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Builder 
barometer (access required)

The good news? The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index rose in November, showing builder confidence is up for newly built, single-family homes. The bad news? Hmm. Where to start? First, back to the good news for ...

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When kickbacks backfire (access required)

Boston real estate developer Arthur Winn’s plan to use campaign contributions to win support from two Massachusetts politicians for a project didn’t quite go as planned. Winn, 72, secretly funneled the contributions to Reps. Stephen Lynch and Michael Capuano. Through ...

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These 
homes stink (access required)

Lincoln County commissioners have declared two homes surplus property and said it plans to demolish them. One was adjacent to a landfill in Crouse; the other was behind a water treatment plant in Denver. The properties did not have much ...

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Disclosure is 
so last season (access required)

Transparency is a good thing in government, right? Well, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission apparently doesn’t think so. On Monday, the commission voted unanimously to revise its rules of procedure. Among the changes: doing away with a requirement for each commissioner ...

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