Residential Real Estate

Local developer seeks bankruptcy protection

April 29, 2011
Scott Olson
Platinum Properties LLC, an Indianapolis upscale residential real estate developer, sought Chapter 11 protection on Monday, listing several huge debts to prominent local businesses and business people.
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Developer plans $13M senior-living center in Westfield

April 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Cicero-based developer Mainstreet Property Group LLC plans to build a $13.3 million senior health care center in Westfield. The 65,000-square assisted living facility will employ about 150 people when it opens in 2012.
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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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Bill would shift tax appeals in property owners' favor

April 20, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A bill expected to be heard Wednesday in the Indiana House would give property owners appealing the assessed value of their homes or buildings more clout in the fight.
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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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Indianapolis-area home sales continue to slump

April 14, 2011
Sale agreements in the nine-county Indianapolis area fell 20 percent in March compared to the same month of 2010. Local home sales have been in a downward spiral for nearly a year.
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Foreclosure filings fall in state, nation

April 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Foreclosure filings in Indiana dropped 36 percent in the first quarter from the year-ago period, and 27 percent nationally. An industry report, however, attributes the decline to paperwork delays related to a documentation scandal.
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Portrait Homes parent files for bankruptcy

April 11, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Chicago-based Pasquinelli Homebuilding is seeking bankruptcy liquidation for all its business entities, including Portrait Homes Indiana, which built hundreds of homes in the Indianapolis area.
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Residential developer declares bankruptcy

April 6, 2011
Scott Olson
John Swinehart, a former executive of Bruce Gunstra Builders Inc. who was involved in the Monon on Main project in Carmel, is seeking Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. He lists liabilities of $8.3 million.
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Condo sales lag in hot downtown apartment market

April 5, 2011
Cory Schouten
New apartment projects carrying premium rents are popping up all over downtown, but the strong demand for urban living isn't providing much of a boost for the condo market.
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Meridian Street buildings to get facelift

April 2, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A not-for-profit is partnering with a locally based developer to renovate two vacant apartment buildings near Meridian and 38th streets into specialized affordable housing.
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City sells North of South bonds, locks in 5.2-percent rate

April 2, 2011
The city of Indianapolis went to the bond market last month to sell $97 million in debt for the $155 million North of South hotel and retail project near the Eli Lilly and Co. campus.
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High-rise living in midtown IndianapolisRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Katie Maurer
Author Lorene Burkhart remains grounded despite her penthouse surroundings
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Housing group gets $6.3 million from Lilly Endowment

March 21, 2011
Sean Morrison
Lilly Endowment Inc. is continuing its decades-long support of the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, awarding the not-for-profit a $6.3 million grant to help low- and middle-income families become homeowners.
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Home builder Estridge promises to finish homes, fight onRestricted Content

March 19, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Paul Estridge Jr. says he’s in talks with three investors who are interested in keeping his company in business.
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Estridge: We need cash to survive

March 17, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Paul Estridge Jr. says potential investors have inquired about helping his homebuilding company. Without millions in capital and a line of credit, the business could close within a week.
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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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Another northwest-side apartment complex faces foreclosure

March 16, 2011
Lender Fannie Mae filed to foreclose on Inverness Apartment Homes, whose Vancouver-based owner allegedly owes $4 million on a note that was due in February.
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Estridge again seeking investors to avoid closing

March 15, 2011
Scott Olson
The Carmel-based homebuilder said Tuesday that it will shut down if outside investors or a line of credit aren't obtained soon. The company previously received a cash infusion last June from a group of subcontractors.
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Local home sales continue downward slide

March 11, 2011
Home-sale agreements in the nine-county Indianapolis area fell 16.7 percent in February compared to the same month in 2010, marking 10 straight months of declining sales.
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Northwest-side apartment complex faces foreclosure

March 2, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Fannie Mae filed a lawsuit in Marion Superior Court Tuesday, seeking foreclosure and the appointment of a receiver at Arrowwoods Apartments over an unpaid note of $4.56 million.
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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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Key House Republican praises Obama housing plan

March 1, 2011
Associated Press
The Obama administration's plan to gradually dissolve ailing housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and to shrink the government's role in the mortgage market drew praise from House Republicans on Tuesday.
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North of South development to start this summer

March 1, 2011
Tom Harton
Now that financing for Buckingham Cos.’ massive project has the city’s blessing, the local developer is turning its full attention to construction of the 14-acre, mixed-use complex.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Real estate maven keeps swinging

February 24, 2011
Mason King
LQ Litten watch videoHow does the owner of F.C. Tucker Co. rally the troops during the home-sales slump? How did his tour in Vietnam reset his course? Why is his desk always so clean? Talk to Jim Litten; he has answers.
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  1. You are correct that Obamacare requires health insurance policies to include richer benefits and protects patients who get sick. That's what I was getting at when I wrote above, "That’s because Obamacare required insurers to take all customers, regardless of their health status, and also established a floor on how skimpy the benefits paid for by health plans could be." I think it's vital to know exactly how much the essential health benefits are costing over previous policies. Unless we know the cost of the law, we can't do a cost-benefit analysis. Taxes were raised in order to offset a 31% rise in health insurance premiums, an increase that paid for richer benefits. Are those richer benefits worth that much or not? That's the question we need to answer. This study at least gets us started on doing so.

  2. *5 employees per floor. Either way its ridiculous.

  3. Jim, thanks for always ready my stuff and providing thoughtful comments. I am sure that someone more familiar with research design and methods could take issue with Kowalski's study. I thought it was of considerable value, however, because so far we have been crediting Obamacare for all the gains in coverage and all price increases, neither of which is entirely fair. This is at least a rigorous attempt to sort things out. Maybe a quixotic attempt, but it's one of the first ones I've seen try to do it in a sophisticated way.

  4. In addition to rewriting history, the paper (or at least your summary of it) ignores that Obamacare policies now must provide "essential health benefits". Maybe Mr Wall has always been insured in a group plan but even group plans had holes you could drive a truck through, like the Colts defensive line last night. Individual plans were even worse. So, when you come up with a study that factors that in, let me know, otherwise the numbers are garbage.

  5. You guys are absolutely right: Cummins should build a massive 80-story high rise, and give each employee 5 floors. Or, I suppose they could always rent out the top floors if they wanted, since downtown office space is bursting at the seams (http://www.ibj.com/article?articleId=49481).

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