I am very pleased to announce the honored members of the Home Builders Association of Greenville who were recognized at the sixth annual Bridge Awards,presented by GBS Building Supply. The Bridge Awards recognizes and honors businesses and professionals in the Home Building and Remodeling industry for excellence in design, construction, craftsmanship, marketing, and professionalism.
The Bridge Awards winners in the craftsmanship category were announced at a banquet on April 4.
Bridge Award Winners: Craftsmanship
New Homes Awards, presented by Piedmont Natural Gas:
New Homes under $250,000
Best Overall and Best Exterior
Essex Homes, Hartland Place
Great Southern Homes, Screech Drive
Great Southern Homes, Bromley Fold Lane
New Homes $250,000 to $500,000
Meritage Homes, Jones Peak Drive
Essex Homes, Lakeway Place
Ryan Homes, Edwin Ellis Drive
Ryan Homes, Santa Ana Way
New Homes $500,000 to $1,000,000
Dillard-Jones Builders, Jessen Drive
Hollison Custom Homes, Rembert Street
Fairview Custom Homes, Panther Park Trail
Sexton Griffith Custom Builders, Morning Mist Way
New Homes $1,000,000 to $2,000,000
Best Overall, Best Kitchen, Best Bathroom, Best Exterior
Goodwin Foust Custom Homes, Great Lawn Drive
New Homes, $2,000,000 to $3,000,000
Best Overall and Best Kitchen
Gabriel Builders, Sweet Fern Trail
Dillard-Jones Builders, Spring Cove Way
Dillard-Jones Builders, Stoneholme Court
New Homes, $3,000,000+
Best Overall and Best Kitchen
Dillard-Jones Builders, Creek Stone Court
Best Bathroom and Best Exterior
Gabriel Builders, Buckthorn Trail
Bathrooms overtook kitchens as the most popular remodeling project, according to a new survey by the National Association of Home Builders. According to the survey of remodelers nationwide, 81 percent reported the most common remodeling project was the bathroom, followed by 78 percent who said the kitchen.
May is National Home Remodeling Month—just in time for the Home Builders Association of Greenville to honor some of the Upstate’s Approved Professional Remodelers with awards at its annual Bridge Awards Gala, presented by GBS Building Supply, for craftsmanship and professional excellence in home remodeling.
Bridge Award Winners: Remodeling Craftsmanship presented by Jeff Lynch Appliance and TV Center
Full Home Remodel, $100,000 to $250,000:
Best Overall, Best Kitchen, Best Exterior, and Best Bathroom
Hadrian Construction Company, Inc., Sevier Street
Full Home Remodel, $250,000 to $500,000:
Best Overall, Best Bath
Hadrian Construction Company, Inc., Grove Road
Stageberg Builders, Inc., Alaska Avenue
Smith and Webb Custom Crafted Homes, Chapman Road
Full Home Remodel, More than $500,000:
Best Overall, Best Kitchen, and Best Exterior
CarsonSpeer Builders, Stratton Place
CarsonSpeer Builders, League Road
Partial Home Remodel:
Stageberg Builders, Silver Creek Road
Best Innovation of Space
CarsonSpeer Builders, Collins Creek Road
Highest Degree of Difficulty
CarsonSpeer Builders, Rockbridge Road
Palmetto Exterminators Remodeler of the Year
The 2018 Palmetto Exterminators Remodeler of the Year is Mike Freeman, APB, ACA/Freewood Contractors.
Why Hire an Approved Professional Remodeler?
Your Home Builders Association has helped you take the guesswork out of hiring a contractor to improve your home. Approved Professional Remodelers are verified annually to meet high standards of professionalism. Learn more about our standards and start your search for a contractor by selecting an Approved Professional Remodeler. Visit HBAofGreenville.com/approvedprofessionalbuilder.html to get started.
Each year the Home Builders Association of Greenville honors its members for their contributions and achievements at the annual Bridge Awards presented by GBS Building Supply. Individual 2018 Bridge Awards honorees are:
BB&T Builder Member of the Year
James Speer, APB, Partner, CarsonSpeer Builders
James Speer, APB, is Immediate Past President of the Home Builders Association of Greenville. He and his partner, Steve Carson, operate CarsonSpeer Builders, a custom home building and remodeling firm based in Greenville and operating throughout the Upstate.
