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Construction and Real Estate

Listing laments: What makes homebuyers run screaming (access required)

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The first time she and her husband toured it, Sharon George wasn't impressed with the house off Providence Road. It only took a few minutes for the unkempt home to turn her off. George said, “This is a shame, because this house really has potential.'” For George, who is no different than many homebuyers who encounter turnoffs when looking for a new home, there is more to house-hunting than just location.

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Interior motives  (access required)

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In October of 2010, Marcyne Touchton’s phone stopped ringing. “I didn’t know what was going on,” said Touchton, founder of Charlotte-based home-staging company Domaine Staging. What was going on was the Great Recession; Domaine was feeling the effects of the plummeting real estate market.

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In Pineville, a tale of two subdivisions (access required)

In one slice of Pineville, it’s the best of the best of times and the worst of times. At Carolina Village, the sound of home construction echoes through streets lined with houses either occupied or in one stage or another of construction. Across the street and only half a mile away, the air is quiet and the lots are empty at Parkway Crossing.

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Housing starts (access required)

Walnut Grove subdivision was designed as a luxury townhome project in Davidson — until the housing market imploded. Now that JCB Urban is in, pricey homes are out.

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