What's Happening This Week in Gainesville Florida!

by Jala Harris 29. September 2014 11:17


October is set to be a busy month in Gainesville, fun community events for everyone. There are so many fun events this month we thought we would split them up and post each week. We hope to see you out in the community enjoying all that North Central Florida has to offer!

• Saturday, October 4 - UF Gators at Tennessee- GO GATORS!
• Saturday, October 4 - ButterflyFest at FL Museum of Natural History
• Saturday, October 4 - 7th Annual Dudley Farm Quilt Show
• Saturday, October 4 – High Springs City Wide Yard Sale
• Saturday, October 4 – 26th Annual Fall Harvest & Peanut Festival in Williston
• Saturday, October 4 – Newberry Fall Market Festival
• Saturday, October 5 – 5th Annual Gainesville Kids Triathlon at Citizens Field

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Hot Homes in America’s 10 Fastest Growing Cities

by Jala Harris 22. September 2014 15:06

According to Nerdwallet, Gainesville is one of the top 10 fastest growing cities in America and everyone wants to buy a house in a city on the rise. One of our homes listed by Realtor Claire Jacobson was chosen as one of the Hot Homes in America’s 10 Fastest Growing Cities. The homes were chosen on curb appeal and we agree this home screams curb appeal. Click here for more photos and details of this home.

MLS #354899 — Gainesville, FL — 5533 SW 37th Ln, $258,900

Gainesville Featured Home

Kris Kelly and Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors Selected as Strategic Marketing and Sales Partner for Warring Homes

by Jala Harris 19. September 2014 08:44

Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish, Realtors is proud to announce a strategic marketing and sales partnership with Mark Warring of Warring Homes, one of our region’s finest custom home builders. Warring has a rich history of success in the industry and a long list of highly satisfied customer-advocates. He is currently building in some of the most exclusive subdivisions the greater Gainesville area has to offer, including Wilds Plantation, Greystone and San Felasco Estates.

J. Parrish, owner and broker of Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors, says, "We are grateful for the opportunity to work with Mark Warring. His high quality work, unique designs and exceptional reputation for top-tier service are well known in the marketplace. Anyone who has ever built a custom home understands the importance of hiring a builder focused on high quality service and results. Warring Homes has proven their commitment to their customers, and it is a real privilege to be working with their team."

Kris Kelly is the Coldwell Banker sales associate charged with managing the marketing and sales process for Warring Homes. “This is a unique opportunity to align two of the finest brands in the market, a perfect match of great talent and outstanding reputation, and I am thrilled to be part of this exciting partnership,” says Kelly.

Mark Warring says, “My brother and I are honored to be back as part of the Coldwell Banker team and especially excited to work hand-in-hand with Kris Kelly. We both feel her strong personal skills and relationships will be a perfect match for our custom home building company. For twenty years, we have focused on customer service and building quality and creative homes. We greatly look forward to Kris leading our sales and marketing efforts, leaving Greg and me to focus on what we truly love – building homes.”

For more information on Warring Homes and their available products, please contact Kris Kelly at 352-514-4544 or kkelly@mmparrish.com.

Featured Property Of The Week!

by Jala Harris 18. September 2014 08:32

7452 SW 120th Street Gainesville, FL 32608

Gainesville Featured Home

Welcome Home to this breathtaking mansion located in exclusive Carollton! This stunning Tuscan designed home is located in 5 acres of land to ensure privacy and serenity. This home comes with travertine tile floors, 12ft ceilings, and Tray ceilings design. As the essence of luxury, this house offers four HVAC units, high-end video security, multiple fireplaces, billiards and media rooms, heated pool, and a chef's kitchen with an espresso machine. Moreover, the architectural layout focuses the views of the home on the pool that features gathering areas for entertaining and a gorgeous Gazebo with fireplace, and fire pit, for those romantic and relaxing evenings. Come see this beautiful mansion with quality details and make it your next home. 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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Joe MacKenzie Joins Coldwell Banker Commercial M. M. Parrish Realtors!

by Jala Harris 16. September 2014 09:29

Coldwell Banker Commercial M. M. Parrish Realtors is excited to announce the addition of a new associate: Joe MacKenzie.

JOSEPH "JOE " MACKENZIE, was long-time Manager of Georgia-Pacific's Forest Management Assistance Program in Florida. He also founded Forest Conservation Planning Services, LLC.

Owner/Broker Beau Beery says the entire company is excited to have Joe onboard, "To have a guy with Joe's forestry background as part of the team gives us a tremendous resource when talking to the owners of any tracts of land that involve timber. We've got one of the state's foremost forestry experts to help us all evaluate and sell land."

For 27 years, MacKenzie has worked extensively with private forest landowners and investors to select and manage timberland properties. His natural resource management clientele currently range from large Fortune 500 ownership to modest family tracts.

