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NEFBA hosts successful realtor builder tradeshow

The 32nd annual Realtor Builder Tradeshow drew more than 800 attendees to the University of North Florida University Center. The Northeast Florida Builders Association (NEFBA), in conjunction with the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors, hosted the event, which brought real estate and building industry professionals together for a day of education and networking.

This year’s tradeshow featured a “Survivor Northeast Florida” theme inspired by the hit television series. There were more than 60 exhibit booths on display, and educational sessions covered vital topics such as renovation loans, financing and CDD fees.

“In today’s market, it is more important than ever to stay on top of the latest industry trends and to connect with your colleagues and peers, and the tradeshow brings real estate and building professionals together for that purpose,” said Michael Bourré, 2011 president of NEFBA and president of Bourré Construction Group. “We appreciate the hard work and dedication of the committee that organized this notable event and the positive response we received from participants and exhibitors.”

Along with the focus on industry trends and education, guests enjoyed short Survivor-themed activities and entertainment, music and light fare. Awards were given in several categories in the booth competition. The winners include:

•Florida Times-Union – Best use of theme booth

•Bailey Publishing – Best all-around booth

•Coldwell Banker Vanguard – Most interactive booth

•PrimeLending – Most original booth

•Jay Lesowitz (Florida Times-Union) – Best costume

Sponsors of the Realtor Builder Tradeshow included Platinum sponsor Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Gold sponsors PrimeLending, Nocatee and the Florida Times-Union, and Silver sponsors Fidelity Bank Mortgage Services, ICI Homes and Bank of America Home Loans. The event’s Bronze sponsors included Community First Credit Union, Lennar, Mattamy Homes, Metro Market Trends, Nader’s Pest Raders, Pulte Homes, Ryland Homes, Showhomes and Southern Lifestyle Homes.

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