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October 2014

Who’s the best choice for Realtors, builders?
The numbers show it: Florida’s real estate and builder industries are engaged in the governor’s race and, so far, they have a definite preference. >> Read Full Story

October 2014
Horse Sense and Sensitivity gets assist
At first glance, building a horse stable may seem a little outside the scope of Builders Care’s mission to provide safe housing and improve the quality of life for Jacksonville’s most vulnerable residents. >> Read Full Story
Scenes from last year
Grand prize winners Gary and Robin Burmeister won trips to Las Vegas. >> Read Full Story
Let’s give Platinum Anniversary Gala all we’ve got
When I took the oath of office in January, I was looking forward to an exciting year. And, I was grateful to be serving as your president during this 70th anniversary year. >> Read Full Story
A great night of NEFBA networking
Meet-the-Builder night demonstrates NEFBA’s service to its members by providing quality networking opportunities. >> Read Full Story
The future of residential HVAC
Mini-split heat pumps are cool … and hot. I understand this is coming from an E-Council nerd, but these heat pumps have the potential to gain serious popularity in our market. >> Read Full Story
NAHB chair talks benefits at NEFBA
2015 NAHB Chair Kevin Kelly of Delaware visited the September meeting of NEFBA’s Board of Directors. >> Read Full Story
Green Built Homes holds open house, leads to E-Council
After months of planning, negotiating and soliciting builder buy-in, Green Built Homes was ready to debut its demonstration home. >> Read Full Story
70th anniversary Gala promises to top all others
The 2014 Gala celebrates NEFBA’s landmark 70th anniversary and is shaping up to be one that will be remembered forever. >> Read Full Story
Calendar of Events
Wednesday, Oct. 15 NEFBA board meeting Time: 8:15-9:30 a.m. Location: NEFBA office Contact: Nellie Flynn, NFlynn@nefba.com Wednesday, Oct. 15 NEFBA new... >> Read Full Story
New Members
Welcome to the following new members, who joined NEFBA in August. >> Read Full Story
County Council roundup
NEFBA’s Government Affairs Committee: Will meet at 8:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 17, at the NEFBA office, 103 Century 21 Drive, Suite 100, Jacksonville. >> Read Full Story
Training program boosts economy
NEFBA’s Apprenticeship Program adds an estimated $4.5 million to the local economy annually. That estimate is conservative said NEFBA’s Vice President of Training, Keith Ward. >> Read Full Story
Friendships connect Kazakhstan to First Coast
One thing Kelly Ray found when she traveled overseas is so many young people are fascinated by America. >> Read Full Story
Bringing the world to Jacksonville
It’s a niche market, to be sure. But, international homebuyers are coming to Jacksonville, and real estate agents who are trained to work with them stand above their competition. >> Read Full Story
Medical marijuana creates quandary for landlords
Medical marijuana is on the ballot in Florida this November. If it passes, what will that mean for apartment owners who have “no smoking” and “no drug use” policies? >> Read Full Story
Re/Max Realtor wins Good Neighbor Award
Paul Wilson runs a marathon every winter to show gratitude that his son has lived one more year. >> Read Full Story
Private fund to help Downtown development
Downtown projects could soon have a new opportunity to acquire much-needed funding, all without going to the bank. >> Read Full Story
Legends marks first anniversary
Paul Gruenther of The Legends of Real Estate East Coast and Karen Chartier of Fairway Mortgage. >> Read Full Story
Trade show is where companies connect
Jim and Kaye Biby didn’t know about the Realtor-Builder Trade Show the first year they were in business. For the next seven, they made sure they had a booth there. >> Read Full Story
Beast Feast: Where builders and politicians meet
The Northeast Florida Builders Association’s annual Beast Feast on Oct. 2 had a crowd of 400-450. Above, from left, Jerry Linder, past NEFBA president and FHBA president-elect; Bill Bishop, Jacksonville City Council member and candidate for Jacksonville mayor; Tamara Renuart; state Rep. Ronald “Doc” Renuart, District 17; and Jeanell Wilson, Jacksonville Beach City Council. >> Read Full Story
‘Healthy Town’ concept pitched for JEA site
Developer Peter Rummell is making a formal pitch to develop his “Healthy Town” concept at the 28.6-acre JEA Southbank site. >> Read Full Story
Cathedral Arts to leave Southpoint for Downtown site
After 10 years in offices at Southpoint, Cathedral Arts Project has signed a lease in the Elks Building along Laura Street Downtown. >> Read Full Story
Cathedral Arts Project is moving into the historic Elks Building Downtown along Laura Street.
