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February 2015 Newsletter



VBIA Best Wishes to Dana VonBrocken!

Dana joined us for a year and is moving on to her dream job using her HR Degree and new Stetson MBA.

We’ll really miss her!


   SAVE THE DATE 

February General Membership Meeting (GMM)


When: Wednesday February 18, 2015

@ 5:30 PM


Where: LPGA International Clubhouse 

~1000 Champions Drive Daytona Beach


*RSVP Online Here: 



ACT/ECF ANNUAL CLAY SHOOT
Friday, April 24th 2015
Tenoroc: 3755 Tenoroc Mine Road Lakeland, FL

9:30 am Shotgun Start
(8:30 registration, 9:00 mandatory safety class)
Lunch Included
Cash & Door Prizes!

Call the VBIA if interested. 
We are planning a travel group!

Play Ball!

Have some major-league fun at the June GMM as we take over the Budweiser Bullpen in support of Daytona's new minor-league team, the Daytona Tortugas, as they play the St. Lucie Mets!

When:  Wednesday, June 10, 2015 
Game starts at 7:05 pm
Tickets:  $26.00 adult,   $19.00  child

RSVP NOW!

Visit the Daytona Tortugas online!

 Poker Tournament 


Join us for the 2015 Tournament on
Sunday, October 18!

Daytona Beach Kennel Club & Poker Room
                                                           
$$$ MORE PRIZE MONEY $$$
Dealer add-on included in ticket price

Pre-Sales begin soon!



Spike Roster

It's Here! The updated Spike Roster (as of December 31, 2014) is now available! 

 

Click the link below to view: 

Spike Roster

What is a Spike?

Recruiting new members to your local association is an activity recognized and rewarded through the Spike Club. Those who participate are called Spikes. 

For more information on Spikes visit: 

NAHB Spike


Housing for Tomorrow Committee

Capital Club Members

 Jamie Adley
Ronnie Bledsoe
Lisa Blythe
Steve Courteaux
Michelle Delaney
Bob Fitzsimmons
Alfred Fyock
Mori Hosseini
Chris Koontz
Don Mastro
Jim Mather
Denver Miller
Eric Olsen
Jim Paytas
Cyndi Parker
Frank Severino
Natasha Spencer
Shelley Stewart
JoAnne Sturdevant
Richard VonBrocken
 

Capital Club is membership in the HFT Committee, attained through investment of $250, with the interest in promoting affordable housing and improvement of local government. 


 

Construction Career Day at DeLand High

 




Most Millennial Buyers Want Single-Family Home in the Suburbs


by Rose Quint
After rising for four consecutive years, the average size of new homes declined in 2014. The expectation for 2015 is for this receding trend to continue, as more Millennials enter the housing market and demand smaller, more affordable homes. Strong job growth and new lending rules that will allow for smaller down payments and lower […]


Membership Renewals

Thank you for your continued support!

AM Wright Construction

Arthur Wright


Quixote Asset Developers

Howard Leskowitz


Brown & Brown Inc.

Tyler Debord


Brown & Brown Inc.

Don Sciotto


FL Pest Control & Chemical

John Long


ICI Homes

Lisa Egle


ICI Homes

Rosemary Messina


ICI Homes

Mori Hosseini


International Tile & Stone

Ronald Maugeri


Jenkins Brothers Construction

David Jenkins


Lowe's Home Center

Robert Gross


Myrick Pools

Shon Myrick


Oceanwalk Condominiums

Rob Camporese


ReMax Signature

Walter Borgen


Shelter Mortgage Company LLC

Natasha Cartagena Spencer


Solar-Tite Inc.

John Holt


Southern Title

Shelley Stewart


SunTrust Bank

Kim Lundstrom


The Page Agency

Darcey Tascher


White Challis Redevelopment

Jack White

 


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FHBA Rebates!


Attention Builders and Remodelers: Get money for products you already use! The FHBA's Member Rebate Program is a free member benefit available to all active Builder and Remodeling Members.

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Suzanne Forbes Brings Taxes to the GMM




At the January GMM Suzanne Forbes of James Moore & Co. CPAs combined humor with a strong dose of tax savings strategies and presented the top 10 ways construction companies and home builders can minimize taxes and maximize the value of their businesses in 2015.

 

Join Us for the2015 Parade of Homes!



The 2015 Volusia Parade of Homes is fast approaching! The Parade will run from March 21-March 29, 2015. 




Dear FHBA Member:

In November 2014, Florida voters approved an amendment to the state constitution which requires one third of documentary stamp revenue to be placed into the Land Acquisition Trust Fund and spent on a variety of environmental programs and initiatives. Senate President Andy Gardiner (R-Orlando) has tasked the Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation with drafting legislation to implement this new amendment. The Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation is currently taking public comment on the implementation of the Water and Land Conservation Amendment. 

Many in the environmental community believe the doc stamp revenue should only be used on a very narrow set of issues, mostly for buying additional conservation land. The FHBA believes the revenues should be spent on a broader set of issues; especially this year with springshed protection being at the forefront of Legislative activity. Supporting broader expenditures also takes pressure off of the affordable housing funds. 

FHBA would ask that you go online this week and add your voice to a reasonable interpretation of Amendment 1 and encourage Legislators to allow the fund to be used for the following issues:

  • Protect the Sadowski Affordable Housing funds
  • Expansion of municipal waste water systems
  • Replacement of older septic tank systems with more reliable up-to-date systems
  • Springshed studies on nutrient loading and source
  • New water supply sources

 

You have an opportunity to make a difference today. Please click on the link below to submit a comment to the committee.

 

 

 

 

Florida Home Builders Association

Governmental Affairs Team


New Members

Welcome to the VBIA!