He brings to Coldwell Banker Commercial strong experience with Florida land and conservation management as well as timberland investment modeling, financial analysis, and property selection and marketing.

Adds Beery, "Joe is not only a forestry expert, he's a people person. We expect he'll be selling a lot of land but he'll quickly be expanding into other commercial categories. He's well-respected by people who own not just land but a lot of other commercial assets."

MacKenzie is a Certified Forester (CF) and received a BS in Forestry and MBA from the Southern Illinois University. He is a Courtesy Faculty member at the University of Florida's School of Forest Resources and Conservation, where he has helped educate thousands of UF students to the benefits and management of Florida forests. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters, where he has served in various leadership roles over the years.

Walgreen’s Flu Shot Clinic is Coming to Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors

by Jala Harris 15. September 2014 08:14


The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year.


Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. During a regular flu season, about 90 percent of flu-related deaths occur in people 65 years and older. “Flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.

During this time, flu viruses are circulating at higher levels in the U.S. population. An annual seasonal flu vaccine (either the flu shot or the nasal spray flu vaccine) is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.

Walgreen’s Flu Shot Clinic is Coming to Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors
Our office and agents are taking a step to protect ourselves and our customers against the flu. As part of our public health duty we will take this step to stop the spread of the common flu. For more information of this year’s flu and the flu vaccine click here.

Congratulations to our own Brent Riley, J Parrish and Margaret Posey!

by Jala Harris 12. September 2014 13:40

Congratulations to our own Brent Riley, J Parrish and Margaret Posey. This week Brent Riley was selected to the GACAR Board of Directors at the Association luncheon. J Parrish was recognized as the next MLS President. Previously elected Board of Director, Margaret Posey, also represents our company.

Proud to have these talented people as part of the Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish, Realtors team!

Featured Property Of The Week!

by Jala Harris 10. September 2014 08:49

3645 NW 24th Place Gainesville, FL 32605

Gainesville Featured Home

Welcome Home to Rock Creek! Updated home with over 2,400 sq. ft. of livability. Ranch style home with 4 bedrooms, 2 baths boasts gorgeous wood floors flowing through the living areas including the family and dining rooms, master bedroom and in 1 of the 3 guest rooms. The formal living room off the foyer connects to the dining room, offering a great flow for daily living and entertaining. Updated kitchen boasts wood cabinets, granite, new tile flooring, and some newer appliances. Both bathrooms have been updated. The family room has a beautiful stone fireplace and a bank of windows overlooking the fenced yard. Bonus room with small office space part of converted garage, perfect for a playroom, homeschooling area or media room. 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.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+, we’ll keep you updated on Homes for Sale in Gainesville, FL!

College Kids Live Better Than They Used To-Featuring Our Own J Parrish!

by Jala Harris 8. September 2014 11:15


Recently Coldwell Banker conducted a survey on a new trend on college campuses where parents are buying condos, townhomes, and single-family residences for their children to live in while they attend school. Forty percent of Coldwell Banker agents report that these types of transactions have been on the rise in their areas, with some saying that their buyers are purchasing properties for kids as young as 14 years old.

“Middle- and upper-income families are buying homes [for their college-age children] to save money on rent, and they are anticipating moderate appreciation of values while their children are in school,” says J. Parrish, GRI, who is CEO of Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish in Gainesville, Fla., home of the University of Florida. “There is upward pressure on rental prices, and buying is often less expensive than leasing if you have cash or can qualify for financing. Parents let their children choose roommates, who pay rent to help offset the cost of ownership.”

Click here to read the full article from the National Association of Realtors.

REAL Trends Names 7 Gainesville Realtors Among the Best in America

by Jala Harris 3. September 2014 12:27



7 Realtors from the Gainesville area were named to REAL Trends list of the Best Real Estate Agents in America based on their performance in 2013. 6 of the 7 agents work with Coldwell Banker. Lauretta Fogg, Rana Schafer, Sandra Moorhouse, Jeff Dautel, Mike Leroy and Cindy Birk were the Coldwell Banker sales associates who received the recognition. D.J. Kaufman with Watson Realty was the only other Realtor from the Gainesville area who was named to the list.

In order to qualify for consideration, an agent must have closed over 50 transaction sides or $20 million in sales volume for the 2013 calendar year. Lauretta Fogg’s performance in 2013 is particularly noteworthy because she was the only agent to qualify based on both her closed sales volume and number of transaction sides.

J. Parrish, Broker/ Owner of Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish, Realtors says, “These individuals are among the most elite real estate sales professionals in the country. It is quite an impressive achievement to be recognized by REAL Trends. We are extremely proud to have 6 of the 7 named from the Gainesville area on our team.”

REAL Trends ranks, collects and verifies all of the data in these reports to produce a completely unbiased and ethical report. REAL Trends is a consulting and communications company for the residential real estate industry and has been widely known as the trusted source for data, news, and trends for the industry.