How to make use of local real estate records

How to make use of local real estate records

When buying real estate, there’s a pit-stop that many people overlook: the records center or permits desk of the local municipality. Real estate is about planning for the future, and no one wants to buy a home only to learn that the zoning requirements prohibit them from making alterations they desire. For eight years, I managed one of these pit-stops, a records center for the planning and development services arm of a local municipality serving around 300,000 people. The crux of managing this center is that even the most seasoned real estate agents often either didn’t know my services were available, or they didn’t have the right information at hand to conduct research at the records center. Every professional wants to know what he or she is doing, so let me guide you through … Your browser is out of date and may not be compatible with our website. We highly recommend upgrading your browser.
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Triad Real Estate Partners sells pair of student-housing projects on Michigan State University …

Triad Real Estate Partners sold two student-housing properties at the East Lansing, Michigan, campus of Michigan State University. This now makes three properties that Triad has sold in East Lansing in 2015. The company is also marketing a fourth student property, Coolidge Place, in the same market. Triad recently sold the Campus View Collection, consisting of three buildings within one block of the Michigan State University campus. The collection includes 195 total beds that were 100 percent p…
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Vandalism at Sioux Falls car lot causes over $20K of damage

Vandalism at Sioux Falls car lot causes over $20K of damage

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A Sioux Falls car lot owner says two teens have caused more than $20,000 of damage to 20 new vehicles at his dealership. Two teens body slammed the new vehicles and hopped from car to car. The incident has been recorded by security cameras at Schulte Subaru. Owner Mike Schulte says a witness alerted police about the vandalism Thursday evening. He says the two teens fled when authorities arrived. Schulte says police have collected handprints, fingerprints and shoeprints …
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LCHS volleyball battles at Heelan Classic

(Sentinel Photo By Michael Haller) LCHS’s Krista Zenk (9) leaps to hit a ball Saturday at the Bishop Heelan Classic, in Sioux City. [Order this photo] SIOUX CITY — As a part of one of the toughest tournaments that could be found in the state, the Le Mars Community High School volleyball team traveled to compete at the Bishop Heelan Classic, in Sioux City Saturday, at Sioux City East High School. On the day, LCHS went 1-4 while facing four ranked opponents. Three of the teams were currently ran…
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USHL Hockey: Black Hawks fall to Musketeers, 7-5

USHL Hockey: Black Hawks fall to Musketeers, 7-5

SCORE BY PERIODS Waterloo;1;1;3;-;5 Sioux City;2;2;3;-;7 FIRST PERIOD – 1. Sioux City, Wilkins (Fossier, Ryczek), 0:27. 2. Sioux City, Pulkkinen (Wilkins), 3:25. 3. Waterloo, Swaney (Cotton, Hein), 18:21, pp. Penalties-Stillwell, Wat (holding), 8:19, Newhouse, Wat. (tripping), 15:25, Steeves, SC (tripping), 16:53, Schultz, Wat. (roughing), 19:59. SECOND PERIOD – 4. Sioux City, Fossier (Tolvanen, Steeves), 1:26, pp. 5. Waterloo, Swaney (Golovkovs), 3:27. 6. Sioux City, Keane (Pluemer), 14:31. Pe…
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Family Of Student Suing School District Over Welding Injury

