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
awpais@aol.com
352-377-0777
GainesvilleConnect.com/mediakit

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, info@mcgriffwilliams.com, (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 amanda.granozio@cancer.org with a copy to jharris@mmparrish.com. 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 http://main.acsevents.org/goto/MustacheMonday

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!