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April 2017

New Yorker finds success in South
It didn’t take Realtor Margie Seaman long to fall in love with Jacksonville when she arrived in 2010. >> Read Full Story

April 2017
Competition is fun and fierce to build NEFBA
NEFBA is gearing up for one of the most important events on the annual calendar: the membership drive. >> Read Full Story
Providence Homes’ project benefits Builders Care
Providence Homes is nearing completion on the Home from the Heart for the Northeast Florida Builders Association charitable arm, Builders Care. >> Read Full Story
Seasons of NEFBA always bring success
Every season has its own character and appeal. That’s true of the climate — and at NEFBA. >> Read Full Story
Almost time for area’s biggest open house
It was the 1950s when NEFBA’s first Parade of Homes opened the doors to what became known as the area’s biggest open house. >> Read Full Story
Ways to hire the right employees and keep them
The challenge is not a new one. Good help and keeping that good help has always been a challenge, but perhaps not as tough as it is today. >> Read Full Story
Builders confident steady growth will continue in 2017
As of Feb. 28, the number of new-home construction permits issued in Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties remains nearly flat compared to the same time last year and showed an increase in each county over January. >> Read Full Story
NEFBA accepting applications for apprentice training
NEFBA’s Apprenticeship Program is accepting applications for its electrical, plumbing and heating and air-conditioning apprentice training through June 30. >> 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
Government advocacy update
NEFBA’s Government Affairs Committee: The next Government Affairs meeting is 8:30 a.m. April 27 at the NEFBA offices, 103 Century 21 Drive, Suite 100. >> Read Full Story
New member spotlight: Bath Planet of Jacksonville, Tony Davis
Bath Planet of Jacksonville is your best local source for award-winning bathroom remodeling services. >> Read Full Story
Sponsor spotlight: Synergy Florida, Glenn LePak
Since 1994, Synergy Florida has been providing security, safety, comfort, convenience and entertainment systems to Florida homes and businesses. >> Read Full Story
Welcome, new members
The following companies became NEFBA members in February. >> Read Full Story
Where are you on this month’s updated Spike list?


“Buddy” James 1,965

GRAND SPIKE 1,000-1,499

Doug Wenzel 1,142


Omar Farhat 907.5


Richard Dostie 464.5 Bryan Lendry 425 Carmel... >> Read Full Story
The yellow brick road to victory
As chairwoman of the Northeast Florida Builders Association’s Sales & Marketing Council, Carrie Budds got to play Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz” at the annual Laurel Awards. >> Read Full Story
Being able to live and work in Yulee
Model homes in the first village of the 24,000-acre Wildlight development in Yulee should be open this summer. >> Read Full Story
Exit’s team has industry’s powerbrokers
Sonny Downey and Ray Rivera couldn’t have picked a worse time in the last 85 years to start a real estate brokerage franchise in Florida. >> Read Full Story
Spradley fighting for builders in unexpected career
When Jessie Spradley graduated from the University of North Florida 10 years ago, he never had plans to work in the field of construction and all that surrounds it. >> Read Full Story
Breuer loves collaborative part of real estate law
When Matt Breuer was in law school, he assumed at first he would be a litigator, filing lawsuits and spending a lot of time in court. >> Read Full Story
The annual trade show brings members together
A giant costumed technician named “Max” greeted visitors to McGowan’s Heating & Air Conditioning booth. >> Read Full Story
Industry News
Three builders were selected for Crane Island, a master-planned community in Amelia Island. >> Read Full Story
Best way to stay safe: Pay attention
Forget your commission. Forget the sale. Real estate agents need to put their security first, no matter what. >> Read Full Story
Jacksonville residential real estate is hot
Jacksonville has the hottest seller’s market of any Florida metropolitan area and low inventory is forcing some buyers into bidding wars for the house of their dreams. >> Read Full Story
It’s time to evaluate flood insurance plan
Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier issued an advisory reminding Floridians that if they want to have flood insurance in place before the June 1 start of the 2017 hurricane season, they should consider coverage sooner rather than later. >> Read Full Story

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