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Limited effect: FHA lowers loan caps, but Charlotte impact expected to be slight (access required)

This month, the Federal Housing Administration’s single-family home loan limits dropped in more than 600 counties across the U.S., including some in the Charlotte area. On its face, it sounds like more grim news for the housing industry: Lower loan ...

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In Charlotte’s mayoral race, Stone nails down the industry’s backing (access required)

Until he announced his candidacy for mayor in March, Scott Stone wasn’t a nobody, but he wasn’t exactly a household name in Charlotte, either. A former vice president of Merrick & Co., a Colorado-based engineering and architectural firm, he ran ...

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Yet another scam targets Mecklenburg County’s many vacant properties

It was August, and Crest Properties had just bought a 3,100-square-foot house at 1614 Meadowlark Landing Drive in the Lawing Pond neighborhood in Charlotte. The subsidiary of Indianapolis-based Timberstone Homes had planned to renovate, and then sell, the 4-year-old home. ...

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Charlotte City Council’s Environment Committee supports change to PCCO

A controversial proposed change to the city of Charlotte’s Post Construction Controls Ordinance is one step closer to becoming reality. On Monday, the City Council’s Environment Committee voted 3-2 to recommend removing a natural-area requirement from the PCCO, a change ...

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Industry’s eyes are on Cabarrus fee case (access required)

The future of a controversial fee the construction industry is charged to build housing in Cabarrus County will be in the hands of the state Supreme Court next week. On Monday, the court will hear arguments in the case involving ...

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On the Level: Lisa Ludlow Archer, broker for Keller Williams Team Ludlow (access required)

Age: 33 Lives in: Monroe Family: husband, Bobby, 34; children, Trae, 12, Caroline, 7, Peyton, 3 Education: bachelor’s degree in financial management, East Carolina University Lisa Ludlow Archer has combined two passions: real estate and Internet marketing. It’s a marriage that’s paid ...

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Meck code 
enforcers brace for DNC rush (access required)

By next summer, with the 2012 Democratic National Convention around the corner, Jim Bartl and his staff at the Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement Office are likely going to have their hands full. They could be flooded with permits as contractors ...

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It’s a project for bidders to keep tabs on projects (access required)

The bid submitted in September by Charlotte-based Edifice General Contractors for a project at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport was in two volumes, each about 3 inches thick. The drawings alone for the parking deck project weighed 115 pounds, said Max Venuti, ...

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