Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Micah's Fundraiser

Hello Everyone,

Most of you have heard by now (but in case you haven't) Chili's Restaurant in Yulee is hosting a Family Fun Night for Micah's Place which will be heldon Tuesday, October 6th from 5 - 10 p.m. Chili's will donate 10% ofpurchases made between those hours to Micah's Place, so it is a very nicefundraising opportunity for us. More importantly, it gives us theopportunity to bring awareness to the community that October is DomesticViolence Awareness Month (DVAM). We will have tables set up with lots ofinformation about our services, and staff and volunteers will be there togreet our guests and answer questions. The Fernandina Pirates will bejoining us with their pirate ship float, and we will also have clowns toentertain the children with balloons, face art and giveaways. In order to receive the 10% donation, a special coupon must be presentedwhen paying your bill, and our workers will be there to make sure everypatron receives one. Please join us to show your support of Micah's Placeand the families you are helping to support. And please share thisinvitation with family, friends and neighbors. This is a very simple way tohelp those who need our services, and it is sure to be a truly enjoyabletime for all. If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you in advance foryour generous support. We look forward to seeing you there!

Ruth Zellers Human Resources / Volunteer Coordinator
Micah's Place, Inc.904-491-6364

John Holbrook - Realtor Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach & Yulee, Florida
Cell: 904-415-0171 Email: Web:

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sounds on Center Jazz Concert

Friday, October 2nd 2009 6:00-9:00pm

Sounds on Centre presented by the Historic Fernandina Business Association will cap the 2009 event series with a special three-hour New Orleans style Second Line Jazz and Dixieland Street Celebration. The musical entertainment will feature world renowned jazz musician/drummer, Les DeMerle and a 6 piece, All-Star cast including Bonnie Eisele. In addition, TGIF, a 7-piece Dixieland band will perform with DeMerle and his all stars.

John Holbrook - Realtor Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach & Yulee, Florida
Cell: 904-415-0171 Email: Web:

Lofton Creek Dock Solution Sought

Looking at marshfront or tridal creek homes? Keep this mind. The state Department of Environmental Protection has agreed to suspend penalties until June 2010 for non-compliant docks in an aquatic preserve in the Lofton Creek area in the hope that a legislative fix can be achieved in the 2010 session.

John Holbrook - Realtor Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach & Yulee, Florida
Cell: 904-415-0171 Email: Web:

95352 Douglas Rd

I will be showing this home today. Needs some work but is priced at $119,900. Great for a handy man who is looking for a location close to the Amelia River and public boat ramp. Currently bank owned and being sold "as is". Call me about this home and other bank owned or REO properties in the Yulee area.

John Holbrook - Realtor Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach & Yulee, Florida
Cell: 904-415-0171 Email: Web:

Monday, September 28, 2009

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John Holbrook - Realtor Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach & Yulee, Florida
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JP Morgan & Chase

Trying to get a deal done at North Hampton involving a property that is held by Chase & JP Morgan. Communication has taken several months and they are now telling me that the property will be moved to the REO department if a contract for $310,000 is not in hand October 5th, 2009. For more details on this great buy call me:

John Holbrook - Realtor Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach & Yulee, Florida
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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Salt - Amelia Island Ritz Carlton

9/24: Salt Signature Wine Dinner at Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island
written by craig 23 September 2009
Salt, the grill at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island will be hosting an evening with wine specialists, who will share their knowledge on Spanish wines while Chef de Cuisine Richard Gras prepares a four-course menu to compliment. Dinner is at 6pm, and tickets are $115 per person, plus taxes and gratuity. Call 904-277-1028 for reservations.

John Holbrook - Realtor Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach & Yulee, Florida
Cell: 904-415-0171 Email: Web:

Amelia Island Jazz Festival

Amelia Island Jazz Festival

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Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival is scheduled from October 2 – 11, 2009 in Fernandina Beach, Florida. This is one of the most popular festivals in Fernandina Beach, and this year’s festival promises to be one of the best ever.

The festival kicks off early this year with a free concert outdoors. Les deMerle All-Star Band will perform at the Sound of Centre already on Friday October 2nd. This is the last and final Sound on Centre for the season, so let’s hope for beautiful weather.

Then on Saturday, October 3rd, “Street.Runnin’ Wild,” with Amelia Island Jazz Festival Scholarship winner Jawren Walton performs at the Palace Saloon.

