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ST. AUGUSTINE & ST. JOHNS COUNTY BOARD OF REALTORS速

VOLUME 6, ISSUE 5

BO R MAY 2013

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Officers & Directors

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Calendar

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REALTOR/Affiliate Spotlight

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New Members

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May Events in St Augustine

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Builder Council News

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Go Green

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Tech Tip

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April General Membership Meeting

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Rally in Tally Photos

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Hurricane Awareness

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Wally Conway

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Monthly Statistics

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June Preview Staff Contact Information

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FO RWA R D BOR PUBLIC WEBSITE: www.stjohnsrealtors.com


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2013 ST. AUGUSTINE & ST. JOHNS COUNTY BOARD OF REALTORS® AND MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE, INC.BOARD OFFICERS & DIRECTORS

BOARD OF REALTORS®

MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE, INC.

Roy Barnes Jr., PRESIDENT St. Augustine Realty (O) 824-3331 / (F) 825-2685/ (C ) 669-1430 rbarnes4@bellsouth.net

Dirk Schroeder , PRESIDENT Century 21- St. Augustine Properties (O) 797-6000 (F) 797-7963/ (C ) 540-2360 c21staug@aol.com

Andrew Birchall, PRESIDENT-ELECT St. Augustine Realty (O) 824-3331 / (F) 825-2685/ (C ) 392-3362 andrewbirchall@bellsouth.net

Katherine Delaney , PRESIDENT- ELECT Watson Realty (US1) (O) 797-8600/ (F) 797-8606/ (C ) 669-2115 Kdelaney13@bellsouth.net

Roberta Odom - SECRETARY Re/Max 100 Realty (O) 461-9500 (F) 461-9501 (C ) 466-0114 propertybyberta@aol.com

Robert West – SECRETARY Coldwell Banker Premier Properties (O) 471-4204 / (F) 471-4216 / (C ) rob@thepremierproperties.com

Dianne Pittman – TREASURER Watson Realty (US1) O) 797-8600 (F) 797-8606 (C ) 540-9644

Ian Edmonson, P.A. - TREASURER Edmonson & Associates Real Estate, Inc. (O) 827-0722 (F) 638-4746 (C) 315-0997 ian@edmonsonassoc.com

mdpittman@watsonrealtycorp.com

DIRECTORS

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DIRECTORS

Rick McChesney (2)

Ron Barry (2)

Coldwell Banker Premier Properties (O) 471-4204 (F) 471-4216 (C ) 347-4040

St. Augustine Team Realty (O) 825-0099 (F) 513-9264 (C ) 501-2424

rick@thepremierproperties.com

realestatebyron@aol.com

John Taylor (2) Awesome Real Estate, Inc. (O ) 429-0600 (F) 429-0601 (C ) 669-7967 johntaylor@awesomerealestateinc.com

Paula Silberberg (2) Watson Realty (A1A) (O) 461-9066 (F) 461-9925 (C ) 687-8803 psilberberg@watsonrealtycorp.com

Bill Thew (2) Olde Carriage Realty (O) 824-4500 (F) 824-6866(C ) 347-6736 billthew@bellsouth.net Gayle Logan (1) Watson Realty (A1A) (O) 461-9066 (F) 461-9925 (C) 669-2778 gmlogan@aug.com Judi Schuyler (1) Coldwell Banker Premier Properties (O) 471-4204 (F) 471-4216 (C ) 669-0788 judiseven@bellsouth.net

Gail Jones (1) St. Augustine Realty (O) 824-3331 (F) 825-2685 (C ) 501-7444 gjones4@bellsouth.net Daniel Lang (1) Sunshine Realty & Appraisal Services (O) 471-9259 (F) 461-3178 (C ) 501-6867 langdan@hotmail.com Ann King (1) Prudential Network Realty (O) 471-6906 (F) 471-6907 (C) 806-3865 ann.king@prunet.com

Sean Hess (1) St. Augustine Team Realty (O) 825-0099 (F) 513-9264 (C ) 386-8327 sean@seanhess.com Chuck Pacetti , PAST-PRESIDENT Homestar Pacetti Realty (O) 827-0600 / (F) 819-9907 / (C ) 669-5000 chuckpacetti@comcast.net Dirk Schroeder , Ex-Officio Century 21- St. Augustine Properties (O) 797-6000 (F) 797-7963/ (C ) 540-2360 c21staug@aol.com Victor J. Raymos, Ex-officio (O) 829-8738 (F) 823-9512 (C) 505-220-8683 ae@stjohnsrealtors.org

Andrew Birchall, PAST PRESIDENT St. Augustine Realty (O) 824-3331 / (F) 825-2685/ (C ) 392-3362 andrewbirchall@bellsouth.net Roy Barnes Jr., Ex-Officio St. Augustine Realty (O) 824-3331 / (F) 825-2685/ (C ) 669-1430 rbarnes4@bellsouth.net Victor J. Raymos, Ex-officio (O) 829-8738 (F) 823-9512 (C) 505-220-8683 ae@stjohnsrealtors.org


