2012 Coldwell Banker Marketing Year in Review

by Jala Harris 3. January 2013 14:12

Earlier this week we highlighted our company’s big stories of 2012. Watch the video below for the 2012 Coldwell Banker Marketing Year in Review. 2012 was an incredible year. Take a look at how Coldwell Banker continues to lead the real estate industry and make our mark. 2013 will be no different. It will be another exciting year of helping home buyers and sellers everyday achieve the dream of home ownership. Contact us today to help you find your way home!

To watch video, click here.

Top Headlines of 2012

by Jala Harris 31. December 2012 09:24

As we look towards 2013, join us as we reflect on our top stories from 2012. Wow, what a year it has been for us at Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors. We welcomed Mike Kitchens as the new Executive Vice President, added 14 new Realtors to our team (Laura Boudreaux, Jeff Dautel, Joanne Lawlor, Bill Warinner, Norma Adams, Brent Riley, Gail Riley, Georgette Evans, Jeff Quigley & Sandra Lehrer, Doug Baril, Jim Doxey, Bob Wallace and Steve McKninney) and moved our main office to a convenient Tower Road location. Join us as we reflect with these other top stories from 2012 below. Happy New Year!

From Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors to you...

by Jala Harris 21. December 2012 15:01

We would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday!

Over the past 100+ years, Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish has been dedicated to being the number one real estate firm in Alachua and surrounding counties. Thank you all for your support and continuing to trust in us for all your real estate needs. Happy Holidays from the whole team at Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors!


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County's Landscape Changing Dramatically in 2013

by Jala Harris 19. December 2012 13:28

Article Published by:
The Business Report of North Central Florida
By Chris Eversole
December 18, 2012

If you thought that 2012 was a busy year for Alachua County economy, brace yourself for 2013.

Business and government leaders see even more economic activity ahead in the next year than occurred in the past year.

“There’s lots on the table that’s falling into place,” says Mitch Glaeser, the incoming chairman of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce. “We’re seeing results of many people with different interests working together for huge successes.”

The Business Report is summarizing the forecast for the coming year regarding the following topics:

  • Major business expansion. New projects are expected across the county, no matter where you turn. For example, Alachua-based Nanotherapeutics is awaiting to hear if it wins a $400 million, 10-year federal contract to develop and manufacture pharmaceuticals. In addition, new industry is considering coming as far east as Plum Creek’s land near Hawthorne and as far west as a 150-acre parcel in Archer.
  • New real estate development. Construction is planned to begin on the 10-story University Corners project scheduled to University Avenue and 13th Street. Meanwhile, plans are being completed for the 100-acre expansion of Butler Plaza. Final designs will be unveiled for the adjacent projects of Springhills and Santa Fe Village, located north of Santa Fe College, which eventually could add 4,000 residential units and 1.7 million square feet of commercial and office space.
  • Expansion of economic opportunities. East of South Main Street, the City of Gainesville expects to continue work on Depot Park and to add more companies to the “Power District,” the 16-acre site that previously housed GRU’s equipment and warehouses. In East Gainesville, officials are working on attracting new business, including ones housed in the Gainesville Technology Enterprise Center on Hawthorne and areas around the Gainesville Regional Airport.
  • Biomass plant. As work on the new biomass power plant is being completed, GRU officials are working on ways to keep the impact on rates as low as possible and to sell excess generating capacity to another power company.
  • Addressing transportation needs. High on the priorities of city, county and community leaders is developing a shared vision for improving transportation—one that voters will agree to fund by taxing themselves.
  • Leadership changes. The University of Florida will welcome a new president. Voters will have the chance to elect the Gainesville mayor. The county commission will select a new manager, due to the upcoming retirement of County Manager Rick Drummond. The city will hire a new director for the Community Redevelopment Agency, due to resignation of Director Kelly Fisher, who is leaving because of her husband’s relocation.

Click here to read the full article by The Business Report of North Central Florida.


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Register for the 4th Annual Gainesville Real Estate Forum

by Jala Harris 18. December 2012 09:44

2013 UF Bergstrom Center Gainesville Real Estate Forum
January 24 from 4:30pm to 7:00pm at Gainesville Woman's Club

Advanced Registration for $10 entry is now open for the 2013 UF Bergstrom Center Real Estate Forum. Seating is capped at 250 so register early.

This year will be the best yet. We have a smaller panel, two moderators working the crowd, planted audience questions, and a new venue! We'll be fully covering residential and commercial real estate.

CLICK HERE to open the two page flyer and to register

CLICK HERE for Facebook page and more info on the event.

Todd Rainsberger awarded National Association of Realtors National Commercial Award

by Jala Harris 13. December 2012 14:45

Please join us in congratulating our very own Todd Rainsberger for being awarded the National Association of Realtors National Commercial Award, which is bestowed upon the top 40 commercial Realtors in the U.S. for excellence in the commercial real estate industry.

You can view the complete list of awardees by visiting this link at NAR Commercial Award.

Todd can be reached at toddr@mmparrish.com.


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Jim Doughton, Publisher of the Gainesville Sun on "Leader Insight"

by Jala Harris 10. December 2012 09:17

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Click on the following link for the "Leader Insight" interview with Jim Doughton. This month’s Coldwell Banker Commercial “Leader Insight” interview is with Jim Doughton, Publisher of the Gainesville Sun.

Find out...

