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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Debbie Brooker-Britt October 26, 1959 – September 9, 2022   The Northeast Florida REALTOR® community was saddened to learn that longtime NEFAR member Debbie Brooker-Britt of RE/MAX Specialists on San Jose Boulevard lost her brave...

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Hilda R. Solaun January 26, 1937 – September 1, 2022   It is with great sadness that NEFAR has learned that longtime member Hilda R. Solaun, 85, broker/owner of Dahill International Realty, passed away on September 1. Hilda was a...

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Beware! Scammers are targeting REALTORS with the Google Voice scam

Beware! Scammers are targeting REALTORS with the Google Voice scam

Conmen are everywhere and REALTORS® need to watch that they don’t fall for their latest racket, the Google Voice Scam, said Denise Demico of Fair Realty. Since Thursday, September 1, and all through Labor Day weekend, Demico said she has...

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41 NEFAR members earn their Gold Keys

41 NEFAR members earn their Gold Keys

Hearty congratulations go out to the 41 real estate professionals who earned their Gold Key – Excellence in Professionalism certifications on September 8. Taking the class in-person at the NEFAR Resource Center, the group represents the...

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Ben Kjar: Become a victor not a victim

Ben Kjar: Become a victor not a victim

Life was not expected to be easy for Ben Kjar, NEFAR’s keynote speaker at its upcoming Annual Meeting September 30. Kjar was born with the craniofacial dysostosis, Crouzons syndrome, a complex genetic birth disorder that affects a...

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NEFAR REALTOR® is finalist for NAR 2022 Good Neighbor Award

NEFAR REALTOR® is finalist for NAR 2022 Good Neighbor Award

Jacksonville, Fla. (September 1, 2022) – Longtime NEFAR member MaliVai Washington, a former ATP Tour star and a REALTOR® with Diamond Life Realty LLC, has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the National Association of REALTORS®...

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Apply to serve as a 2023 Chair or Vice-Chair

Apply to serve as a 2023 Chair or Vice-Chair

Have you considered serving in a leadership position with NEFAR? Maybe you have given your time and talent in the past and now prepared for a role as a Chair or Vice-Chair? Applications are now open for all leadership positions on Committees,...

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NEFAR member among 17 of 26 REALTOR® Champions to advance in primary election

NEFAR member among 17 of 26 REALTOR® Champions to advance in primary election

Putnam County REALTOR®, Leota Wilkinson defeated an incumbent to advance to the Putnam County Commission District 2 race in the general election. Wilkinson, a true REALTOR® Champion, is an active NEFAR member having served on several...

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Russell Grooms wins Florida Realtors®’ 2022 Spirit of Advocacy Award

Russell Grooms wins Florida Realtors®’ 2022 Spirit of Advocacy Award

NEFAR’s Russell Grooms was recognized as the 2022 winner of the Spirit of Advocacy Award during the state association’s annual Convention and Trade Expo on August 25. Grooms, who served as president of Florida Realtors in 2004, was...

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Sheila DaakSeptember 3, 1950 – July 28, 2022   It is with great sadness that NEFAR has learned of the death of one of its longtime members Sheila Daak of Realty Sense, Inc., in Orange Park. While seeking medical help at Moffitt Cancer...

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More than 200 volunteers participate in NEFAR Waterways Clean-up

More than 200 volunteers participate in NEFAR Waterways Clean-up

More than 200 REALTORS®, friends, family, and members of the public gathered at 11 different clean-up sites throughout Northeast Florida to take part in NEFAR’s Second Annual Clean-up Northeast Florida Waterways event on July 23. This...

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NEFAR's 2022 REALTOR® Party Champions

NEFAR's 2022 REALTOR® Party Champions

NEFAR's Board of Directors announced its slate of endorsed candidates for the August 23rd primary election. Members of NEFAR'S Candidate Screening Task Force interviewed the candidates in June and July and recommended these REALTOR Champions based...

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NEFAR membership elects 2023 Board of Directors

NEFAR membership elects 2023 Board of Directors

Several new faces will join a cast of seasoned directors when NEFAR welcomes its 2023 Board of Directors during the Installation and Awards Ceremony in January. The new officers and board members were recently elected by NEFAR REALTOR® members...

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Serve on NEFAR’s Grievance or Professional Standards Committees

Serve on NEFAR’s Grievance or Professional Standards Committees

Grievance Committee If you have an interest in applying to serve on NEFAR’s Grievance Committee, please review the linked information, making sure that you meet all the necessary criteria, and submit your Application, Acknowledgment of...

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Voting begins July 18 for NEFAR 2023 Officers and Directors

Voting begins July 18 for NEFAR 2023 Officers and Directors

It’s that time again, time to elect next year’s slate of NEFAR officers and directors. The election of 2023 NEFAR officers and directors as well as realMLS directors will be held online on the NEFAR Member Portal on NEFAR.com from 8...

