BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES MARY JANE JOHNSON

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Mary Jane Johnson to the Mandarin/St. Johns office.

“Please join me in welcoming Mary Jane to the Mandarin office of Florida Network Realty. An experienced agent, Mary Jane joins us with three years of experience working in real estate – previously having worked as a Listing Agent for a team with another local real estate company. Mary Jane is also a Jacksonville native and is eager to share her local’s knowledge of the neighborhoods and communities of Northeast Florida with her clients. I am sure that Mary Jane will succeed here as a Realtor, and I am excited to have her join our team,” shares Christine Scalf, Broker/Manager of the Mandarin/St. Johns office.

For more information, Mary Jane can be reached by phone at 904.449.6279 or at MaryJane.Johnson@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: SellYourHomeWithMaryJane.com. The Mandarin/St. Johns office is located at 11576 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32223.


BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES DOUG NUNNERY

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Doug Nunnery to the Mandarin/St. Johns office.

A Floridian since childhood, Doug was raised in Gainesville and has lived in the Jacksonville area for the past thirty-six years. With his wife, Ashlen, Doug has owned and operated The UPS Store franchises for nearly twenty-five years. Earlier this year, a buyer approached Doug and Ashlen, and they decided it was the right time to make a move; selling their UPS Store at Julington Creek in St. Johns. They continue to run their UPS Store located in the Fleming Island area, and with Doug’s wife responsible for day-to-day management Doug was able to pursue a new business venture – one with independence, but still allows him to serve others – and became a Realtor with Florida Network Realty.

When asked why he became a Realtor, Doug states, “As a small business owner for years, I recognize that what I loved most was serving and helping people, particularly those facing some sort of transition in life, such as starting a business, buying or selling a home, and so on. These people need someone who can help answer their questions, and guide decision making, relieving some of the stress and burden of handling it themselves. That is why, after selling my primary business this past Spring, I chose to begin a new career in real estate.”

In choosing a brokerage, Doug knew he wanted to join a team of professionals who were willing to support him in learning “the ropes,” and to assist him in executing a strategy to build a sustainable real estate business. Doug states, “When I found Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, I knew I found the company I wanted to work for. The training and support systems they have available will allow me to utilize the scores of relationships I have built and sustained through my years in business to help me grow my career and help my clients and friends with all of their real estate needs.”

When not working, Doug enjoys taking his dogs – Bear and Gypsy – on long walks daily, and also enjoys working outside on his yard. Doug also enjoys exercising on a regular basis and has fun changing up his workouts – from swimming and paddle-boarding to weight training, running, and biking, but he especially loves to surf! He began playing guitar in his late forties, and Doug loves making music, especially with others and played in the church for several years. Currently, Doug serves on the Board of St. Johns Cares and also has served in church leadership for many years in response to God’s call.

“We want you to join our excitement in welcoming Doug to the Mandarin office of Florida Network Realty. Although he is a new Realtor, Doug has the business experience needed to succeed in real estate, and the passion and drive to make it possible! Connecting to the community is one of the things Doug does best, and I know he’ll succeed in his career in real estate with us,” shares Christine Scalf, Broker/Manager of the Mandarin/St. Johns office.

For more information, Doug Nunnery can be reached by phone at 904.233.8731 or at Doug.Nunnery@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: DougNunneryRealtor.com. The Mandarin/St. Johns office is located at 11576 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32223.


BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES SALLY YOUSEF MCHANTAF

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Sally Yousef Mchantaf to the Mandarin/St. Johns office.

Sally joins Florida Network Realty as a Realtor with an extensive background working in the Human Resources Department, as an HRIS Specialist in the Mashreq region, for Kraft Foods. In this position, Sally managed the migration of Cadbury’s SAP system (EuHReka) to SHARP, Kraft’s SAP system during the integration phase between Kraft and Cadbury. She led the interface process between these two systems, and worked to troubleshoot that crossover, train all users to become certified SAP users, and audited the accuracy of all systems on a monthly basis – for all the HR systems for Egypt, Levant, and Algeria.

Originally from Egypt, Sally graduated from Ain Shams University in Cairo with a B.A in Business Administration. She is fluent in Arabic – her mother tongue – English, and French. As a Realtor, Sally is eager to utilize the skills she’s learned – in sales, marketing, and customer service – to help her clients buy or sell their house and to help guide them through each step of the real estate process.

