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New home sales strong for Neal Communities in April

Despite declining consumer sentiment among Floridians in April as reported in the latest survey by the University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research, home sales at Neal Communities (NealCommunities.com), southwest Florida’s premier, private homebuilder, remained robust.

The Lakewood Ranch-based builder reported a more than 10 percent increase in sales from its March numbers, with 106 new home sales in April. This brings its yearly total to 412 sales.

“While we monitor consumer confidence numbers regularly, they don’t necessarily have a large impact on our sales numbers due to our ability to provide a diverse lineup of home options for a large buying segment,” said Michael Storey, president of Neal Communities. “However, with the record high consumer confidence reading of 99.2 in March, we would expect our April sales to increase. Despite a 3.5-point dip in April, we anticipate sales in southwest Florida to remain strong for Neal Communities, with our dominant market position including an abundance of move-in-ready homes and ideal community locations.”

The homebuilder’s communities in south Sarasota County all notched notable sales last month. Grand Palm, the builder’s master-planned community in Venice, Fla., continued its leading sales position for the builder with 15 new homes sales, and Boca Royale Golf & Country Club in Englewood followed closely with 14 sales. With five new models unveiled recently, the country club community saw increased visitor traffic as well.

The Estuary, Neal Communities’ newest neighborhood in West Bradenton sold 12 homes before its grand opening last weekend. On Saturday, May 6, more than 150 people attended the model and community grand opening at the beautiful new community in Manatee County near the Robinson Preserve.

Other notable neighborhoods included Milano in Venice with 13 sales and Silverleaf in Parrish with seven sales.

Neal Communities south region, which encompasses Lee and Collier Counties, saw 22 sales, with five at Watermark in Fort Myers and four each at Avalon in Naples and Cypress Walk in Fort Myers.

Also in April, Neal Communities moved up two spots to the No. 43 position on Builder Magazine’s 2017 Builder 100: The Top 100 list.

About Neal Communities

With over 40 years of building award-winning homes, Neal Communities has over 70 successful communities throughout southwest Florida. The Lakewood Ranch-based builder was named the Professional Builder 2015 “Builder of the Year” and was named one of 2012’s “America’s Best Builders” by BUILDER Magazine and voted the “2013 Best Residential Builder in Southwest Florida” in a readers’ poll sponsored by Gulfshore Business Magazine. The company is ranked No. 1 locally by Metrostudy and by Hanley Wood Market Intelligence based on number of home sales and ranked nationally among the top 50 builders by BUILDER Magazine.

To date, Neal has built over 12,000 homes in southwest Florida. As the area’s largest and most established, locally owned and operated private builder, Neal Communities is continually striving for excellence in every aspect of the home building and development business. Neal Signature Homes, Neal Land Ventures, Charlene Neal PureStyle, Waterscapes Pools & Spas, Neal Communities Funding, Fiducia Insurance and Allegiant Title Professionals all contribute to the firm’s continued, record-setting local success. The company’s honors and accolades include 44 Parade of Homes awards, 50 Aurora Awards, 5 Best in American Living Awards and hundreds of local and regional industry awards. For more information, please visit www.NealCommunities.com.

 

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Neal Communities notches notable first quarter home sales

In Lee and Collier Counties, the first quarter of 2017 marked a period of notable sales for Neal Communities (NealCommunities.com), southwest Florida’s premier, private homebuilder, with 81 home sales throughout its south region.

So far in 2017, its south region, which encompasses Lee and Collier Counties, has seen a sales increase of 35 percent.

“Buyers have a lot to choose from in this area,” said Michael Greenberg, southwest Florida regional president for Neal Communities. “The robust southwest Florida home buying market paired with Neal Communities’ commitment to creating communities of distinction, makes Neal a standout builder to potential homebuyers, who are seeing and experiencing the difference.”

According to the Naples Area Board of Realtors, pending sales were up 9 percent in January and the number of closed homes was up 6 percent, compared to a year ago.

Several Neal Communities neighborhoods sold at an exceptional rate this past quarter, including Watermark, Estero Place and Coastal Key. Additionally, three of its communities are nearing closeout. The well-designed community Canopy in Naples has only 10 homes remaining, private and gated Estero Place in Estero has 12 opportunities available and amenity-rich Reflection Lakes in Naples has just seven homes remaining.

