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Bloom Realty One Million Bonus

Bloom Realty Realty International, has reached another significant milestone, as it has paid qualified agents and brokers over $1 Million in sales bonuses in 2011. 
It’s an astounding achievement, and proves the point that the “Power of WE®” is alive and well at Bloom Realty, with the most innovative compensation model in the industry today.  As Bloom Realty gains more and more recognition in the real estate industry, the company is breaking records, growing to nearly 100 offices in 23 states since the company was founded in 2009.  With each new milestone, Bloom Realty is proving that their new sales, compensation, and quality service paradigm is a new and exciting model that’s catching on rapidly.  It’s about BUILDING a business, not just DOING business®, while providing the absolute highest level of client service.  With an evolutionary business model and the most innovative compensation plan in the industry, Bloom Realty Realty is setting the new standard.
For more information on a Bloom Realty Career, please visit our Careers Website.

This great 3Br / 2Ba home is located in Westport Bay conveniently located just west of Blanding Blvd.  Home is offered as a Rent to Own, for less than $1200 a month!  For more information and detailed specs please visit: 7951 Westport Bay Court Jacksonville, FL 32244 Home For Sale

Update: Sold!

Jesus Yard Sign

In July, WTLV Consumer Advocate Ken Amaro reported a story about a woman named Sarah Philips. She lives in the Sutton Lakes neighborhood, located just south of Atlantic Blvd. between Kernan and St. Johns Bluff, and is comprised of 496 homes. Amaro’s headline, “Jesus sign creates devilish problem in Jacksonville neighborhood.”

You can find hundreds of homes in our golf Mecca called Jacksonville with backyards dedicated to the game, where practicing putting, chipping and your sand iron stroke are right outside your door. And if you feel the urge to drive or use the long irons, there’s always virtual golf in the family room. But in a in a city where personal outdoor space in virtually non-existent, Rick and Randy Zolstra have a putting green on their balcony.


Jacksonville For Caroline - Arlington

Arlington was one of the first areas in the United States visited by Europeans; it was the site of the French Fort Caroline, built in 1564-1565.  French explorer René Goulaine de Laudonnière, led a contingent of 200 new settlers to Florida. They built Fort Caroline atop a high river vantage point now called “St. Johns Bluff.”  But the colony was beset by hunger, Indian attacks, and mutiny.  Even so, it looked like an attractive option for the  Spanish authorities who considered it a challenge to their control over the area.

Enter the daring Spaniard Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, who violently evicted the French.  The French retreated 35 miles south, where they established the first settlement of St. Augustine.  Today, Fort Caroline is a National Memorial park, and a great day trip, no more than 30 minutes from just about any spot in the city.  

Lets Nosh Mandarin Jacksonville Fl

Oy – matzo ball soup, rugalach, whitefish stuffed cabbage.  My Mom created this and other Jewish gastronomic gems without a recipe in sight. Where are they now? I don’t expect any Carnegie or Katz's clones in the cradle of the southland, but a good knish?  It couldn’t hurt.  

Metro Diner Mandarin Jacksonville FL

Banana Stuffed French Toast will soon be available at three locations, maybe more, in Jacksonville.  Oh goody.

Even before Metro Diner was featured on Food Network's "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” we gladly stood outside, summer and winter (or what we call winter), waiting for a table at Metro Diner in San Marco. We were blessed with a second location in Mandarin, at 12807 San Jose Blvd., near The Fresh Market and Hurricane Grill & Wings. The new location, thankfully, has  more space with its wraparound porch and outdoor seating for up to 32 more hungry customers.   More after the break...


Fun Facts: Harriett Slept Here

Harriet Beecher Stowe

In the 1870s and 1880s, Harriet Beecher Stowe and her family vacationed in what is now North Mandarin, on their St. Johns River estate. While living there after the Civil War, Stowe wrote Palmetto Leaves, arguably an eloquent piece of promotional literature directed at Florida's potential Northern investors at the time. The book was published in 1873 and describes Northeast Florida and its residents.  In 1870, Stowe created an integrated school in Mandarin for children and adults. This predated the national movement toward integration by more than a half century.


"Flopping" is a type of Short Sale fraud that can victimize home sellers and mortgage lenders. It’s an especially egregious scam because it can be pulled off by deceitful homebuyers with the assistance of the very few, dishonest real estate agents out there. In the interest of informing our clients, and those of the 99.9% of agents out there who are honest, reputable Realtors®, here’s how it works.

Rivertown St. Johns

St. Johns
master-planned riverfront residential development, has launched a full court press to boost their online presence, with a full blown web redesign and social media push to promote the 4,170-acre community.

The new features streamlined navigation, easy to use for future homebuyers researching the community. The new site provides a wealth of resources for homebuyers, including builder profiles and home site maps, lifestyle information, community resources, and news and events. There’s all the information that homebuyers consider when purchasing a home, from school zones and proximity to shopping and entertainment to builder information and community amenities.

RiverTown has also launched a Facebook community page, with photos of the community, construction progress, event listings, community updates and important announcements.  more after the break.



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