RE/MAX Flagstaff Awards!

It was quite the month for awards at RE/MAX Flagstaff! 

 

Nancy Hutchison and Tina Turner with RE/MAX Flagstaff have received the celebrated RE/MAX Executive Club Award for 2017, which honors successful agents who have earned commissions at the first tier level in the past year. In 2017, the Executive Club Award was presented to less than 16 percent of all active RE/MAX agents.

 

Nancy has been serving her community as a real estate agent with RE/MAX Flagstaff for 2 years and has more than 4 years of local residential real estate and 5 years in Michigan where she specialized in historical homes, land and horse farms. 

 

Tina has been a real estate agent with RE/MAX Flagstaff for 4 years and has extensive experience in investment and multi-family homes. Among Turner’s list of achievements, she has earned the Executive Club Award for 3 consecutive years.

 

Annette Gardinal Broker/Owner with RE/MAX Flagstaff has qualified for the esteemed 2017 RE/MAX Platinum Club Award, which honors successful agents who have earned commissions at the third-tier level in the past year. In 2017, less than seven percent of all active RE/MAX agents received this award. 

 

Gardinal has been serving her community 18 as a real estate agent and with RE/MAX Flagstaff for 8 years and has extensive experience in water front, gated communities, and condominiums. Among Gardinal’s list of achievements, she has earned this production level award for her third consecutive year. In addition, Gardinal actively supports local non-profit organizations, Flagler Cats and Christmas Comes True.

 

At RE/MAX Flagstaff, our dedicated REALTORS® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

 

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May RE/MAX National Housing Report

Here’s a quick update on the real estate market. With the selling season in full swing, April numbers show there’s a lot of action. Despite record low inventory, sales are up year over year, rising 2.3% according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report. To top off the report sales prices rose again to the second-highest median sales price in the nine-year history of the report. You can read the full report here

 

If you’re thinking about a move, an opportunity is out there waiting, despite inventory shortages. We’d be happy to help you find your next home. If you’re selling, call us to talk about your property. 

 

At RE/MAX Flagstaff, our dedicated REALTORS® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

 

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Runway Jimmy!

It’s no secret that RE/MAX Flagstaff’s Broker/Owner and now runway model, Jimmy Millholin enjoys supporting the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce. The past chairman of the board donned Harley-Davidson clothing and strutted his stuff for a good cause! 

 

Chamber of Commerce members and locals gathered at Bruce Rossmeyer's Daytona Harley-Davidson on Wednesday, April 11th for a joint meeting between the Flagler County Chamber and Ormond Beach Chamber. 

 

The mixer offered members an opportunity to mingle and learn more about 26 businesses which paid for booth space to show off their businesses at the event. Many member businesses have customers in both Volusia and Flagler counties.

 

For full coverage and photos click here.

 

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April RE/MAX National Housing Report

April showers bring inventory struggles. As the inventory story continues, so does the decline of home sales and rising prices according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report. Home sales have declined for the fourth month in a row. For the 24th consecutive month, home prices have gone up! Why? Because of the number of homes on the market is at a record low. You can read all of the details in the full housing report here.

What’s all this mean for you? If you’re selling, it continues to be your market. Homes that are on the market are selling fast and generally at a higher price. If you’re buying, there’s still good news despite the low inventory. March recorded the second-highest month in sales in the history of the RE/MAX National Housing Report. I’d be happy to help you navigate the market to find your home.

 

At RE/MAX Flagstaff, our dedicated REALTORS® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

 

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Shipwreck Discovery!

 

 

Archaeologists at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum had an exceptionally exciting week with the discovery of a 19th century ship that washed ashore in South Ponte Vedra Beach in St. Johns County, north of Flagler County. 

 

According to the Florida Times-Union, “The hull of ship, estimated to date from the late 1700s to the 1800s, was originally sheathed in copper, as evidenced by some copper tack heads that were still visible. Wooden pegs or nails, called trunnels, which were used to secure the hull to the wooden ribs, were also visible, as are Roman numerals carved on the ribs, said maritime historian Brendan Burke.”