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Harold Vincent “Buzz” Bumbarger April 13, 1940 – June 22, 2022   It is with great sadness that NEFAR has learned of the death of Harold “Buzz” Bumbarger on June 22. A native of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, Mr....

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Help make Northeast Florida’s shorelines sparkle

Help make Northeast Florida’s shorelines sparkle

Inspired by Florida Realtors®’ month-long, state-wide Clean-up Florida Waters initiative, the NEFAR Community Affairs Task Force is planning one of the biggest waterway clean-up events within Northeast Florida on Saturday, July 23. The...

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Election Day: NEFAR members are needed to work polls

Election Day: NEFAR members are needed to work polls

Viewing REALTORS® as good community partners, the Supervisors of Elections in the four counties within our region reached out to the Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® with a request that our association provide members to serve as...

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Yvonne Giberson March 1937 – June 14, 2022   Yvonne Giberson, a longtime REALTOR® with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty passed away on June 14. A memorial service for Ms.Giberson will be held at 1:30 p.m. on...

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Marcia Muir Good October 31, 1932 – May 31, 2022   It is with great sadness that NEFAR has learned of the death of Marcia Muir Good, a REALTOR® who formerly worked for ERA Davis & Linn in Jacksonville. Ms. Good passed away on...

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‘Spiderweb’ of challenges face officials as St. Johns County booms

‘Spiderweb’ of challenges face officials as St. Johns County booms

Scott Maynard says his job is like a giant “spiderweb.” As Economic Development Director for the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, Maynard struggles each day to find a balance between the challenges posed by the expansive growth in...

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Fair Housing – Many layers and many players

Fair Housing – Many layers and many players

REALTORS® warned about violations, given tips on how to stay out of hot water   When it comes to fair housing litigation, REALTORS® from Florida have a target on their backs. This was the warning Florida Realtors® General Counsel...

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NEFAR members honored in NAR RPAC Hall of Fame ceremony in Washington DC

NEFAR members honored in NAR RPAC Hall of Fame ceremony in Washington DC

NEFAR and realMLS were well represented as more than 9,000 REALTORS® from throughout the nation converged at the National Association of REALTORS week-long legislative event held in Washington D.C. and nearby National Harbor, Maryland along the...

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NEFAR volunteers aid sex-trafficking survivors through partnership with Rethreaded

NEFAR volunteers aid sex-trafficking survivors through partnership with Rethreaded

More than 50 NEFAR members supported Rethreaded's efforts to assist sex-trafficking survivors by taking part in a special Community Affairs Task Force event May 5. The members of the REALTOR® association toured the nonprofit’s new...

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Meet Clyde W. Davis, NEFAR’s new attorney

Meet Clyde W. Davis, NEFAR’s new attorney

A homegrown Nassau County lawyer is NEFAR’s new go-to advisor on legal issues. Clyde W. Davis, Esq., a Northeast Florida attorney with more than 40 years of experience – including 37 representing a neighboring REALTOR® association...

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May is Advocacy Month

May is Advocacy Month

REALTORS® bring home $362 million for homeownership and other programs   May is Advocacy Month and, as always, NEFAR joins Florida Realtors® as an eagle-eyed watchdog, keeping close surveillance on issues going before the legislature...

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NEFAR’s Global Business Council: A REALTORS® resource for international business

NEFAR’s Global Business Council: A REALTORS® resource for international business

A new energy is sweeping through NEFAR’s Global Business Council. Although council activities have been hampered a bit over the past two years due to the pandemic, Chairman Angie McKee and Vice Chairman Jonna Faeth have big plans to...

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Juana Watkins to headline NEFAR Fair Housing Luncheon

Juana Watkins to headline NEFAR Fair Housing Luncheon

Friday the 13th is NEFAR's lucky day. Juana Watkins, Esq., Florida Realtors®' general counsel and vice president of Law and Policy, has signed on to be the keynote speaker at NEFAR's annual Fair Housing Luncheon. The two-hour luncheon will be...

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Carolyn GoodeNovember 22, 1943 – February 1, 2022   It is with great sadness that NEFAR has learned of the death of long-time REALTOR® Carolyn Goode, a former Watson REALTOR® who worked out of the firm’s Jacksonville Beach...

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Beware of Craig’s List Rental Scam

Beware of Craig’s List Rental Scam

REALTORS® BEWARE!! Scammers are out there aiming to dupe unsuspecting renters who are searching for rental properties on Craig’s List and finding properties for sale listed on realMLS. On April 12, a NEFAR REALTOR® received a phone...

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District 1 Conference: “Meeting members in their backyard”

District 1 Conference: “Meeting members in their backyard”

Aiming to “meet with members in their backyard,” four officers on Florida Realtors’ leadership team addressed more than 200 members from five local associations in Northeast Florida during the Annual District 1 Conference at the...

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New staffer hired to welcome members at NEFAR

New staffer hired to welcome members at NEFAR

Taylor Swagel, a gal with a broad smile and a can-do attitude, has been hired to provide a welcoming presence as NEFAR’s new front desk administrator. In her new position, Taylor will both assist members who stop by NEFAR’s Resource...

