Personnel Changes for Water Pointe Realty Group Island Office

Water Pointe Realty Group is excited to announce personnel changes within its Rental Services Division and Hutchinson Island office.

Sue Bonnell has served as Senior Rental Agent and has now been promoted to the position of Rental Services Manager. Sue certainly possesses the knowledge, experience, and skills necessary to take over the department and continue to improve its operation into the future. Water Pointe is confident that her talent and dedication to the services the firm provides will continue to be well received by all.

Denise Lee has served Water Pointe well as Brokerage Services Coordinator. She has accepted a new position as Rental Services Operations Manager for the rental team. She will assume responsibility for the banking and financial operations of the department. In addition, she will be the primary contact interface with the vacation rental software, affiliate booking venders, and credit card processors. Denise’s managerial experience prior to her joining the Water Pointe family provides her excellent experience to assume her new responsibilities.

Jackie Prussing has served as a part-time administrator at Water Pointe’s Willoughby office. She has decided to come work full-time for the firm and will be taking over as Brokerage Services Coordinator. Jackie has proven herself to be a tremendous resource to the firm. The broker/owners are thrilled she has chosen Water Pointe as her full-time career.

Jeanette Gore has been a valuable member of the Water Pointe family for many years in administrative and rental roles. She has been promoted to Senior Rental Agent in recognition of her department experience and commitment to the Rental Services team.

“We are pleased to expand our staff and the Rental Services team with these well-earned additions and promotions,” said Steve Osburn, Broker/Owner of Water Pointe Realty Group. “We are confident that our growing ‘Vacation Hutchinson Island’ department will be well-equipped to deliver the excellence that our clients have come to expect.”

The new roles for Sue, Denise, and Jeanette became effective July 9th. Jackie will assume her full-time position starting August 8th. Water Pointe Realty Group’s Rental Services Division is based out of its Hutchinson Island Office, located at 660 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL. Search for rentals at www.VacationHutchinsonIsland.com

Martin County Realtors® Reelect Marissa Corbo Director

Martin County Realtors® of the Treasure Coast announced the election results for its 2022-23 Board of Directors. Water Pointe Realty Group congratulates Marissa Corbo on being reelected to her position as a director.

MARTIN COUNTY REALTORS® PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT 

Marissa has served Martin County Realtors® in several capacities over the years. Her continuous involvement has made her dedication to both the association and her colleagues evident. Here is a brief overview of her participation:

  • Director – MCRTC Board of Directors – 2022/2023, 2021/2022, 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019
  • Committee Member – MCRTC Government Affairs – 2018/2019 & 2019/2020
  • Committee Member – MCRTC Affiliates Committee – 2019/2020 & 2020/2021
  • MCRTC Membership Appreciation Task Force – 2019
  • Chairwoman – MCRTC Affiliates/YPN Committee – 2018/2019
  • Vice Chairwoman – MCRTC Affiliates/YPN Committee – 2017/2018
  • MCRTC Leadership Academy Graduate – 2016
CAREER

In 2001, Marissa’s real estate career began as an assistant learning the ropes of the industry. She acquired her sales associate’s license and became a buyer’s agent in 2003, and joined Water Pointe Realty Group in 2008. She then moved on to acquire her Broker Associate License in 2015. Today, she proves herself to be a valuable asset to not only her firm, but Martin County Realtors® as a whole.

EDUCATION

Education is extremely important to Marissa. She currently holds 4 industry recognized designations: Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR), Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), Council of Residential Specialists (CRS), and Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI). Marissa continues to educate herself on the various facets of the real estate industry.

 MCRTC BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2022-23

Congratulations to the 2022-23 board of directors. The annual installation & awards luncheon will take place on Friday, September 23 at Willoughby Golf Club.

OFFICERS
Dan Carmody, President
Stephen Ngo, President-Elect
Christy Bearse, Vice President
Sandy McAlister, Secretary-Treasurer
Andy Spear, Past-President

DIRECTORS
Marissa Corbo
Mark Hufnagel
Lorna Moodie
Michael Ponte
Anne Schmidt
Rosi Shepard
Catherine Winters

Caring Fields Felines – Local Charity Spotlight

Caring Fields Felines is one of many local nonprofits that Water Pointe Realty Group supports.