 

The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum has a team of maritime archaeologists who are no stranger to fascinating finds. The Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) is dedicated to the investigation, interpretation and better understanding of the maritime history and archaeology of St. Augustine, the "First Coast" region of Florida, and beyond. 

 

A visit to the museum is a fun day trip and visitors can climb 219 steps up the historic lighthouse to see a breathtaking view of St. Augustine and the waters of the oldest continually occupied European port city in the continental United States.

 

For more information, go to http://www.staugustinelighthouse.org/index.htm

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March RE/MAX National Housing Report

If you’re thinking of making a move this spring, you’re going to hear a lot about inventory – or lack of inventory. Fewer homes on the market continue to be a theme according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report. The low inventory, quick sales, and record prices made February the third month in a row with year-over-year declines in home sales. You can view the full report here.

If you want a fresh start in a new home this spring, we’d better act fast. At RE/MAX Flagstaff, our dedicated REALTORS® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

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Who was Gamble Rogers?

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Spring is a gorgeous time of the year in Flagler County and many people are eager to get out of doors and enjoy the days as they get longer and our beautiful beaches. Many people head over to Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach to enjoy the sand, surf, nature trails, fishing, and kayaking opportunities in the shady maritime hammock.

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Do you know who Gamble Rogers was?

Gamble Rogers was a talented folk musician and a staple and often the headliner at the Florida Folk Festival along the Suwannee River at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. The son and namesake of two prominent architects (his father and great uncle), Gamble chose to become a musician instead of following along in the family business.

He was often featured on public television and public radio in the 1980’s and was a self-described "modern troubadour.” He influenced many musicians including Jimmy Buffett who dedicated his album Fruitcakes to him writing how he "taught me how to move an audience with dialogue and delivery as much as with music".

Gamble Rogers died a hero in 1991 at the age of 54 when he drowned in an attempt to save the father of a young girl who was in trouble in the rough surf at Flagler Beach. In honor of his heroism, the Florida Legislature renamed the state park Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach. In 1998 he was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.

He’s been described by journalists as "An American treasure ... an awesome talent ... one-hundred percent enjoyable ... a rare and guaranteed treat ... worthy of inclusion in the Smithsonian."

In St. Augustine, there is a middle school, Gamble Rogers Middle School, named after him as well as the 23rd Annual Gamble Rogers Music Festival which takes place May 4th-6th at the Colonial Quarter. If you like acoustic Americana music, do not miss this festival.

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To learn more about this folk singer, story teller, and hear his music go to http://www.gamblerogers.org

At RE/MAX Flagstaff, our dedicated REALTORS® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

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February RE/MAX National Housing Report

The February RE/MAX National Housing Report shows that buyers may not be waiting for the typical spring selling season to begin! While home sales were down just slightly, year-over-year, houses for sale didn’t spend much time sitting on the market. Are you ready to make a speedy home sale or purchase? 

 

We typically have to wait until March or even April to see the housing market begin to heat up. But with a record number of January home sales, it seems things are kicking into gear early this year. Here are key points from February’s report:

 

1. Homes are still selling fast

The average Days on Market for homes sold in January 2018 was 60, up three days from the average in December 2017, and down six days from the January 2017 average.

 

2. Prices continue to rise

The median sales price of a home sold in January was $224,000. That’s nearly 7 percent higher than the median sales price in January 2017.

 

3. Homes for sale are still in short supply

We still need more homes for sale.  The number of homes for sale in January 2018 was down 4.8% from December 2017, and down 14.8% from January 2017.

 

4. Slightly fewer transactions occurred

Of the 53 metro areas surveyed in January 2018, the overall average number of home sales decreased 27.4% compared to December 2017 and decreased 2.8% compared to January 2017. But we’re already starting to see the selling season heat up and whether you’re planning to buy or sell or both, now’s the time to contact an agent.