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Willard Thomas “Tommy” King September 16, 1948 – December 27, 2021   It is with great sadness that NEFAR has learned of the sudden and unexpected death of long-time REALTOR® Willard Thomas “Tommy” King. Mr....

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Jessica Dawn Wells Rady February 23, 1977 – March 27, 2022   It is with real regret that NEFAR has learned of the sudden and unexpected death of Jessica Wells Rady on March 27. Born and raised in Neptune Beach, Ms. Wells Rady attended...

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NEFAR is open for in-person business

NEFAR is open for in-person business

We are pleased to advise that NEFAR and realMLS are re-opening their doors for meetings and in-person training programs. The following procedures are how education, training, and member services will be handled. EDUCATION – NEFAR’s...

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BEWARE! Scam targeting female REALTORS®

BEWARE! Scam targeting female REALTORS®

REALTORS® beware! There is a scam going around targeting female REALTORS® and threatening them with arrest if they don’t comply. On March 29, a NEFAR member was targeted by a “very believable individual” who was...

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April is Fair Housing Month

April is Fair Housing Month

In April, REALTORS® celebrate the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 with events and educational classes that affirm how the real estate community is helping to build thriving, inclusive communities. This month, NEFAR will be offering...

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City of Jacksonville Beach to provide Flood Zone information

City of Jacksonville Beach to provide Flood Zone information

Upon request, the City of Jacksonville Beach Planning & Development Department can provide flood zone information for properties in Jacksonville Beach. FEMA recently updated the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) for Duval County. The new maps...

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Rock the C2EX Challenge

Rock the C2EX Challenge

Demonstrate that you are at the top of your profession. Earn your Commitment to Excellence endorsement this year.   Would you like to become a real estate professional that is noticed not only by your clients but also by your peers?...

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Mary Applebee Goldman July 6, 1934 – March 24, 2022   It is with great sadness that the Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® has learned of the death of former NEFAR member Mary Applebee Goldman on March 24. A Jacksonville...

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NEFAR members construct wheelchair ramps for housebound amputee and disabled wife

NEFAR members construct wheelchair ramps for housebound amputee and disabled wife

NEFAR members showed off both their “Good Neighbor” skills as well as their abilities in construction when they helped an amputee and his disabled wife gain access to their Southside home by building two permanent wheelchair ramps March...

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Travel the GRI road to success …

Travel the GRI road to success …

If you are serious about boosting your income and career opportunities, earning the Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation is the way to go. To be recognized as a top-tier professional in the competitive world of real estate is to get a...

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

John Joseph McMenamy April 22, 1944 – February 15, 2022   It is with real regret that NEFAR has learned of the death of John Joseph McMenamy on February 15. A businessman with a longtime involvement with real estate in Northeast...

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NEFAR Councils partner with realMLS   to give back to the community

NEFAR Councils partner with realMLS to give back to the community

Members of the Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® (NEFAR) are known for community service so it was only natural that realMLS CEO Nicole Jensen looked for guidance from the chairmen of NEFAR’s AREA Councils when selecting local...

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NEFAR President Mark Rosener among class of 34 Gold Key graduates

NEFAR President Mark Rosener among class of 34 Gold Key graduates

Hearty congratulations go out to the 34 real estate professionals who earned their Gold Key – Excellence in Professionalism certifications on March 3. Taking the class in-person at the NEFAR Resource Center, the group represents the sixth...

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Cole Slate named to Jacksonville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list

Cole Slate named to Jacksonville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list

Each year, the Jacksonville Business Journal selects 40 business leaders under the age of 40 who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement while also becoming leaders within their communities. This year, Cole Slate, a member of the...

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Join us for Florida Realtors District 1 Conference April 13

Join us for Florida Realtors District 1 Conference April 13

An expert in the science of influence and persuasion will be the keynote speaker during Florida Realtors District 1 Conference Wednesday, April 13, at the Marriott Jacksonville Hotel on Salisbury Road. John Palumbo, an award-winning, international...

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Ciera Smith: Bringing an insider’s view of government to NEFAR

Ciera Smith: Bringing an insider’s view of government to NEFAR

NEFAR Government Affairs Director Nancy Garcia has a new sidekick. In February, Ciera Smith was hired as NEFAR’s Government Affairs Coordinator. She will take on the duties formerly held by Kristina Klausser, who left NEFAR in late December...

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Freddie Mac Webinar Series

Freddie Mac Webinar Series

A free webinar series on Freddie Mac Affordable Housing Solutions will be offered to NEFAR members beginning in April. The four-part series is sponsored by Florida Realtors in conjunction with Freddie Mac’s Single-Family Division –...

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Supra streamlines access to BrokerBay tools

Supra streamlines access to BrokerBay tools

Supra has announced an addition to its eKEY app to support its new showing management solution, powered by BrokerBay. A new icon will streamline access to Supra’s BrokerBay tools, which are already in the hands of thousands of real estate...

