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Kunkel named Builder of Year

Published Oct. 2, 2005

Brenda Kunkel, marketing director of Westchase and the first woman to serve as president of the Builders Association of Greater Tampa, this week was named the association's Builder of the Year, the first woman to be so honored.

The award, presented Tuesday night, recognizes outstanding service to the building community.

Kunkel was the association's president in 1995. The previous year she was named Florida Sales and Marketing Director of the Year by the Florida Home Builders Association. She leads sales and marketing efforts at Westchase, a planned community off Hillsborough Avenue that has consistently been the top-selling development in the Tampa Bay area.

She is also a past president of BAGT's sales and marketing council and chaired a committee implementing the "Homes of Our Own" educational program for first-graders in Hillsborough County schools.

Also honored at the ceremony was Bill Croce of Color Wheel Paints and Coatings in Tampa as associate of the year. The Tampa law firm of Malloy James received the President's Cup for service to the association.

New officers were installed at the ceremony: president, Michael Southward of Morrison Homes; president-elect, Raymond Johnson of Raymond Johnson Construction; first vice president, Judy James of Malloy James; treasurer, Ted Chronis of Ryland Homes; and secretary, Frank Scimeca of Gulfstream Insurance.

Workshop on organizing

Professional organizer Ann Cueva will present a workshop, "Secrets of Successful Organizers," from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Nov. 20. The workshop will be in the Geneva Room at the Summit Suites and Conference Center, 13575 58th St. N, Clearwater (in the Rubin Icot Center). Cueva, owner of Custom Organizing, will offer organizing techniques, products and systems for home or office. Cost is $30. For information or preregistration, which is required, call 538-8150.

Fox Wood grand opening

The grand opening for Fox Wood, the third residential section at the master-planned development of Trinity in southwest Pasco, will be from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Four builders will open five models: M/I Homes, Samuelsen Builders, Arthur Rutenberg Homes and Nohl Crest Homes. There will be refreshments, prizes, music and children's activities.

Eventually Fox Wood will have more than 800 homes on 346 acres. There will be two parks, a quarter-mile jogging trail, skating area, basketball court and picnic area.

To reach Trinity from Clearwater, take U.S. 19 north to Tarpon Springs Road and turn right. From the north, take U.S. 19 south to Tarpon Springs Road and turn left. At East Lake Road turn left to Trin-ity Boulevard, turn right and go 2.2 miles to Trinity's main entrance. Take a right on Robert Trent Jones Parkway to the welcome center on the right. Another route is to take Little Road south to Trinity's entrance.

Models are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information call the information center at (813) 372-7287.

Regency Communities opens eight models

Eight decorated models by Regency Communities open today in Wellington at Seven Hills, a gated, 400-acre retirement community off Mariner Boulevard in Spring Hill, Hernando County.

Wellington is the first major development to open in Spring Hill in the last five years. Eventually there will be more than 1,200 homes priced from the $70s to the $140s, including homesite. Regency is the exclusive builder.

The home styles include duplex villas, detached patio homes and single-family designs.

Wellington is 5 miles east of U.S. 19 on Mariner Boulevard just north of County Line Road in Spring Hill. The models are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For information, call the model center at (800) 929-4761.

Toll Brothers offers a look at home construction

Toll Brothers will offer a free behind-the-scenes tour of new home construction from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 at Cory Lake Isles in Tampa.

Visitors will tour a home that has been framed but not drywalled to inspect the inner workings of the house. They will learn what to look for in plumbing and electrical hookups and how to tell if the home is well-insulated.

Toll Brothers, the nation's leading builder of luxury homes, is making its entry into the Tampa Bay market at Cory Lake Isles.

From I-75, take Exit 56 (Bruce B. Downs Boulevard) and travel east 1.7 miles to Cross Creek Boulevard. Bear right onto Cross Creek and travel 2.2 miles to Cory Lake Isles. For information call 982-0500.

Rich Cope a "top mover'

Rich Cope, chairman of Clearwater-based Prudential Florida Realty, was singled out as a real estate executive particularly responsive to change by readers of Today's Realtor magazine. He was one of 13 key players in the industry who earned the title of "top movers and shakers" who most influenced real estate in 1997.

The selection was based on several factors readers perceived as shaping the industry: the explosion of online technology, the new demographics of American home buyers and federal legislative and regulatory issues. About 1,000 readers of the magazine were surveyed.

The magazine is the official publication of the national Association of Realtors.

Others singled out by the readers include Federal Reserve Board chairman Alan Greenspan and the U.S. Congress.

Resale homes sales up

Sixteen percent more resale single-family homes were sold in September than during the samemonth a year ago in the Tampa Bay area, the Florida Association of Realtors reported this week. This is the area's first double-digit increase since January.

In actual numbers, that's 2,449 resale homes in September 1997 compared to 2,120 in September 1996.

During the same period, the median sales price increased by 3 percent, from $82,300 to $84,400.

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