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DECEMBER 7, 2009 HEADLINE: Fred Williams Homebuilder, Inc.: A Second Harvest Food Bank Donation Drop-Off Location

second-harvest-food-bank.20100326-100156_thm.jpgPOOLER, GA - Fred Williams Homebuilder, Inc. is a drop-off point for Second Harvest Food Bank’s annual holiday food drive. Donations can be made at the Fred Williams Homebuilder corporate office located at 100 Commerce Court in Pooler from 8am-5pm throughout the holiday season.

Items most urgently needed are non-perishable meats and proteins such as canned ham, chicken or fish, peanut butter, soup, beans or peas. Please make sure all donations are labeled and unopened.

America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia distributes food to charitable food programs directly from their warehouse facility located in Savannah. Over 300 charitable programs in 21 coastal Georgia counties receive food donations to distribute in their local communities.  

DECEMBER 1, 2009 HEADLINE: Fred Williams Homebuilder Welcomes Connie Gallo

new-homes-savannah-connie-gallo.20100326-102821_thm.jpgPOOLER, GA-Connie Gallo has joined Fred Williams New Home Sales, Inc. as an integral part of their Fred Williams Homebuilder, Inc. A life-long resident to the Coastal Empire, Connie brings years of experience in new home sales and first hand knowledge of the area's growing market to her buyers. She will be selling on-site at all five Fred Williams Homebuilders, Inc communities.

"Connie's education, integrity, practical experience and commitment have resulted in tremendous success," said Stevie Williams, Sales Manager of Fred Williams New Home Sales. "We are proud to welcome her to our top producing team of Sales Professionals." READ MORE

OCTOBER 8, 2009 HEADLINE: House Votes to Extend First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit for Service Members

NATIONAL (www.usnews.com: By Luke Mullin)- Amid mounting speculation over the future of the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit, Congress moved today to give American service members another 12 months to claim the popular incentive. The House of Representatives voted 416 to 0 to pass the Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act of 2009, which pushes the credit's current November 30 deadline back an additional year for members of the military, Foreign Service, and intelligence corps who served at least three months of qualified overseas duty in 2009. "This bill makes sure that the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day get to enjoy the same benefits as every other American who benefits from their service," said Rep. Charles Rangel, the New York Democrat who introduced the bill. "By extending the first-time homebuyer tax credit for service members overseas, we give these families more time to utilize the benefit, while also helping our economy continue its recovery." Here are five things you need to know about the development. READ MORE

SEPTEMBER 21, 2009 HEADLINE: What's wrong with this soil?

pooler-soil.20100326-101843_thm.jpgSAVANNAH (Savannah Morning News)---Fred Williams eyed the bare spot in the lawn behind his Pooler offices and decided to take a soil sample.

The local homebuilder dug up dirt from several spots nearby, bagged it and sent the sample to Clemson University's Agricultural Service Laboratory.

The report came back a few days later: The pH of the soil measured 3.0, or roughly as acidic as vinegar. Acidic enough to leach through foreign soil put atop it, like fill dirt. READ MORE

JULY 28 ,2009 HEADLINE: Market up for local builders

SAVANNAH (Savannah Morning News)-Savannah home builders could soon be plugging in their nail guns and electric saws again.The Commerce Department on Monday reported a significant jump in the sale of new homes nationally in June. The trend is starting to show up locally as well, area home builders said, particularly in houses priced under $300,000. READ MORE

JULY 14, 2009 HEADLINE: Fred Williams Homebuilder Welcomes Rebecca Lingle

new-homes-savannah-rebecca-lingle.20100326-085233_thm.jpgPOOLER, GA-Rebecca (Copley) Lingle has joined Fred Williams Homebuilder as an integral part of their elite New Home Sales Team. A native of Savannah, Rebecca brings years of experience in both resale and new home sales with extensive knowledge of the area's growing market to share with her buyers.

