Andi Stapels Raises Money for Veterans

Water Pointe Realty Group congratulates Andi Stapels, Realtor® on the success of her first fundraiser: Fall for a Vet. This event took place on Saturday, November 5, 2022, and benefitted the Florida Veterans Foundation.

Veterans hold a special place in Andi’s heart, as her late father was a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. She chose the Florida Veterans Foundation as the beneficiary of this event because it helps veterans in times of crisis. The FVF serves as the statewide lead organization for Florida veterans and their families by providing direct services to improve their physical, financial, mental, emotional, and social well-being. The foundation does this by partnering with state and local governments, veteran service organizations, and educational institutions.

Don Lanman, VP Chairman of the Florida Veterans Foundation, and his wife Karen both attended the event, which took place at Manero’s Restaurant in Palm City. Andi knows the owner personally, and when she mentioned her idea to do a fundraiser he didn’t even hesitate to offer his help. The restaurant was packed all night long.

Other local businesses also showed their support by donating baskets for the event including Woof Gang Bakery for DogsJohn Pinkley with Compass MortgageLaw Office of Rick Kozell, Water Pointe Realty Group, and gift cards from other establishments who donated such as Maya’s Mexican Grill & Bar, Olympic Taverna, Kilwin’s, Townie’s Tavern, and April Daze Boutique.

“I was really honored to be a part of the foundation, and I am so excited to start another fundraiser,” said Andi Stapels.

With an initial goal of raising $1,000.00, Andi was able to raise a total of $2,286.00 for the Florida Veterans Foundation. The foundation organized two 50/50 raffles for the evening – one for the early birds and another for those who attended later in the evening. One of the raffle winners was kind enough to donate their winnings back to the FVF.  To learn more about how you can help, contact Andi Stapels at 772-444-2634 or Andi@WaterPointe.com.

Water Pointe Agents Featured in Stroll Sewall’s Point Magazine

Water Pointe Realty Group has a tagline we commonly use: “We know it. We live it. We’ll help you buy or sell it.” Realtors® Sean Quinn and Anne Warner are residents of Sewall’s Point and can be found strolling this picturesque community in their feature in the November Issue of Stroll Sewall’s Point Magazine.

Sean Quinn’s family moved to Martin County in 1976. After graduating from Martin County High School, he attended New Mexico Military Institution before being appointed to the United States Naval Academy. After his military service, he worked with Booz Allen Hamilton as a project manager and business development lead. This knowledge lended itself well when Sean returned to Florida to begin his career as a Realtor®, following in his parents’ footsteps, Bill and Francine, who have been real estate agents since the 1970s.

Anne Warner, originally from Minnesota, attended Bemidji State University where she received her degree in Sports Management. After arriving in Florida with her family, she began her career in education then transitioned into real estate on the Treasure Coast. Her experience as an educator has served her well with her clients and now her neighbors of Sewall’s Point.

“These two high-energy Realtors® complement each other, bringing professionalism, integrity, and skill to their real estate customers and transactions. They are truly a dynamic duo”, says Managing Broker Bill Dean.

The Town of Sewall’s Point is located just east of Stuart, on a peninsula surrounded by magnificent waterways. The St. Lucie River borders the western portion of this town, while the stunning Intracoastal Waterway is found to the east— creating a boater and fisherman’s paradise. Sewall’s Point is ideal for those seeking luxury waterfront properties or an estate home in a quaint, private community. Water Pointe Realty Group has 4 convenient office locations; 3 located in Stuart with the Sewall’s Point office located at 3727 SE Ocean Blvd being established in 2008.

Maggie Mell Joins Water Pointe Realty Group

Water Pointe Realty Group welcomes Maggie Mell as its newest Realtor®.

A former White House Correspondent, news producer, interior design firm owner – Maggie Mell brings many experiences to her real estate career.  She has been a licensed real estate agent and interior designer in Minnesota for many years, and is not new to real estate or the sunshine state at all. She has called Florida home since 1982 living in the Jupiter/Tequesta area, and recently designed and renovated her current home in Tequesta.

Maggie believes real estate and interior design always  go hand-in-hand and she enjoys doing both for her clients. She has an incredible eye for design and uses her skills to benefit her buyers and sellers alike; overall she loves helping her clients find pride in their home. Maggie believes in the art of negotiation, prepping homes for sale, and most importantly easing the burden and stress for her real estate clients. This passion is truly evident in her real estate success!

Maggie has earned 3 academic degrees including a Master’s in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, a degree in Interior Design, and a Bachelor’s in Speech and English. She and her husband John have 4 adult children who currently live in the Midwest and on the East Coast. She is an avid volunteer and currently works on a committee for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Maggie Mell is based out of Water Pointe Realty Group’s Jupiter/Tequesta office located at 393 Tequesta Drive and can be reached directly at (561)-529-6353, Maggie@waterpointe.com, or Mell2sell.com.

Anne Warner of Water Pointe Wins Community Service Award

Martin County Realtors® of the Treasure Coast have named Anne Warner of Water Pointe Realty Group as the recipient of the 2022 Community Service Award. This marks the fourth time a Water Pointe agent has received this honorable recognition.