Palmetto Exterminators Remodeler of the Year
Mike Freeman, APB, Partner, ACA/Freewood Contractors
Mike Freeman, APB, is a partner in ACA/Freewood Contractors, a home building, remodeling, and commercial contracting company based in Greenville that operates throughout the Upstate. Mike is a member of the Leadership Council of the National Association of Home Builders and a Past President of the Home Builders Association of Greenville.
Richard A. Ashmore, Sr., Associate Member of the Year, Sponsored by BB&T
Ben Moseley, Director of Operations, The Heirloom Companies
Ben Moseley is a leader in the family business, The Heirloom Companies. Ben currently serves the association as Vice President and Chairman of the Southern Home and Garden Show.
Acopia Home Loans Professional Woman in Building Award
Sarah Ratcliff, Michael’s Janitorial and Floor Service
Sarah Ratcliff served as the 2018 Chairwoman the Professional Women in Building Council of the Upstate. She also was a Director of the Home Builders Association of Greenville.
Dan Rawls Community Service Award sponsored by Palmetto Exterminators
Rebuild Upstate helps families in need remain in their homes by facilitating much needed repairs as well as upgrades like wheel chair ramps. The Home Builders Association of Greenville is proud to partner with Rebuild Upstate.
Committee Chairman of the Year
Dave Hagan, APB, Ryan Homes
Dave Hagan has served as Chairman of the association’s Political Education Committee. He also is a member of the association’s Board of Directors.
Emily Raines, APB, Dan Ryan Homes
Emily Raines has been active and effective in growing the Home Builders Association’s membership as a Trustee of the Professional Women in Building Council of the Upstate.
Rookie of the Year Award
Trina Montalbano, APB, Essex Homes
Trina Montalbano became involved in the Home Builders Association in 2017 and is a Trustee of the Sales and Marketing Council of the Upstate.
Spirit of the HBA Award
Alan Wilson, Clark’s Termite and Pest Control
Alan Wilson epitomizes the Home Builders Association. He has served as a Director and Associate Vice President of the association and has led the association’s Associate Members Committee.
Sales Agent of the Year
New Home Sales Agent of the Year: Kate Edge, APB, Ryan Homes
Sponsor: The Greenville News
Sales Executive of the Year
New Home Sales Executive of the Year, Under $50 Million: Trina Montalbano, APB, Essex Homes
New Home Sales Executive of the Year, More than $50 Million: Lindsay Simpson, APB, Ryan Homes
General Brokerage Sales Executive of the Year: Haro Setian, The Haro Group of Keller Williams Historic District
Sponsor: The Greenville News
Lender of the Year
Amanda McCall, Prime Lending
Sales Team of the Year
Sales Team of the Year, General Brokerage Large Office: The Haro Group of Keller Williams Historic District
Sales Team of the Year, General Brokerage Small Office: The Wilson House Group
Sales Team of the Year, New Home Sales and Marketing: Ryan Homes
Million Dollar Circle
Sales and Marketing Council of the Upstate members who achieved new home sales of between $1 million and $5 million in 2018:
Monica Agema, APB, Great Southern Homes
Cozette Bond, APB, Meritage Homes
Shay Brown (Michael and Shay Brown), Greenville’s Property Couple
Crystal Daniel, APB, Meritage Homes
Jessica Franco, Blackton Property Partners
Pamela Fulmer, APB, Meritage Homes
Michael Johnson, The Haro Group of Keller Williams Historic District
Lorraine Lewis, APB, Meritage Homes
Monica McKiernan, APB, Great Southern Homes
Jessika Poole, APB, Great Southern Homes
Nicole Tucker, APB, Great Southern Homes
Emily Wilbourne, APB, Dan Ryan Builders
Jennifer Winton, Re/Max Moves
SMC members who achieved new home sales of between $5 million and $10 million in 2018:
Robert Albert, APB, Meritage Homes
Charlie Binns, APB, Essex Homes
Erica Brooks, APB, Meritage Homes
Tom Catafygioiu, APB, Meritage Homes
Sherry Criminger, APB, Meritage Homes
Norell Mitchell Grissett, APB, Great Southern Homes
Jennifer Hendrix, APB, Essex Homes
Wendy Hendrix, APB, Meritage Homes
Peg Higgins, APB, Meritage Homes
Hunter Hurst, APB, Meritage Homes
Matt Johnson, APB, Dan Ryan Builders
Rita Norton, APB, Meritage Homes
Stacy Rector, APB, Dan Ryan Builders
Danielle Simmons, APB, Dan Ryan Builders
Stacie Thompson, Re/Max Moves
JoAnn Williams, APB, Great Southern Homes
SMC members who achieved new home sales of between $10 million and $15 million in 2018:
Mary Beth Berry, APB, Ryan Homes
Joe Blackton, Blackton Property Partners
Kate Edge, APB, Ryan Homes
Marcia Jarisch, APB, Meritage Homes
Chelsea Ware, APB, Ryan Homes
SMC members who achieved new home sales of greater than $15 million in 2018:
Steven Dyal, APB, Ryan Homes
Government Affairs Award
For his leadership in the association’s engagement in government affairs.
