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Appraisers' role in the meltdown

August 18, 2008
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Some of the people most familiar with the mortgage foreclosure explosion in the Indianapolis area in recent years have privately pointed fingers at appraisers. Appraisers too often were in cahoots with lenders to illegally inflate prices of houses, the insiders complained,...
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Lucas Oil Stadium and Mail Pouch

August 14, 2008
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Lucas Oil Stadium has nabbed lots of favorable reviews for its retro look, sliding widows looking onto downtown and retractable roof. Now a question. What do you think about the Lucas Oil Stadium name painted in white on the black roof? Does...
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Updating disabilities regulations

July 25, 2008
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Eighteen years have passed since the Americans with Disabilities Act opened doors for people who hadnâ??t been able to participate in much of American society â?? and brought a corresponding flood of construction costs and lawsuits. Now the Justice Department is...
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Kempton is red-hot

July 10, 2008
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Ever heard of Kempton? Itâ??s a burg between Indianapolis and Kokomo that just happens to be the second-fastest growing town in the state. Kemptonâ??s population last year was 716, an increase of 27 percent in just one year, according to an...
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Analyzing Speedwayâ??s success

May 27, 2008
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If you were at the track over the weekend or in the past few weeks, you made your way through Speedway, an island of stability in a county where some other older communities, like Beech Grove, are slipping into decay. Speedway...
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The next housing challenge

May 19, 2008
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As the housing debacle continues to unwind, another big â?? really big â?? issue in housing is going largely unnoticed. Houses built in the 1950s are at risk of falling into the same decay experienced by many older neighborhoods, some of...
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Death ponds

March 27, 2008
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It hardly seems like a week goes by anymore without another story about someone sliding into a suburban retention pond and losing their life or at least coming uncomfortably close. Some ponds have become dumping grounds for cars, and now Plainfield...
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Tax legislation to become law

March 18, 2008
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Gov. Mitch Daniels is set to sign the property tax legislation tomorrow. Daniels got most of what he proposed last fall. Homeowners get a tax cut, future bills will be capped and the sales tax rises to compensate. Are you happy with...
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Moving to the country

March 10, 2008
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More of us Hoosiers are moving to unincorporated areas and other places beyond city and town limits. In fact, the pace of growth for unincorporated areas was significantly faster between 2000 and 2006 than for cities and towns, the Indiana...
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Energy and farmland values

March 5, 2008
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You probably arenâ??t begrudging farmers and others for the record farmland prices theyâ??re enjoying. But those prices wouldnâ??t be so high if the ethanol plants popping up across Indiana and elsewhere in the Midwest werenâ??t using so much corn. Now weâ??re...
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Affordable housing...again

February 19, 2008
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Indianapolis is now the most affordable large market in which to buy a house 10 quarters running. Thatâ??s according to an index the National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo put out this afternoon. In the past quarter, 46.6 percent...
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Has housing hit bottom?

January 17, 2008
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F.C. Tucker Co. put out a release today saying the Indianapolis-area housing market stabilized last year. Somehow, a 9.9-percent decline in sales and 2.1-percent drop in selling price doesnâ??t sound so stable. Tucker President Jim Litten points out that the region still...
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Mortgages are getting cheap

January 10, 2008
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Mortgage rates are falling. This week, rates on 30-year mortgages slipped below 6 percent for the first time in more than two years. Are the cheaper rates putting you in a mood to refinance or step up to that house youâ??ve...
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Should city embrace hotel union?

December 14, 2007
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Just when you thought plans for a new downtown convention hotel were set to go forward, four City-County Council members want the full council to essentially force the new hotel to employ union workers after it opens. The City-County Council, which...
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Solving the tax debate

November 13, 2007
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Gov. Mitch Daniels has proposed capping residential property taxes at 1 percent of a homeâ??s assessed value, rental properties at 2 percent and businesses at 3 percent. Now state Sen. Luke Kenley says the bipartisan commission on taxes he heads will...
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  1. Can your dog sign a marriage license or personally state that he wishes to join you in a legal union? If not then no, you cannot marry him. When you teach him to read, write, and speak a discernible language, then maybe you'll have a reasonable argument. Thanks for playing!

  2. Look no further than Mike Rowe, the former host of dirty jobs, who was also a classically trained singer.

  3. Current law states income taxes are paid to the county of residence not county of income source. The most likely scenario would be some alteration of the income tax distribution formula so money earned in Marion co. would go to Marion Co by residents of other counties would partially be distributed to Marion co. as opposed to now where the entirety is held by the resident's county.

  4. This is more same-old, same-old from a new generation of non-progressive 'progressives and fear mongers. One only needs to look at the economic havoc being experienced in California to understand the effect of drought on economies and people's lives. The same mindset in California turned a blind eye to the growth of population and water needs in California, defeating proposal after proposal to build reservoirs, improve water storage and delivery infrastructure...and the price now being paid for putting the demands of a raucous minority ahead of the needs of many. Some people never, never learn..

  5. I wonder if I can marry him too? Considering we are both males, wouldn't that be a same sex marriage as well? If they don't honor it, I'll scream discrimination just like all these people have....

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