“I am excited to welcome Sally to the Mandarin office! With Sally’s strong background in business, customer service, and sales I know she’ll find success here. Sally is a true people-person who takes pride in taking care of each of her clients’ individual needs. I am excited that she has chosen to begin her career as a Realtor with Florida Network Realty,” shares Christine Scalf, Broker/Manager of the Mandarin/St. Johns office.

For more information, Sally Yousef Mchantaf can be reached by phone at 732.895.4798 or at Sally.Yousef@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: JaxHomeCatchers.com. The Mandarin/St. Johns office is located at 11576 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32223.


BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES JIMMY LEWIS

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Jimmy Lewis to the Mandarin/St. Johns office.

Jimmy joins Florida Network Realty with an extensive background in business and sales. Jimmy has been in the Home Furnishing Industry for thirty years and is the President and Principal Designer of Designs 2 Envy which he founded in 2003. Prior to opening Designs 2 Envy, Jimmy worked in the furniture industry for fifteen years with merchandising, sales, management, and sales training.

Becoming a Realtor was a natural and obvious transition for Jimmy, allowing him to take his experiences in business and passion for helping others to a new level. The ability to help his clients navigate making their largest single investment is what drives Jimmy as a Realtor, and he is eager to grow his career with Florida Network Realty.

“From your first meeting to the final closing, Jimmy will provide best-in-class service to his clients. He has the experience you can count on and the passion to make things happen even with the most challenging of circumstances. I am excited to welcome Jimmy to our team,” shares Christine Scalf, Broker/Manager of the Mandarin/St. Johns office.

For more information, Jimmy can be reached by phone at 904.994.4663 or at Jimmy.Lewis@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: JLewis.FloridaNetworkRealty.com. The Mandarin/St. Johns office is located at 11576 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32223.


BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES SAMMY COKER

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Sammy Coker to the Mandarin/St. Johns office.

Sammy joins Florida Network Realty as a Realtor with an extensive background working in leadership roles with the McDonald’s Corporation. He has worked as an Operations Manager and Consultant around the country and has most recently worked as a Field Service Manager throughout Florida. As a Field Service Manager, he was responsible for providing leadership, coaching and strategic direction to assigned Consultants and Franchisees and helped to lead the turnaround of struggling or underperforming locations in the Jacksonville, Tallahassee, and Panama City markets.

As a results-oriented manager, Sammy is highly team driven and is a strategic thinker with excellent implementation skills and is driven to elevate customer satisfaction. In his career as a Realtor, Sammy strives to raise the level of professionalism in real estate in each transaction to ensure that his clients are satisfied with the purchase or sale of their home.

Along with Sammy’s career experience, he is an avid marathon runner, having participated in nine marathons throughout the country and the world. Sammy and his wife Emelia have a daughter who recently received her Master’s Degree at Pennsylvania State University and a son that is currently in law school at the University of Cincinnati.

“I am very excited to welcome Sammy to the Mandarin Office! What sets Sammy apart as an agent is his passion for cultivating relationships, not just gaining clients. His desire to help others is evident from the first time you meet him – and his goals and morals align completely with Florida Network Realty’s guiding principles. With this attitude and determination, I’m sure he will succeed in his career as a Realtor,” shares Christine Scalf, Broker/Manager of the Mandarin/St. Johns office.

For more information, Sammy can be reached by phone at 630.215.4875 or at Sammy.Coker@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: SCoker.FloridaNetworkRealty.com. The Mandarin/St. Johns office is located at 11576 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32223.


BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES JOE FROELICH

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Joe Froelich to the Mandarin/St. Johns office.

Previously the Marketing Manager for the second busiest RE/MAX team in Georgia – and the 30th busiest in the U.S., Joe joins Florida Network Realty as a Realtor with a wealth of real estate marketing knowledge. Joe was responsible for all marketing efforts and campaigns for this group, including both digital and conventional marketing, negotiations and publishing.  While working in marketing, Joe has successfully negotiated advertisement and endorsement deals with the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, and Michelle Kwan.

