Editorial Results (free)
1. Shelby County Building Permits Rise 3.4 Percent
- Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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.
2. Real Estate Experts Look at Impact of North Mississippi
- Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Six years after the real estate bubble burst nationally, the recovery of the commercial and residential sectors in Memphis is slower than in other parts of the country. But they are recovering on their own new terms, say the incoming president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors, the president of the West Tennessee Home Builders Association and a mortgage lender.
3. Home Builders Group Buys Building for Headquarters
- Wednesday, September 03, 2014
The West Tennessee Home Builders Association has paid $4.4 million for an office building at 5400 Poplar Ave. in East Memphis that will house the organization’s new headquarters.
4. Shelby County Mortgage Market Dips in July
- Friday, August 08, 2014
Kathee Villar, a loan officer with Community Mortgage Corp., has worked for the lender for 23 years, and when you’re in that kind of place for that length of time, certain patterns start to repeat themselves.
5. Home Market Still Facing Obstacles
- Friday, August 01, 2014
After suffering through a brutal slump in the wake of the worst economic downturn in decades, the local real estate industry has slowly merged onto the road to recovery, though a few speed bumps that could slow progress remain.
6. Master Your Market Seminar to Examine Housing Trends
- Monday, July 28, 2014
Real estate industry professionals will have the opportunity this week to learn more about major trends in the local real estate market, including residential and commercial sales, new housing, foreclosures and lending practices.
7. Lot Shortage Poses Next Roadblock
- Saturday, July 26, 2014
Local homebuilders say a dearth of developed lots is slowing down the new housing rebound, weighing down an industry still trying to drag itself out of the rubble left by the worst recession in decades.
8. Uphill Climb
- Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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.
9. Building Permits Tumble 38 Percent in May
- Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Homebuilding activity slowed in May compared to a year ago, with builders filing fewer permits and selling fewer new homes than the same month last year.
Builders pulled 72 permits in Shelby County in May, down 38.4 percent from 117 permits in May 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. The 72 permits filed by builders in May were up slightly from 68 permits filed in April.
10. Battle Lines
- Friday, June 20, 2014
The city’s operating and capital budgets are just about set for the new fiscal year next month. Hard decisions made about health insurance for city employees and retirees Tuesday, June 17, are unlikely to be revisited by the Memphis City Council.
11. Touch of History
- Saturday, June 07, 2014
For its 150th anniversary, First Tennessee Bank didn’t want to only blow out the candles, so to speak.
In addition to commemorating the enviable milestone of longevity in an industry as frequently upended as banking, the Memphis-based financial institution wanted to help customers directly feel the impact of the bank’s presence in their community. At the same time, the bank also wants to let customers literally reach out and touch the bank’s history.
12. Tennessee Lags in Organ Donor Registration
- Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Attitudes about the donation of organs for transplantation are very supportive, a recent national study found, but the percentage of people who have granted permission on their driver’s license lags behind, and this is especially true in Tennessee.
13. Shelby County Building Permits Down Slightly in February
- Friday, March 21, 2014
With bitterly cold temperatures lingering over the Memphis area last month, homebuilders pulled slightly fewer housing permits in February when compared to the same month last year.
Shelby County homebuilders filed 67 permits in February, down from 73 permits in February 2013 but up slightly from 64 permits filed in January, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.
14. Lot Dearth Problematic for Builders
- Saturday, March 08, 2014
A dwindling supply of developed lots could threaten the nascent local homebuilding rebound, according to homebuilders.
“It’s going to eventually sidetrack the recovery because there’s not enough lots being developed to replace the supply,” said Charles Morgan of Vintage Homes LLC.
15. Cost Crunch
- Saturday, March 08, 2014
The aftermath of the housing crash and economic recession produced a roller coaster of changes in construction costs, one with more peaks than valleys.
And local construction industry officials and homebuilders say they’re still struggling with fluctuating prices for materials.
16. New Home Permits See Slight Bump
- Wednesday, February 12, 2014
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.
17. Building Permits Dip in 2013
- Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Last year turned out to be a mixed bag for Shelby County homebuilders, who filed fewer permits in 2013 than they did in 2012 but sold slightly more homes.
Homebuilders filed 860 permits in 2013, down 6.3 percent from 918 permits filed in 2012, but still far above the 700 permits filed in 2011, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.
18. Pioneering Woman
- Thursday, December 19, 2013
It was 2004 and Kim Grant Brown had just finished her junior year at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
During the break from her studies, Grant Brown, then 20 years old, acquired a loan and built her first house in Arlington.
19. Inman Joins Next Day Access as Franchise Manager
- Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Greg Inman has joined accessibilities solutions provider Next Day Access as franchise manager for the Memphis office, where he will supervise sales, marketing, service management and hiring. Next Day Access offers wheelchair ramps, stair lifts, bathroom safety products and other accessibility products for people with disabilities or accessibility challenges.
