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Lawyers: Loophole dilutes effort to block cities’ power over design (access required)

hands tied

A bill that would prevent cities and counties from regulating such things as the color of a new house appears close to passage after it sailed through the state House by a 98-18 margin. But land use attorneys say they don’t expect any surge in litigation between developers and local governments because the bill contains a loophole that you could—in this case literally—drive a brick house through.

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The fix is in and home renovators are busy (access required)

hard hat blueprints

Some folks love their old house and want a new gourmet kitchen. Some want to fix up the house so they can sell and buy a new one. Some found a bargain on a foreclosure and can afford to have it updated. Still others are simply dollar-conscious, choosing to invest in what they have rather than laying out more cash on something new.

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