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The family of a student who says their son has suffered permanent vision loss because of a school welding exercise is suing the Sioux Falls School District. Eighteen-year-old William Herrera Estrada tells the Argus leader ( ) that he wants other students to be safe. The lawsuit says that a bright light during a 2012 welding exercise made Estrada feel a burning sensation in his eyes. It says Estrada’s teacher told him the feeling was normal and that it would fade…
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Check Inman every day for the daily version of this market roundup. Mortgage rates: [graphiq id=”b2w6fmfIyNL” title=”30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage Rates for the Past 6 Months” width=”600″ height=”400″ url=”https://w.graphiq.com/w/b2w6fmfIyNL” link=”http://mortgage-lenders.credio.com” link_text=”30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage Rates for the Past 6 Months | Credio”] [graphiq id=”2NvK9Bl9HIF” title=”15-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage Rates for the Past 6 Months” width=”600″ height=”400″ url=”https://w.graphiq.com/w/2NvK9Bl9HIF” link=”http://mortgage-lenders.credio.com” link_text=”15-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage Rates for the Past 6 Months | Credio”] Home equity rates: [graphiq id=”kPkTJrAnX5r” title=”Average Home Equity Loan Bank Rates by State” width=”600″ height=”465″ url=”https://w.graphiq.c… Your browser is out of date and may not be compatible with our website. We highly recommend upgrading your browser.
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Company Shares of Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE:IRET) Rally 0.89%

Shares of Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE:IRET) rose by 0.89% in the past week and 6.16% for the last 4 weeks. The shares have underperformed the S&P 500 by 0.01% during the past week but Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE:IRET) has outperformed the index in 4 weeks by 2.24%. The company shares have dropped -0.38% from its 1 Year high price. On Jan 13, 2015, the shares registered one year high at $8.74 and the one year low was seen on Sep 4, 2015. The 50-Day Moving Average price is $7.35 …
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Halloween themed benefit held for Sioux Falls Humane Society

Halloween themed benefit held for Sioux Falls Humane Society

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sioux Falls Humane Society got in the spirit of Halloween Saturday with a spook-tacular event. The shelter held a craft and bake sale to raise money for the society. Several residents showed up with their furry friends for pet trick or treating and a costume contest. Organizers say the fall event helps the shelter get to know their friends and neighbors in the area. “It’s really fun. It’s a great way to bring awareness and bring people together and who doesn’t like d…
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USHL hockey: Sioux Falls edges Waterloo, 4-2

SCORE BY PERIODS Waterloo;0;2;0 — 2 Sioux Falls;1;2;1 — 4 FIRST PERIOD — 1. Sioux Falls, MacAdams (Riggleman, Vanderbeck), 12:55. Penalties – Sioux Falls (too many men) 6:49, Charyszyn-Wat. (roughing) 12:55, Schultz-Wat. (tripping) 13:36, Davies-Wat. (hooking) 16:44, Warpecha-SF (slashing) 19:40. SECOND PERIOD — 2. Sioux Falls, Courtnall (Passolt), sh, 6:08. 3. Waterloo, Hein (Moise) 8:19. 4. Waterloo, Robert (Cotton, Terao) 11:46. 5. Sioux Falls, Courtnall (unassisted) 14:21. Penalties – D…
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Real estate briefly: Low-income Alegre Apartments debut in Irvine

Real estate briefly: Low-income Alegre Apartments debut in Irvine

Erik Hinkelman was appointed chief executive of Voit Real Estate Services in Newport Beach. Hinkelman formerly worked as executive managing director of the firm. Founder and former CEO Bob Voit will continue serving as chairman of the company’s board. SRS Real Estate Partners appointed a leasing team that consists of senior vice president and co-market leader Terrison Quinn, vice president Casey Mahony, associate Erik Manarino and senior marketing coordinator Jesika Tran-Nguyen. The new h…
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Greystone makes $36 million loan in Avon

Greystone, a real estate lending, investment and advisory company based in New York City, recently originated a $36 million CMBS loan for an upscale, mixed-use development in Avon, at the base of Beaver Creek.        The loan refinances two adjoining properties, Chapel Square and Benchmark Center, with almost 200,000 square feet of retail and office space. The 10-year loan is interest-only for the first three years with a 30-year amortization. Read the rest of this…
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Iowa State falls to TCU

Iowa State falls to TCU

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Trevone Boykin threw for 436 yards and four touchdowns and third-ranked TCU rolled past Iowa State 45-21 Saturday for its third road win in four weeks. Josh Doctson had 190 yards receiving and two TDs for the Horned Frogs (7-0, 4-0 Big 12), who went on a 31-0 run after the first quarter. Boykin’s 3-yard TD run with 14:36 left put TCU ahead 38-21. Doctson made it a rout with a 42-yard touchdown catch six minutes later. Sam Richardson had 251 yards passing for Iowa State (2-4, 1…
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Liberty is Rooted in the Fear of God

