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1. Shelby County Building Permits Dip in October -

Shelby County home building activity cooled in October, with builders pulling 5.9 percent fewer permits than in October 2013.

Shelby County homebuilders pulled 63 permits in October, down 5.9 percent from 67 in October 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com. The 63 permits filed in October is down 18 percent from the 77 permits builders filed in Shelby County in September.

2. Building Permits Jump 35 Percent in September -

Shelby County homebuilding activity experienced significant gains in September when compared to the same month last year.

Builders pulled 77 permits in Shelby County in September, up 35 percent from 57 permits pulled in September 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

3. Shelby County Building Permits Rise 3.4 Percent -

Shelby County’s homebuilding industry showed slight improvement in the third quarter, with builders filing 3.4 percent more permits in the quarter than in the same three-month period a year ago.

4. Shelby County New-Home Permits Drop 7.8 Percent in July -

The local homebuilding industry can still mystify a veteran builder and developer like David Goodwin Jr.

Goodwin and other homebuilders expected 2014 to be a healthy year for the industry, especially entering the spring and early summer.

5. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, June 17, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Phil Trenary, president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber, will speak. Cost is $20. RSVP to taylor@memphisrotary.org.

6. March Building Permits Drop 35 Percent -

Homebuilding declined significantly in March compared to a year ago, with builders filing 35.2 percent fewer permits than last year.

Builders pulled 57 permits in March, down from 88 permits in March 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. The 57 permits filed by builders in March was down from 67 permits filed in February.

7. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.

8. New Home Permits See Slight Bump -

Despite bitterly cold temperatures that plagued the Memphis area last month, homebuilders pulled slightly more housing permits in January when compared to the same month last year.

Shelby County homebuilders filed 64 permits in January, up from 57 permits filed in January 2013 and 53 permits in December 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

9. Slow Job Growth Yields Dip in New-Home Permits -

Shelby County homebuilding activity continued to cool off in November, with builders filing fewer permits and selling fewer new homes compared to the same month a year ago.

Homebuilders pulled 58 permits in November, down 23.6 percent from 76 permits filed in November 2012, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

10. Shelby County Homebuilding Slows in October -

Shelby County homebuilding activity cooled in October, with builders filing fewer permits and selling fewer new homes compared to October 2012.

Homebuilders pulled 54 permits in October, down 38.6 percent from 88 permits filed in October 2012, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

11. Shelby County Housing Permits Drop 14 Percent in Quarter -

Shelby County’s homebuilding industry showed signs of cooling in the third quarter, with builders pulling 14 percent fewer permits than in the same period a year ago.

Builders filed 197 permits in Shelby County in the third quarter, compared with 229 permits in third quarter 2012, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

12. Shelby County Building Permits ‘Stable’ in August -

Shelby County home building activity was relatively flat in August, with builders pulling slightly more permits while selling fewer new homes compared to August 2012.

Homebuilders pulled 72 permits in August, up 9 percent from 66 permits filed in August 2012, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

13. ‘Transition Period’ -

The number of permits pulled by homebuilders in the second quarter was flat with the same period last year. Shelby County homebuilders filed 269 permits during the second quarter of 2013, the exact same number they filed in the second quarter last year, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

14. Shelby County Building Permits Increase 5 Percent -

Editor's Note: The original story that ran in the June 13 issue of The Daily News contained inaccurate building permit data. The story has been corrected and appears below. The Daily News regrets the error.

15. New-Home Permits Jump 37 Percent in Quarter -

Local homebuilders saw a 37 percent increase in filed permits in the fourth quarter year over year.

Shelby County homebuilders filed 202 permits during the final quarter of 2012, compared to 147 in Q4 2011, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

16. Events -

The University of Memphis School of Public Health will host Dr. John Dreyzehner, Tennessee Commissioner of Health, for “Public Health is Everybody’s Business” Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the FedEx Institute of Technology fishbowl room 203, 365 Innovation Drive. Visit memphis.edu/sph for details.

17. Events -

The Memphis Chapter International Association of Administrative Professionals will meet Monday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. at Memphis Marriott East, 5795 Poplar Ave. Pamela D. Pitts, financial adviser with Waddell & Reed Inc., will discuss financial planning and investments. Cost is $22. R.S.V.P. to Sharon Gardner at sharon.gardner@asentinel.com or 752-6213.

18. Builder Permits Rise 10 Percent in November -

The National Association of Homebuilders said Tuesday, Dec. 18, that sentiment across the homebuilding industry rose to its highest level since the middle of 2006.

National housing permits in November posted a 26.8 percent increase from November 2011. And while they’re not up quite that much, local starts are seeing increases as well.

