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Behind the numbers: Home price comparisons vary based on methods used (access required)

Life would be easier if one of the leading monthly home-price indexes -- CoreLogic, Clear Capital, S&P/Case-Shiller and the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association -- were definitively right and the rest flawed. But more complicated than that.

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The straight-shooting (really) president of Get the Lead Out (access required)

The straight-shooting (really) president of Get the Lead Out <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

At 32, Kathryn Hubicki has been around. Now she gets around, running the family's Charlotte business, Get the Lead Out, a lead paint-, asbestos-, radon- and mold-testing company, which takes her all over the Carolinas and the Southeastern U.S. for, among others, the Federal Aviation, Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development departments.

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Small building could be the start of big things for downtown Huntersville (access required)

Small building could be the start of big things for downtown Huntersville <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

It’s only a 17-unit building on a 0.64 acre lot, but it would add apartments to this fast-growing and rental-scarce suburb when multifamily vacancy rates are at historic lows. And it might even help revive the town of Huntersville’s desire for a denser and more mixed-use downtown at and around Old Statesville and Gilead roads.

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Law that “fast-tracks” stormwater permitting will not affect Charlotte-Mecklenburg

RALEIGH — A bill signed into law last week by Gov. Pat McCrory concerning the transfer of storm water permits issued by the state will not affect the city of Charlotte or Mecklenburg County. But it could have an impact ...

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On The Level: Hoss Hinson – yes, the name is real. So is he. (access required)

On The Level: Hoss Hinson – yes, the name is real. So is he. <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Hoss Hinson is a cool name, and the guy who has it has the cool to back it up, too. The wrap-around-sunglasses-sporting, pickup-truck-driving, beard-wearing, hard-hatted and safety-vested vice president of the Monroe-based Godfrey Construction Co. showed up at East Mecklenburg High School taking swigs through a straw in a Big Gulp cup full of Mountain Dew.

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