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Thelma Dybalski January 1, 1936 – February 13, 2022   It is with great sadness that NEFAR has learned of the death of Thelma Knowles Dybalski on February 13. A REALTOR® since 1972, Mrs. Dybalski made a name for herself in Northeast...

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March 31 is the deadline for license renewal

March 31 is the deadline for license renewal

March 31, the deadline for real estate license renewal, is nearly here. In Florida, your initial real estate license expires in 18 to 24 months from the date when you passed the state real estate exam. Check it out, the expiration date is located on...

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Leadership team sets goals, aims to forward strategic plan

Leadership team sets goals, aims to forward strategic plan

The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors® has a rich history of excellence and service to its members, and the communities it serves. Our 2022 leadership team is dedicated to honoring this tradition and moving forward into a new year with...

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NEFAR welcomes in a new leadership team

NEFAR welcomes in a new leadership team

18 award winners recognized, EDGE™ charter members announced   In a glittering night-time event, the Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® welcomed its new administration and recognized 18 annual award winners...

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REALTOR® Relief Foundation chairman grateful for NEFAR generosity

REALTOR® Relief Foundation chairman grateful for NEFAR generosity

NAR’s REALTORS® Relief Foundation was very grateful for NEFAR’s generous donation this year. This email was received by NEFAR CEO Glenn East on December 22, 2021.   Dear Northeast Florida Association of Realtors®, On...

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REALTORS® earn Gold Key status before year’s end

REALTORS® earn Gold Key status before year’s end

Congratulations go out to the 35 real estate professionals who received their Gold Key – Excellence in Professionalism certifications on December 15. The group represents the fifth class to earn the prestigious certification, which is one of...

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Changes coming in 2022 to older versions of Supra’s eKey app

Changes coming in 2022 to older versions of Supra’s eKey app

REALTORS® using older eKey® app versions and 3G-based devises from Supra need to be aware of several changes coming in the new year. Effective December 31, 2021, Supra will shut down an earlier generation of its e-Key server. Because this...

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REALTORS® provide thousands of meals for hungry in Northeast Florida

REALTORS® provide thousands of meals for hungry in Northeast Florida

Approximately 300 members of the Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® packed nearly 75,000 meals for hungry children, seniors, and families in Northeast Florida during the NEFAR Charitable Foundation’s Hunger Fight Pack-a-Thon...

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Be alert for scammers

Be alert for scammers

Fake “GoFundMe” campaign targets REALTORS®   Be on the lookout for a scam email directed to REALTOR® members from “Florida Realtors Association” subject “Tony Needs You”. A fake...

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It’s time to register for the Rally in Tally

It’s time to register for the Rally in Tally

It’s time to “stuff the bus” and head to Tallahassee. Florida Realtors® Great American REALTOR® Days will take place on February 7-9, and the time for NEFAR members to register is now. The annual “Rally in...

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NEFAR member graduates from NAR Leadership Academy

NEFAR member graduates from NAR Leadership Academy

Gonzalo Mejia, a REALTOR® with Watson Realty Corp., graduated from the 2021 National Association of REALTORS® Leadership Academy during the NAR Convention and Expo in San Diego, California. The graduation ceremony was held on November...

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Talking Contracts

Talking Contracts

Thanks to Florida Realtors® there is now an interactive tool available to members  that will play audio clips which explain the various changes in the new contracts that were released on November 1,...

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NAR makes sweeping changes to governance policy during 2021 REALTORS® Conference & Expo

NAR makes sweeping changes to governance policy during 2021 REALTORS® Conference & Expo

The National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors and the NAR Delegate Body approved nine sweeping changes to NAR governance policy, including new qualifications for NAR volunteer leaders and a newly constituted Board of Directors and...

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2022 Leadership Academy applications are due November 30

2022 Leadership Academy applications are due November 30

Are you interested in maximizing your potential as a leader in the real estate industry? Consider applying for NEFAR’s 2022 Leadership Academy. Leadership Academy is a rigorous, yearlong program that is designed to train emerging leaders in...

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NEFAR’s market stats sport whole new look

NEFAR’s market stats sport whole new look

Those who enjoy checking out the state of the market each month by using the monthly statistical reports available on NEFAR.com are in for a treat. Beginning this November, NEFAR has switched from Showing Time, a company that was purchased by Zillow...

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Helen “Marci” Miller-Smith April 7, 1935 – October 24, 2021   Former REALTOR® Helen “Marci” Miller-Smith passed away October 24. A longtime member of NEFAR, Miller-Smith, who was known as...

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Help keep Northeast Florida’s children well fed and well read

Help keep Northeast Florida’s children well fed and well read

Volunteer for the NEFAR Charitable Foundation’s Hunger Fight Pack-a-Thon   Can you spare a couple of hours to ensure Northeast Florida children and families have enough to eat this holiday season? Each day 2,567,300 people in Florida...

