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1. Waterford Place Apartments Sells for $28.3 Million -

The 320-unit Waterford Place Apartments in Southeast Shelby County has sold to an entity affiliated with Chicago-based Trilogy Real Estate Group for $28.3 million, or about $88,438 per unit.

TMF III Waterford Place Partnership purchased the complex in an Oct. 16 special warranty deed from WRF-Waterford Place LLC, an entity related to Boston-based real estate investment trust Winthrop Realty Trust. Winthrop bought the property in April 2012 for $21.5 million.

2. Recruiter’s Career Twist -

Ask Janet Miller about her remarkable career at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and she’ll likely attribute it to good timing or pass credit onto others.

3. Collierville Storage Facility Sells for $3.9 Million -

A California-based owner and operator of self-storage facilities has purchased a Collierville storage facility for $3.9 million.

LifeStorage, through an entity operating as SSTN 651 S. Rowlett Street LLC, acquired the 62,170-square-foot facility at 651 S. Rowlett St. from LottaStorage LLC, according to an Oct. 6 special warranty deed. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2014 appraisal is $2.2 million.

4. Collierville Storage Facility Sells for $3.9 Million -

A California-based owner and operator of self-storage facilities has purchased a Collierville storage facility for $3.9 million.

LifeStorage, through an entity operating as SSTN 651 S. Rowlett Street LLC, acquired the 62,170-square-foot facility at 651 S. Rowlett St. from LottaStorage LLC, according to an Oct. 6 special warranty deed. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2014 appraisal is $2.2 million.

5. Urban Wilderness a Paradise for Outdoors Enthusiasts -

Knoxville Urban Wilderness offers 42 miles of trails, four Civil War sites and the Ijams Nature Center on public and private lands, connecting parks, neighborhoods and schools.

It’s the perfect place for adventurous souls to hike and rent bikes, kayaks or paddleboats to get closer to nature in the midst of Knoxville.

6. Room for Growth -

Sardor and Gulam Umarov are used to fighting battles with seemingly long odds.

Between 2005 and 2009, the brothers waged a high-profile human rights campaign against the authoritarian government in their native Uzbekistan for the release of their father, Sanjar Umarov, a Germantown businessman thrown into prison for opposing the regime.

7. Olive Branch Business Park Closer to Development -

A Texas-based development firm could start turning dirt soon on a massive new business park in Olive Branch.

Hillwood Investment Properties is expected to close on a land purchase next week that will clear the way for Legacy Park, a 265-acre distribution and business park on the south side of Goodman Road, just east of Hacks Cross Road near Polk Lane.

8. The Return of King Dollar -

The market’s game ball in the third quarter goes to the U.S. dollar. The U.S. dollar rose 7 percent, boosted by the comparative hawkishness of the U.S. Fed. The currency has now advanced for 11 consecutive weeks, its longest winning streak in nearly 20 years (although the uptrend actually started in mid-2011). What should you know about the return of King Dollar?

9. Smart Growth Plan Sets Stage in Germantown -

In 2007, the city of Germantown adopted its Smart Growth plan and accompanying zoning regulations, which promoted more walkable, accessible mixed-use development in its central business district and surrounding neighborhoods.

10. Certified Financial Planner – One Big Thing -

Ray's take: In today’s world of financial specialists, each one has their own view of what you should do – because each one is focused on their own focused area of the big picture: the CPA, the insurance agent, the attorney, etc.

11. Robotic Rise of the S&P -

The S&P 500 hit a new all-time high again last week for the 34th time so far this year. However, U.S. stocks appear increasingly detached.

While the S&P 500 has risen nearly 10 percent year-to-date, stocks outside the US have returned less than 3 percent. In fact, U.S. stocks have pummeled their international competition by an astounding 70 percent over the last five years.

12. Germantown Land Sells for $6 Million -

Neshoba-Exeter Real Estate Partners, whose managing general partner is M. Spence Ray, has acquired property in Germantown for $6 million.

Neshoba-Exeter Partners acquired roughly 16 acres of vacant land zoned for residential development in two parcels owned by Owen Investments LP near the northeast corner of South Germantown and Neshoba roads on Sept. 15, according to a warranty deed.

13. US Wealth Gap Putting the Squeeze on State Revenue -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Income inequality is taking a toll on state governments.

The widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else has been matched by a slowdown in state tax revenue, according to a report being released Monday by Standard & Poor's.

14. Will More Rentals Slow Rising Home Prices? -

Hardly a day goes by that a residential real estate broker is not asked: “When will it end?”

Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D., authors Elliot Eisenberg’s Brief Blog and sends it daily to subscribers. Here’s what he had to say on the subject in his August 25 edition:

15. Regulators Set Rules Meant to Ward Off Bank Crisis -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal regulators are set to require big banks to keep enough high-quality assets on hand to survive during a severe downturn, the latest move under congressional mandate to lessen the likelihood of another financial meltdown.

16. Is It Really Time to Relax Lending Standards? -

Just when you thought it was safe to believe in the wisdom of the system, they pull this.

Back in 2008, when the Great Recession made its way into Middle Tennessee and the area began to feel the pain that other regions had endured for several years, the financial world collapsed.

17. Survey: Americans' Pessimism on Economy Has Grown -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans are more anxious about the economy now than they were right after the Great Recession ended despite stock market gains, falling unemployment and growth moving closer to full health.

18. Hot Yoga Plus Expands in Memphis -

Hot Yoga Plus, a Nashville-based yoga concept, is opening a second Memphis area location.

Hot Yoga Plus, founded by Memphian Susannah Herring, has signed a 2,015-square-foot lease at 9037 Poplar Ave. in Germantown. The new store is expected to open this fall and follows the original Memphis location in Laurelwood.

19. Hot Yoga Plus Expands in Memphis -

Hot Yoga Plus, a Nashville-based Yoga concept, is opening a second Memphis area location.

Hot Yoga Plus, founded by Memphian Susannah Herring, has signed a 2,015-square-foot lease at 9037 Poplar Ave. in Germantown. The new store is expected to open this fall and follows the original Memphis location in Laurelwood.

20. Council Rejects Utility Construction Contract -

The Memphis City Council approved on the first of three readings Tuesday, Aug. 19, an ordinance that adjusts the city’s policy on the investment of the city’s pension fund. The change would up the percentage of investments in real estate from 5 percent to 10 percent.

21. Source: Horizon Under Contract To Be Purchased -

The Horizon, an uncompleted 16-story residential tower overlooking the Mississippi River on the southern end of Downtown, could change hands soon.

A yet-to-be-identified buyer is under contract to purchase the tower, according to sources familiar with the effort.

22. Bank of America Reaches $17 Billion Settlement With US -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Bank of America has reached a record $17 billion settlement to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, officials directly familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

23. Council Rejects Utility Construction Contract -

The Memphis City Council approved on the first of three readings Tuesday, Aug. 19, an ordinance that adjusts the city’s policy on the investment of the city’s pension fund. The change would up the percentage of investments in real estate from 5 percent to 10 percent.

24. In Case of Incapacitation -

Ray’s take: A financial power of attorney is a powerful tool in your financial planning arsenal in the event your investments or other financial matters need action and you can’t do it.

25. Fullilove Calls Off Sales Tax Hike Try, Unions May Try -

Memphis City Council member Janis Fullilove pulled the plug Tuesday, Aug. 19, on a proposed November referendum on a citywide half cent sales tax hike.

26. Developer Files Permit for Graceland-Area Hotel -

3411 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Permit Cost: $3.5 million

27. Less-Frenzied House Hunting in Williamson County -

This past week, Realtor Stephanie Tipton Soper had two out-of-town families relocating to Nashville. Both were in search of homes in Williamson County.

Disclosure being the better part of valor, Stephanie is my real estate partner at Christianson, Patterson, Courtney and Associates. With my wife Beth and our twins vacationing in London, Stephanie was the only real estate agent from whom I can draw immediate, deadline-ready data and information, so here she is.

28. Developer Files Permit for Graceland-Area Hotel -

SNP Investments has filed a $3.5 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a four-story, 85-room Holiday Inn Express at 3411 Elvis Presley Blvd. in Whitehaven.

29. Where the Values Aren’t -

Downturns, while painful, can be very useful for the information they provide.

The S&P 500, representative of U.S. large cap stocks, declined 4 percent between July 24 and Aug. 7. Limiting our data set to this time period produces a couple of interesting observations. First, while interest rates didn’t actually move as feared, interest rate sensitive investments did. Master limited partnerships, utilities and high dividend payers underperformed over the period. Second, the emerging and frontier markets outperformed notably.