When asked why he became a Realtor with Florida Network Realty, Joe states, “As a Realtor, you get to play a positive role in one of the most important decisions of people’s lives, and I love being able to help my clients find a house they can call their home. Working as a Realtor, it’s never the same job from day to day, and the relationships I build is what makes me love working in real estate. When I moved from Atlanta, I interviewed with eight different brokerages representing eight different agencies. After interviewing and meeting several current Florida Network Realty agents, I knew that this company and office was the best fit for me.”

In addition to his marketing experience, Joe worked for over a decade for diving, travel and adventure magazines. He’s successfully completed article assignment spanning four continents and the Caribbean. Joe has had over 100 articles published, and his photos have been featured on the cover of over two dozen magazines.

Joe is the proud father of three-year-old triplets, and is also a “retired” diving instructor, having held the Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT designation) with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). He earned the prestigious SSI Platinum Pro 5000 certification in 2012 – which is the completion of over 2500 dives, and considerable contribution to the diving industry. At that time, only 1,100 people had ever achieved/earned this designation in the history of the sport. During his travels and dives, Joe has not only fed sharks by hand, he’s also fed barracuda with his teeth.

“I am pleased to welcome Joe to the Mandarin office. His experience in marketing, passion for real estate, and dedication to providing exemplary customer service are completely aligned with our company’s culture, and I am confident in his success with us,” shares Christine Scalf, Broker/Manager of the Mandarin/St. Johns office.

For more information, Joe can be reached by phone at 404.384.1478 or at Joe.Froelich@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: JoeSellsStJohns.com. The Mandarin/St. Johns office is located at 11576 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32223.


BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES THERESA DOUGLAS

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Theresa Douglas to the Mandarin/St. Johns office.

Theresa joins Florida Network Realty as an experienced Realtor from Vertical Real Estate in Virginia Beach. Although new to Northeast Florida, Theresa was born and raised in Central Florida, and she is eager to share her love of her new home with her clients as a Realtor.

When asked why she joined the Mandarin Office as a Realtor, Theresa stated, “After moving from Virginia, I was looking for a local brokerage to continue my real estate career. I met a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Realtor while at the dentist, and was so impressed I set up an interview! After meeting with Mandarin’s Broker, Christine, I immediately knew I was at the right place to grow my career in real estate.”

“Theresa is a military spouse who will bring her experience with military moves to every transaction. She also brings experience with regards to selling real estate from Virginia Beach. I am excited to have her as a part of the Mandarin office team,” shares Christine Scalf, Broker/Manager of the Mandarin/St. Johns office.

For more information, Theresa can be reached by phone at 850.356.9443 or at Theresa.Douglas@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: TDouglas.FloridaNetworkRealty.com. The Mandarin/St. Johns office is located at 11576 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32223.


BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES HECTOR MARTINEZ

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Hector Martinez to the Mandarin/St. Johns office.

Hector is the son of Cuban immigrants who settled in Jacksonville in 1962 and was born and raised in Jacksonville. A graduate of The Bolles School, Hector graduated from The University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in 1989.

Soon after, Hector moved south to Miami and worked for eight years working on the business side of the music industry – he worked six years for Estefan Enterprises in Miami then for two years with EMI Music Publishing in New York. Returning to Miami, Hector worked for Crowley Liner Services, an international services, transportation, shipping, and logistics company, in outside sales for thirteen years.

Hector recently moved back to Jacksonville, the city he grew up in and calls home, to begin his career as a Realtor with Florida Network Realty. As a Realtor, Hector always stresses truly listening to his clients’ wants and needs and believes that communication and mutual respect is his key to success. Hector is bilingual, speaking English and Spanish fluently, and is eager to help all of his clients navigate the sometimes fast-paced real estate market of Northeast Florida.

“Hector will make a great addition to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty team! With his background in sales and focus and dedication to his goals, he is sure to excel here. We are thrilled to welcome him aboard,” shares Christine Scalf, Broker/Manager of the Mandarin/St. Johns office.

For more information, Hector can be reached by phone at 904.704.9889 or at Hector.Martinez@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: HMartinez.FloridaNetworkRealty.com. The Mandarin/St. Johns office is located at 11576 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32223.


BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES CHRISTINE BENHAM

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Christine Benham to the Mandarin/St. Johns office.

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“Christine has a strong desire to help her clients achieve their home buying and selling goals. We are very excited that she has decided to join Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, and we look forward to celebrating Christine’s accomplishments,” shares Christine Scalf, Broker/Manager of the Mandarin/St. Johns office.

