How to Do Florida!

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Our broker owners Jimmy Millhollin and Annette Gardinal work hard, but they also play hard.

The duo is still kayak fishing in their spare time and often head out early in the morning. Most recently, they’ve been exploring the Intracoastal Waterway south of Palm Coast in Edgewater.

Jimmy and Annette have recently been fishing in the pristine North Indian River which is on the Central East Coast and about an hour south of home. The water is brackish and part of the Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve where you can often see pods of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins looking for their dinner or playing in the current. It’s easy to launch their kayaks from Menard-May Park which is operated by the city of Edgewater.

Recently, they’ve caught trout, mangrove snappers, snook, redfish, and even a pufferfish. While fishing is a highlight, it’s fantastic to get out in the “real Florida” and enjoy stunning views over the marsh with numerous birds, fresh air, and sunshine. This is how to do Florida!

At RE/MAX Flagstaff, our dedicated REALTORS® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

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The Margarita Ball of Flagler County 2019

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Our REMAX Flagstaff Broker/Owners Jimmy M Millhollin and Annette Gardinal had the pleasure of helping organize The 3rd Annual Margarita Ball of Flagler County which was held at Channel Side in early November.

The Margarita Society was started in Dallas, Texas in 1977 and is dedicated to serving at-risk youth. The Margarita Society started in nearby Volusia County in 1988 and the Flagler County Margarita Club was started in 2017 with the help of Cindy and Jeff Evans.

Many thanks to all who helped make this event such a success!

Your generous donations of toys, bikes, art supplies, educational devices, and gift cards will be much appreciated by our Flagler County children in need.

The organizations receiving all of the bikes, toys, and games are Early Steps at Easterseals, Rymfire Elementary School Families, Wise Men Gift Extravaganza at Parkview Baptist Church, Family Life Center, Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia, Loads of Smiles, and FIT: Families in Transition.

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Washington Oaks Gardens State Park Always a Delight!

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Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is in northeastern Flagler County, almost to the St. Johns County line. The park preserves 425 acres of coastal scenery along State Road A1A and offers visitors a chance to see coastal scrublands with Sabal palmettos and saw palmettos and an ocean hammock filled with oak trees, magnolias, and hickory trees. 

Along the Matanzas River you’ll see tidal marshes along the Intracoastal Waterway and you can go fishing. 

Coquina rock outcroppings can be found along the beach and is composed of the mineral calcite, often including some phosphate, in the form of seashells or coral. It’s been used as a building material in nearby St. Augustine as early as 1598. 

Inside the expansive piece of property, visitors will find 20 acres of oak trees, roses, camellias, and azaleas as well as a natural artesian well and ponds. 

Wildlife can also be seen including sea turtles, Florida gopher tortoises, West Indian manatees, white-tailed deer, raccoons, bobcats, foxes, Virginia opossums, eastern gray squirrels, pileated woodpeckers, northern cardinals, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and Florida scrub jays.

Friends of Washington Oaks Gardens State Park offer a variety of programs including a First Friday Garden Walk with a park ranger, a Second Saturday Plant Sale with educational programs, Music in the Gardens, Earth Day, special holiday events and a gift shop. The park is also available for small weddings and other special events.

The park opens daily at 8:00 a.m. and admission is $5 per car and is located at 6400 N Ocean Shore Blvd, Palm Coast, FL 32137

https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/washington-oaks-gardens-state-park

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Cool Florida Springs!

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It’s no secret that RE/MAX Flagstaff’s Broker/Owners Jimmy Millhollin and Annette Gardinal love the great outdoors. There are so many choices of things to do in the Palm Coast area and then there are day trips!

Floridians throughout the ages have flocked to the cool springs in the heat of the summertime to keep cool and soak in the beauty of nature. The water is quite refreshing at 72 degrees year-round.