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3rd—Board Orientation 9am 6th—Education Committee 9am RPAC 12pm 6-12th—FREI 8:30-5pm 8th—Affiliate Committee 9am 9th— Commercial Committee 8:30am Technology Committee 9:30am 10th—After the Contract 9am 13th-17th– FREI Brokers Course 15th—Website Wednesdays 1pm 17th—Listing Agreement 9am 20th-22nd—FREI Broker 20th—FREI Test 10-1pm 21st— MLS Training 1pm Finance Committee 12pm 22nd-—MLS Board 12pm 23rd— CRSP-13 9amBoard 12pm CRSP-13 9am 27th—CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY 28th—REALIST 2 1:30pm

May2013 Birthstone: Emerald Flower: Lily-of-the-Valley and Hawthorne Astrological Signs: Taurus: April 20 - May 20, Gemini: May 21 - June 20

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R E A LTOR ® SPOTLI G H T – TEA M JOH N SON WAT SON R E A LT Y — U S1 TEAM JOHNSON is a full service professional real estate team. Gene, Libby, William, Dori, and Shalynn Johnson bring commitment and focus to all the demands of buying and selling homes in a challenging market. Established in 1994 and led by senior member Gene Johnson, TEAM JOHNSON has grown to be one of Northeast Florida’s most successful real estate teams. We believe in the highest quality of service for our customers. TEAM JOHNSON is available to assist buyers from preview to purchase, to answer questions about home ownership and assist home sellers to get their properties sold as quickly as possible and for top dollar. Team Johnson brings diversity to the real estate industry. We are not five members doing the job of one. We each hold designations in our areas of expertise. Gene Johnson specializes in Corporate Owned Real Estate and brings over 17 years of experience in the bank owned and distressed properties market. He holds The 5 star REO and REOS designation and is a FORCE member. Only elite REO agents that successfully sell over 100 REO properties in two years are able to become FORCE members. Libby Johnson is a Luxury Homes specialist and holds designations as an Integrated Marketing Specialist and CREN designate. William Johnson specializes in investment real estate transactions, and holds an OICP designation. Dori Mackoul Spradlin handles all areas of real estate in the Jacksonville market and has been a multi-million dollar producing agent with Watson Realty Corp for many years. She has been nominated as a “Five Star ***** Best in Client Satisfaction Real Estate Agent” for three years in a row through a survey done by Jacksonville Homebuyer magazine. Shalynn Johnson is TEAM JOHNSON’S marketing director, bringing the highest level of social media and technological skills to the market. Shalynn’s vast knowledge and cutting edge systems keep Team Johnson’s level of service among the best in the real estate industry. TEAM JOHNSON led the Watson (U.S. 1 office) in most listings taken and most listing sold for 2011 and 2012. We were awarded the Silver Pinnacle Award in 2011 and the Gold Pinnacle Award in 2012. We are members in good standing of the National Association of REALTORS®, Florida Association of REALTORS®, St. Augustine/St. Johns County Board of REALTORS®, Flagler County Association of REALTORS® and Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS®. This means when you chose TEAM JOHNSON, you gain access to real estate in all of Northeast Florida, not just one city or county. TEAM JOHNSON services St. Johns, Putnam, Duval, Nassau, Clay and Flagler counties. We are members of Real Estate Companies of the World, the largest real estate relocation company in the world, and can assist with relocations and referrals across the country or the world.

Team Johnson Office: 904-495-0146 Cell: 904-874-4742 Fascimilie: 866-528-2322 teamjohnson@watsonrealtycorp.com

While most are dreaming of success, winners wake-up and work hard to achieve it.

AFFILIATE SPOTLIGHT— LEONA BROWN ST JOHNS BUILDERS COUNCIL Leona moved to Florida from the Bahamas in 1968 to experience a whole new way of life. She started a career in banking for a short period of time and then the hospitality field caught her interest and she decided to pursue the Hotel Industry. She managed the Flamingo Lodge in the Everglades National Park before relocating to Palm Coast to work for ITT-CDC managing their Sheraton Resort on A1A. Family duties called and she decided to forgo the weekends and long hours of responsibilities associated with managing hotels and moved to ITT’s Real Estate Sales area where she became the Sales Administrator until she left in 1990. 1991 saw her moving to St. Augustine and after taking a years sabbatical she went to work in the St. Augustine Beach Building Department. After 5 years at the Beach Building Department she was recruited by one of the local builders to manage their office but when the building industry started to collapse in 2000 Leona took another sabbatical until she was called by the then outgoing Director of the St. Johns Builders Council to come and take over the helm of the Council in 2001. The St. Johns Builders Council is a Council under the Northeast Florida Builders Association in Jacksonville, the largest and most active Association in the State of Florida. NEFBA/SJBC is a not-for-profit trade association representing members of the community who earn their livelihood from the housing and construction industries. We strive for excellence by providing our members education, training, networking, financial benefits and representation in government and community affairs. We are committed to quality construction, affordable housing, sensible growth, the sanctity of the environment and private properties rights, thereby ensuring the highest quality of life in Northeast Florida. You are invited to visit our website www.stjohnsbuilderscouncil.com or you can contact Leona by emailing sjbcouncil@aol.com, phone 671-3875 to discuss how to become active and a member of SJBC.