Rebecca is a 2003 graduate of Berry College and a 1999 graduate of South Effingham High School. Her degree in Public Relations led her to serve as the Director of Communications for Food for the Hungry during her year long mission work in Costa Rica. READ MORE

JUNE 26, 2009 HEADLINE: Port Wentworth Residents Speak Out

new-homes-savannah-port-wentworth-residents.20100326-085551_thm.jpgPORT WENTWORTH (The Coastal Source: By Britt Middleton) - Port Wentworth residents shared more than just close quarters the city hall meeting this evening - they share the goal of extending Benton Boulevard into Port Wentworth. It gives the community access to two new schools -- West Chatham Preparatory and the K- 8 School at Godley Station.

"It means a lot because that means it would be in an area where kids think they do have a future - and they have a different way of thinking and doing things," says Port Wentworth resident Melvin Raymond. READ MORE

JUNE 26, 2009 HEADLINE: Study OK'd for extending Benton Boulevard

PORT WENTWORTH (Savannah Morning News: By Michael Atkins) - Municipal leaders in Port Wentworth voted Thursday evening to conduct a feasibility study on extending Benton Boulevard to Meinhard Road - a project some residents hope will pave the way for a new charter high school

JUNE 22, 2009 HEADLINE: Homebuyer Tax Credit Could Expand

new_homes_savannah_homebuyer-tax-credit-could-expand.20100326-083601_thm.jpgNATIONAL (Realtor Magazine) - A first-time home buyer tax credit of up to $8,000 has helped to move housing inventory during an otherwise sluggish real estate cycle. Now both legislators and the business community are hoping to build on the incentive's success by expanding it.

A number of bills have been introduced in the House and the Senate that lobby for an expansion of the measure. Among the proposed changes READ MORE

JUNE 1, 2009 HEADLINE: Borrowers With FHA Mortgages Can Use Tax Credit at Closing

new-homes-savannah-fha-mortgages.20100326-084309_thm.jpgNATIONAL (BUILDER 2009: By Alison Rice) - First-time buyers using FHA financing will be able to use their $8,000 federal housing tax credit at the closing table, rather than waiting for a tax refund, according to an FHA document released today. READ MORE

MAY 12, 2009 HEADLINE: Governor Perdue Signs Housing Tax Credit Bill-Will provide a $1,800 tax credit for home purchases

ATLANTA, GA (WSAV) - Governor Sonny Perdue today signed House Bill 261, which provides a $1,800 tax credit for home purchases. The credit, which would be taken over three years, takes effect immediately and is meant to spur activity in the housing market READ MORE

MAY 5, 2009 HEADLINE: Fred Williams Homebuilder’s Eva Johnson awarded Salesperson of the Year

new-homes-savannah-eva-johnson.20100326-100736_thm.jpgSAVANNAH, GA - For the second year in a row, Eva Johnson of Fred Williams Homebuilder, Inc. was awarded Salesperson of the Year at the 5th Annual Greater Savannah Summit. This event, hosted by the Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah, was held Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at the Armstrong Atlantic Center. READ MORE

APRIL 2, 2009 HEADLINE: Builders Hold Key to Housing Boom--WTOC

HINESVILLE, GA (WTOC) - Third Infantry leaders confirmed Wednesday they'll add three thousand soldiers and maybe twice as many civilian family members over the next 18 months. They're already designing office space, barracks and other facilities for them. READ MORE

APRIL 1, 2009 HEADLINE: Fred Williams Homebuilder Welcomes Candice Connell

POOLER, GA - Fred Williams Homebuilder welcomes Candice Connell to their Sales and Marketing Team. A native of Albany, GA, Candice graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Marketing. Moving to Savannah, GA in 2003, she first entered into the world of finance, working in both the retail and commercial sectors at Regions Bank. Most recently she served as an Assistant Vice President of Woodlands Bank, concentrating on small business development READ MORE

APRIL 1, 2009 HEADLINE: Savannah Moves Up on Forbes Business List--Savannah Now

forbes-business-list.20100326-100940_thm.jpgSAVANNAH, GA (SMN) - With the economy deep in recession, companies are finding it more important than ever to locate in areas that will help them prosper, and Forbes magazine indicates Savannah is growing more attractive to businesses.

Forbes' 11th annual ranking of "best places for business and careers" puts the Hostess City at 57th on the list - a considerable climb from last year's 90th place. READ MORE