 

Dig into the details of the February 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report in the infographic below. For the full report click here.

 

At RE/MAX Flagstaff, our dedicated REALTORS® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

 

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Congrats On A Job Well Done, Jimmy!

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We're so proud of our RE/MAX Flagstaff Broker/Owner Jimmy Millhollin for his efforts as chairman of the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce in 2017. Best wishes to incoming chairman John Subers as he takes the lead in 2018. 

 

This was such huge news that the Daytona Beach News Journal covered the story! Images are from Annette Gardinal, Jimmy’s other half and Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Flagstaff.

 

“ When Jimmy Millhollin took over as chairman of the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce, he was focused on three things: Communication, collaboration and change.

 

While progress was made on the first two, the most significant aspect of his tenure was change.

 

Shortly after being installed as chairman in January 2017, the change manifested itself when then-Chamber president Rebecca DeLorenzo announced her resignation to take a position with the American Red Cross.

 

“All efforts were placed upon finding a new president and CEO,” Millhollin said. “That’s where all the focus was and that was a good six to seven months.”

 

The process culminated with the hiring of Jorge Gutiterrez in August.

 

“A lot of things didn’t get done that I was hoping to get done, but some important aspects did get done,” Millhollin said. “We did have change, that was accomplished.”

 

MIllhollin also was instrumental in initiating a focus on veteran business owners, calling upon his own experience as a military veteran starting out in the business world. A Veterans Networking group was established offering Flagler County vets information and support in business as well as camaraderie.

“It’s a long-term venture,” he said. “We’ve had several meetings and getting the information available out to veterans was what I was trying to do.”

 

The foundation Millhollin laid in the search for a new president and CEO, as well as other accomplishments, is something incoming chairman John Subers wants to build upon.

 

“I can’t start without looking back and applauding Jimmy’s year as chairman and what it meant,” Subers said. “Jimmy was the right guy at the right time. What I am supposed to do in 2018 is continue what Jimmy has started, really what the Chamber has always been about.”

 

Subers said one of his specific goals is to emphasize the membership value in the Chamber through building relationships and encouraging members and residents to get involved with the business organization.

 

“My focus will be helping to establish and encourage deeper relationships between the community and the Chamber,” he said.

 

Subers said one area where that effort will be focused is on small businesses.

 

“I don’t think it’s any secret that the majority of our business community are smaller organizations, mom-and-pops, and with that comes the challenges of time and resources,” he said. “The value proposition we’re going to hear from Jorge and the staff throughout the year is going to overcome, we hope, those challenges to create value and encourage those folks to get involved.”

 

Subers said Flagler County is poised for more economic growth in 2018 and the signs are there. 

 

“I think you don’t have to drive very far in any direction in our county to see bricks going up, so there’s growth in the commercial realm of new businesses coming to town,” he said. “I think that sets us up for a very strong economic future and I think the Chamber is right in the middle of it.”

 

The Flagler County Chamber of Commerce will stage its annual installation banquet Friday at the Hammock Beach Resort. For more information, call 386-437-0106.”

 

http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20180117/passing-torch-flagler-chamber-installation-banquet-set-for-friday

 

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January RE/MAX National Housing Report

It's amazing that we’re already at the end of January! We hope that your year has been off to a great start. As for the housing market, December sales dropped slightly from the previous year but capped off the year with record high prices according to the January RE/MAX National Housing Report. Read the full report here!

If you’re thinking about buying or selling at all this year, there’s a lot we can do now to make sure you’re ready. Let’s get together to talk about a strategy that will help you achieve your real estate goals.

At RE/MAX Flagstaff, our dedicated REALTORS® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

 

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A Pristine Nearby Park!

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If you’re looking to get out of the house and enjoy one of our beautiful winter days, we can certainly recommend heading just 50 minutes south to the Canaveral National Seashore just south of New Smyrna Beach. 

