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Why the Pineapple?

 

For centuries the pineapple has been the symbol of welcome and hospitality all over the world. We see it used in family heirlooms, as needlepoint designs in fabric and carved in wooden columns and furnishings. Today we find the pineapple in brass door knockers, etched in glass, printed on welcome mats and in a variety of colorful table centerpieces. But how did the pineapple become this symbol of unbounding welcome?


The first account of the pineapple was given by Christopher Columbus and his men, after their second voyage, when landing on what is now known as Guadeloupe in the Caribbean islands. They brought the fruit back to Europe in 1493.


The shape and coarse, spiky surface caused the Spaniards to name it “pina”, after the pine cone. The English saw this resemblance also, hence our word “pineapple”. Known as “nana” to the Carib, the indigenous people of the Caribbean islands, the pineapple symbolized hospitality and was often carved into the columns at the entrance of a plantation.


In Europe, pineapples were a delicacy and became very fashionable in the second half of the eighteenth century. Gardeners asked very high prices due to the cost of growing them. They remained an expensive delicacy until... Read More

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2014 Website Quality Certification Awarded

Norris & Company Real Estate has once again earned the Website Quality Certification (WQC) from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® , a global network of 500+ real estate firms which presents the certification to member companies that demonstrate best practices in website design and Internet communications.


Norris & Company’s website, www.norrisandcompany.com, earned the certification after achieving high marks on a range of criteria, including usability and performance, design and content, interactivity, customer service and Internet lead management, search engine optimization and mobile. The website was evaluated by Virtual Results, LLC, a real estate internet and social marketing firm that was selected by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) to evaluate participating member websites for the program.


Created by LeadingRE in 2009 to recognize member websites that combine high standards for design, technology and service, the criteria for the WQC are updated annually to reflect the latest in internet marketing strategies. The WQC is an optional program available only to firms affiliated with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and requires re-certification every two years.

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The Cost of Waiting….

If you are trying to decide whether to buy now or wait a little longer, here is a graphic with data from the National Association of Realtors that might help in that decision.


 

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Kudos to our agents!

Recent client testimonials....


"Peggy Hewett was wonderful! She was always available and answered her phone. We didn't have to leave voicemails and wait hours for answers to our questions. She even went above and beyond by helping us reserve a storage unit here since we were out of town. Thank you!"   Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Genna


"The level of personal service that Lucy Hendricks provided during a difficult sales process was unprecedented. Lucy worked very hard and showed the house 50+ times before we got an offer.  A first class Realtor and a first class person."   Mr. Allan J. Klotsche, Jr.


"Bob Faller is a true professional with a great knowledge of the market. I appreciated his guidance throughout the sale of my home in Vero Beach"   Mr. Kevin Komisky

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Congratulations to October’s Top Agents!


Norris & Company Real Estate recently recognized their October 2013 Top Producing Associates.



Debbie Bell, Jane Schwiering, Chip Landers, Beth Livers, Bob Faller and Brenda Dwight attained the highest dollar volume of closed sales for the month.


The highest dollar volume of new listings was achieved by Debbie Bell, Chip Landers, Frannie Atchison, Steve Owen and Lucy Hendricks.

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Norris & Company Hosting Samaritan Center Soup Bowl

Please stop by Norris & Company at 3377 Ocean Drive and enjoy a bowl of gourmet soup as we proudly host the Samaritan Center's 21st Annual Soup Bowl. Proceeds benefit the programs and services for the homeless. Bowl of soup - $5.

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September Top Producers Announced

Norris & Company Real Estate recently recognized their September 2013 Top Performing Associates.


Peggy Hewett, Debbie Bell, Jane Schwiering, Mark Seeberg and Brenda Dwight attained the highest dollar volume of closed sales for the month.


The highest dollar volume of new listings was achieved by Sherry Brown, Lucy Hendricks, Debbie Bell, Beth Livers, Rosanne Roberson and Gretchen Hanson.

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Is Real Estate still a good Investment?

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July’s Top Agents Announced



Norris & Company Real Estate recently recognized their July Top Performing Associates.

Jane Schwiering, the team of Gena Grove & Andrew Harper, Beth Livers, Debbie Bell and Cheryl Burge attained the highest dollar volume of closed sales for the month.

The highest dollar volume of new listings was achieved by Debbie Bell, Lucy Hendricks, the team of Gena Grove & Andrew Harper, the team of Joe & Nancy Jones and Cheryl Sangbush.... Read More

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Should I Buy Now?

Still sitting on the fence?

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