100 Things to Love About Gainesville- Week 10

by Jala Harris 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.


100 Things to Love About Gainesville- Week 9

by Jala Harris 10. April 2012 15:58
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.

41. Gainesville is good for you. Gainesville ranked #8 of mid-sized cities on the "2010 State of Well-Being" report by Gallup-Healthways in March 2011.

42. Historic Haile Homestead. Experience a piece of history from over a century ago while you visit one of the few remaining antebellum homes in North Central Florida right off Archer Road. The Haile family relocated to Gainesville from South Carolina in 1854. The home is known for its "Talking Walls", the Haile family wrote on the walls of their home- over 12,500 words.

43. One could say Rock and Roll was born in Gainesville. Tom Petty, front man of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Don Felder, one of the founding members of the Eagles, were both born in Gainesville. Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills and Nash, grew up in Gainesville and the band Sister Hazel was formed here and named for a nun at a local homeless shelter, Sister Hazel Williams. And nearby Archer was home to rock & roll legend- Bo Diddley.

44.Newberry. This small town west of Gainesville is a great getaway or place to call home. Popular spots in Newberry include their own Newberry's Backyard Bar B Q or the Easton Newberry Sports Complex, the host to Olympic archery training.

45. Parks. The city of Gainesville alone has over 25 parks for the community to enjoy. Westside Park is a very popular city park and has something for everyone including 2 playgrounds, ball fields, pool and Splash Park.


GREEN Features Added to MLS in Alachua County

by Jala Harris 2. April 2012 14:48

Contributed by Dave Gibbs -- Your Real Estate Pro

There is an increasing level of awareness among developed nations what is happening to our environment and the planet we live on as we burn more and more fossil fuels for transportation and energy generation. The United States leads in an initiative to reverse this dangerous trend. It is all about education and alternatives.

In the U.S. residences and commercial buildings (Buildings) accounted for 41% of the total primary energy consumption in 2010. Space heating, cooling and lighting are the dominant end uses. In the "Buildings" energy consumption sector homes accounted for 54% and commercial buildings 46%.

Source: U.S. Department of Energy

With an increased level of awareness and education comes an increase in the demand for alternatives.

Being the highly educated and progressive community that it is the demand for GREEN alternatives in Gainesville is not only being felt but is being met with dynamic innovation. Gainesville Florida was the first in the nation to institute a utility feed in tariff (FIT) program enabling consumers and investors to solar equip Buildings and sell solar generated power back to the grid at a fixed rate.

Consumers are now looking for all the GREEN features that are available. Demand is on the increase.

The Gainesville Alachua County Association of Realtors® (GACAR) is out in front of the increasing consumer demand for energy saving and environmentally friendly GREEN alternatives in residential dwellings with the addition of 73 new features in the local real estate broker's multiple listing system (MLS). The MLS is globally syndicated allowing GREEN residential features in homes so equipped to be recognized and evaluated as compared to all homes on the market for sale. The advantages to the consumer are multifold.

The Buyer looking for a home with GREEN features will now be able to search andfind what they are looking for in the local Gainesville market.

The existing home owner interested in upgrading their property and investing in GREEN features that are now more in demand are able to do so and have it be recognized when time comes they are ready to put their property on the market for sale.

The professional property appraisers (working on behalf of the lenders) who are also member users of the local MLS use this database extensively for comparative residential valuation and are now able to identify and accurately appraise the impact on value that the various GREEN features bring to the market place.

The addition of GREEN features in the GACAR MLS is a WIN-WIN-WIN for everybody and it is the local association of real estate professionals that lead the way in Gainesville Florida.

If you are in the market to sell or buy a home contact a Realtor®. It is to your best advantage.

Chamber of Commerce Introduces MindTree

by Jala Harris 30. March 2012 19:42

by Beau Beery, CCIM, MSRE
Owner, President
Coldwell Banker Commercial M.M. Parrish Realtors

Some of those in attendance as speakers: Mayor Craig Lowe, Paula Delaney, Bernie Machen, Mike Gallager, Florida's Lt Governor

A packed room full of business owners at the Hilton celebrated the new addition of MindTree. Also, as a community we've brought Silverwing Airways and helped Prioria establish a home at the GRU facility.

Mitch Glaeser, Chair of Chamber of Commerce, spoke - This project began under Tommy McIntosh's leadership. Mitch introduced Scott Staples, Co-Founder and President Americas, MindTree. Scott wore a Florida Gator tie, which everyone loved.

Scott said we are your new neighbor and that they're glad to be here. MindTree is a global software company, provide services to Fortune 2000 companies. They do work for Ebay, Home Depot, Proctor & Gamble, Microsoft, etc. They were the best mid-size company and they are from India. They build and test software. They have 11,000 employees around the world. They have revenues of $100M a quarter. They have revenue growth of 20% per year. They are the 2010 most admired company. Ranked #2 in Asia for Coprorate Governance. They are known for their culture, with unwavering dedication, and they worship integrity. Integrity is #1. Clients come to them for their abilites but companies stay with them because of their culture.

