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From NAR, a lump of statistical coal (access required)

As if things weren’t bad enough, NAR has another reason to reach for bottles sealed with cotton (or corks). In a revelation that could make some question the trustworthiness of NAR’s figures and sully its reputation forever – OK, maybe that’s going a bit too far – the association this week announced that its home sales data going back about five years might be too high.

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Spaced Out: Cuisine art (access required)

In November of last year, Mital Naik got a letter from the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Independence Boulevard was going to be widened, and his restaurant, Brazas Brazillian Grill, at Independence and Sharon Amity Road, was in the path ...

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Education, education, education (access required)

In January, the U.S. government released a report on what caused the financial meltdown of 2008. Of course, every American has already read it, front to back, perhaps even multiple times, and to their children, so there’s no need for ...

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And who said no one in 
real estate is making money? (access required)

Michael Williams, the CEO of Fannie Mae, won me over this week when, while testifying on Capitol Hill about big fat Fannie executive bonuses and multimillion-dollar salaries, he said this: “These are challenging jobs under challenging circumstances and we need ...

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Diane Rivers on how 
the health care overhaul has 
hurt construction, leasing (access required)

Brackett Flagship Properties is one of the major players in Charlotte’s medical office building development, management and leasing game. Typically, the company’s biggest competitor in Charlotte is Cogdell Spencer Erdman. But BFP’s main nemesis during the downturn, arguably, has been ...

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