  By Reverend David Whitney October 18, 2015 NewsWithViews.com Liberty is Rooted in the Fear of God It has happened again, two more College shootings; one in the wee hours of the morning the other at midday. Northern Arizona University and Texas Southern University shootings come on the same day the imposter was scheduled to visit Roseburg, Oregon, where eight students and a teacher were shot and killed last week at Umpqua Community College. The odd thing of course is that all three colleg…
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Realities of Real Estate: A tale of two cities

Realities of Real Estate: A tale of two cities

On the news, or in some article, you might hear how real estate prices have recovered. And, since the bubble burst back in 2007 and 2008, prices are clearly turning the corner. But, the degree and speed of that recovery can vary substantially from one area to another. The reason is that, like politics, all real estate is local. There are many factors that can impact the demand for housing, and subsequently prices, and often times, local factors are the most influential. Things like the quality of schools, crime statistics, tax rates and the business environment can all combine to impact the value of housing across different geographic regions. For example, the primary job creator in our area is essentially government, with Washington D.C. at the epicenter of that industry. Plus, with all the lobbyists, lawyers and other high rollers that are attracted by the center of political power, the D.C. area is surrounded by lots of high-end housing. In fact, most of the country’s wealthiest counties encircle the District of Columbia. The top three counties in the nation for Median Household Income are Loudon, Fairfax and Howard. Other popular DC commuter counties are in the top 20, with Arlington at #5, Montgomery at #11 and Anne Arundel at #18. But, even though all these counties benefit from the financial halo effect of Washington DC, not all areas have witnessed the same amount of real estate price appreciation over the past several years. Case in point is Falls Church, Virginia and Annapolis, MD. If you look at all the zip codes that use an Annapolis mailing address and all the zip codes with a Falls Church mailing address, the population of the two areas is approximately the same at around 100,000. Additionally, the number of homes sold over the past six years, and seasonal pattern for those sales, are almost identical. However, the annual changes in home values are very different. At the end of 2009, the median sales price for a detached home in Falls Church was $429,000. In Annapolis, the price wasn’t much different at $420,500. Although the two cities started in the same place, median home prices were wildly different six years later. Currently, the median price in Falls Church is $625,000, an increase of 46% over 2009 levels. Conversely, the median price for Annapolis is now $440,000, an increase of only 5%. Last week, we had a business trip that took us to Minneapolis, along with a subsequent side trip to visit our parents in Wisconsin. Thinking that hurricane season was pretty much over, we didn’t give much thought to buttoning up our waterfront home in West River. But then, Hurricane Joaquin popped… Apparently, the affluent have decided that Virginia is a better deal than Maryland. Although other factors might have contributed to the jump in median home prices for a place like Falls Church, there’s no doubt that the tax policies implemented by the O’Malley administration are probably the primary culprit. During the period that home prices in Falls Church dramatically outpaced Annapolis, headlines such as this were common in news and business journals – “How Maryland’s Tax Rates are Driving Jobs to Virginia”, “Marylanders move in droves to Virginia” and “D.C. and Virginia tax burdens relatively low, Maryland’s is high”. The top personal income tax rate in Maryland is almost 9%, compared to only 5.75% in Virginia. The corporate income tax rate in Maryland is 8.25%; in Virginia, it’s only 6%. And on top of all that, you had the implementation of O’Malley’s widely publicized “millionaire’s tax”. If you were a well-heeled Washington lobbyist, or a corporate CEO, it was pretty much a no-brainer to relocate you and your business to Virginia, and that’s what many of them did. Some of the big bucks ready to buy million dollar homes went to Falls Church instead of Annapolis and large corporations like Northrop Grumman also moved their headquarters to Virginia, taking with them thousands of high paying jobs. In past columns, we’ve talked a lot about the financial advantages of home ownership. Even with the massive swings we’ve seen for real estate, home ownership, over time, remains one of the most secure ways to build long term wealth. The combination of low mortgage rates and tax advantages such… The results are reflected in how home prices have changed in certain parts of the two states. But despite the tax policy blunders that inspired this exodus, there is still hope that some of these homebuyers will return to Maryland and the Annapolis area. Eventually, home prices in sought-after Virginia communities will rise to the point that more and more homebuyers will be priced out of the market. Over time, they’ll begin to recognize that places like Anne Arundel County are a good value when compared to their options in Loudoun or Fairfax County, Virginia. Plus, as Amy Juras, a popular real estate agent in Anne Arundel County, has often said, “When you live in Fairfax County, the commute to and from Washington D.C. means that you have to drive into the sun going both ways; the drive from Anne Arundel is a much more pleasant trip”. Bob and Donna McWilliams are real estate agents with Champion Realty. Bob is also the Assistant Manager at Champion’s Annapolis office and the Legal Liaison with Champion’s corporate parent, HomeServices of America and Berkshire Hathaway. They can be reached at 443-994-9589 or email McWilliams@BobDonna.com
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Pittsburgh’s Cultural Trust maintains diverse real estate portfolio to support arts

