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Neal Communities Supports Suncoast Foundation’s BBQ Bash

SARASOTA, Fla., April 15, 2014 - Neal Communities has donated $500 as a Piglet Sponsor for the Suncoast Foundation’s 5th annual BBQ & Bluegrass Bash on Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19, 2014. The proceeds from the event— a “finger lickin’ and hot pickin’ good time” – will be used to support and maintain Suncoast Foundation’s facilities in Sarasota County. Read more...

Neal Is an Ace in the Hole for Annual Semper Fi Golf Tournament

ENGLEWOOD, Fla., April 11, 2014 - Neal Communities is a major co-sponsor of the 5th annual Semper Fi Golf Tournament with a donation of $10,000 for the third year in a row. The tournament, hosted by residents of Neal’s Boca Royale Golf & Country Club in Englewood, has a goal of bringing the aggregate amount raised over the past five years to $500,000. Read more...

Neal Partners With All Faiths Food Bank For Summer Campaign

SARASOTA, Fla., April 9, 2014 - Pat and John Neal have donated $2,500 to the All Faiths Food Bank “Campaign Against Summer Hunger”, which kicked off on April 1 and will run through May 10, 2014. Read more...

Neal Ends First Quarter Strong With 92 Sales In March

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla., April 7, 2014 - Neal Communities sold 92 homes last month, beating its all-time sales record from March 2013 by 11 sales. That number is up from last month, reinforcing that this year’s delayed season is in full swing. Read more...

Neal Communities Adds 59 New Jobs in Past Year

SOUTHWEST Fla., March 19, 2014 - Over the past year, Neal Communities has added 59 new jobs to its Lakewood Ranch–based, new home building company. One of the largest privately held, new home building companies in Southwest Florida, Neal Communities includes the divisions of Neal South, John Neal Homes, Waterscapes Pools & Spas, Charlene Neal PureStyle, and Neal Signature Homes. Read more...

Sales Heat Up In Southwest Florida For Neal Communities

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla., March 7, 2014 - Neal notched 67 home sales in February, continuing the prolific builder’s swift sales pace so far in 2014. Neal’s new home sales spanned across 16 communities from Manatee to Lee Counties. Read more...

Neal Communities Helps Strength In Action ‘Put on the Ritz’

PALMETTO, Fla., March 5, 2014 - Neal Communities is proud to be a gold sponsor of the “Puttin on the Ritz” fashion show and dinner benefiting Florida not for profit organization, Strength In Action. Pat Neal, president of Neal Communities, donated $2000 to the event, which will be held on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center. Read more...

Location Driving Sales At Neal’s Sugar Mill Lakes

PALMETTO, Fla., February 11, 2014 - One of Neal Communities’ newest neighborhoods, Sugar Mill Lakes in Palmetto, has seen significant sales activity since its grand opening in August 2013. There have been 25 homes sold since then, with an average sales price of $234,000. Read more...

Neal Nears Completion Of Several Communities – Plans New Openings In 2014

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla., February 3, 2014 - After selling more homes in 2013 than ever before in company history, privately-held powerhouse, Neal Communities, continued a swift sales pace in January 2014. The builder sold out its homes at Belleisle in Country Club East at Lakewood Ranch, and has closed its sales center at Sawgrass in Venice, with just one home remaining. The builder notched 54 total sales spanning 16 communities, from Manatee to Lee counties, last month. Read more...

Boca Royale Golf & Country Club Welcomes New Staff

ENGLEWOOD, Fla., January 30, 2014 - Boca Royale Golf & Country Club— Englewood's premiere, master-planned and gated community— welcomes experienced General Manager Ian Fetigan to its team, with plans for expansion this year. Read more...

Neal Communities Breaks Ground On Silverleaf In Parrish

PARRISH, Fla., January 29, 2014 - Neal Communities recently broke ground on its newest neighborhood in Manatee County – Silverleaf, in Parrish. The community will be developed just south of US 301, approximately three miles east of I-75. Read more...

Neal Communities Shatters Company Sales Records In 2013

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla., January 4, 2014 - Privately held powerhouse, Neal Communities, solidified its position as one of the biggest and fastest-growing home building companies in the southwest Florida region, closing out 2013 with 826 new home sales. The more than 35% increase in sales from last year took place across 16 communities from Manatee to Lee Counties. Read more...

Neal Communities Sponsors “Honor the Badge”

SARASOTA, Fla., December 27, 2013 - Neal Communities donated $3,000 for the Sarasota Housing Authority’s 2nd Annual “Honor the Badge” event on December 14, 2013. More than 40 Sarasota Police Officers were on hand to help over 80 children shop for the holidays. Read more...

Neal Communities Collects Gifts To Benefit Toys For Tots

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla., December 26, 2013 - The team at Neal Communities recently gathered donations for “Toys For Tots”, a well-known, nationwide charitable drive to collect toys for children in need. Read more...

Neal Communities Breaks 800 Sales This Year

SOUTHWEST, Fla., December 23, 2013 - Just shy of the end of 2013, Neal Communities has reached 800 home sales so far this year, a more than 32% increase from the 602 sales in all of 2012. Read more...

Neal Communities’ Eagle Trace Opens To Strong Sales

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla., December 20, 2013 - Neal Communities’ newest neighborhood near Lakewood Ranch in Manatee County started off strong, with seven sales in two weeks since its grand opening on December 8, 2013. The community is located just south of State Road 64, conveniently located near shopping, great schools, and just a few miles from Interstate 75. Read more...

Neal Communities Heads into December 35% Ahead Of Last Year

SARASOTA, Fla., December 3, 2013 - Neal Communities has sold 768 homes so far this year, a more than 35% increase from 2012. The Lakewood Ranch based new home builder continued its record breaking sales streak with 56 homes sold in November. Read more...

Neal Hosts Annual My Favorite Home Art Contest At Gullett Elementary

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla., November 19, 2013 - Neal Communities recently held its annual "My Favorite Home Art Contest" at B.D. Gullett Elementary School in Lakewood Ranch, FL. The top 10 student finalists in each grade level attended the event along with their families, school officials, Neal team members, and guest judges from around the community. Read more...

Neal Communities Celebrates Festa Italiana

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla., November 14, 2013 - Neal Communities is a silver level sponsor for the second annual Festa Italiana hosted by Lakewood Ranch Community Activities on Saturday, November 16th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Read more...

Interest Is Strong At Neal’s Newest Community in Manatee County

BRADENTON, Fla., November 14, 2013 – The pre-sale VIP list is filling up quickly at Eagle Trace, Neal Communities’ newest neighborhood is opening soon near Lakewood Ranch in Manatee County. The community will be developed just south of State Road 64, conveniently located near shopping, great schools, and just a few miles from Interstate 75. Read more...

Venice High School Scores Big With Donation From Neal Communities

VENICE, Fla., November 7, 2013 - The Venice High School (VHS) Indians scored a big win with a new LED screen, now on display inside their gymnasium, donated by Neal Communities.  The screen and scoreboard made its debut at the first volleyball game played in the brand new gymnasium at VHS last month. Read more...

Neal Communities To Sponsor Pussycat Festival

BRADENTON, Fla., November 6, 2013 - Neal Communities will sponsor the inaugural Pussycat Festival in Bradenton with a $2,000 donation for the event, which will be held on Saturday, November 9th at Tarpon Pointe Tiki Bar & Grill. The festival, which will feature a concert and live music, will benefit the Gulf Shore Animal League (GSAL). Read more...

Neal Communities Breaks 700 Sales In October – New Company Record

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla., November 1, 2013 - Neal Communities continues to set sales records this year, breaking the 700 mark for year to date new home sales in October. The Lakewood Ranch based new home builder sold 54 homes last month, bringing the year to date total to 712, which is over 100 more homes than were sold in all of 2012. Read more...

Neal Communities Celebrates Five Years Of Giving To Gullett

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla., October 31, 2013 - The 5th Annual Neal Communities Golf Challenge benefiting B.D. Gullett Elementary School in Lakewood Ranch was a success thanks in part to a $10,000 donation by Neal Communities, lead sponsor of the annual event. Read more...

Economic Development Panel Presented in Lakewood Ranch

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla., October 21, 2013 - The Manatee –Sarasota Building Industry Association (formerly the Home Builder’s Association) Sales and Marketing Council will present “Market Makers - How Economic Development Fuels Your Business”, at the Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club on October 30, 2013. Read more...

