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Year’s largest single-family permit pulled for Peninsula home (access required)

Thanks to a building permit worth $755,872, a property owner on the Peninsula soon will be able to boast, “I can see Denver from my house.” That property owner, Ramzi Abul-Hajj of Huntersville, on Tuesday pulled the most valuable Mecklenburg County single-family home permit of the year to build a 10,000-plus square-foot waterfront home on the very westernmost tip of the county’s extension into Lake Norman, according to county records.

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A home away from HOA control: Property owner wants to empower homeowners (access required)

Jim Lane is a man on a mission. The Huntersville resident wants to reform and improve homeowners associations, which he believes have run amok and are “too controlling of residents’ lives.” Lane said he’s petitioning all Charlotte area HOAs and homeowners to join his new organization, "Greater Charlotte Alliance of Homeowners Associations." Homeowners in disputes with their HOAs will get some relief from two laws passed by the N.C. General Assembly during this year’s session, one of which takes effect Oct. 1.

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Foreclosure activity down from last year, but Mecklenburg and York counties see month-over-month spike (access required)

Foreclosure activity down from last year, but Mecklenburg and York counties see month-over-month spike <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Although foreclosure activity in the Charlotte area has declined over the past year, it jumped up between July and August this year in Mecklenburg and York counties, according to a report issued by RealtyTrac.

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Demand for houses continues to rise, despite higher unemployment (access required)

Demand for houses continues to rise, despite higher unemployment <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Builders built a lot more new houses. Builders sold a lot more new houses. Builders are getting ready to build even more new houses. In fact, the Charlotte metro area now ranks ninth among the country’s 381 metropolitan statistical areas in the number of single-family detached building permits issued this year.

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M/I Homes buys yet more Cabarrus County land, announces another new subdivision (access required)

M/I Homes Charlotte is on a self-developing rampage. The local division of the Columbus, Ohio-based homebuilding giant just closed on a deal to purchase 225 acres of raw land in Harrisburg to develop and build a 297-home subdivision named Blume, according to Tamara Lynch, M/I Charlotte vice president for sales and marketing.

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