Neal Communities’ newest Avalon community in Naples, Fla. opened in late January 2017 and has already sold 17 homes. The 23-acre neighborhood is the company’s first multifamily, carriage home community in Naples. It features 19 coastal-themed buildings with four floor plans and 152 carriage homes with lake and preserve views. Homes range in size from 1,355 to 1,725 square feet.

In addition to an increase in home sales, Neal Communities’ south region has also seen growth in the team during 2017, with a new homes sales assistant and the addition of an online sales concierge.

About Neal Communities

With over 40 years of building award-winning homes, Neal Communities has over 70 successful communities throughout southwest Florida. The Lakewood Ranch-based builder was named the Professional Builder 2015 “Builder of the Year” and was named one of 2012’s “America’s Best Builders” by BUILDER Magazine and voted the “2013 Best Residential Builder in Southwest Florida” in a readers’ poll sponsored by Gulfshore Business Magazine. The company is ranked No. 1 locally by Metrostudy and by Hanley Wood Market Intelligence based on number of home sales and ranked nationally among the top 50 builders by BUILDER Magazine.

To date, Neal has built over 11,000 homes in southwest Florida. As the area’s largest and most established, locally owned and operated private builder, Neal Communities is continually striving for excellence in every aspect of the home building and development business. Neal Signature Homes, Neal Land Ventures, Charlene Neal PureStyle, Waterscapes Pools & Spas, Neal Communities Funding, Fiducia Insurance and Allegiant Title Professionals all contribute to the firm’s continued, record-setting local success. The company’s honors and accolades include 44 Parade of Homes 2015 awards, 50 Aurora Awards, 5 Best in American Living Awards and hundreds of local and regional industry awards. For more information, please visit www.NealCommunities.com.

 

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Neal Communities donates $10,000 for the fifth year to local Semper Fi nonprofit

Neal Communities (NealCommunities.com), southwest Florida’s premier, private homebuilder, donated $10,000 to benefit the Boca Royale Semper Fi Fund Charity Fundraiser, a local nonprofit organization established by Boca Royale Golf and Country Club residents dedicated to helping its parent organization, the Semper Fi Fund.

Neal Communities has been supporting the event since 2012 and has been a co-sponsor ever since. This year’s Boca Royale Semper Fi Charity Golf Tournament raked in over $300,000 through pledges, direct donations and auction items.

“We are honored to have the support of Neal Communities for the eighth annual Boca Royale Semper Fi Fund Golf Tournament to benefit our nation’s heroes and their families,” said Karen Guenther, Semper Fi Fund president, CEO and founder. “This community has truly taken the Semper Fi Fund under its wing and made us feel like family. We thank all of the participants, generous sponsors and the entire community for your unwavering support.”

The Semper Fi Fund provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. This ensures that they have the resources they need during their recovery and transition back to their communities. The Semper Fi Fund has assisted with $143 million in support to more than 18,000 of our heroes and their families.

The 2017 golf tournament and dinner was held Saturday, March 25 at the Boca Royale Golf and Country Club. General James F. Amos, 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, was the guest speaker. Karen Guenther, president, CEO and founder of the Semper Fi Fund, was also in attendance.

“This year’s event was a huge success,” said Russ Airington, the chairman of Boca Royale Semper Fi Fund. “The Boca Royale community rallied yet again for a wonderful cause. Members of the neighborhood and friends opened their hearts and wallets and combining pledges, donations and auction sales came to over $300,000. Thank you to everyone in the community for their generosity, participation and support.”

Established in 2010, the Boca Royale Semper Fi Fund Charity Fundraiser is an all-volunteer 501(c) 3 tax-exempt organization. Since establishing the Semper Fi Fund in 2004, the nonprofit has distributed more than 106,000 grants, totaling more than $120 million in assistance to over 15,000 heroes and their families. The Semper Fi Fund has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator for five consecutive years and an A+ rating from Charity Watch. The Fund distributes 93.5 cents of every dollar collected to the wounded and their families. For more information, visit the Boca Royale Semper Fi Fund website at http://BocaSemperFiFund.org.

About Neal Communities

With over 40 years of building award-winning homes, Neal Communities has over 70 successful communities throughout southwest Florida. The Lakewood Ranch-based builder was named the Professional Builder 2015 “Builder of the Year” and was named one of 2012’s “America’s Best Builders” by BUILDER Magazine and voted the “2013 Best Residential Builder in Southwest Florida” in a readers’ poll sponsored by Gulfshore Business Magazine. The company is ranked No. 1 locally by Metrostudy and by Hanley Wood Market Intelligence based on number of home sales and ranked nationally among the top 50 builders by BUILDER Magazine.

