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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July 2017 RE/MAX Housing Report


First Half of 2017 Ends with Record Sales and Prices Nationwide

As the summer heats up, so does the U.S. housing market. The July RE/MAX National Housing Report brings great insights for buyers, for sellers, and for homeowners.

The combination of increased sales and a record low inventory resulted in higher sales prices. Sellers continue to benefit from less competition, getting top-dollar for their homes. As a result, overall sales are at a record high.

But buyers shouldn’t be discouraged. Mortgage rates are still relatively low and the market may be taking a positive turn for you.

If you've had any thoughts of buying or selling, contact me today. I'd be happy to think through your situation with you.

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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Rotarian of the Year, REALTOR® Scott Chappuis!

 

One of the keys to our success at RE/MAX Flagstaff has been our passion for serving our community. 

 

We’re very proud of our team member and professional REALTOR® Scott Chappuis for being awarded Rotarian of the Year 2016-2017 by outgoing President Christopher Hall of the Palm Coast Rotary Club! Scott has been a member of Rotary for the last two years and has excelled at helping to fundraise for the club. Scott has been a real estate agent since 1986. Scott strives for success in everything he does and we couldn’t be more pleased at his “Service Above Self” in Rotary. 

 

Rotary is a service organization whose purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world.

 

The Palm Coast Rotary Club supports the following local and international projects. 

 

Whispering Meadows, a 501(c)(3) therapeutic horse ranch which works with handicapped and autistic children and adults.

 

Christmas Come True, a 501(c)(3)  organization that provides a complete holiday experience to underprivileged children at Christmas and helps connect disadvantaged and displaced families with jobs, housing, and necessities.

 

BOCA (Bikers Against Child Abuse), a 501(c)(3) which provides assistance to children who are living in fear in their home.

 

Flagler County Third Grade Dictionary Project, to provide a dictionary to all 3rd graders in conjunction with the other two county Rotary Clubs.

 

Flagler County Habitat for Humanity

 

Flagler County Cold Weather Shelter

 

Haiti’s Freedom School, a corruption-free school

 

Fighting Disease in general and specifically eradicating polio worldwide

 

Providing Clean Water

 

Promoting Peace

 

Supporting Adult and Children's Literacy

 

Growing Local Economies

 

Disaster relief 

 

Our involvement in the community and in our business is driven by the desire to always do our best and to do it right the first time. We both find that the earnestness that we bring to our business is directly linked to our service in our community and our service to our customers.

 

We’re driven to serve you and committed to success, plain and simple. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585. Scott Chappuis can be reached at (386) 295-0705.

 

 

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June 2017 RE/MAX Housing Report

After an unexpected cooling period in April, the U.S. housing market shot up to post-recession records for the month of May according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report. 

 

More people entered the market this month and as a result homes are flying off the market at a record pace in May. This reduction in 6 days on market represents a growing need for inventory, even as interest rates tick up, they currently do not have the power to cool this hot market.

 

Appreciation on home values saw another growth period in May versus the month before. So as a potential seller, your home may be more valuable than ever. Understanding home value trends is just one of many dynamics in today’s market that I can help you grasp. Knowledge is power here, whether you are looking to buy, sell, or even just get an update on one of your most valuable assets.

 

Feel free to reach out for advice on this dynamic 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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Beaching It in Flagler County

 

 

Our 19 miles of beautiful beaches are the place to be this time of year! Flagler County’s beaches are made up of coquina and red sand and have plenty of room for tossing a frisbee, flying a kite, or wind surfing. A unique coastal community, Flagler Beach has one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, and recreational experiences. 

 

Waterfront homes in Flagler Beach are highly desirable and don’t last long when they come up for sale. Nearby Palm Coast offers access to numerous restaurants, shopping, and entertainment options. International  airports are not too far away. Even though living the Florida lifestyle is almost like being on vacation, you may wish to visit family, take an interesting vacation, or even a business trip. 

 

When people move to the beach they typically find their friends and relatives visiting on a regular basis. And, why not? Our beaches are fun for the entire family, pet-friendly, and great for surfing, swimming, and playing in the sand. Our Flagler Beach Pier is a great spot for fishing, dolphin spotting, and watching the July 4th fireworks! 

