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Nassau Humane Society Receives Donation from the 2nd Annual SEDA Pet Food Drive

January 25th, 2024

SEDA New Homes, one of Nassau counties largest local home builders, donated over 100 pounds of dog and cat food collected during their 2nd Annual SEDA Christmas Pet Food Drive to the Nassau County Humane Society.

“We always want to support the Nassau Humane Society because they are so active in finding a loving home for all of their animals,” said Linda Semanik, Vice-President of Sales at SEDA New Homes.

SEDA collected dog food, cat food, pet toys, and more at their model homes during their 2nd Annual Christmas Pet Food Drive. In addition to the pet food, Semanik delivered a check to the Nassau Humane Society.

“Many companies choose a charity to support,” says Semanik. “At SEDA, our pets are such a huge part of our families. They give us unconditional love and bring so much joy to our lives. Our hope is that other companies will begin supporting their local Humane Society to help pets in need.”

The Nassau Humane Society has dogs, cats and other small animals for adoption.

“If you are ready to adopt, you should absolutely stop by this amazing facility; you will be impressed,” says Semanik. “The cats are in a playroom where you can observe their personalities and there is Aurora’s Dog Park, a 1.3-acre park with a bone-shaped pool, where you can bring your dog to play. There is a small membership fee which benefits the Nassau Humane Society.” 

For more information about the Nassau Humane Society, visit https://nassauhumane.org.

For more information about SEDA New Homes and their new home communities, visit www.sedanewhomes.com.

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Low Maintenance Living

January 23rd, 2024

Moving into a new home is a very exciting and enjoyable time. One of the reasons is that new homes are easier to maintain and the need for repairs is low. But, you can utilize some effective strategies and certain materials now to continue that low maintenance living in your home for a long time. This will give you more time to spend enjoying your home with family and friends even after the “newness” of the home has passed.

What many people don’t realize is that if you invest in low maintenance upgrades during the building of your home it will reduce your ongoing operational and home maintenance costs in the long run.

Here are some low maintenance techniques you can use to ensure you are enjoying what matters most in your new home and not worrying about cleaning or maintenance every weekend.

  • Choose an Open Floor Plan!

Choosing an open floor plan for the main living areas as you design your new home will decrease the amount of maintenance and increase interaction with family and guests. Utilizing an open layout allows for easy interaction and flow.

It’s nice for someone to be able to be in the kitchen preparing a meal while at the same time interacting with others in adjacent living spaces or watching the children play. It also makes cleaning easy as you can move throughout the space freely and dirt and dust isn’t collected in smaller confined spaces.

You can create a living space that is as open as possible and inviting at the same time by using décor and furnishings to make the distinction between each area.

Low Maintenance Living is easily achieved when you have a Large Open Floor Plan with Large Kitchen & Island that looks into the gathering room and eat in kitchen nook. Great for entertaining. Fitzgerald II –…Read More→

SEDA New Homes Helps Our Furry Friends at the Jacksonville and Nassau Humane Societies

January 30th, 2023

SEDA New Homes, one of Jacksonville’s largest local home builders, made a substantial donation to both the Jacksonville and Nassau Humane Societies as a part of their Christmas Pet Food Drive.

“We wanted to support the Humane Society because they do so much to ensure that every pet has the opportunity to find a loving home,” said Linda Semanik, Vice-President of Sales at SEDA New Homes.

SEDA collected dog food, cat food, pet beds, pet toys, training pads and more at their model homes and corporate office during their Christmas Pet Food Drive. This month, Semanik and SEDA employees delivered these items to the Jacksonville and Nassau Humane Societies.

“Many companies choose a charity during the holidays to support,” says Semanik. “At SEDA, our pets are such a huge part of our families, that we knew we wanted to support the Humane Society.  Pets give us unconditional love and bring so much joy to our lives; something we all need in order to cope with the stress of today’s world. Our hope is that other companies will begin supporting their local Humane Society to help pets in need.”

The Nassau Humane Society has dogs, cats and other small animals for adoption. During the trip to bring the donations, SEDA employee Judy Reed fell in love with an adorable black rabbit that was up for adoption. Binks, as he is fondly now known by his new family, has brought so much joy and laughter to the Reed family.

