Sinkholes in Florida make finding the best home insurance in Florida difficult

by Jala Harris 4. December 2012 10:53

Recently many individuals considering purchasing a home with prior sinkhole damage and/or real estate agents attempting to sell a home with prior sinkhole damage have approached our agency with questions regarding homeowners insurance in Florida.

Although it is possible to obtain homeowners insurance for a home with prior sinkhole damage, it is likely that your only insurance carrier option will be Citizens Property Insurance Corporation. Citizens insurance was created by the state of Florida to serve as a last resort for Florida homeowners who cannot otherwise obtain insurance from private carriers.

To read the entire blog and to learn what steps need to be taken in order to verify the property’s eligibility, click here.

Blog post submitted by McGriff-Williams Insurance,, (352)371-7977

Bikers Deliver an Early Christmas Surprise to Children in Ocala

by Jala Harris 4. December 2012 09:33

Our own Ralph and Bonnie Cameron coordinated a Gainesville group to participate in a GPD-escorted motorcycle ride to deliver gifts to underprivileged children in Ocala in the 14th Annual Toy Run. Realtors Jeff Derus and Annette Armstrong joined in for the ride and fun.

Click here to view video.


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Mustache Monday Is TODAY!

by Jala Harris 2. December 2012 22:26

Mustache Monday 
December 3rd, 2012

Who will be the 2012 Mustache Champion? Will Seth Lane defend his title?

For those of you crazy enough to grow the stache in an effort to raise money and awareness for men's cancers, the time has come to submit your masterpiece! Here's what to do:
• Whether you've already taken your stache picture earlier in the month or are a man's man and are wearing your mustache to work all day today (Mustache Monday), be sure to take a pic of your beautiful stache and email it to with a copy to We'll get it to the appropriate American Cancer Society (ACS) judges.
• Be sure you have gone to the donation page and paid your $10 donation to ACS to be entered in the contest. The link is

Two $100 American Express Gift Card prizes are up for grabs (1 person could win both):
1. Mustache Monday Champion for the guy that has the best ‘stache and
2. The person who raises the most money. This person doesn’t necessarily have to be a ‘stache grower.

All pics will be sent to the American Cancer Society locally and actual cancer patients will judge this year’s winner of Mustache Monday. The winners will be crowned by December 14th.

Thanks growers, can't wait to see the fruits of your hard work!

14th Annual Toy Run

by Jala Harris 30. November 2012 12:51

Calling all bikers: Sunday, December 2nd is the 14th Annual Toy Run sponsored by Harley Davidson of Ocala. Our own Ralph and Bonnie Cameron will be coordinating a Gainesville group to participate in a GPD-escorted motorcycle ride to deliver gifts to underprivileged children in Ocala. Thanks to Ralph and Bonnie Cameron for their generous support of this great event. Says Bonnie Cameron, “Join us for the ride or meet us at the Square in Ocala! It is so emotional to see the children's excitement when they get their gift. Some of them have not had Christmas presents for a long time. What a lesson for all to see and appreciate as well as keep us focused on what is really important!”

To watch video on this event click here.

Greater Gator Community Holiday Events!

by Jala Harris 30. November 2012 11:43
Tomorrow is December 1st and the start to the Holiday season! We wanted to share some of the area’s hottest holiday events (some even start tonight).

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

November 30, 2012
Real Snow in Tioga Town Center

November 30, 2012
Tree Lighting ceremony and Santa visit to Alachua

December 1, 2012
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Thomas Center

December 1, 2012
22nd Annual “Cane Day” at Dudley Farm Historic State Park

December 1, 2012- December 15, 2012
Tioga Town Center
Special Holiday events every Friday and Saturday 6-8pm

December 3, 2012- January 13, 2012
The Plaza Ice Palace
Gainesville’s Bo Diddley Community Plaza

December 7, 2012
Jingle Bell Ball at Thomas Center

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

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

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

2012 Coldwell Banker Home Listing Report

by Jala Harris 29. November 2012 12:07

To view video click here.

Published: November 28, 2012 by Coldwell Banker Blue Matter
By David Siroty

How did this happen? It’s a question I often ask myself. I am a lucky guy. I look back often at how far I’ve come in life and am amazed at how things have turned out. I’ve got a great wife, two amazing boys (and a dog), a job I enjoy and a home we love.