One of the cool things he likes is that he can say "Yaw" in Gainesville. The whole U.S. was in the running for their presence but they narrowed it down to the Southeast. They called all the major Universities next. The State of Florida had fantastic statistics about the success of the companies located here, many of whom were their clients. They needed a community that thrived on innovation and action. He said Gainesville was the most well orchestrated message he saw in the entire State.

Tim Tebow sent him a signed football and said Gainesville was good to him and it will be good for MindTree too. Scott will be sending the same thanks to Tebow that NJ was just as good for them and will be good to Tebow.

Other states and communities wanted them. He said Gainesville needed them and they needed Gainesville. They need help hiring good people. They are bringing 400 jobs over the next 5 years. They are gonna renovate the Ayers building and asked Ed Poppell how the building permit was going. Everyone laughed. He congratulated Brent Christensen and said he was fantastic during the whole orchestration. Scott gave Brent a conductor piece award.

Scott gave an analogy of how important this was for the community. Long story short, he wants to win a national championship and bring 500 jobs, 600 jobs, and so on. This has to be a success because their clients want it and they want it. He wants to make Gainesville the Silicon Valley of the southeast. The world is watching.

Mitch then introduced Jennifer Carroll, Lt. Governor for Florida. She talked about how good a decision Scott made to bring MindTree here.

Mitch then introduced UF President Bernie Machen. He said MindTree is the exact company we were all looking for to spark our movement. Bernie told Scott that Gainesville has really taken he and his wife and made them part of this community. He said UF is here to do what it can to help them anyway they can. He introduced their head of the College of Engineering to discuss the training their students go thru.

She said this introduction is exactly what their College looks to create. In the last 5 years, College of Engineering has produced $300M in outside funding. She thanked Scott for their decision.

Mitch introduced County Commissioner Paula DeLaney. She talked about how incredible Innovation Square is.

Mitch introduced Mayor Craig Lowe who jokingly told Rick Drummond to make sure the permit is ready for MindTree in Ayers. He thanked GRU for their help in infrastructure, among others. He was very thankful to MindTree for their decision.

Mitch ended by thanking a number of companies for making this happen and singled out Ed Poppell, Brent Christensen, and David Ramsey.

Navigating Today's Market

by Jala Harris 29. March 2012 16:13

This article courtesy of Bonnie and Ralph Cameron

This year could be one of the most challenging as well as one of the most exciting years for home sellers and buyers we have seen since entering the real estate business in the late 70's. There have been years when the market has been tumultuous but not where it appears to have affected our entire economy as it still does today. Today's market requires us to constantly step outside the box and find new ways to help you solve your real estate needs. We need to continue to focus on the challenges 2012 brings and keep them in their proper prospective.

The exciting news for both buyers and sellers is that interest rates are still at an all time low. New financing options such as Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) offer alternatives to homeowners. HARP is a federal program that makes it possible for homeowners with little or no equity in their homes to refinance their mortgage loans at lower rates to save money. It is a temporary program scheduled to end on December 31, 2013.

For single family residential properties, our market continues to improve compared to the same period last year. Our active inventory has dropped 16% from 1635 to 1377 homes for sale in early March. Our total pending sales have increased 23% from 267 to 328. Of the total pending sales, the numbers that have gone pending in the past 30 days has increased 12% from 164 to 183. And our 'Month's Supply' has improved (dropped) by 25% from 10 months last March to 7.5 months this year. Activity levels are considerably higher than this time last year. We continue to watch closely as our local market shows signs of improvement.

Our biggest challenge is Shadow Inventory homes which are defined as homes at risk of going into default or already owned by the banks that could come onto the market at any time. Based on Core Logic's report of March 21st, Mark Fleming, chief economist for Core Logic is quoted as saying: "Almost half of the shadow inventory is not yet in the foreclosure process. Shadow inventory also remains concentrated in States impacted by sharp declines and states with long foreclosure timelines." Florida is ranked at the top of shadow inventory states.

We continually stay disciplined and focused in our actions and stay abreast of the changing real estate market to better serve you. We encourage you to call or e-mail us to help with any of your real estate needs.

Thinking about buying or selling? Cameron's...Make it Happen!

Joanne Lawlor Joins Our Team!

by Jala Harris 28. March 2012 21:14

We are pleased to announce that Joanne Lawlor has joined our team. Joanne was affiliated with our company for almost 15 years, and after a brief period with another broker, has returned 'home'. Joanne specializes in residential sales in the Gainesville and 'Lakes Area'. It is a real pleasure to work with Joanne, and we are excited for the opportunity to welcome her back.

Whether you are looking to buy or sell, understanding local market conditions is important. Call one of our Realtors for a personalized and confidential consultation to discover how the Gainesville Real Estate market effects you.