30. Memphis In May Ends Fiscal Year on High -

The Memphis in May International Festival finished its fiscal year with about $180,000 more in revenues than expenditures.

Unaudited figures from the festival’s fiscal year, which ended July 31, show total revenues for the monthlong set of events and programs of $7.2 million and expenses of $7.1 million.

31. Southwind Village Office Owner Files $3.3 Million Loan -

The owner of the two parcels that compose the Southwind Village office complex in Southeast Memphis has filed a $3.3 million loan on the property.

The parcels are 3101 Players Club Parkway and 3195 Players Club Parkway, which sit at the southeast corner of Players Club Parkway and Hacks Cross Road.

32. Pressure Builds to Grant More Tax Breaks -

The head of the Economic Development Growth Engine organization says there is another side to the controversy over granting property tax abatements through payments-in-lieu-of-taxes that isn’t heard in the current civic discussion about the incentives.

33. Springing to Life -

When Ridgeland, Miss.-based development firm the Bryan Co. broke ground on The Horizon condominium tower in 2007, it was at the peak of the housing bubble and optimism from elected officials and Downtown boosters was equally high.

34. Fannie, Freddie Post Profits in Second Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Government-controlled mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac posted profits for the April-June period as the U.S. housing market continued to recover. Gains in recent years have enabled them to fully repay their government aid after being rescued during the financial crisis in 2008.

35. US Stocks Have Their Worst Week in Two Years -

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market is closing out its worst week in two years.

Traders moved money into investments traditionally seen as having lower risk Friday, such as U.S. government bonds, gold and utility stocks.

36. Knowledge Tree Buys Cordova Retail Center -

8195 Dexter Road
Memphis, TN 38016
Sale Amount: $1.3 million

Sale Date: July 8, 2014
Buyer: K Tree LLC
Seller: 8195 Dexter Road LLC
Loan Amount: $1.5 million
Loan Date: July 11, 2014
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: First Tennessee Bank NA
Details: An affiliate of the Knowledge Tree learning center has paid $1.5 million for the 28,575-square-foot shopping center at 8195 Dexter Road in Cordova.

37. Crews Realty Buys Collierville Acreage for $2 Million -

Three vacant parcels totaling about 231 acres at Tenn. 385 and Houston Levee Road in Collierville have sold for a combined $2 million.

A Germantown-based entity called HL385 Investments LLC, an affiliate of Crews Realty, bought the properties in two July 14 special warranty deeds from Jane Isbell Haynes, Barton F. Haynes, Elizabeth F. Haynes Burnett and Mary F. Haynes Gardner.

38. Green Mountain Consulting Finds Home Along Poplar -

Logistics vendor Green Mountain Consulting wasn’t necessarily looking to buy an office building when it began its search for more office space for expansion.

“We’re not getting into the commercial real estate business because we wanted to be in it; we got into it because we have a company to operate and needed the space,” said Jim Jacobs, one of Green Mountain’s co-founders.

39. Uphill Climb -

Shelby County’s homebuilding industry is off to a slow start in 2014, with builders filing 16.6 percent fewer permits in the second quarter than in the same three-month period a year ago.

Builders filed 245 permits in Shelby County in the second quarter, compared with 294 permits in the second quarter of 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. Builders filed 191 permits in the first quarter.

40. Yellen Says Economy Still Needs Fed Support -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the economic recovery is not yet complete and for that reason the Fed intends to keep providing significant support to boost growth and improve labor market conditions.

41. Memphis Bioworks Partners With Vanderbilt -

Vanderbilt University and Memphis Bioworks Foundation have formed a partnership to accelerate business and product ideas from the university into the marketplace.

Vanderbilt’s Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization and Memphis Bioworks will introduce educational entrepreneurship programming, mentorship and strategic networks developed by Bioworks and its affiliate organizations to Vanderbilt faculty, staff and students. That includes Memphis Bioworks’ medical device business accelerator program, ZeroTo510, dedicating spots in its applicant pool for Vanderbilt nominees.

42. Memphis Bioworks Partners With Vanderbilt -

Vanderbilt University and Memphis Bioworks Foundation have formed a partnership to accelerate business and product ideas from the university into the marketplace.

