true “Floridian,” born and raised in the sunshine state and graduated with honors from the University of Central Florida. Ken currently lives and works in Gainesville, and along with his wife and growing family, enjoys all that Gainesville offers young professionals in the area.
Ken’s professional background began in Marketing, specifically Internet Marketing, where he helped businesses maximize their online presence through social media, content creation, and ranking at the top of Google. It was during this period of time in Ken’s professional growth where the value of customer service was nurtured and quickly became paramount to his professional success.
Ken has always enjoyed working in real estate, and with his Internet Marketing background, understands how buyers search for real estate information, and in turn, the best ways for sellers to maximize exposure with listing their properties. Thanks in large part to this, Ken has already surpassed more than a million dollars in closed sales.
Ken is a member of several local associations and organizations. Ken serves on the Board for the Builders Association of North Central Florida and also served on the Board for Alachua County Emerging Leaders as a Director-at-Large. Additionally, Ken is a member of the Young Professionals Group of Gainesville.
With these professional connections, Ken is able to stay up to date on the pulse of the local community, ensuring you always have the most recent information on the local Real Estate market. With this in mind, Ken looks forward to assisting you with all of your real estate needs!
Contact Ken today!
Ken Mears, REALTOR®
21. May 2015 10:27
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish, Realtors welcomes Daniel Brenneman as the newest addition to our professional team.
Daniel Brenneman grew up in Gainesville, Florida and graduated from Gainesville High in 2002. Daniel has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a minors in Accounting and Marketing. After graduating he was employed with Aaron’s Sales and Lease in Daytona Beach, Florida for seven years. He then moved to their Palatka store for the next five years, and it was during that time and under his management that the store was awarded "store of the month" for the organization twice and his team broke the previous record for sales and profit. Currently, Daniel owns a healthy vending machine company called Conveniently Healthy LLC.
He is married to his high school sweetheart Carlee, and they share two beautiful daughters, a four year old named Jaida Marie and Emmerie Jayne who is 15 months.
Contact Daniel today!
Daniel Brenneman, REALTOR®