To date, Neal has built over 11,000 homes in southwest Florida. As the area’s largest and most established, locally owned and operated private builder, Neal Communities is continually striving for excellence in every aspect of the home building and development business. Neal Signature Homes, Neal Land Ventures, Charlene Neal PureStyle, Waterscapes Pools & Spas, Neal Communities Funding, Fiducia Insurance and Allegiant Title Professionals all contribute to the firm’s continued, record-setting local success. The company’s honors and accolades include 44 Parade of Homes 2015 awards, 50 Aurora Awards, 5 Best in American Living Awards and hundreds of local and regional industry awards. For more information, please visit www.NealCommunities.com.

About the Semper Fi Fund

The Semper Fi Fund provides urgently needed resources and lifetime support for wounded, critically ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Case managers from the Semper Fi Fund work one-on-one with service members and veterans in order to understand and support their individual needs right now and throughout their lifetime. We keep our overhead low so our impact on the lives of service members and veterans is greater. The Semper Fi Fund has been awarded the highest ratings from watchdog groups: an A+ from CharityWatch — one of only two veteran nonprofits to receive this rating last year — and six consecutive “4-Star” ratings from Charity Navigator, an achievement attained by only 3 percent of rated charities. Learn more at SemperFiFund.org.

 

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Gov. Scott encourages support for Enterprise Florida, Visit Florida

Bradenton Herald, March 2017 — Gov. Rick Scott made an appearance in Manatee County on Thursday to shore up support for Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida.

The stop was part of Scott’s “Fighting For Florida Jobs” roundtable tour. At PropLogix, 1651 Whitfield Ave., Scott encouraged a group of about 75 business and tourism industry leaders to voice their support for funding Enterprise Florida, the state’s economic development engine, and Visit Florida, the state’s tourism promotion arm. Read more.

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Gov. Scott holds roundtable discussion

Bradenton Herald, March 2017 — Pat Neal talks to a group as Gov. Rick Scott hosts a Fighting for Florida Jobs Roundtable in Manatee County with business owners, economic development leaders, tourism leaders and community members Thursday. Read more.

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Maintain Enterprise and Visit Florida

BVT News, March 2017 — Thanks to the efforts of Gov. Rick Scott and the state’s committed business leaders, Florida has one of the strongest economies in the country. With our unemployment rate under five percent, Florida continues to exceed the nation’s annual job growth rate. And tourism — one of the state’s economic drivers — remains strong, with nearly 113 million visitors in 2016, an increase from 86 million just three years ago.

Much of this success has been a result of Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida. The two organizations are responsible for helping create thousands of jobs in conjunction with private businesses, while competing with other states for business and visitors. Read more.

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Cuts to VISIT FLORIDA put state at risk

Florida Faces of Travel, March 2017 — Former State Senator Pat Neal argues that cuts to tourism promotion will set Florida back and stifle the economy:

“Every 76 visitors to Florida support one job. This investment is diversifying the Florida economy, creating jobs and improving the income of Floridians.” Read more.

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Prosperity for Our Families and Future

 Sunshine State News, March 2017 — Thanks to the efforts of Governor Rick Scott and the state’s committed business leaders,‭ ‬Florida has one of the strongest economies in the country.‭ ‬With our unemployment rate under‭ ‬5‭ ‬percent,‭   ‬Florida continues to exceed the nation’s annual job growth rate and tourism,‭ ‬one of the state’s economic drivers remains strong,‭ ‬with just under‭ ‬113‭ ‬million visitors in‭ ‬2016,‭ ‬an increase from just‭ ‬86‭ ‬million‭ ‬visitors just three years ago.

Much of this success has been a result of Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida.‭ Read more.

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Pat Neal: Prosperity for our families and future

SaintPetersBlog, March 2017 — Thanks to the efforts of Governor Rick Scott and the state’s committed business leaders, Florida has one of the strongest economies in the country. With our unemployment rate under 5 percent, Florida continues to exceed the nation’s annual job growth rate and tourism, one of the state’s economic drivers remains strong, with just under 113 million visitors in 2016, an increase from just 86 million visitors just three years ago.

Much of this success has been a result of Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida. Read more.