Kevin McMahon calls it the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s “oceanfront property” — a prime block of Eighth Street real estate not far from Heinz Hall and the …
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2 top metro Detroit real estate execs move on to new jobs

2 top metro Detroit real estate execs move on to new jobs

Commercial real estate has seen some shake-ups in the past two weeks in metro Detroit as two high-profile executives have changed companies.
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Real estate commission pulls license of Vestal-affiliated company

Posted: Sunday, October 18, 2015 12:00 am Real estate commission pulls license of Vestal-affiliated company By Margaret Moffett margaret.moffett@greensboro.com greensboro.com Posted in News, Local business on Sunday, October 18, 2015 12:00 am. | Tags: Heritage House, Vestal, Real Estate Commission, GREENSBORO — The state Real Estate Commission has revoked the license of another property management company managed by Gloyd “Sonny” Vestal. Earlier this month, the commission revoked the lice…
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Siouxland gets first Verizon 'Smart Store'

Siouxland gets first Verizon ‘Smart Store’

SIOUX CITY | Mary Frericks stopped by Verizon Wireless’ new “Smart Store’ in Sioux City recently for help with her new iPhone 6. At a smartphone station, she was assisted by the store’s solution specialist, Victor Bustos. “I just got to upgrade my phone. The shop here is so awesome,” Frericks of Remsen, Iowa, said. “Victor was very helpful.” Verizon, the nation’s largest wireless carrier, opened its first Smart Store in Siouxland last month. The 4,725-square-foot store, with services …
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SMSU FOOTBALL: Mustangs’ comeback attempt falls just short against USF

MARSHALL – It’s hard enough to stop the No. 5 team in the country with a full field in front of them. Southwest Minnesota State was forced to try and stop the Sioux Falls offense on short fields most of the night in a 34-26 loss on Saturday. Of its 12 drives in the game, five of them started at either midfield or in Southwest Minnesota State territory. Of those five drives, four resulted in Cougar touchdowns. “Sioux Falls is driving 80 or 90 yards every drive,” Sauter said. “When you force them…
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United Real Estate adds agent

United Real Estate adds agent

SIOUX CITY | Beth Ortmann has joined United Real Estate Solutions as a member of the residential sales team. She works out of the company’s  United Center office in Sioux City. After a 10-year career in social service and juvenile justice, Ortmann has returned to her passion for housing. Raised in central Iowa where construction was the family business, she not only watched and learned, but was also involved with several home renovation projects. Ortmann and her husband Chris have two daughter…
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Winning Wegmans took 9 years of patience, flexibility by High Real Estate Group

