Alachua County Monthly Residential Real Estate Market Activity Reports- November 2012

by Jala Harris 7. November 2012 15:38

Please click HERE for the November 2012 Alachua County Residential Market Activity Reports for single family and attached products. We generate these reports every 30 days to assist our sales team in discussions with buyers and sellers. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions about the data presented in the reports.

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For single family residential properties, our market continues to improve compared to the same period last year. Alachua County’s active inventory has dropped almost 15% from 1499 to 1279 homes for sale in early November. Our total pending sales have increased almost 49% from 248 to 369. Of the total pending sales, the number that have been placed under contract in the past 30 days has increased almost 30% from 125 to 162, and most of this large increase has occurred between the $50k and $200k price points, though we are beginning to see more activity in higher price ranges, too. Our ‘Months Supply’ has improved (dropped) by 34% from 12 months last November to 7.9 months this year. Our residential real estate market typically slows this time of year, but we are not currently experiencing the more dramatic seasonal downturn that is common in the Fall. Activity levels are more consistent as more buyers compete for well-positioned properties.

Also, here is a comprehensive overview of the Gainesville Market provided to Realtor Association members by the Florida Realtors. The report is generally published more than 30 days following the end of a month, so isn’t quite as fresh as we like, but provides tremendous insight into our local market dynamics. We hope you find it helpful.You may always access the latest pricing reports here.

Reminder that today is Election Day!

by Jala Harris 6. November 2012 09:39

Reminder that today is Election Day!

Polls in Alachua County are open until 7pm tonight. For more information visit the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections website.

Mustache Monday's Grow Season Starts Today!

by Jala Harris 1. November 2012 09:15



Join Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors For The 2nd Annual Mustache Monday
December 3rd, 2012

The very fun and popular Mustache Monday is back for the 2nd year!

Simply, we are asking each and every willing participant in Alachua and surrounding counties to stop shaving for the entire month of November. On December 1st or 2nd, the men will craft their beards into any manner of mustache masterpiece. Come to work with your proud ‘stache all day on December 3rd (Mustache Monday) and have your picture taken at the office.

Two $100 American Express Gift Card prizes 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.

November 1st start growing and begin sending people to the website in support of your efforts. You are permitted to begin growing your beard now if you want to get a jump start. 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. All mustache growers must donate at least $10.00 to be in contest. All proceeds go to support the American Cancer Society.

Visit the official sign-in page for Mustache Monday for complete details: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/MustacheMonday

Here's to Halloween and the place we call home

by Jala Harris 31. October 2012 15:58

Halloween is a fun holiday for all ages. I remember as a child creating new costumes each year and dreaming of candy. Then it became not so much about the candy as it was about the memories -- memories and laughs that last a lifetime with my family, friends and neighbors.

Now, as an adult and mother of a 2 ½ year old I am beyond excited for tonight. We plan to take our little ‘farmer’ around our neighborhood for his first trick or treating experience. This is the one holiday that most of us venture outside our homes to take a rare stroll around our neighborhood and greet our neighbors. This is one the reasons we bought a house in a community we love.

I encourage you all to get out there in your neighborhood tonight or open your door to the little trick or treaters and embrace your community. Here’s to Halloween and all the things that make a house a home.

"Strength from the Congo: One woman's journey from wartime atrocities to Redeeming Love."

by Jala Harris 26. October 2012 14:47

On Monday Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors co-sponsored "Strength from the Congo: One woman's journey from wartime atrocities to Redeeming Love." This event was held at the Hippodrome in downtown Gainesville.Below are a few pictures of the event.

 Julie Mwozi is a personal friend and colleague of Sarah McKune, wife of J. Parrish, President of Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors. Julie Mwozi is a US citizen who arrived in this country in 2000 as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She recently established the non-profit organization, Redeeming Love, which is serving the needs of Congolese children impacted by the ongoing rape violence in the DRC.

 

 

 

Hiro Leung is this month's "Leader Insight"

by Jala Harris 26. October 2012 09:43

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

This month’s Coldwell Banker Commercial “Leader Insight” interview is with Hiro Leung – Co-Creator of Dragonfly Sushi, Rolls and Bowls, and YUME UME.

