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January 2017


January 2017
Meet the 2017 NEFBA president: Lee Arsenault, New Leaf Construction
Perhaps the most significant celebration of the Northeast Florida Builders Association each year is the installation of the incoming president. >> Read Full Story
Builders Care gives new start to veteran’s family
Builders Care’s 2016 Veterans Project came to a joyful conclusion Dec. 9, when the Natto family was given a grand tour of their new home. >> Read Full Story
Participation is key to NEFBA’s success
What a privilege it is for me to serve as president of NEFBA this year. While serving on the association’s executive committee as secretary-treasurer and vice president, I witnessed the exchange of ideas, the strong leadership skills and the exercise of good judgment at the top levels of our association. >> Read Full Story
NEFBA selects builder for new office site
NEFBA has called the building at 103 Century 21 Drive home since 1993. For the past 23 years, NEFBA offices have occupied suite 100, and other NEFBA entities, such as the Apprenticeship Program and Builders Care, have used separate space in the building. >> Read Full Story
Remembering Charlie Clark, the Godfather of SMC
Charles R. Clark was a familiar face and respected name to NEFBA members. His contribution to NEFBA’s Sales and Marketing was profound and he was affectionately known as the Godfather of SMC. >> Read Full Story
Professional Women in Building comes to NEFBA
NEFBA is proud to announce the creation of a chapter of NAHB’s Professional Women in Building Council. >> Read Full Story
Greene’s wins Chester Stokes golf tourney
Chet Skinner, left, 2016 NEFBA president, congratulates the winning team in the Chester Stokes Holiday Golf Tournament from Greene’s Quality Construction: Mike Greene, Jason Herndon, Donnie Thomas and Richard Gaines. Second place went to Eagle Roofing Products and Florida Custom Marble finished third. >> Read Full Story
St. Johns Builders Council installs 2017 board members
The St. Johns Builders Council installed its new board of directors, presented awards and celebrated another successful year at its annual holiday party. >> Read Full Story
Permits up, builder confidence at 11-year high
With one month left in 2016, the total number of new-home permits issued in Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties exceeds the total for 2015. >> Read Full Story
Clay Builders install officers, celebrate
Clay Builders Council 2016 board members showing off their new NEFBA cups: Cathy Whaley, Angie... >> Read Full Story
Holiday cheer for over 100 Clay families
A week before Christmas, NEFBA’s Clay Builders Council partnered with the Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs for the 27th consecutive year to provide food baskets to more than 100 Clay County families. >> Read Full Story
LIFETHRIVE: ‘We are in the people business’
“No, I am not. I’m in the construction business,” a contractor may say, when told what the headline for this story says. >> Read Full Story
2017 NEFBA board, council and committee members

Board of directors

Mike Atzert, Sherwin Williams Paint Susan Beaugrand, Wells Fargo Bank A.J. Beson, Beson4 Joe Blanco, ICI... >> Read Full Story
Upcoming events
Local events are listed first, then NEFBA events. Council and committee events are listed in alphabetical order by event name for convenience in tracking your area of interest. >> Read Full Story
Welcome, new members
The following companies became NEFBA members in November. >> Read Full Story
New member spotlight: AT&T Mobility, Monty Khullar
AT&T provides end-to-end mobility solutions that enable agile business operations. >> Read Full Story
Sponsor spotlight: Integrity Financial, Kristopher Gray
Integrity Financial empowers you to shape your financial future through holistic investment strategies, a high level of knowledge and expertise in financial planning. >> Read Full Story
Building a family and a business in Jacksonville
Lee Arsenault didn’t have long-term friends as a boy. He spent his childhood bouncing around Central and South American countries with his father, Paul Arsenault, who worked with the U.S. Department of State. >> Read Full Story
‘He made all of us better. He pushed us.’
Charlie Clark was best known as a world-class real estate consultant, but for those who truly knew him, he was so much more. A mentor, a leader and a friend. >> Read Full Story
Berkshire Hathaway and Davidson hire new agents
New hires at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty include: • Laura Allahiari brings a background... >> Read Full Story
Learning to analyze market through data
With their laptops at the ready and plenty of coffee to focus on the task at hand, 22 Northeast Florida real estate agents came ready to tackle the sometimes daunting world of statistics. >> Read Full Story
Setting goals for a productive 2017
Realty-Builder asked eight real estate professionals to share their goals for 2017. We’ll check back with them later in the year and see how it’s going. >> Read Full Story
Stay focused, ignore drama for success
The plane that Roberta Ross boarded in Pittsburgh to begin a trip to Jacksonville was delayed two hours due to mechanical issues. >> Read Full Story
‘I knew I wanted to do it’
On Jan. 1, Michelle Glass celebrated the one-year anniversary of her real estate law firm. >> Read Full Story
45-acre project set for Town Center area
If there was any question whether more property might be developed near St. Johns Town Center, the answer is yes. Members of the Skinner family want to rezone about 45.2 acres south of Topgolf, west along Interstate 295, for apartments and commercial and retail development. >> Read Full Story
Real estate experts see challenges, opportunities
The homeownership rate in America continues to hover around a 50-year low, but experts gathered for an event in the Washington, D.C., offices of the National Association of Realtors said there also are real-world opportunities to turn that trend around. >> Read Full Story
Strong year for real estate in Florida
In a state that often defies the national norm, the year proved to be another step forward in the long post-Great Recession recovery. >> Read Full Story
Can you criticize a competitor on social media?
After 20 years in the business, Sue is proud of her spotless reputation as a Realtor. She has become skilled at leasing commercial rentals Downtown and has a large number of loyal clients. >> Read Full Story
Toll Brothers adds Julington home design to Atlantic Beach Country Club
Toll Brothers has added the 3,392-square-foot, two-story Julington home design to its Ambassador Collection in Atlantic Beach Country Club. >> Read Full Story
How will Trump presidency impact housing?
Donald Trump, the real estate tycoon, will be the nation’s 45th president. That’s good news for the housing industry, right? Well, there’s a lot to consider. >> Read Full Story
Florida international investment down $4.3B
Florida Realtors’ Profile of International Residential Real Estate Activity report finds that international sales hit $19.4 billion last year, though that’s less than the $23.7 billion spent in 2015. >> Read Full Story
Older adults face housing troubles
The nation’s housing inventory won’t meet the needs of an increasingly older population through the next two decades, according to a report released by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. >> Read Full Story


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