The second free concert will feature the U.S. Navy Big Band Southeast at Amelia Park on Sunday, October 4.

Grammy Award-winning saxophonist, David Sanborn is scheduled to appear as the headliner in the festival. Sanborn will perform October 9th and 10th with Les DeMerle’s All-Star band and vocalist Bonnie Eisele. This concert takes place at the brand new 1,000-seat auditorium at First Baptist Church on Eighth Street.

One of last year’s most popular evenings, Latin Night with Impacto Latino, will return on Thursday, October 8, and then on Sunday, October 11, there is a New Orleans Jazz Brunch at the Beech Street Grill

John Holbrook - Amelia Island Realtor

Amelia Island Beach Erosion

Amelia Island Beach Erosion

Because of federal and state budget shortfalls, an $11 million Duval County beach restoration project that had been planned for next year has been cancelled.

Now the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees restoration of the area's beaches every five years, is seeking funding for 2011, said agency spokesman Barry Vorse.

The program is intended keep beaches at a sufficient width and elevation to reduce storm damage to oceanfront buildings and other structures, and to sustain tourism.

Meanwhile, no beach renourishment project is planned for Ponte Vedra Beach, Vorse said.

However, a replenishment study has begun for projects in Vilano Beach, Anastasia Island and Summer Haven, and public hearings will be scheduled in late 2010 to discuss them, he said. In addition, beach renourishment is planned next year around the St. Augustine fishing pier to replenish sand that has washed away since a 2005 restoration.

Vorse said Jacksonville's beaches are in "better than average shape" based on an assessment done in June and July, especially since it's at the end of the latest five-year restoration cycle.

That's due to the lack of storm damage since the last project in 2005, when contractors widened the beach from the Mayport jetties south to the St. Johns County line with about 700,000 cubic yards of soft, white sand from an offshore site. That project cost about $6.5 million and included some "sacrificial sand" added as a protective buffer until the next beach restoration project.

But hurricane season doesn't end until Nov. 30, and northeast winter storms sometimes cause more beach erosion than hurricanes.

The 2010 project was expected to cost roughly $11 million, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, which shares the cost with the corps and Jacksonville. The corps was to contribute about $6.8 million and Florida and Jacksonville were each supposed to give about $2 million.

Jacksonville has set aside its share of the contribution, which it's required to do by ordinance, said Tom Heal, an engineer in the city's Public Works Department who handles beach renourishment.

"We were positioning ourselves to do it again in 2010," Heal said.

But he learned in a meeting with corps officials last month that the federal funding wasn't available.

He was also upbeat about the beach's profile, saying wave action has swept some of the 2005 sand to a sandbar just offshore.

"That sand is still there and still functioning to protect the shore," he said.

The expanse of beach hasn't eroded, although it may appear that way because the sand dunes have grown taller and wider and expanded eastward, he said.

"The water line is pretty much where it was before," Heal said.

The subject came up in a conference Friday at Amelia Island hosted by the Florida Shore and Beach Preservation Association, where Al Pantano, commander of the corps' Jacksonville district, explained how the shore protection program reduces storm damage and the need for federal relief money following a significant storm.

On average, for every $1 of tax money spent on federally restored beaches, $4 is saved in reduced damages to homes, businesses and the government, Pantano said. In addition, he said, the government earns about $320 in tax revenues for every $1 spent on beach nourishment.

John Holbrook - Realtor

Amelia Island Plantation Golf Course

Amelia Island Plantation Golf Course

We learned the news within a week's time and the golf community here, loaded with good people, has lost two of the best. Of course one will still be around and we hope one comes back in the future. But for now, it's our loss, ranging from local events to the richest tournament in golf.

Henry Hughes announced his retirement from the PGA Tour, after 25 years of service that included Tour business affairs, marketing, Championship Management and the operation of The Players Championship and the Senior Players. Also, Robert Dugger will be moving back to his native Fort Worth, Texas, after nine years as director of golf at the Amelia Island Plantation. Dugger also served as the head pro at the TPC Sawgrass.

Hughes helped run The Players in two eras, in the 1980s when it became the Tour's marquee event and in the past couple of years, assisting in the transition of the event to May. Hughes was always a steady hand and a cool head, and the good news is that he and his wife Patty will maintain a home in Ponte Vedra after he retires next July.

