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November 2014

Dealing in imperfection
A flood of foreclosures from the downturn filled the market with homes that had worn roofs, missing AC compressors, and dated kitchens and bathrooms. Headaches with financing kept buyers from picking them up. Now lenders and Realtors have learned how to do more of these deals. >> Read Full Story

November 2014
A special visit from the governor
Tuesday, Oct. 7, was a red-letter day at NEFBA. In the final weeks before the gubernatorial election, Gov. Rick Scott visited the association office. >> Read Full Story
Member Profile: Sandy Dean
Jacksonville native Sandy Dean attended her first NEFBA new-member lunch meeting recently. >> Read Full Story
NEFBA thanks Pinnacle Builders
The exclusive cadre of builders known as the Pinnacle Award Builders met for a weekend of relaxation, socializing, pampering, golfing, spa visits and gourmet food at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island Sept. 27 and 28. >> Read Full Story
A legacy of FHBA leadership
Jerry Linder, right, was sworn in as president of the Florida Home Builders Association Oct. 25, making him the 10th past NEFBA president to assume that office since 1956. >> Read Full Story
Let’s finish the year strong together
My goal at the beginning of my term as president was to finish strong. >> Read Full Story
MHS grad, business owner inspires students
Instructor Karl Hoffman’s Middleburg High School Electrical Program students under the Academy of Architecture, Construction and Interior Design (AACID) were excited to have David Harp, owner of Harp Electrical Contractors LLC, spend the day with them Sept. 18. >> Read Full Story
Helping out at holidays
NEFBA’s Clay Builders Council joins the Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs for the 25th consecutive year to provide food baskets to 100 families in Clay County. >> Read Full Story
Celebrating the past, looking to the future
NEFBA celebrated 70 years of service to the industry and the community this year. >> Read Full Story
Builders Care helping veteran
Meet Luke, a 91/2-year-old German shepherd service dog. >> Read Full Story
Golfing for a good cause
The St. Johns Builders Council played golf Oct. 20 at Marsh Creek Country Club for a good cause. Proceeds went to St. Augustine Youth Services. >> Read Full Story
Calendar of Events
Wednesday, Nov. 19 NEFBA Board Meeting Time: 8:15-9:30 a.m. Location: NEFBA Office Contact: Nellie Flynn, nflynn@nefba.com Thursday, Nov. 20 Remodelers Luncheon Time:... >> Read Full Story
New Members
Welcome to the following new members, who joined NEFBA in September >> Read Full Story
NEFBA’s E-Council expands offerings
The newest NEFBA council, the E-Council, is pleased to announce it will be expanding its engagement with the local building community in 2015. >> Read Full Story
County Council roundup
NEFBA’s Government Affairs Committee: Meets at 8:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 21 at the NEFBA office, 103 Century 21 Drive, Suite 100, Jacksonville. >> Read Full Story
Bourré among grads of Building University
The Florida Home Builders Association saluted seven graduates of its 2014 Building University for Individual Leadership Development (BUILD) class during the conference. >> Read Full Story
Vitti knows schools tie to home values
Nikolai Vitti is aware Duval County has a rap as a poor school district for student performance when compared to St. Johns and Clay counties to the south. >> Read Full Story
What’s trending in Jacksonville homes?