The award-winning blog, Authentic Florida has featured 15 of their favorite Florida springs, many of which are close enough for a day trip from Palm Coast. If you’d like to spend a night or two away from home, all of these springs can be enjoyed on a weekend or mid-week getaway.

A few local favorites are Ichetucknee Springs in Fort White just 2 hours and 15 minutes away. It’s a summertime tradition for many Floridians to go tubing down the river on floats that are rented near the entrance of this Florida State Park. https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/ichetucknee-springs-state-park

Blue Spring State Park in Orange City is closer at 1 hour and 15 minutes away from Palm Coast. Visitors enjoy swimming, boat rides, kayaking, and seeing manatee up close n the winter. https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/blue-spring-state-park

Juniper Springs Recreation Area in the Ocala National Forest is a little over an hour away and is a well known Florida favorite. The main swimming hole was built in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The Juniper Springs Run is an exceptional canoe and kayak trip. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/ocala/recarea/?recid=34064

Having so many springs to choose from is a perk of living in Florida. You could explore springs every weekend and not tire of the beauty of “old Florida.”

If you’d like to learn more, take a look at Authentic Florida’s blog at http://www.authenticflorida.com/articles/where-to-go/our-15-favorite-freshwater-florida-springs/

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Leatherback Sea Turtles

Sea turtle nesting season officially begins May 1st and runs through October 31st. But for the leatherback sea turtle nesting in Florida occurs from March through July and a female typically nests at intervals of two to three years, depositing multiple nests per season.

It's unusual for a sea turtle to lay eggs in broad daylight, but that's just what this leatherback turtle did at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area! The Friends of Gamble Rogers State Park shared this video of the turtle going back to sea and they also have an album of photos of the first leatherback nest of the season.

Video https://www.facebook.com/FROGRS/videos/845783229102146/

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Of the three species of sea turtles that nest in our area, leatherbacks are by far the least prevalent. In 2018, Flagler County had 6 leatherback nests, 314 loggerhead nests, and 14 green sea turtle nests.

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Leatherback sea turtles can be found primarily in the open ocean and survive on a diet mainly of jellyfish. They follow their prey throughout the day, resulting in turtles "preferring" deeper water in the daytime and shallower water at night when the jellyfish rise up.

Leatherback turtles are known to pursue prey deeper than 1000 m—beyond the physiological limits of all other diving tetrapods except for beaked whales and sperm whales. Not much is known about their lifespan. It’s estimated at anywhere between 30 and 100 years.

Mating takes place at sea. Males never leave the water once they enter it, unlike females, which nest on land.

The United States listed leatherbacks as an endangered species in 1970. Currently, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) lists the species as Vulnerable (VU) as it meets one of the 5 red list criteria and thus considered to be at high risk of unnatural (human-caused) extinction without further human intervention.

In Florida, it’s a 3rd degree felony to take, disturb, mutilate, destroy, cause to be destroyed, transfer, sell, offer to sell, molest, or harass any marine turtle species, or the eggs or nest of any marine turtle species.

If you come across a sea turtle that is stranded or dead; a hatchling that is wandering in a road, parking lot; or directions other than the water; or if you see someone disturbing a nest or turtle, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement at 1-888-404-FWCC or *FWC from your cell phone.

Drone video of leatherback going back to sea after nesting. https://youtu.be/1X9CP_rFZzI

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Bucket List- Check!

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Our RE/MAX Flagstaff brokers Jimmy Millhollin and Annette Gardinal have been living the Florida lifestyle and their most recent adventure involved ticking off one of their bucket list items!

 

Jimmy and Annette recently went down to Daytona International Speedway and had the chance to enjoy the the Ferrari Track Experience! 

 

It all started out innocently enough. The couple attended the Annual Flagler Chamber of Commerce Installation Gala at Hammock Beach Resort. Jimmy served as the board chair a couple of years ago and he’s always willing to lend a hand. He presided over the live auction at the event and when the Ferrari Track Experience was up for auction, Annette ended up buying it for him as an early birthday present! WOW! 