 

This unspoiled preserve offers visitors a chance to hike, boat, fish, canoe, kayak, birdwatch, and learn about history while experiencing 58,000 acres of barrier island, open lagoon, coastal hammock, pine flatwoods, and offshore waters. Primitive camping by permit is also available.

 

The park is home to the largest oyster mound in the mainland United States which is named Turtle Mound for its shape and is a prehistoric archaeological site and contains oyster shells and refuse from the prehistoric Timucuan people and dates back to 800 and 1400 CE. A boardwalk has been constructed above the mound and offers spectacular views. 

 

Sea turtles nest on the park’s seashore and more than 12,000 nests were created in 2017 with green turtles and loggerhead turtles creating the bulk of the nests, while leatherbacks created just 23 nests. 

 

A remarkable place with much to be discovered, if you enjoy nature you will enjoy our nearby Canaveral National Seashore. Note: definitely take mosquito repellant with deet, even in the winter. For full park info, go here: https://www.nps.gov/cana/index.htm

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December 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report

Despite being the “slow season,” the housing market continues to remain strong. November became the sixth month of 2017 to post an increase in year-over-year home sales. This bucks the trend of home prices increasing and inventory declines, according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report. You can read the full report here.

 

If you’re thinking of buying or selling in 2018, call us! We’d be happy to help you assess our local market and put together a strategy for next year. 

 

At RE/MAX Flagstaff, our dedicated REALTORS® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

 

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Jimmy & Annette's New Adventure!

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RE/MAX Flagstaff broker owners Jimmy Millhollin and Annette Gardinal are pleased to announce that they have purchased an Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning franchise serving areas from Port Orange to St. Augustine!

They were both looking for a business concept that would complement their real estate business and create an additional revenue stream. After exploring several different options, they both decided that Oxi-Fresh was the ideal fit because it met their goals of 1) running a semi-absentee business, 2) helping to build financial freedom, 3) and making a difference in their community by offering a service that is environmentally friendly.

The cleaning solutions that are used are eco-friendly, non-toxic, and safe in all residential environments, including those with children and pets. Oxi-Fresh is very focused on conservation and the carpet cleaning system uses a minimal amount of water. In fact, typical systems use 20 times more water than the Oxi-Fresh system!

Oxi-Fresh also offers an array of residential and commercial services including upholstery, tile, grout, odor control, wood floors, and more!

If you need carpet cleaning, upholstery, tile, and grout or hardwood floor service, contact Annette or Jimmy at (386) 753-8949 or take a look at our website at https://www.oxifresh.com/locations/fl/palm-coast-carpet-cleaning

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November 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report

As we head deeper into the holidays, the housing market remains strong. Despite record low inventory, October saw home sales increased 2.5% year-over-year and kept 2017 prices ahead of 2016. You can see the full RE/MAX National Housing Report for November here

 

If you’d like to assess the current value of your home or our local market, please don’t hesitate to call. I’m happy to help you with all of your real estate needs.

 

At RE/MAX Flagstaff, our dedicated REALTORS® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

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October 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report

The 2017 Summer home buying and selling season finished strong, according to the October 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report.

 

And although the season has now changed to fall, we’re not seeing many changes within the market. The number of available homes for sale remains low and home prices are still rising year-over-year. 

 

Curious how much your home may be worth in today’s market? We’re always happy to answer any of your real estate and home value questions.

 

At RE/MAX Flagstaff, our dedicated REALTORS® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

 

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REALTOR® Emily Kirshaw Achieves ABR Designation!

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Emily Kirshaw with RE/MAX Flagstaff has been awarded the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) designation by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC) of the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

Emily Kirshaw joins more than 25,000 real estate professionals across the globe who have earned the ABR designation. All were required to successfully complete a comprehensive course in buyer representation and an elective course focusing on a buyer representation specialty, both in addition to submitting documentation verifying professional experience.

REBAC, founded in 1988, is the world’s largest association of real estate professionals focusing specifically on representing the real estate buyer. THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS, The voice for Real Estate, is the world’s largest professional association, representing over 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the real estate industry.

