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September 2016

Happily walking in fathers’ footsteps
If a picture can be worth a thousand words, J. Rene Dostie’s architectural drawings are priceless. >> Read Full Story

September 2016
NEFBA plays major role in FHBA, NAHB issue
Over the last couple of months, NEFBA members have been busy participating in our state and national association activities. >> Read Full Story
Restoring hope is what Builders Care does
Builder Care is focused on assisting disabled, elderly and low-income homeowners with critical home repairs, water intrusion problems and gaining access to their homes. >> Read Full Story
Sign up now for October Realtor Builder Trade Show
The annual Realtor Builder Trade Show is a favorite fall event of professionals involved in home construction and real estate transactions. >> Read Full Story
Association fights for its members
Our association stands strong on four pillars: advocacy, networking, education and charity. >> Read Full Story
Employees need to see pathway to success
There is obviously a great diversity of the types of jobs in today’s building industry. >> Read Full Story
Membership directory ad space available
One of the most appreciated benefits of being a NEFBA member is the annual Membership Directory and Buying Guide. For builder members, it is their go-to resource for contractors and business partners. >> Read Full Story
Sales and Marketing Council wins Excel top award at SEBC
NEFBA’s Sales and Marketing Council brought home the top spot award from the Southeast Building Conference in July. >> Read Full Story
Permits outpacing 2015 by more than 1,200
The total-to-month for July is “sneaking up on 8,000,” according to Wolfe Jackson, The Resource Group. While that is not an all-time 12-month high, it suggests 2016 will top 2015 in permits issued in the four-county area. A comparison of year-to-date totals also is encouraging. From January 2015 through July 2015, 3,738 permits had been pulled. This year, that number is 4,939. >> Read Full Story
Save the date for SJBC golf tourney
The St. Johns Builders Council Charity Golf Tournament is just weeks away. >> Read Full Story
New member spotlight: Air Flow Designs, Ron Williams
Air Flow Designs is a family-owned and operated full-service air-conditioning contractor serving the greater Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville areas since 1958. >> Read Full Story
Sponsor spotlight: 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty, Bill Flack
A builder who becomes a member with 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty benefits from insurance-backed, limited warranty protection from frame to foundation. >> Read Full Story
Welcome, new members
The following companies became NEFBA members in July. >> Read Full Story
Government advocacy update
NEFBA’s Government Affairs Committee: The next Government Affairs meeting will be 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, at the NEFBA offices, 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
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
A good open house is always in style
Meandering from room to room, examining every nook and cranny, a steady flow of visitors walked through the front door of the pale green, two-story home perched at a corner on Cedar Street. >> Read Full Story
OSHA: As fines increase, so should precautions
From falling off roofs to breathing in asbestos, construction workers are exposed to many hazards on the job. >> Read Full Story
Northeast Florida ‘excels’ in annual awards at SBC
Northeast Florida made a strong showing in the 2016 Excel Awards at the Southeast Building Conference. >> Read Full Story
Real estate pros to newbies: Find a mentor
Anita Hiles is an equal-opportunity mentor. Naturally, the 10-year industry veteran readily counsels members of her 12-person Exit Real Estate Gallery team. >> Read Full Story
Multimillion-dollar transformation for club
The multimillion-dollar renovation at Sawgrass Country Club’s Beach Club gave members the chance to enjoy a summer of enhanced dining, entertainment and pool amenities. >> Read Full Story
Selling dream homes on the waterfront
Anita Vining was working as a marketing manager’s administrative assistant in Orlando when the office was closed down. >> Read Full Story
Make smart choices when building websites
In the age of the internet, not having a web presence is an unfortunate mistake made by many agents. >> Read Full Story
SEDA New Homes unveils model for Flora Parke
SEDA New Homes unveiled a model home in the Flora Parke neighborhood in Fernandina. >> Read Full Story
Airport is catalyst for decades of growth on city’s Northside
In 1968, the Jacksonville International Airport opened its terminal doors, replacing the much smaller Imeson Field. >> Read Full Story
New riverfront community set for Mandarin
Along the banks of the peaceful St. Johns River, tucked away under the oak tree canopies of scenic Mandarin Road, is River Story, the area’s newest luxury home community. >> Read Full Story
Local Realtors ready to take on the world
Some real estate professionals are overlooking a key market for sales generation: The world. >> Read Full Story
$40M riverfront project set for Avondale
Avondale is anticipating a new waterfront apartment community. Chance Partners is planning a $40 million redevelopment of St. Johns Village, located at the high-profile corner of St. Johns Avenue and Herschel Street. >> Read Full Story
Clinton aide cites housing importance
Gene Sperling, a top economic adviser to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, said last month that housing will play an important role in a Clinton administration. >> Read Full Story
Trump says he’ll cut regulations hurting industry
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump vowed to cut regulations that are hurting the housing and economic recovery. >> Read Full Story
Barbar wins state Realtor of the Year honor
Florida Realtors honored Andrew Barbar of Boca Raton as its 2016 Realtor of the Year. >> Read Full Story
NEFAR compliance work unglamorous, but so necessary
Ensuring that real estate sales associates and brokers are properly licensed and adhere to the profession’s policies and ethical standards is the sausage-making part of a Realtor association’s responsibilities. >> Read Full Story
Shortage of construction workers still a problem
Florida’s shortage of construction workers continues, with 61 percent of contractors saying they’re having trouble filling skilled-worker positions, according to a survey released last month by the Associated General Contractors of America. >> Read Full Story
Government to extend HARP loan program
Seven years after the federal government first offered an option to help some homeowners refinance into more affordable mortgages, the program is being extended yet again. >> Read Full Story
Rate hike coming but no timetable
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said last month the case for raising interest rates has strengthened in light of a solid job market and an improved outlook for the U.S. economy and inflation. >> Read Full Story


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