 

Daytona is just a 30 minute drive south from Palm Coast (unless you’re in a Ferrari). It didn’t take long for Jimmy to schedule his birthday present. Both Jimmy and Annette got to enjoy the ride around the track at 170 miles per hour! Just in case you were wondering how long it would take to get to Daytona from Palm Coast at that speed, it would take roughly 10 minutes, maybe less.

 

Jimmy loved the experience so much that he went back for seconds! Annette on the other hand said, “Thought my heart was going to explode. I was hanging on for dear life and couldn’t wait for it to be over. 170 mph is crazy fast around that track.”

 

We’re so fortunate to have just about anything we could want either in Palm Coast or a short and sensible drive away. What’s next for the courageous couple? Sky diving in Palatka? Deep sea fishing? Roller coasters in Orlando? Outer space from Cape Canaveral? Stay tuned!

 

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Family Fun During Nights Of Lights!

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When you live in Palm Coast, you’ll get plenty of guests during the holidays! Aside from family togetherness, the weather is mild, delightful, and even warm on many days. There’s never any snow to shovel and always something fun to do for everyone. 

 

If you’re looking for something very memorable to do, try an excursion to nearby historic St. Augustine for Nights of Lights, a display of more than three million sparkling lights. The lights adorn the Bridge of Lions, bed & breakfasts, historic buildings including the Lightner Museum, Flagler College, the Plaza de la Constitución, and on essentially each building in the historic district. National Geographic has recognized this 25-year-old tradition in its top ten list of the best places to see holiday lights. 

 

Take a reasonably priced trolley tour from Old Town Trolleys or Ripley’s Red Trains. Both of these companies offer excellent hop on/hop off tours during the day and during Nights of Lights their evening tours are a great time complete with Christmas carols and special glasses that add even more sparkle to the lights. 

 

Another great way to see the lights is by boat. St. Augustine Sailing offers charters for up to six people on their fleet of private sailboats. If you’ve got a large crowd, try a pontoon boat with Florida Water Tours. Of course, walking around downtown is lots of fun as well and there are many great places to listen to music, eat, drink, and enjoy memorable times with your family. 

 

Locals tip: Nights of Lights runs from the Saturday before Thanksgiving until February 3rd. During Christmas break it can get pretty crowded. Try a weekday or wait until after Christmas when it’s less crowded. 

 

Visit St. Augustine offers a complete guide to the festivities. 

 

https://www.visitstaugustine.com/topics/nights-lights

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The Margarita Ball of Flagler County 2018

RE/MAX Flagstaff’s Broker/Owners Jimmy Millhollin and Annette Gardinal had the distinct pleasure of serving on the Board of Directors of the 2nd Annual Margarita Ball in Flagler County.

 

The Margarita Society was started in Dallas, Texas in 1977 and was dedicated to serving at-risk youth. The Margarita Society started in nearby Volusia County in 1988 and the current Flagler County Margarita Club President Cindy Kiel Evans and her husband Jeff helped organize the Volusia club. The nonprofit organization has just recently has come to Flagler County. 

 

Under the direction of the nonprofit’s President Cindy Kiel Evans, the organization is partnering with the Flagler Christmas Network this year to donate the 430 toys collected at the event. The organizations receiving all of the bikes, toys, and games are Project Share, Rymfire Elementary School, Flagler County Schools, Wise Men Gift Extravaganza, Families in Transition Program, and the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler County.

 

The event was held in early November at the Palm Coast Community Center and the black-tie event was by invitation only.

 

To see more photos of the event click here.

 

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Shipwreck Discovery!

 

 

Archaeologists at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum had an exceptionally exciting week with the discovery of a 19th century ship that washed ashore in South Ponte Vedra Beach in St. Johns County, north of Flagler County. 

