Posted on June 27, 2014 4:20 pm

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 — Governor Markell, members of the General Assembly, the Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBADE), and the Delaware Association of REALTORS® (DAR) held an event in celebration of National Homeownership Month. The event took place at Legislative Mall, in front of Legislative Hall, in Dover, Delaware. Representatives from both Democratic and Republican parties came together in support of homeownership.

Governor Markell
Governor Markell reading the Proclamation

The National Association of Home Builder’s (NAHB) recognizes June as National Homeownership Month. During this time NAHB welcomes Americans to reflect on how homeownership has enhanced their lives. In recognition of this, Governor Markell presented HBADE & DAR with a Proclamation declaring that, in Delaware, the month of June will be National Homeownership Month, urging all Delawareans to join in national and local efforts to recognize the importance of homeownership.

Kevin Kelly, NAHB Chairman

Homeownership has long been the foundation of the American dream. For many Americans, homeownership is a primary source of net worth and an important step in accumulating personal financial assets over the long term. However, a home cannot be valued in monetary terms alone. Not only can homeownership be a stepping stone to greater financial well-being, it provides a permanent residence for cultivating your family’s dreams.

Kevin Whittaker, President HBADE

Thanks for all for attending, and special thanks to speakers: Governor Jack Markell, Director of Housing Anas Ben Addi, Representative Valerie Longhurst, Senator Greg Lavelle, Representative Deborah Hudson, Representative Michael Ramone, and Representative Ruth Briggs King.

Also we thank our members for speaking to the audience: NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly, HBADE President Kevin Whittaker, and DAR President Rob Harmon.

(L to R) Eric Braunstein, DAR; Rob Harman, President DAR; Kevin Whittaker, President HBADE, Howard Fortunato, HBADE


 Posted on June 17, 2014 1:26 pm

Last Tuesday members and associates of the Home Builder’s Association of Delaware competed with friends, family, and colleagues in the 2014 Spring Golf Tournament.

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This year the event took place at Bear Trap Dunes in Ocean View, Delaware. Golfers formed foursomes and took off to challenge the Grizzly and Kodiak courses, totaling 18 holes.

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In addition to competing for 1st place, other endeavors were scattered throughout the courses. Golfers competed against closest to the pin and longest drive challenges.

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Rain came, yet golfer’s spirits remained unhindered as they fought on.

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Ultimately, it was the competitors that made this event so successful.

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Congratulations to all the winners:

1st Place: Builder’s FirstSource consisting of Matt Courtney, Ben Battaglia, Stevie Lee, and Mark Summerville.

2nd Place: J.F. Sobieski Mechanical Contractors, Inc. consisting of Bob Szczepansaki, Matt Shiber, Charles Lyon, and Bill Rieger.

3rd Place: Leon N. Weiner & Associates consisting of Chad Reynolds, Tom Perkins, Alan Brown, and Vince Jacono.

Closest to the Pin: Kodiak, hole #4: Shane Brookes

Closest to the Pin: Kodiak, hole #8: Preston Schell

Longest Drive, Kodiak: Ben Battaglia

Closest to the Pin: Grizzly, hole #4: Mike Tamborello

Closest to the Pin: Grizzly, hole #8: Rich Lober

Longest Drive, Grizzly: Ben Battaglia


And special thanks to all of the sponsors who helped to make this event possible:
Geo-Technology Associates, Inc.

Leon N. Weiner & Associates

J.F. Sobieski Mechanical Contractors, Inc.

Saul Ewing LLP


Builder’s FirstSource-Atlantic

Schell Brothers

Artisan’s Bank

Horty & Horty

ABC Supply Company Inc.

KC Pella

Excel Digital

 Posted on June 5, 2014 6:16 pm

 Posted on June 4, 2014 7:49 pm

Rehoboth, Delaware — The 22nd Annual Regal Awards were held on May 30th, 2014 at the ocean front Salero Restaurant. Get a firsthand look at all of this year’s winners in first annual Regal Book. Each year The Home Builder’s Association of Delaware presents the Regal Awards to recognize outstanding accomplishments in the home building industry. Entries are judged by a panel of industry experts who award recognition in categories for design, marketing, merchandising, best amenity value, and best home. Also recognized were the accomplishments of sales-associates whose cumulative efforts in 2013 represents a sales volume of nearly $300 Million Dollars.

Community of the Year Awards are the most coveted, awarded to a community in each Delaware county with the highest cumulative point score in select categories.

Spring Arbor a 55 plus Community by McKee Builders was named the New Castle County Community of the Year.  Close to Delaware beaches, Christiana mall, and Wilmington; amenity rich Spring Arbor provides spacious single-story homes with a pool, fitness center, picnic area, playground, tennis court, billiards room, library, craft room, and an onsite stocked fishing pond.

Continuing with its long winning streak as Kent County Community of the Year is Noble’s Pond, by Regal Builders. Designed for active adults, Noble’s Pond offers a fitness center, a richly furnished library, a cheerful art & crafts center, a billiards room, and a banquet facility. Outdoor amenities include a community garden, putting green, four bocce courts, an in-ground pool and outdoor kitchen.

The Sussex County Community of the Year went to first time entrants, The Watermark at North Bethany, by Evergreen Homes. Watermark has a resort style atmosphere that is designed for summer entertaining and year-round living. They have 49 grand coastal homes with vast outdoor spacing, distinctive coastal architecture, and a neighborhood infinity pool overlooking a lagoon with its own sandy beach. The Watermark at North Bethany had the highest cumulative point score of all three County Communities of the Year, earning it the most impressive title of the night: Delaware Community of the Year.

Get a firsthand look at all of this year’s winners in first annual Regal Book. Hard copies available at select Real Estate Book locations. If you would like your complimentary copy, please contact the Home Builder’s Association of Delaware at or 302-678-1520.

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