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March 2017

Picture-perfect shots sell homes
When professional photographer Mike Liddell decided to specialize in shooting real estate, he went to homes.com and took note of the pictures. >> Read Full Story

March 2017
NEFBA spring events whip up enthusiasm
The weather forecast at NEFBA this spring includes whirlwinds of activity as members and the staff prepare for and attend some of the year’s most popular events. >> Read Full Story
SJBC golf tournament benefits at-risk newborns
Golf in February is one advantage of living and working in the Sunshine State. >> Read Full Story
Quick fix by Builders Care keeps cancer patient at home
Curtis Kelly has a diagnosis of Stage 4 cancer. When he called Builders Care, he also had a rotting bathroom floor. >> Read Full Story
Your participation is key to our success
For those of us who tend to measure time in quarters, we are ending the first quarter of 2017. >> Read Full Story
Hundreds enjoy annual apprenticeship shoot
On Jan. 27, 208 shooters gathered at Bradford Sportsman’s Farm for the fifth annual NEFBA Apprenticeship Clay Shoot. >> Read Full Story
St. Johns increase in permits starts year off even
The January permit statistics for the four-county area in Northeast Florida, consisting of Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties, indicate a smooth transition into the new year. >> Read Full Story
Where are you on this month’s updated Spike list?
ALL-TIME BIG SPIKE 1,500+ “Buddy” James 1,965 GRAND SPIKE 1,000-1,499 Doug Wenzel 1,142 STATESMAN SPIKE 500-999 Omar Farhat 907.5 SUPER SPIKE 250-499 Richard Dostie 464.5 Bryan Lendry 425 Carmel... >> Read Full Story
New member spotlight: Ready Seal, Ginger Borgman
Ready Seal wood stain and sealant contains all the essential elements of a quality coating for exterior wood projects. >> Read Full Story
Sponsor spotlight: MicroTech Solutions, Brian Sobolewski
When you choose MicroTech Solutions, you are not only choosing a great restoration specialist who can provide you with unprecedented results, but a company that goes above and beyond for its customers. >> Read Full Story
Welcome, new members
The following companies became NEFBA members in January. >> Read Full Story
Government advocacy update
NEFBA’s Government Affairs Committee: The next Government Affairs meeting is 8:30 a.m., Thursday, March 23, 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
Be a part of the FHBA Spring Legislative Conference
Join fellow NEFBA members as FHBA hosts the 2017 Legislative Conference on March 27-29 in Tallahassee, where members and leaders in Florida residential construction and remodeling industry participate in legislative training, engage with elected officials and meet to address organizational agendas. >> Read Full Story
Different path in construction than father
Chip Bachara built his reputation as Jacksonville’s Construction Lawyer of the Year from the ground up. >> Read Full Story
Barzaga’s early choice led to great success
Mirtha Barzaga got into real estate at the worst possible time. It was 2006, the peak of a real estate market bubble that was about to collapse. >> Read Full Story
UNF program helping build up workforce
For five years, the University of North Florida’s construction management program has maintained a 100 percent placement rate, meaning every single student in the program graduates with a job in the field. >> Read Full Story
Possible changes for flood zone maps
The Mortgage Bankers Association of Jacksonville and the Florida Association of Mortgage Professionals held a joint luncheon and membership meeting last month to discuss pending changes to Federal Emergency Management Agency flood zone maps. >> Read Full Story
Davidson Realty creates Beaches team
During the past year, Davidson Realty has expanded its locations and agent base, and now is expanding its reach with a new Beaches team. >> Read Full Story
A winding, but still connected path to job
Leona Brown has always considered herself a “people person.” Her career trajectory was positioned mostly on what jobs were available. >> Read Full Story
Round 2 of work begins after deal reached
A fully executed contract is always celebrated by Realtors, whether they are the seller’s agent or represent the buyer. >> Read Full Story
It pays off to keep documentation yearlong
Documentation is key. That was the point guest speaker Janice Nichols drove home time and again during her tax strategies for business professionals presentation at last month’s Women’s Council of Realtors Business Resource Meeting and Luncheon. >> Read Full Story
NAIOP honors Crosby with lifetime achievement award
Commercial real estate brokers and developers recognized industry professionals and projects last month, honoring Steve Crosby with the lifetime achievement award. >> Read Full Story
Lingerfelt buys Downtown Southbank hotels
Lingerfelt CommonWealth Realty Partners LLC bought the dual-branded Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites in the Downtown Southbank area. >> Read Full Story
New real estate school considering expansion
When someone wants to become a real estate agent, he or she first must pass a 63-hour pre-licensing course before taking the state exam. >> Read Full Story
Will immigration reform impact Florida real estate?
Orlando real estate broker Rosana Almeida, who specializes in sales to international buyers, met with investors in Mexico last year, but said the business climate there isn’t ripe for a return this year. >> Read Full Story
Gen X recovering, millennials still living with mom
Overall nationwide, an improving economy, multiple years of strong job growth and a notable increase in home values fueled a greater share of purchases from Generation X households over the past year, according to the National Association of Realtors 2017 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends study. >> Read Full Story
How will housing change over next decade?
Your 10-year outlook: Expect business to get busier, but be ready for some major demographic shifts in housing. >> Read Full Story
TriBridge building $49M apartments
TriBridge Residential started work at the end of February on a $49 million apartment community at Town Center Promenade, opposite St. Johns Town Center. >> Read Full Story

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