20. Commission Delays EDGE Appointment Resolution
- Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Shelby County Commissioners put off a vote Monday, Oct. 28, on a “resolution of intent” in which the commission would withhold approval of city government nominees to the board of the Economic Development Growth Engine – or EDGE – until the city pays its full share of the cost of the economic development organization.
21. Elmwood’s McCollum Honored to be Part of City’s History
- Friday, April 12, 2013
Kim McCollum is at home in the company of Confederate generals, musicians, politicians, murderers and civil rights leaders.
22. Residential Greening
- Monday, July 30, 2012
There was a time not so long ago when potential homebuyers had to demand energy efficiency in new homes.
Nowadays, green features are more of an expectation than an extra.
“I would venture to say that just about everybody asks about energy efficiency,” said Martha Fondren, director of sales and marketing for Grant & Co. “They may not say it in those words, but they ask us about what kind of furnaces we are using, what kind of faucets, what kind of insulation. What are the standard things that people can expect when they walk in the home in order to save them money on the utility bills because that’s a huge expense.”
23. Homebuilding Permits Rise During May
- Wednesday, June 13, 2012
May’s new home permit totals saw a significant upswing year over year, and homebuilders attribute the improvement to low inventory levels and low interest rates.
Shelby County homebuilders filed 91 permits in May – a 78 percent increase from the 51 filed during May 2011 – according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.
24. Try Grassroots Approach to Fundraising
- Friday, May 25, 2012
Part one of three-part series Is fundraising for small grassroots organizations different from fundraising for a hospital, or college? How do you raise funds for organizations that challenge the power structure?
25. ‘New Enthusiasm’ Yields Permit Rise
- Monday, May 14, 2012
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.
26. MC Ionic Solutions US Begins Work on Fite Rd. Site
- Tuesday, July 19, 2011
2665 Fite Road
Memphis, TN 38127
Permit Amount: $1.3 million
Permit Date: Applied July 2011
27. Grants Buy Lots in Kensington PD
- Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Three companies related to the Grant family of homebuilders have bought the remaining 105 lots in Arlington’s Kensington Planned Development for a combined $2.6 million from BancorpSouth Bank. Kensington was approved for 109 lots on 45.4 acres.
28. Smaller, Greener Homes New Focus for Builders
- Tuesday, May 03, 2011
The characteristics, features and sizes of new homes are evolving, according to a recent survey from the National Association of Home Builders that delves into what is anticipated for the industry by the year 2015.
- Wednesday, April 13, 2011
The Public Relations Society of America will hold a luncheon Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. at the Fogelman Executive Conference Center on the University of Memphis campus. Linn Sitler, commissioner of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, will speak about why Tennessee and Memphis are suffering for lack of competitive state filming incentives. Call 754-9035 or visit www.prsamemphis.org.
30. Homebuilding Points to Improvement
- Friday, March 18, 2011
Shelby County builders filed 70 permits last month – a 16.7 percent increase from 60 permits in February 2010 – a sign that the market may be able to salvage a decent first quarter.
February’s activity also marked a 191.7 percent leap from January’s showing with 24 permits and an 89.2 percent uptick from December’s 37, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.
31. Building Blocks
- Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Shelby County builders filed 681 new home permits last year, a 13.8 percent increase from 587 permits in 2009 according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.
32. Taking Care of Business
- Monday, August 30, 2010
A diverse mix of Memphis businesses is defying the odds and finding success spanning multiple family generations. Grant & Co., Champion Awards, Jim’s Place East, Barden Stone and Broadway Pizza are among the Memphis institutions thriving under second- and third-generation ownership and management.
33. Soccer, Music Fest Adds to Mike Rose Complex Offerings
- Friday, August 27, 2010
Stranger combinations have come off well – chocolate and peanut butter, poodles and golden retrievers, for example – but organizers of this week’s Soccer Rocks Festival and Copa Memphis soccer tournament hope to add soccer and rock music to the list of successful hybrids.
34. Glankler Brown’s Hancock Elected Bar Foundation Fellow
- Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Jonathan C. Hancock of Glankler Brown PLLC has been elected a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, an association of 710 attorneys across the state.
35. County Takes Steps to Avert HIV Drug Crisis
- Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Shelby County has pumped in about $800,000 to help cover the cost of HIV medication for people in the Memphis metropolitan area after the Tennessee AIDS Drug Assistance Program late last year started putting them on waiting lists.
36. Byrnes to Take MAHBA Reins
- Thursday, December 24, 2009
Tommy Byrnes of Byrnes Ostner Investments Inc. will serve as 2010 president of the Memphis Area Home Builders Association, the group’s executive director, Don Glays, said this week.
37. Arlington Subdivision Coughs to Life
- Tuesday, November 17, 2009
After a few years of starts and stops, a host of liens and other financial woes, the Cambridge Manor Planned Development in Arlington is finally getting under way.
