Noble’s Pond Reaches out to Local School Program
DOVER, DE –Noble’s Pond (www.noblespondhomes.com), Delaware’s premier 55+ Active Adult Community, is proud to call Dover, De. home. Residents and staff members alike are involved in organizations, activities and charities throughout the metro area, both individually and as a group. Recently the Noble’s Pond staff reached out to Dover High School with a project that was tailor-made for one of the school’s job skills programs.
Special Education teacher Jomelle Bowen works with a group of Dover High School students on both academic and life skills. She oversees an in-school program to help students prepare for employment after high school. One of the program’s components is a printing shop, where students print logos, slogans, and graphics on cloth items for fellow students, neighbors and local businesses.
Noble’s Pond staff approached Bowen to see if her students would print new T-shirts for the community’s construction and service staff. The students were excited to have a “real world” assignment, and did an outstanding job creating the T-shirts, according to Bowen. She hopes this is just the beginning of a long-term partnership with Noble’s Pond, since the students have the ability to print a variety of cloth items including tote bags, golf shirts, party favors and much more.
Noble’s Pond is built and developed by Harry Miller III, a third-generation home builder, and president of Regal Builders, LLC. Amenities include a beautifully appointed clubhouse, large outdoor pool, bocce courts, a putting green, tennis and pickle ball courts, a five-acre pond with a pier and observation deck, natural walking trails and a community garden. The community was recently honored with nine Regal Awards from the Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBA/DE) for excellence in home building, interior design and community development, and received a 2018 Torch Award from the Better Business Bureau Serving Delaware for best practices, leadership, social responsibility and high standards of organizational ethics.
The 300-acre community just outside the City of Dover recently opened a spacious, new Welcome Center and Design Studio to offer current and prospective residents detailed information on the community and the surrounding area, as well as assistance with selecting custom finishes and features to create the perfect home. Earlier this year, Noble’s Pond unveiled seven new exciting floor plans. Three have been built as model homes onsite: the Bradford, the Camden and the Greenwold, while the other four are available for virtual tours at www.noblespondhomes.com. All have been designed with today’s active adult in mind and offer the latest in energy efficiency, as well as home automation from Intuity Home Intelligence to provide comfort, entertainment and security.
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This event marked the 8th annual Framing Frenzy Build which is in conjunction with celebrating National Homeownership Month.
The festivities began at 9 a.m. with AmeriCorps volunteers building the frame of a house to be moved to Frederica for the Main Family.
The Sussex County, Central Delaware and New Castle County chapters of Habitat for Humanity were joined in a celebration by Governor John Carney, members of the General Assembly, Delaware State Housing Authority Director Anas Ben Addi, Delaware AmeriCorps volunteers, the Delaware Association of Realtors, Delaware Health and Social Services, and Home Builders Association of Delaware.
"We know that homeownership creates more stable neighborhoods, forges stronger relationships, and helps more children succeed in life," said Governor John Carney, who presented a proclamation in honor of Homeownership Month. "Working together, we can help more Delawareans achieve the dream of homeownership and keep our state growing and thriving."
"The cost of regulation raises the price of a new home by over 30%. We have to get that cost down if we expect people to be able to afford to own a home," said HBADE President, James McCulley.
Thank you to our President and our members who came out to support this great event!
Education. More than 140 IBS education sessions cover the hottest industry topics. “I was really impressed with how much variety in education there was. It didn’t matter which class I walked into, I could apply it to what I do,” said 2018 recipient Shannon Alcock of Goldmark Construction Group in Raleigh, N.C.
Product Knowledge. IBS draws 1,500 manufacturers and suppliers, which is why it is the place to discover what’s trending. “I was able to get so much product knowledge. I actually met a ton of new vendors that we’re going to start using on our houses. We were able to make a ton of new business relationships, and I learned a lot,” said recipient Anna Fosmire of Crabbe Homes in Clarksville, Tenn.
Demonstrations. Attendees learn from construction demos and interactive programming in IBS Live, and the High Performance Building Zone. “A lot of times, the products just show up from a supplier on your jobsite. It definitely helps to speak directly with the manufacturers for their recommendations and important little tidbits,” said Lynch Christian of Four Points Construction Inc. in Martinsburg, W. Va.
Niche Exploration. The Centrals are fun, educational lounges that allow you to explore new niche-specific ideas and connect with others like yourself. Workshops, presentations, roundtables and networking events are all available at the six Centrals: 55+ Housing, Custom Building, Design Studio, Multifamily, Remodelers and Sales. “I found some great opportunities in the Custom Building Central to make my network stronger,” said recipient Kristopher Gardner of Magleby Construction in Lindon, Utah.
Networking with Young Professionals. The IBS Official House Party and the Young Pros Party are two events where young pros gather to have some fun and network with others in the industry. “It was just amazing to see a lot of the young professionals at the show. Really inspiring,” said Sarah Harne of Dan Ryan Builders in Frederick, Md.
On top of all that, an industry coming together in one place over three days can be invigorating, attendees said. “When I got home, I told my boss, ‘I never want to miss IBS again.’ I legitimately feel like my brain chemistry has been altered through this experience,” said Joshua Dean of Precision Homecrafters LLC in Birmingham, Ala.
Submit your application and video by June 15 to be considered.
What a great night everyone had at the 2018 Regal Awards Ceremony last Friday night at Bethany Beach Ocean Suites. Thankfully the weather did not put a damper on everyones anticipation for the evenings festivities. The venue was amazing, food delicious, and members excited.
The evening began with mingling, and enjoying cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, while listening to some live music. The awards ceremony started at 8 with Jim McCulley, our board president, starting us off. Jeff Haggerty and Damien Golden also took to the mic to give out some awards.
