6. March 2014 13:47
Realtor David Cohen and his wife Donna, are featured in this month's Next Door Neighbors Magazine for Town of Tioga.
MEET THE COHENS: ON THE RUN IN TIOGA
By Felicia Lee
For the last 20 years or so, David and Donna Cohen have been on the run. David has been for a bit longer.
“David has always been a huge runner, before running was popular – he’s really hard core,” Donna said. “It was only when we got down here to Gainesville that I started running with him. We got into the Florida Track Club – I was actually executive director of it for four years; it’s a volunteer job. And David’s done six marathons and I’ve done nine.”
Even more amazingly, David didn’t run his first marathon – all 26.2 miles of it – until after his 60th birthday.
It was Donna who inspired him by running the inaugural Disney marathon at Walt Disney World in 1994. That year, David was sidelined with bad knees, but nevertheless participated in the race as a volunteer. “He saw all these people and thought, ‘if they could do it, I could do it,’” Donna said.
The next year, he and Donna ran both the Disney and New York Marathons together. In the latter race, they were accompanied by David’s daughter-in-law, a veteran racer with 29 marathons under her belt. “We didn’t exactly run together – but we started together!” Donna said.
Their joint running career – and many other blessings in their lives – started with their move to Gainesville from upstate New York in 1979. At the time, David was in the clothing industry and had come to the area to pursue a business opportunity running a chain of stores based in Ocala. He and Donna, whom he was to marry later that year, chose Gainesville as their home base for its college-town energy and culture. Click here to read more.
David Cohen has over 23 years of experience in Gainesville, FL Real Estate and has remained a consistent top producer with Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors.
6. March 2014 01:10
A Father’s Guide to Kids Sharing a Room
Coldwell Banker Blue Matter
By David Marine
Published: February 06, 2014
To share a room or not to share a room. That is the question plaguing many a parent of multiple children in today’s day and age. Modern psychology has us wondering whether or not it will harm the delicate egos of our baby’s, but the space in our homes may limit our abilities to give everyone their own room.
Let me preface this by saying I’m not a psychologist. I do have four children though so some experience with a psychologist may be in my foreseeable future, but I can weigh in on this topic of room sharing to share the pros and cons so you can make your own informed decision.
My two oldest boys (9 and 6 years) have shared a room for the last 3 years. Here are the pros and cons that I have experienced.
Pro: More space!
The most obvious benefit is that it maximizes the space in your home. Instead of losing that spare room, exercise room, scrapbooking room, man cave or whatever, you can keep that space and consolidate the amount of space your kids take up. Of course, you will soon realize that they always find ways to take over every other room in your house so them sharing a room really doesn’t save you any real estate. But in your mind, you’ll think this will never happen in your home. Keep dreaming.
Pro: The Buddy System
My two boys have now become inseparable since they started sharing a room. They’re like Siamese twins except for one is 8 inches taller than the other. Sharing a space can create a special bond if it involves the right type of people. If your children tend to already be at each other’s throats, then maybe sharing a room isn’t that great an idea. But if they already get along, sharing a room will build a stronger bond between them. I guarantee it…for now.
Pro: More exercise for you!
What does exercise and room sharing have to do with each other? Well if you have a two-story home, you’ll be scoring bonus points on your Nike Fuelband as you’ll be making multiple trips up the stairs each night to tell those room sharing kids to “stop talking” and “go to sleep” and “you just went to the bathroom so get back in bed.” This will be a regular ritual and room sharing may very well help you reach those weight loss goals.
Con: Injuries Abound
I can’t speak for those with girls, but with boys sharing a room you’ve just increased the likelihood of injuries by 734%. Two wild things in a confined space for extended periods of time will result in unexpected mayhem. You may think you know every trick in the book, but you don’t. Teeth, toys and tempers will be lost in that room. Just accept that it’s going to happen when you’re not ready for it.
Con: Never a Quiet Wake Up
This may already be true in your home, but when you put two kids together they never can wake up quietly. My children know not what a whisper is and they’ve yet to learn how to be sneaky when going down the stairs. When one kids wakes up, the other one will be up seconds later. Thus creating a tandem of tumultuous activity in the wee hours of the morning when sleep is found to be most precious.
So there you have it. A few pros. A few cons. The psychological well being of your offspring hang in the balance. Honestly, my two oldest sharing a room has been a great thing for them and neither of them have any type of disdain for having lost their own room which they had before. I’ll let you know how that changes as they approach their teen years.
Let us know if you shared a room with your sibling growing up or what the experience has been with your own kids sharing a space in the comments.
3. March 2014 12:55
CRE Insights: Land Valuation Factors
Hear from land lending and valuation expert Zak Seymour of Farm Credit of Florida discuss the many factors that contribute to the value of farm, ag, and timberland. It isn’t just about a price per acre, there is so much more!
Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Insights is an informative video podcast summarizing all things important in commercial real estate, both nationally and locally. Each segment is different, but one thing remains the same….they are informative and educational.
3. March 2014 01:06
1321 NW 46th Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32605
Welcome Home to Suburban Heights! This highly sought after neighborhood is just minutes from University of Florida, North Florida Regional, Shands, Santa Fe College, shopping and restaurants! Home features 4 bedroom, 3 baths 2,338 Sq Ft, formal living and dining rooms, family room with fireplace and inside laundry room. Click here for more photos and details.
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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1. March 2014 15:19
Winter seems to be lingering around the area but spring is on its way! Spring is a beautiful time to get out and enjoy our community. Below are some events in Gainesville you may want to mark on your calendar.