The Northeast Florida Builders Association held an orientation last month for new Sales and Marketing Council members and new NEFBA leaders. Above, Judy Hicks, 2014 SMC membership chairwoman, discusses member benefits. >> Read Full Story
Teresa Durand-Stuebben
When Teresa Durand-Stuebben realized she would be the first female to rise to an executive position in one of Jacksonville’s top 20 commercial construction companies, she didn’t believe it right away. >> Read Full Story
Long-awaited grocer ‘fills a void’
Downtown revitalization smells like freshly baked bread. That’s the first impression walking through the doors of Fresh Market, the high-end, fresh food store at 150 Riverside Ave. >> Read Full Story
What helps, hurts real estate deals
A seven-member panel of Realtors talked to mortgage professionals about what helps and what hurts real estate deals at the Mortgage Bankers Association of Jacksonville’s September meeting. Panel members were Shawn O’Neil and Ray Rivera, both of Exit Real Estate Gallery; Kim Knapp and Jamie Huggins, both of Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty; Mark Ryan of Re/Max Unlimited; and Millie Kanyar and Diana Galavis, both of The Legends of Real Estate East Coast. >> Read Full Story
Coldwell Banker buys Century 21 Atkins Realty
Coldwell Banker Commercial Benchmark has acquired Century 21 Atkins Realty, according to Jax Brokerage Team Inc., the company that brokered the deal. >> Read Full Story
Atlantic Beach Country Club opens November
Amenities first. That’s what’s in store for residents of the new Atlantic Beach Country Club community. >> Read Full Story
Hallmark pursuing wellness-focused hotel for Brooklyn
NAI Hallmark Partners, developers of 220 Riverside/Unity Plaza in Brooklyn, has picked up land for another project — a wellness-oriented hotel. >> Read Full Story
Providence Homes battles thieves with coded water
When an A/C compressor is taken from a job site, that’s $2,000. Charles Roberts has seen all kinds of materials stolen from homes under construction — appliances, air-handling units, windows, roofing and plumbing. >> Read Full Story
Realtors revamp studios for homeless teens
The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors, in partnership with area builders, renovated a dozen efficiency apartments for homeless youths served by Daniel’s Project Prepare program. >> Read Full Story
GE Oil & Gas to build 500-job manufacturing plant
GE Oil & Gas will set up a 500-job manufacturing plant at Cecil Commerce Center in November. The September announcement confirmed the identity of the confidential “Project Speed.” >> Read Full Story
Walking the fashion runway for charity
Andrew Bell of The Legends of Real Estate East Coast was master of ceremonies at the Women’s Council of Realtors’ annual fashion show fundraiser. This year’s theme was Cruzin’ thru the Day. >> Read Full Story
Pace of homebuilding drops in 2014
The chart’s red line for the number of new homes built in Northeast Florida tilts way up from its 2011 recessionary low. >> Read Full Story
Communication Key to Making the Sale
Q. What are some of the ways site agents miscommunicate with Realtors? And, how can site agents better communicate with Realtors? >> Read Full Story
Luxury investors to buy big in 2015
The market for U.S. luxury homes will maintain its momentum next year, according to a Coldwell Banker poll of individuals with a net worth of $5 million or greater. >> Read Full Story
What happens when a complaint is filed against me?
A: Once a complaint has been filed with the DBPR, it is assigned to a complaint analyst for review to determine if there is a potential violation of real estate licensing law. >> Read Full Story
Nocatee introduces builders for Twenty Mile neighborhood
The PARC Group, Nocatee’s master developer, has unveiled plans for the first two neighborhoods in its Twenty Mile community. >> Read Full Story
NEFAR Calendar
Wednesday, Oct. 15 GRI I Standards of Practice, Module 103: Finance, Law, Negotiating and Counseling.... >> Read Full Story
Mix up social media tactics
It’s not enough to have a presence on Twitter, Facebook and Google+: Understanding the intricacies of each social media platform can be difficult, but it’s important to know that content appropriate for Facebook might not work on Twitter or Google+. >> Read Full Story
Sisler Johnston redesigns Lakeside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Sisler Johnston Interior Design directed interior design for the renovation of the Lakeside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. >> Read Full Story
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