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Building permits and new home starts increase in July (access required)

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A new national report issued by the U.S. Commerce Department found that in July new housing starts increased significantly to an eight-month high, after two months of disappointing results. But do the numbers reflect a sustained rebound or a momentary ...

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Mixed market message: Q2 reports show good news, bad news for new-home construction (access required)

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CHARLOTTE – Despite higher numbers across the board in the second quarter – in new home starts, closings and prices – don’t yet bet the house on a sustained residential construction recovery. New-home permits are down, inventory is low, desirable ...

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Town houses are back in town (access required)

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CHARLOTTE –Call Wendy Field one of the post-recessionary urban pioneers, a bellwether for what expert observers say is a slowly re-emerging trend in Charlotte multifamily development: Small for-sale town house projects – and even a few condo efforts – in ...

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A steep ascent: Residential permits climbing back from recessionary low (access required)

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Like nails out of its own coffin, the Charlotte region’s residential construction industry pulled nearly 9,500 building permits in 2013, rising from the ashes like a phoenix with a tool belt and hammering out its best year since the housing ...

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The dollars and sense of density: Huntersville petitioners make the financial case for conservation subdivisions (access required)

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HUNTERSVILLE – Single-family residential density vs. the price of land and its development. That’s the crux of one of the hottest residential real estate development debates in many of the municipalities just outside Charlotte, and it received one of its ...

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M/I Homes: Meck County’s busiest homebuilder in 2012 (access required)

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For many, 13 is a dreaded number, a cursed pair of digits to be avoided at all costs. But ’13 might be a year of luck and plenty for some Charlotte-area developers and real estate and construction companies. Our 13-part series will take a look at companies and people expected to be among the busiest and biggest newsmakers this year.

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Lending a hand: Bank opens Charlotte operation, targets homebuilders (access required)

“The builders will have to be financially qualified with effective business models and financial discipline," said Bill Bickett, who is spearheading the creation of the Charlotte-based division of the bank. "But smaller builders have had more problems getting financing. We’ll be looking at loans from $2 million to $6 million. That’ll be our sweet spot.”

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