The Realtors® and staff of Water Pointe Realty Group are encouraged to get involved with causes they are passionate about, and Anne Warner truly stands as a pillar of this. Her tiresome commitment and involvement in service to the community makes her beyond worthy of this accomplishment.

Anne’s love for connecting people, networking, and helping others are not only evident in her business, but also the way she lives her life daily. Her in-depth knowledge of her community gives her a unique platform both as a Realtor® and in giving back in the best way possible.

“Love like butter – spread it everywhere,” Anne Warner said. Her message is simple yet the intention is fierce.

Anne has a special place in her heart for programs that advocate for children and their families in times of need. She is involved with Madison’s Miracles, a nonprofit organization that provides support and resources to grieving parents who have experienced still birth and infant loss. Both Anne and her Partner, Sean Quinn, have participated in Madison’s Miracles Celebrity Chef event. She also works with Hibiscus Children’s Center and hosted a “Foster a Bear” campaign in efforts to raise awareness and funding for the center’s various programs to maintain safe shelter for at-risk children.

Water Pointe’s Janice Norman Named 2022 Realtor® of the Year

Water Pointe Realty Group is beyond proud that Martin County Realtors® of the Treasure Coast has named Janice Norman 2022 Realtor® of the Year. This marks the seventh time a Water Pointe agent has received this prestigious honor.

Janice has lived on the Treasure Coast for more than 30 years and having raised her family here she has seen the community bloom. Her philosophy is to love the area you serve, and that giving back is of paramount importance. Given her numerous designations, awards, and offices held over the years, she truly embodies this.

With her skillset, Janice Norman can aid any type of client with their needs. She holds extensive knowledge of the area that benefits buyers who are relocating or first-time homebuyers. Holding a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designation in combination with her nursing experience puts her in a unique position to be an asset to retirees and senior citizens.

“I became a successful Realtor® 18 years ago with the support of members of Martin Country Realtors® of the Treasure Coast who mentored me and encouraged my continued work in the community in which I am so enthusiastic about,” Janice Norman said.

Janice is the 2021 Charlene Hoag Leadership Award recipient, a prestigious award for outstanding contributions, community leadership, and dedication to Martin County. She is the founder of the Christian Business Coffee, past chair of the Stuart – Martin Chamber of Commerce; past chair of Catch the Wave of Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting human trafficking; and has served many nonprofits including Visionary School of Arts and Soroptimist International of Stuart, of which she was named a Woman of Distinction for volunteerism in 2017. She is a graduate of LEADERship Martin County as well as past chair of its alumni board. Martin County Realtors® also presented Janice with the 2019 Distinguished Service Award, 2007 Community Service Award.

Janice Norman is based at Water Pointe’s Hutchinson Island office located at 660 NE Ocean Blvd in Stuart. She can be reached directly at 772-485-9505 or JNorman@WaterPointe.com.

Water Pointe Welcomes Gray Petree

Water Pointe Realty Group is excited to welcome the newest Realtor® in its Jupiter/Tequesta office, Gray Petree.

Gray attended the University of South Florida where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications. She has always loved the Jupiter area, admiring the wonderful people and beautiful waterways. She loves boating to the Bahamas to fish, dive, and make lasting memories with her family & friends.

Gray is very detail-oriented and strives to make every client feel like a part of her family. She always goes above & beyond to make the entire transaction process an extremely smooth, timely, and easy operation for her clients. Having spent 3 years working for a property management company in Tampa, Gray has worked with people of all ages, budgets, and walks of life.

Gray Petree is outgoing, energetic, kind, and always eager to help out those around her. Let her pride & passion for the community guide you to find the perfect home for you and your family.

Gray Petree is based at the Jupiter/Tequesta office located at 393 Tequesta Drive. She can be reached directly at 336-757-2467 or Gray@WaterPointe.com.

Water Pointe to Host Second Annual Golf for Busch Wildlife Sanctuary

Water Pointe Realty Group and the Rotary Club of Jupiter-Tequesta are excited to host the second annual Golf for Busch Wildlife, a golf tournament benefitting Busch Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Busch Wildlife Sanctuary is a non-profit organization focused on protecting and conserving Florida’s wildlife and natural resources. With a goal to rescue, rehab, release, and educate, this center is of vital importance to our community. Admission to the center is by donation and it is open to the public from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday – Saturday. Since its founding more than 30 years ago, Busch Wildlife reports that over 2 million guests have participated in its educational programs.

With Florida’s population rapidly increasing and development in overdrive, nearly 90% of the patients treated at Busch Wildlife Sanctuary come in with issues directly correlated to humans. Currently, the organization is working on expanding its rehabilitation areas for wildlife and developing a nearly 20-acre campus that will almost double its space. It is evident that

Water Pointe Realty Group and the Rotary Club of Jupiter-Tequesta were able to raise $25,000 for Busch Wildlife Sanctuary through last year’s tournament, and are hoping to do even better this year. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, at North Palm Beach Country Club and will kick off with a shotgun start at 1:00 PM. Entry price of a foursome includes golf, on-course beverage, dinner reception, tournament prizes, and raffle event. To register or for more information contact Katie Lucie 561-427-5156 or Katie@WaterPointe.com.