Vanderbilt’s Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization and Memphis Bioworks will introduce educational entrepreneurship programming, mentorship and strategic networks developed by Bioworks and its affiliate organizations to Vanderbilt faculty, staff and students. That includes Memphis Bioworks’ medical device business accelerator program, ZeroTo510, dedicating spots in its applicant pool for Vanderbilt nominees.

43. Hollingsworth Buys Mississippi Industrial Property -

The Hollingsworth Cos., which operates a prominent industrial development company with holdings across the South, has acquired an industrial building in Senatobia, Miss.

Clinton, Tenn.-based Hollingsworth recently acquired the 198,450-square-foot building at 795 Shands Bottom Road in Senatobia from BMW.

44. Legacy Farm Owner Files $29.8 Million Loan -

1120 Winchester Road
Collierville, TN 38017
Loan Amount: $29.8 million

Loan Date: June 18, 2014
Maturity Date: July 1, 2021
Borrower: Legacy Farm LLC
Lender: CBRE Capital Markets Inc.
Details: The owner of the 368-unit Legacy Farm apartment complex at 1120 Winchester Road in Collierville has filed a $29.8 million loan on the property.

45. Medtronic to Buy Irish Medical-Device Maker -

U.S. medical device manufacturer Medtronic has agreed to buy Ireland-based competitor Covidien for $42.9 billion in cash and stock.

The combined company would have its executive offices in Dublin, where it could benefit from Ireland’s lower corporate tax rates. But the merged company would continue to operate in Minneapolis, where Medtronic employs more than 8,000, the companies said late Sunday in a statement.

46. Pan Am Flight Academy Building Sold -

A private investment group has purchased the Pan Am International Flight Academy office building.

Valhalla Financial bought the Memphis property, which is occupied by Pan Am’s local flight academy, for $4.9 million from Road Bay Investments LLC, a subsidiary of The Allstate Corp.

47. Gestalt Schools Signs Lease in Hickory Hill -

A charter school operator has inked a lease for space on Winchester Road in Hickory Hill.

Gestalt Community Schools has leased 57,000 square feet of space at 5360 Winchester Road inside the Mendenhall Square shopping center.

48. Current Account Deficit Up From 14-Year Low -

A drop in U.S. exports and lower income from overseas investments drove the U.S. current account deficit to its highest level in 18 months.

The Commerce Department says the deficit jumped to a seasonally adjusted $111.2 billion in the January-March quarter, up from a revised total of $87.3 billion in the October-December quarter. The fourth quarter's total was the smallest in 14 years.

49. Pan Am Flight Academy Building Sold -

A private investment group has purchased the Pan Am International Flight Academy office building.

Valhalla Financial bought the Memphis property, which is occupied by Pan Am's local flight academy, for $4.9 million from Road Bay Investments LLC, a subsidiary of The Allstate Corp.

50. Brim’s Owner Files Loan on Bartlett Facility -

A company whose principal owns Brim’s Snack Foods has filed a $4.3 million construction loan on its 7940 A E Beaty Drive property in Bartlett.

TBLN Investments – whose principal, Terry Brimhall, is founder and president of Brim’s parent company Brimhall Foods Co. Inc. – filed the loan April 30 through Renasant Bank. Though the loan was filed in April, the Shelby County Register of Deeds didn’t record the loan until this week.

51. Partners Drive Startup Ecosystem -

Building startups is tough work that requires the engagement of money, mentorship and professional support.

Back before there were incubators, accelerators and formal platforms to systematically assist startup companies, there were critical trusted advisers in the community to help guide entrepreneurs as they started up. Those advisers were local bankers, lawyers, marketers, accountants and others where entrepreneurs could turn for support and guidance. While new startup infrastructures have sprung up to provide knowledge, capital and other resources, professionals continue to be the backbone driving entrepreneurial growth.

52. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? -

The most commonly cited indicator of complacency, the VIX or volatility index, recently hit a low of 10.73, a level not seen since early 2007.

Now a low VIX does not in any way signal an imminent crisis, but it does indicate a very complacent consensus susceptible to even slightly unpleasant surprises. Sadly, when the markets cannot find a reason to sell, Murphy ’s Law always provides one.

53. Medtronic to Buy Irish Medical-Device Maker -

U.S. medical device manufacturer Medtronic has agreed to buy Ireland-based competitor Covidien for $42.9 billion in cash and stock.

