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Mortgage payments took a larger chunk of families’ income in August (access required)

Mortgage payments took a larger chunk of families’ income in August <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Rising sales prices and interest rates for mortgages made the purchase of a single-family home more expensive in August 2013, according to new research from the National Association of Realtors.

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Monroe Bypass divides Union County communities: DOT suspends work but continues payments to contractors, including one facing unrelated felony charges (access required)

Monroe Bypass divides Union County communities: DOT suspends work but continues payments to contractors, including one facing unrelated felony charges <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

State and federal transportation officials are putting the final touches on a second draft environmental report on the proposed Monroe Bypass, as nearby towns debate the project’s merits. Meanwhile, a lead bypass construction contractor continues to collect payments even though all work on the project has been suspended – and even as the company and four of its employees face federal fraud charges not related to the bypass work.

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Buildings spring up in The Park: Huntersville mixed use center revived following recession (access required)

Rooftops+Recovery+Recent Hospital Expansion=Commercial Real Estate Revival. That appears to be formula at work in The Park-Huntersville – and its joined-at-the hip spin-off, the Gilead Center – where seven new construction projects are underway or in the pipeline.

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Some property owners may soon receive tax refunds (access required)

Some Charlotte homeowners will soon start receiving corrected 2011 property tax evaluations as a county-hired appraiser just completed a first batch of revaluations in Myers Park. The completed revaluations by Pearson’s Appraisal Service of 247 parcels were approved by Mecklenburg County Commissioners on Tuesday.

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Historic designation would be grist for Hawthorne Mill (access required)

Louise Cotton Mill, now known around town as Hawthorne Mill, is one of several old textile factories that serve as a historic reminder of what became known as Charlotte’s first true industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. But the redevelopment of Hawthorne Mill differs from new multifamily development in that developers can’t just come in and put up projects as they wish. There are strict guidelines governing historic properties that don’t apply to new projects.

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