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October 2016

‘I’ve loved homes my whole life’: Generation Homes fuels Johnston’s passion of helping create dream houses
Cora Johnston loves homes and has for as long as she can remember. When she was 12, growing up in Illinois, she even chronicled her budding passion by creating a scrapbook that included pages from a real estate magazine featuring homes for sale. >> Read Full Story

October 2016
‘Highlight of our calendar’: Havana Nights Gala draws 700 guests for evening of fun
NEFBA’s much-anticipated Havana Nights Gala opened to an eager crowd of more than 700 members, family and friends Friday evening, Sept. 23. >> Read Full Story
Helping a hero in need
Builders Care specializes in helping people put their lives back together. Every Builders Care client has a story. And each story has a hero. >> Read Full Story
Golf event helps feed Clay residents during holiday season
More than 140 golfers and sponsors gathered at Magnolia Point Country Club on Sept. 16 to continue a Clay Builders Council tradition, the 29th annual Charity Golf Tournament.  >> Read Full Story
Future for NEFBA and its members looks bright
The clock is ticking. Pages are falling off the calendar. Local, state and national politics consume much of our time and attention as we head into the fall election season. >> Read Full Story
St. Johns Parade of Homes strikes the right note
St. Johns Builders Council members who entered the 2016 St. Johns Parade of Homes were busy Sept. 3-18, as potential homebuyers visited, compared and shopped their model homes on display throughout the county. >> Read Full Story
Education is always priority for Thomas
Janna Thomas is a Jacksonville native who has served the area for more than 24 years in residential real estate sales and home mortgage financing. >> Read Full Story
‘Speed dating’ with NEFBA members
Thursday, Sept. 8, was a special evening for NEFBA’s associate members. Builder members, 27 of them, set up tables in the NEFBA offices and opened the doors for associates. >> Read Full Story
Permits top 8,000-mark for first time since 2007
The news is good news for the local new-home construction industry. >> Read Full Story
2016 general election endorsements from NEFBA
NEFBA endorses these candidates on the Nov. 8 ballot in the general election. Candidates were selected based on their records and their commitment to serve their communities and the building industry.  >> 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. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the NEFBA office, 103 Century 21 Drive, Suite 100. >> Read Full Story
New member spotlight: StealthBond©, Magan Jenkins
Introducing StealthBond©, the first metal roofing system to use a structural adhesive for metal roofing installations. >> Read Full Story
Sponsor spotlight: Dream Finders Homes, Patrick Zalupski
Dream Finders Homes is a growing national homebuilder currently building homes in the Northeast Florida, Orlando, Savannah, Denver and Austin markets. >> Read Full Story
Welcome, new members
The following companies became NEFBA members in August. >> 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
Brokers vie to reel in young guns
Cole Slate is an anomaly in the real estate profession. Not because he’s a high-producing entrepreneur who pays it forward by mentoring new agents. >> Read Full Story
Jenks ranks among country’s top Realtors
Jacksonville Realtor Mark Jenks is an agreeable sort, with one fundamental exception. >> Read Full Story
Teamwork, communication keys to NEFAR growth
On Terrell Newberry’s installation day as 2016 Northeast Florida Association of Realtors president, many in the audience were shocked when he entered the room in a wheelchair. >> Read Full Story
Construction debris franchise fee being mulled
Jacksonville City Council member Bill Gulliford said something stinks about the way construction and demolition debris hauling is regulated by local government. >> Read Full Story
Permits up, worker availability down
When driving around Northeast Florida, it’s hard to ignore the changing landscape. >> Read Full Story
Anita Hiles to lead new Realty Executives office
Anita Hiles has been working for Realty Executives on the West Coast for years, even since she came to Jacksonville in 2011. >> Read Full Story
Shearwater adds ‘free range playgrounds’
Shearwater, a new master-planned residential community on County Road 210, has installed a state-of-the-art playground adjacent to its Kayak Club amenities center and a second playground along the trail leading to a scenic overlook at Trout Creek. >> Read Full Story
Negotiating a path for growth
T.R. Hainline can drive down the Butler Boulevard corridor and see how his efforts have helped the area boom with neighborhoods and businesses. >> Read Full Story
Kuder homegrown and proud of it
“Jacksonville born and raised.” A statement worn like a badge of honor by many of those who can proclaim it. With a family history in Jacksonville that dates back to World War II, Palmer Kuder’s badge should come with a footnote — one that reads “helping to build Jacksonville since 1939.” That’s when her great-grandfather opened Ray Ware Hardware. >> Read Full Story
So many homes, so little time on tour
Adjusting his bowtie, Rodregus McFarland soaked in the last few moments of silence before his visitors arrived. >> Read Full Story
Parade brings future homes to life
Casually strolling from room-to-room, Amelia Dadybo pointed out her favorite features. >> Read Full Story
Davidson, Berkshire Hathaway add new agents
Davidson Realty has added several new agents, including: >> Read Full Story
Good news for Realtors who want drones
For real estate agents look for a more affordable drone, you’re in luck. In one corner, action-cam manufacturer GoPro, which recently unveiled its first drone, the $800 foldable Karma. >> Read Full Story
Palazzo developers ready for second phase
Forge Capital Partners wants to complete the partially constructed second phase of The Palazzo on St. Johns, which would finish a condominium project that languished for years before its 2013 acquisition and rejuvenation. >> Read Full Story
The landscape changes day-to-day
Whitehall Realty Partners founder G. John Carey, a Jacksonville-based developer with decades of projects to his credit, learned the real estate business from the ground up. >> Read Full Story
Coming soon to Downtown: Office space with a big view
The decision to close the University Club of Jacksonville left a question of what to do with the space that offers stunning panoramic views of Downtown, San Marco and beyond. >> Read Full Story
Crowdfunded REITs gaining momentum
Crowdfunding firms are stepping into the Real Estate Investment Trust space to make a bigger play for commercial real estate investor capital. >> Read Full Story
Know difference between canceled, withdrawn listings
Every listing is a new beginning. Unfortunately, not all beginnings have happy endings. >> Read Full Story
Most real estate firms optimistic about the future
The vast majority of real estate firms have an optimistic outlook for the industry’s profitability and growth, according to the National Association of Realtors 2016 Profile of Real Estate Firms. >> Read Full Story

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