 

According to the Florida Times-Union, “The hull of ship, estimated to date from the late 1700s to the 1800s, was originally sheathed in copper, as evidenced by some copper tack heads that were still visible. Wooden pegs or nails, called trunnels, which were used to secure the hull to the wooden ribs, were also visible, as are Roman numerals carved on the ribs, said maritime historian Brendan Burke.”

 

The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum has a team of maritime archaeologists who are no stranger to fascinating finds. The Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) is dedicated to the investigation, interpretation and better understanding of the maritime history and archaeology of St. Augustine, the "First Coast" region of Florida, and beyond. 

 

A visit to the museum is a fun day trip and visitors can climb 219 steps up the historic lighthouse to see a breathtaking view of St. Augustine and the waters of the oldest continually occupied European port city in the continental United States.

 

For more information, go to http://www.staugustinelighthouse.org/index.htm

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Who was Gamble Rogers?

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Spring is a gorgeous time of the year in Flagler County and many people are eager to get out of doors and enjoy the days as they get longer and our beautiful beaches. Many people head over to Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach to enjoy the sand, surf, nature trails, fishing, and kayaking opportunities in the shady maritime hammock.

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Do you know who Gamble Rogers was?

Gamble Rogers was a talented folk musician and a staple and often the headliner at the Florida Folk Festival along the Suwannee River at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. The son and namesake of two prominent architects (his father and great uncle), Gamble chose to become a musician instead of following along in the family business.

He was often featured on public television and public radio in the 1980’s and was a self-described "modern troubadour.” He influenced many musicians including Jimmy Buffett who dedicated his album Fruitcakes to him writing how he "taught me how to move an audience with dialogue and delivery as much as with music".

Gamble Rogers died a hero in 1991 at the age of 54 when he drowned in an attempt to save the father of a young girl who was in trouble in the rough surf at Flagler Beach. In honor of his heroism, the Florida Legislature renamed the state park Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach. In 1998 he was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.

He’s been described by journalists as "An American treasure ... an awesome talent ... one-hundred percent enjoyable ... a rare and guaranteed treat ... worthy of inclusion in the Smithsonian."

In St. Augustine, there is a middle school, Gamble Rogers Middle School, named after him as well as the 23rd Annual Gamble Rogers Music Festival which takes place May 4th-6th at the Colonial Quarter. If you like acoustic Americana music, do not miss this festival.

http://www.gamblerogersfest.org

To learn more about this folk singer, story teller, and hear his music go to http://www.gamblerogers.org

At RE/MAX Flagstaff, our dedicated REALTORS® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

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A Pristine Nearby Park!

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If you’re looking to get out of the house and enjoy one of our beautiful winter days, we can certainly recommend heading just 50 minutes south to the Canaveral National Seashore just south of New Smyrna Beach. 

 

This unspoiled preserve offers visitors a chance to hike, boat, fish, canoe, kayak, birdwatch, and learn about history while experiencing 58,000 acres of barrier island, open lagoon, coastal hammock, pine flatwoods, and offshore waters. Primitive camping by permit is also available.

 

The park is home to the largest oyster mound in the mainland United States which is named Turtle Mound for its shape and is a prehistoric archaeological site and contains oyster shells and refuse from the prehistoric Timucuan people and dates back to 800 and 1400 CE. A boardwalk has been constructed above the mound and offers spectacular views. 

 

Sea turtles nest on the park’s seashore and more than 12,000 nests were created in 2017 with green turtles and loggerhead turtles creating the bulk of the nests, while leatherbacks created just 23 nests. 

 

A remarkable place with much to be discovered, if you enjoy nature you will enjoy our nearby Canaveral National Seashore. Note: definitely take mosquito repellant with deet, even in the winter. For full park info, go here: https://www.nps.gov/cana/index.htm

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Beaching It in Flagler County

 

 

Our 19 miles of beautiful beaches are the place to be this time of year! Flagler County’s beaches are made up of coquina and red sand and have plenty of room for tossing a frisbee, flying a kite, or wind surfing. A unique coastal community, Flagler Beach has one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, and recreational experiences. 