• 3rd Annual Tioga Car Show benefitting Sebastian Ferrero Foundation
• Race the Tortoise 5K- O’Leno State Park
• 30th Annual Wild Game Feast- Rotary Clubs of Gainesville
• Women of Distinction Event at Santa Fe College
• Peaceful Paths Guest Chef Cocktail Party at Gainesville Woman’s Club
• 5th Annual Run for Haven at Tioga Town Center
• Antique Tractor and Car Days at Dudley Farm State Park
• 27th Annual Puttin’ on the Ritz at Santa Fe College
• Spring Garden Festival at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
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27. February 2014 10:11
Your Home Is You
Coldwell Banker Blue Matter
By David Marine
Published: February 26, 2014
Your home is made of wood and nails. It’s made of doors and windows, but it’s more than that.
Home is the canvas on which much of our life is painted. It’s the place we long to return to. It’s the joy we celebrate when we find it. It’s the castle upon which our personal kingdom is built.
Your home is built with infinite memories. Crack open an old scrapbook or browse through your digital photo album and you’ll see the most prominent memories start at home. Graduation. Birth. Marriage. Birthdays. Holidays. Little League. These moments are captured at home.
At Coldwell Banker, we believe we know the feeling of home better than anyone else. It’s the foundation on which our brand was built and the reason it’s succeeded for 107 years. Millions of people have trusted us with helping them find a place to call home. That’s humbling.
The largest investment of their life. The most significant purchase people make. The place where children are raised. Hearts are broken. Puppies are brought to. Where love resides. The place that is an extension of those that abide therein. Home. Home is what people trust a Coldwell Banker agent with every single day.
Home is not just a place. Home is our calling. And we realize that your home is who you are.
That’s the message we want to convey in our latest ad for 2014. It will make it’s television debut on the Academy Awards this Sunday, March 2nd. Some brands run ads to grab attention, beat their chests or to entice you to visit their websites. Coldwell Banker runs ads to convey a message. A message we believe strongly in.
Your home is the only place in the world where you know one perfectly wonderful thing for certain…you’re home.
26. February 2014 16:05
Coldwell Banker M.M. PARRISH REALTORS has been awarded the prestigious Coldwell Banker® President’s Award of Honor, putting us in the top 10% of all Coldwell Banker Companies Globally.
We would like to congratulate our whole team for their hard work and dedication to exceed the goals necessary to earn this award!
26. February 2014 16:00
The Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors Haile Plantation Office has been named a Coldwell Banker® Premier Office, the highest honor given to Coldwell Banker offices and puts this office in the top 16% of all Coldwell Banker Companies Globally.
This accomplishment demonstrates a high level of teamwork among sales associates, management and the entire office staff.
26. February 2014 11:59
Our own Michael Kitchens receives the Coldwell Banker OFFICE MANAGERS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE! This award is for achieving a positive sale base of 50% or more, a positive list base of 50% or more AND per person productivity (PPP) of at least 1.5 transactions per month.
Way to go Mike!
25. February 2014 21:13
We are so proud of our team and grateful for their hard work and dedicated customer service! Our team finished another year as the market leader in closed sales volume and today we celebrated this accomplishment! For photos click here to view our facebook album.
COLDWELL BANKER AWARD RECIPIENTS
International President’s Premier
International President’s Elite
Cindy Birk, Jeff Dautel, Mike LeRoy, Sandra Moorhouse, Rana Schafer
International President’s Circle
International Diamond Society
Martha Cornelius, Roslyn Levy, Marion Mark, Rhonda Sweat, Mariella Varela
International Sterling Society
Norma Adams, Doug Baril, Don Daley, Claire Jacobson, Zach Steinberg, Dylan Thue-Jones
International Sterling Society Team
Cameron & Cameron
COLDWELL BANKER M.M. PARRISH AWARD RECIPIENTS
Top Residential (Total closed volume)....Lauretta Fogg
Top Commercial (Total closed volume)....Rick Cain
Top Selling Agent (Highest buyer controlled volume)....Lauretta Fogg
Top Listing Agent (Highest total listing sold volume)....Lauretta Fogg
Top Outperformer (Highest percentage improvement from 2012)....Jeff Dautel and Claire Jacobson
Most Tenant Referrals (To M.M. Parrish Real Estate Management)....Joe Morales
Most Owner Referrals (To M.M. Parrish Real Estate Management)....Rana Schafer
Kudos of the Year Award (Received the most rave reviews from customers)....Cindy Birk
Minimum of $1m in closed volume in 2012 to qualify, those that kept pace or outperformed the market improvement of 38%
Norma Adams (Improved by 79%)
Annette Armstrong (Improved by 49%)
Doug Baril (Improved by 96%)
Cindy Birk (Improved by 92%)
Marcia Bugos (Improved by 48%)
David Cohen (Improved by 42%)
Jeff Dautel (Improved by 278%)
Lauretta Fogg (Improved by 245%)
Claire Jacobson (Improved by 278%)
Sandra Lehrer (Improved by 40%)
Roslyn Levy (Improved by 72%)
Marion Mark (Improved by 54%)
Jeff Quigley (Improved by 40%)
Brent Riley (Improved by 38%)
Rana Schafer (Improved by 75%)
Toba Smith (Improved by 75%)
Rhonda Sweat (Improved by 148%)
Dick Tarbox (Improved by 56%)
Dylan Thue-Jones (Improved by 127%)
Mariella Varela (Improved by 77%)
Joann Whitworth (Improved by 43%)
MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR PRODUCERS
Minimum of $2m in closed sales volume in 2013
Cameron & Cameron
Howard E. Gordon
COLDWELL BANKER MORTGAGE AWARDS
Recognized for Outstanding Performance in 2013
Most Volume Closed in 2013
Most Units Closed in 2013
Most Customer Referrals