19. Permits Up 89 Percent in October -

Local homebuilders filed 89 percent more new home permits during October compared to October of last year.

Shelby County homebuilders filed 83 permits last month, a healthy boost from the 44 filed during October 2011, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. October permits also posted a 6 percent increase from the 78 permits filed during September.

20. Active Builders -

Local homebuilders filed 54 percent more new home permits during the second quarter compared with the same period last year.

Shelby County homebuilders filed 247 permits during the quarter (April to June), compared with 160 filed during Q2 2011, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

21. ‘New Enthusiasm’ Yields Permit Rise -

While new-home sales remain low, average new-home sales prices are increasing, along with the number of permits and permit amounts.

Shelby County homebuilders filed 75 permits in April – up 36 percent from the 55 filed during April 2011 – according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

22. Events -

Talk Shoppe will present the seminar “Mastermind Principle: Based on the Book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill” Wednesday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Jo Garner at 482-0354.

23. Events -

Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club will host an executive lunch with Doug McGowen Tuesday, March 27, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Napa Café, 5101 Sanderlin Ave., suite 122. McGowen will discuss starting new businesses, growing existing businesses and how to use commercial blight as an opportunity. Email Jeremy Park at jeremyp@lpinsurance.com for reservations.

24. Events -

The Tennessee Solar Institute will offer a free course in the basics of solar installation and photovoltaic technology Monday, March 26, through Friday, March 30, at the University of Memphis Fogelman Conference Center, 330 Innovation Drive. The 40-hour course will be held each day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and lunch will be provided. At the conclusion of the course, an entry-level certificate of knowledge exam will be given. For more information, contact Patricia Wells at patricia.wells@tennessee.edu or 615-253-6371.

25. Housing Market Slowly Improving -

Memphis last month was named as one of 29 metropolitan areas to be included on the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index, which is now nearing 100 cities.

The index identifies metro areas that have shown improvement from their respective troughs in housing permits, employment and house prices for at least six consecutive months. Other notable new entrants to the list in February were Miami; Boston; Detroit; Kansas City, Mo.; Portland, Ore.; and Salt Lake City.

26. Permit Increase Implies ‘False Hope’ -

Local homebuilders filed 75 percent more new home permits during November compared to the same month last year, but there are several underlying factors in those artificially high year-over-year totals.

27. Home Permits Up 91 Percent In October -

Local homebuilders filed 91 percent more new home permits during October compared with the same month last year, thanks to an out-of-town builder’s work in a Whitehaven subdivision.

Shelby County homebuilders filed 107 permits last month, up significantly from 56 in October 2010, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

28. Events -

The Patriot Bank/Patriot Mortgage Golf Classic benefiting the Page Robbins Adult Day Care Center will be held Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Windyke Country Club, 8535 Winchester Road. Golfers can choose between 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. tee times. For more information or to register, call 854-1200 or visit www.pagerobbins.org.

29. Events -

The University of Memphis will showcase green transportation at its annual Tiger Blue Goes Green Day Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Student Plaza. The event will encourage environmental awareness, inquiry and activism among students, faculty and staff. In a related event, Stephanie Cox, Tennessee area manager for ECOtality, will discuss electric vehicles and charging stations Monday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. in the University Center Fountain Room, room 350. For more information, contact Marian Levy at 678-4514 or mlevy@memphis.edu.

30. Building Momentum -

Local homebuilders were busy in August, filing more permits than the same month a year ago.

Shelby County homebuilders filed 73 permits last month, a 21.7 percent increase from 60 filed in August 2010 and a 19.7 percent increase from 61 filed in July, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

31. Events -

The Center City Development Corp. board of directors will meet Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 9 a.m. in the DMC conference room, 114 N. Main St.

32. Events -

Talk Shoppe will present “How to Buy at Auction and Benefit Auction for Make-A-Wish” Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Jo Garner at 482-0354.

33. Events -

Talk Shoppe will present “Got Pests? Tips On Pest Control” Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Jo Garner at 482-0354.

34. On the Rise -

Developers and homebuilders in South Fayette County have rolled out the red carpet for potential buyers by launching a home show that features more than 20 houses in Rossville and Piperton.

Since there were no plans for a fall Vesta Home Show, organizers of the 2010 South Fayette County Parade of Homes felt it would be a great opportunity to showcase their homes – and further appeal to prospects by highlighting the county’s low property tax.

35. Candidates Agree on Improving Small Biz Climate -

Whoever wins the Aug. 5 race for Shelby County mayor will inherit widespread dissatisfaction with county government’s small-business programs.

Small-business owners have complained that the Memphis and Shelby County programs are too bureaucratic, have nothing in common and are more trouble than they’re worth for the owners to get involved.