Neal Continues Filling Bowls & Feeding Families In Manatee

BRADENTON, Fla., October 17, 2013 - Neal Communities has contributed $1,500 to the 2013 Empty Bowls luncheon as an Artisan Sponsor. The Food Bank of Manatee County hosts the annual event and proceeds raised help local children, families and seniors in need. Read more...

Neal Closes Out Third Quarter— Builder Breaks More Records

SARASOTA, Fla., October 3, 2013 - Neal Communities blazed through the summer season and finished the third quarter of 2013 with strength – breaking last year's record 442 home sales ahead of schedule.  The Lakewood Ranch-based, new home builder sold 65 homes in September, climbing to 657 total so far year to date. Read more...

Neal Notches 65 Sales in August – Reaches 600 Overall For The Year

SARASOTA, Fla., September 6, 2013 - Neal Communities recorded 65 new home sales in August, continuing a record-setting sales year for the Lakewood Ranch-based, new home builder.  This puts Neal at 600 sales for the year, with four months to go in 2013. Read more...

Pat Neal Honored By Manatee County NAACP

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla., September 4, 2013 - The NAACP recently named Pat Neal, President and CEO of Neal Communities, the “Outstanding Business Person” for 2013. The organization, active in Manatee County for more than 50 years, takes pride in recognizing leaders who are instrumental in the continued success of their community. Read more...

Florida Green Building Coalition Awards Neal “Builder of the Year”

SARASOTA, Fla., September 3, 2013 - The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) named Neal Communities “Builder of the Year” at its Green Trends Conference at the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota recently. Read more...

Neal Communities Grand Opens Sugar Mill Lakes In Palmetto

PALMETTO, Fla., August 21, 2013 - Neal Communities will kick off its newest community in Palmetto -- Sugar Mill Lakes -- with a grand opening event this Saturday August 24, 2013 from 11am – 2pm.  The community's sales center will be open from 10am – 5:30pm. Read more...

Neal Communities’ July 2013 Sales Over 60% Higher Than Last Year

SARASOTA, Fla., August 1, 2013 - Neal Communities marked 73 new home sales in July, a more than 66-percent increase from its 44 sales in July 2012. This continues a record-breaking year for the Lakewood Ranch-based, new home builder. Read more...

Neal Communities’ Gail Shane Celebrates Four Years On The Air

SARASOTA, Fla., July 31, 2013 - Gail Shane & Friends is now celebrating its four-year anniversary on the radio. The popular radio program airs on WSRQ Radio 106.9 FM and 1220 AM every Saturday at 10am. Read more...

Neal Gives Final Installment To Manatee Chamber & United Way

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla., July 29, 2013 - Neal Communities recently donated its fifth payment of $20,000, to complete a $100,000 total gift, towards the Lakewood Ranch office building campaign for space shared by the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Manatee County. Neal was a top-level benefactor of the building campaign, joining over 130 businesses, organizations, and individuals who worked together over the past five years to support the project. Read more...

Neal Hosts Model Grand Opening Celebration At River’s Reach

PARRISH, Fla., July 18, 2013 - Neal Communities is celebrating the grand opening of three new models at River’s Reach— off Rye Rd. in Parrish, FL— with a family-friendly celebration that is open to the public. The grand opening event is set for Saturday July 20, 2013 from 11am – 2pm at 1571 Hickory View Circle, Parrish, FL 34219. Model homes at River’s Reach will be open from 10am – 5pm. Read more...

Neal Communities Celebrates 9,000th Home Milestone

SARASOTA, Fla., July 8, 2013 - Lakewood Ranch-based, new home builder, Neal Communities, is celebrating building 9000 homes over a 40 year history in Southwest Florida. Read more...

Second Quarter Surge – Neal’s 2013 Sales Surpass All of 2011’s

SARASOTA, Fla., July 1, 2013 - Neal Communities sold 77 homes in June, selling out several neighborhoods and marking more year to date sales than in all of 2011. From January through June of 2013, the Lakewood Ranch-based, new home building company sold 459 homes. Read more...

Neal Dedicates Park After Original Owners Of Forest Creek Land

SARASOTA, Fla., June 18, 2013 - Neal Communities recently dedicated a new park in its Forest Creek community in Parrish to the Lescenski family, who owned the land from 1954 until Neal purchased it in 2004. The family's former property makes up the third phase of Forest Creek development. Read more...

Neal Signature Homes Unveils New Model in Lakewood Ranch

SARASOTA, Fla., June 10, 2013 - Responding to a quickly recovering population boom of empty nesters and OPALS (older people with active lifestyles) flooding the Florida real estate market, Neal Signature Homes has unveiled a new model in Lakewood Ranch – the Bellevista in the Highlands. Read more...

Growing Demand Continues To Fuel Sales At Neal In May

SARASOTA, Fla., June 3, 2013 - Continuing a record-breaking sales season, Neal Communities sold 65 homes in the month of May, an almost 50-percent increase from May 2012, with 45 sales. Year to date, the Lakewood Ranch-based, new home builder has increased sales by more than 60-percent with 239 at this time last year, compared to 382 in 2013. Read more...

HBA Manatee-Sarasota Hosts “Boom, Bubble or Bust?”

Lakewood Ranch, Fla., May 22, 2013 – The Sales and Marketing Council of The Home Builders Association Manatee-Sarasota will be hosting a real estate panel, entitled “Boom, Bubble or Bust?” at the Lakewood Ranch Country Club on Friday, May 31, 2013 from 8:00am – 9:30am. Read more...

Neal Communities Breaks Ground On New Neighborhood

SARASOTA, Fla., May 6, 2013 - Neal Communities recently broke ground on its newest neighborhood in Manatee County -- Eagle Trace, near Lakewood Ranch. The community will be developed just south of State Road 64, conveniently located near shopping, great schools, and just a few miles from Interstate 75. Read more...

April Sales Shower At Neal Communities

SARASOTA, Fla., May 3, 2013 - Neal Communities reported 73 home sales in April, continuing the market trend of a record-breaking year for the Lakewood Ranch-based, new home builder. Read more...

Grand Activities Galore At Neal's Grand Palm Amenity Grand Opening

VENICE, Fla., April 8, 2013 - Neal Communities will unveil its Grand Palm Recreation and Amenity Center at a grand opening celebration this Saturday, April 13, 2013. The Lakewood Ranch-based, new home builder is hosting a free, day-long festival at its grand, Venice master-planned community that is open to the public. Neal will unveil several new amenities at the event including the Palm House, Great Splash, two dog parks, a variety of athletic courts, the in-ground chalk board and many more grand attractions. Read more...

Another Sales Slam Dunk For Neal Communities In March

SARASOTA, Fla., April 2, 2013 – The sales madness continued at Neal Communities, as the unstoppable sales pace broke all company sales records yet again, with 91 sales in March. This was on the heels of February’s 81 new home sales – crowning March as the newest, best-selling month in Neal Communities’ company history. Read more...

Neal Communities Closes On Colonial Lakes In Fort Myers

FORT MYERS, Fla., March 22, 2013 — Neal Communities has acquired Colonial Lakes, a 106-acres community of residential property zoned for approximately 297 homes located south of Colonial Boulevard, west of Ben C. Pratt Boulevard in Fort Myers, Florida. Read more...

Neal Communities Helps Boca Royale Semper Fi Fund Make A Big Impact

ENGLEWOOD, Fla., March 20, 2013 - Residents of Boca Royale, a Neal community in Englewood, will host a golf and tennis charity event to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund for the fourth year in a row. Neal Communities is a major donor for the event, co-sponsoring for the second year with a $10,000 contribution to the fund. Read more...

Neal Communities' Grand Palm Welcomes Its First Homeowners

SARASOTA, Fla., March 12, 2013 - John and Kathie Porteous are the first homeowners to move into Grand Palm, Neal Communities’ master planned community in Venice. The couple, from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, was among the first to purchase a home at Grand Palm shortly after the community opened in September of last year. Read more...

