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January 2015

An emotional time for Palencia leader
It’s been 20 years since Walt O’Shea has done anything but create Palencia, a master-planned community north of St. Augustine. >> Read Full Story

January 2015
Leadership runs in Morales family
A member of NEFBA for 27 years, Ricardo Morales III, better known as Rick, is the 2015 president of NEFBA. He is also president of Morales Construction Co. >> Read Full Story
New year, new look
Throughout its long history, the association newsletter was known as Bildor News. >> Read Full Story
Building membership is priority in 2015
It is with a deep sense of responsibility and gratitude that I begin this year as your president >> Read Full Story
New board, holiday party for SJBC
The St. Johns Builders Council hosted its annual holiday party, announced award winners and installed its 2015 board of directors Dec. 6 at the Marsh Creek Country Club. >> Read Full Story
Building permit tracker: Year-over-year gains continue
November permit activity overall showed decline compared to the preceding month, and fewer permits were issued than the same time in 2013. The mid-quarter, end-of-year decline is typical and anticipated. Builders are expecting to end the year even with last year. >> Read Full Story
Krieg is new NEFBA member services director
NEFBA is pleased to announce that Hans B. Krieg has joined the association as its new member services director. >> Read Full Story
Builders Care helps bring water to Larsen
Residents of the Larsen neighborhood in Jacksonville lived on well water for many years. >> Read Full Story
Energy code changes coming
The 2014 Florida Building Code is set to be adopted by mid-year of 2015 and with it comes serious changes to the energy code that will affect residential construction in Northeast Florida. >> Read Full Story
Laurel Awards call for entries, sponsors
The 20th annual Laurel Awards has issued a call for entries for the much-anticipated event on March 13. The theme for this year’s event is “Jazz & Jewels.” >> Read Full Story
Bad weather doesn’t dampen golf tourney
The Chester Stokes Holiday Golf Tournament was held Dec. 8 at Marsh Landing Country Club. >> Read Full Story
Clay shootout is Feb. 13
Sign up now for a day of sporting clays, food, competition and networking at the annual Apprentice Sporting Clay Shootout. >> Read Full Story
Residential building lifts local economy
Residential real estate in Northeast Florida saw the welcome return of something resembling normal in 2014. >> Read Full Story
Upcoming events
Committee meetings, social gatherings and special events are listed in alphabetical order. >> Read Full Story
Welcome, new members
The following companies became NEFBA members in November. >> Read Full Story
County Council roundup
Impact fee settlement: The Fernandina Beach Commission approved a settlement of a class-action impact fee lawsuit that requires the city to pay up to $1.8 million into a settlement fund for those water utility customers who paid an impact fee beginning in March 2003. >> Read Full Story
Spike Club roster through Oct. 31
All-time Big Spike (1500+) H.R. “Buddy” James 1965 >> Read Full Story
Apartments have upped their amenities
A half-dozen tween girls got off their school bus at Seagrass Apartments. But instead of going home, the chatty group tumbled into the clubhouse, backpacks trailing. >> Read Full Story
Gaining networking edge through council
Referrals, education and not just for women. The Women’s Council of Realtors has been one of the most effective organizations Rory Dubin has found to build a real estate business. >> Read Full Story
New year, new industry leaders
The year 2015 ushers in a new team of industry leaders with their own visions for advancing the interests of their trade group and its members. >> Read Full Story
Leading business rivals to work together
Rick Morales III, president of Morales Construction Group, typically works only with subcontractors who are members of the Northeast Florida Builders Association. >> Read Full Story
Realtors face market of changed opportunities
Realtors are living in interesting times. Sally Suslak, incoming president of the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors, sees the upside potential, though. >> Read Full Story
Elacora opens Capri model in Madeira
Elacora has opened a new furnished model — the Capri — in Madeira, a master-planned community within the city limits of St. Augustine. >> Read Full Story
SMC named finalist for best in the nation
The Northeast Florida Builders Association’s Sales & Marketing Council has been named a finalist for the best SMC in the country by the National Association of Homebuilder’s SMC. >> Read Full Story
People News
Dana Webb, financial controller for LandSouth Construction, has been named the winner of the company’s 2014 Diamond Award. >> Read Full Story
Selling to military takes faster pace
When Nate Lucas got orders to report to Kings Bay Naval Station in Georgia, he and his wife, Anna, only had a month to find a place to live. >> Read Full Story
Short sellers get tax relief another year
Cash-strapped homeowners who chose to short-sell last year have been living under a cloud. >> Read Full Story
Speak the language, learn the rules
What if a customer asked their Realtor for help with a home search like this? “My husband and I are both on active duty and we’d like to buy a house. >> Read Full Story
First a television show, then an award
A billionaire, a local candy maker and a national reality TV show made a big splash in 2014 when the three joined forces to relocate Sweet Pete’s from Springfield to the Seminole Club at 400 N. Hogan St. >> Read Full Story
Dean Russell is NEFBA’s top remodeler
Dean Russell Custom Homes took the top prize at NEFBA’s Master Remodelers Council Awards for its best-in-show whole-house remodel. >> Read Full Story
NEFAR Calendar
14-Hour Mainstream Wednesdays, Jan. 28 and Feb. 18 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Main Office Board of Directors meeting,... >> Read Full Story
Industry notes
Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville received a $15,000 donation from Owens Corning to renovate a home for a family in the New Town neighborhood. >> Read Full Story
Commercial Real Estate Roundup
Gatlin Development Co. Inc. bought property in December at Collins Road and Interstate 295 and immediately sold it to Wal-Mart Stores East L.P. and Gate Petroleum Co. >> Read Full Story
Lifestyles joins BHG
A home-grown Jacksonville Beach company has partnered with a national real estate brand. >> Read Full Story
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