Located on 5 acres of wooded property in Palm City is Caring Fields Felines — a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization.

This agency is a no-kill rescue & adoption organization on a mission to reduce the number of homeless felines in Martin County and surrounding areas. Established in 2000 with 30 cats and a handful of volunteers, today this sanctuary is home to more than 175 cats with over 50 volunteers working to keep things running smoothly.

Caring Fields Felines is about CATS:
C aring Fields Sanctuary provides a natural, yet protected environment for more than 175 cats.
A doptions: Caring Fields Felines found forever homes for over 400 cats last year.
T NVR: Trap-Neuter-Vaccine-Return program successfully helps control the feral cat population.
S pay/Neuter: Each year, CFF spays & neuters hundreds of cats.

At Caring Fields Felines there is a major emphasis is on CARING. Seven staff members and a team of dedicated volunteers take care of everything from feeding & socializing the cats to keeping the facilities clean, comfortable, and safe 365 days a year. In some cases, CFF looks out for animals from beginning to end. While the goal is to help all “residents” find a loving forever home, there are some that will spend the rest of their days at the sanctuary. No matter what, they are truly well cared for in a loving home.

The residents live in a protected, free-roaming environment complete with cottages they can utilize whenever they want. There are plenty of areas to climb, spots to nap in the sunshine, and safe places to harbor them from the elements. Each building throughout the safe amp protected campgrounds serves a special purpose, including:
– Lisa’s Safe Haven, a colorful cottage reserved for cats diagnosed with leukemia and feline immune virus.
– The Cattery is home to adoptable cats and kittens, including some with special needs.
– New neo natal nursery that has enabled CFF to save so many more kittens.

Cats come to Caring Fields Felines from various sources and all walks of life. Many are given to CFF directly from shelters that practice euthanasia in an effort to spare their lives. The organization works closely with a shelter in Okeechobee as well as shelters in Palm Beach County. Volunteers pick them up from Animal Control, kitten litters rescued from outdoor colonies, or owners are unable to care for them any longer.

Efforts to control the feral cat problem in the community includes CFF’s Trap-Neuter-Vaccine-Return (TNVR) program. Not only does this successfully diminish the number of homeless cats, but also improves the health and wellbeing of the cat community as a whole. Operation Catsnip through CFF offers low-cost or no-cost services that have spayed/neutered over 4000 cats across the Treasure Coast.

Connect with Caring Fields Felines: WEBSITE | FACEBOOK PAGE | YOUTUBE CHANNEL

“Watching the organization grow since I’ve been involved over more than a decade has been very gratifying,” said Katherine Goodman, Realtor® with Water Pointe Realty Group. Katherine dedicates much of her free time to Caring Fields Felines by volunteering at events, selling properties that have been donated to CFF, and assisting with trapping/transporting/adoptions. She was even the Realtor® who helped locate and close on CFF’s current 5-acre property. Katherine also loves working the various fundraising events throughout the year.

One of Caring Fields Felines’ major fundraisers is its baby shower for kittens. People bring food and other supplies to donate while also getting to coo & cuddle (and hopefully adopt) the cats and kittens. “I love the annual Kitten Shower,” Goodman said. “It’s so wonderful to see so many people excited to find a new furry family member and watch them leave with their new baby! Whether it’s an adult or a kid- they’re all beaming!

Another fundraiser that CFF organizes is its holiday event Merry Meows. Goodman typically works check-in for the event with the same gals and many of the same folks return each year. “The cottages where the resident cats live are all dressed up with twinkling lights and it’s just magical,” she said. Although the event has not taken place in the last 2 years due to COVID-19, Goodman reports that online fundraising is still going strong.

While the services offered by Caring Fields Felines are vital, they are made possible solely by the generosity of donors. CFF receives no state, federal, or local financial aid. Any donations you make to CFF help provide the necessary food, medical, and housing requirements for residents so that they may live peacefully at the sanctuary until they are adopted. Click HERE to make a donation and click HERE to become a Cat-A-List monthly sponsor.