High Real Estate Group believed Wegmans was right for its Crossings at Conestoga Creek since day one. For Wegmans to believe it was right for the proposed development, though, took nine years. “We identified Wegmans from the very beginning” as the ideal anchor, said High’s Steve Evans, then used “extraordinary patience” to land the retailer. Related: Wegmans is coming to site near Long’s Park Evans, senior vice president and managing director of its retail division, began talking to Wegmans in 2006 when High unveiled the project. “We’ve been aware of this site and this market for a while,” acknowledged Ralph Uttaro, Wegmans senior vice president of real estate. At that time, the Harrisburg Pike development, opposite Long’s Park, was to be an open-air shopping center of about 650,000 square feet. The upscale supermarket chain even appears on the first version of the site plan for The Crossings. But Wegmans declined, since the plan did not “provide all of the those aspects of a layout that worked for them to position their store,” said Evans. High and Wegmans talked at length again in 2010-2011, when High changed The Crossings to a mixed-use project. The mixed-use approach cut the retail space to one-third of the original version while adding apartments and a hotel. “But it just wasn’t the right time for Wegmans,” said Evans, because the retailer was focused on launching stores in major metropolitan areas. Wegmans, explained Uttaro, “only opens a few stores a year” and was busy at that time pursuing “a lot of opportunities in other markets.” The right time High and Wegmans reconnected in September 2014, with the retailer deciding “it was time to take another look,” said Evans. That led to an agreement for Wegmans to anchor The Crossings, subject to Manheim Township approving the mixed-use development. Meanwhile, High is up to version 42 of The Crossings’ site plan, one that’s tailored to the wishes of Wegmans. “We designed the site plan to accommodate all the things that are important to them,” said Evans. All the revisions weren’t due to Wegmans, Evans noted. The site plan also was modified over the years to reflect input from township officials and residents, new stormwater management rules, the site’s physical characteristics and other reasons. And a site plan with 42 versions is not a shocker, given the size, complexity and evolution of The Crossings, he said. “I’ve worked on site plans in my career that went through more than 42 versions.” Wegmans hopes to open its store here sometime in 2018, after a year of construction. The retailer will lease the ground its store covers from High, but will construct the building and own it. Evans sees Wegmans as an ideal anchor for The Crossings because of the kind of company it is and the kind of pull its stores have. As a corporate citizen, Wegmans is a multi-generation, family company that generously supports charities wherever it operates, as is High, said Evans. “We are thrilled to be able to bring this type of company to Lancaster,” he said. As a retailer, Wegmans has been praised by Fortune, Forbes and Consumer Reports for its top-shelf employment practices and its outstanding selection, prices, service and presentation. Lifestyle project “It’s truly an experience (to shop at Wegmans),” said Evans. “That’s what people want today — an experience, not just a commodity.” The presence of Wegmans at The Crossings will make it easier for High to attract other retailers and restaurants, said Evans. “Wegmans is the critical catalyst to enable us to bring to Lancaster and to The Crossings what we said we were going to do back in 2006,” he said. That’s to create a pedestrian friendly, open-air development where there’s numerous things to do, all in a comfortable “Main Street” setting. This is what’s known as a “lifestyle” development. And this “lifestyle” project would be done inside the urban growth boundary while improving traffic flow on a major corridor. “Wegmans will be a big part of driving the environment that we want to achieve…” said Evans. “We’re truly going to have this ‘live, stay, dine, shop and play’ mentality.”
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Danielle Jo Pettis, 39, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Huron

Danielle Jo Pettis, 39, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Huron

SIOUX FALLS — Danielle Jo Pettis, age 39 of Sioux Falls, formerly of Huron, SD, passed away on Monday, October 12, 2015, at her home in Sioux …
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Digest: Stampede win third straight