Leona Brown—Director 1535 SR 207, Ste 304 St. Augustine, FL 32086 (904)671-3875 Email: sjbcouncil2@aol.com


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APRIL NE W ME MBERS CHRISTINE LEE

KELLER WILLIAMS JAX REALTY

Join Date 04/02/2013

(MLS Only)

DONLEY JOHNSON

WATSON REALTY-A1A

Join Date 04/04/2013 NEW

(Primary BOR/Primary MLS)

CAROLE S. ODELL Join Date 04/05/2013

PRUDENTIAL NETWORK REALTY (Primary BOR/Primary MLS)

VIOLET RECORD-SILVER

CASCADES AT ST. AUGUSTINE

Join Date 04/09/2013

(Primary BOR/Primary MLS)

TRISA SKOGLUND

WATSON REALTY CORP. A1A

Join Date 04/17/2013

NEW

SHAWNA MITCHELL

(Primary BOR/Primary MLS) OLDE CARRIAGE REALTY-BEACH

Join Date 04/17/2013

(Primary BOR/Primary MLS)

JENNIFER HARRELL PADERA

JENNIFER LEIGH HARRELL REALTOR

Join Date 04/18/2013

(Primary BOR/Primary MLS)

VICKI WEBB BROWN

CENTURY 21 ST AUGUSTINE

Join Date 04/18/2013

(Primary BOR/Primary MLS)

SALLY J. MARKS

KELLER WILLIAMS –HALCYON

Join Date 04/19/2013

(MLS only)

JOEY RAY HUDGINS Join Date 04/22/2013

ENDLESS SUMMER REALTY NEW

KANDI ROSE BEGUE

REALTY PARTNERS

Join Date 04/23/2013

(MLS Only)

JASON PAUL MCFARLANE Join date 04/23/2013

WATSON REALTY –US 1 NEW

VALIRE MICHELLE THOMAS Join Date 04/24/2013

(Primary BOR/Primary MLS)

(Primary BOR/Primary MLS) WATSON REALTY – US 1

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MA Y E VE N TS IN S T. AU GU S TIN E May 2013 Sunday

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St. Augustine Eco Boat Tour

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Monday & Friday Lost Ships Tour At The St. Augustine Lighthouse

Old City Farmers' Market Wednesdays And Fridays Musket Firing Demonstrations Saturdays St. Johns River At Fort Matanzas National Farmers' Market Monument

Curator's Tour At The Lightner Museum

The Cellar Upstairs Wine, The Cellar Upstairs Wine, Jazz & Blues Jazz & Blues

Wednesdays And Fridays Musket Firing Demonstrations At Fort Matanzas National Monument

First Friday Art Walk In St. Augustine First Friday At Flagler Beach 'Til Beth Do Us Part The Dark Of The Moon Tour After-hours Paranormal Tour Fridays And Saturdays Inside The Old Jail Paranormal Investigations

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St. Augustine Eco Boat Tour

Lincolnville Farmers' Market

'Til Beth Do Us Part

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St. Augustine Eco Boat Tour

Wooden Boatbuilding Wooden Boatbuild'Til Beth Do Us Demonstrations ing Demonstrations Part

Wednesdays And Fridays Musket Firing Demonstrations At Fort Matanzas National Monument

Cultural Guided Hike At The GTM Research Reserve

St. Augustine Eco Boat Tour

Wooden Boatbuilding Demonstrations

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Farm To Table Fridays, Saturdays, & SunFridays And Saturdays Dinner At Nocatee's days Historic Weapons Dem- Inside The Old Jail Paranormal onstrations Investigations Crosswater Hall

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Sunset Celebration At Vilano Beach Town Center Evening Nature Program At Anastasia State Park The Dark Of The Moon Tour After-hours Paranormal Tour

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GTM Reserve Second Saturday Guided Trail Hike

Wednesdays And Fridays Musket Firing Demonstrations At Fort Matanzas National Monument

Romanza Week St. Augustine Eco Boat Tou r

The Cellar Upstairs Wine, Jazz & Blues The Dark Of The Moon Tour After-hours Paranormal Tour Fridays And Saturdays Inside The Old Jail Paranormal Investigations

Old City Farmers' Market Fort Matanzas Living History Day 2nd Saturday Plant Sales At The Park Saturdays St. Johns River Farmers' Market 'Til Beth Do Us Part The Dark Of The Moon Tour After-hours Paranormal Tour


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The Cellar Upstairs Wine, Jazz & Blues

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The Cellar Upstairs Wine, Jazz & Blues The Dark Of The Moon Tour After-hours Paranormal Tour

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The Wednesday Market Lincolnville Farmers' Market

St. Augustine Eco Boat Tour Wooden Boatbuilding Demonstrations

The Dark Of The Moon Tour After-hours Paranormal Tour

Wednesdays And Fridays Musket Firing Demonstrations At Fort Matanzas National Monument

Monday & Friday Lost Ships Tour At The St. Augustine Lighthouse St. Augustine Eco Boat Tour Wednesdays And Fridays Musket Firing Demonstrations At Fort Matanzas National Monument The Cellar Upstairs Wine, Jazz & Blues Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?