The combined company would have its executive offices in Dublin, where it could benefit from Ireland's lower corporate tax rates. But the merged company would continue to operate in Minneapolis, where Medtronic employs more than 8,000, the companies said late Sunday in a statement.

54. Somerset Apartments Sell for $2.5 Million -

An entity called Memphis Winset LLC has paid $2.5 million for the 496-unit Somerset Park Apartment Homes in Oakhaven.

55. Aren Investments Buys Winchester Haverty’s -

6870 Winchester Road
Memphis, TN 38115
Sale Amount: $1.1 million

Sale Date: June 2, 2014
Buyer: Aren Investments LLC
Seller: Kirsch Associates LP
Loan Amount: $850,000
Loan Date: June 2, 2014
Maturity Date: Nov. 15, 2015
Lender: BancorpSouth Bank
Details: Local real estate investment firm Aren Investments LLC has paid $1.1 million for the Haverty’s furniture store at 6870 Winchester Road in Hickory Hill.

56. Aren Investments Buys Winchester Haverty’s -

Local real estate investment firm Aren Investments LLC has paid $1.1 million for the Haverty’s furniture store at 6870 Winchester Road in Hickory Hill.

57. ‘A Step Closer’ -

The general contractor for the Crosstown redevelopment project recently applied for three building permits totaling $115.3 million as the development team approaches a key period for financing the ambitious project.

58. Graceland Hotel Passes Crucial Hurdle -

A new hotel near Graceland has passed a key regulatory hurdle.

The Memphis-Shelby County Land Use Control Board approved a proposal from Elvis Presley Enterprises to build a 450-room hotel on the same side of Elvis Presley Boulevard as the historic Graceland mansion, one of the city’s top tourism sites.

59. How to Sabotage Your Fundraising -

Fundraising is about asking for money. That’s the common perception. But is it the truth?

Here’s what we have learned from our extensive work with nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, individual donors, program officers and foundation executives: Fundraising is about much more than asking for money.

60. Shops of Wolflake Sells for $3.8 Million -

2965 N. Germantown Road
Bartlett, TN 38133
Sale Amount: $3.8 million

Sale Date: May 20, 2014
Buyer: Bartlett Interests LLC
Seller: Pref Wolflake Partners GP
Details: The Shops of Wolflake retail strip center at 2965 N. Germantown Road in Bartlett has sold for $3.8 million.

61. Nashville Mayor Maps Issues Similar to Memphis -

The Nashville mayor who was once Davidson County's public defender says schools in his city aren’t meeting his test for success in public education.

He is concerned with attracting talent to the city and touts diversity as a key component of that. And his city has a critical need for a “more robust” mass transit system, he said last week.

62. Regions Partners in Inner-City Business Program -

To use a metaphor to illustrate the purpose of a new program to help inner-city businesses in Memphis grow, the program represents the difference between focusing on rowing your boat and scouting the horizon for a new port to direct your boat toward.

63. Boyle Starts New Phase at Spring Creek Ranch -

Activity at Boyle Investment Co.’s Spring Creek Ranch has continued this year with multiple phases of construction as it develops a total of 340 lots over the next decade.

64. Shops of Wolflake Sells for $3.8 Million -

The Shops of Wolflake retail strip center at 2965 N. Germantown Road in Bartlett has sold for $3.8 million.

65. Change on Tap for Many Local Public Companies -

Here’s a snapshot of recent news and developments at some of the publicly traded companies based in Memphis, reflecting the influence these companies have and the shadows they cast both in Memphis and beyond, in industries that range from bioscience to banking.

66. Public-Private Survey Finds Cybercrime on the Rise -

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – The hackers are winning, according to a survey of 500 executives of U.S. businesses, law enforcement services and government agencies released Wednesday.

The 12th annual survey of cybercrime trends found that online attackers determined to break into computers, steal information and interfere with business are more technologically advanced than those trying to stop them.

67. Grants Prove Bioworks is Delivering Good Results -

One grant is good. Two grants are better.

In 2012, Memphis Bioworks received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Workforce Developmental and Job Training Program (EWDJT). The $300,000 grant issued provided training for 110 persons, 65 of whom already have been placed in full-time jobs.

68. Obama Hosts CEOs Whose Firms are Investing in US -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It's the yin and the yang of the U.S. corporate climate.