Lawton Courtnall scored twice and Stefanos Lekkas had another strong performance in goal with 26 saves as the Sioux Falls Stampede topped the Waterloo Black Hawks 4-2 before 5,787 fans at the PREMIER Center. The win was the Herd’s third straight and completed a weekend home sweep of the Black Hawks. Sioux Falls improved to 4-3-0 on the season with the win and 4-1-0 on home ice this season. The Stampede knew heading into the second game of the weekend they would need to come out with more ener…
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CAREER IN REAL ESTATE

CAREER IN REAL ESTATE

Many fear proposed exemptions would limit the bill’s impact in a state where nearly any nonnative creature can be kept as a pet. A year ago, the University of Wisconsin football team went off in October, blowing out opponent after opponent as it rolled through the soft m… SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jordan Clarkson scored 17 points and Julius Randle had 14 to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to an 85-70 win over the Golden Stat… CAREER IN REAL ESTATE When you work with the most recognized nam…
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Presto change-o

The house stands on a corner lot and the backyard borders the 4th green of Linwood Country Club The public will get its chance to weigh in on the controversial South Jersey Gas pipeline Monday. Erica Skroski and Jenna Seddon don’t seem to have a problem being teammates with one another. The locally based creators of the comic SUPER! are getting ready to make issue 6 of their series, but they need your help. ATLANTIC CITY — The city’s bartenders are slinging far fewer drinks this year compa…
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Empire Mall holds job fair

Empire Mall holds job fair

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Looking to make a little money this holiday season? The Empire Mall in Sioux Falls is hoping to hire 400 employees to take seasonal and even some permanent positions. The mall held a job fair today to recruit people looking for work. More than 20 businesses set hiring tables out in front of their stores, giving job seekers several different options for employment. “The holiday season is a tremendous time for Hyvee, but we’re opening up five new restaurants in our stores so w…
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Editorial: Better distracted driving law would make streets safer

There is a simple test for whether the Sioux Falls City Council should ban the use of handheld electronics while driving. Does it make the streets of our city safer? The answer is yes. The council is set to have a first reading on the proposal on Monday with a full discussion on Nov. 10. Between now and then you will hear a litany of reasons why this regulation on cell phone use in cars is not needed. There are degrees of reasonableness in this pending community debate. It begins with the fact …
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Real estate transactions Oct. 19, 2015

Real estate transactions Oct. 19, 2015

REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS $3,200,000 Toehold on Sandcastle LLC to Hoschak Properties LLC, Lot 9 Blk 47 Ilexhurst, O.R. Book 02590 Page 1840, Oct. 8. $2,615,000 Avena LLC to Hansen Douglas A, Hansen Joanna R, Lot 4 Lake Club, O.R. Book 02589 Page 7584, Oct. 6. $2,600,000 Walker Philip A, Walker Gia T to Thirteen 109 LLC, Blk 26 Cortez Beach Wyman and Greens, O.R. Book 02589 Page 6550, Oct. 6. $2,020,000 Anchor Builders Lake Club 23 LLC to Winsler Robert J Jr, Winsler Peggy S, Lot 23 Lake Club, O….
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Weichert Real Estate Affiliates adds 38 offices

Weichert, Realtors: Martin J. Rueter. (Photo: ~Jon Roemer, Courtesy of Weichert Real Estate Affiliates) To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs MORRIS PLAINS Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc., the franchise division of Weichert, Realtors, continues to raise its profile throughout the country with the year-to-date addition of 38 franchise offices to its rapidly growing nationwide network. “Because of our cutting-edge technology and wide v…
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Fresh data Crain's publishes commercial real estate list package

Fresh data Crain’s publishes commercial real estate list package

Crain’s has just published its annual lists of the largest real estate brokers and largest office leases for the 12 months ended June 30. Brokers are …
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Prosecutors claim former state assembly speaker used official action on behalf of Glenwood …

This week a federal judge delivered a blow to former speaker of the New York State Assembly Sheldon Silver, ruling that prosecutors may introduce evidence that he took official action on behalf of Glenwood Management. The evidence allegedly links Silver to official action taken on behalf of real estate developer Glenwood Management that blocked a methadone clinic from relocating near one of its buildings in Lower Manhattan, according to the New York Times. The evidence involving the clinic was …
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Insider Buying: Morguard Real Estate Inv. Director Purchases C$562522.40 in Stock (MRT.UN)