The Dark Of The Moon Tour After-hours Paranormal Tour

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ST. JOHNS BUILDERS COUNCIL

www.stjohnsbuilderscouncil.com

Leona Brown—Director 1535 SR 207, Ste 304 St. Augustine, FL 32086 (904)671-3875 Email: sjbcouncil2@aol.com

St. Johns Builders Council 5th Annual Fishing Tournament May 18th, 2013 To be held at the Northeast Florida Marlin’s Association Clubhouse at Camachee Cove

Fishing Inshore for Redfish, Sea Trout and Flounder Boat Entry $250. (register before April 1st $200)

Prizes

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Angler Competition Each Category

Www.stjohnsbuilderscouncil.com to download boat registration form.

1st Place—$500

You are invited to join SJBC for a fun filled day!

2nd Place—$300 3rd Place—$200 Triple Challenge Heaviest total weight of one of each fish (Boat Competition) 1st Place—$1,000 2nd Place—$600 3rd Place—$400

Prizes for Youth division (under 15) in registered boat.

Watch the Captains and Anglers return to the dock with their catch, hoping to win the Big Prizes!! Fish Fry Barbeque Band Awards

$15.00 per person (children under 12 free when accompanied by adult) Email sjbcouncil2@aol.com for reservations


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5 TIPS FOR AN ECO-FRIENDLY CINCO DE MAYO

Feliz (that’s “happy” in Spanish) de Cinco de Mayo! May 5th is a day to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! If you’re not Mexican, it’s just a good excuse to eat delicious Mexican food and celebrate life with family and friends. Like most holiday celebrations, there’s always room to opt for more eco-friendly choices. So, we’ve put together a short list of ways to go green for Cinco de Mayo! 1. Drink local beer! It’s common to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mexican beer brands like Corona, Dos Equis, and Negra Modelo. While these beer brands make up some of the best Mexican beer, supporting local breweries is an easy, fun way to go green. It might not be the most authentic way to celebrate the 5th of May, but it is one of the most environmentally conscious. 2. Opt for organic tequila or Margarita mix! Tres Agaves has USDA certified organic Margarita Mix – perfect for a blended lime refreshment to wash down your chips and salsa. 3. Use grass-fed ground beef! What’s an authentic fiesta without some taco-seasoned ground beef? To read more about the environmental benefits of grass farming, check out Eat Wild.com and read up on grass-fed meat facts, tips, and where to find grass-fed meat in Illinois. 4. Eat All-Natural Chips and Salsa! That’s Caring offers All-Natural Chips and Salsa gift baskets by Rick Bayless’ brand of authentic Mexican food, Frontera. Not only is eating all-natural food better for your body, but it’s an easy way to help the environment! 5. Decorate Green! Sure, the Mexican Flag has red and white in it too, but we’re talking about leaving behind the piñatas and paper streamers for natural bursts of color and decoration. Food itself can be beautifully plated for Cinco de Mayo party décor. Use flowers and Italian lights to liven up your fiesta ambiance. Plus, you can give the flowers away as party favors when the party is over!


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TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE “TECH TIP” KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS, MOUSE SHORTCUTS AND PASSWORD TIPS BY: LISE HAYS

Here are five popular tips you might find helpful: 1. When an application freezes on your computer, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Alt+Delete. This shortcut opens the Task Manager where you can then select the unresponsive application and quit it.

2. Triple-click your mouse to select a URL in your browser’s address bar. This makes it easy to copy and paste the URL. You can also triple-click a para graph or double-click a word for faster selecting.

3. Need to find a word or phrase on a page with lots of text? Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+F and a search box will appear on the page. You can then type the text you wish to find and it will be come highlighted on the page. If it appears more then once, press Enter to move to the next in stance. This tip is especially useful when trying to find something in a long list of data.

4. Can’t find a file or application that you

downloaded? Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+D to open your Downloads folder.

5. Use a password manager like LastPass to remember all your passwords. When you sign into this application (with your master password) it will automatically input usernames and passwords into the sign on pages for the accounts you use. It will even generate strong passwords when you sign up for new accounts.

Hope these helped!

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APRIL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Lunch Sponsored by: RMG Mortgage– Rod & Maria Gelinas

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APRIL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Victor J Raymos, AE/CEO

Tim Egnor Executive Director of Curriculum for St Johns County Schools

Roy O Barnes, Jr, President Board of Realtors

Vicki Lake with the can goods collected along with $88+ dollars


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APRIL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Ron Barry—Education Committee Chair

John Taylor—Technology Committee Chair

Vicki Lake — Affiliate Committee Chair

Ed Paucek — RPAC Committee Chair

Barb Goll — gives update on the RPAC Bus Trip


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APRIL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Maria Gelinas & Marlene Lagasse

Holly Yelton & Randy Gorick

Tom Clarke & Debbie Link

Roberta Odom, Paula Silberberg & Teresa Mercurio

Beth Ruggeri, Jack Pitcher & Randy Gorick


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APRIL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Front-Memory Hopkins Back—Joanne Stoval & Debbie Link

And that’s all folks!