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NEFAR members to serve on NAR 2022 board and committees

NEFAR members to serve on NAR 2022 board and committees

Several members of the Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® (NEFAR) have been named by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) to serve on either its board of directors or various committees in 2022. Diane Cook, Clark LaBlond,...

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Don’t be late – Send NEFAR documentation of your Code of Ethics requirement before Dec. 31!

Don’t be late – Send NEFAR documentation of your Code of Ethics requirement before Dec. 31!

For REALTORS® who still need to complete their 3-hour Code of Ethics training before the December 31 deadline, NEFAR is offering two more virtual classes this year that meet the requirement. Tuesday, Nov. 9 @ 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. with...

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Large field of golfers compete in Southwest Council Golf Tourney

Large field of golfers compete in Southwest Council Golf Tourney

A record number of golfers competed in the NEFAR Southwest Council’s Annual Golf Tournament at Eagle Landing Golf Club Oct. 14. In all 93 golfers hit the links on the beautiful sunny day in Oakleaf. Thirty-six of NEFAR’s business...

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A ghoulishly good time comes to NEFAR

A ghoulishly good time comes to NEFAR

Trunk or Treat event offers spooky fun for a great cause   Ghouls, goblins, witches, and ghosts will be haunting the parking lot at the NEFAR Resource Center when NEFAR’s Community Affairs Task Force hosts its first Trunk or Treat event...

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Learn how to help 55+ clients make life-changing decisions

Learn how to help 55+ clients make life-changing decisions

Earn the Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation   Paul Ellsworth, a broker associate with Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage LLC, has found earning the National Association of REALTORS® Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES)...

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NEFAR to welcome a new board of directors in January

NEFAR to welcome a new board of directors in January

A sprinkling of new faces will join a cast of seasoned directors when NEFAR welcomes its 2022 Board of Directors at the Installation and Awards Ceremony Thursday evening, January 12 at the Jacksonville Marriott. NEFAR President Missi Howell will...

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Margie Webb Walker May 7, 1931 to August 14, 2021   NEFAR was saddened to hear that Margie Walker, a well-loved REALTOR® who formerly worked in Watson Realty Corp.’s Chaffee Road office, has passed away. Walker considered herself...

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‘Momentum is real’ in both NEFAR and Downtown Jacksonville

‘Momentum is real’ in both NEFAR and Downtown Jacksonville

NEFAR members turn out to hear DIA CEO Lori Boyer and revel in association’s accomplishments  The membership of the Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® (NEFAR) had much to feel good about as they welcomed a new slate of...

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Serve on NEFAR’s Grievance Committee

Serve on NEFAR’s Grievance Committee

If you have an interest in applying to serve on NEFAR’s Grievance Committee, please review the linked information, making sure that you meet all the necessary criteria, and submit your Application, Acknowledgment of Commitment, and letter of...

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Forty-two REALTORS® earn Gold Key pins in September

Forty-two REALTORS® earn Gold Key pins in September

NEFAR congratulates the 42 REALTORS® who received their Gold Key – Excellence in Professionalism certifications on Sept. 9. The group represents the fourth class to earn the prestigious certification, which is one of the requirements for...

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Florida Realtors® ends affordable housing petition drive

Florida Realtors® ends affordable housing petition drive

Florida Realtors® is entering into a historic partnership with the Florida Legislature to pursue a new down-payment assistance program for frontline workers, according to a letter from the association’s CEO Margy Grant that was sent to its...

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NEFAR members selected to serve on NAR, Florida Realtors® boards

NEFAR members selected to serve on NAR, Florida Realtors® boards

Two Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® members were selected to serve on the national and state boards of directors during Florida Realtors’® semi-annual board meeting during the 2021 Convention & Trade Expo. Gonzalo Mejia...

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During kidnapping attempt, self-defense skills save the day for NEFAR member

During kidnapping attempt, self-defense skills save the day for NEFAR member

September is REALTOR® Safety Month, and it’s important that every REALTOR® take a self-defense class or a REALTOR® Safety Class like the one offered by NEFAR, which will be taught virtually by Patricia Sherman on Friday, Sept. 17...

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Ulysses G. “Skip” Skipper, Jr.  May 26, 1958 – August 25, 2021    It is with great sadness that the Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® has learned of the passing of Ulysses G. “Skip”...

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Florida Realtors honors William A. Watson with 2021 Spirit of Advocacy award

Florida Realtors honors William A. Watson with 2021 Spirit of Advocacy award

Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® member William A. “Bill” Watson, Jr. was honored as the winner of the 2021 Spirit of Advocacy Award by Florida Realtors® during the state trade organization’s convention and expo...

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NEFAR member named chair of NAR committee

NEFAR member named chair of NAR committee

Sally Suslak to head Single Family Investment Management Committee   Sally Suslak, a member of the Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® (NEFAR) has been named Chair of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) 2022 Single...

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Has licensing renewal caught you by surprise?