Neal Walks For Paws And Contributes To HSMC

SARASOTA, Fla., March 8, 2013 – Neal Communities has sponsored the Humane Society of Manatee County (HSMC) with a $5,000 donation for two upcoming events.  The 2013 Paws in Motion Walk-a-thon on March 9th will take place at the new Bradenton Riverwalk. In addition to the sponsorship, Neal Communities has assembled the Mutt Maniacs, a group of team members who will walk in the event this weekend.

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Neal Communities Continues Unstoppable Sales Streak

SARASOTA, Fla., March 5, 2013 - Neal Communities continued to break sales records in February 2013, with 81 new home sales throughout several communities. Read more...

Neal Communities Closes On Site For Estero Place

FORT MYERS, Fla., March 4, 2013 - Neal Communities has closed on two parcels totaling approximately 53 acres of zoned-residential property at the southwest corner of Three Oaks Parkway and Corkscrew Road in Estero to develop a gated community. Read more...

Neal Communities Breaking Ground On Villa Palmeras In Estero

ESTERO, Fla., February 22, 2013 – Neal Communities, a Southwest Florida-based homebuilder, has broken ground on a new paired villa home community called Villa Palmeras in Estero. Read more...

Neal Launches New Homes At River's Reach In Manatee County

SARASOTA, Fla., February 13, 2013 — Neal Communities is launching a new phase and a new floor plan selection at River's Reach, off Rye Rd. in Parrish, FL, starting February 16.

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Neal Hosts Grand Opening At Boca Royale Golf & Country Club

Sarasota, Fla., February 7, 2013 – Neal Communities will unveil its newest model center at the Boca Royale Golf & Country Club February 9 –10, 2013. Four new models from two home series will be open to explore all weekend for visitors to enjoy.

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Neal Communities Shatters All Monthly Sales Records In January

SARASOTA, Fla., February 1, 2013 - Neal Communities broke a new record in January 2013, with 71 new home sales – more than any month before in company history.  Read more...

Neal’s Leisa Weintraub Presenting At International Builders’ Show

SARASOTA, Fla., January 23, 2013 - Vice President of Marketing and Creative Director for Neal Communities, Leisa Weintraub, has been invited to speak at the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) International Builders' Show (IBS) in Las Vegas this week. The NAHB Show is the most important event of the year for the U.S. home building industry and is the largest, annual light-construction trade show in the world. It includes networking events, seminars, and an exhibit hall, which features nearly 1,000 vendors demonstrating the latest building products and services.

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Neal Communities Celebrates Its 100th Buyer At Two Neighborhoods!

SARASOTA, Fla., January 14, 2013 - Neal Communities is celebrating a milestone at two Manatee County communities – the 100th home buyer at Woodbrook in Bradenton and Belleisle in Lakewood Ranch. Woodbrook, located off Lockwood Ridge and Honore Avenue, opened in November 2011, and Belleisle in Country Club East at Lakewood Ranch opened in February 2011.

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Four New Models Open At Neal Communities' Grand Palm

SARASOTA, Fla., January 10, 2013 - Neal Communities will unveil four new models on January 11, 2013 at Grand Palm in Venice, FL. Two models will be from the new home builder's cottage series and two are from the villa series.  Read more...

Neal Communities Crushes All Sales Records In 2012

SARASOTA, Fla., December 31, 2012 - Neal Communities will ring in the New Year with a new building, new sales records, and new growth.  The award-winning, Lakewood Ranch-based builder broke all previous sales records this year with 600 new home sales and a projected 487 closings.  Read more...

Neal's 56 November Home Sales Continue Hot Pace

SARASOTA, Fla., December 5, 2012 - The weather may have cooled a bit, but Neal Communities' home sales have stayed hot. Neal is on pace to have another chart-topping year. The Lakewood Ranch-based builder/developer sold another 56 new residences in November.  Read more...

Neal Hosts Annual "My Favorite Home" Contest At Taylor Ranch In Venice

SARASOTA, Fla., November 28, 2012 - Neal Communities recently held its annual "My Favorite Home Art Contest" at Taylor Ranch Elementary School in Venice, FL. The top five student finalists in each grade level attended along with their families, school officials, and guest judges from around the community.  Read more...

Neal Tops 500 Mark With 61 Home Sales In October

SARASOTA, Fla., November 1, 2012 - With new homes sales coming from 14 different neighborhoods, Lakewood Ranch-based builder Neal Communities sold 61 new homes in October, 110 percent more than the same month a year ago.

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Neal's Fairfield Grand Opens This Weekend In Bradenton

SARASOTA, Fla., October 29, 2012 - Neal Communities will unveil its newest community, Fairfield, in Manatee County during the public grand opening on November 3 & 4, 2012.  Located at 5430 Chatham Square Way – off of SR 70, just west of Natalie Way-- Fairfield is conveniently located near the heart of downtown Bradenton with great shopping, dining, and beaches, just minutes away from I-75 and US 41.

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Neal Sponsors Golf Tournament Benefitting Gullett Elementary

SARASOTA, Fla., October 29, 2012 - The Neal Communities Golf Challenge helped B.D. Gullett Elementary School in Lakewood Ranch surpass its fundraising goals for 2012.  Neal Communities was a lead sponsor of the event, contributing $12,500 to the Golf Challenge, held earlier this fall at the University Park Golf & Country Club.  The event helped the school raise funds, enabling the staff and parents to provide much needed technological resources for its growing student population.

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Neal Serves As A Lead Sponsor For American Legion Golf Tournament

SARASOTA, Fla., October 26, 2012 - Neal Communities is the leadership stars and stripes sponsor of the 14th annual American Legion golf tournament on Saturday October 27, 2012. The tournament will be held at the Capri Isles Golf Club in Venice, FL with a shotgun start at 8:30am followed by a steak luncheon at the American Legion.

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Neal Is A "Souper Sponsor" For Empty Bowls 2012

 SARASOTA, Fla., October 17, 2012 - Neal Communities has contributed $2,500 to The Food Bank of Manatee County for their annual Empty Bowls luncheon benefit. "Empty Bowls" helps children, families, and seniors in need, right here in the local community. All proceeds benefit The Food Bank of Manatee.  Read more...

Michael Greenberg Joins Neal Communities' Team of Leaders

SARASOTA, Fla., October 15, 2012 - Michael Greenberg has joined Neal Communities as Vice President of Building. Greenberg will spearhead the new home builder's entry into the Southwest Florida market in Lee and Collier counties, with several new ventures and communities getting ready to open this season. Those communities include: Verandah in Ft. Myers, Villa Palmeras and Esencia in Estero, and a new community in Naples, FL.

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Neal's Grand Palm Ignites Venice Real Estate Market

SARASOTA, Fla., October 12, 2012 - In just over a month since its grand opening, Neal Communities' Grand Palm community has sold 14 homes. Grand Palm is the largest master-planned community of its kind in Venice, FL.

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Neal Communities Unveils Interactive Discovery Center

SARASOTA, Fla., October 12, 2012 - The thousands of visitors that stopped by Grand Palm during its grand opening last month saw a glimpse of the state of the art technology at the Discovery Center. Located at 12386 Sagewood Drive in Venice, FL, the Discovery Center is the heart of activity at Grand Palm.

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Fall Sales Soar At Neal Communities' River's Reach In Manatee County

SARASOTA, Fla., October 11, 2012 - Neal Communities has sold nineteen homes since June 1, 2012 in the newly opened River's Reach's community, located off of Rye Rd. in Parrish, FL.

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Neal Communities Breaks 2011 Sales Record

SARASOTA, Fla., October 2, 2012 - Neal Communities blew through last year's record 403 home sales when the Lakewood Ranch-based builder sold 62 homes in September, climbing to 442 so far in 2012. The September total is up from 39 sales a year ago, a 59% rise for the region's leading homebuilder.

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Neal Communities Opens $800 Million Real Estate Community In Venice, FL

SARASOTA, Fla., September 4, 2012 - On September 7, 2012 at 9am, Pat Neal, President of Neal Communities, will unveil the largest master-planned community of its kind in Venice, FL– Grand Palm. Priced from the mid $100's, Grand Palm is also the largest neighborhood Neal Communities has ever created in more than forty years of building, boasting a total of 1,999 homes.

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Neal's 55 August Home Sales Top February

SARASOTA, Fla., August 31, 2012 - Neal Communities' new home sales in August surpassed a fantastic February – when the Lakewood Ranch-based builder/developer sold 53 homes. At the time, February's sales represented Neal's biggest month in a decade, only to be surpassed a month later when March saw 61 sales.  Read more...