Barb Goll & the 50/50 drawing


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NEWSLETTER TITLE

2 0 1 3 R PA C B U S T R I P “ R A L LY I N T A L LY ”

6:30am departure from the Board Office

Briefing on the Legislative Talking Points

Realtor & Affiliate Member’s of the St. Augustine Board of Realtors

All Aboard & Ready to Go!

House Representative Daniel Davis & Executive Director of NEFBA

Ed Paucek-RPAC Chair, Roy O. Barnes, Jr-Board President & Victor J Raymos-AE/CEO


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Ed Paucek –RPAC Chair

Andrew Birchall-St Augustine Board President Elect gives his Thumbs up

Front: Ed Paucek, Vicki Lake, Kathy Delany, Dianne Pittman & Penny James Back: Ian Edmonson, Barb Goll, Victor J Raymos, Leona Brown, Daniel Davis, Marlene Lagasse & Ron Brown

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Barbara Goll, Cathryn Catalfamo, Suzy Bagan & Marlene Lagasse

Travis Skoglund & Gayle Logan

Leona Brown-Director/St Johns Builders Council & Victor J. Raymos– AE/CEO St Augustine Board of Realtors


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History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster. Hurricane Preparedness Week during 2013 will be held May 26th through June 1st. Hurricane hazards come in many forms: storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, and flooding. This means it is important for your family to have a plan that includes all of these hazards. Look carefully at the safety actions associated with each type of hurricane hazard and prepare your family disaster plan accordingly. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense. You should be able to answer the following questions before a hurricane threatens: What are the Hurricane Hazards?

Here are the names for the 2013 season: Andrea Barry

SAFETY INFORMATION

Chantal KNOW THE DIFFERENCE

By the Start of Hurricane Season you should:

Assemble your Disaster Supply Kit. These items are often scattered around your home and simply need to be

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A HURRICANE WATCH issued for your part

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together into one location. In certain circumstances you

This watch should trigger your family's dis-

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be initiated, especially those actions that

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Write out your Family Disaster Plan. Discuss the possible hazards with your family. Determine if you are in an evacuation area. Identify an out-of-town family contact.

leaving a barrier island, etc.

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winds of at least 74 mph are expected

Check your Disaster Supply Kit. Make sure nothing is

within 36 hours or less.

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missing. Determine if there is anything you need to sup-

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deciding the safest location to be during the

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Activate your Family Disaster Plan. Protective measures should be initiated, especially those actions that require extra time (for example, securing a boat or leaving a barrier island). When a Warning is issued you should: Ready your Disaster Supply Kit for use. If you need to evacuate, you should bring your Supply Kit with you. Use your Family Disaster Plan. Your family should be in the process of completing protective actions and deciding the safest location to be during the storm.

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The ingredients for a hurricane include a pre-existing weather disturbance, warm tropical oceans, moisture, and relatively light winds aloft. If the right conditions persist long enough, they can combine to produce the violent winds, incredible waves, torrential rains, and floods we associate with this phenomenon. Each year, an average of eleven tropical storms develop over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico. Many of these remain over the ocean and never impact the U.S. coastline. Six of these storms become hurricanes each year. In an average 3-year period, roughly five hurricanes strike the US coastline, killing approximately 50 to 100 people anywhere from Texas to Maine. Of these, two are typically "major" or "intense" hurricanes (a category 3 or higher storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale). What is a Hurricane? A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone, which is a generic term for a low pressure system that generally forms in the tropics. The cyclone is accompanied by thunderstorms and, in the Northern Hemisphere, a counterclockwise circulation of winds near the earth's surface. Tropical cyclones are classified as follows: Tropical Depression An organized system of clouds and thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum

* Sustained winds

sustained winds* of 38 mph (33 kt**) or less

A 1-minute average wind measured

Tropical Storm An organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 39-73 mph (34-63 kt)

at about 33 ft (10 meters) above the surface. ** 1 knot = 1 nautical mile per hour or 1.15 statute miles per hour.

Hurricane An intense tropical weather system of strong thunderstorms with a well-defined surface circulation and

Abbreviated as "kt".

maximum sustained winds of 74 mph (64 kt) or higher Hurricanes are categorized according to the strength of their winds using the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. A Category 1 storm has the lowest wind speeds, while a Category 5 hurricane has the strongest. These are relative terms, because lower category storms can sometimes inflict greater damage than higher category storms, depending on where they strike and the particular hazards they bring. In fact, tropical storms can also produce significant damage and loss of life, mainly due to flooding. Hurricane Names When the winds from these storms reach 39 mph (34 kts), the cyclones are given names. Years ago, an international committee developed names for Atlantic cyclones (The History of Naming Hurricanes). In 1979 a six year rotating list of Atlantic storm names was adopted — alternating between male and female hurricane names. Storm names are used to facilitate geographic referencing, for warning services, for legal issues, and to reduce confusion when two or more tropical cyclones occur at the same time. Through a vote of the World Meteorological Organization Region IV Subcommittee, Atlantic cyclone names are retired usually when hurricanes result in substantial damage or death or for other special circumstances.

