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

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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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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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Home sales continue to show year-over-year gains (access required)

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Home sale trends in the Greater Charlotte residential real estate market continue their upward, post-recession arc, according to the latest monthly figures released Tuesday morning by the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association.

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Government shutdown: Impact small so far on Charlotte housing, banking (access required)

It might be roiling Washington, D.C. and its suburbs, but, so far, the government shutdown is having little effect on Charlotte’s real estate and banking markets.

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Setting the stage for a sale (access required)

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Call it the HGTV effect. Home buyers have high expectations when it comes to a new home. You have to grab them in the first seven to 10 seconds or they move on.

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Home wasn’t built in a day; it took a day and a quarter (access required)

How do you build a house in 30 hours? Help. Lots of help, like 150 around-the-clock volunteers, a handful of professional supervisors and a dozen paid AmeriCorps interns. If there was a third "H" in Habitat for Humanity, Frank Spencer said, it would stand for help, on which the organization depends for its existence.

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One Charlotte Realtor loses license; another surrenders his (access required)

A Charlotte-area realtor has lost her license but has managed to keep her business after fully refunding the company’s trust fund. Julie Edwards Van Slambrook, the broker-in-charge and co-owner of First Properties of the Carolinas, was stripped of her real estate license in March after it was learned that she embezzled nearly $100,000 of client funds held in trust.

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