-His history in the newspaper business and how he got started in media.
-How he became publisher for 8 different newspapers all over the southeast when usually a person only handles one.
-When he has a minute to breathe, what does he do for fun?
-At a time when most newspapers are getting smaller, the parent company, Halifax, is buying more newspapers. What does Halifax know that other companies don't?
-How Jim sees the print newspaper industry evolving over the next 10 years?
-Whether Jim fears that the world is becoming less literate because of the proliferation of technology?
-What he thinks North Florida's biggest challenges in the next few years are?
-What he thinks makes Gainesville and Alachua County such a great place to live and work?

Jim can be reached at jim.doughton@gvillesun.com

2012 Mustache Monday Champion!

by Jala Harris 7. December 2012 16:19

Thank you to all that participated in the 2nd Annual Mustache Monday!

We grew mustaches and raised money for the American Cancer Society, ya can’t beat that! A special thanks to The Hope Lodge residents who voted this year for the Mustache Monday Champion!

2012 Mustache Monday Champion
Justin Simmons

Most $$$ raised!
Matt Umanos

Way to go guys!!! To see the all the entries click here.

Greater Gator Community Holiday Events (Updated List)!

by Jala Harris 7. December 2012 09:03
We wanted to share the updated list of the area’s hottest holiday events.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

December 7, 2012
Light Up the Village Night!
Haile Village Center (SW 91st Terrace)

December 7, 2012
North Florida Regional Medical Center Holiday Pond Lighting
50,000 lights and Santa Visit

December 7, 2012- December 15, 2012
Tioga Town Center
Special Holiday events every Friday and Saturday 6-8pm

December 8, 2012
30th Annual Hawthorne Christmas Festival

(Delayed until further notice)
The Plaza Ice Palace
Gainesville’s Bo Diddley Community Plaza

December 7, 2012
Jingle Bell Ball at Thomas Center

December 9, 2012
16th Annual Holiday Traditions: A Musical Celebration
STOP! Children’s Cancer

December 14th, 15th, 16th, 2012
Christmas @ Coon Hollo in Micanopy

December 15th, 2012
Newberry Festival of Lights

December 31, 2012
"Downtown Countdown" New Year's Eve Celebration
Bo Diddley Community Plaza

GainesvilleConnect.com: New web portal puts Florida metro on the map

by Jala Harris 6. December 2012 10:22

Gainesville, Florida is presenting a bright new face to the world with the launch of GainesvilleConnect.com, a unified web portal designed to entice and welcome new businesses, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors. While Gainesville attracts national attention for its burgeoning renaissance as a center for technology and innovation, a slew of local leaders championed the need for a stronger web presence. Over 25 organizations and businesses representing the cutting edge of local economic development have supported creation of GainesvilleConnect.com and have pledged to use it as their online recruitment tool.

Hardly a week goes by without Gainesville receiving yet another accolade. The city has received rankings in everything from top tech city in Florida, a top ten city for livability, and best place to start a band. Nevertheless, institutions as diverse as the University of Florida (UF)—one of the nation's top public research institutions—to local start-up companies have been hampered in their ability to recruit and retain the employees they need. In spite of having captured the world's attention, Gainesville wasn't telling its own story.

“We are an Eden. We’re lush and fertile with both biodiversity and intellectual activity. We’re lucky we’re the size town we are. In many ways, small is powerful because of the concentration of talent, energy and cooperation," says Patti Breedlove, the associate director of UF's Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator. Over the last three years leaders participating in the iG (Innovation Gainesville) framework identified communication as a key need. In order to continue the growth of start-up companies and quality new jobs; new tools were needed to let potential entrepreneurs and investors know about Gainesville's high quality of life and skilled population.

Rather than outsource creation of the new website they turned to Florida's Eden, a local non-profit with ten years of experience in community development. “We are at the dawn of a renaissance that will benefit everyone in this community,” notes Annie Pais, Executive Director of Florida's Eden. “One of the hallmarks of our community is the concentration of creative talent that lives here, and we are inviting everyone to take part in telling our story through GainesvilleConnect.com.”

Florida's Eden and iG also wanted to hear from recent arrivals. Focus groups from diverse demographics offered consensus on the attractions of the area—friendliness, serenity, educational excellence, and an exciting urban/rural blend of world-class culture and night life along with easy access to wilderness and outdoor recreation. They also offered detailed insights into things they would have appreciated when researching the area—tools that have been incorporated into GainesvilleConnect.com. Indeed, the site lives up to its name, serving as the entrance to a one stop shop for scores of organizations and resources that make Alachua County and Gainesville a remarkable place to live, learn, work, play, create and thrive.

Economist Richard Florida notes that a hallmark of the global economy is the ability of talented employees to choose to live anywhere in the world. In 2012 Richard Florida ranked Gainesville among “America’s Leading Creative Class Metros.” No stranger to recruiting top level athletes, Gainesville has now turned its attention to putting the city on the map as a global idea center that has zealously retained a high quality of life. “From the natural landscapes to the cultural offerings to the beloved restaurants and haunts, Gainesville is like no other,” explains Michael Blachly, Director, and University of Florida Performing Arts. “The beauty of GainesvilleConnect is that it is 'one stop shopping' for those who may be considering making the city their new home and for residents who may have forgotten the gems that lie just off the beaten path.”

For more information contact: Annie W. Pais, Executive Director, Florida's Eden