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November 2016

Building a home, reuniting a family
Those were among the words Matt Devereaux read in Sydney Natto’s “40 Feet and Higher” essay several months after Chris Natto was injured. >> Read Full Story

November 2016
Matthew didn’t dampen Beast Feast
NEFBA’s annual Beast Feast has become one of the most-anticipated political events in Northeast Florida. >> Read Full Story
Keeping momentum going into New Year
As we come to the middle of the fourth quarter, all around me I see optimism and excitement. >> Read Full Story
Apprentice update: Saunders to coordinate training
Here’s a list of key monthly updates from NEFBA’s Apprenticeship Program >> Read Full Story
Helping get the lights back on after storm
On a Monday morning, more than a week after Hurricane Matthew passed through our area, Builders Care received the following request from JEA >> Read Full Story
Strong finish expected for 2016 after good third quarter
The end of the third quarter bodes well for a strong finish in 2016. The year-to-date total at the end of September is 6,296, which is a mere 429 fewer permits than issued for the entire year in 2015 (6,725). >> Read Full Story
Keeping Clay council involved in advocacy and regulatory issues
Jeff Ferguson is a Texas native who graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in civil engineering and began his career as a consultant in Austin. >> Read Full Story
Using exact words gets desired results
A few years ago, I was rebuilding a restaurant that experienced a kitchen fire. >> Read Full Story
Government advocacy update
NEFBA’s Government Affairs Committee: The next Government Affairs meeting is 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, at the NEFBA office, 103 Century 21 Drive, Suite 100. >> Read Full Story
Upcoming events
Local events are listed first, then NEFBA events. Council and committee events are listed in alphabetical order by event name for convenience in tracking your area of interest. >> Read Full Story
New member spotlight: Show Me Tree Service, Pamela Putnam
No matter where you live across the Jacksonville area, the professionals at Show Me Tree Service will happily help you keep your trees healthy and your yards beautiful. >> Read Full Story
Sponsor spotlight: Interior Specialists Inc., Maghan Besore
Interior Specialists Inc., is the nation’s leading provider of interior design, design center management and installation services. >> Read Full Story
Welcome, new members
BBC Solar LLC, Catherine Bruce Begent Drywall, Christine Chamberlin Bon Air Drone, Chris Walcutt Brightway Insurance Palencia, Bob... >> Read Full Story
Where are you on this month’s Spike list?
ALL-TIME BIG SPIKE 1,500+ “Buddy” James 1,965 GRAND SPIKE 1,000-1,499 Doug Wenzel 1,4.50 STATESMAN SPIKE 500-999 Omar Farhat 905 SUPER SPIKE 250-499 Richard Dostie 462.5 Bryan Lendry 424 Carmel... >> Read Full Story
Act soon to secure your space in the 2017 Directory
Work has already begun on NEFBA’s 2017 Membership Directory and Buying Guide. Ask any NEFBA member and you will hear that the directory is one of the top benefits of belonging to this association. Ad space is limited and sales have been brisk. >> Read Full Story
Bigger isn’t always better in real estate
The distinctly homey vibe at the two-room office Lee Norville daringly opened 30 years ago in his hometown is no accident. >> Read Full Story
McBride and her team are real estate specialists
After more than 20 years in the marketing and public relations business, Maxine McBride has honed a thorough understanding of the building and real estate industries. >> Read Full Story
Challenges, success in area hidden treasures
Pirates livened up the scene at the Northeast Florida Builders Association Sales & Marketing Council breakfast at the University of North Florida. >> Read Full Story
Storm, election curb caravan offerings
Realtor Dina Boscio toured a 3,970-square-foot home in The Plantation, admiring its amazing views of a rippling blue lake and the 18th fairway of the community’s Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course. >> Read Full Story
Realtors, builders and developers generously support area
A woman with five children had a severely leaky roof that she could not afford to fix. >> Read Full Story
Finding hidden treasures at trade show
A plethora of pirates strolled up and down the rows of booths, smiles on their faces and drinks in their hands. The excitement in the large convention hall was overflowing. >> Read Full Story
Members doing business with members
When a trim carpenter recently asked New Leaf Construction president Lee Arsenault if he could work for him, Arsenault asked him to first join the Northeast Florida Builders Association. >> Read Full Story
Being prepared for the ‘silver tsunami’
Every seven seconds, a member of the baby boomer generation turns 65. That’s more than 10,000 people a day. >> Read Full Story
Building a business out of necessity
For most, being nicknamed “slumlord” would be an embarrassment. A name they would surely keep to themselves. >> Read Full Story
Different branch of real estate business
Before he started preserving land, Jim McCarthy made his living developing it. >> Read Full Story
Seda’s Woodbrier underway in Nassau County
Seda New Homes unveiled Woodbrier, its newest community in Nassau County. >> Read Full Story
Economy drives increase in agents
For as long as she can remember, Jennifer Hull wanted to have a successful career in real estate. In March, she set out to making that dream a reality. >> Read Full Story
Hines pays $20M for mixed-use project
Hines paid $20 million for property near the St. Johns Town Center it intends to develop into residences, stores, a hotel, offices, parks and green space. >> Read Full Story
New agents join Davidson, Berkshire Hathaway
Several new agents recently joined real estate firms. >> Read Full Story
First-time buyers, single women get traction in 2016
The quickening pace of home sales over the past year included a small rebound from two key segments of buyers missing in action in recent years: first-time buyers and single women. >> Read Full Story
Multifamily decline leads to 9% drop in September starts
A sharp decline in multifamily production brought overall nationwide housing starts down 9 percent in September, according to data from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. >> Read Full Story

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