At the White House, President Barack Obama played the role of business pitchman Tuesday, saluting executives whose companies have chosen to gain or expand their footprint in the United States.

69. Darden to Sell Red Lobster, Hold Onto Olive Garden -

NEW YORK (AP) – Darden is setting Red Lobster adrift, but betting that it can still turn around Olive Garden's fortunes.

The company, which is based in Orlando, Florida, said Friday that it would sell its seafood chain and the accompanying real estate to investment firm Golden Gate Capital in a $2.1 billion cash deal. The announcement came despite objections from some shareholders to the plan to separate Red Lobster, which was announced late last year.

70. Postal Service had $1.9 Billion Quarterly Loss -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Postal Service reported a $1.9 billion loss for the first three months of this year and pleaded again Friday for reforms to its troubled financial system.

The agency said the loss for the quarter that ended March 31 matched the $1.9 billion in red ink in the same period last year and marked the 20th time of the last 22 quarters that it posted a loss.

71. House Votes to Make Research Tax Credit Permanent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House voted Friday to make permanent a tax credit that rewards businesses for investing in research and development, pushing Congress toward an election-year showdown over a series of expired tax breaks that are popular back home but add billions to the budget deficit.

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73. Bosse’s Commitment, Expertise Aid CPA Firm -

Helping individuals and businesses manage and keep track of assets and investments is an important task for a CPA firm like Cannon Wright Blount, a Memphis-based company that’s always looking to break away from the pack and distinguish itself in terms of products and service offerings.

74. IronHorse Makes New Hire, Launches Mutual Fund -

Memphis-based investment firm IronHorse Capital Management has hired a managing director for national sales, a new hire that comes at the same time as the firm has launched its first mutual fund product.

75. Financial Federal Sees Progress, Prepares for New Digs -

A business that handles client money and assets naturally occupies an ideal perch from which to survey the financial landscape and general economic conditions.

And the Memphis-based bank Financial Federal is one such institution in a position to do that.

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77. Officials Visit Memphis to See Investments at Work -

Officials from President Barack Obama’s administration were expected to visit Memphis to look at joint investments by their agencies in a program designed to improve housing and transportation options, protect the environment and build stronger regional economies.

78. Running on Autopilot? -

With the first quarter behind us, it is time to evaluate your business performance and start assessing the effectiveness of the tactics in your growth strategy. At the end of each quarter it is imperative to run a series of diagnostics to attain a deeper understanding of why the results are what they are, regardless of whether they are positive or negative.

79. Vote of Confidence -

After experiencing a strong fourth quarter in 2013, confidence in the Memphis office market remains high so far this year.

First quarter leases signed outnumbered tenant move outs and the Memphis market ended the quarter with 54,989 square feet of absorption, according to CB Richard Ellis Memphis.

80. Buffett May Face Questions About Performance -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Warren Buffett's failure to beat the stock market in four of the past five years has raised the issue of whether Berkshire Hathaway's 83-year-old CEO has lost his touch.

81. US Economy Slows to 0.1 Percent Growth Rate -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy slowed sharply in the first three months of the year as a harsh winter exacted a toll on business activity. The slowdown, while worse than expected, is likely to be temporary as growth rebounds with warmer weather.

82. US Economy Likely to Rebound From Slow 1st Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Expect a dreary report Wednesday when the government issues its first estimate of how fast the U.S. economy grew in the January-March quarter. Brutal weather kept consumers and businesses in hibernation for much of the winter and likely slowed growth to a scant annual pace of just 1.1 percent.

83. Forest Hill Technology Center Sells for $5.2 Million -

3860 Forest Hill-Irene Road
Germantown, TN 38125
Sale Amount: $5.2 million

Sale Date: March 31, 2014
Buyer: 3860 Forest Hills Irene LLC
Seller: BACM 2007-1 Irene Road LLC
Loan Amount: $5.6 million
Loan Date: April 17, 2014
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: First Tennessee Bank NA

84. Venture Investments Highest Since 2001 -

Funding for U.S. startup companies soared 57 percent in the first quarter to a level not seen since 2001, as venture capitalists piled more money into a growing number of deals, according to a report due out Friday.

85. A Fading Middle-Class Perk: Lower Mortgage Rates -

WASHINGTON (AP) – For three decades, the U.S. middle class enjoyed a rare financial advantage over the wealthy: lower mortgage rates.

Now, even that perk is fading away.