Basic Hurricane Safety Actions Know if you live in an evacuation area. Know your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind. Have a written plan based on this knowledge. At the beginning of hurricane season (June 1st), check your supplies, replace batteries and use food stocks on a rotating basis. During hurricane season, monitor the tropics. Monitor NOAA Weather Radio. If a storm threatens, heed the advice from local authorities. Evacuate if ordered. Execute your family plan.


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Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.

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Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days

Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane haz-

— non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices

ard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home but within

— foods for infants or the elderly

your community.

— snack foods — non-electric can opener

Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet. These should be measured in tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles. Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact.

— cooking tools / fuel — paper plates / plastic utensils Blankets / Pillows, etc. Clothing - seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes

Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate. Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911. Check your insurance coverage - flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance. Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit.

First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs Special Items - for babies and the elderly Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes Flashlight / Batteries Radio - Battery operated and NOAA weather radio Telephones - Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set

Use a NOAA weather radio. Remember to replace its battery every 6 months, as you do with your smoke detectors.

Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods

Take First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.

Keys Toys, Books and Games Important documents - in a waterproof container or

RETROFITTING YOUR HOME The most important precaution you can take to reduce damage to your home and property is to protect the areas where wind can enter. According to recent wind tech-

watertight resealable plastic bag — insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.

nology research, it's important to strengthen the exterior of your house so wind and

Tools - keep a set with you during the storm

debris do not tear large openings in it. You can do this by protecting and reinforcing

Vehicle fuel tanks filled

these five critical areas: ROOF | STRAPS | SHUTTERS | DOORS | GARAGE DOORS

Pet care items — proper identification / immunization records / medi-

A great time to start securing - or retrofitting - your house is when you are making other im-

cations

provements or adding an addition. Remember: building codes reflect the lessons experts have

— ample supply of food and water

learned from past catastrophes. Contact the local building code official to find out what require-

— a carrier or cage

ments are necessary for your home improvement projects.

FLOOD INSURANCE The National Flood Insurance Program, is a pre-disaster flood mitigation and insurance protection program designed to reduce the escalating cost of disasters. The National Flood Insurance Program makes federally backed flood insurance available to residents and business owners Flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance. Do not make assumptions. Check your policy.


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Develop a family hurricane preparedness plan before an actual storm threatens your area. If your family hurricane preparedness plan includes evacuation to a safer location for any of the reasons specified with in this web site, then it is important to consider the following points: If ordered to evacuate, do not wait or delay your departure. If possible, leave before local officials issue an evacuation order for your area. Even a slight delay in starting your evacuation will result in significantly longer travel times as traffic congestion worsens. Select an evacuation destination that is nearest to your home, preferably in the same county, or at least minimize the distan ce over which you must travel in order to reach your intended shelter location. In choosing your destination, keep in mind that the hotels and other sheltering options in most inland metropolitan areas are likely to be filled very quickly in a large, multi-county hurricane evacuation event. If you decide to evacuate to another county or region, be prepared to wait in traffic. The large number of people in this state who must evacuate during a hurricane will probably cause massive delays and major congestion along most designated evacuation routes; the larger the storm, the greater the probability of traffic jams and extended travel times. If possible, make arrangements to stay with the friend or relative who resides closest to your home and who will not have to evacuate. Discuss with your intended host the details of your family evacuation plan well before the beginning of the hurricane season. If a hotel or motel is your final intended destination during an evacuation, make reservations before you leave. Most hotel and motels will fill quickly once evacuations begin. The longer you wait to make reservations, even if an official evacuation order has not been issued for your area or county, the less likely you are to find hotel/motel room vacancies, especially along interstate highways and in major metropolitan areas. If you are unable to stay with friends or family and no hotels/motels rooms are available, then as a last resort go to a shelter. Remember, shelters are not designed for comfort and do not usually accept pets. Bring your disaster supply kit with you to the shelter. Find Pet-Friendly hotels and motels.

Contact your veterinarian or local humane society for information on preparing your pets for an emergency. BEFORE THE DISASTER Make sure that your pets are current on their vaccinations. Pet shelters may require proof of vaccines. Have a current photograph . Keep a collar with identification on your pet and have a leash on hand to control your pet. Have a properly-sized pet carrier for each animal carriers should be large enough for the animal to stand and turn around. Plan your evacuation strategy and don't forget your pet! Specialized pet shelters, animal control shelters, veterinary clinics and friends and relatives out of harm's way are ALL potential refuges for your pet during a disaster. If you plan to shelter your pet - work it into your evacuation route planning. DURING THE DISASTER Animals brought to a pet shelter are required to have: Proper identification collar and rabies tag, proper identification on all belongings, a carrier or cage, a leash, an ample supply of food, water and food bowls, any necessary medications, specific care instructions and news papers or trash bags for clean-up. Bring pets indoor well in advance of a storm - reassure them and remain calm. Pet shelters will be filled on first come, first served basis. Call ahead and determine availability.