Caring Fields Felines is located at 6807 SW Wedelia Terrace, Palm City, FL and can be reached by phone at 772-463-7386.

Some information has been attributed to articles published by TCPalm.

Water Pointe Realty Group Hosts 2022 Economic Forum

Water Pointe Realty Group hosted an Economic Forum gathering highly knowledgeable individuals in the real estate and financial fields.  The event was created to provide attendees insight on what to expect from our local economy moving forward.  The event took place on Thursday, June 30 at the Martin County REALTORS® of the Treasure Coast auditorium.

Organized by Broker Dave Derrenbacker, with the support of his fellow partners at Water Pointe, the Forum was the first of its kind to be hosted by the firm. There was a significant turnout of Water Pointe agents and invited guests. All were eager to gain a better understanding of where the economy is heading. The panel consisted of Ryan Strom of Team Parks Inc, Reina Ramos of City National Bank of Florida, George Haley of SouthState Bank, Ted Astolfi of Economic Council of Martin County, Mike Dadko of Sailfish Wealth Management, and Jeff Miller of Treasure Coast Management Specialists.

“One of the most informative economic summits I have attended over the past couple of years. It was an insight into our local community and our economy from five different sectors of our business. Very well done,” states Broker Associate Dan Brady, Director at Martin County Realtors® of the Treasure Coast.

In an economy, and specifically an industry that has been unpredictable over the last couple years, it is imperative for peers to come together to learn about the latest developments and standards. REALTORS® have a shared goal of servicing their clients and community in the best way possible. The attendees of this Economic Forum have taken a step toward expanding their knowledge for the benefit of their customers.

Martin County REALTORS® of the Treasure Coast works tirelessly to support local agents. The association creates an inclusive environment that welcomes collaboration by making its facilities and resources openly available to members.

Phyllis Choy Promotes Literacy Through Book Drive

Water Pointe Realty Group congratulates Phyllis Choy on her recent book drive to promote literacy. Donations were made to Thelma Pitman Preschool, the Edna Runner Tutorial Center, and Drexel Senior Public Housing Development.

Phyllis facilitated a very successful drive last year. She surpassed her initial goal of 400 new books and in the end collected more than 1,100 books for the children of Belle Glade & Pahokee. Phyllis was even featured on WPTV News Channel 5 for her efforts!

“The book drive promoting literacy was a thought that occurred to me during the pandemic — how can I help when public libraries are all closed,” she said. “As a Commissioner with the Palm Beach County Housing Authority, I knew many of our residents could not afford to purchase new books. My goal was to collect and distribute donations throughout public housing sites in Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay. The generosity was overwhelming.”

After the impact that was made in 2021, Phyllis decided to do it again. This year, however, the books she collected were donated to both children and senior citizens. Over 600 children’s books were delivered to Thelma Pitman Preschool as well as the Edna Runner Tutorial Center. Another 600 books and tablets were delivered to the Drexel Senior Public Housing Development.

“This year the focus was on children in Jupiter and seniors in West Palm Beach,” Phyllis said. “Literacy is a must for all ages! The generosity and kindness shown by everyone who donated books is so very appreciated.”

In total, Phyllis Choy has received more than 2,300 book donations over the last two years. Her efforts are imperative to the communities she serves and many people would not have access to literature otherwise. Water Pointe Realty Group is extremely proud of Phyllis and her passion for helping others.

 

Realtor® Sean Quinn Supports Madison’s Miracles in Celebrity Chef Event

Congratulations to Sean Quinn of Water Pointe Realty Group for his participation in the 2022 Madison’s Miracles Celebrity Chef Event.

Everyone loves the entertainment of eating at a hibachi restaurant, but not often do you get to enjoy that experience from one of your friends. Madison’s Miracles hosts the annual Celebrity Chef Event to allow individuals from around the community who are passionate about its mission to help raise funds and awareness. Participants are trained by a hibachi chef prior to the event, and a winner is chosen based on fundraising as well as team spirit.

Madison’s Miracles is a nonprofit organization. It provides support and resources to grieving parents who have experienced still birth and infant loss. More specifically, it is known for working toward getting Cuddle Cot placements at hospitals across all 50 states. The organization also provides grieving packets, workshops, support groups, remembrance events, expense assistance, and grief counseling.

