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May 2017

At Vanguard, it’s all about the agents
Pete Dalton, owner and chief executive officer of Jacksonville-based Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty, has been on a 44-year journey. His trip is still far from its final destination. >> Read Full Story

May 2017
NEFBA takes its agenda to Tallahassee
Sixteen NEFBA members and staff spent three days in Tallahassee participating in the Florida Home Builders Association Spring Legislative Conference. >> Read Full Story
A productive visit to Tallahassee
How exciting it is to share with you a glimpse into the inner workings of our association, along with an example of the fun times we have together and a cause to celebrate! >> Read Full Story
SJBC give scholarships to local students
The Career Academy Awards April 17 showcased programs across the St. Johns County School District. >> Read Full Story
2017 Trade Expo
Nearly 60 service and product provider booths were visited by some 300 potential customers, business and trade partners and others interested in the construction industry at NEFBA’s Construction Industry Trade Expo March 23 at the University of North Florida. >> Read Full Story
Congratulations, apprentice Rondell Joyner
Rondell Joyner was selected as one of the 50 Faces of Apprenticeship campaign through the U.S. Department of Labor. >> Read Full Story
Building permits: First quarter shows robust growth
A robust first quarter with a four-county total of 2,230 permits issued supports a forecast for steady growth. >> Read Full Story
Volunteers respond to call and help homeowners in need
Builders Care Executive Director Justin Brown put out an email call for volunteers April 1. >> Read Full Story
Clay builders enjoy evening with the Jumbo Shrimp
Jacksonville’s minor league baseball team has a new name, but there was still the same fun to be had at the Jacksonville Baseball Grounds with the Jumbo Shrimp and the Clay Builders Council. >> Read Full Story
‘Home from the Heart’ benefits Builders Care
Providence Homes held the grand opening of its “Home from the Heart” at The Crossing in Nocatee on April 11. >> 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 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: Florida Blower Door, Kevan Wilson
Florida Blower Door provides services for residential home builders who want to check a few things off the Residential Energy Code Documentation Checklist, specifically the envelope leakage test, also known as the blower door test. >> Read Full Story
Sponsor spotlight: Southern Title, Cindy Miller
Buying or selling real estate is one of the biggest decisions you will make in your life. >> Read Full Story
Welcome, new members
The following companies became NEFBA members in March. >> Read Full Story
Government advocacy update
NEFBA’s Government Affairs Committee: The next Government Affairs meeting is 8:30 a.m. Thursday, May 25 at the NEFBA offices (103 Century 21 Drive, Suite 100). >> Read Full Story
A lesson in demystifying social media marketing
Love it or hate it, social media is here to stay. The social media channels — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat — may change over time, but the medium itself has secured a spot among the ways the public engages in information. >> Read Full Story
Reluctant Realtor catches Nocatee wave
Cherya Cavanaugh was 16 years old when she first got into the real estate business. >> Read Full Story
NEFBA beachside mixer
The NEFBA Young Professionals Group and Professional Women in Building Council held their Beachside Mixer on April 6 at Pusser’s Caribbean Grill in Ponte Vedra Beach. >> Read Full Story
‘Oldies, but goodies’
Seasoned real estate professionals gathered at last month’s Northeast Florida Association of Realtors “Oldies But Goodies” party to catch up with friends and associates. >> Read Full Story
Industry News
Six new decorated model homes, a clubhouse and entrance are now open at Tamaya, a master-planned community off Beach Boulevard midway between Kernan and Hodges boulevards in Jacksonville. >> Read Full Story
Stetson University honors Watson family
At a ceremony April 8, Stetson University renamed a football practice field to recognize the Watson family for their support of its athletics programs. >> Read Full Story
Riverside Homes founders put people, product over profit
A discussion over a fence meant to separate homes from a bustling road eventually forged a homebuilding company that is coming of age in the Northeast Florida real estate market. >> Read Full Story
Builders fishing for a good cause
The St. Johns Builders Council held its 9th Annual Charity Fishing Tournament on April 23 at the Northeast Florida Marlin Association in St. Augustine. >> Read Full Story
D.R. Horton to launch 3 communities targeting active adults
Nationwide builder D.R. Horton’s has built a huge presence in Northeast Florida, with more than 40 communities. >> Read Full Story
Home prices up, inventory down so far in 2017
Northeast Florida’s real estate market is off to a good start in 2017, especially for sellers. >> Read Full Story
Despite moves by Fed, interest rates remain low
In March, the Federal Reserve Board raised benchmark rates for the third time since the end of 2015, a signal that it is more bullish about the nation’s economy. >> Read Full Story
First-time homebuyers facing a tight market
The starter home may be harder to obtain in 2017 for some looking to join the ranks of homeownership for the first time. >> Read Full Story

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