I am a Miami native who relocated to Gainesville over 20 years ago. As both owner of Segway Group, which specializes in helping organizations with their recruitment and relocation endeavors and as a Realtor, I work closely with UF, UF Health, government entities, tech companies, and other businesses to help recruit top talent from around the globe and then assist them with their real estate needs. My concierge-style approach to luxury experiences for buyers, sellers, and referral partners have earned me the reputation as the go-to person to assist VIP candidates and new hires. This has helped me to forge a number of strong relationships with newcomers to the area, which in turn allows me to grow a network of support for future residents.
In addition to helping my customers buy and sell real estate, my "Let's Talk Real Estate" podcast helps to educate the audience about a variety of real estate-related topics, local and national market conditions, and how the area’s growth and opportunities compare to other cities nationwide. Lastly, by combining my publishing and marketing backgrounds, I also create videos to showcase the area's natural beauty, housing opportunities, businesses, and the people who make the Gainesville area what it is today and what it will become tomorrow.
Let’s Talk International: The Fairytale Region of Italy’s Le Marche with Andrea Mattetti
Italy’s Le Marche region, by all accounts, sounds like a fairytale. With Medieval castles and villages and the stunning Apennine Mountains outlined by stretches of pebbled beaches on the Adriatic Sea, this little-known - but quickly growing - region on Italy’s east coast rivals its larger and better-known sister cities in geographic beauty, charm, and history. A train ride or quick flight from Rome or Milan, and just a ferry ride away from Croatia, its proximity to new and old tourist destinations is fueling its popularity among Europeans, who have found it to be a terrific place to purchase a second home or vacation during the summer months. Andrea Mattetti of Engel and Völkers Civitanova Marche joined us to discuss his beautiful town, how Americans can buy a piece of the dream, and why now is a great time to do it.
Let’s Talk Real Estate Basics With Jessica Hochhalter of RG Title
What exactly does the title company do? Many involved in the real estate transaction process may not be able to give a clear answer, and we’re not just talking about buyers and sellers. Sometimes, title work can seem too complicated or possibly not “sexy” enough to discuss, but it's a crucial component of the real estate sales process. From running title searches to ensure that someone can buy a house without the fear of ownership issues to ensuring that all the numbers are correct when it comes time to sign those closing docs, title companies have a lot of behind the scenes work that goes unnoticed if done well and can terribly affect a transaction if done poorly. Today, Jessica Hocchalter, who is both owner of RG Title and a real estate agent with Realty Group, discusses the title process and we share the differences between the process in Minnesota and Florida.
Let’s Talk International: London Architecture and Interior Design with Tarek Merlin
We crossed the pond this week and headed to London to talk to Tarek Merlin, who is Director and Co-Founder of Feix&Merlin Architects. We initially connected with Tarek on TikTok, where he takes us Behind Closed Doors of some very cool buildings that the public wouldn’t otherwise be able to see. A proponent of renovating and repurposing old buildings and maintaining both a structure’s and a neighborhood’s character, Tarek designs for the present with the past - and the future - in mind. His stunning work spans the residential and commercial spectrum, as well as cities far beyond London and outside the U.K. He says he’s interested in designing in Gainesville, and we’ll happily take him up on that!
Let’s Talk Architecture and Interiors with James Blythe
James Blythe, Principal at Gainesville-based LEVEL Architecture + Interiors, chatted with us about the importance of user-centric design, repurposing old buildings, and the changes that they’re seeing in commercial design projects since the beginning of 2020. With a special place in his heart for a decrepit furniture store-turned-ax throwing establishment that has gained surprising popularity during the pandemic, he shares why sustainable design and repurposing is so important for our communities.
In the midst of the pandemic, dental hygienist, mom, and military wife, Kristyn Gavazzi, decided to change careers and jump into the world of real estate. Admittedly naive about what it takes to actually be a real estate professional, Kristyn has quickly learned and has used her network, authenticity, and tenacity to hit the ground running. Since her start in January 2021, Kristyn has done more than many who have been in the industry for years. Today, she took time between contracts to chat about why she loves the Ft. Bragg and Southern Pines area of North Carolina and why relocation is one of her passions. With some major goals in sight, this rookie will undoubtedly reach - and then exceed - even her own expectations.