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On the Level: Bridget Dixon is drafting zoning policy for Charlotte beer-makers (access required)

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It was 10:30 a.m. in a cubicle on the eighth floor of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. So there was no beer. About 50 people work in the Charlotte planning department, but we specifically wanted to talk to the beer-lady: Bridget Dixon. We wanted to know why she worked for the department from 2003 to 2006, left, and then came back. And we wanted to talk about beer. Good beer.

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The highest- and lowest-priced single-family home sales from Feb. 11 to 18 (access required)

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For Katherine Mazoyer, this Union County house offered something different than almost everything else she's seen on the market. So different was the house, Mazoyer, the Katherine Mazoyer Realty agent who sold the home, said she wasn't able to generate much interest in it from locals. The only interested parties were foreign buyers, she said.

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The highest- and lowest-priced single-family home sales from Feb. 4 to 10 (access required)

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This five-bedroom house in the Peninsula community on Lake Norman was on the market for more than a year before it finally sold last week. Judy Godley Webster, the Keller Williams agent who represented the buyer, said the 420 days that the 7,000-plus-square-foot house was for sale allowed her client to get a better deal on the home.

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Commercial Confidential: Northlake Mall

Commercial Confidential: Northlake Mall

Northlake Mall opened in 2005 in north Charlotte, an area that seemed primed for residential growth. But just a couple of years after the mall opened, the Great Recession came on the scene. According to Andy Misiaveg, a partner in the Charlotte office of the Atlanta-based Shopping Center Group, the mall didn’t have time to solidify its tenant mix before the economy tanked.

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On the Level: Eric Locher, Charlotte Regional Realtor Association’s 2013 president (access required)

"As buyers begin to meet prices, there will be an upward pressure on prices," he said. "There are an increasing number of buyers coming on the market, more buyers and fewer homes. We’ve even had some multioffer situations. Not many, but some."

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