The circumstances involving Dugger are a little tougher, and have everything to do with the economy. His position at AIP was eliminated, with the pros at the four courses there answering now to the general manager of the property. He embodied all that goes into the makeup of a good club professional -- including integrity.

I'm always going to remember the day in the Cup Matches when his opponent, Alan Henderson, was lining up a 50-foot putt at the 18th green at Timuquana, and Dugger quietly reminded Henderson's caddie that it might be a good idea if he tended the flagstick. Henderson made the putt to win the match and give the Amateurs a half-point victory. As I wrote at the time, Henderson won heroically and Dugger lost honorably.

We know we'll see Henry Hughes around town after he retires. Here's hoping Robert Dugger finds a way to get back here another day.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Amelia Business Network

Yesterday's Amelia Business Network meeting offered a full 90 minutes of action. Topic of the day was successful sales people and traits that define them. As a group we found the importance of being truthful, knowing the benefits of your product, treating customers with excitement and making them feel important. Negatives included: putting the sale ahead of the client, not returning messages, poor follow up, bad support staff and rushing your delivery.

We also spoke about the importance of recording our group referrals and keeping business within the community. Club 14 Fitness was a new guest and spoke about their gym/facility on Amelia Island and Cross Fit training programs.

Lunch was provided by the new chefs at Wicked Davy's Saloon in downtown Fernandina Beach. The Chocolate Chip cookies were incredible!

John Holbrook - Realtor Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach & Yulee, Florida
Cell: 904-415-0171 Email: Web:

Amelia Business Network

Yesterday's Amelia Business Network meeting offered a full 90 minutes of action. Topic of the day was successful sales people and traits that define them. As a group we found the importance of being truthful, knowing the benJohn Holbrook - Realtor Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach & Yulee, Florida
Cell: 904-415-0171 Email: Web:

Monday, September 21, 2009

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Local Property Search

Homes, Condos and vacant lots In Fernandina beach, Yulee & Amelia Island!

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Intracoastal Wine Shop

Looking for a great date spot where you can enjoy a bottle of wine in downtown Fernandina Beach? Michele and I recently went to the Intracoastal Wine Shop in historic Downtown Fernandina Beach. They have a wide selection of whites, reds and champagnes. We selected a California cabernet to test out and it was wonderful. The owners are very helpful and prices are fantastic.

John Holbrook - Realtor Amelia Island Florida 904-415-0171

The Green Turtle

The Green Turtle in downtown Fernandina Beach is a great spot to stop and have a beer or glass of wine. You can relax on the wrap around porch and enjoy yourself. The staff is friendly and the bar food is delicious. Music on the weekends and plenty of local flair. Let me know if you're in town and we'll have a drink!

John Holbrook - Realtor 904-415-0171

Friday, September 18, 2009

Amelia Walk

Woodside Homes is the main builder at Amelia Walk which is located just south of A1A on the Amelia Concourse in Fernandina Beach. The first phase of homes has 141 homesites within the neighborhoods of Laurel Park, Cherry Creek, Champlain and Berryessa. Future neighborhoods will offer an additional 608 sites, including some with marsh views alonf Lofton Creek.

Amelia Walk features an impressive Resident's Club which will have enough space for community wide functions, a zero entry swimming pool, covered pavillion, tennis courts, fitness and entertainment rooms, playground, recreational fields and pedestrian trails.

The homes of Amelia Walk encompass a low country feel. Lush, beautiful landscaping of Magnolia trees and live Oaks surround the public areas and line the main street of Majestic Walk Blvd. Prices start around $200k and offer a great per square foot value.

Call me for a community tour and full pricing.

John Holbrook - Realtor 904-415-0171.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Amelia Green Condominiums

Amelia Green is a small private enclave of 41 condominium townhouses in the heart of Amelia Island, Florida. It's 3/4 mile to the beach, 3 miles to downtown, and a short stroll to the post office, YMCA and shopping.

Amelia Green is the creation of Finlay Properties. Amelia Green offers upscale amenities, attached garages, 10 foot ceilings, fireplaces, granite and travertine finishes and more.

The units are 1700 to 2066 square feet plus attached private garage and patio. Variety of floor plans from 2 bedroom, 2.5 baths and loft to 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and loft. Master bedrooms are on the first floor. Exterior maitenance is provided by the association.

