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Contracts to buy US homes rise in hopeful sign

...Case-Shiller index.And while more homeowners have started to list their properties for sale, the ability of the real estate market to grow is limited.That's largely due to the consequences of the housing bust that triggered the Great Recession...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-08-28/contracts-buy-us-homes-ris
US home price gains slow in June

...triggered the recession at the end of 2007. Still, the fallout from that downturn continues to cast a shadow over the real estate market.Nearly 35 percent of homeowners are "effectively underwater" on their mortgages, meaning that they either have...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-08-26/us-home-price-gains-slow-j
$6 million changes planned for historic Partridge Inn in Augusta

...was brought in after the 2011 foreclosure to return the hotel to a stable footing and prepare the property for the real estate market.Having been a previous owner, Patton is familiar with the nuances, potential and age-related issues of the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2014-08-19/6-million-c
Small businesses step up hiring pace as healthier economy boosts revenue

...part-time employees who she could always rely on a necessity.A region recoversThe recovery in South Florida's real estate market and economy has allowed Tadd Schwartz's public relations firm to step up its hiring. Schwartz Media Strategies...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-07-31/small-businesses-step-hiri
Zillow buying Trulia to build real estate titan

...Benchmark analyst Daniel Kurnos.According to Benchmark estimates, Zillow and Trulia are No. 1 and 2 in the online real estate market, followed by No. 3 Move Inc. Zillow reported nearly 83 million monthly unique visitors in June. Trulia reported...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-07-28/zillow-buying-trulia-build
Business news

...mortgages, bonds and consumer loans.In other newsFEWER AMERICANS signed contracts to buy homes in June, as the real estate market appears to have cooled off this summer. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its seasonally adjusted...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-07-28/business-news
CFO says sale of Clippers is needed to settle Sterling's debts

...Schield said if Sterling has to dump $500 million worth of apartment buildings he could destabilize the Los Angeles real estate market.Sterling's lawyer suggested there are other options for raising the money. LAKERS: Free-agent guard Nick...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nba/2014-07-21/cfo-says-sale-clippers-needed
US home construction drops 9.3 percent in June to rate of 893,000, slowest pace in 9 months

...Even with the big May increases, sales of new homes are still running at just about half the pace of a healthy real estate market.Economists expect there is a lot of pent-up demand for homes after many potential buyers put off purchases during...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-07-17/us-home-construction-drops
32 states trail US as a whole in job recovery

...down 147,000. Both states were hurt by layoffs at factories. Florida is down 170,000 in the aftermath of its real estate market collapse.The sluggish job market could weigh on voters in some key states when they go to the polls this fall...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-07-02/32-states-trail-us-whole-j
US new home sales surge 18.6 percent in May to annual rate of 504,000

...Even with the big overall gain, sales of new homes are still running at just about half the pace of a healthy real estate market.But there have been some encouraging signs of a rebound in housing.The National Association of Realtors reported...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-06-24/us-new-home-sales-surge-18