Is it time to build houses with quartz countertops instead of granite? Do homebuyers want a classic look or a modern one? >> Read Full Story
Homebuilders feel the sting of construction thefts
The housing rebound put builders back to work and balance sheets in the black. But with homebuilding’s success comes another type of rebound. >> Read Full Story
Growth and adult businesses on agenda for Clay council
Construction of the First Coast Highway is helping to fuel new home construction in Clay County, said Holly Parrish, the county’s director of Economic and Development Services. The growth has renewed a debate over whether new county road construction should be funded by impact fees levied on builders. Parrish spoke at the Clay Builders Council’s October meeting. >> Read Full Story
Finally, a chance to live on their own
This time next year, Collin Hazelip could have his own place. A place to work, eat and hang out with his friends, as he describes it. >> Read Full Story
Matovina tapped for Florida Home Builders post
Greg Matovina, owner of Matovina & Co., has been selected as chairman of the Florida Home Builders Association’s Governmental Affairs Committee for 2014-15, the association reported. >> Read Full Story
Palencia to add last marsh-front neighborhood
Palencia will add its last neighborhood of golf and marsh-front lots later this year. >> Read Full Story
Old San Jose on the River offers final five condos
Old San Jose on the River announced five new coach homes will be ready in the spring. They will be the last condos built at the riverfront community. >> Read Full Story
Move-in ready homes coming to Tamaya
ICI Homes at Tamaya has five new move-in ready homes available for purchase that will be finished before the end of the year. >> Read Full Story
Talking to job candidates at UNF
Ben Cashen and Jonathan Gripp, both of David Weekley Homes, worked a booth at University of North Florida’s October jobs fair for the College of Computing Engineering and Construction. Other homebuilders in attendance were D.R. Horton, Lennar Homes, Drees Homes and Morales Construction. >> Read Full Story
Williams finding way to be the best
Amber Williams is sometimes teasingly called the Princess of NEFBA — a group she’s grown up with since entering the building industry at 21. >> Read Full Story
Lawmaker says economy set for big growth
Two weeks before Florida’s November election, state Rep. Lake Ray wasn’t as concerned about his own bid for re-election as that of Gov. Rick Scott’s. >> Read Full Story
‘Healthy Town’ wins bid for JEA site
Local developers Peter Rummell and Michael Balanky have entered into contract negotiations with JEA to develop the public utility company’s 28.6-acre Southbank site for “Healthy Town,” a planned community based around a healthy lifestyle. >> Read Full Story
Getting down to business at WCR lunch
Erica Richie of Total Title Solutions posts sign-up sheets for committees at the Women’s Council of Realtors business lunch in October. >> Read Full Story
It was Mardi Gras at the trade show
Ian Kanady of Pulte Homes pitches his company’s homes to Realtors from 1st Choice Real Estate at the annual Realtor-Builder Trade Show. >> Read Full Story
Realtor-builder partnerships help grow business
When a homebuyer gets a new house, usually a Realtor and builder both work the deal. >> Read Full Story
Loan officer is no stranger to renovation
Janna Thomas bought her first investment property when she was 25, a fixer-upper on Jacksonville’s Southside. >> Read Full Story
A little wine and tapas at Lennar model
Lennar treated VIP guests to wine and tapas at an October Realtor event at the company’s model at Oakridge Landing. Lennar and Richmond American Homes are building in the new community, located in northwest St. Johns County. Also within the last two months, Lennar held a grand opening of its Longleaf community on the Westside and re-launched at Yellow Bluff on the Northside. >> Read Full Story
Online broker Redfin expands to Jacksonville
Redfin, the national real estate company with a brokerage-meets-Zillow business model, has come to Jacksonville. >> Read Full Story
Rummell wins ULI’s visionary award
Peter Rummell, whose latest project is “The Healthy Town” on the Downtown Southbank, was recognized last month with the 2014 Visionary Leader Award by the Urban Land Institute North Florida. >> Read Full Story
Safety through technology
Q. Safety is always on the minds of Realtors and site agents. Are there some ways they can utilize technology to help them feel safer on the many occasions they are in homes by themselves or meeting an unknown buyer? >> Read Full Story
HabiJax opens model in New Town area
Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville has opened a new model home, furnished by Sisler Johnston Interior Design, in the growing neighborhood of New Town. >> Read Full Story
NAR says Realtors won most key races
According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the real estate industry should be well represented in Congress over the next two years: Realtor Party-backed candidates on both sides of the aisle won closely watched races in Tuesday’s national midterm elections. >> Read Full Story
David Weekley model open in Crosswater
David Weekley Homes has opened its new model home, The Overlake, in the Jacksonville community of Crosswater at Pablo Bay. >> Read Full Story
Industry News
Toll Brothers is hosting a “Celebrate the Great Outdoors” sales event Nov. 15-23 at Coastal Oaks at Nocatee, as well as its other communities in Florida. >> Read Full Story
Florida leads in cash sales
Florida had more cash sales in the third quarter of 2014 than any other U.S. state. >> Read Full Story
N.J. investor plans high rises for Intracoastal, Beaches
A New Jersey developer has added a third multifamily high-rise to its list of planned waterfront projects with the purchase of industrial property at Atlantic Boulevard and the Intracoastal Waterway. >> Read Full Story
Sessions tapped to lead RiverTown
The developer who built top-selling Durbin Crossing has been named to lead RiverTown, a master-planned community on the St. Johns River that struggled to gain a foothold during the recession. >> Read Full Story
Is refinancing a mortgage worth it?
The interest rate pendulum has swung in favor of homeowners again. >> Read Full Story
NEFAR Calendar
Tuesday, Nov. 18 The Realtor’s Essential Technology Toolbox. Main office, 7801 Deercreek Club Road, 8 a.m.-noon. NEFAR... >> Read Full Story
Did $4 trillion experiment by Fed really work?
The Federal Reserve announced the end of its economic stimulus known as quantitative easing last month. >> Read Full Story
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