Contact John Holbrook - Realtor for information 904-415-0171

Greetings from Amelia Island


Nassau County Florida, more specifically Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island have quickly become a featured stop for people who are looking to relocate to Northeast Florida. If you are searching for a home, condo or vacant lot in the area, here are a couple of quick reference sites that I refer clients to who are looking for additional information.

Nassau County MLS – Search all MLS properties on one site.

Read the Community Paper on-line.

Current events and activities presented by the Chamber of Commerce.

If I can be of any more assistance (area maps, real estate listings, local knowledge etc.) please let me know and thanks for visiting our web site.

John Holbrook - Realtor, Prudential Chaplin Williams Realty Email:
Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, Yulee, Hilliard & Callahan Cell 904-415-0171

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Florida Real Estate

Fla. homeowners don't need State Farm
The state insurance commissioner says that smaller insurers have sufficient capacity to take on most of the orphan policies.

Developers prepare for Hometown Democracy
Builders are trying to change local comprehensive plans now in case voters approve Amendment 4 in 2010.

IRS to ease commercial mortgage refinancing
New rules would allow certain types of loans to be refinanced without triggering tax penalties for investors.

Bernanke says recession 'very likely over'
But the Fed chair warned a weak economy will linger, and the unemployment rate, now at 9.7%, will keep rising.

Credit crunch deters international homebuyers
NAR's 2009 study finds a decline in interest for U.S. properties thanks to the credit crunch and a worldwide recession.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

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Succesful Short Sales

10 Steps to a Successful Short Sale

1) Have a name and contact number at your mortgager.
2) Provide your bank with a proven hardship letter.
3) Make regular downward price adjustments to your list price.
4) Get any offer!
5) Submit offer, listing agreement, listing history and HUD statement.
6) Bank performs a Broker Price Opinion to determine value.
7) Confirm that there is a debt forgiveness with no judgements.
8) Be ready to wait, must have patience.
9) Keep the buyer fully informed.
10) Work with a qualified closing agent and title company.

Provided by John Holbrook - Realtor
Prudential Chaplin Williams Realty
Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, Yulee Florida 32034

Monday, September 14, 2009

Prudential Chaplin Williams Realty

UF economist: Real estate recovery has begun

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sept. 14, 2009 – Speaking to real estate executives on Friday, UF research economist David Denslow predicts even better times soon as the baby boomers retire.

The comments came during the University of Florida Center for Real Estate Studies’ annual Real Estate Trends and Strategies Conference. In addition to Realtors and property managers, attendees included bankers, investors and other industry professionals.

According to Denslow, the U.S. is headed for a rebound, in part, because other nations invested in relatively-secure U.S. treasuries. However, he also issued a warning: That won’t happen the next time unless the U.S. gets a handle on the national debt.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Property Highlights Fernandina Beach

John's Jottings - I was able to view about 8 homes on Saturday morning in the $200,000 to $300,000 price range in the Fernandina Beach area. We started our tour on the south end of Amelia Island and saw a home on Persimmon Circle. It had a small rear yard but was close to the beach. There were 2 fireplaces and an open livingroom. Stop #2 was Caymen Circle. A really nice home with 14 foot ceilings and black granite counter tops in the kitchen. The property was on almost an acre with a small pond in the rear portion of the property. The entrance Caymen circle is off Nassauville Road (CR 107) next to the new boys and girls Club facility. Stop #3 was Theron Court off Barnwell Road (head north from the Lowe's on A1A). The house was on a nice corner lot and had good curb appeal. It looked like it was custom built and had some unique design approaches. Stop #4 was in Spanish Oaks, a small neighborhood off Barnwell with public water and septic. I had been in this home several months ago and it definately looked better than before. New carpets and fresh paint make quite a difference. Stop #5 was North Hampton. The Eastport home is in great shape and has 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. Located on the golf course and featuring a large screened lania. It was the top pick of the day. Stop #6 was Amelia National. The home on Sunflower had lots to offer and the community clubhouse and pool were great benefits. There are multiple short sales in this community and some interesting value priced homes. The home we say was an American Home product and in fantastic shape. The tour ended at stop #7 in Flora Park. A large residential community built by Seda Homes with limited amenities but good value.

