22. May 2012 19:15
|From left to right: City Commissioner Tom Hawkins (representing the Mayor),
Bill Warinner AIA Architect and Realtor (with CBMMP),
Karen Kirkman (HHH), Richard Wagner (Joiner Construction)
On April 25, at the 2012 City Beautification Board Awards, the new Visitor's Center for the Historic Haile Homestead, at the Kanapaha Plantation, won the "Uniquely Gainesville" award.
The new Historic Haile Homestead
visitor's center was designed by Gainesville architect, and one of our very own Realtors, Bill Warinner.
According to Karen Kirkman, president of Historic Haile Homestead, the new facility will allow the property to improve programs for visitors and to host larger events.
Congratulations Bill, and thanks for all you do!
15. May 2012 18:25
J Parrish, President of Coldwell Banker M. M. Parrish Realtors, today announced the addition of Michael Kitchens to the executive management team. Says Parrish, "Mike Kitchens is one of the most universally respected people in local real estate. I believe he's the best residential real estate manager and trainer in the area. We have long admired his ability, but just as important, he functions with the highest level of integrity - always. We are extremely fortunate and proud to have Mike on our team, and we're ready to use his tremendous talent to help us grow our company."
Michael B. Kitchens, CRB, GRI started his real estate sales career in 1994, and was consistently a multi-million dollar producer. A seventh generation member of the Gainesville community, Mike joined Bosshardt Realty Services in 2003 where he oversaw two locations and close to a billion dollars in residential sales during his time there. His enthusiasm and experience energized the associates to high levels of service for their customers and clients.
Kitchens served as the Gainesville Alachua County Association of Realtors President, the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) President, and has been picked to sit on many local and state Realtor Association committees. He also obtained the coveted CRB (Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers) designation in 2010.
Beau Beery, President of Coldwell Banker Commercial M.M. Parrish Realtors and one of the company's owners, added, "Since day one when Todd Rainsberger and I partnered with the Parrish's we've talked about how awesome it would be to bring Kitchens on board, not just for his skill as a businessman, but because of his character, his relationships with leaders in the community, and the fact that his presence on our team lifts our company's potential yet another notch." Beery goes on, "When you talk about positioning a real estate company to succeed in any environment and consistently giving customers the absolute best real estate experience, you don't just want great people...you want the best. Mike is the best."
Kitchens says, "Coldwell Banker MM Parrish Realtors is one of Alachua County's oldest and greatest institutions, and I am honored and humbled to be a member of this elite team of talented people. I'm particularly excited because this company exemplifies everything that I hold dear to me as my core beliefs and values. I've been training my entire career for this position with this company. I am eager to roll my sleeves up and be a part of a dynamic group that takes this great company to the next level."
Mike Kitchens is involved in a number of area organizations including The Chamber of Commerce and Council for Economic Outreach and is an active board member with First Presbyterian Church. He is married to Sherry Kitchens, the President and CEO of the Child Advocacy Center, an organization that is a safe harbor for abused and neglected children. Mike and Sherry have two children, Avery and Tori.
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors is a full-service residential and commercial real estate brokerage company based in Gainesville and serving North Florida since 1911.
15. May 2012 15:26
Coldwell Banker Blue Matter
Published: May 15, 2012
By Dr. Robi Ludwig
|Dr. Robi Ludwig
Hi my name is Dr. Robi Ludwig, and I'm a psychotherapist in New York City. I teamed up with Coldwell Banker Real Estate this Spring to better understand Americans' mindset after the recession on important issues like owning a home.
In my decades of practice, it's always fascinated me to study how timely issues or tragic circumstances can affect us. In some cases, we also find that in spite of issues at hand, our underlying emotions and deep-seeded beliefs remain consistent even in times of stress or strife.
Clearly the recession has had an impact and one of the questions American's have is the value of homeownership. I believe the home has a deep psychological value that goes beyond the financial investment so we decided to get straight to the source and survey more than 2,100 Americans to get a sense of their state of mind following the recession.
It caused me to reflect personally about my first real home, as well. My parents recently sold my childhood home in New Jersey. They were excited to move to a new community, but I was surprised at my own feelings of loss and then nostalgia. Then again, this was a home that hosted happy occasions, school pep rallies, prom photos, Thanksgiving dinners - it was essentially another character in our family, and that it was natural to feel this strong emotional pull.
So how did our survey compare to my own feelings about the home? Here's a brief video in which I share some of our most important findings: namely, we learned that for the overwhelming majority of Americans, owning a home is still a very fundamental part of the American Dream (in spite of the recession), and it's something we feel is important for our children in the future!
