As SEDA New Homes, one of Jacksonville’s largest locally owned home builders, approaches their 30th anniversary in the home building industry, they reflect on what has made the journey the most rewarding.
“We are a family business,” says Linda Semanik, Sales Manager for SEDA New Homes. “I mean that in every sense of the word, from family members, to our employees and subcontractors, to our homebuyers. It is the relationships that we have built along the way that have meant the most to us.”
Back in 1982, John A. “Sandy” and Linda Semanik began with the vision of providing Jacksonville home buyers with the best quality home for their money and the best service, both before and after the sale. During the past 29 years, three generations of the family have worked for the company, from John’s father to the couple’s children.
“Many of our subdivisions and streets are named after family members,” says Linda Semanik. “For example, Flora Parke in Fernandina is named after Sandy’s mother, and we built the community of Arnold Ridge, which is named after Sandy’s father. The community of Sandy Creek in St. Johns County is named after Sandy, and Linda Lake Lane is named after me.”
The Semaniks credit much of their success to their employees, who they say are like family.
“Many of our employees have been with us over 12 years, some of which have been here over 20 years,” says Semanik. “We have been there for one another during the ups and downs of life, and the ups and downs of this unpredictable real estate market.”