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Cribbed plans 
cost builder $1.4M (access required)

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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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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Apartment plans draw backlash (access required)

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.

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