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April 2014

Retail leads commercial recovery
Alex Coley often says his Brooklyn apartment complex at 220 Riverside, with its full floor of restaurants and retail, and its events venue, Unity Plaza, will serve as an epicenter for everything that's cool and creative about Jacksonville. >> Read Full Story

April 2014
Member Profile: Landon Homes
As the immediate past president of NEFBA, Dennis Ginder represents the commitment and resolution required to succeed in the building industry. >> Read Full Story
River Run tail gate party
NEFBA members and relatives gathered in Lot Z at EverBank Field to receive their T-shirts for the Gate River Run Saturday, March 15. >> Read Full Story
Apprenticeship program is way to grow talent
Apprenticeship has a time-honored history of training individuals in all manner of skilled crafts. >> Read Full Story
Fishing for charity
The St. Johns Builders Council’s sixth annual fishing tournament is just days away, and the excitement is building. >> Read Full Story
Working with Builders Care can change lives, including yours
Builders Care makes a difference in difficult circumstances. Work wrapped up at the new AMI Kids School last month, and work continues at Five Star Vets and Holy Trinity Anglican Church. >> Read Full Story
City accepts sign permit applications online
NEFBA Government Affairs Director Jacksonville City Councilman John Crescimbeni announced last month that temporary directional sign permits can now be applied for online through the city’s website. >> Read Full Story
Mission has remained same for seven decades
In 1944, as the war was winding down, Jacksonville homebuilders anticipated a surge in business in this military town. >> Read Full Story
Laurels put SMC members on pedestal
Each year NEFBA honors the building community’s best in marketing and sales at the Laurel Awards. >> Read Full Story
County council roundup
FHBA Legislative Conference: The Florida Home Builders Association Spring Legislative Conference was April 7-8 in Tallahassee. >> Read Full Story
Get the inside track
For anyone with an idle curiosity about economic development in Jacksonville and new projects on the horizon, the SMC breakfast meeting May 9 will be interesting and enlightening. >> Read Full Story
NEFBA Calendar of Events
Tuesday, April 15 SJBC Social Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Location: CNL Bank (Corner of Old Moultrie Road and Florida... >> Read Full Story
JBS can design an HVAC system to make your home energy efficient
Jacksonville Building Science is not your typical energy rater. >> Read Full Story
NEFBA membership benefits are tangible
The value of belonging to a strong trade association is not lost on most astute business men and women >> Read Full Story
Watching city government work as it should is nice
I attend a lot of meetings in City Hall and it provides me an opportunity to see our city officials up close and personal. >> Read Full Story
Volunteering for a week of fun
When The Players Championship golf tournament returns to Ponte Vedra Beach May 6, a few veteran real estate agents will go offline for the week, opting to work the course as volunteers instead. >> Read Full Story
Realtors get in the swing at WCR golf tourney
The Legends of Real Estate team spent equal time golfing and laughing at the March 13 event at the Orange Park Country Club. From left, Realtors Sheryl DeGrove, Brad Manor, Steve Kanyar and Millie Kanyar. >> Read Full Story
Realtor started as housing advocate
Even before Karen Stern became a Realtor, she knew how important it was for everyone to have a home. >> Read Full Story
Nassau playground welcomes disabled kids
Stan Stapleton, a business banker for Bank of America, is more used to financing projects than he is building them. >> Read Full Story
Berkshire Hathaway office receives Round Table Award
For the fourth year in a row, the Avondale/San Marco office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty has received the Real Estate Round Table Award for residential Gross Commission Income (GCI) and residential units for the Southeast Region. >> Read Full Story
Sisler Johnston completes Beach House at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
Sisler Johnston has completed an interior design of the recently renovated oceanfront Beach House at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. >> Read Full Story
Deutsche Bank’s decision ‘will be good for Jacksonville’
Deutsche Bank’s top executive in Jacksonville made a promise last month concerning the global financial services company’s potential decision about a site consolidation in Jacksonville. >> Read Full Story
Dostie Homes introduces ‘Alexandra’ floor plan in Palencia
Dostie Homes has completed construction of a new two-story model home, the Alexandra, in the master-planned community of Palencia in northern St. Johns County. >> Read Full Story
Toll Brothers sees rising sales for its Signature Collection homes in Nocatee
Toll Brothers, a national luxury homes builder, in 2013 saw an 89 percent year-over-year increase for sales of its Signature Collection homes at Coastal Oaks at Nocatee in Ponte Vedra. >> Read Full Story
A night of fun with the Suns
Members of the Northeast Florida Builders Association with their families and friends came together to celebrate the start of the 2014 season of the Jacksonville Suns baseball team. >> Read Full Story
Mortgage lender applies ethics from Navy days
Bruce Wehner has had two careers: Mortgage professional and U.S. Navy pilot. He insists they are related. >> Read Full Story
Realtors’ top wish: Lower sales tax on commercial rent
