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Middle class morass (access required)

House on a stack of U.S. dollars, real estate concept - 3d render

While the Charlotte real estate market remains affordable relative to many other U.S. markets, there is growing evidence that many middle class, professional families cannot afford to buy a home.

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Panelists outline challenges, opportunities for women in business (access required)

While the federal government shutdown is not having a direct impact on Charlotte businesses, it is creating uncertainty in the business community, according to panelists at The Mecklenburg Times Women’s Business Breakfast Forum. “With the shutdown and debate about the debt ceiling, people are waiting to make decisions,” said Natalie Haskins English, senior vice president of public policy for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

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Wall Street taps Main Street: Investment firms looking for return on Charlotte’s rental homes (access required)

The American Home company is a real estate investment trust that is building dozens of homes it plans to rent in Charlotte, a practice some industry insiders say they haven’t seen before. The American Home, along with other institutional investors, are owning an increasing share of Charlotte area homes. Photo by Nell Redmond

Led by the behemoth Blackstone Group, the largest alternative investment company in the world, institutional investors are buying a lot of single-family homes in Charlotte, fixing them up, renting them out and holding onto them to see if they rise in value. One of every five houses sold in May, June and July in the Charlotte market went to big investors, a higher percentage than in any other market but Atlanta.

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