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Vacancy down, rents up in Charlotte office and industrial markets: Second-quarter Karnes report shows improving markets (access required)

Vacancy down, rents up in Charlotte office and industrial markets: Second-quarter Karnes report shows improving markets <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Office and industrial insiders for months have been noting what they call a “tightening” of the markets in Charlotte. Last week, Charlotte-based Karnes Co., an area analytics firm, released its second-quarter reports; time to see if the numbers back up the talk

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Tenant-acity In the complicated sphere of tenant-owner relationships, tenants are demanding more (access required)

Tenant-acity In the complicated sphere of tenant-owner relationships, tenants are demanding more <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Not long ago, when potential tenants were seeking office space across the city, they were at the mercy of the landlord or owner.Those conversations changed during the recession, when vacancy rates were climbing and landlords were grasping for tenants. But as Charlotte moves back toward a landlord’s market, tenants aren’t relinquishing all the cards they’ve been handed.

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NEWS ANALYSIS Under construction: Court’s decision provides no blueprint (access required)

NEWS ANALYSIS Under construction: Court’s decision provides no blueprint <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Under state law, every new house built and sold in N.C. comes with an implied warranty that the home is free from major structural defects when it was sold, but the builder can expressly warrant the house for more, and for longer, often up to 10 years. But a decision by an N.C. court comes with no warranty that it will ever be enforced ─ or even understandable ─ or for how long.

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In the Publix interest: Consumers have been pushing for an N.C. presence; the grocer obliges (access required)

In the Publix interest: Consumers have been pushing for an N.C. presence; the grocer obliges <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Mike Silvers of Highland Creek doesn't have to drive to Spartanburg, S.C., to visit a Publix grocery store. But he still has to drive across the state line, and he and many others in the state are longing for the Lakeland, Fla.-based grocer to open stores north of the border. Evidently Publix has taken heed, with three Charlotte area stores announced and many more in the pipeline.

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Amenity rich (access required)

Amenity rich <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Amenities, such as an eighth-floor tenant lounge, aren’t reserved solely for The Vue, the 51-floor condominium-turned-apartment tower at Fifth and Pine streets. In the booming apartment construction in Charlotte, the days of a simple pool and clubhouse are over as developers are focusing on projects heavy on amenities – the more unusual, the better.

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