 

Waterfront homes in Flagler Beach are highly desirable and don’t last long when they come up for sale. Nearby Palm Coast offers access to numerous restaurants, shopping, and entertainment options. International  airports are not too far away. Even though living the Florida lifestyle is almost like being on vacation, you may wish to visit family, take an interesting vacation, or even a business trip. 

 

When people move to the beach they typically find their friends and relatives visiting on a regular basis. And, why not? Our beaches are fun for the entire family, pet-friendly, and great for surfing, swimming, and playing in the sand. Our Flagler Beach Pier is a great spot for fishing, dolphin spotting, and watching the July 4th fireworks! 

 

At REMAX Flagstaff, our dedicated REALTOR® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

 

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Experience the Coolest of Florida’s Natural Amenities, Florida’s Springs

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Florida summer weather extends into September, which gives folks extra time to enjoy the outdoors. Some of Florida’s prettiest places to enjoy summer and beat the heat are its freshwater springs. While Silver Springs State Park in Ocala often comes to mind first, there are two other springs located within 60 miles of Palm Coast, Salt Springs and Silver Glen Springs.

 

Salt Springs Recreation Area is part of the Ocala National Forest. The natural spring bubbles up from fissures, or cracks, in the ground, flowing for 5 miles and emptying into Lake George. Visitors can enjoy swimming, canoeing, and motor boating in the crystal-clear waters of Salt Springs.

 

Also part of the Ocala National Forest, Silver Glen Springs is a gorgeous spot just north of Astor that is both a recreation area and an important archaeological siteThis beautiful spot shows how we can enjoy the outdoors as well as preserve one of Florida’s most valuable natural resources. The spring basin flows gently down into the spring, making it ideal for swimming. Visitors can swim and snorkel in the clear waters that maintain a cool, constant 73*F. Canoe and kayak rentals are also available.

 

With such a short drive from Flagler County to Ocala, why not take a day trip to one of these recreational areas? For more locations and additional information about Florida’s natural springs, visit Florida’s Springs at http://www.floridasprings.org/

 

At RE/MAX Flagstaff, our dedicated REALTORS® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

 

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Strong March Home Sales, Low Inventory Means Tougher Market for Buyers, Easier for Sellers

 

As we spring into peak home-buying season home sale prices continue to rise, according to this month's RE/MAX National Housing Report. 

 

The inventory of homes available to buy dropped below 3 months for the first time in the history of the report, indicating a market that greatly favors sellers, as six months is considered a balanced market.

 

Buyers, this doesn't mean you can't find - and buy - your dream home. We’re still helping people get the right home at the right price - it just requires more creativity and tenacity.

 

Homes continued selling faster last month, with the average Days on Market dropping to 64, compared to 68 in February 2017 and 71 in March 2016. 

 

“We expect a seasonal uptick in sales this time of year and March certainly met and somewhat exceeded that expectation,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder. “We don’t anticipate the tightening inventory to ease up in most markets until new home construction can catch up to its pre-recession pace. Until then, sellers will enjoy a fast-paced market and buyers will need to work with their agents to get in the right home.” To read the April 2017 Housing Report in its entirety, click here.

 

At RE/MAX Flagstaff our dedicated REALTORS® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

 

 

 

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Lunch with "The Artistic Astronaut"

 

 

Have you ever had lunch with an astronaut? RE/MAX Flagstaff brokers Annette Gardinal and Jimmy Millhollin recently had the opportunity to meet and have lunch with Nicole Stott, a veteran astronaut, who was the keynote speaker at the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce Thrive Business Summit held at the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience. 