AFTER THE DISASTER Walk pets on a leash until they become re-oriented to their home - often familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and pets could easily be confused and become lost. Also, downed power lines, reptiles brought in with high water and debris can all pose a threat for animals after a disaster. If pets cannot be found after a disaster, contact the local animal control office to find out where lost animals can be recovered. Bring along a picture of your pet if possible. After a disaster animals can become aggressive or defensive - monitor their behavior. Don't forget your pet when preparing a family disaster plan. PET DISASTER SUPPLY KIT • Proper identification including immunization records • Ample supply of food and water • A carrier or cage • Medications • Muzzle, collar and leash


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The Low Down on Licensing and Permits by Wally Conway, Host of The Home and Garden Show, Saturdays 7 to 9 AM on WOKV AM690 and 106.5 FM, and President of HomePro Inspections 904-268-8211 WOKV AM690 and 106.5 Would you ever consider having a broken arm repaired with duct tape? Of course not! And no Doctor would even think that duct tape was a reasonable remedy for a broken leg. Your doctor completed years of training, testing and experience that was required by the State of Florida to become licensed to practice medicine. You would not argue that repairs as well as upgrades to your body deserve and requires the services of a professional medical person, properly licensed by the State. Why then, when it comes to repairs and upgrades to your homes, is it that people often refer, seek, and hire unlicensed contractors? Florida licensed contractors have proven to the State that they have the education, insurance and qualifications required to earn their licens e. For instance, they’ve had a criminal background check. Unlicensed persons often disappear after taking your money, and the department cannot discipline an unlicensed person, help get your money back, or require the person to finish or improve the work done. Why? Unlicensed persons are considered criminals! Scams in the construction industry, especially home improvement, are sadly widespread. Con artists pose as contractors and often target vulnerable people and take advantage of homeowner’s need for urgent property damage repair. Unlicensed contractors typically do poor quality work or do not finish the project, leaving the homeowner on the hook to repair or finish the project. When you have a dispute with a licensed contractor, you call the department, which has the authority to discipline and even revoke the license. This gives the licensee more incentive to play fair. However, this type of action is not available against unlicensed contractors and homeowners often find the only answer is an expensive, and generally futile, civil suit. What’s worse, you can even end up liable for personal or financial injuries to others! An unlicensed contractor is typically uninsured and will have no way to pay you back for any property damage. In addition, most homeowner policies require that work must be done by a licensed contractor and provide no coverage for work that is not done by licensed tradespeople. Most projects, even small ones, require permits and inspections that unlicensed contractors ignore or are unfamiliar with. If your project isn't permitted or doesn’t comply with the building code, you may have to remove or repair the work at your own expense and be subject to fines by local govern ment. You may also be subject to liens placed on your property by subcontractors or supplies. So, according to Florida Statue, what is a contractor? A Contractor is “someone who demolishes, subtracts from, builds or imp roves any building or structure for compensation.” Examples of compensation are cash, goods, services, etc. Essentially, if you pay someone to construct a building or a structure, make structural alterations to load bearing walls, or perform services such as plumbing or air conditioning work, that person has to have a state-issued contractors’ license. So what is a “handyman” or “jack of all trades”? Truth be told, they do not exist, or at least they don’t according to the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board. What about a person who claims to hold an “occupational license”. Again, no such thing! Next time someone claims they have one, ask to see it! I’ll bet that piece of paper doesn’t say “Occupational License”… Here’s a short list of items that generally require a contractor’s license when an installation or repair is made: Garage door

Room additions

Duct cleaning

Windows

Exterior doors

Electrical work

Alarm systems

Gas appliances

Heating/Air

Plumbing

Roof repair

Swimming pools

And don’t forget about your permit! While the State of Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board issues contractor licen ses, it is the individual municipality that issues construction permits. Here’s another reason to ensure you only hire properly licensed people, permits can only be issued to properly licensed people! Another protection for you. An exception to the permit rule is that a homeowner doing work on their homesteaded property can be issued a permit. Remember, a licensed contractor would never ask you to pull the permit for work on your own home. It is against the law! For your own protection, it is imperative that you verify the license status of the person or company that you are considerin g before hiring them. Likewise, you should ensure that proper permits are issued, required city inspections are completed, and the permit is finalized. You can do both these things as well as gather additional information on the subject at www.GoHomePro.com

HomePro Inspections is your best source for agent liability reduction and client peace of mind! Your client’s one stop for: Environmental Testing (mold, radon, water, lead paint, meth lab); Wind Mitigation Evaluations, Chinese Drywall Assessments, Insurance Inspections, Energy Audits, Home Inspections, Termite Reports, Construction Consultations, Infrared Moisture Instruction Investigations, and More! 904-268-8211 GoHomePro.com

HomePro Inspections is your go-to source for agent liability reduction and customer peace of mind! Infrared technology separates the professionals from the pretenders in the home inspection industry, and only HomePro utilizes infrared technology on every exclusive 5 Star Inspection™ Package. Call for your 5 Star Inspection today – 904-268-8211.Have Wally Conway speak at your office or for your favorite group! Wally is a speaker, writer, FREC instructor, host of HGTV’s “House Detective”, host of DIY Network’s “Finders Fixers”, and host of The Home and Garden radio show on WOKV AM 690 and 106.5 FM. And don’t forget to pick up Wally’s book, “Secrets of the Happy Home Inspector”, available at GoHomePro.com or Amazon.com. Book Wally for your next speaking event today!


