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As more homes go ‘underwater,’ real estate agents enjoy wave of sales (access required)

About 40 real estate agents filed into the Bank of America Home Loans building in SouthPark June 1 for a crash course in short sales, an often-tricky transaction that’s been on the rise in Charlotte. Attorney Jaime Kosofsky and real ...

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A foreign bank to fill a void through microlending (access required)

It might seem counterintuitive, but a group of local business leaders is trying to bring a Bangladesh-owned bank to Charlotte, the banking capital of the South. Grameen Bank of Bangladesh specializes in giving small loans to poor people to help ...

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Charlotte freelancers say career is nothing to write home about (access required)

With The Charlotte Observer struggling financially and laying off staff, reporter Greg Lacour took a buyout in October 2008, walking away from a 20-year career as a journalist. Over the years, he had garnered impressive accolades, including being part of ...

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Redeveloping the area’s textile mills can come with snags (access required)

The Charlotte area could soon see two more historic textile mills undergo a facelift and go from vacant to back in use. Plans are under way to restore and renovate Mecklenburg and Johnston Mills, NoDa properties that have been eyesores ...

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Just how bad is the foreclosure problem? That’s a good question, Charlotte experts say (access required)

Jim Kluth remembers in the 1980s when real estate agents, hoping to get first dibs on foreclosed properties, would hang around the Mecklenburg County Courthouse and regularly dig through public records looking for new foreclosure filings. Today, such information is ...

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Answering the call of nature (access required)

After 12 years of working at HDR Engineering in Charlotte, Chris Matthews was called into his boss’s office on a Monday afternoon in July 2009 and told his services were no longer needed. Matthews said that like many architectural and ...

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Adult store stimulates nearby businesses (access required)

The billboard on Interstate 77 catches the eye, both for the blond in the French maid outfit as well as the incongruity of its location. Towering over Mooresville, the advertisement for lingerie and sex toy store Adam & Eve casts ...

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Housing market shows signs of life, agents say (access required)

With the Great Recession still packing a punch, the sweet spot for Charlotte’s residential real estate market continues to be homes priced at $120,000 or less. But real estate agents say a growing number of people with deeper pockets are ...

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