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August 2014

Living a real estate legend
Steve Calta was a young manager for Watson Realty when he gave his boss some advice: The boss was spending money he didnít have to. >> Read Full Story

August 2014
Member Profile: Bill Lisecki, Adams Homes
Bill Lisecki retired early, leaving a 17-year career with Grand Union Family Markets in upstate New York to move to the Sunshine State. >> Read Full Story
NEFBA Presidentís letter
Two very important dates are just around the corner: Aug. 26 and Nov.† 4. And both dates require some preparation on your part and active participation on those specific dates. >> Read Full Story
NEFBA announces 2014 election endorsements
NEFBA has a 70-year legacy of advocating for issues that affect the building and construction industry in Northeast Florida. >> Read Full Story
A mission that began after a day of terror
Weeks after the horror of destruction and fear that gripped our nation on Sept. 11, 2001, Builders Care began its mission of hope and restoration in Northeast Florida. >> Read Full Story
Apprentice profile: Tim Mosley
Tim Mosley, manager of field personnel at Haskell, is a graduate of NEFBAís carpentry apprentice program. >> Read Full Story
SEBC draws building industry professionals
The Southeast Building Conference is the largest building industry trade show in the southeast, and it has been drawing building industry professionals for 36 years. >> Read Full Story
New Members
The added motivation of the membership drive yielded these new members in May. Welcome! >> Read Full Story
County Council roundup
NEFBAís Government Affairs Committee: Meets at 8:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 15, at the NEFBA office, 103 Century 21 Drive, Suite 100, Jacksonville. >> Read Full Story
Meet the newest NEFBA council
As the newest council at NEFBA, now celebrating our second year, the E-Council would like to take a moment to introduce ourselves and invite you to join us. >> Read Full Story
Calendar of Events
Friday, Aug. 15 Government Affairs Committee Time: 8:30-9:30 a.m. Location: NEFBA Office Contact: Jessie Spradley, JSpradley@nefba.com Tuesday, Aug. 20 NEFBA... >> Read Full Story
Spike report reflects membership success
Recruiting new members is an activity recognized and rewarded through NAHBís Spike Club. Those who participate are called Spikes, and they are among the most valued members of the association. >> Read Full Story
Jacksonville couple puts game face on for HGTV show
John and Whitney Spinks might have made a better impression in the first round of ďFlipping the BlockĒ if it werenít for the long loud creak of the door drowning out the conversation as the judge entered the remodeled master bedroom. >> Read Full Story
D.R. Hortonís new model at Murabella
Crickett Huff, Dottie Lay and Robin Rawald, Coldwell Banker Premier, take some time to chat at D.R. Hortonís new model opening at Murabella. >> Read Full Story
Solar-power systems getting smarter
Free energy? Itís called the sun. The sticking point, though, has always been building cost-effective systems to capture it. >> Read Full Story
Industry News
Real-estate professionals could collectively save about $2.7 million a year through a reduction in license fees. >> Read Full Story
Breaking down deals for small business owners
Sandra Kahle enjoys figuring out stuff thatís tough for most people to understand. >> Read Full Story
ĎDetectiveí enjoys busting mold problems
Finding out a home has mold in it is easy. Getting rid of it is hard. Dennis Williams says he can get rid of mold ó and make sure it never comes back. >> Read Full Story
Getting social in San Marco
The NEFBA Remodelers Council held its July social at Millwork Design Studio, a kitchen and bath remodeler in San Marco. Alex Povoli of Beck Auto Group, and Terri MacKay, sales associate and designer for Carpet One Floor & Home, meet at the event. >> Read Full Story
Luxury apartments and models win Aurora Awards
Three Northeast Florida apartment complexes and three model home interiors won honors at the 2014 Aurora Awards in Orlando. >> Read Full Story
Realtors to remodel homes that give teens hope
A bed, a bookshelf, a chest of drawers. It sounds pretty basic. But to teens in the Daniel Foundationís Project Prepare, thatís an entire home. Those homes, now worn with age, are about to be remodeled. >> Read Full Story
Exchanging ideas that shape constructionís future
Industry leaders held more than 60 seminars, panel discussions and education sessions on topics ranging from energy efficiency to sales and marketing techniques to changes in the Florida building codes. >> Read Full Story
CFO says private sector drove recovery
When other states raised taxes, Florida cut its spending. Thatís the reason it enjoys a recovering economy today, said Jeff Atwater, the stateís Chief Financial Officer. >> Read Full Story
A picnic complete with dunking booth
John Morris, division president for David Weekley Homes, discovered it takes just a toss of a ball to go from perfectly dry (above) to soaked (below). Morris was a victim in the companyís dunking booth at the Sales and Marketing Council family picnic at Nocateeís Splash Waterpark. >> Read Full Story
Builders Care helping neighborhood get water
For more than 15 years, Pat Bridgeman has been knocking on doors. The Larsen Neighborhood Association president has been seeking assistance from city leaders to bring clean, reliable water to her Southside neighborhood. >> Read Full Story
Commercial Real Estate Roundup
The Hertz Investment Group, a California-based real estate investment and management group that focuses on downtown revitalization, bought the Bank of America Tower last month in Downtown Jacksonville for $88 million. >> Read Full Story
Targeting first-time buyers
D.R. Horton is betting that small will become the next big thing in homebuilding. >> Read Full Story
Excelling in their field
The Northeast Florida Builders Associationís Sales and Marketing Council won the stateís Membership Drive Award of Excellence. Pictured are Andrea Hawk, chairwoman of the stateís Sales and Marketing Council, and NEFBA SMC board members Judy Hicks, Franchesca Swierz, Ron Harris (chairman), Amber Williams, Palmer Kuder and Cole Slate. The councilís membership grew to 300 members in six months. >> Read Full Story
Changing the way to pay for growth
With the housing marketís recovery, fees charged to developers for infrastructure are back, but with changes. >> Read Full Story
NEFAR sizes up First Coast candidates
Strong economies, better schools and policies that support property ownership are what win votes from the Realtor community in Northeast Florida. >> Read Full Story
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