 

Nicole is a 27-year veteran astronaut with two NASA spaceflights and 104 days living and working in space on both the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station (ISS). She performed one spacewalk and was a member of the crew of the final flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery, STS-133. She is also a NASA Aquanaut and holds the Women's World Record for saturation diving following an 18-day mission on the Aquarius undersea habitat.

 

Seeing the Earth from space, Nicole had an epiphany. She vowed to dedicate the rest of her life to sharing the overwhelming beauty of our planet with others. She believes that doing so will help others appreciate and care for our home planet and each other.

 

The first astronaut to paint in space, Stott is now a full-time artist and SciArt Education Advocate, known as "The Artistic Astronaut." Through her work, she shares the awesome beauty and impressions she experienced through the windows of a spacecraft. An ongoing promoter of Art and Science, she works to generate widespread interest in the integration of these two important fields. 

 

Annette and Jimmy adventurous in their own right, were very impressed with Nicole’s service to our country, the space program, and dedication to the integration of art and science.

 

At RE/MAX Flagstaff our dedicated REALTORS® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

 

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The Interesting History of Mortgages

 

Mortgage rates have hit their record lows and even though they've risen slightly, it’s a great time to buy! First time homebuyer programs offer loans with down payments as low as 3% and millennials are buying homes!

 

Mortgage rates have not always been low, if you’re old enough to remember 1981 and the average rate of 17% for a 30 year fixed note!

 

Did you know that mortgages once were only written for three to five years and not amortized? In the 1920’s this was the reality of home buying and mortgages could be renewed by the bank, or not! By not amortizing the loan, borrowers were paying back mostly interest and ended up being in a constant state if indebtedness. When the stock market crashed and the loans became due, banks refused to renew loans and loans became more expensive and harder to get. An astonishing half million homes were in foreclosure and the housing industry collapsed. In the mid 1930’s the construction industry was 1/10th the size that it had been prior to the crash. Finally, the New Deal focused on restarting the construction industry and ultimately the banking industry. Want to know more? Read Debtor Nation: The History of America in Red Ink by Louis Hyman

 

Mortgages have come a long, long way and we have learned a lot through the years about lending practices. At RE/MAX Flagstaff our dedicated REALTORS® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

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Boomers are "On The Move!"

In a report by the National Association of Realtors, a whopping 40% of baby boomers say that they plan to move at least one more time. This means that almost 27 million home owners may be on the move again!

We know that Flagler County is on the radar for many of these boomers with our abundant amenities. We’re at a serious advantage in Flagler County since we can enjoy the great outdoors year-round. Golfing, boating, hiking, swimming, beach combing, surfing, fishing, the list goes on and on! Convenience to major airports is a big plus with residents wanting to travel to visit relatives and see the world, as well as access to entertainment, shopping and great medical care. We truly have it all here. And, as an added bonus, mild winters and no snow!

What else do boomers want in addition to fun in the sun? No mortgage or a low mortgage, lower housing expenses, convenient and modern appliances, open floor plans, energy efficiency, low maintenance, and lots of light. And, that’s just a start. A walkable neighborhood is a plus as well and they also don’t mind doing home renovations. Boomers also want an active social life and an added bonus is when they live near to family and friends.

At RE/MAX Flagstaff, we know the real estate business in Flagler County and we will work diligently to sell your home or to help you find the next home of your dreams. Whether you’re upsizing or downsizing, we will carefully guide you on your sale or acquisition. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

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Marineland: 75 Years and Counting!

Marineland of Florida lies on the northeastern edge of Flagler County and just celebrated its 75th anniversary. Created originally as an innovative oceanarium to film marine life, Marineland was the brainchild of W. Douglas Burden, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, Sherman Pratt, and Ilya Andreyevich Tolstoy (grandson of Leo Tolstoy). In 1938, Marineland opened with its main attraction, a bottlenose dolphin and 20,000 tourists created congestion on Highway A1A to visit this new entertainment venue. 

