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The Viera Company chosen for the 2018 Corporate Impact of the Year Award – Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce

The Viera Company has been chosen as the 2018 winner of the Corporate Impact of the Year Award presented by the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce. 

Viera, Fla. – Feb. 14, 2018 – The Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce chooses to recognize one company each year that demonstrates a focus on a broad range of economic development activities and substantial investment in the community. The chosen business is presented with the Corporate Impact of the Year Award at the Chamber’s annual Impact Awards and Board Installation event.

This year The Viera Company was chosen as the award recipient for the 2018 Corporate Impact of the Year Award. On Friday, February 16th at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne – Oceanfront, representatives from The Viera Company will don their “funkiest” bow ties and shiniest pearls to attend the 2018 Bow Ties & Pearls Board Installation & Impact Awards event, presented by the Melbourne Regional Chamber.

The Viera Company’s Senior VP, Land Use Planning & Development, Todd J. Pokrywa stated, “As a key stakeholder in Brevard County, The Viera Company is committed to significant investments in the underlying infrastructure improvements in the master planned community of Viera that support, attract and enhance economic development efforts.”

The Melbourne Regional Chamber is aptly described as “the largest business organization in the East Central Florida region, offering the opportunity for networking, education, marketing and community involvement.” The Viera Company is honored to be recognized by such a significant organization within the community.

“Bow Ties and Pearls is about recognizing the incredible contributions of local business owners and board members,” noted Michael Ayers, Melbourne Regional Chamber President and CEO. “Our community benefits enormously from the award recipients and it is an honor to support them.”

About The Viera Company

The Viera Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of A. Duda & Sons, Inc., manages commercial and residential development of Duda’s non-agricultural property and is the developer of the master-planned community of Viera in Brevard County, Florida. The company’s integrated real estate operations include Viera Realty, Viera Builders, Viera Commercial Properties and the Duran Golf Club. The mission of The Viera Company is to create vibrant, livable communities that are built with faith, integrity and thoughtful stewardship of the land.  For more information, visit www.viera.com.

February 2018 Associate Spotlight – Brevard Stone

Brevard Stone joined the HBCA of Brevard back in 2008 to take advantage of the opportunity to gain exposure throughout the community.
Since 1978, Brevard Stone has been on the cutting edge of what is popular in building. In the 70’s, they captured customers with natural stone veneer and fireplace installations. The 80’s consisted of natural landscaping stone to marble slabs for countertops, and from the 90’s to today, Brevard Stone specializes in Granite, Marble, Travertine and Quartz surfacing, cultured stone and more.

Today they service Central Florida along with International clients. Locally, they provide products for retail customers, custom home builders, masons, landscapers and pool contractors. Whether your plans include remodeling your kitchen or landscaping your yard, Brevard Stone has all the natural materials you need.
“With the global client base, the use of recycled water, the training and employment of countless fabricators and wonderful office staff, our family owned business really is what the American dream is all about.” – Aubrey Barrett, Brevard Stone.

For more information on Brevard Stone visit

www.BrevardStone.com or

Call 321-636-9344

February 2018 Builder Spotlight – Viera Company

The Viera Company became a member of the Home Builders and Contractors Association of Brevard in part due to the organization’s tremendous sales and marketing support and the ability to have more immediate access to individuals within the building industry. As a company they also saw the value in the professional designations under the HBCA, receiving industry updates and publications, being invited to participate in builder trade shows and having the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals in the industry. The Viera Company has been taking advantage of all of these benefits since 1989.

A wholly owned subsidiary of A. Duda & Sons, Inc. (?DUDA?), The Viera Company manages commercial and residential development of the company’s non-agricultural property and is the master developer of the mixed use, master-planned community of Viera in Brevard County, Florida. The company’s integrated real estate operations include Viera Realty, Viera Builders, Viera Commercial Properties, and the Duran Golf Club in Viera. Viera, recently recognized as one of the top selling master planned community’s in the nation, is a 20,000 acre, master-planned community located in the geographic center of Brevard County; it is home to over 23,000 residents, approximately 350 businesses and provides over 10,000 jobs (about one job generated per home constructed).