Has licensing renewal caught you by surprise?

NEFAR offers several continuing ed courses before the Sept. 30 deadline   Just because you hold a real estate license doesn't mean you're good to go forever. In Florida, your initial real estate license expires in 18 to 24 months from the...

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Gary Wayne Burch April 19, 1949 – August 12, 2021   The Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® expresses sincere condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Gary Wayne Burch of Satsuma (Hermits Cove), who passed away...

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Campaign, Election of 2022 Officers and Directors

Campaign, Election of 2022 Officers and Directors

The election of 2022 NEFAR officers and directors, and realMLS directors will be held online through NEFAR's member portal on NEFAR Member Portal and available for Realtor member voting from 8:00 a.m. Monday, September 20 through 5:00 p.m....

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Tyrone Power Townsend 1948 - 2021   It is with great sadness that the Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® has learned that long-time NEFAR member Tyrone Power Townsend has passed away. His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m....

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Home is where NEFAR's heart is

Home is where NEFAR's heart is

REALTORS® to help HabiJax build affordable housing for Northeast Florida’s most vulnerable   Everyone deserves a decent place to live, and who knows this better than members of Northeast...

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Claire Denning: Bringing a blast of positivity to NEFAR’s membership department

Claire Denning: Bringing a blast of positivity to NEFAR’s membership department

A smiling new face has been added to the staff of NEFAR’s membership department.  Claire Denning, whose office is located in the NEFAR Resource Center, is now working alongside long-time...

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

John R. Wood  Former president of NAR and Florida Realtors  Sept. 17, 1929 – Aug. 4, 2021    The Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® was saddened to learn that John R. Wood of Naples, Florida, a...

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NEFAR President among 2021 Women of Influence honorees

NEFAR President among 2021 Women of Influence honorees

Missi Howell, president of the Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS, is among 21 women honored by the Jacksonville Business Journal as 2021 Women of Influence. In a story published July 28, Howell was named by the newspaper as a “woman...

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NEFAR member wins volunteering award from National Association of REALTORS®

NEFAR member wins volunteering award from National Association of REALTORS®

Gloria Vinson, a member of the Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® (NEFAR), was one of five winners in the 13th annual Volunteering Works grants and mentoring program sponsored by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) and the...

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In Memoriam – Julian Bartow Colbert III and Timothy David Obi

In Memoriam – Julian Bartow Colbert III and Timothy David Obi

NEFAR was saddened to learn that two of its members, Julian “Bart” Colbert III and Timothy David Obi, passed away in July. Julian Bartow “Bart” Colbert III October 21, 1952 to July 25, 2021 A REALTOR® in Northeast...

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More than 1,500 pounds of trash collected during NEFAR’s Waterway Clean-up

More than 1,500 pounds of trash collected during NEFAR’s Waterway Clean-up

A crew of 60 members from Northeast Florida’s real estate community descended upon the St. Johns River in NEFAR’s annual Clean-up Florida Waters event July 24. The event was part of a massive effort promoted throughout the month of July...

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Seeking qualified candidates for NEFAR/realMLS board positions

Seeking qualified candidates for NEFAR/realMLS board positions

NEFAR’s Nominating Committee is accepting applications from qualified REALTOR® members to fill several officer and director positions on its 2022 board. Also needed are qualified candidates to sit on the realMLS Board of...

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Building relationships with a diverse client base

Building relationships with a diverse client base

Building a comfortable relationship with real estate clients while enabling them to be themselves is critical if you want to be a successful agent, said Margarita Cavanagh a REALTOR® with Keller Williams Atlantic Partners. One way to avoid...

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How REALTORS® can apply for help from the Florida Realtors®’ Disaster Relief Fund

How REALTORS® can apply for help from the Florida Realtors®’ Disaster Relief Fund

The Florida Realtors® Disaster Relief Fund was established to raise and distribute funds for members of the REALTOR® family who have experienced substantial damage or loss to their residence or office due to a disaster. Applicants must be a...

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Be prepared for every housing market eventuality

Be prepared for every housing market eventuality

Sign up for NEFAR’s Short Sales and Foreclosures Resource class   Taking NEFAR’s Short Sales and Foreclosures Resource (SFR) certification course is important even though Northeast Florida is currently experiencing an extreme...

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Withdraw the welcome mat to criminals. Follow these safety tips

Withdraw the welcome mat to criminals. Follow these safety tips

With the pandemic easing, many families in Northeast Florida are looking forward to visiting out-of-town relatives or heading on vacation. Yet, crime rates across the country often start to peak as temperatures rise during the warm weather months...

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Sign up for a training session to unlock the mystery of Supra eKEY®

Sign up for a training session to unlock the mystery of Supra eKEY®

Do you find the Supra eKEY® a mystery to operate? Help is on the way. Beginning in July 2021, Supra is introducing several levels of agent and broker training for its eKEY® customers. Included in the training are emails to forward to...

