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Homebuilders resume land development after enduring crashRestricted Content

April 14, 2012
Cory Schouten
Newly confident buyers seeking to capitalize on low mortgage rates have discovered there’s a scarce supply of well-maintained existing homes for sale and are turning in larger numbers to new homes.
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Area home-building activity up in first quarter

April 12, 2012
New-home permits in the Indianapolis metropolitan area rose 13 percent in the first three months of 2012 compared with the same quarter last year, bolstered by stronger activity in February and March.
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Builders betting on brighter U.S. housing market

March 21, 2012
Associated Press
Residential building permits are being filed nationally at about half the rate considered healthy by most economists, but builders have grown more confident over the past six months after seeing more people express interest in buying a home.
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Building-permit activity rises in February

March 14, 2012
The nine-county Indianapolis area rebounded from a slow January to post a 40-percent year-over-year increase in building permits last month.
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New-home construction off to mild start

February 23, 2012
Scott Olson
Building permits filed in the nine-county Indianapolis metropolitan area totaled 194 in January, a 2-percent dip from the same time last year. But industry leaders are cautiously optimistic.
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Falling home inventory suggests market is firming upRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Cory Schouten
About 12,000 homes were listed for sale at the end of December in the nine-county central Indiana market, a roughly 18-percent drop from a year earlier.
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Metro home-building activity sinks again in 2011

January 11, 2012
Scott Olson
New-home construction in the Indianapolis area slid in 2011, marking six straight year-over-year declines in residential building. The 3-percent decrease in building permits, however, was the smallest decrease since 2006.
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Metro home-building activity down in November

December 16, 2011
In the nine-county metropolitan area, the number of home-construction permits filed last month dropped to 225, a 13-percent decrease from the same month in 2010.
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Area residential building permits up in October

November 10, 2011
Scott Olson
Double-digit increases in permit filings the past three months have residential construction activity in the Indianapolis metropolitan area in position to surpass last year's pace.
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Indy's housing market posts strong September

October 14, 2011
Scott Olson
In the nine-county metropolitan area, the number of home-construction permits filed last month increased 22 percent from the same month in 2010, while home-sale agreements rose 5.1 percent.
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Area home-construction permits rise in August

September 15, 2011
Home-construction permits in the Indianapolis metropolitan area climbed 23 percent in August thanks to a surge of activity in suburban counties.
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Home construction permits dip in July

August 11, 2011
The number of permits filed last month in the Indianapolis metropolitan area declined to 305, a decrease of 4 percent from the same month in 2010, according to the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis.
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Developer tries 'pocket' neighborhood in CarmelRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Cory Schouten
A veteran local homebuilder is tearing up the suburban residential playbook with a new project in Carmel that offers tightly spaced bungalows clustered around grassy courtyards.
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Area home-building activity shows April uptick

May 16, 2011
In the nine-county area, the number of building permits filed in April climbed to 361, an increase of 10 percent from the same month in 2010.
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Estridge becomes division of national home builder

April 26, 2011
Scott Olson
The Estridge Group, which had operated in the Indianapolis area since 1967, has become part of Houston-based David Weekley Homes. Estridge had struggled in recent months to stay afloat during the severe housing downturn.
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Local home-building activity still slumping

April 19, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Home-building permits filed in the Indianapolis area sank by more than 20 percent in March compared with the same month last year. Still, signs show home construction both locally and nationally may be picking up.
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Local home construction plummets again

March 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Home-building permits filed in the Indianapolis area fell by more than 40 percent in February compared with the same month last year. Nationally, builders broke ground last month on the fewest homes in nearly two years.
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Builders offer new twist on move-up incentive

March 2, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Instead of offering to help would-be buyers of new houses sell their old homes, Marketplace is offering to become a rental property manager for as long as six years.
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Home construction weak both locally, nationally

February 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Home building in the Indianapolis area fell by more than 30 percent n January over the same month of 2010.
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Home building suffers another bad year, locally and nationally

January 19, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Building permits filed for new homes in the nine-county Indianapolis area rose just 2.6 percent in 2010, to 3,720. That’s just 95 more homes than in 2009—the worst year for local home construction in more than a quarter century.
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U.S. home construction up after two months of declines

December 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Locally, building permits were up 17 percent in the nine-county area, from 222 in November 2009 to 259 in November 2010.
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Di Rimini violations reveal holes in process that relies on trust

October 30, 2010
Cory Schouten
Brazen violations of city design guidelines and state building codes by the developer of the Di Rimini apartments cast a spotlight on what is essentially an honor system of regulation for developers once they win approval for their projects.
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Local building permits down again in August

September 22, 2010
Scott Olson
The number of building permits filed in the nine-county metropolitan area dropped by 18 percent in August from the same time a year ago, falling from 354 to 290. The drop marks the third consecutive month permits have fallen.
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Home construction jumps nationally

September 21, 2010
Associated Press
Housing starts are up 25 percent from their bottom in April 2009. But they remain 74 percent below their peak in January 2006.
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Delta Faucet parent lowers forecast for housing starts

July 31, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Carmel-based company backed off earlier predictions after a mid-year slow-down that could affect its sales.
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  1. PJ - Mall operators like Simon, and most developers/ land owners, establish individual legal entities for each property to avoid having a problem location sink the ship, or simply structure the note to exclude anything but the property acting as collateral. Usually both. The big banks that lend are big boys that know the risks and aren't mad at Simon for forking over the deed and walking away.

  2. Do any of the East side residence think that Macy, JC Penny's and the other national tenants would have letft the mall if they were making money?? I have read several post about how Simon neglected the property but it sounds like the Eastsiders stopped shopping at the mall even when it was full with all of the national retailers that you want to come back to the mall. I used to work at the Dick's at Washington Square and I know for a fact it's the worst performing Dick's in the Indianapolis market. You better start shopping there before it closes also.

  3. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  4. If you only knew....

  5. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

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