“He’s just like a dog. He plays fetch, comes for treats and loves being petted.” says Reed. “Teaching our kids responsibility is a plus.”

Binks the rabbit is a new addition to the Reed Family adopted from the Nassau Humane Society

Recently another SEDA employee adopted a kitten from the Jacksonville Humane Society.

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Pet Food Donation Winner

December 22nd, 2022

Congratulations to Steve Barnett, the winner in the SEDA New Homes Pet Food Drive raffle. Thank you for supporting our furry friends at the Jacksonville Humane Society.

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SEDA Holds Pet Food Drive

December 2nd, 2022

SEDA New Homes has partnered with the Jacksonville Humane Society to lend a paw to our furry friends in need during this Christmas season by holding a Pet Food Drive at their model centers from November 30th to December 19th.

Today’s economy has been difficult for many pet owners. Unfortunately, this means owners are surrendering their pets because they say they can no longer afford the upkeep of their animals with increased rent, gas, and food costs. The escalation in returns has put a strain on local animal shelters struggling to keep up. It has become such an issue that the Jacksonville city shelter leaders put a temporary pause on all walk-in and unscheduled visits to allow staff more time to identify and prepare in the assistance of relocating these pets.

This isn’t just a problem in our community but nationwide. The Shelter Animal Counts database shows that the population of cats and dogs in shelters rose by 9.5% from April 2021 to April 2022. We see this to be true in our own animal shelter here in Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Humane Society reported 7,688 animals were brought to them from January 2022 to June 2002 alone.

How can you help? Below are the items requested by the Jacksonville Humane Society:

  • Dry/wet dog food
  • Dry/wet cat food
  • Soft dog treats
  • New leashes (non-retractable)
  • Paper towels
  • Pillowcases
  • Towels
  • Blankets (without stuffing)
  • Gently used pet supplies

Where to drop donations off? Stop by any of our model homes with your donation and register for a chance to win a $500 GIFT CARD. The drawing will be held on December 20th.

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Take Your Dog to Work Day

September 27th, 2022

SEDA New Homes, one of Jacksonville’s largest locally owned home builders, celebrated Take Your Dog to Work Day on September 23rd with many happy, wagging tails that brightened everyone’s day.

“Our dogs, Callie, Sasha and Rob Roy, are a big part of our family,” says Linda Semanik, Vice-President of Sales at SEDA New Homes. “We wanted our SEDA family of employees to enjoy spending the day with their furry family members.”

The addition of 6 wagging tales made TGIF even more of a happy occasion.

“Dogs have always had a special place in our heart,” says Semanik. “We know they are an important part of everyone’s family, so if our employees need to bring their dog to work to care for them, we allow that.”

Over the years, the Semanik family has shown their love for canine companions by rescuing dozens of dogs and giving them a forever home.

In addition to their passion for animals, the Semaniks’ passion for building exceptional homes is evident by their outstanding reputation as one of Northeast Florida’s top home builders.

For six years in a row, SEDA New Homes was voted Best Local Home Builder in the Bold City Best competition.

“We are so honored to have won this prestigious award,” says Semanik. “We appreciate our SEDA family of homeowners and all who took the time to vote for us.”

For over 40 years, SEDA New Homes has made a commitment to customer satisfaction and to making the experience of purchasing a new home a great one for their customers.

By striving to be the best, SEDA New Homes has grown to be one of the largest locally owned home builders in the Jacksonville area.

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New Construction Changes

March 29th, 2022

The impact of today’s economy on the home building industry is being felt everywhere. This blog by Rebecca Lowrey Real Estate Group in Huntsville, Alabama explains what we are all experiencing in these difficult times:

New Construction Changes – March 8, 2022

Today I want to share some information about new construction in Northern Alabama. More and more builders are waiting to price their homes until they’re nearly complete. In the past, they would price their homes at the beginning of construction, but they aren’t anymore because there are just too many price fluctuations for building materials right now.

Builders are also either limiting their number of pre-sales or not doing them at all these days. Some of them have wait lists or a certain number of pre-sales they can contract monthly. A pre-sale is a home you purchase before construction begins, so you’re selecting the floor plan and interior finishes ahead of time.