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APRIL STATISTICS Monthly Statistics Report St Augustine & St Johns County Compiled on May 1, 2013 Change From

Apr-13

4/1-31/2013 4/1-30/2012

Apr-12

2013 YTD

2012-13 YTD

2012 YTD

Residential New Listings

377

324

16.35%

1,518

1,480

2.56%

Sold Listings

236

251

-5.97%

868

817

6.24%

$49,590,501.00

$54,106,060.00

-8.34%

$175,533,312.00

$153,682,625.00

14.21%

$210,129.24

$215,561.99

-2.52%

$202,227.32

$188,106.03

7.50%

158

161

-1.80%

150

167

-10.20%

New Listings

85

65

30.76%

349

289

20.76%

Sold Listings

31

22

40.90%

100

85

17.64%

$3,034,400.00

$2,111,050.00

43.73%

$10,217,650.00

$7,035,550.00

45.22%

$97,883.87

$95,956.82

2.00%

$102,176.50

$82,771.18

23.44%

254

367

-30.65%

359

318

12.67%

New Listings

20

6

233.33%

64

48

33.33%

Sold Listings

3

2

50%

6

8

-25%

Vol. Sold Listings

$909,800.00

$400,000.00

127.45%

$1,754,800.00

$2,080,550.00

-15.65%

Avg. Sell Price

$303,266.67

$200,000.00

51.63%

$292,466.67

$260,068.75

12.45%

146

375

-60.97%

196

308

-36.39%

New Listings

6

8

-25%

21

18

16.66%

Sold Listings

2

1

100%

10

9

11.11%

Vol. Sold Listings Avg. Sell Price Avg. Day on Market

Lots and Land

Vol. Sold Listings Avg. Sell Price Avg. Day on Market

Commercial/Industrial

Avg. Day on Market

Multi-Family

Pending Listings

3

0

N/A

8

5

60%

$116,500.00

$250,000.00

-53.40%

$221,790.00

$158,211.11

40.18%

117

454

-74.33%

182

284

-36.00%

New Listings

488

403

21.09%

1952

1835

6.38%

Sold Listings

272

276

-1.44%

984

919

7.07%

Pending Listings

209

197

6.09%

730

677

7.82%

$197,675.37

$206,040.25

-4.05%

$192,808.60

$178,697.09

7.89%

169

180

-6.32%

172

183

-6.32%

Avg. Sell Price Avg. Day on Market

Total

Avg. Sell Price Avg. Day on Market

Search Criteria Date Start: Date End:

4/1/2013 4/30/2013

All Information Deemed Reliable But Not Guaranteed


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EDUCATION COMMITTEE

9:00AM

RPAC COMMITTEE

12:00PM

7th

FR/BAR-1 3CE

9:00AM

12th

AFFILIATE COMMITTEE

9:00AM

TRAIN THE TRAINER

1-4:00PM

COMMERCIAL COMMITTEE

8:30AM

COMMERCIAL COMMITTEE

9:30AM

13th

1789 Lakeside Avenue St. Augustine, FL. 32084

14th

JUNE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP PANCAKE BREAKFAST

8:30AM

Phone: 904-829-8738

18th

FINANCE COMMITTEE

12:00PM

MLS TRAINING

1:00PM

PUBLIC RELATIONS

9:00AM

MLS BOARD MEETING

12:00PM

WEBSITE WEDNESDAY

2:00PM

20th

BOARD MEETING

12:00PM

21st

CODE OF ETHICS 3CE

9:00AM

25th

INNOVIA 2

1:30PM

27th

DISTRICT 1 CONFERENCE

10:00AM

Fax: 904-823-9512

B O A R D

19th

W E B S I T E :

S T J O H N S R E A L T O R S . C O M

CONTACT INFORMATION

Board Office Staff Victor J. Raymos, RCE ae@stjohnsrealtors.org Association Executive Professional Standards Sharon Lainhart member@stjohnsrealtors.org Membership and Finance Lise Hays education@stjohnsrealtors.org MLS/Education /SUPRA/ Newsletter/Website/ Membership Linda McNett staff@stjohnsrealtors.org Membership/Website/SUPRA /Committee Support/Education Just like the Board of REALTORS® is your Board, this is YOUR newsletter! We can’t do this without you!

IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION

FloridaRealtors– www.floridarealtors.org Tech Hotline— 407-587-1450 Legal Hotline— 407-438-1409 FR Event Registration— 800-669-4327 FR Orlando—407-438-1400 FR Tallahassee—850-224-1400 RPAC—850-224-1400 support@floridarealtors.org

National Association of REALTORS— www.realtor.org 1-800-874-6500 NAR Member Benefits Program— 800-NAR-5233 www.REALTOR.org/RealtorBenefits

REALTOR.COM— 800-878-4166 INNOVIA (MLS) Support— 800-334-0831 FORMSimplicity— 407-587-1450 SUPRA Support—877-699-6787

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