Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Beth Chandler
Rachel Duvall

Home Builders Association of Greenville announces the appointment of Beth Chandler to the position of Accountant and Rachel Duvall to the position of Administrative Assistant.

Chandler brings thirteen years of accounting experience. Her recent experience has been in nonprofit finance. Prior experience includes corporate accounting positions with Region's Financial in Birmingham, AL and Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Washington, D.C. Chandler holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Birmingham Southern College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from University of Alabama-Birmingham

Duvall brings nine years of administrative support experience and four years of marketing and graphic design experience. She previously held positions with the S.C. Mountains to Midlands Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, JHM Hotels, and is currently race director of A Hero's 5k. Duvall holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Administrative Management from Bob Jones University.

Established in 1960, the Home Builders Association of Greenville includes local and national builders, remodelers, specialty contractors, manufacturers, financial and insurance professionals, realtors, and many others who offer products and services for homeowners and first-time homebuyers. The trade association offers education and training, community service programs, and special events for members and consumers including the spring and fall Southern Home & Garden Shows.

For more information, call (864) 254-0133 or visit

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

GGAR: Greenville Home Sales Up 23 Percent

Greater Greenville Association of Realtors reports that existing home sales rose 23.3 percent in June, compared to June 2012; 936 homes listed in the Multiple Listing Service sold in June.  Home prices edged up .1 percent to $160,000.

The average time on market fell 15.9 percent to 78 days.

Read the complete report at GSA Business by clicking here.

Monday, July 15, 2013

GBS CEO Bob Barreto Featured in Talk

Bob Barreto
GBS Building Supply Chief Executive Officer Bob Barreto was featured in Talk.  He answered 20 questions about himself.  Our favorite question (and answer)

What was your first car?
A 1967 VW Squareback, dark blue with a gray front fender and surfboard racks in the back. I’m a car guy and I’ve owned a lot of great cars, but this is the one I miss.

Find out about Bob Barreto in Talk by clicking here.

Foreclosures fall in Greenville, statewide

According to RealtyTrac, the rate of foreclosures in South Carolina fell 12 percent during the first six months of 2013.

RealtyTrac reports that foreclosures are a diminishing problem nationally, but some states continue to have a problem where backlogs in the courts have slowed the processing of foreclosures.

Nationally, foreclosures are down 21 percent since the beginning of 2013, and down 45 percent in the last 12 months.  Foreclosures are down 6.2 percent in Greenville, where 1,918 homes were foreclosed since January 1, 2013. 

The rate of foreclosures in Greenville is well below the state and nation at just 101 foreclosures for every 100,000 homes.  Nationally, 164 homes are foreclosed for every 100,000 homes, and in South Carolina 125 homes are foreclosed for every 100,000 homes.  The foreclosure rate in neighboring Spartanburg is 115, Anderson is 140, the highest foreclosure rate in the state.

Read more at GSA Business by clicking here.

I-85/I-385 interchange improvement will begin in 2014

Just when you thought you have seen the end of construction delays on area freeways, South Carolina Department of Transportation announced this week that work will begin in 2014 to reconstruct the interchange of I-85 and I-385.

According to GSA Business, the project will cost $284 million.  Home Builders should begin planning now for the impact the construction will have on their businesses in terms of time loss and availability of materials.

Read the entire story at GSA Business by clicking here.