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February 2015

Changing the coastline
The lots for the neighboring beach houses are the same size — one-third of an acre — and the dirt beneath each, worth $2.15 million. >> Read Full Story

February 2015
NEFBA honors 2014’s best, welcomes 2015
NEFBA members, along with friends and family, met Jan. 16 to present awards to members who distinguished themselves in 2014 and to install the officers and boards of directors for 2015. >> Read Full Story
NEFBA scores big at international show
Members of NEFBA attended the 2015 NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas in January and returned home with awards. >> Read Full Story
Clay builders begin new year with a bang
At the January Clay Builders Council meeting at Island Life Grill in Fleming Island, members gathered to hear Clay County Building Official David Conner and to celebrate the new energy of the local council. >> Read Full Story
Apprentice program congratulates Keith Ward for leadership award
Keith Ward, NEFBA’s vice president of training, and longtime chair of the Carpentry Committee, was recognized by the association for his consistent, strong leadership. >> Read Full Story
FHBA president shares thoughts on advocacy
In a letter to the membership, FHBA President Jerry Linder talked about the meaning of advocacy and the role of volunteer leaders at the national meeting of the National Association of Home Builders. >> Read Full Story
Use E-Council’s expertise on your next project
Now that 2015 is upon us, NEFBA’s E-Council is expanding its offerings to the Jacksonville community. >> Read Full Story
Let’s maintain this level of success all year
NEFBA is no stranger to the award winners’ circle. The association and its members bring home awards from FHBA and NAHB just about every year. This year was no exception. >> Read Full Story
SJB Council holds first social of 2015
The St. Johns Builders Council held its first member social of 2015 at Caddy Shack. >> Read Full Story
Upcoming events
Committee meetings, social gatherings and special events are listed in alphabetical order. >> Read Full Story
County Council roundup
Public transit study: Nassau County partnered with the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization to conduct a transit study to evaluate public transportation conditions and needs in the county and to invite recommendations regarding possible solutions to improve the mobility and access for residents. >> Read Full Story
Welcome, new members
The following companies became NEFBA members in December. >> Read Full Story
Nocatee success pulls in Realtor offices
Go south, young Realtor. It’s no secret the region’s largest mass of homebuilding has shifted south into St. Johns County. The fast-growing community of Nocatee defines the very center of that universe. >> Read Full Story
Bringing the world to Jacksonville
Mike Breen speaks Dutch, French, German, Serbo Croatian, Latvian, Russian and English. >> Read Full Story
Housing calmed to ‘steady’ growth in 2014
It’s not as exciting as last year. But growth is growth, and Northeast Florida housing’s steady upward trend in 2014 has left Realtors feeling optimistic. >> Read Full Story
Unconference: ‘It’s better than a conference’
Real estate professionals came in droves to a conference that had no agenda. >> Read Full Story
Realtors share how to plan year ahead
A broker, a marketing specialist and an accountant – the year would start off much better if every Realtor got to consult with each one of these. >> Read Full Story
New school is ‘linchpin’ to Rayonier’s Nassau project
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. In the case of Rayonier’s 24,000-acre mixed-use East Nassau Community, planned just east of Interstate 95 at the Florida A1A exit, the first – but not so obvious — bite is a school. >> Read Full Story
Heinemann returns to lead firm’s property management
Shelby Heinemann became a property manager early in her real estate career. But it took her away from a company she loved. >> Read Full Story
Net-zero energy homes go mainstream
Net-zero energy –– a concept so Jetsons it typically pops up only a single house at a time –– is planned for a portion of homes in a new 200-lot Northside subdivision. >> Read Full Story
2014 was record-setting year for NEFAR
It was a month of introductions and farewells. Of salutes for deeds past and renewed commitments for the future. >> Read Full Story
Builders commit to common causes
Rick Morales, incoming president for the Northeast Florida Builders Association, said he felt humbled by those who had served before him and in awe of the membership he would now lead. >> Read Full Story
After 42 years, appraiser starts new firm
Ron Moody is a numbers guy. He knows what to look for and what they mean. >> Read Full Story
Peterbrooke to open store, factory
Peterbrooke Chocolatier will open a Downtown store at Bay and Laura streets by Easter. >> Read Full Story
D.R. Horton unveils two models
D.R. Horton’s North Florida Division on Feb. 1 unveiled its newest model, the Monterey at Ocean Cay on Anastasia Island in St. Augustine. >> Read Full Story
Michigan executive hired as Florida Realtors CEO
Bill Martin, the chief executive officer of Michigan Realtors, is joining Florida Realtors as its new CEO. >> Read Full Story
Berkshire Hathaway honors top performers
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty honored its top real estate professionals during the company’s annual awards ceremony. >> Read Full Story
Luxury condos planned next to Marina San Pablo
The developers who built the award-winning 5 Thousand Town apartments at St. Johns Town Center are teaming up again to build a “cottage” collection of waterfront condominiums. >> Read Full Story
Subdivisions bringing 400 homes to First Coast
Edgewater Landing, Paso Fino, Longfield Preserve, Riley Oaks, Walton Hills, Blackrock Park, Stone Creek Landing >> Read Full Story
NEFAR Calendar
14-Hour Mainstream 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, through Thursday, Feb. 19 Main office 14-Hour Mainstream 9 a.m.-5 p.m.... >> Read Full Story
Flood insurance for vacation homes and rentals increase $250
Flood insurance is going up. Wait. Didn’t that already happen? Like all things insurance related, it’s a little confusing. >> Read Full Story
Easy ways to bump value of homes by 12%
Sellers may be able to boost the value of their home by 12 percent with just a few pre-listing repairs, according to a new survey of 300 residential real estate professionals by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. >> Read Full Story
Nearly 90% can get down payment help
According to a RealtyTrac report released this month, 87 percent of U.S. buyers qualify for some type of down payment assistance — if they know where to look. >> Read Full Story
Quite a show for country club debut
The “re-imagined” Atlantic Beach Country Club celebrated its grand opening in January, with a golf tournament, tennis round robin, clubhouse celebration and ribbon cutting and evening fireworks. >> Read Full Story
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