Gail Shane & Friends Celebrates Three Years On-Air

SARASOTA, Fla., August 28, 2012 - Gail Shane & Friends is now celebrating its three-year anniversary on the radio. Now on WSRQ Radio 106.9 FM and 1220 AM every Saturday at 10am, the show originated on WTMY in July 2009.  Read more...

Charlene Neal PureStyle Wins Aurora Award

SARASOTA, Fla., August 22, 2012 - Charlene Neal PureStyle was awarded a 2012 Aurora Award for Interior Merchandising (Interior Design) for Neal Communities' Starlight model. The stunning model is located at Woodbrook, a beautiful community just south of the intersection of Lockwood Ridge Road and Honore Avenue in Sarasota.  Read more...

Neal's July Home Sales Show Positive Trend

SARASOTA, Fla., August 6, 2012 - Neal Communities continued its strong pace of new home sales this year spurred by buyers' purchases of 11 homes each in the Central Park neighborhood of Lakewood Ranch and Woodbrook, a Neal's newest community in south Manatee County. Those 22 sales accounted for slightly more than half of Neal's 44 July purchases and helped push year-to-date sales up to 325, an almost 36% sales improvement to the first seven months of 2011.

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Neal Breaks 2010 Annual Sales Record Halfway Through 2012

SARASOTA, Fla., July 16, 2012 - The demand for housing is high and sales are up. Fresh from celebrating an over 38% year-over-year sales increase during the month of June, the Neal family of companies proudly announces their 300th home sale for 2012.  Neal has surpassed its total annual sales in 2010 and is well on its way to trumping those of 2011.  Read more...

Pat Neal Leading Property Tax Exemption Campaign

SARASOTA, Fla., July 5, 2012 - Former State Senator Pat Neal, President and CEO of Lakewood Ranch-based Neal Communities, will head the "Vote Yes on 10" campaign to amend Florida's Constitution by doubling the current $25,000 exemption on the value of tangible personal property.  Read more...

Neal's Neighborhoods Highlight Rise In New Home Sales

SARASOTA, Fla., July 3, 2012 - With a dozen new home sales in June at Neal Communities' Central Park neighborhood, the Lakewood Ranch-based builder and developer surpassed the 300th home sale mark in that community, which only recently debuted in 2010.

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State Task Force's Research Earns National Honor

SARASOTA, Fla., June 22, 2012 - A Florida TaxWatch research effort headed by Neal Communities' President, Pat Neal, earned the "Most Distinguished Research" award recently from the Government Research Association at its annual conference held in New Orleans.  Read more...

Neal Sponsors Sarasota County Schools' Golf Tournament

SARASOTA, Fla., June 13, 2012 - Neal Communities has again supported Sarasota County schools by contributing to the 4th Annual School District Administrators/School Based Administrators golf tournament at the Gold Sponsorship level. The event was held at Lake Venice Golf Club earlier this spring. The proceeds were used towards college scholarships for seven high school seniors and to fund the 2012 School-Related Employee of the Year awards program. Read more...

Nature Takes Center Stage At Neal Communities' Grand Palm

SARASOTA, Fla., June 11, 2012 - Neal Communities is taking another giant leap forward this summer as it enters the Venice real estate market with the opening of its newest community, Grand Palm, located off River Road.

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Neal Escalates Ranking On National Top 100 List

SARASOTA, Fla., June 4, 2012 - Neal Communities has increased to #67, up from last year's #94, on BUILDER Magazine's top home builder rankings, based on number of closings in the United States in 2011. With 384 closings, the new ranking represents a 41% increase from 2010, which was the first year Neal Communities made the top 100 list.

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Neal Communities' 45 May Sales Span A Dozen Neighborhoods

SARASOTA, Fla., June 1, 2012 - Central Park, the popular Lakewood Ranch community, again led the way for Neal Communities in the number of monthly new home sales this month while sales ratcheted up across a dozen of the builder-developer's Southwest Florida neighborhoods. Read more...

Neal Communities Reinvigorates River's Reach

SARASOTA, Fla., May 31, 2012 - Adapting to the changing real estate market and buyers' needs has always been a strong suit of Neal Communities and its President and CEO, Pat Neal. Now, Neal and his award-winning team plan to offer two unique product lines and build new models when they reopen the 124-lot first phase of River's Reach.

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Central Park's New Home Builders Sell 300 Homes

SARASOTA, Fla., May 25, 2012 - Lakewood Ranch-based home builder Neal Communities, the developer and a builder at Central Park, is pleased to report the 300th home sale in less than two years at the family-friendly neighborhood in Lakewood Ranch. Neal Communities made 250 of the 300 sales, with the other 50 coming from the three additional, distinguished builders including Bruce Williams Homes, Cardel Homes, and Lee Wetherington Homes.

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Neal Hires New Team Members Throughout Company

SARASOTA, Fla., May 24, 2012 - Neal Communities is in the midst of a strong second quarter, fresh off a highly successful first quarter. Recent success has allowed Neal to expand its employment. Nicole Caldwell joined Neal Communities as the Area Sales Manager to work with Neal's Director of Sales and with the others on the sales team. This comes at the time the home builder's sales are up 43% year-to-date. With 54 sales in April, the team is selling an average of 1.8 homes per day.

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Neal Communities Unveils New Social Media Initiatives

SARASOTA, Fla., May 14, 2012 - Neal Communities announced that it has launched a comprehensive, multi-faceted social media program which includes a weekly blog, interactive social media contests, e-newsletters, customer testimonials, realtor recognition programs, and other online initiatives. The decision to expand its social media presence comes as a result of the company experiencing a tremendous increase in website traffic and online communications from customers, homebuyers, and the realtor community.

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Neal Communities' April Sales Continue Rapid 2012 Pace

SARASOTA, Fla., May 1, 2012 - With home sales taking place across all its neighborhoods, Neal Communities sold 54 new homes in April, pushing its year-to-date total to 202. Sales contracts soared to 62 in March at a time when nationwide sales were slipping. Neal's March total nearly doubled its 32 January sales.

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Neal Communities Buys Boca Royale Golf & Country Club

SARASOTA, Fla., May 1, 2012 - Residents of Boca Royale Golf & Country Club will start to welcome a few more neighbors in the coming months and also begin to see significant improvements to the club's facilities and amenities. Neal Communities has purchased the remaining undeveloped land within Boca Royale of the 800-acre premier golf club community in south Sarasota County, including 500 home lots.

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Neal Communities Contributes To Sarasota Tomorrow

SARASOTA, Fla., April 6, 2012 – Neal Communities recently contributed its last pledge payment of $50.000 to the Sarasota Tomorrow initiative of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. The Lakewood Ranch-based company has been proudly committed to Sarasota Tomorrow for several years. This is a collaborative partnership designed to enhance economic development, protect the environment, and improve the overall quality of life throughout Sarasota region.

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March Madness Shoots Neal Communities To Big Sales Month

SARASOTA, Fla., April 2, 2012 — On the heels of February's record 54 home sales, Neal Communities continues its hot 2012 pace, topping that figure with another 64 sales in March. The Lakewood-Ranch-based builder/developer also set a closings record for a single month. Neal's March 2012 sales were the highest number for one month since 1980.

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Neal Communities Sponsors HOPE Family Services' Annual Fundraiser

SARASOTA, Fla., March 30, 2012 – Neal Communities was a $2,000 sponsor of the recent 15th Annual Night of Black and White, a major fundraiser for HOPE Family Services of Bradenton. The mission of HOPE is to provide safety, strength, and well-being for those affected by domestic violence in Manatee County. The St. Patrick's Day-themed event featured music by the Billy Rice Band.

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Neal Communities and John Neal Homes Partner With Humane Society

SARASOTA, Fla., March 28, 2012 – Neal Communities and John Neal Homes were title sponsors of the annual Humane Society of Manatee County's (HSMC) "Paws in Motion" walk, held last weekend in downtown Bradenton. The event and the kick-off party the night before were major fundraisers for the Humane Society's innovative programs and services. The HSMC's mission is to create a No-Kill community where animals receive the compassion and respect they deserve.