Sean Quinn was surrounded by friends and family at his Star Wars-themed table. The event was held June 6 & 7 at Fujiyama Japanese Steakhouse in Stuart. While laughs and memories were shared by all, he was able to raise a total of $1,233.00 for Madison’s Miracles.

“Celebrity Chef? Sean Quinn was not only our Celebrity Chef, but a professional chef,” said Debra Duvall, Broker/Owner of Water Pointe Realty Group. “The food was cooked to perfection, his culinary skills excelled and he even made the perfect onion volcano! Who knew one of the top Realtors® in Stuart was also an entertaining chef — all for a good cause and supporting our community.”

Sean Quinn's table at the 2022 Celebrity Chef EventCelebrity Chef's for the 2022 event

Photos courtesy of Madison’s Miracles, taken by Liz McKinley

Water Pointe Realty Group Welcomes Matt Lashinger

Water Pointe Realty Group is proud to welcome Matt Lashinger to the firm.

Matt recently acquired his license and is the newest Realtor® to Water Pointe. However, he is not new to the industry itself. Matt grew up with major ties in the realm of real estate. His family  has deep roots in the residential planning, design, construction, and interior design communities of the Palm Beaches.  He uniquely understands the area’s real estate market, culture, institutions, and community.

After attending The Benjamin School and graduating from Dwyer High School, Matt remained in Jupiter where he resides today. He attended Florida Atlantic University, where he honed an amateur golf game that became a professional career. This took him around the world to play competitively. Matt is also an avid sport fisherman and enjoys traveling to the Bahamas.

Matt Lashinger is based at the Jupiter/Tequesta office located at 393 Tequesta Drive. He can be reached directly at 561-401-2366 or MattLashinger@WaterPointe.com.

Tailor Your Garden to Native Butterflies

The Zebra Longwing Butterfly (the official State butterfly) is one of many butterflies native to South Florida. You might also be familiar with some of the other common butterflies of our area such as Monarchs, Swallowtails, Queens and Painted Ladies. 

The butterfly is enjoyable to watch and serves a critical purpose as well. Nearly 80% of the world’s food, plant-based products, and flowering plants require pollination. Pollinators include butterflies, bees, moths, birds, and bats. Visits from these creatures also result in better quality and higher crop yields.

It’s common for homeowners to want to attract these beautiful little insects to their gardens. Here are a few tips to consider when creating your own butterfly garden:

  • Make your garden a one stop shop with: water, food, shelter
  • Two types of plants support and promote butterflies among your garden: Host Plants (for larvae) and Nectar Plant (for adults)
  • Different species of butterfly require different host & nectar plants in order to thrive
  • Add a water source or puddling station to keep them hydrated
  • SUNLIGHT! Butterflies need to warm their muscles to fly because they are coldblooded

Water Pointe Realty Group has agents who possess a wealth of knowledge on many topics. From gardening, to boating and interior design,  Contact us today and get connected with one of our expert Realtors®!

Water Pointe Realty Group Welcomes Katy Whittington and Brian Cummings

Water Pointe Realty Group is thrilled to announce its Jupiter/Teqeusta office has gained two real estate agents. Welcome Katy Whittington and Brian Cummings!

 

About Katy Whittington

Born and raised in New Jersey, Katy relocated to the Jupiter/Tequesta area more than 20 years ago. Katy and her husband, Adam, have two children who attend Jupiter Christian School. They also own and operate Blueline Surf and Paddle Company, a local business specializing in water lifestyle activities and have been giving back to this great community for over 12 years.

As a fitness enthusiast, Katy is passionate about health and wellness, and enjoys working out with friends. She and her family love boating along the area’s beautiful waterways, and snorkeling and fishing in the Bahamas. When not enjoying the water and great local weather, the Whittingtons love traveling out west exploring the mountains and hitting the slopes.

Let Katy’s love and passion for the community, as well as experience in the area raising a family – be the guide to help you find your perfect home.