I’ve come a long way from my first $200 a month apartment in Providence, RI, that was home to a menagerie of insects that the landlord couldn’t get rid of. After that, it was a return to mom and dad’s for a while, then back to renting with roommates until meeting my wife. We bought our home in 1997 and recently completed an addition, so now it’s four bedrooms and 2 baths. It’s modest, but at the same time, it’s a dream house, an aspiration that I never thought I would achieve.

Even though we are not planning to move and quite frankly hope we never have to, I routinely wonder what my house would cost in other places. Since I travel some for work, I am lucky to see different parts of the country and always enjoy learning how our 4 bed/2 bath home would compare in cost around the nation.

In preparing for today’s launch of the Coldwell Banker Home Listing Report, I recently visited Los Altos, CA, the most expensive market in the nation where such a home might cost more than $1.7 million. The findings of the HLR made me feel pretty good! A house like ours in Westfield, NJ, would be a steal at $ $726,974.

But when I visited Kansas City ($134,086), Houston ($178,881), Nashville ($215,135)? Oops. I didn’t feel so hot. But I did start thinking what I might do with an extra $500K or so.

Working in real estate, I am keenly aware of the multitude of housing studies that exist. The National Association of Realtors has a few. Case Schiller. CoreLogic. Throw in our own “Best Places to Live” series or similar ones like Money Magazine’s and there is no doubt you could swim in data for days.

Most use “median” home prices. I know the definition of median is the halfway point on a list, but how does that compute to a home? I’ve never been able to go from community to community and see actual median homes.

But that’s the beauty of the HLR. In over 2500 markets, we get a glimpse of what the same type of home would cost. You can use it for fun. Florida fans might cheer, “Our homes are cheaper than yours!” when they meet arch-rival Florida State – Gainesville ($225,991) vs. Tallahassee ($231,555).

You can use the HLR to compare home prices around the nation like I do or you can use it to dream about what it would be like to live someplace else. The HLR gives you insight, great insight. The HLR also has incredible practical purposes especially for those contemplating a move or in the relocation process.

I think of a friend who was moving from Bentonville, Ark. ($235,312) to the Silicon Valley where Los Altos is. She knew the cost of living would be more, but I’m not sure she knew it might be THAT much more, possibly a whopping $1.5 million for this type of home.

Take a look at this year’s HLR Most Expensive And Affordable Places Infographic to learn who inhabits America’s most expensive and affordable cities here or below.

However you use the HLR I hope you find the study valuable. Coldwell Banker Real Estate has been doing this type of survey this since the early 1980s and it’s one of my favorite projects of the year. Enjoy!

Last week of growing season for Mustache Monday!

by Jala Harris 26. November 2012 12:15

We are in the final week of growing for Mustache Monday!

Help us as we raise money for the American Cancer Society. For more details click here.

Dean Cheshire (pictured) is in it to win it!

Happy Thanksgiving!

by Jala Harris 20. November 2012 21:38

This Thanksgiving we look forward to gathering around the table, sharing memories, tasting tradition,
and enjoying the warmth of the people we call family. We hope you and your family have a great holiday!

Contact us today to help you find your home for the holidays.


Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Company News

Congratulations to the Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Haile Plantation Village Center Office!

by Jala Harris 19. November 2012 15:50

November 16, 2012

James Parrish
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish, Realtors
5110 SW 91st Drive
Gainesville, FL 32608

Dear James:
It is my pleasure to announce that Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish, Realtors (0003) has achieved the following recognition for October 2012 performance, from among the 462 COLDWELL BANKER® affiliate offices throughout North America in Office Size Category 11-20 Sales Associates / Representatives:

      Rank      Award
      19          Top 20 Offices by Office Size Category - Total Units

Your accomplishments have distinguished Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish, Realtors (0003) among the offices of the Coldwell Banker® family. On behalf of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, I applaud the success of you and your entire staff and look forward to honoring your achievements in the future.

Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish, Realtors continues to be a distinguished member of the Coldwell Banker® family and I look forward to your future success.

Best Regards,


Who will be the 2012 Mustache Monday Champion?

by Jala Harris 16. November 2012 13:44

This is just a reminder that you can still join in on the Mustache fun and raise money for the American Cancer Society.

For complete details click here. Seth Lane, the defending Mustache Monday Champion, is challenging others to get involved to compete for the 2- $100 American Express Gift Card prizes up for grabs (1 person could win both).