 

At REMAX Flagstaff, our dedicated REALTOR® 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 2017 RE/MAX Housing Report

Tight inventory paired with rising home prices has slightly slowed down the spring home-selling season, according to this month's RE/MAX National Housing Report

 

Simply put: there just aren't enough homes for all the people looking to buy.

 

If you're considering selling your home, but reluctant because tight inventory may impact your buying decisions. At RE/MAX Flagstaff, we understand and we can help. We’re still successfully getting buyers into beautiful homes.

 

If you'd like to explore the possibility of buying or selling your home this summer, we can help you navigate this tough 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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Experience the Coolest of Florida’s Natural Amenities, Florida’s Springs

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Florida summer weather extends into September, which gives folks extra time to enjoy the outdoors. Some of Florida’s prettiest places to enjoy summer and beat the heat are its freshwater springs. While Silver Springs State Park in Ocala often comes to mind first, there are two other springs located within 60 miles of Palm Coast, Salt Springs and Silver Glen Springs.

 

Salt Springs Recreation Area is part of the Ocala National Forest. The natural spring bubbles up from fissures, or cracks, in the ground, flowing for 5 miles and emptying into Lake George. Visitors can enjoy swimming, canoeing, and motor boating in the crystal-clear waters of Salt Springs.

 

Also part of the Ocala National Forest, Silver Glen Springs is a gorgeous spot just north of Astor that is both a recreation area and an important archaeological siteThis beautiful spot shows how we can enjoy the outdoors as well as preserve one of Florida’s most valuable natural resources. The spring basin flows gently down into the spring, making it ideal for swimming. Visitors can swim and snorkel in the clear waters that maintain a cool, constant 73*F. Canoe and kayak rentals are also available.

 

With such a short drive from Flagler County to Ocala, why not take a day trip to one of these recreational areas? For more locations and additional information about Florida’s natural springs, visit Florida’s Springs at http://www.floridasprings.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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Flagler County – It’s for the Birds!

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Did you know that birding, or birdwatching, is one of the most popular activities in Flagler county? In Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches, there are over 40 parks and preserves where visitors can encounter over 200 native and migrating bird species.

In fact, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission listed six Palm Coast and Flagler Beach trails on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, including Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, Princess Palace Preserve, Palm Coast Linear Park, and St. Joe Walkway in Palm Coast, and North Peninsula State Park and Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach. For a complete list, go to http://floridabirdingtrail.com

Birding is so popular in our area that the City of Pam Coast holds an annual Birds of a Feather Festival in February. The weekend’s activities include workshops, presentations, and nature walks designed for adults and children, both novice and professional. 

So, why not find a guide book, grab some sunscreen and binoculars, and head to one of these parks for a day of birding? Who knows? You may spot a Bald Eagle, Brown Pelican, or even a Yellow-Rumped Warbler.

For more information on Flagler’s birds, contact the Flagler County Audubon Society. This organization is a great resource for beginning and experienced birders. http://www.flagleraudubonsociety.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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Strong March Home Sales, Low Inventory Means Tougher Market for Buyers, Easier for Sellers

 

As we spring into peak home-buying season home sale prices continue to rise, according to this month's RE/MAX National Housing Report. 

 

The inventory of homes available to buy dropped below 3 months for the first time in the history of the report, indicating a market that greatly favors sellers, as six months is considered a balanced market.

 

Buyers, this doesn't mean you can't find - and buy - your dream home. We’re still helping people get the right home at the right price - it just requires more creativity and tenacity.

 

Homes continued selling faster last month, with the average Days on Market dropping to 64, compared to 68 in February 2017 and 71 in March 2016. 

 

“We expect a seasonal uptick in sales this time of year and March certainly met and somewhat exceeded that expectation,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder. “We don’t anticipate the tightening inventory to ease up in most markets until new home construction can catch up to its pre-recession pace. Until then, sellers will enjoy a fast-paced market and buyers will need to work with their agents to get in the right home.” To read the April 2017 Housing Report in its entirety, 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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Who's Buying Homes?

A recent article in the New York Times focused on statistics of who first time homebuyers are in today’s market. The median age of 32 is not that much different from the 1970’s when the median age was 30.6 according to historical data from Zillow. What is changing is that more single people are buying homes. And, the down payment average is 6%, not the 20% down payments of the past. First time homebuyers account for 35% of home sales. With that in mind, 65% of home sales would be to previous homeowners. 