Click on the following link for the "Leader Insight" interview with Hiro Leung.



Find out:
- Why his business is so successful.
- How similar his restaurants are to what may be found in Japan?
- What advice he has for young entrepreneurs sprouting up as well as regular folks in jobs they aren't passionate about?
- What he'd do differently if he had to start all over again.
- What the future holds for Hiro personally and professionally 5 years from now? 10 years from now?
- What it is about Gainesville that he loves so much?

Hiro can be reached at hiro@dragonflysushi.com

Reminder of tonight's event "Strength from the Congo: One woman's journey from wartime atrocities to Redeeming Love."

by Jala Harris 22. October 2012 09:26

Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors is proud to co-sponsor tonight's event "Strength from the Congo: One woman's journey from wartime atrocities to Redeeming Love." Julie Mwozi is a personal friend and colleague of Sarah McKune, wife of J. Parrish, President of Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors.

Julie Mwozi is a US citizen who arrived in this country in 2000 as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Prior to arriving in the United States, she and her husband survived reprehensible wartime violence. Seven months pregnant with an infant on her back and two year old by hand, Ms. Mwozi and her husband fled eastern DRC on foot to seek refuge in Kenya. Today, at 38 years old, Ms. Mwozi is the mother of six surviving children. She has not only earned her Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) license, but has recently established the non-profit organization, Redeeming Love, which is serving the needs of Congolese children impacted by the ongoing rape violence in the DRC.

Please join us for this wonderful event tonight at 7:00pm at the Hippodrome in downtown Gainesville. This event is free and open to the public. We are teaming up with UF's Preprofessional Service Organization to bring this special event to Gainesville. Download flyer here.

Healthcare Reform Tax on Real Estate?

by Jala Harris 19. October 2012 10:08

3.8% Tax: Learn What's True and What's Not

There has been a lot of misinformation on the Internet about a 3.8 percent tax on real estate sales, and a lot of our customers are confused about whether they will be impacted by a new tax if they sell their home in 2013. Click HERE to learn from the National Association of Realtors how the 3.8 percent health care reform tax works. As always, please consult your professional tax advisor for information about how any tax law may impact you.

Our own David Cohen was featured in the Home: Living In the Heart of Florida magazine!

by Jala Harris 18. October 2012 09:48

Our own David Cohen was featured in the October/November 2012 issue of Home: Living In the Heart of Florida magazine. This is the medical issue of the magazine and Cohen describes how his diagnosis of prostate cancer has strongly affected his outlook on life. Click here to read full article.

David Cohen has over 23 years of experience in the Gainesville Real Estate Market and has been a consistent Top Producer over these 23 years.

Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish adds Jim Doxey to team!

by Jala Harris 16. October 2012 14:01

Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors is pleased to welcome our newest associate, Jim Doxey. President J Parrish says, "We are thrilled to have someone of Jim’s talent join our team. When people speak of Jim, you hear nothing but what a dynamite individual he is. He will fit tremendously within our talented team, and his affiliation with us only makes us that much stronger.”

From having served with the military, to holding a marketing degree from The University of Florida, to his 25 years of experience in the real estate industry, Jim has grown an exceptional business. Currently, he is ranked 25th out of over 700 local agents in his production level.

Jim says of his new company, "I am so excited to join a company that is comprised of top professionals in this industry. Not only are they extremely talented, they are so upbeat and energetic. I can’t help but be attracted to a vibrant culture such as this. Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish has become synonymous with greatness, and I am eagerly looking forward to being a part of this group.”

With much pleasure, Executive Vice President Michael Kitchens adds, "Jim and I worked together previously and I know from experience that he exudes professionalism in every meaning of the word. He is one of the most hard-working and determined individuals I have ever come across. Couple those attributes with the tools that are now at his disposal, and there is no limit to where he can take his business. I am so excited to be working with Jim again and have the opportunity to assist such an amazing professional.”

Coldwell Banker MM Parrish Realtors is the area's oldest real estate company, having been established in 1911. The company has consistently been one of the top-ranked Coldwell Banker franchisees in the nation.