The number one bill Northeast Florida Realtors want to see state lawmakers pass this year is a phase out of the 6 percent sales tax for renting commercial space. >> Read Full Story
Honoring the industry’s best
Dozens of Laurel Awards are given annually by the Northeast Florida Builders Association and its Sales and Marketing Council for the best in marketing and sales. This year’s ceremony included a Great Gatsby theme, where some came dressed in costumes from the 1920s. >> Read Full Story
Earning their own Tiffany blue box, courtesy of Lennar
Lennar once again partnered with Tiffany & Co. to reward Jacksonville’s top Realtors at the culminating event of its “Tiffany’s Realtor Reward Program.” >> Read Full Story
Carter may sell his half of Town Center
Atlanta-based developer Ben Carter is working with New York investment bank Eastdil Secured to learn what his half-ownership of the St. Johns Town Center might be worth. >> Read Full Story
Century 21 honors 2013’s best
Century21’s Northeast Florida Broker Council honored top performers (above) at its 2013 awards ceremony last month at Epping Forest Yacht Club. Dirk Schroeder of Century 21’s St. Augustine Properties office, and Cindy Pride, business consultant for Century 21, north and central Florida, presided over the event. >> Read Full Story
Early response to Tamaya beyond expectations
It was like opening a Christmas present. Members of ICI Homes of Tamaya kept the design details of their new Mediterranean-style master planned community under wraps until a series of VIP tours in March. >> Read Full Story
No commission if team doesn’t sell house in 60 days
CC Underwood is what's known in her company as a rainmaker. "I find people leads, and I love it," said Underwood, a Realtor for Keller Williams Jacksonville. >> Read Full Story
Succeed with short sales by calling banks early
The top piece of advice banks have for Realtors negotiating a short sale — contact a bank’s loan servicer early and get informed on how the approval process works. >> Read Full Story
Expo a measure of building’s accelerating pulse
Jacksonville contractors were expecting a good turnout at the Construction Industry Trade Expo. >> Read Full Story
A few tips from NEFBA president
NEFBA President Daniel Blanchard said builders in Clay County’s fast-growing real estate market should pay attention to policies on currency fees as well as pending construction of the outer beltway. >> Read Full Story
Davidson awards grants to St. Johns County schools
Davidson Cares, the nonprofit organization of Davidson Realty Inc., presented its 2014 grants to several St. Johns County public schools, including Mill Creek, Wards Creek and Palencia elementary schools, and Pacetti Bay Middle School. >> Read Full Story
Atlantic Beach Country Club developers share plans
Developers and representatives of Atlantic Beach Country Club presented their plans for development, sales and membership to the NEFAR Ponte Vedra Council at its monthly breakfast. >> Read Full Story
New facility named after ‘saint’
Fleet Landing held a groundbreaking ceremony last month for its new memory care center, The Nancy House. >> Read Full Story
Growth potential, crackdown on theft topics at Nassau meeting
Larry Wittmer of Woodsman Kitchens & Floors and Bill Lisecki share a conversation at the February meeting of the Nassau Builders Council. During the meeting, NEFBA President Daniel Blanchard told members that Nassau County is poised for growth. >> Read Full Story
Industrial real estate climbs slowly
In industrial real estate, the single ray of light in recent years has been that empty warehouses, distribution and manufacturing centers are starting to fill with tenants. >> Read Full Story
Office growth driven by employment
Like industrial property, Jacksonville has shown little appetite for new office construction post-recession. >> Read Full Story
Mattamy purchase of RiverTown project may restore momentum
Mattamy Homes plans to ramp up development of RiverTown, by readying more lots, adding a second commuter-friendly entrance and introducing townhomes into the product mix. >> Read Full Story
NEFBA 2014 Parade of Homes starts April 26
The Northeast Florida Builders Association’s 2014 Parade of Homes, a two-weekend open house showcasing new homes from the area’s best builders, returns to Jacksonville April 26 to 27 and May 3 to 4. >> Read Full Story
Franklin Street Completes Move into New Jacksonville Office
Franklin Street, a full-service commercial real estate firm based in Tampa, has moved its North Florida team into a new, larger office located at 7751 Belfort Parkway, Suite 110 in Jacksonville, Fla. >> Read Full Story
Northeast Florida Builders Association launches new website
The Northeast Florida Builders Association in March launched its redesigned website at nefba.com. >> Read Full Story
Other states are challenging Florida’s resident tax claims
Cold and snow aren’t the only reason hordes of people want to become Florida residents. >> Read Full Story
NAIOP honors Allred
NAIOP, the Northeast Florida Commercial Real Estate Development Association, presented its 2014 awards last month. >> Read Full Story
Mortgage rates rise, but still low
Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose slightly this week but remained near historically low levels. >> Read Full Story
Law firm building new office in Riverside
Joining the Riverside Avenue renaissance, the Alexander DeGance Barnett law firm intends to move from leased space in One Enterprise Center Downtown into a building it will develop in Riverside near The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. >> Read Full Story
Landlord has 30 days to claim security deposit
Q: How long does a landlord have to make a claim on a security deposit?  >> Read Full Story
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