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Neal Communities Brings Technology To The Classroom

SARASOTA, Fla., March 28, 2012 – Neal Communities recently contributed funds to purchase an ActivBoard for Sister Marianne Baehr's 4th Grade class. Often known as a "smart board", this ActivBoard is an interactive white board that enhances learning and provides greater flexibility to teachers.  Today's children are comfortable with technology and respond well to these teaching tools.

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Neal Communities Helps Fund Computers For Eternity Temple

SARASOTA, Fla., March 27, 2012 – Neal Communities recently donated $1,500 to Eternity Temple Washington Park Community Development Corporation, Inc. (ETWPCDC) to purchase computers for their Welcome Center. ETWPCDC set up the not-for-profit 501 c (3) in 2001 in order to help meet the urgent needs of the people in their community. Neal Communities has contributed to the organization since 2006.

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Neal Communities Sponsors Student Trip To Nation's Capital

SARASOTA, Fla., March 26, 2012 – Neal Communities has contributed $2,500 to the Educational Consultants Consortium in Palmetto to help with the non-profit's work with Manatee County students. The group strives to bridge the gap between home and school and works directly with at-risk families. The Palmetto facility focuses on tutoring, enrichment, and educational excellence. The trip to Washington, D.C. was designed to both inspire and educate the students that attended.

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Neal Communities Leads 2012 Parade of Homes

SARASOTA Fla., March 9, 2012 – Lakewood Ranch-based Neal Communities is proud to report another successful Parade of Homes season. Neal Communities received 27 awards, Neal Signature Homes received two awards, and Charlene Neal PureStyle receiving three. Collectively, Neal and its divisions won the most awards of any participant, leading the next closest contestant by over a dozen awards. A variety of Neal's homes were entered, and awarded, in the 2012 Parade – spotlighting Neal's skillful understanding of the current housing market demand.

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Boca Royale Semper Fi Fund Partners With Neal Communities

SARASOTA, Fla., March 8, 2012 - Southwest Florida – The Boca Royale Semper Fi Fund recently received a huge boost from Bradenton-based builder Pat Neal and Neal Communities. As his company has become more active in southern Sarasota County, Neal has expanded his philanthropic presence southward, beginning with a $10,000 contribution to the Semper Fi Fund.

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Neal Communities' February Sales Sets Record

SARASOTA, Fla., March 1, 2012 — With 54 sales in February, Neal Communities surpassed its biggest single month of home sales in the past decade. Not since February 2004, when the Lakewood Ranch-based homebuilder recorded 52 sales in a month, has the company achieved such high sales volume.

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Neal Communities Sponsors Tappercise To Benefit Tidewell Hospice

SARASOTA, Fla., February 28, 2012 - Neal Communities was the major sponsor of the recent 15th Annual Tappercise benefit event held at the Venice Theatre. This is a high-energy variety show with several dance acts. This year's show raised over $8,500, exceeding 2011's fundraising by more than $2,000. Read more...

Neal's Woodbrook Continues To Sell Strong

SARASOTA, Fla., February 16, 2012 – Since Woodbrook's grand opening in November 2011, there have been 32 new home sales community-wide. Neal's newest neighborhood is located just south of the intersection of Lockwood Ridge Road and Honore Avenue – minutes from commercial centers in Sarasota, Bradenton, and Lakewood Ranch. Woodbrook's amenities are all fully constructed and ready for residents to move in and enjoy. Read more...

Neal's Mortgage Division Announces Name Change And New Hire

SARASOTA, Fla., February 15, 2012 – Neal Communities has changed the name of its mortgage company from First Continental Mortgage to State Street Mortgage. The small name change speaks largely and more accurately to the company's strong commitment to local and home-town service.

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Neal Communities Now Offers Title Services - Home Builder Launches Allegiant Title Professionals

SARASOTA, Fla., February 14, 2012 – Neal Communities has created Allegiant Title Professionals to provide outstanding title services for home buyers. The extensive experience of the professionals involved, combined with the Neal standards of excellence, make Allegiant a leader in the industry. The closing process is in the capable hands of seasoned employees of Allegiant Title Professionals and lawyers and paralegals of Icard Merrill, one of the oldest and most respected law firms in southwest Florida. Title services will be available for Neal Communities' home buyers as well as other sellers, purchasers, and lenders in need of closing services and title insurance.

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Neal Communities Proudly Supports Take Stock In Children

SARASOTA, Fla., February 14, 2012 – Neal Communities recently continued its support of local children by sponsoring the 5th Annual Leadership Pray Breakfast benefiting Take Stock in Children of Manatee County. Pat Neal announced the special guest, Bishop Frank Dewane of the Diocese of Venice, at the event. The keynote speaker was Mark Fernandez, senior vice president of the Tampa Bay Rays. Hundreds of local dignitaries, business, religious, educational, and community leaders were in attendance.

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Neal Communities Starts 2012 With Higher Sales, Traffic

 SARASOTA, Fla., February 3, 2012 - Neal Communities continued its rise in home sales where it left off in 2011, recording a 43% increase in January with 33 homes sold – 10 more than the same month a year ago.

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Neal Communities Expands Into Lee and Collier Counties

SARASOTA, Fla., February. 1, 2012 – Capitalizing on the national notoriety of being named America's Best Builder by BUILDER magazine and a record-breaking 2011 that has continued its momentum into 2012, Neal Communities has begun its home building business expansion into Lee and Collier counties.

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Neal Communities Partners With Palmetto Youth Center

SARASOTA, Fla., January 24, 2012– Neal Communities recently contributed $2,000 to the Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Banquet, held by the Palmetto Youth Center. The banquet, held on January 13, was a stellar night for about 500-600 guests that included elected officials and other influential citizens in the community. The banquet serves as a kick-off for a weekend of events that included a parade, talent show, and a religious service.

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Neal Communities Helps Sponsor Manatee County Fair

SARASOTA, Fla., January 20, 2012 – Neal Communities loves the Manatee County Fair and has long been a supporter of the event. This year, the home builder is sponsoring the ever-popular Rock-It the Robot. The 9 foot tall automation is a favorite of children and adults of all ages. The Fair, which is currently running, attracts thousands of visitors every year. The theme for 2012 is "A Star Spangled Year".

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Neal Communities Named 2012 America's Best Builder By BUILDER Magazine

SARASOTA, Fla., January 3, 2012 -  Southwest Florida – Finishing out what has been one of the company's best years ever— with a total of 403 sales and 376 closings in 2011— Neal Communities has earned top honors from BUILDER magazine by being named the 2012 America's Best Builder in the 100-500 closings category. Read more...

Neal Communities Celebrates Record Breaking Success In 2011

SARASOTA, Fla., December 30, 2011 - Neal Communities celebrated an outstanding year with over 375 closings and 451 gross contracts spanning all price points. The average sales price was $283,867, contributing to a sales volume of over $115 million. This represents a 45% increase in sales over last year, making 2011 one of the most successful years in company history.

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Waterscapes Pools & Spas Reports Record Sales In 2011

SARASOTA, Fla., December 30, 2011 - Waterscapes Pools & Spas— a division of Neal Communities— had 153 pool sales and 142 completed permits in 2011, making them the #1 pool builder in Manatee County. Waterscapes is only two-and-a-half years old and yet is one of the most active pool companies in Florida, with one source estimating the company is ranked #8 in the State.

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Neal Communities Proudly Introduces Grand Palm - Neal's First New Community In Venice

SARASOTA, Fla., December 22, 2011 - Neal Communities has begun development and construction of the first phase of the Grand Palm community, located in Venice. After seven years of planning and working with the county, this is one of the first neighborhood approvals under the Sarasota 2050 initiative. The community will exemplify Neal’s commitment to sustainability, low-impact design, and economic stimulation.

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Neal Communities Strengthens Families With Family Partnership Center

SARASOTA, Fla., December 14, 2011 - Neal Communities contributed $1000 to the Family Partnership Center’s 100 Hole Golf Marathon, held at the Ritz Carlton Members Golf Club earlier this fall. This was a unique golf outing where the golfers had exclusive use of the golf course for the entire day. Neal Communities was a corporate sponsor at the suggestion of local Realtor® Susan Hilton, a friend of both Neal and the Family Partnership Center.