Meet the New coldwellbanker.com - Pocket Edition

by Jala Harris 27. March 2012 14:09

Coldwell Banker Blue Matter
Published: March 26, 2012
By Gustavo Gonzalez

I don't know if it's just me but doesn't it seem like technology and innovation seem to operate in dog years? What happens in a calendar year or two is really more like 7 and 14 years worth of new technologies, data infrastructure, social networks, mobile devices, enhancements, software, so on and so forth. I might be exaggerating a tad bit (am I?) but we all know that "things" are moving lightning fast and consumers are expecting their favorite brands to offer experiences that are in lock-step with what's new and relevant. Fall a step or two behind and they'll keep moving without looking back.

In 2008 we became the first national real estate brand to launch a version of our website tailored specifically for mobile devices. With the boom of applications for smartphones and tablets, many in the industry prophesized that mobile web browsing would go by the wayside but our numbers and recent industry data suggest that the complete opposite is true. In 2011, we saw a 111% year over year increase in visits to our mobile websites*. Microsoft Tag released an infographic last year that stated that by 2014, mobile internet usage should overtake desktop internet usage. Yes, the app and mobile website will coexist and play a major role in our lives for the foreseeable future.

With all this mind, we've gone ahead and completely overhauled our mobile website offering to better align them with our other platforms. They're easier to use and navigate, they look better and have new functionality that only the Coldwell Banker brand can offer to home shoppers. Here's some of what we've done:

1. Completely redesigned navigation and look & feel for a better user experience. It looks and works GREAT.
2. Integrated tens of thousands of listing, agent, office, spotlight and community videos from Coldwell Banker On Location
3. Ability to share agents, listings and offices on the top Social Networks
4. Added a "Search Nearby" feature
5. Created unique separate experiences for touch devices like the iPhone and Android and non-touch devices like the Blackberry
6. Added the ability to search by map and more!

Simply type coldwellbanker.com into your mobile device's browser and we'll do the rest. We'll serve up a website tailored specifically for your device as well as millions of listings, well over 80,000 agents, thousands of videos and a whole lot more. Check out our promo video below and happy home searching!

100 Things to Love About Gainesville- Week 7

by Jala Harris 26. March 2012 16:22
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.

31. Santa Fe Teaching Zoo. The local Gainesville zoo is home to over 75 different native and exotic species of animals. The zoo is open 7 days a week and just celebrated the opening of a new play area designed for kids to mimic nature and play like animals.

32. The Swamp or also known as Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Originally constructed in the 1930's and after several renovations is the largest stadium in the state of Florida, seating more than 88,000 fans. It is considered one of the toughest environments for a visiting football team, where only Gators come out alive.

33. Springs. Gainesville is surrounded by multiple natural springs which are perfect to cool off during the hot summer days. Some popular spots include Ichetucknee Springs State Park and Ginnie Springs Outdoors, both located a short drive to the north.

34. Gainesville ranked # 14 of "America's Top 25 Smartest Cities" by Portfolio.com in 2010. Over 28% of residents have spent some time in college or have an Associate's Degree, over 18% hold at least a Bachelor's Degree and over 19% hold a Graduate and/or Professional Degree.

35. Ironwood Golf Course. Gainesville's newly renovated 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course was named by Golf Digest as one of the best places to play.


Todd Rainsberger is the Gainesville Sun's Business Profile Person of the week

by Jala Harris 19. March 2012 15:40

Please join us in congratulating Todd Rainsberger for being the Gainesville Sun's Business Profile Person of the week! You may click on the link below from Sunday's newspaper to read about how Todd went from TV 20, to the University of Florida's Athletic Department, to producer and commentator for ESPN, to a Diamond in the Amway business, to his current endeavor as an owner of Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors.

Gainesville Sun Article - Todd Rainsberger

Todd Rainsberger can be reached at toddr@mmparrish.com or at 352-339-5533.

100 Things to Love About Gainesville- Week 6

by Jala Harris 17. March 2012 15:01
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.

26. Looking for a date? Gainesville was ranked #2 "Best Cities to Find a Date in 2012," by The Daily Beast in 2012. The city ranked high in the study's 3 main components, available singles, dating costs and mental and physical health.

27. Dudley Farm Historic State Park. Visit this authentic working farm west of Gainesville. The state park is listed on the National Register of Historic Place and demonstrates farm life through 3 generations of a local family.

28. Shopping. Visit the Oaks Mall or one the many outdoor shopping areas including Tioga Town Center, Thornebrook Village, Haile Village Center and Downtown Gainesville. Each location also has many dining options available. Great way to spend the weekend.

29. Florida School of Massage. Looking to start a career in massage therapy, Gainesville's own school of massage offers 40 years of experience in educating students in therapeutic massage. If you need a massage make an appointment at the student massage clinic for a discounted rate.

30. Micanopy. This popular town south of Gainesville was recently featured in the March 2012 issue of Southern Living in "Rediscover the Florida You Love." Micanopy is Florida's oldest inland settlement and features a quaint downtown lined with trees and shops to fill every antique and art enthusiast's dreams.