Grant & Co. paid almost $1.9 million for all 45 lots of the subdivision’s first phase and plans to bring a model home plus six speculative homes to the development within the next 90 to 100 days, said company president Keith Grant.
38. Boyle’s Halperin Receives Realtors Commercial Alliance Award
- Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Mark Halperin of Boyle Investment Co. has received the 2008 Realtors Commercial Alliance National Award from the Realtors Commercial Alliance.
39. Friends For Life Finds New Director
- Thursday, May 15, 2008
In as little as three months, a local nonprofit organization has found the new leader it was looking for and all the hiring committee had to do was look to the organization’s current staff to find that person.
40. Friends For Life Seeks New Director
- Wednesday, March 12, 2008
A local nonprofit organization that provides counseling and other services for people who have tested positive for HIV and AIDS is searching for a new executive director.
Friends For Life Corp.'s most recent executive director, Dr. Ricci Hellman, resigned last month after about two years of service for "personal reasons" and the search is on for someone to fill her shoes.
41. Local Family to Leave Thursday for San Diego Dream Trip
- Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Seven-year-old Will Pappas had no idea his wish was about to come true.
When he arrived at the Memphis Zoo last Wednesday, he thought his family was just visiting before yet another doctor's appointment.
42. Acclaimed Speaker, Writer, Fund-Raiser to Headline ANE Conference Thursday
- Tuesday, May 08, 2007
In one of her Q&A columns in the Grassroots Funding Journal, noted fund-raising expert Kim Klein says people give money when they're asked. Even so, she adds, asking doesn't always guarantee a donation.
43. Family Ties: Bartlett subdivision brings together four building companies under the Grant family umbrella
- Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Elpine Gray Estates
Loan Amount: $2.6 million
Loan Date: Jan. 9, 2007
Maturity Date: Jan. 9, 2008
44. Morman Named Branch Director at MATCU
- Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Cheryl Morman has been named branch director of Memphis Area Teachers' Credit Union's (MATCU) Central branch. She previously was deposit services manager at Marriott Employees' Federal Credit Union in Bethesda, Md.
45. Memphis Heritage Seeks New Funding
- Tuesday, December 13, 2005
When city leaders gathered at Pat O'Brien's on Beale Street Friday to examine plans for a new hotel near FedExForum, there was the usual applause for all the new development occurring throughout Downtown.
46. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, June 04, 2003
Susan Ratner joined Memphis Area Legal Services Inc.
Susan Ratner joined Memphis Area Legal Services Inc. as a staff attorney. She earned a bachelors degree from the University of Memphis, masters degree from the University of Tennessee and law d...
47. Archived Article: Comm Briefs
- Friday, September 06, 2002
An opening reception for local artists Elizabeth Alley and Mary Reed is 6 p
An opening reception for local artists Elizabeth Alley and Mary Reed is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Perry Nicole Fine Art in Chickasaw Oaks Plaza, 3092 Poplar Ave. The exhi...
48. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, May 17, 2000
Allen T Allen T. Malone recently became a member of the law firm of Burch, Porter and Johnson PLLC. Prior to joining the firm, Malone practiced law in Memphis for more than 30 years, engaged primarily in corporate, environmental and litigation matte...
49. Archived Article: Comm Briefs
- Friday, March 17, 2000
Ethiopia is the featured country for the Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival Ethiopia is the featured country for the Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival. Dr. David L. Acey Sr. of the University of Memphis, founder of Africa in April...
50. Archived Article: Calendar
- Monday, November 15, 1999
Nov Nov. 15 The Memphis Songwriters Association will meet at 7 p.m. in the University of Memphis Harris Music Building, Room 101. For more information, call Michael Porter at 577-0906 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Quality Center will offer a 36-...
51. Archived Article: Calendar
- Monday, October 11, 1999
Oct Oct. 11 Shelby County Republican Women will meet at 10:45 a.m. at the Adams Mark Hotel, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. The guests include Congressmen Ed Bryant and Van Hilleary. Lunch is $14. For reservations, call Jean Drumwright at 756-5808. Consumer Cr...
52. Archived Article: Calendar
- Monday, October 04, 1999
Sept Oct. 5 First Tennessee will offer a seminar on asset allocation strategies for investing IRA rollovers at 4385 Poplar Ave. Participants can attend a 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. session or a 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. session. The speaker will be Dan Pizzullo, a fin...
53. Archived Article: Calendar
- Monday, September 27, 1999
Sept Sept. 27 Consumer Credit Counseling Service will offer a free seminar on re-establishing credit, credit reports and cutting the costs of using credit from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 2158 Union Ave., Suite 400. For reservations, call 323-4909, Ext. ...
54. Archived Article: Comm Briefs
- Friday, August 15, 1997
The employment cost index (ECI) for total compensation for private nonfarm workers in the South increased 2 The employment cost index (ECI) for total compensation for private nonfarm workers in the South increased 2.9 percent for the year ended in J...