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Realtor-builder tradeshow attracts 600 attendees; donates to charities

The 31st Annual Realtor-Builder Tradeshow drew more than 600 attendees at its celebration of the latest creative ideas, resources, and trends

Most creative booth: PrimeLending

 in real estate. The Northeast Florida Builders Association (NEFBA), in conjunction with the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors (NEFAR), hosted this year’s medieval themed event, Vive La Renaissance, at the University of North Florida’s University Center. More than 60 booths were on display at the tradeshow along with several educational break-out sessions highlighting green construction, social networking and home staging.

“The Annual Realtor-Builder Tradeshow is a gauge for every facet of our entire industry,” said Amanda Dandy of Prudential Network Realty and event co-chair for NEFAR. “Judging by the positive response to the Renaissance theme, enthusiasm of booth participants, support of the committee and increase in sponsorship and tickets sold, we are in the process of renewing the local housing market.”

The Vive La Renaissance theme was carried through to the event décor as a $100 donation toward the charity of choice was given for the best booth in several categories. This year’s winner for best themed booth was Cascades at World Golf Village with proceeds going to support its charity of choice, daniel. Winner for best booth décor was Bailey Publishing, whose proceeds went to Hubbard House. The most creative booth went to PrimeLending Ventures, benefiting daniel, and winner of the award for most original was Urban Trust Bank benefiting the Jacksonville Humane Society. An additional prize for best costume went to The Four Musketeers of Prime Lending.

In addition to the contests, all attendees were eligible to win $500 by visiting representatives from select booths and collecting stamps to enter the grand prize drawing. Valerie Shaw of LMH Leasing Solutions was the lucky winner.

Sponsors for the event included: Platinum Sponsors Urban Trust Bank and Cascades at World Golf Village; Silver Sponsors PARC Group at Nocatee, Bank of America, ICI Homes and VIP Staging and Home Management; Publication Sponsors NEFAR News, NEFBA Buildor News, Homes and Land Magazine, Realty-Builder Connection, Florida Times-Union, Florida Homebuyer Jacksonville and Renaissance Creative. The food for the event was provided by Mimi’s Café, Grill Billy’s Catering, Heirlooms, Dunkin Donuts, Taste, Tidbits, Time for Wine and 3 Sister Chocolate.

 “This year’s tradeshow was a huge success, thanks in large part to the hard work and dedication of the builder and Realtor communities,” said Donald Ster of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and event co-chair for NEFBA and SMC. “We truly appreciate the support and pride shown for our industry through the participation of our sponsors and guests. We look forward to the continued success of this important industry event for many years to come.”

The Northeast Florida Builders Association (NEFBA) advocates for the builder community and strives to represent members through industry groups, training and effective representation on the issues that affect the construction industry in Northeast Florida.

Best Booth Decor: Bailey Publishing

Most Creative Booth: PrimeLending

Most Original Booth: Urban Trust Bank

Best Themed Booth: Cascades at World Golf Village

Best Costume: The Four Musketeers of PrimeLending

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