America's Home Place

 

America’s Home Place, Inc. is an integral provider of  the American Dream for so many families, due to the hard work and dedication of more than 350 professionals and 4,000 trade partners. We strive daily  to fulfill the vision of our founder, Barry Conner, and continue providing better homes for our customers.

 

Phone: (980) 721-1961

Visit us at: www.americashomeplace.com


New Member:  Scott MacLure

Intracoastal Bank

 

Since opening its doors on June 18, 2008, the bank remains steadfast in its promise to stay small, ensuring the most technologically advanced, yet personal, hands on customer service, as well as philanthropic, always giving back to the community that contributes to its continued growth and success.


Phone: (386) 236-7437

Visit us at:  www.intracoastalbank.net


New Member: Richard Wells

J & M Moving & Storage

 

For more than 30 years J & M Moving & Storage has specialized in giving customers total relocation satisfaction. J & M Moving is a family owned business and through our sister companies American Forwarding and American Moving Systems we also provide Long Distance/Interstate moving as well as office and commercial relocations.


Phone:  (386) 761-6181

Visit us at: www.jandmmoving.com


New Member:  Ted Noftall


M/I Homes of Orlando

 

M/I Homes has been building new homes of outstanding quality and superior design for more than 30 years. Founded in 1976 by Irving and Melvin Schottenstein, M/I Homes has fulfilled the dreams of nearly 90,000 homeowners. What started as a family business, M/I has grown into a national leader.

Phone:  (386)531-5100
Visit us at:  www.mihomesorlando.com

New Member:  Jeff Kaizer


Pioneer Construction Corp.

 

Pioneer Construction Services Inc. is an innovative full-service construction company specializing in commercial and corporate interiors. Our team brings a fresh approach to your construction needs where budget and schedule is key and communication is paramount. At Pioneer we not only understand our client’s needs, we strive to anticipate them and provide solutions that work. 


Phone: (407) 461-0404 

Visit us at:  www.pioneerconstructioncorp.com


New Member:  Daniel Lunsford


Newberry Homes & Development


With over 30 years of experience, the team at Newberry Homes builds distinctive, custom homes with exquisite craftsmanship and provides an unsurpassed homebuilding experience to each of our clients. Our one-on-one consultative approach to service ensures we provide the flexibility to meet the particular demands of each customer throughout the construction process.


Phone:  (800) 945-4728

Visit us at:  www.newberrycustomhomes.com


New Member:  Michael Newberry


Westview Construction


Our custom luxury homes merge the natural beauty 

of the community with tasteful aesthetics, craftsmanship, and state of the art building processes.


Phone:  (386) 931-5274

Visit us at: www.westviewconstructionllc.com


New Member:  David Benham

Zamco Properties

Phone: (386) 304-0040

New Member:  Nacncy Meseroll





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Growth & Progress

By BOB KOSLOW

bob.koslow@news-jrnl.com

DAYTONA BEACH - Proposals to build an outlet mall and a separate project called Sam's North on the east side of Interstate 95, south of LPGA Boulevard, are the latest potential additions to a part of town that has seen an increase in development activity in recent months.
Those projects include the massive Trader Joe's distribution center under construction just north of Dunn Avenue, on the east side of I-95, and the expansion of the Daytona International Auto Mall on the west side. At one time the land for all those projects was owned by Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co., the Daytona Beach-based real estate development and investment company whose headquarters are in the Cornerstone Office Park on the corner of LPGA and Williamson boulevards.

"What's happening now are some of the things we worked on years ago, but the market was not quite right then," said Bruce Teeters, the former chief financial officer for Consolidated-Tomoka who retired in 2013after 33 years with the company and is now a commercial real estate agent with Adams, Cameron & Co. Realtors.

"The area always had the potential (for growth), being along (I-)95, close to I-4 and centrally located in Volusia and Flagler counties," Teeters said. "The market is outstanding now and that area is primed for commercial and retail growth."

Read more at: News Journal

Homeowner Rate Falls to a Level Seen in ’94


By NICK TIMIRAOS
Jan. 29, 2015 11:27 p.m. ET

The U.S. homeownership rate fell to its lowest level in 20 years at the end of 2014—a level last seen when national leaders embarked on a broad push to expand homeownership in the mid-1990s.

Estimates published Thursday show that, after adjusting for seasonal factors, 63.9% of U.S. households owned their homes in the fourth quarter, a rate last recorded in 1994, according to the Commerce Department. Homeownership hasn’t fallen below that level since 1988. The rate stood at 65.1% at the end of 2013.

The sharp drop over the past year reflects, in part, a substantial increase in household formation, which is good for the economy. That can cause the homeownership rate to fall if more of those households rent, which is what happened over the past year.

The report showed that household formation grew over the past year at the fastest pace since 2005, according to J.P. Morgan Chase, which could indicate that an improving economy is finally encouraging more young Americans to strike out on their own.

The homeownership rate has fallen steadily since 2005, when it peaked at 69.2%. That followed a decadelong campaign to expand homeownership, launched by President Bill Clinton in 1995 and embraced by President George W. Bush in the early 2000s.

Rampant real estate speculation and loose lending standards inflated housing bubbles across the country, and when prices collapsed, millions of Americans faced foreclosure, triggering the financial crisis.

Over the past year, President Barack Obama and other administration officials have voiced alarm that lending has gone from one extreme during the bubble—too loose—to the other—too tight—in the aftermath of the bust.

Officials have walked a fine line to prevent a return of the reckless loan products and practices that allowed the bubble to inflate 10 years ago while loosening some standards elsewhere to provide broader access to home buyers without strong credit or big down payments.





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