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December 2014

The spirit of giving, go-karts, smelly siblings
When I was a small child in a military family, our father was stationed in Germany just after the Second World War. >> Read Full Story

December 2014
2014 Gala rocks the house
NEFBA’s 2014 Gala celebrated 70 years of years of service. >> Read Full Story
President’s letter
It has been a whirlwind year and one I will never forget. >> Read Full Story
Allstate Electrical celebrates 50 years of service
Allstate Electrical celebrated a landmark anniversary this year. >> Read Full Story
70th anniversary book online
A special book, “Our Legacy, Our Future,” is available online. The book provides a snapshot of each decade since NEFBA was founded in 1944, and highlights some of NEFBA’s programs, events, projects and people. >> Read Full Story
A night of fun and good memories


PLATINUM • Wells Fargo GOLD • TECO Peoples Gas • Bozard Ford • Ferguson • The Florida Times-Union SILVER • Coastal Spine... >> Read Full Story
A year of growth and excitement
Daniel Blanchard took the oath of office as president of the Northeast Florida Builders Association in January 2014. >> Read Full Story
How to implement advanced framing
Jacksonville builders love stick framing. ICF and block construction make a few appearances, but wood framing dominates the area. >> Read Full Story
A gala to celebrate 70 years of NEFBA
Chris and Emily Dostie, Sarah and Chet Skinner, and Teahna and Corey Deal attended the Northeast Florida Builders annual Gala. Deal is executive officer of NEFBA. See story on Page 25. >> Read Full Story
Bildor News gets new name, new look
The differences may be subtle. There are format and design changes suggested by the publisher to complement and coordinate with the larger publication, Realty-Builder Connection. >> Read Full Story
Remote classroom for apprentices
It’s an exciting time for the NEFBA Apprenticeship program, according to NEFBA Training Vice President Keith Ward. >> Read Full Story
NEFBA-endorsed candidates win
NEFBA-endorsed candidates made a strong showing in the November elections, thanks to the support of association members. The winner’s name is in bold. An asterisk indicates NEFBA endorsement and two asterisks mean FHBA endorsement.  >> Read Full Story
County Council roundup

Duval County

NEFBA’s Government Affairs Committee: Meets at 8:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 23, at the NEFBA... >> Read Full Story
Calendar of Events
Friday, Dec. 19 Clay Builders Christmas Party Time: 6:30-9 p.m. Location: Angie Claxton’s home (1560 Mardis Place W.,... >> Read Full Story
NEFBA’s 2015 Executive Committee
President Rick Morales, Morales Construction Group First vice president Chet Skinner, Skinner Bros. Realty Second vice president Harlan Bost, Florida... >> Read Full Story
Good news forecast for building industry
A recent story in the Broward County/Palm Beach Sun Sentinel (Oct. 31. 2014, Marsha Pounds reporting) citing University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith bodes well for the construction industry. >> Read Full Story
New Members
Welcome to the following new members, who joined NEFBA in October >> Read Full Story
Following his dream
In 2009, Dream Finders Homes’ co-founder Patrick Zalupski learned competitors were telling customers his startup likely would not be around another year. >> Read Full Story
‘It’s going to be very unique’
Second-floor balconies, cedar-shake siding, pastel colors and close to 200 homes with virtually no two designs alike. >> Read Full Story
Re/Max’s Kim Sandberg earns national CRS designation
Re/Max Unlimited broker associate Kim Sandberg has earned the certified residential specialist designation present by the Council of Residential Specialists. >> Read Full Story
Industry News
GreenPointe Homes recently completed a four-bedroom inventory home, the Clover, at Cedar Bay. Two more riverfront homes are under construction. >> Read Full Story
SMC leader Ron Harris
You’re speaking to the wrong guy. That’s what Ron Harris, in a nutshell, said when asked how he pulled off a record-breaking year for the builders’ marketing council, boosting membership rolls by more than half. >> Read Full Story
Getting a few tips from Clay detectives
Members of the Clay Builders Council heard from detectives with the county’s Sheriff’s Office about the increase in thefts from construction sites. >> Read Full Story
Brightway finds insurance for historic homes
Matt and Joe Carlucci want agents working with homebuyers to know you can get that old house insured. Asbestos roof? No problem. >> Read Full Story
Planned Communities
Lennar Homes, after opening the first 286 home sites in September in the new Westside community of Longleaf, is preparing to add 502 more lots. >> Read Full Story
The road to major growth in Clay
Early signs of construction on the First Coast Expressway are here. Take a trip south from Interstate 10 on Chaffee Road and a detour route weaves next to reinforced concrete pilings, swaths of shaved earth and rows of stacked dirt. >> Read Full Story
New forms will help homebuyer understand deal
New forms for closing a home loan have been finalized and go into effect Aug. 1. >> Read Full Story
Realtors’ best self-defense is offense
The September kidnapping and murder of a 49-year-old Arkansas Realtor served as a horrifying reminder that a real estate agent’s job is not without risk. >> Read Full Story
Want to be a winner? Be optimistic
Optimists succeed. It sounds simple, but being optimistic often is not. >> Read Full Story
A new ‘Realtors only’ MLS app for Jacksonville
A new app just been released can put Northeast Florida’s Multiple Listing Service in every local Realtor’s back pocket. >> Read Full Story
2,900-acre project will change face of Nassau County
Jacksonville-based Rayonier Inc. is starting development of more than 2,900 high-profile acres at northeast Interstate 95 and Florida A1A. >> Read Full Story
NEFAR Calendar
Tuesday, Dec. 16 NEFAR Budget and Finance Committee meeting. Main office. 1-2 p.m. NEFAR Board of Directors... >> Read Full Story
Hallmark pursuing $42M expansion of 220 Riverside
NAI Hallmark Partners is planning to expand 220 Riverside, a high-profile apartment complex considered a part of the revitalization of the Brooklyn neighborhood. >> Read Full Story
4-in-10 Realtors had no closings first half of year
Forty percent of Realtors did not close a single transaction in the first six months of this year, according to a newly released Realtor Productivity Study of Multiple Listing Service activity. >> Read Full Story
Sun shines on city’s economy and real estate
Paul Mason couldn’t find a single dark cloud hanging over Jacksonville’s economy, and it’s in his nature to try. >> Read Full Story
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