What began as a friendly conversation between Julie Childers, Chris Childers, Bill Sharp, and Lauren Sharp became a reality with the inception of House & Haven in 2019. The four partners soon realized the vast amount of synergized, experience-based knowledge they possessed about the Northeast Florida real estate community. Their shared vision to offer a unique and independent real estate brokerage with personalized concierge-like experience for clients compelled them to venture into the opportunity. House & Haven prides itself on being a legacy real estate group, one whose background uniquely stands out among the rest. Diverse and exclusive backgrounds in various facets of the industry allow House & Haven to provide an unparalleled experience for each client.
The Childers family is a second generation real estate family here in Northeast Florida. Chris’s father, Bruce Childers, was one of the youngest real estate developers in the Jacksonville area. By 1974, at the age of 25, Bruce had established a very successful and sizable development and construction company with over 100 employees developing projects around Jacksonville and Northeast Florida. Chris’s mother, Deborah Childers, was also a very successful residential and commercial real estate agent in Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beach for over 25 years starting in the 1980’s. Chris’s Aunt, Catherine Childers, is currently a successful commercial real estate Broker/Owner and has operated Childers Commercial Properties in Jacksonville for the past 30 years.
Chris Childers is well versed in the mortgage, finance and real estate business serving Northeast Florida for the past 20 years. As a former President and Operations Manager in the marketing and staffing industry, along with being a licensed Mortgage Loan Originator and realtor, Chris understands all aspects of the real estate process and is an incredible resource for his clients.
Julie Childers has been a REALTOR® since 2010 and has remained in the top 1% of all agents in the area through the majority of her career. Prior to being a REALTOR® , Julie was a top sales performer at Fortune 50 and 500 companies, receiving multiple awards reflecting this performance.
Bill’s father, William Sharp Sr., the patriarch of the Sharp family, worked for Ford Motor Company for 40 years when he entered real estate to have something to do during retirement. Bill Jr. joined the family real estate business after graduating from college. This led to the family expanding their business into real estate brokerage, real property investments and management, mortgage lending and title insurance, making the company a complete one stop solution to all aspects of real estate.
Bill Sharp has been a licensed real estate Broker since 1991 and spent 13 years creating a successful real estate brokerage that allowed him to not only fine-tune his real estate related knowledge and experience but also the aspect of running a business. Bill has also fostered Sharp Mortgages, Inc. into one of the leading and most respected mortgage lenders in Northeast Florida, celebrating 30 years of operation. Bill is also the founder and principal of Jacksonville Title and Trust since 2003, which has been a top local title insurance provider.
Lauren Sharp brings the third generation of real estate forward for the Sharp family. Lauren has grown up in the business and brings a fresh perspective and passion for connecting with the local community by utilizing marketing and technology. Lauren has joined the family business and has spent a number of years learning the business from her father, Bill, through their businesses. Lauren is a licensed realtor and cofounder of House & Haven and is determined to help provide all of our clients the best real estate experience possible.