Two economists at Florida Realtors® 2017 Florida Real Estate Trends event wait to speak before a 500-Realtor crowd. Pictured from left are: Florida Realtors Chief Economist Dr. Brad O’Connor (in the striped tie), with National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Dr. Lawrence Yun seated next to him.
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 30, 2017 — In 2016, Florida’s economy outperformed the nation in part because of better job creation, according to several economists who spoke to a standing-room-only crowd of about 500 Realtors® at the 2017 Florida Real Estate Trends event last week during Florida Realtors® Mid-Winter Business Meetings.Read More »
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 24, 2017 – Florida’s housing market reported higher median prices and fewer all-cash sales in December, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 22,332 last month, up 0.8 percent from December 2015.Read More »
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 20, 2017 — The real estate market plays a vital role in Florida’s growth, and figuring out what lies ahead in 2017 is a key question for policymakers, residents and Realtors®.Read More »
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 13, 2017 – Do you have kids currently in college, or maybe one who is about to graduate high school? Are they interested in a possible real estate-related career? Then find out more about the Student Scholarship Program offered through Florida Realtors® Education Foundation Inc., a not-for-profit corporation that provides real estate-related educational scholarships. But act fast: The application deadline for this year’s program is March 6, 2017.Read More »
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Growing up in a rural area, Realtor® Wendell Davis, executive vice president of Watson Property Management in Jacksonville, knew of the sacrifices his parents made for him.
“Just being allowed to play football was a big deal,” says Watson, who notes that long hours at school meant alterations to his parents’ schedule.
However, he, like his parents, realized the importance of being involved. The lessons learned on the football field prepared him for life.
“I learned how to collaborate and get along with others,” he says. “The lessons you learn on a competitive team pay dividends the rest of your life. You learn how to be a leader, a problem solver; you learn to give and take.”
Giving comes naturally to Davis. His involvement in the community is extensive. From board positions with the Clay YMCA, St. Johns River State College Foundation and North Florida March of Dimes to his community leadership involvement with the Clay County Commission, Florida Realtors®, and Seven County Regional Planning Council, Davis believes in serving the community that has treated him so well.
In 2015, he was honored with a Twelve Point Award by the Boy Scouts of America, which recognizes outstanding service to youth and the community, not only for his involvement with the Boy Scouts of America but also for his civic contributions and leadership in the community.
Davis earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida. Following graduation, he served for two years in the U.S. Army as an armored tank officer in Texas and Korea. After his active military service, Davis entered the civilian world. He coached high school and college football for 23 years while continuing to serve in the Army Reserves as a military police officer (MPO).
Davis first earned his real estate license in 1978 after a career of coaching high school and college football. “Like most professionals, real estate was the second career for me,” he says. And it happened quite by accident. As part of the required continuing education, Davis and the high school principal decided to take a real estate course at the local community college.
Davis recalls, “The instructor was a friend, and he pushed me to take the real estate exam at the end. I passed and worked that summer selling real estate.”
However, his passion for football was still calling him to the sport. He took a college coaching position at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina. “We had a lot of players who [transferred] from Division 1 schools. So, with that talent, in 1981, we had three NFL draft picks and finished fourth in the country,” he says.
He retired from coaching in 1986 and went into real estate full time. “People spend too much time talking about down markets. I just did it and made a living at it,” he says.
As a Realtor, Davis has worked diligently over the years to help his clients and his colleagues. He has been an active, involved member of his local, state and national Realtor organizations: the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors® (NEFAR), Florida Realtors and the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). He served as Florida Realtors president in 2010 and was honored as the state association’s Realtor of the Year in 2011.
Davis is proud of his career, but even more proud of his community efforts.
“The more you give, the more you receive,” he says. “When you help someone, say, visiting a friend in the hospital, you’re taking the time to let them know you care. But, after the visit, you feel better, too. You were helped. It turns out they gave back to you, too. If you give with your heart, you will benefit, too.”
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ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 21, 2016 – November was a busy month for Florida’s housing market, with more sales, more new listings, rising median prices and fewer all-cash transactions, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Single-family home sales totaled 19,763, up 12.8 percent from November 2015, while townhouse-condo sales totaled 7,794, up 4.1 percent compared to a year ago.Read More »
ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida remained the top destination of foreign buyers purchasing U.S. residential real estate in 2016, with 22 percent of all foreign buyers who bought residential property in the United States. Florida Realtors® latest report, the 2016 Profile of International Residential Real Estate Activity in Florida, finds that international sales hit $19.4 billion this year, though that’s less than the $23.7 billion spent in 2015.Read More »
ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 13, 2016 – As you’re decking the halls this holiday season, be sure you’re doing it safely. Here are some tips from Florida Realtors® to help you prepare your home for a happy holiday.Read More »
ORLANDO, Fla. – Homeowners looking for a remodeling project should head outside, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) and National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).Read More »