The program culminated with the Delaware Community of the Year Award that went to Schell Brothers. Congratulations to them and to all of our Regal Award winners.
Click here for a list of the winners
Thank you to all that supported and attended this sold out event to recognize and celebrate our members and their excellence in the building industry. These include our judges, sponsors, advertisers, regal entrants, media partners (The Real Estate Book -Brian O'Rourke and Today Media), Bethany Beach Ocean Suites, along with the SMC led by SMC President Damien Golden and last but not least Sunny Schmidt, who is now with Regal Builders, but helped with the event tremendously until the end.
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Please note: The Regal Book should be on the website by next week. If anyone would like to purchase additional awards, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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HBA/DE Executive Committee Members Meet With Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester as Part of NAHB Bringing Housing Home Initiative!
Executive Committee members met with Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester as part of the National Association of Home Builders Bringing Housing Home initiative. Members discussed issues important to the Association, including workforce development, increased costs of lumber, and flood insurance.
For Immediate Release Contact: Julie Herron Carson
April 11, 2018 (404) 285-3434, Julie@gilbertsheppard.com
Noble’s Pond Adds Three New Team Members to Delaware’s Premier
55+ Active Adult Community Team
DOVER, DE – Residents of Noble’s Pond, Delaware’s premier 55+ Active Adult Community, are busy, active and engaged. The same can be said of the community itself, which has recently debuted seven new floor plans, expanded its Welcome Center, built a beautiful new Design Center and now has added three new team members to its professional staff. They are:
Foust, an Air Force veteran, has worked with both buyers and sellers throughout his real estate career. He brings to the table a unique understanding of what home buyers want and what home builders can provide, helping him meet and exceed the home buyers’ expectations. Houchins-Holsclaw is an interior designer who will work with current and potential Noble’s Pond residents to customize their new homes. As manager of the new Design Center, she will have photos, floor plans, samples and furnished model homes available to help residents visualize the home of their dreams. Donahue is a seasoned sales consultant with an over 20-year career working throughout Delaware. She will help prospective residents select their perfect home from the many model options and locations available throughout the spacious property.
Earlier this year, the 55+ Council of the National Association of Home Builders honored Noble’s Pond with two Gold and four Silver Awards at its annual 55+ Housing Awards Event. The Best of 55+ Housing Awards are the industry’s only national awards program honoring excellence in building design, marketing and lifestyles in housing for the mature adult and serve as a showcase for quality housing, innovation and emerging trends that appeal to the 55 and above demographic.
About Noble’s Pond
Award-winning Noble’s Pond is Delaware’s premier 55+ active lifestyle community. Built and developed by Harry Miller III, a third-generation home builder and president of Regal Builders, Noble’s Pond features beautiful new single-family homes with a variety of well-designed, customizable floor plans. The development is situated on 300 acres of bucolic farmland just outside Dover, the state’s charming capital, with fine restaurants, culture and history. The acclaimed master-planned community offers top amenities including a beautifully appointed clubhouse, a large outdoor pool, bocce courts, a putting green, tennis and pickle ball courts, a five-acre pond with a pier and observation deck, natural walking trails and a community garden. For more information, call 1-888-222-0030 or visit www.noblespondhomes.com.
Mike Riemann, P.E., Civil Engineer, has been promoted to Principal, demonstrating strong technical competency and leadership skills throughout his tenure with Becker Morgan Group. Mike started as an intern in 1997, joined full time as a Civil Designer in 2001, advanced to Associate in 2006, named Senior Associate in 2009, promoted to Associate Principal in 2016 and became a Principal in 2018. Mike is a graduate of University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science / Civil Engineering degree and is a registered professional engineer in Delaware. Mike played a vital role in the opening and expansion of the firm’s newest office in Newark, DE. His extensive experience spans statewide across Delaware, with expertise in various market sectors including, commercial, retail, education, institutional, residential subdivision and more. Mike is actively involved in numerous professional and civic organizations, including his current role serving as President of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Delaware, and has been recognized as the 2015 Delaware Council of Engineering Societies Young Engineer of the Year, 2014 Rotarian of the Year from the Dover Downtown Rotary, and 2013 Associate Member of the Year from the Home Builders Association of Delaware.
This past week Home Builders’ held its annual Legislative Reception at Dover Downs Tuesday night. The Reception is a great way for legislators to hear from members about various topics relevant to our industry- but in an informal setting over nibbles and adult beverages.
This year about 60 HBADE members and Legislators attended and talked and socialized. We were joined by representatives of St George’s Vo-Tech High School talking about our partnership with them to help students build sheds see the video: http://nahbnow.com/2018/03/hba-of-delaware-helps-students-build-sheds-raise-money/#comment-826464
We were also joined by Jerry Howard, the CEO of the National Association of Home Builders. Jerry was in town that day to help us discuss with legislators the problems with Delaware residential electric licensing and how it has slowed the housing market, slowed hosing productin and impacted builders and home buyers. We distributed a series of talking points to legislators, a copy is here: Click here HBADE Talking Points
Enjoy the slideshow of pictures from the evening!
To help our members make sense of the recent federal tax changes, Brian Stratton and Mike Easton of the Horty CPA firm presented a seminar on March 13, 2018.
Although tax laws and discussion of such can be a dry subject, it seemed to keep everyone paying attention for 90 minutes, with lots of Q&A. Afterward one member even thanked us for the seminar, proclaiming “I believe it was very helpful to a lot of member companies”. Kudos and our thanks to Brian and Mike of the Horty Group for their presentation.
Anyone wishing to obtain a copy of the distributed information should ……. Click for Horty Tax Seminar Handout