Armed with markers and strategies, residents stood over maps like generals preparing for war. And perhaps they planned a battle of sorts: one to reinvent their area into a shining example of smart growth and not watch it become “suburban hell.”Read More »
Construction of single-family homes cooled off slightly in January after surging in the final month last year. But a rise in permits suggests builders are growing more confident that more buyers are ready to come off the sidelines.Read More »
Construction, mining and logging employment in the Charlotte metropolitan area was down 40 percent in December from its previous December peak in 2006, the Associated General Contractors of America said this week. The area, which includes Gastonia and Rock Hill, ...
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The housing market recovery hasn't taken off yet, but a rally in its stocks sure has. The Standard & Poor's homebuilders index is up 60 percent since October. Given that stock prices tend to anticipate business trends, does that mean a housing market rebound is imminent during the spring home-selling season?
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The middle-class dream of four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a two-car garage can manifest itself in thousands of distinct – and copyright-protected – floor plans. So, when a Tennessee builder built more than 75 houses based on plans created by a nationally known home design company, the company sued for copyright infringement and won $1.4 million.
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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.Read More »
To University Investments Group, the site at University City Boulevard and Mallard Creek Road would be a good place to build 250 apartments for college students. But to some nearby businesspeople, it’s a harebrained idea when, they say, there aren’t enough grocery stores and pharmacies nearby to service the people who would live in the apartments. Plus, critics say, the proposed 90-foot-tall tower would not fit in with the area.Read More »