Visit www.Viera.com or

Call 321-242-1200

February 2018 Newsletter

Click here to read the February 2018 HBCA Newsletter

New Home Sales Rise 8.3% Overall in 2017

roof trussesSales of newly built, single-family homes fell 9.3% in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 625,000 units, according to newly released data from HUD and the Census Bureau. Despite this monthly decline, new home sales rose 8.3% overall in 2017 to 608,000 units.

“The number of consumers planning to buy a new home in the near future is trending upward,” said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel. “Inventory remains low, but its growth in 2017 is an encouraging sign. Our members are also telling us that market conditions continue to improve.”

“Some moderation in sales was expected this month after a strong November reading,” said NAHB senior economist Michael Neal. “With ongoing job creation and rising home equity, we should see housing demand continue to grow in the months ahead.”

The inventory of new home sales for sale was 295,000 in December, which is a 5.7-month supply at the current sales pace. The median sales price of new houses sold was $335,400.

Regionally, new home sales decreased 2.4% in the Northeast, 9.5% in the West, 9.8% in the South and 10% in the Midwest.

Supreme Court WOTUS Ruling a Win for NAHB

Supreme CourtThe Supreme Court today ruled that litigation over the controversial 2015 definition of what constitutes “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) must be brought in to the federal district courts rather than circuit courts ─ a decision that will finally allow litigation over the rule to move forward.

In 2015, the Obama Administration issued a new definition of WOTUS when referring to that term in the Clean Water Act (CWA). That definition was immediately met with litigation around the country.

Unfortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers erroneously believed that any litigation must be brought in the federal circuit (or appellate) courts, as opposed to the district (or trial) courts.  This mistake forced litigants to file cases both in district court and circuit court.

Eventually, the circuit court cases were consolidated in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that it did have jurisdiction over the challenges to the 2015 WOTUS rule. The Sixth Circuit also issued a nationwide stay of the rule.

Numerous litigants, including NAHB, disagreed with the Sixth Circuit and took the question over jurisdiction to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Today, that court unanimously agreed with NAHB’s position.

The government had asserted many arguments to support its belief that the Sixth Circuit had original jurisdiction over the cases challenging the rule. The Supreme Court, however, explained that the text of the CWA simply did not support any of the government’s arguments.  Therefore, the litigation over the 2015 WOTUS rule must begin in the federal district courts.

Now that the court has answered this question, it will issue a “mandate” to the Sixth Circuit in February and the Sixth Circuit will eventually dismiss all of the circuit court cases.  At the same time, the nationwide stay of the 2015 WOTUS rule will disappear.

However, the North Dakota District Court has enjoined the EPA from enforcing the rule in 13 states and that injunction remains in place.  Therefore, in the next month, NAHB will focus on convincing a district court to issue a nationwide stay of the 2015 WOTUS rule.

This decision may lead to some confusion in the coming days and weeks. It’s conceivable that the 2015 rule could take effect in some states unless the courts, Congress or the agencies take action.

The Trump Administration continues its efforts to rescind the 2015 WOTUS rule and replace it with a new definition that will seek to provide needed clarity and narrow federal CWA authority.

In addition, both the House and Senate fiscal 2018 Interior Appropriations bills and the fiscal 2018 House Energy and Water Appropriations bill include language that would allow the EPA to withdraw the 2015 rule without subjecting this action to judicial review.

This would help the EPA quickly finalize the withdrawal of that rule, ending any uncertainty and allowing all parties to focus time and efforts on creating a new rule.

For additional information, contact Tom Ward.

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Capital One Spark Business Credit Card: NAHB’s Newest Member Benefit

sparkNAHB and Capital One this month launched the Capital One Spark Business Credit Card for NAHB members, EOs and HBA staff.

The Spark business card offers NAHB members unlimited 2% cash back on all purchases: There is no cap, 0% interest for the first six months and no annual fee.

With 2% cash back on all purchases, NAHB members can put hundreds and even thousands of dollars each year back into their businesses.

Members can also add their employees at no additional cost to earn unlimited 2% cash back for purchases made on their cards, too.

Read about additional benefits and sign up at the NAHB members-only Capital One Spark Businesspage. To learn more about this and other Member Advantage programs, visit nahb.org/ma. For additional information, contact Sarah Swango.

