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8/2/2014 Vimeo from St Augustine's 450th

St Augustine and St Johns County have a grant to promote our 450th.  A talented media/advertising group are designing videos which show off aspects of this gorgeous area.

I will post them as they are released.  Our 450th anniversary is in September 2015.  So I am sure that there will be many.

Click here for the latest one.

7/13/2014 Latest video for St Augustine's 450th

St Augustine will celebrate 450th anniversary in 2015.  Here is a new video produced to honor our history and this one celebrates and commemorates our Lincolnville neighborhood.  Click here.

6/25/2014 PBS to air 4 specials on St Augustine's history.

You will want to say in tune with a new St Augustine website, created by Renee Unsworth.  It is called Totally St. Augustine, click here to see site.

Renee has always been the "go to" person for events, classes, etc. in St Augustine, as she was the editor of the Compass.  The St Augustine Record's friday issue for weekly events.  Now, she has a free and simple site to search for things that you may like to do, or for parents interested in summer camps for children.  She will post the date and times for the upcoming PBS specials on the History of St Augustine,  click here to see a short introductory film.
It is all very exciting to live in amazing St Augustine.!!!  Love it here...20 years and counting.

6/10/2014 Slide show in HD of St Augustine

I saw this from our tourism board and thougt you would like to watch it.  The sound is fairly loud so you many wish to turn it down a bit.  The photos show off our beautiful and tranquil city quite well!  Enjoy!  

Click here.

We are now entering the warmer days of summer.  We have had a rainy and cool winter, but still I never needed more than a sweater.  The Spring was the best I have enjoyed in 20 years.  The weather until last week was in the 80's...who could ask for more!  And of course, the sun sets and sun rises are always over the top.  I see the sun rise at Mary Street ramp, just a few moments from my home on the river and the sun sets on the Matanzas river are just as awe struck every time I have the pleasure of being home at sunset!  I live in the perfect condo on the island!  

I hope you have a wonderful peace filled day!

Shelley

5/20/2014 Continuing Education

I love Florida Department of Business and Professional Development.  The DPBR keeps us on our toes with up to date requirements to keep our Real Estate Licenses.  Every 2 years, a Realtor has to take 14 hours of continuing Education.  Being a teacher in my other life, I love to learn new things, all kinds of things in life, especially how to be better at what I love to do. Well, this year, I chose several classes but my top favorite was First core requirement to get my Green Building certification.  I could type pages of what this 3 hour course taught me.  I watched all the videos attached as I read and tested, so the course took me 7 and 1/2 hours.  So, I decided that I will be adding Green info. on my site in the near future.  One bit of info. that I picked up was about sustainability or in other words, keeping our earth's resources and our use in balance...very important.  So, next time you or I decide to put new flooring in our homes or investment properties, think about your health and the health of the earth.  Bamboo flooring is non toxic and grows to maturity in 3 to 5 years, much kinder choice than demolishing our rain forests for pretty wood floors.  I purchased Brazilian cherry floors 5 years ago and if I could undo my involvement in that destruction, I would.  But as in life, we should take heed and learn from our mistakes. GO bamboo!!!

3/29/2014 Proud to be Berkshire Hathaway Realtor

Please see this attached video.  It is the owner of our company, BHHS Florida Network Realty's Linda Sherrer, speaking about our change from Prudential to BHHS.

This is the link!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUnhmoBFtw0&list=UUZLunX9nn2AlmJJTLw4PN5g

 

I am enjoying the "change".

 

3/14/2014 Super wonderful news for Florida concerning flood insurance!

Realtors® Applaud Speedy Senate Action on Bipartisan Flood Insurance Affordability Bill

WASHINGTON (March 13, 2014) – The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Steve Brown:


“Realtors® applaud the U.S. Senate for passing the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, H.R. 3370, to curb flood insurance rate hikes for homes and commercial properties.
“We appreciate the Senate’s swift action on the legislation, which is a responsible and balanced solution to the skyrocketing flood insurance premiums affecting residential and commercial properties that were unintentionally triggered by the Biggert-Waters reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program.
“As the leading advocate for home and property owners, NAR applauds this bill for the relief and protection it will bring to businesses and families nationwide, who are experiencing financial hardship because of the extreme and sudden premium increases. We believe this legislation will bring relief to property owners by ensuring a slow and steady phase in of risk-based increases.
“Realtors® praise the Senate for their bipartisanship on this important issue and thank Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) for their leadership and advocacy for the bill. NAR urges President Obama to quickly sign the legislation into law.”
The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

3/6/2014 Historical writings

To begin with this month's newsletter, Historian Alison Simpson, will be writing about St Augustine.  I will post her writing for her first article below.  Enjoy!

The Mellon Estate.

I currently have the little cottage listed.  Click here.

Located in the community of Summer Haven, 9133 Mellon Court is an example of vernacular architecture dating to ​1924​. Summer Haven is 18 miles south of St. Augustine near the Matanzas Inlet; site of Menendez’s 1565 slaughter (matanzas) of 300 Frenchmen and St. Augustine’s back door waterway that was fortified as early as 1569 with a lookout tower. The Spanish called the area, el penon (the rock), and history of the area was primarily associated with that of Fort Matanzas, constructed 1740-43, though archaeological yields include prehistoric artifacts.(1) Summer Haven was developed by inland Floridians and wealthy northerners needing a beach escape beginning in the 1880s. The philanthropic Mellon family, of Pittsburgh, arrived in the early 20th century. Nearby #9133 is the Mellon estate once known as the Cove Tavern. Host to authors John Dos Passos, Robert Frost and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, the property harbored other notable visitors such as Ilya Tolstoy (grandson of author Leo Tolstoy) during his development of nearby Marine Studios Oceanarium, which opened in 1938. The Summer Haven community also included Gene Johnson whose home, though demolished in circa 1989, was renown for its oyster roasts and is even mentioned in Rawling’s Cross Creek Cookery (1942).(2) Oysterman Johnson is best known as a local chef, but he also worked as a skilled laborer and laid the base of oyster shells to stabilize Fort Matanzas in 1924. Forts Matanzas and Fort Marion (the Castillo) were added to the roster of National Monuments later that year.   ~Alison Simpson

1. www.drbronsontours.com 2. The Houses of St. Augustine by David Nolan, 1995.

 

1/14/2014 Warren Buffett on Real Estate

Warren Buffett on Real estate in America

I think quite highly of Warren Buffett and very proud that my company, Prudential Network Realty will become a Berkshire Hathaway company on 1/29/13.  This utube video speaks volumes on his perspective for the coming years on the upcoming real estate market!

1/8/2014 Where did 2013 go?

Honestly, is it my age of 60 or is my life flashing before me like no other years of my past?

I am blessed to have a wonderful family.  My adult children are in love and getting married in 2014 and 2015.  I am healthy.  I have a great career which I absolutely love and have for over 25 + years.  My life as a Realtor is never boring, always has a element of surprise and excitement to it.  I meet very interesting people and I make life long friends too!  I was able to send my children to great colleges.  I was able to be a great mom and caring ethicial Realtor when they were young and needed me most.  Not too many careers can offer all of this.

I am confident in saying that 2014 will be St Augustine's best year for selling real estate.  Our values have definitely stabilized and our supply is acutely low.  I am hopeful that I will have a lot of great listings this year and that my current listings will all sell for reasonable and at levels that makes both the buyers and my sellers happy!

I want to make my final note here in a big THANK YOU!

I am planning on having an exemplary real estate year for my clients and myself.

May God bless all who read this and me too

Happy new year

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