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Congrats to all our Vero Beach Agents on an outstanding 1st quarter of 2018! 2018-1st-qtr... Read More

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Congrats to our 2017 Top Producers!

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty’s Vero Beach Office Welcomes Chalmers Morse

chalmersmorse3465October 5, 2017 (Vero Beach, FL) – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty is proud to introduce Chalmers Morse as a new Sales Professional to our Vero Beach Branch Sales Office. He comes to us with years of impressive experience in real estate, as well as hotel management and extensive work with the Humane Society. Chalmers has been a member of an array of professional affiliations, ranging from the National Association of Realtors and Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association to sitting on the Board of Directors at FAAWO (Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations) and serving as President to the Snowman Lodging Association.

“We're excited to have Chalmers join the team as he brings extensive real estate and professional experience with a friendly and caring personality,” remarked Carol Prezioso, Managing Broker, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty ~ Vero Beach.

One of the most intriguing facts about Chalmers is that he coordinated visitations for Presidents Carter, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush, along with First Ladies Ford, Carter and Reagan when he was in the hotel business. Chalmers has been involved in numerous community organizations, including Anderson Ranch Art Center, the Episcopal Church, the Aspen School for the Deaf, and the Mayor’s Advisory on Child Care in Aspen, Colorado. While... Read More

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Congrats to our August Top Producers!

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BHHS FLORIDA REALTY ANNOUNCES ITS SECOND QUARTER TOP PRODUCING ASSOCIATES

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty in Vero Beach, formerly Norris & Company Real Estate located at 3377 Ocean Drive, recently announced the names of its top-producing sales associates for the second quarter of 2016.

“We are proud to recognize our top performing associates for their outstanding production and dedication to their clients in the second quarter of 2016, and are very fortunate to have them as part of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty family,” said Carol Prezioso, managing broker of the Vero Beach sales office.

The top producers for the second quarter of 2016 include the following:

Debbie Bell was named Top Producing Agent, and the Team of Dan Downey and Anne Wallace were recognized as the Top Producing Team. Other Top Producers are Bob Faller, the Sand & Land Team (which includes Beth Livers, Ashley Harris and Maria Caldarone), Peggy Hewett, Chip Landers, Marshall Carlton, Christine Barry, the Team of Jane Schwiering and Lucy Hendricks, Gretchen Hanson, the Team of Gena Grove and Andrew Harper, Steve Owen, Cheryl Burge and Mark Seeberg.

Congratulations to all of our Top Producers!

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In a Seller’s Market: Is it Time to Downsize?

20160517-KCM-ShareA study by Edelman Berland reveals that 33% of homeowners who are contemplating selling their house in the near future are planning to scale down. Let’s look at a few reasons why this might make sense for many homeowners, as the majority of the country is currently experiencing a seller’s market.

In a recent blog, Dave Ramsey, the financial guru, highlighted the advantages of selling your current house and downsizing into a smaller home that better serves your current needs. Ramsey explains three potential financial advantages to downsizing:

A smaller home means less space, but it also means less time, stress and money spent on upkeep. Let’s assume you save $500 a month on your mortgage payment. In 30 years, you could have an additional $1–1.6 million in the bank to get you through your golden years. Use the proceeds from selling your current home to pay cash for a smaller one. Just imagine what you could do with no mortgage holding you down! If you can’t pay cash, aim for a 15-year fixed rate mortgage and put at least 10–20% down on your new home. Apply the $500 you saved from downsizing to your new monthly payment. At 3% interest, you could pay off a $200,000 mortgage in less... Read More

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TOP PRODUCING ASSOCIATES FOR JANUARY 2016

PJ Top Producer Ad_Jan 2016 Norris & Company Real Estate, now Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Realty, recently recognized their January 2016 Top Performing Associates.

Debbie Bell, Steve Owen, Peggy Hewett, Gretchen Hanson, Sue Yahraes, Jane Schwiering, Lucy Hendricks and Claudia Johnson attained the highest dollar volume of closed sales for the month.

The highest dollar volume of new listings was achieved by Beth Livers’ Sand & Land Team, Lucy Hendricks, Jane Schwiering, the Team of Gena Grove and Andrew Harper, Steve Owen, Debbie Bell, Chip Landers and Gretchen Hanson.

Congratulations to all of our Top Producers!

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty has over 39 offices and more than 1,750 sales professionals serving 18 counties throughout Florida. The full-service brokerage, founded in 1999, is a wholly owned subsidiary of WCI Communities, Inc. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty is ranked fifth in the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network and is the overall No. 1 fundraiser for The Sunshine Kids Foundation, having generated more than $3.1 million. Their Ocean Drive location is open daily or you may view available properties anytime at www.BHHSFloridaRealty.com or www.norrisandcompany.com or call 772-231-1270 for more information.

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Real Estate Investing – Single Family Home vs. Condo

real-estate-investing-12-1If you’re considering getting into the landlord game, you might wonder whether it’s best to buy a single family home or a condominium. Many people believe it best to stay away from condominiums because of all the issues with homeowners associations, and they have a point. However, single family homes have many issues, too, so don’t make up your mind so quickly. Consider these things:

Investment returns When you’re buying an investment property, the first thing you should do is pencil out your real estate deal to see if it has fair cash-on-cash investment returns. As a general rule, you’ll find that single family homes typically have lower cash-on-cash returns than condominium properties. So a fair deal on a single family home might be a cash-on-cash return of 3 to 5 percent, while a condominium might have 4 to 7% returns. The condominium will probably take this round, but every property is different, so you need to pencil out your specific deal to understand the returns.

Tenant turnover Every time your tenants leave, you’ll need to re-rent the property. And it’s a lot of work! You have to advertise, take calls and emails, show the property, draft a lease, do a credit check, move the old tenant out,... Read More

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Top Producing Associates for October 2015

Norris & Company Real Estate recently recognized their October 2015 Top Performing Associates. Lucy Hendricks, Debbie Bell, the team of Gena Grove and Andrew Harper, Joe and Nancy Jones, Lee Moore and Beth Livers’ Sand and Land team attained the highest dollar volume of closed sales for the month. The highest dollar volume of new listings was achieved by Chip Landers, Debbie Bell, Mark Seeberg, Anne Wallace, Jane Schwiering, Beth Livers’ Sand and Land team and Bob Faller. Congratulations to all of our Top Producers! ... Read More

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Understanding Real Estate Designations

imagesNorris & Company brokers and associates remain in a constant state of learning to bring innovation and fresh solutions to every real estate transaction. Those letters that frequently appear after a Realtor’s name mean that he or she has invested the time, energy and financial resources to offer clients an advanced level of knowledge and skills. The designations represent specialized training in a specific aspect of the industry or in marketing luxury properties.

So what do the designation letters represent? Here is a descriptive list offered by the National Association of Realtors and its affiliates:

ABR® – Accredited Buyer’s Representative

An ABR designated agent focuses on working directly with buyer-clients at every stage of the home-buying process. They are trained to thoroughly represent buyer-clients in real estate transactions and provide the quality of service and degree of fiduciary responsibility that sellers have customarily received.

ALHS -- Accredited Luxury Home Specialist

ALHS agents are members of an elite group of exceptional and dedicated real estate professionals. As a testimony to their commitment, these high caliber agents subscribe to The Luxury Home Council's strict guidelines that demonstrate the agent's expertise in this highly demanding segment of the real estate marketplace.

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