Pictures from the Fall 2017 SAMTRAM

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Chuck Fowke, Florida, Elected as New NAHB Third Vice Chair

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Chuck Fowke, Florida, Elected as New NAHB Third Vice Chair FHBA is proud to announce Chuck Fowke was elected as NAHB Third Vice Chair on Thursday, January 11, 2018, during the NAHB Board of Directors meeting at the International Builders Show in Orlando, Florida.

“Florida has many issues that are relatively unique for our state including hurricane related building code issues, wetland challenges and flood plain requirements,” states Greg Matovina, FHBA President. “Given the unique challenges that the home building industry faces in our State, having a member from Florida serve as NAHB Third Vice President provides a golden opportunity for our issues to be placed front and center for discussion and resolution at the national level.”

“Chuck has demonstrated the leadership and commitment to serve in the NAHB leadership to ensure that Florida’s concerns are well represented.”

Fowke is a past President of the Tampa Bay Builders Association and is a Life Director. Notably, he served as President of the FHBA, is a past NAHB State Representative and is currently serving as the Area 5 National Area Chairman and is an NAHB BUILD PAC Gold Key contributor.

Congratulations, Chuck! FHBA is proud to have you represent Florida’s building industry at the national level.

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Viera, FL ranks in the Top 25 Master-Planned Communities Across the Country

Viera, Florida has been ranked 24th out of the Top 50 Master-Planned Communities across the United States by John Burns Real Estate Consulting, LLC.

Viera, Fla. – Jan. 10, 2018 – In January of each year John Burns Real Estate Consulting, LLC. releases a list of the Top 50 Master-Planned Communities across the United States. Viera, Florida was listed as 24th in the nation for 2017, a 17 spot jump from the previous year.

Rankings for the John Burns Real Estate Consulting, LLC Top 50 list are based on new home sales with feedback from industry contacts and boots-on-the-ground consultants that support the research which goes into producing the prestigious annual rankings. “Viera remains one of the only master-planned communities in Brevard County, and continues to attract both families (working in the high-tech sectors around Cape Canaveral) to retirees who are attracted to the MPC’s activities and retail offerings,” stated Lesley Deutch, Principal John Burns Real Estate Consulting.

Moving into 2017, The Viera Company was excited about the diversity of housing options coming onto the market in the community which included entry-level homes, attached or detached units, single and multi-family homes, move-up homes, maintenance-free living and custom luxury estate homes. New neighborhoods such as Trasona Cove East and West, Kerrington, Loren Cove, Reeling Park, Seville, Valencia, Adelaide, Bridgewater at Viera and Modern Duran all began and/or continued to sell homes in the highly desirable community of Viera in 2017. “The opening of WCI/Lennar’s 55 and Better resort-style community this year will likely add to the success of the MPC,” Deutch remarked.

“The Master-Planned Community rankings validate how well we are creating a community that appeals to our homebuyer,” states Scott Miller, VP Sales and Community Management, The Viera Company. “Today’s homebuyer is seeking features and designs that reflect their lifestyle and offer them the flexibility to change as their needs change.” The master-planned community of Viera boasts an integrated network of trails and parks including the robust Viera Regional Park and miles of multi-purpose trails. Viera also encompasses other sought after amenities such as retail shopping, a movie theater, A-rated schools, the Brevard Zoo, USSSA’s Space Coast Stadium Complex, award winning Duran Golf Club, quality medical services and multiple places of worship all within minutes of every home. “Our reward for listening to the buyer is reflected in our rankings and we are very pleased to be recognized as one of the Top 25 Master-Planned Communities in the country,” expressed Miller.

John Burns Real Estate Consulting, LLC. Top 50 Master Plan Communities

About The Viera Company

The Viera Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of A. Duda & Sons, Inc., manages commercial and residential development of Duda’s non-agricultural property and is the developer of the master-planned community of Viera in Brevard County, Florida. The company’s integrated real estate operations include Viera Realty, Viera Builders, Viera Commercial Properties and the Duran Golf Club. The mission of The Viera Company is to create vibrant, livable communities that are built with faith, integrity and thoughtful stewardship of the land.  For more information, visit www.viera.com.