Bob Barreto, Falcon Development Group
Champion of Housing Award
For her leadership in developing a strong working relationship between the City of Greenville and the Home Building Industry.
Councilwoman Amy Ryberg Doyle, City of Greenville
Distinguished Service Award
For his legacy of service to the Home Building Industry and the Home Builders Association.
Rick Quinn, APB, Quinn-Satterfield, Inc.
For support of the Home Builders Association that is “above and beyond the call of duty.”
Jon Statom, Palmetto Exterminators
Leigh Ann DeYoung Southern Home and Garden Show MVP Award
For his support of the Southern Home and Garden Show.
Mike Freeman, APB,ACA/Freewood Contractors
For leadership in development of the membership of the Home Builders Association using the greatest number of members in their Bridge Awards projects.
President’s Citation Award
Our 2018 President, James Speer, APB, honored the following members for their contributions to the association in 2018:
Bill Kane, APB,Ryan Homes
Jennifer Willis, Bilt Rite Garage Doors
Ben Moseley, The Heirloom Companies
A recent survey from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reveals what home features are among the most wanted this year. The survey participants, first-time homebuyers and current homeowners, ranked features based on how essential they are to a home-purchasing decision.
Homebuyers ranked a separate laundry room and energy-saving features, such as Energy Star appliances, windows, and house certification, among their most desired features. More than a third consider a patio, garage storage, and exterior lighting to be must-haves.
When asked specifically about kitchen features, 75 percent said a walk-in pantry, double sink, table space, a central island, and granite countertops were musts in their homes. Two-thirds said they prefer stainless steel appliances.
By a significant margin, homebuyers prefer open layouts. The amount of space varied across generations; millennials wanted more space than what they currently have, while seniors want to downsize. Recent trends indicate new homes are decreasing in size with fewer bedrooms and bathrooms.
Single-family homes continue to be the first choice for the majority of buyers, but location preferences vary by generation. A quarter of millennials prefer the central city, twice the rate of any other generation; however, half of millennials would prefer to live in the suburbs like Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers, and more than 80 percent of seniors prefer the suburbs.
Unlike other preferences, home technology is strong across all generations. Their top technology preference is home security that includes security cameras, a video doorbell, and a wireless security system, but homebuyers remain divided about the need for voice command technology.
Next week, the Home Building Industry will recognize excellence in home building and remodeling with its Sixth Annual Bridge Awards. Get ready to read more about the latest trends and ideas. Visit HBAofGreenville.comfor more information.
Tax season is upon us and homeowners are reminded about changes to the tax code that went into effect in 2018. Despite the changes, homeowners still have many advantages in the tax code.
Homeowners who itemize can still deduct 100 percent of their mortgage interest payments on a first and second home, up to a maximum mortgage amount of $750,000 for loan balances taken after December 16, 2017 (the limit remains $1 million for mortgages that were established prior to that date as well as loans under contract before December 15, 2017, subject to certain rules).
Taxpayers also can deduct up to $10,000 of state and local taxes, including property taxes and income or sales taxes. Plus, taxpayers can deduct interest on a home equity loan or home equity line of credit if the loan is used for substantial home improvements.
When you decide to sell your home, homeowners who have owned and occupied their principal residence for at least two of the past five years do not have to pay capital gains tax on profits from the sale ($500,000 for married couples and $250,000 for single filers).
Mortgage insurance premiums offer another potential deduction. Generally, people who purchase a home with less than a 20 percent down payment must buy mortgage insurance, and those premiums also can be deducted.
Buying and owning a home can offer significant tax savings. Many home owners rely on these benefits to help offset the costs of homeownership, while prospective buyers take them into consideration as an advantage over renting.
It’s important to keep in mind that the tax lawdid create important changes that could impact you. You should always consult a qualified professional adviser for questions about filing your tax returns and this article is for information only.In addition, you can visit IRS.gov and read IRS Publication 936 for more information about the recent tax law changes.