Home Projects to Tackle Before Selling

Making the decision to sell your home is a task within itself. Then there’s the process of shaping it into what typical buyers are looking for. Whether it’s a quick fix or something to save for the weekend, here are 9 home projects to tackle before selling your home courtesy of Florida Realtors®.

1. Wash the Windows

Washing your windows is something that often gets put on the back burner, especially if you have kids or pets. Make it a habit to stay on top of this once showings of your home begin.

2. Do a Deep Clean

There’s cleaning, and then there’s deep cleaning. Although most people have a typical routine of chores around the house, it’s important to accomplish a solid deep clean of your space right before it hits the market. Don’t forget the nooks and crannies!

3. Declutter

Decluttering your space is one of those home projects that is beneficial in more ways than one. Not only does it leave you with little to hide during showings, but also less things to transport and unpack when it comes time to move.

4. Minimize Pet Paraphernalia

We love Fido and his Bark Box subscription, but potential buyers might not. Try to minimize the amount of toys, beds, leashes, and other pet items left out around your space when trying to sell.

5. Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint

One of the easiest home projects to refresh the interior of your home is giving the walls a fresh coat of paint. Cover up any holes from hanging decor or scuffs from moving furniture, and be diligent about not creating new ones before closing.

6. Upgrade Cabinetry

The looks of your cabinetry can make or break the aesthetic of a room. Whether it’s outdated, painted, or missing a door, it might be time to upgrade your cabinets.

7. Add a Backsplash

A backsplash can be the focal point or the finishing touch. Consider adding a backsplash in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, etc. Tip: try to avoid busy patterns or eclectic designs specific to your personal taste so potential buyers can better envision living in and influencing the space themselves.

8. Address Pests

Pests are the guests in your home that nobody invited. Although these critters are to be expected, especially while living in Florida, be sure to address the pest situation in your home and get it under control before showings begin.

9. Increase Curb Appeal with Landscaping

You can only make a first impression once, and the curb appeal of your home is the first thing everyone sees upon arrival. Whether you are maintaining or upgrading, remember that the exterior landscaping leaves a lasting impression during a showing or Open House.

Do you have questions about selling your home, or any of the home projects listed above? Contact Water Pointe Realty Group and our agents will have the answers!

Mark Eble Participates in Ride to End ALZ

Water Pointe Realty Group congratulates Mark Eble for his participation in The Alzheimer’s Association’s Ride to End ALZ. A cycling event benefitting the fight against Alzheimer’s, participants in the Ride to End ALZ raise funds and awareness to advance research toward the disease.  This event took place July 8-10 in South Carolina.

Over the course of 5 weeks Mark trained to ride more than 80 miles per day. Although much harder than anticipated, he was set on completing the 260-mile Ride to End ALZ. “The frequent hills and brutal temps took a toll on this flatlander, but I was determined,” he said.

Mark began with a goal to raise $750, the minimum required to ride in the event. “I figured I was just going to write a $750 check and be done with it,” he explained. However, after sending a few emails and turning to social media, Mark was surprised to discover how many people were willing to help out. Friends, family, schoolmates, colleagues, and fellow Water Pointers came together to help him raise $15,665 — the 5th highest total in the entire fundraiser.

His group with Calder Brothers Cycling Team raised over $116,000. This is almost twice as much from the previous year, and dubbed the team as the highest fundraiser for 2022. In total, the event of about 350 riders raised over $860,000 toward the fight to end Alzheimer’s. “I’m proud of what we did,” Mark said. “I was more impressed and touched by the generosity… thank you to everyone who donated!”

   

Kristen Olsen Joins Water Pointe Realty Group

Water Pointe Realty Group is thrilled to welcome Kristen Olsen as the newest Realtor® in its Jupiter/Tequesta office.

Kristen was born and raised in Jupiter, Florida. As a native to the area, she has a deep understanding of how special the Jupiter/Tequesta community is and why people love living here. Kristen has a passion for the waterfront and country club lifestyle her area has to offer. She lives in Turtle Creek Club in Tequesta with her husband Dylan and their two beautiful daughters, Emily and Lucy.

Having attended and graduated from local schools, Kristen is very familiar with the local school system. She began her career in the financial service industry and worked in all aspects of the home buying process. Not only has this allowed her to build hundreds of relationships with members of the community, but also a complete understanding of the process early on.

Kristen is deeply immersed in her community and is committed to helping it grow and thrive. She has an innate ability to turn strangers into friends and bring people together to enjoy all of the amazing things Jupiter/Tequesta has to offer. Kristen and her husband are active members of their neighborhood country club. She is also on the board at Good Shepherd Episcopal School, serving as VP community relations. Her goal in this capacity is to bring families together and support local businesses. Kristen has a true passion for real estate! Whether you are buying or selling, she has a keen eye for helping you with all of your real estate needs.

Kristen Olsen is based at the Jupiter/Tequesta office located at 393 Tequesta Drive. She can be reached directly at 772-834-9693 or KOlsen@WaterPointe.com.