Helping Hand: iVenture Supports Davidson Cares Clay Day

September 23, 2022

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From the inception of Davidson Cares Clay Day, countless people have come together with the common desire to give back to the Northeast Florida community. Many of those who support the event are friends of the Davidson Companies. iVenture is just one of those business relationships that have continuously joined the efforts to support Davidson Cares. 

 

iVenture has been a long-time sponsor for Clay Day. This year, Davidson Cares is proud to have iVenture sponsor at the highest level as a title sponsor. 

 

“iVenture is happy to have an opportunity to give back to the Davidson family in an extraordinarily meaningful way. Supporting Clay Day brings a tremendous sense of pride to our organization,” shares Gray Mabry, Chief Executive Office of iVenture. “Our teams look forward to the comradery and contribution to something greater. iVenture is very much a behind-the-desk business, so having the chance to spend time with our team and friends participating in a fun activity for a great cause is incredibly exciting.”

 

“For more than fifteen years, iVenture has been providing IT support for the Davidson Companies. They are an amazing organization and we are comforted knowing they always respond quickly and professionally. They patiently took the time to learn about our business and adapted over the years as our business needs have changed,” shares Sherry Davidson, President of Davidson Realty. “The relationship between the Davidson Companies and iVenture is built on mutual respect. We are proud to have their support.”

 

Since 2006, Davidson Cares Clay Day has raised more than $330,000 to support local charities in need thanks to generous sponsors like iVenture. To learn more about iVenture, visit their website at www.iventuresolutions.com

 

Davidson Cares Clay Day

 

The 7th Annual Davidson Cares Clay Day will be held on October 20, 2022, at Jacksonville Clay Target Sports. Davidson Cares Clay Day includes two-sport shooting events, beginner skeet and sporting clay. Individuals and teams from beginner to expert levels participate.  

 

In association with the event, there is a raffle contest. Prizes include a 65-quart YETI cooler with 13 full-size liquors and a 12-Gauge Beretta A400 XCEL Sporting shotgun. 

 

Money raised from the event and raffles will go directly to Builders Care, St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS), Investing in Kids (INK!), Port in the Storm Homeless Youth Center, and Hope is Restored.

 

Please help us support these organizations that are so important to our community by visiting DavidsonCares.com.

Congratulations to all our Top Producers for August!

September 22, 2022

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Davidson Realty is proud to announce our top real estate agents for August.  Read on as our best for August share their professional insights on some of the most sought-after questions in our local Northeast Florida market right now.

 

 

 

Our Top Producer for July is Margherite Myers with $1.2 million in closings.  Q&A with Margherite:

 

 

 

 

Q – What is the best advice you can give for someone moving from out of state?

Margherite – Since I have done this 6 times personally there are many things to consider.   First – Schools, even if you do not have children, top rated schools bring better resales with the home you are about to purchase.   Price is a big consideration.  Proximity to shopping and hospitals is also a consideration.  I personally drive through areas at all times of the day to see which communities I am comfortable in.  I am patient so if you are interested in purchasing here in NE Florida I am here to assist.

 

 

 

 

Our Top Listing and Overall Sales Agent is Mirtha Barzaga with over $1.2 million in overall sales. Q&A Mirtha:

 

 

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Enriching the First Coast: Davidson Cares Clay Day Supports Five Local Organizations

September 21, 2022

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As the 7th annual Davidson Cares Clay Day draws near, anticipation is growing to raise money to support five Northeast Florida organizations that enrich the lives of children and families. “The Davidson Cares team and many supporters look forward to Clay Day all year! Even after seven years, the enthusiastic support from our participants for the youth-based organizations the event will benefit remains inspiring. We look forward to another successful event,” shares Davidson Realty President, Sherry Davidson. The funds raised at Clay Day will be distributed to five local organizations in Northeast Florida: St. Augustine Youth Services, Investing in Kids!, Builders Care, Port in the Storm Homeless Youth Center, and Hope Restored. 

 

St. Augustine Youth Services

St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS) is a non-profit organization that has been serving children in its residential programs for boys since 1989. Over the past thirty years, SAYS has provided treatment to thousands of children who have suffered abuse or neglect in St. Johns, Flagler, Volusia, and Putnam counties. “Our relationship with SAYS started when my daughter visited the campus and met a six-year-old boy who told her how safe he felt at the group home. It broke our hearts. We then learned that this boy would age out of the program at eighteen and, although they may still be in high school, are not prepared to live independently,” shares Davidson. “The funds raised by Davidson Cares will help build a permanent large pavilion where these young boys can gather for birthdays, cookouts, graduations, and other celebrations.” 

 

 

Investing in Kids! 

Investing in Kids! (INK!) helps fund efforts to directly benefit both educators and students in the St. Johns County School District. Established in 1994, INK! is devoted to fostering success for students and teachers through funding, initiatives, and inspiration. “Davidson Cares has always supported local schools, but after seeing the impact of the Five Learning Years (FLY) and Take Stock in Children programs, I joined the INK! Board of Directors,” shares Davidson.  Take Stock in Children is a statewide program that gives low-income, at-risk students the opportunity to escape the cycle of poverty by offering students college scholarships and mentoring. This year, Davidson Cares has donated three scholarships for youth in the Take Stock in Children program.  “The graduation rate for students in the Take Stock in Children program is nearly 100% and many are thriving in college. So many lives have been changed by these two programs,” continues Davidson.  