RE/MAX Flagstaff is a locally owned and operated full-service real estate brokerage located in Flagler County/Palm Coast FL. Founded in 2010, the brokerage has 6 Realtors® and specializes in Residential and/or Commercial real estate. RE/MAX Flagstaff is a proud supporter of Christmas Comes True and Flagler Cats, and is located at 1 Hargrove Grade Suite 1, Palm Coast, FL 32137.

 

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We have outstanding Brokers! Meet Jimmy Millhollin!

Jimmy retired from the U.S. Navy after serving 24 years. He’s a Broker and Co-Owner of REMAX Flagstaff with his wife Annette Gardinal.

His first career began with a commitment to vision and excellence. This tradition remains the cornerstone of his business today.

Jimmy believes that professional involvement, education, and leadership are essential in the continual advancement of his career. His Association involvement has included President, President-Elect, Second Vice-President and numerous committee chair positions.

Leadership involvement has included our association leadership academy, professional standards committee, grievance committee, and past presidents strategies team.

Most recently, Jimmy has served as the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board!

His educational Designations and Certifications include ABR, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, CDPE, SFR, TRC, ePRO. Jimmy can be reached at (386) 246-8585.

 

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September 2017 RE/MAX Housing Report

Available homes for sale across the country increased only slightly in August. This entire summer’s seen strong demand and weak inventory, resulting in listings with short shelf lives and quick sales.

The September RE/MAX National Housing Report shows August sales slightly exceeding July, but slightly trailing August 2016, which remains the best August in the report’s 9-year history. There were 3.9% fewer homes for sale month to month and 13.7% year to year, driving the fastest listing-to-sale time ever seen in August. And they’re selling for 5.4% more than last year.

If you’re thinking about selling, it’s still a strong market. If you’re hunting for homes, you’ll continue to experience very limited inventory and increased competition. But competition makes us sharper and navigating with an agent is the best way forward these days.

Want some specific insight into your situation here in our local market? Reach out to us! At RE/MAX Flagstaff, our dedicated REALTORS® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

 

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RE/MAX Broker Owners Attend Conference in San Francisco!

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RE/MAX Flagstaff Broker/Owners Annette Gardinal and Jimmy Millhollin recently joined hundreds of franchise owners at the annual RE/MAX Broker Owner Conference in San Francisco! RE/MAX Co-CEOs, Dave Liniger and Adam Contos, revealed a refreshed RE/MAX brand, including the world famous balloon logo and wordmark. “Great brands evolve and RE/MAX is no different. We believe the updated balloon and wordmark will help our agents grow their business and give them an even bigger competitive advantage in digital, social media and mobile marketing.”

 

For the fourth straight year, the largest group of homebuyers are millennials, who compose 34 percent of buyers. “Buyers who are 36 years old and younger continue to purchase homes at a higher rate than other age groups,” according to Pete Crowe, RE/MAX Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing. “At the same time, real estate tools and technologies have drastically changed the way we help people buy and sell houses. 

 

The conference also featured the industry's top speakers covering all aspects of business growth and productivity.

 

Of course, Jimmy and Annette made time to tour San Francisco and even visit with family! They also toured wineries in Napa Valley and connected with the “other” Jimmy and Annette, RE/MAX Broker Owners from Virginia! 

 

At RE/MAX Flagstaff, our dedicated REALTORS® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

 

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August 2017 RE/MAX Housing Report

What an interesting real estate market compared to last year at this time!

According to the August RE/MAX National Housing Report, here are the facts:

Homes for sale down 14%
Time on market down 8 days
Sale prices up 7.4%

These conditions, combined with low inventory, results in fewer home sales than July last year (-0.8%).

If you're considering selling your home for top dollar, but reluctant because tight inventory may impact your buying decisions, we understand - and can help guide you!

Of course, our local market has its own nuances. Reach out to RE/MAX Flagstaff anytime and we can help you navigate this interesting market.

At RE/MAX Flagstaff, our dedicated REALTORS® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

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