 

About Brian Cummings

Prior to joining Water Pointe Realty Group, Brian enjoyed a career as a Federal Agent and a U.S. Diplomat serving at multiple embassies overseas for more than 3 decades. His public service career burnished his core values of integrity, loyalty, commitment, and collaboration. As a former federal officer, Brian always places his clients’ interests foremost.

Brian grew up in South Florida with a family involved in real estate and building construction industries. Through hands-on experience, Brian continually develops his building construction depth of knowledge. As a real estate professional, his focus is always to help his clients realize the maximum value and quality of their home, because in the end, customer satisfaction is paramount.

Brian and his family currently reside in Jupiter, Florida. He attended Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale and received his B.A. degree at the University of Florida. He is married to his wife, Lynn, and they have one son who attends Jupiter High School. When not scouting properties, Brian is an avid saltwater fisherman and enjoys restoring classic automobiles.

Welcome to Willoughby Golf Club

With award-winning homes, a renovated clubhouse, championship golf and tennis programs, impressive fitness center, newly added pickleball, and a never-ending social calendar – it’s no wonder that Links Magazine named Willoughby Golf Club “one of the best places to live in Florida.”

Sitting upon 400 acres of Florida landscape in the city of Stuart, here you will find more than just a home within a golf club – you will find an extraordinary lifestyle. As a private, member-owned golf club, there is an active board of directors and committee structure who provide guidance and support to a professional staff. With a year-round climate that begs for spending time outdoors, Florida and golf communities simply go hand-in-hand. Finding a golf club that differentiates itself from all the others can be challenging, but at Willoughby the distinctions that set it apart from any other are profound.

 

HOMES

There are some awesome real estate opportunities in Willoughby Golf Club. It provides a wide variety of custom-built homes for the most discerning of buyers. Totaling 375 residences, the ‘neighborhood homes’ consist of two, three, and four bedrooms from 2,000 to more than 3,000 square feet. The larger ‘estate homes’ include a minimum of three bedrooms and offer 2,800 to 6,000 square feet of living space.

 

GOLF

Willoughby Golf Club’s 18-hole Arthur Hills championship golf course highlights the gated community with beauty and nature, and has hosted several regional U.S. Open qualifiers. It is carved out of the natural surroundings and creates the most picturesque course in the area. The resultant varied terrain ensures that shot selection never seems repetitive.

Willoughby’s golf programs are designed to be inclusive regardless of a player’s skill level and offers programs for men, women, couples, 9-holers, 18-holers, beginners, low handicappers, avid or occasional golfers. Everyone has a different learning style, so the club has a full staff of golf instructors who are all certified PGA teaching professionals. WGC’s head golf professional, Gerry Knebels, has been with Willoughby since the beginning and continues to provide top quality private lessons, clinics, and junior golf program.

 

TENNIS & RAQUET SPORTS

Willoughby’s lighted HarTru tennis courts support an active tennis program that has won several league championships – the men’s league ranks top three in the country! With nearly 130 active members, it is known for having some of the best courts in the area. A full service pro shop is open to members for all their equipment, apparel, and racquet stringing/regripping needs. Additionally, Willoughby Golf Club has added 2 pickleball courts for member use and to expand upon the club lifestyle.

 

 

FITNESS

Willoughby’s state-of-the-art fitness center offers stretching, free weights, cardio, and Cybex sectorized machines. There is also a studio where the certified group fitness specialists on staff lead classes including yoga, tai-chi, dance, and body sculpting. Water aerobics is available at the pool. Physical Therapy and lab services are provided by Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Systems.

 

LET THE EXPERTS TELL YOU EVERYTHING

No other real estate company knows Willoughby Golf Club like the team of experts at Water Pointe Realty Group. In fact, WPRG is the community’s preferred real estate partner. “Other real estate offices can show customers a home within Willoughby Golf Club,” said Chris Clifford, broker and owner at Water Pointe Realty Group at Willoughby. “But none truly understand the unique lifestyle that can be found behind the gates like our team does. We are not just looking to sell you a home, but an elevated lifestyle as well.” Whether you are buying or selling a home within Willoughby Golf Club, Water Pointe Realty Group is here to make your dreams a reality. Visit our office at 960 SE Indian Street today, conveniently located just outside the WGC gates, and start living an extraordinary lifestyle tomorrow.