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NEFAR to host massive “Clean-up Florida Waters” event on St. Johns River

NEFAR to host massive “Clean-up Florida Waters” event on St. Johns River

The NEFAR Community Affairs Task Force will host its annual Clean-up Florida Waters event on Saturday, July 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a variety of locations along the St. Johns River. The event has been planned to coincide with a massive effort...

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CDC Extends Eviction Moratorium Through July

CDC Extends Eviction Moratorium Through July

On Thursday, June 24, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) extended its federal eviction moratorium, previously set to expire on June 30, through July 31, 2021. The agency stated in its announcement that this latest extension of the moratorium,...

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Sign the petition: Support NEFAR’s “Housing Trust Funds 4 Housing” campaign

Sign the petition: Support NEFAR’s “Housing Trust Funds 4 Housing” campaign

The Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® is assisting with a historic state-wide petition campaign to place a constitutional amendment regarding affordable housing on the 2022 General Election ballot.  The state-wide...

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CIPS Institute – “Exceeding every expectation I had!”

CIPS Institute – “Exceeding every expectation I had!”

Julia Levy had everything positive to say as she finished up the five-day Certified International Property Specialist Institute at NEFAR’s Resource Center June 18. “It was a wonderful time. I got to meet wonderful people and to learn...

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Join the REALTORS® Are Good Neighbors Campaign

Join the REALTORS® Are Good Neighbors Campaign

Many members of the Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® spend much of their time, talent, and treasure giving back to their communities. The Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® would like to have its members quantify these good...

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Don’t wait until the last minute to fulfill your NAR Code of Ethics requirement

Don’t wait until the last minute to fulfill your NAR Code of Ethics requirement

Sign up today!   It is never too early for members of the Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® (NEFAR) to sign up for a Code of Ethics Class that is required to satisfy membership in both NEFAR and the National Association of...

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June is National Homeownership Month

June is National Homeownership Month

June is National Homeownership Month, a time of year when the Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® and other associations across the U.S. celebrate the importance of owning a home and the impact it has on the lives of American families,...

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56 REALTORS® earn their “Gold Keys”

56 REALTORS® earn their “Gold Keys”

Heartfelt congratulations go out to the 56 real estate professionals who received their Gold Key Certifications May 26. The eight-hour class, which was held virtually, was the third of five Gold Key – Excellence in Professionalism...

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Give your business a global outlook

Give your business a global outlook

Register for NEFAR’s Certified International Property Specialist Institute in June   It’s a crazy market out there, and REALTORS® need to have every advantage. Obtaining a CIPS designation is a great way to up your game, said...

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The importance of making a professional impression

The importance of making a professional impression

Gold Key certification class on May 26 provides “keys” to success to REALTORS® Fresa Alejo-Jones proudly wears the Gold Key pin she received after taking the Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® (NEFAR) Excellence in...

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NEFAR REALTORS help keep St. Johns River clean and tidy

NEFAR REALTORS help keep St. Johns River clean and tidy

SAVE THE DATE: Northeast Florida waterways clean-up event planned for July 24   Members of the Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® are invited to join thousands of their colleagues from throughout Florida during the month of July...

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‘Working to put a roof over their heads’

‘Working to put a roof over their heads’

NEFAR assists disaster victims with $250,000 donation to REALTORS® Relief Fund   Police, firefighters, or paramedics usually top the list of first responders called when disaster...

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NEFAR celebrates Florida Realtors® Honorees, Leadership Academy graduates

NEFAR celebrates Florida Realtors® Honorees, Leadership Academy graduates

Prize-winning journalist is keynote speaker at Fair Housing luncheon   The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors® recognized recent Leadership Academy graduates and 2021 Florida Realtors® Honor Society members during its annual...

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Good neighbors deserve recognition

Good neighbors deserve recognition

Deadline looms to send in application for NAR’s Good Neighbor Award   The deadline to enter the National Association of Realtors® annual Good Neighbor Awards is fast approaching. The entry deadline is Friday, May 7, and only...

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Carl Roy Ruzicka  July 25, 1946 – April 18, 2021    The Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® was saddened to learn of the death of Carl Roy Ruzicka due to natural causes April 18 at the Bailey Family...

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Prize-winning investigative journalist to speak at NEFAR Fair Housing luncheon

Prize-winning investigative journalist to speak at NEFAR Fair Housing luncheon

The prize-winning reporter who was part of the crack investigative team of journalists that blew the doors off blatant discriminatory housing practices in New York will be the keynote speaker at a Fair Housing luncheon sponsored by...

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NEFAR REALTOR® appointed as C2EX ambassador

NEFAR REALTOR® appointed as C2EX ambassador

NEFAR encourages members to take part in C2EX Challenge before Oct. 1 Rory Dubin, secretary to board of directors for the Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® (NEFAR), has been appointed as an C2EX ambassador by the National Association...