10. May 2012 18:08
Good news! The market is looking up!
Compared to the same period last year, the market for single family residential properties continues to improve.
Currently, the active inventory of available properties has decreased compared to May 2011 while pending sales have increased, which causes our current 'Months Supply' to be lower than this same period last year.
As the market continues to improve, great bargains will be more difficult to identify, so let us help you get out there and start looking for your new home. NOW is the time to buy!
Please check out our website, or join us on Facebook to get started.
24. April 2012 15:48
We love our community, and with inspiration from The Village Journal, we would like to share with you some of the many reasons we think Gainesville is the best community in which to live, work and raise a family. Please check back weekly for more things to love.
51. The Baughman Center. Located on the University of Florida campus, on the shores of Lake Alice, this building placed 3rd for one of the top buildings in the state according to an online poll by the American Institute of Architects' Florida chapter. This location is a very popular spot for weddings in Gainesville.
52. Lakes. Whether you are looking for a spot to fish, ski, view nature or for a place to cool off during the hot summer months, there are many lakes around the Gainesville area to visit. Lake Alice on the campus of UF is a popular spot for students and residents to enjoy nature and perhaps view an alligator or two. Lake Wauburg south of Gainesville on 441 offers a spot for students and faculty to relax and perhaps participate in many activities such as boating, swimming or volleyball. Lake Santa Fe located northeast of Gainesville is a great spot for fishing, swimming or water skiing.
53. Cross Creek Honey Company. Local honey from a mother- son partnership, Nancy and Nicholas Gentry, is a resident favorite that you can find at almost all farmers markets and local stores. Their bees feed on land around Lochloosa Lake and Orange Lake and sold in all the popular varieties including Orange Blossom and Tupelo, depending on the season.
54. Gainesville ranked # 6 in a list of the "Top 25 Hardest Working Towns in America" by PARADE magazine in March 2012. The list took into account factors like the total number of hours worked, commute times, unemployment rates and the tendency for people to use personal time for work.
55. The Kika Silva Pla Planetarium located on the Northwest Campus of Santa Fe College. This planetarium is the only one of its kind located in the North Central Florida area and since its opening in 2006 has become a popular educational center for all ages.
23. April 2012 17:28
Coldwell Banker M. M. Parrish Realtors Beau and Melissa Beery, Thomas Webb and Betsy Suda attend the 24th Annual Fantasy Event Festival Brazil presented by STOP! Children's Cancer, Inc. this past Saturday, April 21st at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.
20. April 2012 19:59
April 19, 2012
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish, Realtors
5110 SW 91st Drive
Gainesville, FL 32608
Allow me to congratulate Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish, Realtors on achieving the following recognition for March 2012 performance, from among the 463 COLDWELL BANKER® affiliate offices throughout North America in Office Size Category 11-20 Sales Associates / Representatives:
10 Top 20 Offices by Office Size Category - Total Units
I am extremely proud of the achievements of Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish, Realtors and honor you and your entire staff for your exemplary performance and dedication. An accomplishment such as this is no small task and you should be proud of your achievements and those of your staff.
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish, Realtors continues to be a distinguished member of the Coldwell Banker® family and I wish you prosperity throughout 2012.
16. April 2012 16:00
Nothing is more important to Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors than our community. Our business IS our community. Although our Sales Associates come from many different backgrounds and many different walks of life, our company is a family that is just a small part of this community we love! With inspiration from The Village Journal, we would like to share with you reasons why we love Gainesville. Please check back weekly for more things to love.
46. Duck Pond at North Florida Regional Medical Center. This is the perfect spot to take a walk around the pond and feed ducks and turtles. You can park for free in the parking garage or on the street next to the pond.
47. Lillian's Music Store. Lillian's is a local downtown Gainesville favorite for live music since 1974. Join them for jam nights every Monday and karaoke every Wednesday.
48. Payne's Prairie State Park. Called the great Alachua Savannah by artist and naturalist William Bartram in 1774, this park became Florida's first state preserve in 1971 and is now on the National Natural Landmark list. This park offers something for everyone including 8 trails providing multiple opportunities to view wildlife such as alligators, bison, horses and numerous species of birds.
49. Gainesville was named one of the "Best Places to Work Out" by Men's Health in March of 2010. The article mentions one of Tim Tebow's workout spots the 1,500 steps at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Not one for running stadiums, Gainesville has multiple gyms including the Gainesville Health & Fitness Center.
50. Indigo Green Store. Sister of Joaquin Phoenix, Liberty Lord Phoenix, has an eco friendly store in Gainesville that specializes in environmentally friendly and non-toxic building materials and much more.