For more information, Christine Benham can be reached by phone at 904.312.1541 or at Christine.Benham@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: CBenham.FloridaNetworkRealty.com. The Mandarin/St. Johns office is located at 11576 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32223.


THIS LITTLE HOUSE OF MINE, I’M GOING TO LET IT SHINE: 5 Simple Tips You can Use to Outshine Your Competition

With dwindling inventory in the real estate market, many sellers are responding by choosing to list their home for sale. Although getting your home ready to sell can be a daunting process, it doesn’t have to take a lot of time or expense. Prudential Network Realty shares five simple things you can do to get your home ready to show. So put away the aspirin and get ready to make your house shine!

“With the low inventory of homes and high demand of homebuyers, it’s important for sellers to make their homes stand out from the competition in order to command the highest sales price,” said Prudential Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda H. Sherrer.  “Making a positive first impression is key. Simple and inexpensive things like improving curb appeal and fresh paint can go a long way.”

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Working Your Way from the Outside in

If you can get a homebuyer through your front door, then you are well on your way to seeing the words “sold” on your front yard sign. If homebuyers don’t like what they see on the outside, they rarely give the inside any consideration. So start from the outside and work your way in. Start by pulling weeds and removing dead shrubs. Replace them with flowers, low-maintenance plants, fresh mulch and a neatly-manicured lawn. If buyers think the outside looks inviting, then curiosity builds and they will want to see what the inside looks like as well.

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Doors, Windows and Siding…Oh My

Pressure washing your home, front door and windows could be the difference between “I would like to see the inside” and “I have seen enough.” This is a great time to clean walkways, giving them a fresh, cared-for look. In addition to pressure washing, updating features such as the front door hardware and porch light fixtures can also go a long way.  Simply painting the front door, for instance, sends a positive message to potential homebuyers and is a more cost-effective option to replacing the entire door.

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Do You Smell That?

The truth is, smells can’t be masked…they need to be eliminated. Smells associated with pets, cooking and cigarette smoke will typically deter a homebuyer from stepping past the welcome mat. For pet smells, clean all upholstery and furniture, have carpets professionally cleaned and place litter boxes outside or in the garage. When selling a home it’s important cooking odors aren’t overwhelming. Deep cleaning countertops and appliances with lemon-scented cleansers will help remove unwanted smells.  Cigarette smoke is probably the most challenging smell to eliminate. Washing the walls, floors and windows is a good start. If the smell lingers, you may have to re-carpet your home, replace rugs or refinish hardwood floors. Applying a fresh coat of paint throughout the house is helpful when trying to alleviate these unwanted smells.

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Let Their Imaginations Run Wild

Potential homebuyers need to be able to envision themselves living in your home.  It is important to create a welcoming and comfortable environment giving buyers the opportunity to imagine their furniture, family photos and favorite artwork in the home. Buyers have a hard time seeing beyond your personal taste and style so use neutral colors over loudly-painted walls and remove items such as family photographs, trinkets and other non-essentials.

Shine On

A thorough cleaning followed up by daily sprucing is critical to keeping a home “show ready.” While cleaning, paying special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms is crucial as these are two areas of the home that attract the most dirt.  Make sure windows and floors are clean, sinks, tub and shower are grime-free and the trash is always empty.

Clutter-Free Zone

Creating a clutter-free home is an essential step in the process of getting your home ready to show. Remove loose papers from countertops and desk areas and organize them in files or storage boxes, tucked neatly away in the garage or closet.  And speaking of closets…it is also helpful to make sure closets are organized and uncluttered and that stinky shoes find their way to the garage.

“Preparing your home to sell doesn’t have to be overwhelming,” said Christy Budnick, executive vice president of residential real estate, Prudential Network Realty.  “Working with an experienced Realtor can make the process a lot more enjoyable as they guide you through the hurdles of getting your home ready to show. Realtors have the best advice on how to prepare and stage your home so that it attracts the most home buyers and more importantly, outshines the competition.”

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Seek Expert Advice

A small investment of time, money and effort can help make your home irresistible and more appealing to potential buyers.  The real estate professionals at Prudential Network Realty understand how to successfully market a home and are connected to the tools and information both buyers and sellers need.  Connect with the best in the market by visiting http://www.prudentialnetworkrealty.com/.

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