If you would like a personal tour, please call me anytime. John Holbrook - Realtor

Amelia Island Plantation Home

Drove by the Marsh Creek site at the Amelia Island Plantation on Friday and saw some good progress. The lot has been cleared and the footers are in. Dave Turner's guys were working on laying the plumbing pipes. The slab for the foundation should be put in next week. The lot is on the west side of the Plantation property and around the corner from the golf course club house. There is a body of water on the rear of the lot and great existing underbrush for landscaping. The house is an upscale low country design with screened rear lania and pool. The architect is Randy Rice and the builder is Brylen Homes. Sales agent was John Holbrook fromPrudential Chaplin Williams Realty.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

August Numbers Real Estate Sales - Nassau County

Nassau County approx. total MLS active listings are 1962 units.

August 2009 MLS sales are 42 units (32 residential, 6 condos, 4 vacant lots).

Average list price is $321k and average sale price was $290k with a total sales number of 9.3 million.

Eye catchers are a relatively new home in Hickory Village for $155,000 and a home on the Amelia Island Plantation for $1.1 million.

Email me for an expanded activity report.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Jacksonville Report

Jacksonville, FL – Traffic Slips on Employment
Concerns, But First Time Buyers Are Active.

(5,135 single-family permits in 2008, 18th largest market in the country)

Traffic off slightly, but potentially a seasonal issue. Buyer traffic worsened in August, with traffic falling below the agents’ expectations for this time of year, with our traffic index dropping to 30 from 54 in July (any reading below 50 suggests traffic below agents’ expectations). Agents who saw weaker-than-expected traffic noted buyer concerns about the economy and trouble with lending. For those seeing better traffic levels, there was consistent mention of the affordability resulting from the low prices and mortgage rates. These buyers are looking for bargains and attempting to take advantage of the first-time buyer tax credit.

We also heard “pent-up demand” mentioned by many agents, as some buyers seem to have the view that it is once again safe to purchase a home. Because of the lingering concern, though, buyers are looking for deals and are cautious about making a purchase unless they are convinced of the bargain. We expect that the tax credit for first time homebuyers will lead to more traffic in September, as buyers must soon put homes into contract in order to close by November 30th.

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Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach and Yulee property Search.

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John Holbrook - Realtor
Prudential Chaplin Williams Realty

Amelia Lakes Short Sale

Under contract and awaiting bank approval. 1 bedroom unit with great view of the lake at Amelia Lakes in Fernandina Beach. Community pool, volleyball court, workout room, tennis courts, car cleaning station and more.

John Holbrook - Realtor

Richmond American - Woodbridge

Just placed a home under contract in the Village I & II section of Woodbridge. Approx. 1700 square feet of living space on a pond with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths for $168,000. Great incentive package offered by the builder. Contact John Holbrook - Realtor to see this community. 904-415-0171

Bargains in Amelia National

Amelia National

Golf course community in Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034. Just showed three house in this community last night and there are bargains to be had. Good amount of short sale inventory. Prices from $235,000 to $350,000 will buy a almost new home with 2500 to 3200 square feet of living space.

Email me for a detailed list
John Holbrook - Realtor 904-415-0171

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Ritz Carlton Amelia Island

Two special offers received by email -

Spa treatments - two 25-minute treatments for $100

Resort Reconnect package - starting at $249/ night including breakfast and a $40 resort credit.

Come on down for a trip and we'll look at some Real Estate at the same time. John Holbrook - Realtor 904-415-0171.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Micah's Place

Micah's Place

A new cookbook is coming: A Savory Place, culinary favorites of Amelia Island. This fund raiser for Micah's Place includes 170 recipes and is also a picture book with photographs by acclaimed photographer Max Hertweck. Advanced sales now: $24.95 online at

Looking forward to trying out some recipes. John Holbrook - Realtor

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Amelia Island Jazz Festival

2009 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

The 2009 Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival kicks off October 4 with a free Jazz concert featuring a 19 piece United States Navy Big Band. Bring a blanket to cozy-up at Amelia Park Town Square and enjoy a Big Band blast in the warm Amelia air. Never one to sit out a good party, the Historic Palace Saloon is hosting a Latin Jazz concert on October 8 at 7 p.m., where guests will dance to a sizzling salsa band. On Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10, the legendary David Sanborn and the famous Dynamic Les DeMerle Band will perform in the headline concert at the First Baptist Church. Attendees of the concert are invited to attend a Jazz Jam session following the performance, featuring a jazz trio at the Church’s Hall. The music festival concludes on Sunday with a Dixieland Jazz Brunch at the Beech Street Grill in downtown Fernandina.

Tickets and a full schedule of events are available at