Sixth Annual Bridge Awards for New Home Craftsmanship Announced

Sixth Annual Bridge Awards for New Home Craftsmanship Announced

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

Best Kitchen

Great Southern Homes, Screech Drive

Best Bathroom

Great Southern Homes, Bromley Fold Lane

New Homes $250,000 to $500,000

Best Overall

Meritage Homes, Jones Peak Drive

Best Kitchen

Essex Homes, Lakeway Place

Best Bathroom

Ryan Homes, Edwin Ellis Drive

Best Exterior

Ryan Homes, Santa Ana Way

New Homes $500,000 to $1,000,000

Best Overall

Dillard-Jones Builders, Jessen Drive

Best Kitchen

Hollison Custom Homes, Rembert Street

Best Bathroom

Fairview Custom Homes, Panther Park Trail

Best Exterior

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

Best Bathroom

Dillard-Jones Builders, Spring Cove Way

Best Exterior

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

Upstate Remodelers Honored with Bridge Awards Just in Time for National Home Remodeling Month

Upstate Remodelers Honored with Bridge Awards Just in Time for National Home Remodeling Month

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

Best Exterior

Stageberg Builders, Inc., Alaska Avenue

Best Kitchen

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

Best Bathroom

CarsonSpeer Builders, League Road

 

Partial Home Remodel:

Best Overall

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.

 

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Sixth Annual Bridge Awards Recipients Announced

Sixth Annual Bridge Awards Recipients Announced

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

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.

 

Membership Award

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.

 

ABCD Award

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

 

MembershipWORKS Award

For leadership in development of the membership of the Home Builders Association using the greatest number of members in their Bridge Awards projects.

Dillard-Jones Builders

 

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

Homebuyers Reveal What They Want in Their Next Home

Homebuyers Reveal What They Want in Their Next Home

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.

A Closer Look at Homeownership and the New Tax Law

A Closer Look at Homeownership and the New Tax Law

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.

Jump-Start Your Spring with Home Maintenance Essentials

Jump-Start Your Spring with Home Maintenance Essentials

Now that you have visited the Southern Home & Garden Show and warm weather and longer days are approaching, this is an ideal time to take care of the wear and tear from winter and get ready to enjoy your home this spring.

 

The following list will help get you started. 

Outdoors:

  • Walk the perimeter of your home and check the condition of window glazing, caulk, and paint. Replace or touch up where necessary.
  • Inspect your deck. Replace popped nails and re-secure loose boards. Check for decay and replace rotted boards. Sweep, clean, and reseal the deck and railings.
  • Clean your outdoor furniture and clean, repair or replace the cushions.
  • Reinvigorate your yard. Seed and feed the lawn, plant annuals and cut back any perennials that need pre-growth pruning.
  • Check your roof for signs of winter damage. Clean out your gutters. Take special care when using a ladder. Read and follow directions carefully. Check for overhead power lines and set up the ladder at a safe angle. Never stand on the top rungs.

Indoors:

  • Hire a professional to clean and inspect your air conditioning system. Clean or replace the filter.
  • Test your windows to ensure they operate properly and clean the window screens.
  • Refresh carpets and rugs. A good cleaning will freshen the look of the whole house.
  • Find signs of insects, like termites, early. Check for sagging floors and ceilings and note any dry, brown tunnels in the ground near your home’s foundation. Eliminating termites now can save you money in the future.

 

To find an Approved Professional Builder to help you with your home improvement needs, visit HBAofGreenville.com.