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Site unseen: Zillow’s data shortcomings create hassles for Charlotte agents (access required)

You could say real estate website Zillow drives Charlotte real estate Scott Lindsley a little crazy. Zillow, a Seattle-based database that lists homes for sale and rent and features “Zestimates” of property values, refers to itself as an “enormously helpful ...

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Trailer 
Trashing: Iredell declares war on blighted mobile homes (access required)

Iredell County officials have launched an attack on a form of housing popular in the mostly rural county: mobile homes. David Lambert, director of solid waste for the county and one of the people on the frontlines, says abandoned mobile ...

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It’s time to crack down on HOAs, some say (access required)

It all started when she installed storm drains. Now Rosanna Wilfong is nearly five years into a legal battle with her Mint Hill homeowners association. The courts have slapped Wilfong, 60, with a foreclosure filing, and her HOA has filed ...

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Andy Barker’s death 
brings uncertainty to the Iredell town he founded (access required)

Love Valley lost its heart and soul this month. Andy Barker, the 87-year-old founder and mayor of the one-of-a-kind town in northern Iredell County, died Aug. 11. And with his death comes a cloudy picture of the town’s future. Although ...

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The Tuesday Interview: Doug Ehmann, president of DPE Investments (access required)

Age: 48 Lives in: uptown Charlotte Family: single; no children Education: bachelor’s degree in distribution management, Belmont Abbey College Doug Ehmann’s got big dreams. The president of Charlotte-based DPE Investments plans to open Research Commerce Park, a 32-acre mixed-use project ...

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Salisbury’s Stake (access required)

Joe Morris, Salisbury’s planning director and a local history buff, likes to recall Salisbury native Ralph Ketner’s quest to get into the grocery business. Ketner’s family had owned grocery stores in and around the railroad and textile town for decades, ...

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What should a CMS campus lease for? How’s about $1 a year (access required)

It could be one of the greatest real estate bargains in Charlotte history: 33,347 square feet of space on seven acres for only $1 a year in rent. That proposal for Tryon Hills Pre-K Center in north Charlotte is among ...

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When the financial sector 
needed a lobbyist, 
they called on him (access required)

It was a bit like “Animal House,” except everyone worked on Capitol Hill and toga parties were no longer in fashion. Charlotte native Walter Price and five of his buddies, all recent Davidson College graduates, were renting a big house ...

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Mooresville veterans 
group in race against time to buy building (access required)

The future of a Mooresville-based veteran’s group hangs on a pending real estate deal. With an October deadline looming, Welcome Home Veterans has a little more than two months to raise nearly $400,000 to purchase a building that would be ...

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Doug Ehmann hopes a gas station ignites projects at his business park (access required)

When Doug Ehmann, president of Charlotte-based DPE Investments, bought about 100 acres in 2006 along the banks of Lake Fisher in northern Cabarrus County, he envisioned a high-end mixed-use development with condos, townhomes, offices, shops and hotels. Ehmann figured his ...

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