36. Residential Building Heats Up in November -

Arlington is back in the news, although this time it has nothing to do with Mayor Russell Wiseman posting remarks on his Facebook page about President Obama and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” television special.

37. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop today from 8:30 a.m. to noon at its office, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 502. Karen Kitchens, program officer at The Assisi Foundation of Memphis Inc., will speak. Cost is $65 for members, $125 for nonmembers and $55 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

38. Local Homebuilding Numbers Still Depressed -

Shelby County homebuilders continue chipping away at inventory by selling more homes than they start, but the industry remains mired in a slump as new home sales and permits hover at record lows.

Homebuilders sold 53 homes in Shelby County in July, a 57.9 percent dip from 126 homes sold in July 2008 and a 34.6 percent dip from 81 homes sold in June, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

39. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop titled “Planning and Evaluation 101” today from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Alliance office, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 502. The facilitator will be Karen Kitchens, who will discuss fundamental planning and evaluation tools that will equip participants to better understand a program’s impact and needs. For more information or reservations, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

40. Building Permit Filed For General Washburn Apts. -

56 S. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Amount: $5.7 Million

Project Cost: $8 million
Permit Date: Applied January 2009
Completion: Fall 2009
Owner: Downtown Developers LLC
Tenant: Downtown Developers LLC
Contractor: Naylor Construction
Architect: Blackledge Architecture PC

41. Latest Numbers Paint Dreary Homebuilding Picture -

The homebuilding industry suffered another period of slower sales and fewer starts in October, signaling a continued crisis in the housing market.

Shelby County saw just 61 home sales by builders last month, a staggering 61.6 percent decline from the 159 homes sold in October 2007, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. Last month’s total even marked a 53.1 percent dropoff from the 130 homes builders sold in September.

42. Vesta to Showcase Rossville Homes -

Karen Garner remembers the inaugural Vesta Home Show in 1984, when she worked in the concession stand as one of many volunteer homebuilders.

Nearly a quarter century later – after working every Vesta Home Show since its debut – Garner is president of Magnolia Homes Inc. and one of the featured builders at this year’s installment of the event, run by the Memphis Area Home Builders Association (MAHBA).

43. Homebuilding Remains Strong In Winstead Farms -

In 1971, six years before the city of Lakeland was founded as an amusement park, Bobby Winstead’s father had the foresight to buy a large piece of land on the north side of U.S. 70, east of Canada Road.

44. Events -

The Shelby County Board of Commissioners will hold committee meetings today beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the lobby level in the commission chambers, 160 N. Main St. For more information, including a complete agenda, visit http://agendapub.shelbycountytn.gov or call 545-4301.

45. Events -

The East Memphis Kiwanis Club will meet today at noon at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Dennis Wilson, research associate professor at the Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Memphis, will speak about the Memphis economy. For more information or reservations, e-mail Mathis Young at mathis.young@bankparagon.com.

46. Events -

The Engineers’ Club of Memphis Inc. will meet today at noon at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Mike Rogers will give a speech titled “Levees and Insurance.” Cost is $12. No reservations are required.

47. Builder Sales Take Short Leap Off Steep Cliff -

Home sales by builders suffered another sharp drop in April, falling 43.6 percent from the same month a year ago.

Builders sold just 110 homes in Shelby County last month, down from the 195 they sold in April 2007, according to the latest Top Builders report from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

48. Down But Not Out -

When reached by cell phone while traveling in Florida last week, Jerry Gillis was asked to comment on the sharp decline in Shelby County residential building permits during second quarter 2007.

Gillis, president of FaxonGillis Homes and a 35-year industry veteran, wasn't overly concerned about the downward spiral that resulted in 56.9 percent fewer permits filed between April 1 and June 30 than in the same period last year, according to Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

49. Events -

The David Lusk Gallery presents "John Torina: Path Into the Wilderness" through Feb. 24 at 4540 Poplar Ave. For more information, call the gallery at 767-3800.

The Eclectic Eye in Midtown presents "Life As I See It," an exhibit by Tom Clifton, through March 1 at 242 South Cooper St. For more information, call 276-EYES (3937).

50. Events -

Talk Shoppe presents "Home Financing Solutions Using Low Documentation Loans" today from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, 3693 Tyndale St. For more information, contact Talk Shoppe sponsor Jo Garner at 759-7808.

51. Construction Continues in Lakeland's Cool Springs -

Six lots in
Cool Springs
Cost: $2.9 million

Borrower: Magnolia Homes Inc.

Lender: Regions Bank

52. Archived Article: Lakeland (lead) - HEADLINE

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