 

 

Builders Care

Builders Care is a faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality, affordable to no-cost construction services to those in need of critical home repairs. “When I was asked to join the Builders Care Board of Directors, which is the charitable arm of the Northeast Florida Builders Association, I was inspired by what this organization has accomplished for Jacksonville’s most needy families,” shares Davidson.  Since 2001, Builders Care has served more than six hundred families to total more than $6.5 million worth of construction work for those who otherwise couldn’t afford it. For many, Builders Care is the last hope to maintain quality of life in their home. “Builders donate material, time, and money to ensure people can remain in their homes with dignity. Davidson Cares is proud to support this incredible organization,” continues Davidson. 

 

 

Port in the Storm Homeless Youth Center

Port in the Storm Homeless Youth Center is a “port in the storm of life” for youth in St. Johns County who have fallen through the cracks. Port in the Storm is a safe place for youth to seek refuge as homeless or unaccompanied youth in crisis. Through the Positive Youth Development programming, caring adults provide stability, hope, and a path to a successful future. Port in the Storm currently provides 16 beds for youth needing a place to stay as well as drop-in resources on topics including life skills, job skills, and housing assistance. “Davidson Cares is excited to be contributing to the renovation of the shower area at the Port in the Storm facility which can be used by those staying overnight or hanging out during the day,” shares Davidson. 

 

 

Hope is Restored

Hope is Restored is committed to raising awareness, educating, rescuing, and restoring victims of modern-day slavery: human trafficking. Hope is Restored was established to deliver a message, and bring hope and restoration to those seeking freedom. “The reality of human trafficking in Northeast Florida is rattling, especially how easily young adults are being coerced. Davidson Cares will be supporting education in our schools and to other local organizations to spread awareness and help prevent this awful situation from happening,” shares Davidson. 

 

It is evident that these five organizations make an incredible impact on the First Coast community. Davidson Cares is proud to support their efforts and encourage the entire Northeast Florida community to join in their efforts by buying a raffle ticket or making a donation online, every dollar makes a difference. 

 

Northeast Florida Real Estate Market Update

September 16, 2022

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“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” Mark Twain

 

We continue to see a transition in our local housing market. The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors market review for August shows a slight decline in median prices and more time on the market to sell a home.

 

The median sales price of $358,740 is down 1.9% from last month’s price of $365,750. However, we are still up 18.4% over last year. Only 19.1% of properties closed over list price in August compared to 26.2% in July. The buyers have more options and more bargaining power as the market changes.

 

Moody’s Analytics Chief Economist, Mark Zandi predicts the interest rate increases will cause a housing correction, but not a crash. He said the fundamentals remain strong with vacancy rates at all-time lows, mortgage underwriting quality high and most loans are 30-year or 15-year fixed loans.

 

Closed sales in August of 2,522 were flat with closings in July of 2,517. We did see more buyers coming into the market with pending sales of 2,561 an increase of 7.6% over July’s 2,380.

 

Active inventory moved up slightly from 6,716 homes in July to 6,756 in August. We still have 2.7 months supply of inventory the same as July. Five to six months of inventory is a balanced market.

 

The median days on the market went from 24 days in July to 31 days in August. Sellers are having to adjust their mindset and price their home in line with current comparable sales. Many sellers don’t see this at first and must reduce their price to get showings and offers.

 

Many buyers are in a wait-and-see mode and may stay that way until after the mid-term elections, but supply is still very low and the market continues to adjust.

 

We have sold out the sporting clay teams for our Davidson Cares Clay Day on October 20th; however, you can still show your kindness to five local charities by purchasing a raffle ticket at DavidsonCares.com. We have our YETI cooler with adult beverages and a 12-gauge Beretta shotgun. Only 100 tickets are being sold for each. You do not have to be present to win when we draw at the shoot. Thank you to everyone who supports us every year!

 

Football is back and baseball is getting close to the playoffs. It is a great time of the year to live in northeast Florida. If we can assist you with any of your real estate needs, please let us know.

Davidson Realty Welcomes New Agents Sean Nolan and Chris Thompson to Team of Experts

September 8, 2022

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Davidson Realty is proud to welcome two new faces to its team of experts. “At Davidson Realty, putting people first is our top priority and we give our agents the tools to do just that! Our Northeast Florida real estate experts ensure each client gets a personalized experience from start to finish,” shares Davidson Realty President, Sherry Davidson. Davidson Realty is delighted to introduce two new members to the family!

 

 

Sean Nolan

Sean Nolan and his wife, Erin, relocated from Colorado to St. Augustine, Florida in 2017. Immediately upon their arrival, they fell in love with all the wonderful things Northeast Florida has to offer as it is truly a great place to live, work, and play. After twenty successful years in the restaurant and hospitality industry, Sean takes pride in his ability to provide memorable customer experiences. Sean’s professionalism and attention to detail are key qualities that matter in real estate. Whether you are searching for a rental, first home, dream home, or investment property, Sean promises dedication to your unique needs. As a proud member of the Davidson Realty family, Sean carries the values of hard work, integrity, and outstanding client service into everything he does. Sean welcomes the opportunity to partner with you through your real estate journey.

 

Chris Thompson

Originally from Long Island, New York, Chris Thompson, and his wife Jane, currently reside in World Golf Village. Chris is an active member of the St. Augustine community and sits on the board of a local charitable organization, is involved with his parish church, and is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoys golf, rollerblading, and is an avid hockey fan.

Chris has always believed that service to clients and customers is the cornerstone of successful business relationships. He feels this is especially true in real estate, where buyers and sellers make very emotional decisions and often look for guidance from a trusted advisor. “Buying and selling a home can be a very stressful undertaking, and being able to eliminate that stress and provide both parties with a happy result is what being a Realtor is all about,” shares Thompson.

 

If you are interested in a career in real estate with Davidson Realty, call us today at (904) 940-5000.

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