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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!



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

9/13/2013 oh my...another article about St Augustine



We are being acknowledged monthly by some of the best magazines...here is a new articel today. 9/13/2013

8/31/2013 The Gentlemen of the Road concert in St Augustine

Many have asked what is happening with this event on 9/14 when Mumford and friends do a concert here for 25000 ticketed patrons of their art?  The city is preparing for 500,000 to come to the City of St Augustine in the hopes of catching a glimpse and to be able to hear at a small distance to our Frances Field.  The City has been planning for this with the help of the Tour promoter and preparing for the onsurge of the likes we have never seen in our small town.  The concert promoter brings in food vendors, both private and beyond. They come with some of their favorite bands to play in "secret" stages set up around the City from the field to the area of the Bayfront and Casa Monica hotel.  It will bascially be a 2 day event to begin on 9/13 with lots of surprises from the music world.

From my point of view:  I will do my best to be respectful, park on the island side of the Bridge of Lions and walk over to check it all out. I regret not buying tickets when the concert was first announced but I was working and they sold out in hours! There are no more tickets but it will be worth just taking in all the youth filled energy.  Note well: if you do not have a ticket or a special wristband you will not be able to walk near the field. As we get closer to the day, the City will post where the bus pick up lots will be as no cars will be able to enter the city area.

The "go to" website is www.thegentlemenoftheroad.com   and click on www.staugustine.com for daily updates.

Enjoy! I will and I hope you read about us.  What a way to kick off our 450th celebrations!



7/2/2013 Beautiful St. Augustine
Rates are rising and we have very few island listings in the medium range from $200 to 400,000.  It can be frustrating when one is listed because of the back to back showings and having to compete with at least 4 other offers right on the day of listing or within the first few days. And then there is the seller feeling that it is under valued, but truly buyers are very savvy these days. 96% of all buyers search the internet sites for property before they even call a Realtor. They learn their market before jumping and I certainly appreciate this but also warn many a buyer that the best source is not Trulia.com or Zillow.com for pricing a listing to purchase. They must depend strictly on printed information and non specific to added value such as proximity to the beach or the historic areas of town or the quality of construction or upgraded features such as AC systems or roofing material, etc. So it is best to hire an agent who will represent your interests...we are called Buyers agents or single agents. I am very proud to be a Realtor with Prudential Network Realty because we are single agents. Most other agents in town are Transaction brokers, they work for the transaction with no fiduciary relationship to either the buyers or sellers. That is the most important detail in a working with a Realtor. Write me for more info. or call any time! www.shelleysellsthebeach.com.
6/5/2013 It has been too long since I have blogged but...
The St Augustine real estate market is well and moving forward in a very positive way.  I knew in my heart that we would heal before most towns and areas of the country due to our very special attributes.On June 3, the USA Today posted an article which included St Augustine...so please click here if you wish to read more about 5 great places to retire.

12/5/2012 Health care reform and tax
Please read...there is far too much misleading info floating in the market place.
There is a misleading email circulating throughout the Country that claims there will be a new sales tax on home sales. I have received it from a few of our members recently.
NAR sent a news release out that was posted in the Florida Realtors Early bird yesterday. I thought Id share it just in case you didnt see it.

NAR addresses media misconceptions
WASHINGTON April 27, 2010 The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) wants to clarify a provision included in U.S. healthcare reform legislation that it says is being widely misinterpreted in print and online reports.
According to NAR, many Americans believe the bill demands a blanket 4 percent sales tax or transfer tax on residential property deals beginning on Jan. 1, 2013.
While the proposal does indeed seek a new Medicare tax of 3.8 percent for some high-income households that have "net investment income," NAR says, the levy applies only to single homeowners with more than $200,000 in Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) and married homeowners with AGI of $250,000 or more.
Moreover, NAR says that many media reports fail to consider that even with that threshold, existing real estate laws governing capital gains exclusions on the sale of a primary home remain in place. That means that the new Medicare tax would only apply to any profit from a home sale above and beyond the $250,000 capital gains exclusion for single taxpayers or the $500,000 exclusion for married filers and, even then, only if that gain pushes the filer's AGI over the $200,000 or $250,000 AGI limit. (http://www.appliancemagazine.com/news.php?article=1387714&zone=0&first=1<javascript:HandleLink('cpe_0_0','CPNEWWIN:NewWindow%5Etop=10,left=10,width=500,height=400,toolbar=1,location=1,directories=0,status=1,menubar=1,scrollbars=1,resizable=1@http://www.appliancemagazine.com/news.php?article=1387714&zone=0&first=1');>)
For more information on the new tax, visit NAR's website at: http://www.realtor.org/small_business_health_coverage.nsf/Pages/health_ref_faq_med_tax?OpenDocument<javascript:HandleLink('cpe_0_0','CPNEWWIN:NewWindow%5Etop=10,left=10,width=500,height=400,toolbar=1,location=1,directories=0,status=1,menubar=1,scrollbars=1,resizable=1@http://www.realtor.org/small_business_health_coverage.nsf/Pages/health_ref_faq_med_tax?OpenDocument');>
Source: Appliance (04/10)
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