In its heyday, Marineland enjoyed 900,000 visitors per year and there were hotels, restaurants, and lounges to accommodate the masses. Those who ventured to see the dolphins, electric eels, small whales, exhibits, and the ever popular dolphin show were not disappointed. There were even two films that had scenes at Marineland, Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) and Revenge of the Creature (1955). When Disney World opened, attendance peaked, but once Sea World opened Marineland’s attendance declined drastically and was eventually sold several times. Challenged by high maintenance costs, the once successful park fell into disrepair and financial ruin. In 2003, all but the original buildings were torn down. The park closed for two years in 2004 (hence 75th anniversary vs 77th) for renovations. 

Marineland is currently owned by a subsidiary of The Georgia Aquarium and is currently Marineland Dolphin Adventure and offers educational programs and visitors may also swim with dolphins. Accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums and a member of The International Marine Animals Trainers’ Association, Marineland Dolphin Adventures has a bright future in education and again as a sought-after attraction. 

http://www.marineland.net

 

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Enjoy the Great Outdoors Year Round in Flagler County!

One of the best things about living in Flagler County is the ability to spend time outdoors year round. In fact, winter is a great time to explore the wide open spaces in Florida! With more than fifteen city parks, twenty-one county parks, and four Florida State Parks to choose from—with a vast array of activities—there is something for everyone to enjoy. 

If you like bird watching, the St Joe Walkway, Palm Coast Linear Park, Haw Creek Preserve at Russell Landing, Bulow Creek State Park, Washington Oaks Garden State Park, and Princess Place Preserve are designated as Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trails. 

If you’re interested in history, the Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park offers the ruins of an old plantation, slave cabins, and sugar mill with walking trails, as well as a boat ramp with a canoe/kayak trail. Want to swim? The Belle Terre Park & Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool offer a heated outdoor aquatic facility as well as tennis courts, racquetball, athletic fields, gazebos, a playground, and more. Fishing, kayaking, or canoeing are also readily available at a number of parks as well. Palm Coast also has the Palm Coast Tennis Center and the Palm Harbor Golf Club. 

And, then there are the beaches! While the water might be too chilly for all but a few, winter is still a great time for beachcombing, surfing, and even getting some sun. 

So many choices of things to do, the big dilemma is what to do first? 

Parks in Palm Coast http://docs.palmcoastgov.com/departments/recreation/facilities-guide.pdf

Flagler County Parks http://www.flaglercounty.org/index.aspx?NID=168

Florida State Parks https://www.floridastateparks.org

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Why Should RE/MAX Flagstaff Be Your Broker?

So you are a real estate agent? That’s wonderful! You are in one of the most rewarding and enjoyable industries in the US. You’ve got everything you need, right? Experience, knowledge of local markets, good connections in town - you just have to nail down the right broker to work with.

Does that really matter? Real estate professionals are self-starters who work for themselves, set their own hours, and determine their own rate of pay by deciding how hard to work. If you are doing everything yourself what is the difference between any two brokers?

It turns out the difference is more than you might think. If you’re determined to be a success, you will want an office that is busy enough to be visible, friendly enough to make you feel comfortable, and professional enough to have training methods to help you succeed. You will want an office that has name recognition and respect in the community.

You probably want to work for someone who has been in the business long enough to know what works and what doesn’t.

At RE/MAX Flagstaff we really want you to succeed. We are just like the flagstaff holding our flags high. We support our agents by holding them aloft! They are in business for themselves, but not by themselves.

Why would an agent join our office?

1.       Training = GROWTH!

2.       Teamwork = SYNERGY!

3.       Synergy = SUCCESS!

4.       Success = EVERYBODY WINS!

 

If you want to be a part of the team where Everybody Wins, this is the team for you!

Why RE/MAX? Watch and learn!

Call today to become a part of the RE/MAX Flagstaff Team:

Jimmy Milhollin 386-931-0487
Annette Gardinal 386-931-0485

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