Sarasota, Florida (PRWEB) March 13, 2013
Positive results have started to surface from recent efforts among professional builders in the Sarasota-Manatee real estate industry to strengthen their ranks and accelerate their activities to further grow the market in Southwest Florida, Sarasota Bay Real Estate said. The full service realty firm noted the recent successful initiatives of the Home Builders Association Manatee-Sarasota (HBAMS) in addressing the challenges which have arisen following the recovery of the home market from its downturn during the Great Recession.
These current concerns, as spelled out by HBAMS, include an aging human resource in home building and the shortage of skilled manpower. Another hurdle that the home builders’ group is addressing is boosting its membership which has been trimmed to around 300 from the 600 members it had in 2007.
The HBAMS has found an ally in the Manatee Technical Institute which has been experiencing increased interest and demand on trade classes providing skills in home construction such as carpentry, cabinet-making, plumbing, electrical, masonry, and air-conditioning and heating. As notable, the Future Builders of America has established seven chapters in Manatee schools.
2013 home extravaganza
The 2013 Parade of Homes held this February-March provides even stronger manifestations on how HBAMS is helping provide further growth stimulus to the real estate market, Sarasota Bay Real Estate said. The event showcased samplings of the best builds among various Manatee-Sarasota communities. The home show generated traffic of visitors that hasn’t been seen in years, according to HBAMS executive vice president Alan Anderson. Future Builders of America visitors were also conspicuously present during the multi-week event.
Participation in the 2013 Parade of Homes has significantly improved with 68 home models entered. It attracted 32 builders, featured three developments, and drew subcontractor participants more than those seen in recent years, Anderson added.
The Parade of Homes presented an extravaganza of home models located as far south in North Port and up north to Parrish. The 2013 home showcase venues included those in Venice, University Park, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Parrish, and Lakewood Ranch which hosted the awards ceremonies. Notably, the participants also have building projects in Siesta Key, Casey Key, Bird Key, St. Armands Key, Longboat Key, and Lido Key.
Parade of winners
For developments, the winner in the category for 200 home sites or less was Minto Communities in Harbour Isle on Anna Maria Sound. The Tidewater Preserve of WCI Communities copped the award for developments with 500–750 home sites. The master-planned Lakewood Ranch romped off with the title for developments having over 1,000 home sites.
Medallion Homes led the winners in single family homes with five top awards. Other multi-award winners in the single family category included Neal Communities, Maronda Homes, and Arthur Rutenberg Homes/Nelson Homes. Also sharing the limelight in single family home awards were Taylor Morrison, Todd Johnston Homes, Center Pointe Homes, M/I Homes, Lee Wetherington Homes, Homes by Towne, Cardel Homes, and London Bay Homes.
Among the winners in the multifamily home category were The Palms at Riviera Dunes, the Manatee County Habitat for Humanity, Taylor Morrison, Lennar Homes, Neal Communities, and Minto Communities. The latter’s Harbour Grand Retreat in Mangrove Walk at Harbour Isle near the Perico Bay Club won the overall Parade of Homes Green Awards. Others which figured in this category were Taylor Morrison, Allegra Homes, and Neal Communities. Entries here were judged based on standards set by the LEED, Florida Green Building Coalition or the National Home Builders Association.
About Sarasota Bay Real Estate
Sarasota Bay Real Estate is a full service real estate brokerage in Sarasota Florida owned by Sarasota real estate broker, Christina Miller, and marketing professional, Roy Hunter. Together they, and their team of well-experienced agents, provide the best-in-class real estate marketing services for the properties in the company’s inventory.
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