 

According to a study a couple of years ago by Zillow, Americans are renting for an average of six years before buying their first homes. In the 1970s, they rented for an average of 2.6 years. Could student loans be to blame? With 1.2 trillion dollars of student loan debt according to The Economist, logic would tend to reason that this has a huge impact on the decision to buy a home. However, in most cases, it’s less expensive to buy than to rent. Some may be reluctant to take on additional debt, but mortgage debt is different as the borrower is building wealth as the home presumably is increasing in value. 

 

In Flagler County area we do see a lot of first time homebuyers, but we also see plenty of people who relocate here because of the mild winters and the ability to enjoy the outdoors year round. We’re personally huge fans of the weather. There’s also a wonderful community with plenty to do, easy access to large cities, and international airports are close by. If you’re ready to buy, our team of REALTORS® will help you every step of the way. If you’re interested in selling, our team knows the score on how to get your home ready for the 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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RE/MAX Flagstaff's Award Winning Agents!

We are so very proud of our professional REALTORS®!

 

Four agents recently earned top awards at RE/MAX Flagstaff. Scott Chappuis and Janet Geddings achieved the 100% Club award, which honors agents who earned commissions at the second-tier level during the previous year. This is Chappuis’ third consecutive award at the 100% level. Geddings has worked in the real estate industry for more than four years. 

 

Annette Gardinal qualified for the second consecutive year at the Platinum Club level, which recognizes agents who earned commissions at the third-tier level. In 2016, less than five percent of all active RE/MAX agents received this award.

 

Tina Turner received the Executive Club award, which honors successful agents who earned commissions at the first-tier level. Turner has been with the company for 14 years; this is her second consecutive year earning the Executive Club award.

 

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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Baby Boomers It’s Time to Sell Your Home to a Millennial!

 

Baby boomers have are moving from sprawling suburban homes to smaller homes or condominium developments with amenities and walking neighborhoods while millennials are looking for the familiar homes of their parent’s generation. Millennials are ready to give up small apartments and want a home that’s ready to be lived in, no renovation required. They also want plenty of storage room, closets, and outdoor space. 

 

Rising rents are also influencing the decision to move to the suburbs, some even use the extra space to rent out rooms which can help pay for their mortgage. In many cases, buying a home is less expensive than renting and the idea of building towards the future is very appealing. 

 

“Millennials are shaping the market more than anyone realized. In fact, half of all buyers are under 36 and half of sellers are under 41,” said Zillow Chief Marketing Officer Jeremy Wacksman, referring to results from a survey of more than 13,000 homeowners, sellers, buyers and renters that are part of the new Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report. With numbers like that, if you’re a boomer considering selling your home whether you’re upsizing or downsizing, it just might be the time to sell. The experienced REALTORS® from RE/MAX Flagstaff are available to help you weigh the benefits. With an average of 53 days on the market homes are selling quickly when they are priced appropriately. 

 

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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Lunch with "The Artistic Astronaut"

 

 

Have you ever had lunch with an astronaut? RE/MAX Flagstaff brokers Annette Gardinal and Jimmy Millhollin recently had the opportunity to meet and have lunch with Nicole Stott, a veteran astronaut, who was the keynote speaker at the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce Thrive Business Summit held at the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience. 

 

Nicole is a 27-year veteran astronaut with two NASA spaceflights and 104 days living and working in space on both the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station (ISS). She performed one spacewalk and was a member of the crew of the final flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery, STS-133. She is also a NASA Aquanaut and holds the Women's World Record for saturation diving following an 18-day mission on the Aquarius undersea habitat.

 

Seeing the Earth from space, Nicole had an epiphany. She vowed to dedicate the rest of her life to sharing the overwhelming beauty of our planet with others. She believes that doing so will help others appreciate and care for our home planet and each other.

 

The first astronaut to paint in space, Stott is now a full-time artist and SciArt Education Advocate, known as "The Artistic Astronaut." Through her work, she shares the awesome beauty and impressions she experienced through the windows of a spacecraft. An ongoing promoter of Art and Science, she works to generate widespread interest in the integration of these two important fields. 

 

Annette and Jimmy adventurous in their own right, were very impressed with Nicole’s service to our country, the space program, and dedication to the integration of art and science.

 

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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