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September 2014

Changing Riverside
Jacksonville isn’t especially known for its modern edgy urban look. But that’s what’s coming with a $40 million apartment complex known as Brooklyn Riverside, now under construction behind Brooklyn’s Fresh Market shopping center. >> Read Full Story

September 2014
NEFBA Member Profile: Providence Homes by Bill Cellar
Providence Homes by Bill Cellar had a modest beginning, opening its doors for business on the Westside in 1992. >> Read Full Story
Earthscapes reduces landfill waste
E-Council member Jeff King, King Construction Company of Jax, is co-owner of a new company, Earthscapes Design Build. >> Read Full Story
NEFBA President’s letter
It’s that time of year again. School is back in session, the days are getting shorter and people are beginning to talk about the fourth quarter. >> Read Full Story
Builders Care renovates widow’s home
Builders Care is working with the Swett Foundation and Operation Adoption on the renovation of a Jacksonville widow’s home. >> Read Full Story
SJBC golf tourney to help children’s agency
The St. Johns Builders Council’s annual charity golf tournament is next month. >> Read Full Story
Galas capture excitement, trends
Gala themes capture a popular movie, a vacation, whatever is trending at the moment and always the imagination. In 2008 it was football. >> Read Full Story
County Council roundup
NEFBA’s Government Affairs Committee: Meets at 8:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 19, 8:30 a.m. at the NEFBA office, 103 Century 21 Drive, Suite 100, Jacksonville. >> Read Full Story
NEFBA Calendar of Events
Realtor Builder Tradeshow Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: UNF University Center Cost: $25 covers SMC breakfast and tradeshow >> Read Full Story
Your WellCard prescription discount card is inside
NEFBA member Judi Garwood, Life Underwriting Training Council Fellow, brings an exceptional opportunity to association members. >> Read Full Story
New Members
Welcome to the following new members, who joined NEFBA in July. >> Read Full Story
Mardi Gras theme ensures fun tradeshow
For 35 years, NEFBA and NEFAR have worked to bring builders and real estate professionals together with the annual Realtor Builder Tradeshow. >> Read Full Story
NCCER training for NEFBA apprentices
NEFBA’s Apprenticeship Program is proud to announce that it has adopted NCCER standards for its electrical, plumbing and HVAC training. >> Read Full Story
Dipping back into construction lending
Within the last year, Robert LaMendola’s responsibilities as a senior loan officer for American Enterprise Bank of Florida have shifted. >> Read Full Story
New homebuilder reunites Old San Jose team
The team that took over and built the Old San Jose on the River condominiums has returned, this time to produce single-family homes. >> Read Full Story
Making old new again
Buy an old building and repurpose it for modern use –– it sounds like a money-saver. >> Read Full Story
John Gorrie has new chapter in Riverside
Located at College and Stockton streets, John Gorrie Junior High School educated thousands of students in the Riverside neighborhood before it closed in 1997. >> Read Full Story
A changing city and a big cat dance
JAX Chamber President and CEO Daniel Davis said Jacksonville is on the cusp of transformational times. >> Read Full Story
Industry News
Dream Finders Homes LLC has been named to Inc. Magazine’s “Inc. 5000,” a list of America’s 5,000 fastest growing private companies. >> Read Full Story
People News
Watson Realty Corp. hired former First Coast News anchor Phil Amato as a sales associate in its Hodges office. >> Read Full Story
AIA Jacksonville hands out awards
The Jacksonville Chapter of the American Institute of Architects recognized industry leaders at its annual Design and Honor Awards. >> Read Full Story
Traditions Realty
Homebuyers? Realtors flock to them. Renters? Not so much. Except at Traditions Realty in Riverside, where two-thirds of the company’s revenue is generated by tenant placement and property management. >> Read Full Story
Hard lessons from Sandy
Rick Fillipone doesn’t want to scare homeowners from buying near the beach. As an agent for Atlantic Shores Realty, his office in Jacksonville Beach is just two blocks from the ocean. >> Read Full Story
AV Homes building 120 homes
AV Homes has finalized the purchase of about 80 acres near the St. Johns Town Center from the Skinner family. >> Read Full Story
‘Ductless’ HVAC system has advantages
The worst way to move energy around a house — that means heating or cooling — is with air, said Terry Frisenda. >> Read Full Story
Nassau changes system to charge for road impacts
Builders in Nassau County will again start paying for impacts to roads caused by new development. >> Read Full Story
Back to the ‘70s for a good cause
Re/Max WaterMarke went retro to raise money for The Children’s Miracle Network last month. The company held an Energy’s Rising Realtor Disco Party, complete with disco dancing and a costume contest. >> Read Full Story
Earth Fare opens, says it will expand
Earth Fare opened its first Jacksonville store Aug. 20 and wants to add at least two to three more. “We think this is at least a three-four store market,” said Earth Fare Chief Financial Officer Scott Little after the ribbon-cutting and grand opening of the chain’s first store at Kernan and Atlantic boulevards. >> Read Full Story
New leadership for Women’s Council of Realtors
Newly elected officers for the Jacksonville Women’s Council of Realtors are, from left, Diane Cook, Exit Real Estate Gallery, vice president membership; Rory Dubin, Coldwell Banker Vanguard, president; Carol Zingone, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty,  president- elect; Karen Chartier, Fairway Mortgage, treasurer; Erica Richie, Total Title Solutions, secretary; and Missi Howell, Watson Realty, 2014 president. >> Read Full Story
NEFAR upgrades 18,000 decade-old lockboxes
Five days and a small army of workers is what it took to replace 18,000 lockboxes on for-sale homes in Northeast Florida. >> Read Full Story
Portofino construction set to begin
Developers broke ground in August at Portofino, a 23-unit luxury town home complex next to Queen’s Harbour Yacht and Country Club. >> Read Full Story
Sisler Johnston voted top Tamaya designer
Sisler Johnston Interior Design won the “People’s Choice Award” at Tamaya’s Designers on Parade showcase. >> Read Full Story
Kassab family buys Westside furniture shop
A well-known established Westside business, Mary’s Wholesale Furniture, changed hands last month and the new owners said they will do what Mary Combs did and also resume more importing. >> Read Full Story
Regency working to change perception
About three months ago, Tom Phillips opened a Sports Mania store at Regency Square Mall, the struggling Arlington shopping center that spiraled below 40 percent occupancy before it was sold in February. >> Read Full Story
Better public transit key for Downtown
Getting Jacksonville’s Downtown better connected through public transit would lay the groundwork for regional high speed rail and help lift Downtown real estate. >> Read Full Story
Realtors, meet the millennials
Today’s tech savvy 30-somethings do not want to Facebook “friend” their Realtor when buying a home. >> Read Full Story
NEFAR Calendar
Tuesday, Sep. 16 Ponte Vedra Council breakfast meeting and caravan. The Plantation at Ponte Vedra. 8:30... >> Read Full Story
Apartment complex coming to Orange Park
Cagan Management Group Inc. will build an 80-unit apartment complex, targeting the “workforce” middle-market consumer, in the southwest Orange Park region. >> Read Full Story
Flipping declines; Florida leads U.S.
RealtyTrac’s second quarter U.S. Home Flipping Report finds that home flips — a same-home re-sale in less than 12 months — dropped below 5 percent. >> Read Full Story
Banks, government partnership helps military
President Barack Obama’s administration announced an agreement last month with five of the nation’s largest banks aimed at helping active-duty military service members save hundreds of dollars or more each year on their mortgage. >> Read Full Story
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