Insider Buying: Morguard Real Estate Inv. Director Purchases C$562522.40 in Stock (MRT.UN)

Morguard Real Estate Inv. (TSE:MRT.UN) Director Kuldip (Rai) Sahi purchased 38,800 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, October 15th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of C$14.50 per share, with a total value of C$562,522.40. Kuldip (Rai) Sahi also recently made the following trade(s): On Wednesday, October 14th, Kuldip (Rai) Sahi acquired 17,500 shares of Morguard Real Estate Inv. stock. The shares were acquired at an average price of C$14.13 p…
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Sunday Q&A with Robert Taylor of VCU’s Kornblau Real Estate Program

Robert Taylor is the executive director of the Kornblau Real Estate Program at Virginia Commonwealth University Robert Taylor, who teaches undergraduate real estate and financial courses at Virginia Commonwealth University, is one of the forces behind the annual VCU Real Estate Trends Conference. The year’s event, which is Thursday, marks the 25th consecutive year for the program. The conference draws more than a thousand people throughout the region in the real estate and related industries…
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Whitney: Highway death sheds light on boy's life

Whitney: Highway death sheds light on boy’s life

Jay Lavender was fascinated by trains. For a boy with a roving mind, they symbolized power, movement and freedom. Sometimes Lavender would leave his house at night on the northern fringe of Sioux Falls and walk along the nearby railroad tracks, envisioning where they might lead. No one is quite sure where the 16-year-old O’Gorman High School student was headed the night of Oct. 1, but they know that he never came back. Lavender, who was diagnosed with autism and attention deficit disorder and r…
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Family of student suing school district over welding injury

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The family of a student who says their son suffered permanent vision loss because of a school welding exercise is suing the …
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Tough quarter for real estate sales

Tough quarter for real estate sales

The Ridgefield residential real estate market suffered another bruising season in the third quarter that ended in September, with millions less in home sales, just like the second quarter before it. A total of 91 single-family homes sold, with sales volume of $77 million, down from $95.3 million the third quarter of 2014, according to statistics provided by the Ridgefield Board of Realtors. Condominiums fared better. A total of 15 units were sold, with volume of $8.4 million, up from $5.4 milli…
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Naples portfolio commands $608 per square foot

Brokerage firm Holliday Fenoglio and Fowler L.P. (HFF) announced the sale of seven buildings in Naples for $74.35 million, or about $608 per square foot. HFF represented the seller, Naples Fifth Avenue Holdings, LLC, and got marketing assistance from Miami-based Courtelis Company, which handled leasing and building management for Fifth Avenue. The buyer is Hoffman Commercial Real Estate, based in St. Louis, Missouri. The seven-building portfolio in Naples covers a combined 122,276 square feet, …
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Florida leads in FAA approvals for real estate drones

Florida leads in FAA approvals for real estate drones

Florida is the leading state for federal approvals to use drones in real estate photography. The Federal Aviation Administraion (FAA) has granted 45 exemptions to drone pilots for real estate applications in Florida, more than in any other state, according to a report by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems. For example, Carlos Pando, a manager of Orlando Aerial Videos in Central Florida, told the Orlando Sentinel that his company got an FAA exemption about four months ago and uses it …
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Insights from a Tampa Bay real estate instructor

CHERIE DIEZ | Times Deborah Diesing is with the Bob Hogue School of Real Estate. If you’ve ever gone to real estate school in the Tampa Bay area, chances are Deborah Diesing was your instructor. Through boom, bust and boom again, Diesing has taught an estimated 1,200 students of the Bob Hogue School of Real Estate what they need to know to pass the Florida real estate exam. She also teaches continuing education courses, traveling as far as the Panhandle. A Wisconsin native, Diesing, 60, moved t…
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