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Neal Communities Helps Kiwanis Club Of Lakewood Ranch

SARASOTA, Fla., December 13, 2011 - Neal Communities donated funds earlier this fall to the Kiwanis Club of Lakewood Ranch for the club’s golf tournament, held at the Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club. Due to decreased funding for extracurricular activities, high school athletics have suffered county-wide. The goal of the tournament was to provide an opportunity for high school students to play in a tournament alongside other local teams and business leaders. It was held on a Wednesday, when Manatee students have a short school day.

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Neal Communities Sponsors Annual "My Favorite Home" Contest

SARASOTA, Fla., December 12, 2011 - Neal Communities recently sponsored its annual “My Favorite Home” art contest at Robert E. Willis Elementary School, located in Country Club East in Lakewood Ranch. Students in all grade levels participated in the program in which they each created an image of a home on paper. The Willis teachers selected the top five for each grade level. Then, a group of community leaders chose the winner for each grade. The collage made by Hannah Coutsolioutsos in Mrs. Flynn's second grade class will appear on the front of the Neal Communities holiday card this year. A photo of all the winners along with Pat and Charlene Neal, art instructor Aaron Cratty, and principal Bill Stenger will be on the back of the card.

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Neal Communities Helps Kiddie Academy Feed Empty Little Tummies

SARASOTA, Fla., December 2, 2011 - Neal Communities has contributed $500 to help the Kiddie Academy’s Apple Gala raise funds for Elks Feeding Empty Little Tummies (E.F.E.L.T.). The mission of E.F.E.L.T. is to provide food for the weekends for homeless elementary students. They do this by filling back packs with foods that the children can easily prepare and eat over the weekends, when there is no school breakfast and lunch program. The Neal Communities contribution, combined with the $4000 raised at the Gala’s silent auction, raised enough to feed 100 children for one year. The Manatee school board estimates there are about 2000 children who are homeless—living in cars, group homes or motels.

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Neal Communities Sets A Sales Record In November

SARASOTA, Fla., December 1, 2011 - Neal Communities signed 48 contracts for home sales in November, making it the best sales month this year. The buyers represent a cross-section of first-time buyers, empty-nesters, families, and second home owners who were taking advantage of the low interest rates and great home values. The activity was strong across all prices ranges and in all of the neighborhoods where Neal is building. There were 18 contracts alone in Woodbrook, Neal’s newest community. There have been 365 contracts so far this year, putting 2011 on track as a record-setting year.

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Gail Shane & Friends Moves To Sarasota Talk Radio WSRQ

SARASOTA, Fla., November 30, 2011 - Gail Shane & Friends, now in its third year on the air, recently moved to Sarasota Talk Radio WSRQ 106.9 FM & 1220 AM. Gail Shane— the show’s creator, host, and executive producer— has served as the Realtor Liaison with Neal Communities for almost 5 of her 8 years with the home builder. Each week, a different Realtor® is selected to co-host the show with Shane. A local business and a non-profit organization are also featured. The show airs Saturday mornings from 10-11 AM and is archived online at www.GailShane.com or www.sarasotatalkradio.com.

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Charlene Neal PureStyle Decorates Homes In Belleisle

SARASOTA, Fla., November 16, 2011 - Neal Communities is teaming with Christmas Traditions by Lux-Art Silks to create two holiday-themed model homes in the Belleisle neighborhood of Country Club East in Lakewood Ranch. The homes’ interiors, designed by Charlene Neal PureStyle, will showcase two distinct holiday decorating styles. The homes will be decorated and open November 18 & 19, 10 AM to 5:30 PM and noon to 5 PM on Sunday, November 20.

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Neal Communities Signs 12 Contracts During Woodbrook's First Weekend Open

SARASOTA, Fla., November 14, 2011 - Neal Communities opened its newest neighborhood, Woodbrook on November 5 and welcomed hundreds of visitors and signed 12 contracts. The community, located off Lockwood Ridge and Honore Avenue, includes homes priced from the low $100,000s and ranging from 1079 to 2535 sf. Woodbrook is convenient to Bradenton, Sarasota, and Lakewood Ranch and will consist of 213 homes at completion. Amenities in the community include a pool, spa, cabana, grill, and playground.

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Neal Communities Starts The Fourth Quarter Strong - Lakewood Ranch Home Sales Healthy In October

SARASOTA, Fla., November 3, 2011 - The rate of sales in October was anything but falling for Neal Communities. The company signed 29 contracts, with notably robust sales in Lakewood Ranch. There were 14 contracts in Central Park at Lakewood Ranch; 3 in River Sound, and 5 in Forest Creek. In the Lakewood Ranch Country Club, there were 2 in Edenmore, 2 in Greystone, and 2 in Belleisle at Country Club East. There was also 1 sale at Arlington Cove in Venice.

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B.D. Gullett Students Benefit Indoors And Outdoors Thanks To Gifts From Neal Communities And Other Businesses

SARASOTA, Fla., October 27, 2011 - Neal Communities was a lead sponsor of the Third Annual B.D. Gullett Golf Challenge, held at University Park Country Club. Neal contributed $7,800. The event, organized by the school’s PTO, raised $36,705, which beat their goal of $30,000. The Challenge included 110 golfers and also featured a variety of raffles and prizes donated by various businesses. The money will be used to purchase a portable computer cart with 20 laptops and classroom resources, as well as to fund field trips. Neal Communities contributed $2,800 specifically to purchase the site license for the Accelerated Reader program.

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Neal Communities Serves Up Support For Venice High School Volleyball

SARASOTA, Fla., October 13, 2011 - Neal Communities has donated $1300 to the Venice High School Volleyball program. The funds will be used for equipment, software, and other needs of the team. The Lakewood Ranch-based home builder is now actively building in three communities in Venice.

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Neal Communities' Wisteria Park Almost Sold Out - Only Nine Opportunities Available

SARASOTA, Fla., October 12, 2011 - Wisteria Park in northwest Bradenton is now the last community available for families who wish to live in a new home within an established area. Wisteria Park is the neighborhood developed by Neal Communities with mature landscaping, no CDD fees, well-constructed homes, and appealing amenities in an ideal location near the beach. The dynamic neighborhood now has just four home sites, four feature homes, and one model home (by Charlene Neal PureStyle) available for sale through Neal Communities. Those who like to walk, jog, or ride bikes will find ample opportunities within and nearby Wisteria Park. It offers the beauty of the beach, the charm of the country, and the convenience of a town center.

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Neal Communities Helps Make Back-To-School Better

SARASOTA, Fla., October 5, 2011 - Neal Communities recently contributed to the South County Community Redevelopment Agency’s (CRA) back to school back pack program. About 700 backpacks were given to south county students who had a need. In addition to the donation from Neal Communities, Bealls Department stores, N and M Cool Today, and area churches also contributed funds. The Manatee YMCA helped with distribution of the backpacks. Neal Communities donated $600 and John Neal Homes contributed $400 for the Harllee Middle School students.

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Neal Communities Reports Success After Hosting "Our Trade Partners Are Worth Gold" Event

SARASOTA, Fla., October 4, 2011 - Since Neal Communities is building more homes and creating new communities throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties, the company has had a need for additional vendors and trade partners. Construction schedules have shortened, putting more demand on current partners. Waterscapes Pools & Spas, Neal’s pool division, has also been in need of trade partners. In order to meet this growing demand, the Lakewood Ranch-based home builder hosted the “Our Trade Partners Are Worth Gold” event on September 22 at the Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch.

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Neal Communities Named A "Local Powerhouse" In Homebuilding - 39 Contracts Signed In September

SARASOTA, Fla., October 3, 2011 - The Bradenton-Sarasota housing market has been named by BUILDER magazine as one of the 10 healthiest housing markets, based on forecasts through 2012. The magazine estimates that housing prices will rise 2.8 percent next year, and the employment rate is expected to rise 3.7 percent. Neal Communities was cited in the article as a “local powerhouse” in terms of permit activity. Neal Communities wrote 39 contracts in September—a 90 % increase over August and a 111% increase over September, 2010. The Lakewood Ranch-based home builder has written more than 290 contracts in 2011 and is on track to sell 397 homes this year with expectations of surpassing 500 in 2012.

