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Drawn to Souths: On the Level with Jim Burbank of Saussy Burbank (access required)

Drawn to Souths: On the Level with Jim Burbank of Saussy Burbank <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Over the past quarter-century, Jim Burbank has built a lot of houses, in Charlotte, Raleigh and the Charleston area. Along with them, he also has built a reputation for solid and not overly adorned quality homes as contractors used to build, with solid wood, two-panel interior doors, simple but beautiful moldings and classic layouts opened up to accommodate contemporary tastes.

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Not exactly ‘The Godfather’ : On the Level with Darin Brocklebank (access required)

Not exactly ‘The Godfather’ : On the Level with Darin Brocklebank <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Eschewing the cliché of starting a successful business on the back of a paper cocktail napkin, Darin Brocklebank started out Metro GreenScape at the bottom of a paper grocery sack. Usually, On the Level calls or emails subjects and begs them for a half-hour of their time. Brocklebank emailed us, saying he wanted to meet us so he could do us a favor. That was a new one, so we agreed to meet, but only if he let us interview him in exchange for hearing about his offer.

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On the Level with Bill Miley of Metrostudy (access required)

On the Level with Bill Miley of Metrostudy <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Get this: As a kid, Bill Miley used to play tennis with … but we’ll let him tell you. The Charlotte regional director for the Houston-based Metrostudy housing analytics firm just released his latest quarterly report, and it says that developed lots in the nine-county Charlotte market are … well, it’s complicated; better you should hear it in his words.

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Renaissance Man: On the Level with Frank Spencer, president of Habitat for Humanity Charlotte (access required)

Renaissance Man: On the Level with Frank Spencer, president of Habitat for Humanity Charlotte <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

On the Level apologizes to Frank Spencer. All the articulate gent wanted to do was talk about Habitat for Humanity Charlotte. But we kept interrupting him and encouraging him to digress. That's because Spencer, president of the Charlotte affiliate of the national affordable-housing nonprofit, is a dang interesting guy.

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The highest- and lowest-priced single-family home sales from April 22 to April 28 (access required)

The highest- and lowest-priced single-family home sales from April 22 to April 28 <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Selling this home on Lake Norman was more about horses than humans for listing agent Debbie Monroe, a broker with Lake Norman Realty. “It was one of the rare properties on Lake Norman where you can keep your horses,” Monroe said. “It had approximately 10 acres of land total and it was on the waterfront at Lake Norman and that was a selling point for the eventual buyers.”

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