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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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REBIC rejection (access required)

Now here’s something you don’t hear about every day: a politician turning away campaign cash. Meckcetera has learned from the Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition that Mayor Anthony Foxx refused a $500 check from REBIC’s political action committee, Shelter ...

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Renter revenge (access required)

Landlord. Just the word makes some people’s blood pressure boil, conjuring up thoughts of perpetually broken air conditioners, neglected leaks and cockroaches happily breeding without fear of pesticides. If you have such horror stories, you might take vicarious pleasure from ...

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Cutting loose (access required)

You’ve got to admit, Hollywood is very green. After all, who else recycles more? Just look at “Footloose,” the latest in what seems to be a nonstop parade of movie remakes. Speaking of “Footloose”, Gaffney, S.C., native and actress Andie ...

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It’s no beer koozie (access required)

But it is a gesture of thanks, nonetheless. To show appreciation for members of Congress who are supporting extending higher loan limits for government-back mortgages, the National Association of Realtors is running ads that reportedly are running in Washington, D.C., ...

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