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Charlene Neal PureStyle Interior Design Company Passes $1 Million In Sales For 2011

SARASOTA, Fla., September 23, 2011 - Charlene Neal PureStyle, Inc. recently celebrated their 1 year anniversary for expanding/opening the business to the general public. Known in the industry for their model merchandising, the company decided to expand and provide the same interior design services to residential private clientele. In the last year, PureStyle has provided full design services for over 38 residential clients and surpassed over $1.1 million in total company sales.

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Neal Communities Sells Six Condos In The First 10 Days After Re-Launching Sales Efforts

SARASOTA, Fla., September 19, 2011 - Neal Communities recently re-opened its community at The Harborage to resounding success. Michelle Hunt, new homes sales representative at The Harborage, sold six condominium homes in just 10 days.

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Neal Communities Has 25 Sales In August - Lakewood Ranch Builder Finds More Bright Spots In This Market

SARASOTA, Fla., September 1, 2011 - Neal Communities finished the summer strong with 25 contracts signed in August. There was strong activity in all home types and communities in Lakewood Ranch as well as Venice, Bradenton, and Parrish. The home builder has sold more than 290 homes this year and has already passed its sales numbers from last year. Additionally, there is strong support from real estate professionals. So far in 2011, Realtors® have chosen Neal homes 168 times for their clients.

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Neal Communities Contributes To Ward Temple A.M.E. Summer Program For Children

SARASOTA, Fla., August 23, 2011 – Neal Communities has donated to the ongoing operating expenses of the Summer Community Outreach Program of Enrichment (S.C.O.P.E.). The program, held at the Ward Temple A.M.E. facility on 5TH Street West in Bradenton, operated on weekdays from 8 am to 5:30 pm during the summer vacation. The program was open to children from ages 4 to 17.

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Gail Shane And Friends Celebrates Second Anniversary

SARASOTA, Fla., August 11, 2011 – Gail Shane & Friends is now celebrating two years on the air with WTMY Radio AM 1280. Gail Shane— the show’s creator, host, and executive producer— has served as the Realtor Liaison for Neal Communities for the past seven years. Each week, this lively, one-hour talk show features a different local Realtor® who serves as co-host of the show. Gail and her co-host invite a business and a non-profit organization to be featured as well.  The show airs Saturday mornings at 10 and is archived for listeners any time at www.gailshane.com.

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Neal Communities' Sales In July Are Maintaining Strong Momentum

SARASOTA, Fla., August 2, 2011 – Summer home sales continue to move at a record pace for Neal Communities, with July posting 35 signed contracts, on par with July 2010, when Neal opened the much-anticipated Central Park at Lakewood Ranch. Read more...

Neal Communities' Central Park At Lakewood Ranch Celebrates Its First Birthday - 143 Homes Sold

SARASOTA, Fla., July 26, 2011 – Central Park at Lakewood Ranch is marking its first birthday with a weekend event celebrating the neighborhood’s success.  Community-wide, there are 15 open models and have been 143 home sales. The community’s developer, Neal Communities, is responsible for 130 of the 143 sales and 11 of the 15 models. The Lakewood Ranch based builder has won 19 Parade of Homes awards for Central Park in addition to two 2011 Aurora Awards. Central Park won the Aurora and the Grand Aurora for best residential community under 500 acres.

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Neal Communities Wins Three Aurora Awards In 2011 - In Total, 47 - More Than Any Other Home Builder In The Area

SARASOTA, Fla., July 25, 2011 – The Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) has awarded the Neal family of companies, all Lakewood Ranch based companies, three Auroras in this year’s Aurora Awards competition. The awards were presented during the SEBC’s Black Tie Gala/Spectacular at the Rosen Centre in Orlando on July 23, 2011. The Auroras are highly-respected awards, recognized for their rigorous competition and judging by distinguished home building professionals. Leisa Weintraub, John Neal, and Stephanie Nolan accepted the awards on behalf of the companies. Read more...

Waterscapes Pools & Spas Is Surfing Into Summer - Picturesque Pools Are All The Rage With Buyers

SARASOTA, Fla., July 21, 2011 – Waterscapes Pools & Spas has sold 97 pools in the first half of 2011, putting the company 17 percent ahead of projections. Waterscapes is building pools for new home buyers, existing homeowners, and communities. Higher pool sales are a sign of increased consumer confidence, as home buyers feel assured that values will increase and believe homes are a strong investment. Waterscapes is a division of Neal Communities that began a little less than two years ago. In that time, the company has sold 226 pools.

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The American Dream Remains Supreme For Neal Homebuyers - 37 Contracts Make This Neal's Best June Since 2004

SARASOTA, Fla., July 1, 2011 - Proving the American Dream remains alive, Neal Communities’ robust June 2011 ended with 37 signed contracts. This count surpasses every June sales record the company has had since 2004.

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Neal Communities Opens Longview Lake Park In Central Park At Lakewood Ranch

SARASOTA, Fla., June 30, 2011 – Neal Communities opens Longview Lake Park, the newest neighborhood of new homes in Central Park at Lakewood Ranch. There are 136 home sites, for homes from 2267 to 2912 square feet—the largest Neal is building in Central Park. Neal’s new Harmony model, a three bedroom, two bath with bonus room home, is now open to the public. There will be four models from the Bradenton home builder, all priced from the mid $200,000s. Longview Lake Park is the sixth and final neighborhood to open in Central Park, and the Harmony is Neal’s 11th model featured in Central Park.

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Neal Communities Breaks Ground In Woodbrook

SARASOTA, Fla., June 6, 2011 - Construction for Neal Communities' new neighborhood, Woodbrook, is now underway. The new community is located off of Lockwood Ridge Road and Honore Avenue, just south of State Road 70, across from Neal's nearly sold out Mandalay community. At completion, there will be 213 single family homes, ranging from 1079 sq ft to 2535 sq ft which include the Cottage and Celebration series of homes. Pricing will begin in the low $100,000s and the community is set to open in the fall of 2011.

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Neal Communities Creates Local Recovery - So Far In 2011: Businesses Added, People Hired, 152 Homes Sold

SARASOTA, Fla., June 1, 2011 – Neal Communities signed 44 contracts in May, making this the second biggest month, so far, in a year of exemplary sales success. Neal’s performance in May 2011 shows a 95% increase over May 2010. The company has not only sold new homes, it has also added new divisions and hired more professional staff. Additionally, Neal has started developing new communities in Manatee and Sarasota, creating hundreds of affiliated jobs.

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Neal Communities Commits To 50 Years Of Contributions To Boys & Girls Clubs Of Manatee County Foundation

SARASOTA, Fla., May 31, 2011 - Neal Communities has committed to donate 1/4 percent of the closing price of every home sold in Canoe Creek to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County Foundation for the next 50 years. This applies to newly constructed homes as well as re-sales. The contribution to the Boys & Girls Clubs could add up to several hundred thousand dollars over five decades.

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Neal Communities Joins Imagine School's Walk For Technology

SARASOTA, Fla., May 26, 2011 – Neal Communities is partnering with Imagine School at Lakewood Ranch to help them raise funds to purchase Apple Tablets for students.  Neal Communities is contributing $500 to the school’s first Run-a-Thon/Walk-A-Thon, in which students and staff secured pledges for each minute they run or walk. The public charter school is completing its third year educating VPK through eighth grade students. During the 2011-2012 school year, Imagine will welcome 130 additional students, bringing its total enrollment to 730.

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Neal Communities Introduces First Continental Mortgage, Ltd

SARASOTA, Fla., May 23, 2011 – Neal Communities has entered a joint venture to create First Continental Mortgage, Ltd. As an affiliated business, First Continental will offer mortgages first to Neal new home buyers and then to other new and re-sale buyers. The company has hired its first loan officer, Todd Boese, a veteran of more than 12 years in the mortgage industry in the Sarasota/Bradenton area.

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Belleisle At Country Club East Takes Flight

SARASOTA, Fla., May 17, 2011 – Neal Communities is moving forward quickly in Belleisle in Country Club East in Lakewood Ranch. Since opening in February, there have been 19 sales in Belleisle. Buyers are attracted to these highly-valued homes thanks to features like tile roofing, brick paver driveways, and the community’s desirable location within Lakewood Ranch. The neighborhood has 10 available floor plans and 4 brand new models. Most enjoy views of the golf course, preserves or lakes.

