Real estate | Econ development

Quicktips: Mad Men kitsch, real-estate glitch, Passover product pitch

We’re amid one of those stimulating times of year when the seasonal news pegs are so numerous it’s hard to keep up.  I missed National Love Your Produce Manager Day and going to have to take a pass on National

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New state tax revenue data gives insight into consumer spending

New numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau on state tax revenues are just out for the fourth quarter of 2013, with the annual summary for the full year also due out April 8. Because these figures are broken down into

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Assess the vacation home market as getaway season draws near

Whether a lakeside cabin, desert ranch, riverside RV or beachfront cottage, owning the getaway home is many a consumer’s dream. And as summer draws near, a new spate of information indicating an upswing in buyer demand makes this an opportune

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There’s a spring real estate story out there for every business beat

The spring that seemed like it would never arrive – and in many places across the U.S., still doesn’t – actually rolls around this week. And aside from basketball madness, tulips and school breaks, it’s a big season for residential

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Quicktip stories: Home-prices to cruise ship inspection details

Time flies on news-heavy weeks and the “ones that got away” pile of good stories to localize is growing at an annoying clip.  (Among the missed opportunities, to my chagrin, was this Ragan’s PR Daily piece on tacky MLK Day marketing if you

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Investigating the Business of Government: Self-guided training

This free workshop was originally held on Jan. 23, 2014, in Lexington, Ky., preceding the Kentucky Press Association’s Winter Convention. You can access all the materials from the workshop in this self-guided training. Governments award millions of dollars in contracts

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Thinking about taking a crack at new back-to-basics mortgage rules?

Spring real estate season is going to be here in the blink of an eye, and if you haven’t done so yet, you might also kick off residential real estate coverage for 2014 with a personal finance primer about the

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Year-end, big-ticket sales and your local economy

Retail stories this time of year tend to focus on items that fit under the tree, like electronics, apparel, jewelry, gift cards. But year-end sales of durable goods like cars, furniture and appliances — while not as glitzy as new iPads

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Size up trends in apartment and condo developments heading into 2014

The last month of the year traditionally is a slow one for residential housing sales, as weather, holiday activity, travel and school breaks collide to make buying and selling houses a cumbersome task. But if you’re itching to do some sort

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As larger malls rebound, strip centers still battle double-digit vacancy rates

With only a couple of days to go before even the most reticent of retailers – those who feel they must restrain the Christmas glee at least until after Halloween – unleash two months of merchant mania, it’s a good

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