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What homeowners want: Easy outdoor living (access required)

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The latest in residential landscaping is: Please don’t call it residential landscaping. It’s now “the outdoor living experience,” as Shawn Kelly, lead landscape designer for Charlotte-based Metro GreenScape, put it.

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SouthPark office space in demand (access required)

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With vacancy rates well below market norms and above-average rents, this office submarket in south Charlotte continues to be one of the strongest performers in the city. Second-quarter numbers from Charlotte-based Karnes Co., an office-industry analytics firm, show that the SouthPark office market is healthier than it’s been since 2009.

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District 6 candidates talk turkey about development (access required)

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Three of them have extensive experience in development and construction, and the fourth is, as you will read, a lawyer who sounds as if she knows what she’s talking about, real-estate-wise. They are the candidates for the District 6 Charlotte City Council seat held by Andy Dulin, a Realtor for Cottingham Chalk Hayes who is walking away from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center dais after four terms.

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Number of homebuilding permits highest since 2008 (access required)

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Despite the wettest late spring-early summer in recent memory, the Charlotte-area boomlet in residential construction that started in January continued apace, according to building permit records kept by Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement.

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Vacancy down, rents up in Charlotte office and industrial markets: Second-quarter Karnes report shows improving markets (access required)

Vacancy down, rents up in Charlotte office and industrial markets: Second-quarter Karnes report shows improving markets <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Office and industrial insiders for months have been noting what they call a “tightening” of the markets in Charlotte. Last week, Charlotte-based Karnes Co., an area analytics firm, released its second-quarter reports; time to see if the numbers back up the talk

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Supreme Court ruling hobbles government’s ability to impose demands on developers (access required)

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Land use attorneys across the state are hailing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that greatly reduces the amount of leverage municipalities can wield in granting developers permits. A 5-4 majority in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District held that the U.S. Constitution’s takings clause not only applies to cases in which a project is approved with “extortionate” conditions, but also to those denied when a developer refuses to agree to the coercive demands of the government.

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