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Deanna Sims and Kristy Walker to head NEFAR Education Department

Deanna Sims and Kristy Walker to head NEFAR Education Department

Two new but very familiar faces – Deanna Sims and Kristy Walker – are now heading up the education department at Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® (NEFAR). Sims, who has served NEFAR for the past 11 years in the role of...

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Help save Florida’s Affordable Housing Trust Funds

Help save Florida’s Affordable Housing Trust Funds

The Florida legislature is planning to pass a law that permanently cuts the amount of dollars available for the state’s affordable housing programs. To prevent this from happening, Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® is joining with...

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@yourNEFAR: Using social media to build a community

@yourNEFAR: Using social media to build a community

As the Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® seeks to have a greater presence on social media with frequent and daily postings on Facebook and Twitter, it seemed only right to brand it with a new and improved social media handle. To better...

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City of Jacksonville Beach offers flood zone info to REALTORS®

City of Jacksonville Beach offers flood zone info to REALTORS®

The City of Jacksonville Beach Planning & Development Department can provide flood zone information upon request for properties in Jacksonville Beach. FEMA recently updated the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) for Duval County. The new maps...

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SCAM Alert!!

SCAM Alert!!

Florida’s REALTORS® Targeted with Scam Using GoFundMe There is a new email scam targeting Florida REALTORS® members, according to the state organization. A fake “GoFundMe” campaign purports to raise money for a...

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Young NEFAR REALTOR® honored as one of Jacksonville’s best and brightest

Young NEFAR REALTOR® honored as one of Jacksonville’s best and brightest

Bailey Jordan, associate broker for Navy to Navy Homes, has been selected as one of 40 of the best and brightest young professionals in Northeast Florida by the Jacksonville Business Journal (JBJ). Named one of JBJ’s 40 Under 40 honorees,...

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NEFAR supports Florida Realtors® launch of affordable housing education and advocacy effort

NEFAR supports Florida Realtors® launch of affordable housing education and advocacy effort

The Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® (NEFAR) fully supports Florida Realtors®, the state’s largest professional trade association, as it launches a comprehensive education and advocacy effort centered on the urgent need to...

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Mortgage relief is on the way

Mortgage relief is on the way

For those unable to pay their mortgage due to a loss of income related to COVID-19, help is on the way. The City of Jacksonville’s Housing and Community Development Division is distributing more than $4 million of federal funds to Duval...

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REALTOR® Party in JVille a success

REALTOR® Party in JVille a success

More than 100 REALTORS® turned out for NEFAR’s first-ever Rally in Jville celebration March 16. The block party at NEFAR headquarters in Southside was a substitute for the Rally in Tally, which traditionally highlights Florida’s...

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New chapter begins in NEFAR marketing and communications

New chapter begins in NEFAR marketing and communications

Change has been afoot at Northeast Florida Association of Realtors® Resource Center with the addition of two new staff members. Positions have been added to the Communications and Marketing Department upon the departure of longtime...

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Bailey Jordan inducted into the 30 Under 30 class of 2021

Bailey Jordan inducted into the 30 Under 30 class of 2021

Congratulations go out to Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® member Bailey Jordan, a broker with Navy to Navy Homes, for being named to the REALTOR® Magazine's 30 Under 30 class of 2021. Nearly 300 young REALTORS® applied for 30...

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NEFAR congratulates 73 new Gold Key members

NEFAR congratulates 73 new Gold Key members

Hearty congratulations go out to the 73 real estate professionals who received their Gold Key Certifications March 2. The eight-hour class, which was held virtually, was the first of four Gold Key certification classes to be held this year and...

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Barbara “Leigh” Davis October 16, 1964 to March 8, 2021 NEFAR is saddened to learn that Barbara Leigh Davis, owner and broker of Monarch Realty Associates, Inc. of Macclenny passed away on March 8, 2021. Known as “Leigh” by...

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NEFAR member a finalist for REALTOR® Magazine 30 Under 30 class of 2021

NEFAR member a finalist for REALTOR® Magazine 30 Under 30 class of 2021

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (March 11, 2021) – Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® member Bailey Jordan, a broker with Navy to Navy Homes, has been named as one of 50 finalists nationwide for the...

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NEFAR Installs 2021 Officers and Directors

NEFAR Installs 2021 Officers and Directors

NEFAR congratulates its 2021 officers and directors, who were installed at the 2021 Install and Awards event on Jan. 15, themed Passion, Resilience, and Luck. Taking the reins as 2021 officers are (L-R in the photo): President-Elect Mark Rosener,...

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All Hail The Winners!

All Hail The Winners!

Congratulations to NEFAR's 2020 award winners, who were announced on Jan. 15 at NEFAR's 2021 Installation of Officers and Awards event, themed Passion, Resilience, and Luck. Check out the event video here to see our winners say a few words about...

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2020 Homes Sales Another Record Breaker

2020 Homes Sales Another Record Breaker

December 2020 and 2020 annual real estate market reports for Northeast Florida are now on NEFAR.com, Market Stats tab. Except where otherwise indicated, statistics reflect combined results for single-family residential and condominium...

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