Most ordinary homebuyers are paying the same or higher rates than the fortunate few who can afford much more.

86. Officials Visit Memphis to See Investments at Work -

Officials from President Barack Obama's administration were expected to visit Memphis Friday to look at joint investments by their agencies in a program designed to improve housing and transportation options, protect the environment and build stronger regional economies.

87. Slim’s New Place -

For years, the house at 1130 College St., just north of McLemore Avenue and directly across College from the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, has been one of the city’s many musical ruins.

88. Forest Hill Technology Center Sells for $5.2 Million -

An affiliate of Nashville-based real estate investment company Anchor Investments LLC has paid $5.2 million for the Forest Hill Technology Center at 3860 Forest Hill-Irene Road in Germantown.

89. Gregory Realty Pays $1.8 Million for Bartlett Facility -

The 30,976-square-foot industrial facility at 7895 Stage Hills Blvd. in Bartlett has sold for $1.8 million.

90. USDA Establishes Rural Business Investment Program -

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday a new $150 million program designed to provide investment capital to help small agriculture-related business in rural areas with cash needed to expand.

91. Pinnacle Apartments Sell for $3.8 Million -

305 S. Bellevue Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38104
Sale Amount: $3.8 million

Sale Date: April 8, 2014
Buyer: Pinnacle Apartments Property Owner LLC
Seller: Bellevue Tower II LLC
Loan Amount: $3.4 million
Loan Date: April 11, 2014
Maturity Date: May 1, 2019
Lender: JPMorgan Chase Bank NA
Details: An affiliate of Woodbury, N.Y.-based CLK Properties has paid $3.8 million for the 118-unit Pinnacle Apartments at 305 S. Bellevue Blvd. in Midtown.

92. Winners and Losers in Tennessee Legislative Session -

Here is a list of some of the winners and losers of the legislative session that concluded on Thursday.

The following bills passed this session:

— ANNEXATION: Bans cities from annexing land without a referendum. HB2371.

93. Venture Investments Highest Since 2001 -

Funding for U.S. startup companies soared 57 percent in the first quarter to a level not seen since 2001, as venture capitalists piled more money into a growing number of deals, according to a report due out Friday.

94. Collierville ABRA Owner Files $1.9 Million Loan -

The owner of the ABRA Auto Body & Glass at 430 E. Winchester Blvd. in Collierville has filed a $1.9 million loan on the property.

95. Winners and Losers in Tennessee Legislative Session -

Here is a list of some of the winners and losers of the legislative session that concluded on Thursday.

The following bills passed this session:

– ANNEXATION: Bans cities from annexing land without a referendum. HB2371.

96. Bill to Make Changes to Hall Tax Fails -

A proposal to make changes to the state's Hall tax has failed this session.

The sponsor of the measure withdrew it from the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday after the committee voted to add an amendment the sponsor felt hurt the legislation.

97. First Horizon Grows Net Income in First Quarter -

The first earnings announcement of the 150th anniversary year for First Tennessee Bank’s parent company was one of those seemingly uncommon things in banking these days – a surprise to the upside.

98. The Business Case for Investing in Green Space -

Editor’s Note: This column will appear Tuesdays through April in honor of Sustainability Month for Memphis and Shelby County.

During 2013 the Greater Memphis Chamber formed the Chairman’s Circle, a group of over 100 Memphis business leaders organized to push for action on key issues to accelerate the regional economy. Early in the life of the organization we created “moon missions,” which are coordinated efforts to truly transform our community.

99. Savers Beware: Fees May be Shrinking Your 401(k) -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It's the silent enemy in our retirement accounts: High fees.

And now a new study finds that the typical 401(k) fees – adding up to a modest-sounding 1 percent a year – would erase $70,000 from an average worker's account over a four-decade career compared with lower-cost options. To compensate for the higher fees, someone would have to work an extra three years before retiring.

100. Reversing Sprawl Through Connectivity -

Editor’s Note: This column will appear Tuesdays through April in honor of Sustainability Month for Memphis and Shelby County.

Last week, Smart Growth America released “Measuring Sprawl 2014,” a report examining development in 221 major metropolitan areas in the U.S. and evaluating development on a national index. With a score of 71, the greater Memphis region ranks near the bottom of the list at number 196 out of 221. Furthermore, Memphis ranks as the sixth most sprawled large metropolitan area.