“Price increases can happen on building materials at any time.”

We’re also seeing more builder contracts because the price at contract for building a home is calculated based on the current building material prices, and price increases can happen on building materials at any time. For the same reason, we’re seeing more escalation clauses on new-builds, and if it goes into effect, the initial contract price rises by the percentage written in the escalation agreement. It’s an increase in your financed amount, not an immediate out-of-pocket expense.

Luckily, there are still builder incentives in this market. Some will pay a portion of the purchaser’s closing costs if they use the builder’s preferred lender; it’s commonly a local lender or an extension of the builder’s company.

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Housing Market Update

March 15th, 2022

Below is an update on the current housing market that was posted on March 11, 2022 on the Builder Magazine online edition by Vincent Salandro:



Builders are reducing SKUs in an effort to work around continued supply chain disruptions.

By Vincent Salandro

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Amid a period of robust home buying demand, supply chain disruptions are hindering companies at every stage of the home building process, creating backlogs and shortages across the country.

Pandemic-related factors have caused raw material prices to rise significantly in the past few months after a period of moderation, and transportation delays have caused sourcing issues for builders in many key product areas, including windows, garage doors, and appliances. Raw material prices are having a direct impact on home price appreciation, with the NAHB estimating lumber price increases have added $18,600 to the price of an average new single-family home since the fall.

A survey of home builders by Zonda conducted in January found 90% of builders increased prices month over month; the majority of respondents said price increases were a direct pass-through because of rising material prices. The magnitude of price increases also are growing larger compared with more moderate price hikes between $3,000 and $5,000 in the fall months of 2021. According to the Zonda survey, approximately one-third of the reported price increases from the January survey are between $10,000 and $20,000.

The Zonda survey also indicated that nearly 90% of builders were intentionally capping sales due to production capacity issues related to the supply side and inability of inventory to meet high demand. Approximately 93% of builders are reporting that supply disruptions are still a “major issue” to their businesses.

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Today’s Housing Market

October 6th, 2021

As you may know, the housing market we are in today is very different than any other time in history. In my 40+ years in real estate, I have never experienced anything like what we are facing today. I want you to know that we are working closely with our vendors and teams to ensure any setbacks and delays are minimal.

Attached is an article published by the Associated Press on September 23, 2021 that fully explains these trying times and gives some insight into the current housing market.

Below is the article, or click here https://apnews.com/article/lifestyle-business-economy-home-sales-prices-34a4cc778edd0c71b5a76f106a48ca54

Inflation Forces Homebuilders to Take it Slow, Raise Prices

By ALEX VEIGA September 23, 2021

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even in the hottest U.S. housing market in more than a decade, new home construction has turned into a frustratingly uncertain and costly proposition for many homebuilders.

Rising costs and shortages of building materials and labor are rippling across the homebuilding industry, which accounted for nearly 12% of all U.S. home sales in July. Construction delays are common, prompting many builders to pump the brakes on the number of new homes they put up for sale. As building a new home gets more expensive, some of those costs are passed along to buyers.

Across the economy, prices having spiked this year amid shortages of manufactured goods and components, from cars and computer chips to paint and building materials. The Federal Reserve meets this week and officials’ outlook on when they might start raising interest rates could indicate how worried the Fed is about inflation.

The constraints on homebuilders are unwelcome news for homebuyers, already facing historically low levels of resale homes on the market and record prices.

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SEDA Voted Best Local Home Builder for 6th Year in a Row

September 27th, 2021

For the 6th year in a row, SEDA New Homes was voted Best Local Home Builder in the Florida Times Union Bold City Best consumers’ choice competition.

“We would like to thank our SEDA family of homeowners, hardworking subcontractors and dedicated employees who have all make this possible,” says Linda Semanik, Vice-President of Sales at SEDA New Homes.

Their dedication to delivering superior customer service has propelled SEDA New Homes to one of the largest locally owned home builders in the Jacksonville area, with communities located in Duval, Clay, St. Johns and Nassau counties. They are also one of the few home builders who will build their plan on your land.

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