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July 2014

Whatley never hit glass ceiling
Thirty-four years is a long time to be a member of any organization. >> Read Full Story

July 2014
50 families reap benefit of Blitz
In only six days, the 2014 Jacksonville Home Builders Blitz – the largest of its kind in the United States – brought a significant, positive change to the lives of 50 families in the historic neighborhood of New Town. >> Read Full Story
Member Profile: Bourré Construction Group
Shawn and Courtney Hall are eager for moving day. The couple and their four children will be moving into their new home in RiverTown, thanks to some help from their friend and fellow church member – builder Michael Bourré, president of Bourré Construction Group. >> Read Full Story
President’s letter
When I was sworn in as NEFBA president in January, it was a proud moment in my life and career. >> Read Full Story
Apprentice profile: Shawn Gainers
Shawn Gainers, a 2004 graduate of NEFBA’s HVAC apprenticeship program, is the founder and owner of One Touch Heating and Cooling. >> Read Full Story
Ex- lobbyist’ becomes NEFBA’s top recruiter
Spike Bill Ding gave up a glamorous life in Washington, D.C., to become NEFBA’s top new-member recruiter. With 2,585.75 credits to his name as of April 30, Ding is still going strong. >> Read Full Story
Realtors play role in selling energy efficiency
A Realtor has a unique opportunity to become a valuable resource to new-home buyers and builders. >> Read Full Story
St. Johns Parade is in sight
The St. Johns County Parade of Homes begins Aug. 30 and ends Sept. 14. During the parade, potential homebuyers have the opportunity to visit homes in various communities around St. Johns County. >> Read Full Story
SEBC’s around the corner
Geographically and time-wise, the South East Building Conference is just around the corner. >> Read Full Story
County council roundup
NEFBA’s Government Affairs Committee: Meets at 8:30 a.m., Monday, July 21, at the NEFBA office, 103 Century 21 Drive, Suite 100, Jacksonville. >> Read Full Story
Quarterly Spike Award update
Recruiting new members is an activity recognized and rewarded through NAHB’s Spike Club. >> Read Full Story
Community volunteers helped make Blitz successful
More than 1,500 volunteers helped during the six-day Builders Blitz in New Town. >> Read Full Story
Calendar of Events
Tuesday, July 15 St. Johns Builders social Time: 5:30 p.m. Location: Creekside Dinery, 160 Nix Boat Yard... >> Read Full Story
Rising value of dollar stores
What’s with all the dollar stores? The big three chains — Dollar General, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree — combined have filed plans within the past year to add 12 stores in the Jacksonville area. >> Read Full Story
Hunting for a house on a television show
Colin and Chandra Adams are pretty good at keeping a secret. >> Read Full Story
Sharing lessons from Reagan
Dan Quiggle, president and CEO of America’s Choice Title Co., spoke about optimism, emotional intelligence and the leadership lessons he gleaned working a stint in the post-presidential office of Ronald Reagan during the NEFBA Sales and Marketing Council’s June meeting. >> Read Full Story
Contractor will tell The John Gorrie story
CCIM Florida North District Chapter members are invited to hear how the former John Gorrie Junior High School was transformed into a Riverside condominium complex. >> Read Full Story
Building a successful career, Part 2
Cora Johnston in December 2009 helped her son and daughter-in-law buy a lot and design and build a home on it. Then she held an open house. >> Read Full Story
Interior designer puts life into homes
When Judith Sisler Johnston got the interior design contract for the Madeline, a new model home at Tamaya, she had a problem. >> Read Full Story
Electric water heaters bumped by heat pump
Never heard of a heat pump water heater? By next year, you may. New federal regulations that go into effect in April will all but mandate heat pump technology for water heaters larger than 55 gallons, said Rich Grimes, of Water Solutions Marketing in Orlando. After April, the larger sizes of electric water heaters will no longer be manufactured. >> Read Full Story
Real estate rock stars
What are the most important activities you would recommend to someone starting a real estate career? >> Read Full Story
3 ways the Internet makes agents better
If there’s a technology toolbox made just for real estate agents, Craig Grant has assembled what goes into it. >> Read Full Story
Nocatee subdivision targeting empty nesters
Realtors got a sneak peak of The Villas at Nocatee, a new subdivision by Standard Pacific Homes, at a luncheon in June. The 90-unit gated community will be targeted toward empty nesters, said site agent Ron Dunn. Single-floor homes will start at 2,000 square feet. Prices begin in the mid-$200,000s. Amenities and models will be ready in August or September. >> Read Full Story
SAM Tram tours niche areas in Mandarin
Inside the “Sunnyside” at Cross Creek, Realtors walked past the kitchen’s inviting spread of snacks and immediately headed for the oversized lanai that has a courtyard, fireplace and outdoor kitchen. >> Read Full Story
Crosswater heading for quick sellout
Only one year since it opened, Crosswater at Pablo Bay’s home sites are 50 percent sold-out. >> Read Full Story
Getting wild at WCR trade show
The Women’s Council of Realtors held its annual trade show in June at Casa Marina in Jacksonville Beach. The safari-themed event showcased products and services of the council’s affiliate members, including lending companies and property inspectors. >> Read Full Story
‘Blitz’ contractor: ‘It’s fun to help out’
Steve Merten isn’t used to scheduling crews in three-hour shifts on construction projects. >> Read Full Story
Senator says budget money in right places
Car registration fees were cut and college tuition hikes were blocked in Florida in 2014. But the budget fight Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Orange Park, seemed most proud of winning was putting $3.1 billion back into the state’s reserve fund. >> Read Full Story
Auction raises $64,000 for NEFAR lobbying group
Holly McMurry models an autographed Jacksonville Jaguars helmet and a jersey during the June auction to benefit NEFAR’s Realtors Political Action Committee. McMurry is chair of the committee, which lobbies at the local and state levels for Northeast Florida Realtors. The auction raised more than $64,000 for the committee. >> Read Full Story
Wells Fargo Center, garages sell for $79M
New York and Miami investors partnered to pay $75.3 million for the Wells Fargo Center, Downtown Jacksonville’s signature tower on the Northbank. >> Read Full Story
Regency managers ‘encouraged’ by growth
Four months after buying the struggling Regency Square Mall, the New York-based owners have hired a general manager and assistant, new tenants are opening and more are preparing to set up shop. >> Read Full Story
Nocatee center adds salon, UPS and office condos
Construction will soon begin on new office and retail space at Nocatee Town Center. >> Read Full Story
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