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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 real estate.  With many bullish forecasts out there boding well for sellers and real estate […]

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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 want to add it to next year’s tickler file.)  So before the following are added […]

Investigating the Business of Government: Self-guided training
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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.

Governments award millions of dollars in contracts and are often some of the largest employers in town. Yet journalists sometimes overlook the business stories in the workings of local and state government. The Watergate admonition to “follow the money” applies to investigations of government at all levels, down to the economic-development agency and library board.

Los Angeles Times housing market story
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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 new Ability to Pay /Qualified Mortgage rules that will affect borrowers and lenders.  The new […]

Brainstorm story projects
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Brainstorm 2014 story projects before opportunities slip away

This week of limbo, as one year flickers out and another is about to dawn, is an annual opportunity to do some long-range planning and thinking about fresh angles for approaching your beat. It’s also a good time to seize ideas for projects or longitudinal stories and set them into motion. Otherwise all too soon, […]

Year-end, big-ticket sales and your local economy
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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 and cashmere scarves — can show a different side of your region’s economy.  If you’re […]

chart showing trends in multi-family real estate 2014
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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 of real estate story, why not find an angle in the booming multifamily market?   Developers, […]

As larger malls rebound, strip centers still battle double-digit vacancy rates
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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 time to check in on the health of area shopping malls, strip centers and Main […]

Bloomberg story on corporate ownership of residential homes
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Bloomberg, Indy Star, CNBC track surge in institutional landlords

The drumbeat in residential real estate market news this year has largely been that of investors scooping up single-family homes on the cheap and turning them into investment rentals.  It’s an interesting story with a lot of implications for property values, tax base, neighborhood character and other angles of interest to general readers. But this […]