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  • DEFYING EXPECTATIONS FOR MASTER-PLANNED COMMUNITIES

    Urban Land Magazine takes a look at how master planned communities are turning conventional wisdom on its head. Millennials and baby boomers were expected to transform the housing market as they grew older. Finicky younger buyers would demand new designs and urban lifestyles, shunning their parents’ suburban neighborhoods. At the same time, downsizing boomers would

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  • THE FORT MILL MASSACRE OF JULY 16, 2018

    Here’s why builders expect regulatory burden to get worse, not better, in the months and years ahead. By John McManus Fort Mill, a township of about 40,000 residents in South Carolina’s York County, is considered one of Charlotte, N.C.’s “sleepy suburbs.” It boasts a school district with a reputation right up there among South Carolina’s very

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  • NIOSH OFFERS FREE HEAT INDEX APP FOR WORKERS

    Workers are encouraged to use the Heat Safety Tool app to check the heat index and be more aware of the potential dangers of working outdoors. Here’s a nifty tool to keep workers safe in extremely hot and humid conditions. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is offereing a free Heat Safety Tool

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  • KEY INSIGHTS INTO WHAT BUYERS WANT

    Zillow Group’s latest report highlights generational differences between home buyer preferences Brought to you by Zillow Owning a home is a dream for many, but there are some differences between generational buyers when it comes to their home and community preferences. Based on data from the Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report 2017, here’s a look into what

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  • DOES THE FUTURE OF REAL ESTATE INCLUDE BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY?

    Cryptocurrency has gained momentum as a new form of payment in many industries–a Miami penthouse was recently listed for 33 bitcoin (valued at the time of listing at $544,500). The system runs on blockchain technology, and many are now wondering if blockchain could transform the real estate industry. Benny L. Kass explains the technology, and impact it

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  • PROTRACTED LABOR SHORTAGE SEVERELY HAMPERING GROWTH

    Contractors say they could be growing as much as 50% more if they could find qualified help. By all indications it’s going to be a banner year for replacement contractors who are enjoying sustained growth in the midst of the ongoing recovery. But that growth could be much higher if not for one persistent problem:

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