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Neal Communities Ranked In Top 100 Nationally

SARASOTA, Fla., May 13, 2011 – BUILDER Magazine has ranked Neal Communities #94 among home builders in the United States based on number of closings in 2010.  With 272 closings, this represents a 55 percent increase over 2009, where the company was ranked #126. It is one of only two privately owned, Florida builders on the list.

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Forest Creek Turns Up The Volume And Cruises Into Its Newest Phase

SARASOTA, Fla., May 12, 2011 – After selling 17 homes in Forest Creek in March, and nearly 30 since the beginning of the year, Neal Communities is preparing to introduce the Cruise series of homes in a new section of the community. The Cruise series of homes range from 1040 to 1509 square feet, with contemporary floor plans, designs and landscape. These homes have sold well in River Sound, which is now almost sold out. Forest Creek is known as the community that launched the very popular cottage homes in February 2008, helping to keep sales of new homes competitive during the real estate downturn. Read more...

Neal Communities Gives Away $1 Million Of Incentives

SARASOTA, Fla., May 9, 2011 - New home buyers during the second quarter will receive $1 Million dollars in credit towards options or closing costs, making this an even better time to buy. The program is working well, as people are coming into model homes with incentives in mind and ready to buy. The Million Dollar Giveaway applies to anyone purchasing a Neal Communities home in Sarasota or Manatee.

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Neal Communities Now Building In Arlington Cove

SARASOTA, Fla., May 5, 2011 - Neal Communities is now building in the Arlington Cove community in Englewood, where villas will be priced from $159,990. The Lakewood Ranch-based homebuilder will complete the community, which will include 76 paired villas, located just off Route 776 south of Jacaranda Boulevard. Arlington Cove is conveniently located within four miles of three white sand beaches, excellent boating, fine dining and shopping, public and private golf and tennis clubs, and outstanding health care facilities.

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Neal Communities Joins the Crew by Partnering with Palmetto High School Rowing Team

SARASOTA, Fla., May 4, 2011 – Neal Communities is partnering with Palmetto High School’s rowing team to help the team purchase necessary equipment by contributing $2000. The rowing team’s home is the new Fort Hamer rowing facility in Parrish, Florida. Neal Communities is currently building in two communities, River’s Reach and Forest Creek, both within the Palmetto High School zoning district.

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Neal Leads the Way Out of Recession Selling More Than One Home a Day in April

SARASOTA, Fla., May 2, 2011 - The signs point to a local housing rebound—buyers are back, inventories are declining and consumer confidence is increasing. Neal Communities signed 35 contracts in April—more than one per day. The Lakewood Ranch neighborhoods of Belleisle and Central Park accounted for more than half of the activity. The numbers point to continued sales success in Manatee and Sarasota, as Florida moves out of the recession.

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Neal Communities Sells Its 100th Home in Central Park

SARASOTA, Fla., April 25, 2011 – Central Park, the newest community in Lakewood Ranch, has sold more than 100 homes since opening less than nine months ago, averaging more than 11 homes sold each month. Neal Communities, the developer and one of the builders in Central Park, has opened five of the six neighborhoods within the 380-acre, gated community. The community opened last summer with Piedmont Park, Forest Park and Brickell Park and offered homes up to 2400 sq. ft. The community now offers homes up to 3000 sq. ft. and lot sizes that are larger in Claremont Park and Gramercy Park. At completion, there will be over 800 homes, ranging from 1040 to about 3000 square feet, with prices ranging from the $130s to $400s.

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Neal Communities Sponsors Nolan Night On Main Street

SARASOTA, Fla., April 19, 2011 – Neal Communities is a Platinum Sponsor for the second annual Nolan Night on Main Street on Saturday, May 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. Read more...

Neal Communities Welcomes Lee Wetherington Homes to Central Park

SARASOTA, Fla., April 18, 2011 – Neal Communities is pleased to welcome another Lakewood Ranch-based homebuilder, Lee Wetherington Homes, to Central Park at Lakewood Ranch. In addition to Neal Communities, there are now three other companies that are building homes in this exciting community that just opened in July, 2010. Lee Wetherington will be building in the Longview Lake Park neighborhood, which has the largest home sites in the community. Their first model is the Springfield II, a two-story, 2945 square foot home.

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Neal Communities Donates to Sarasota Heat Softball Team

SARASOTA, Fla., April 14, 2011 - Neal Communities is the premier tournament sponsor for the Sarasota Heat 4th Annual Golf Tournament. The Sarasota Heat 14/Under Girls Fastpitch Softball Team is a non-profit organization that provides an opportunity for girls to play softball. The golf tournament takes place April 23 at Legacy Golf Club in Lakewood Ranch.

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GE Appliances Names Neal Communities "2010 Single Family Builder of the Year"

SARASOTA, Fla., April 8, 2011 – GE Appliances recently named Neal Communities its “2010 Single Family Builder of the Year”. The Lakewood Ranch-based homebuilder was chosen from a seven-county region for its continued commitment to excellence in the homebuilding industry.

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Neal Communities Takes a Stand for Pets

SARASOTA, Fla., April 6, 2011 - As a part of its ongoing commitment to improving the overall quality of life of the community, Neal Communities is stepping up as a sponsor of the Humane Society of Manatee County’s (HSMC) Paws in Motion event. This is one of the two major fundraisers the Humane Society holds to support operations. The Paws in Motion dog walk takes place Saturday, April 9 at 9 am along the Riverfront in downtown Bradenton.

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March Sales Up 100% From Last Year

SARASOTA, Fla., April 1, 2011 – The first Quarter of 2011 finished strong for Neal Communities, with a total of 47 sales signed for the month of March and 107 for the quarter.  This represents a 100 % increase over March 2010 and an 85% increase in sales over the first quarter of 2010. In March, activity remained vigorous as buyers realized that prices are not going any lower and the home they want may very well not remain available. These are solid buyers, not speculators or investors.

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Neal Communities Leads The Parade with 37 Awards

SARASOTA, Fla., March 18, 2011 -Neal Communities swept the Parade of Homes by winning 37 awards—which is three times the number of awards won by any other builder and 13 more than the company won last year. In addition to Neal Communities, three of its divisions--Neal Signature Homes, Charlene Neal pureStyle and Waterscapes Pools & Spas—won awards. The model homes are located throughout Manatee County. The homes range from cottages to country club luxury models.

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Neal Communities Signs 39 Contracts in 28 Days

SARASOTA, Fla., March 18, 2011 – Neal Communities signed 39 contracts in the month of February at an average home price of more than $300,000, making this an exceptional month. This represents an increase of 85 percent in number of contracts over last year and the best month for sales since February 2004. Also noteworthy, there were 950 potential buyers who visited the community, representing a 95 percent increase over last February and the highest number of visitors since March of 2008.

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Neal Communities Opens Belleisle: Resort Style Living Within Country Club East

SARASOTA, Fla., February 16, 2011 - Just in time for the Parade of Homes, Neal Communities is opening Belleisle, the newest neighborhood in Lakewood Ranch’s Country Club East.  There are four models—two from the new Carefree Mediterranean style. The others are Neoclassical, the best selling style that sold so quickly in the Lismore neighborhood of Country Club West. The 173 home sites surround the new and exciting Residents Club, a Resort Style Recreation Center.

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The Perfect Storm: Blizzards in the North Drive Home Buyers to Florida

SARASOTA, Fla., February 1, 2011 - With 23 signed contracts, Neal Communities has posted a 50 percent increase over January 2010. Also during this time, there was a 40 percent increase in the number of prospective buyers visiting Neal Communities’ model homes.

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Neal Communities Adds Fun to the Fair by Sponsoring Events

SARASOTA, Fla., January 20, 2011 - Continuing in their commitment to the Manatee County Fair, Pat Neal and Neal Communities are again contributing generously to the event. This year, the Lakewood Ranch-based home builder is donating $3,500 to fund the petting zoo and pig races at the fair, which is going on now through the 23rd.

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Neal Communites Has December to Remember with Record Sales and Permits

SARASOTA, Fla., January 14, 2010 - Neal Communities had good reason to celebrate in December. The Lakewood Ranch-based homebuilder signed 17 contracts during the typically slow month and finished the year with 275 signed contracts and 295 secured building permits, setting a ten-year record of activity for the company and making Neal the top single family home builder in Southwest Florida. The last time Neal experienced so much activity was during the housing boom in 2004 when it signed 264 contracts.

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