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Is commercial real estate really back? A Q&A

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The National Association of Realtors  recently reported that sales of commercial properties rose 9 percent on a year-over-year basis, with the average estimated transaction hitting the $2 million mark, and residential sales in July 2015 remained at the highest pace since February 2007. Home sales have now increased year-over-year for 10 consecutive months and are 10.3 percent above a year ...

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Despite demands, Gulf Coast real estate on the upswing

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By LYNN LOFTON  As with most things on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the real estate market has experienced the ‘new normal’ since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Factors other than the storm — including the national recession — also affected coastal real estate but the market is improving, according to Coast realtors. Deborah McGhee, owner/broker of McGhee Realty in Saucier, is ...

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Richard A. Sun named chairman of Innovate Mississippi Board of Directors

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Innovate Mississippi announces the election of Richard A. Sun, founder and owner of Sun & Co., as chairman of the Innovate Mississippi Board of Directors. Sun, of Jackson, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University and a Masters of Business Administration from New York University.  He has also earned the esteemed designation as a Chartered Financial Analyst. He has served ...

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BOOK BIZ — A TV journalist finds solace in an unlikely place

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Television journalist Dan Harris was reading news headlines and stories for Good Morning America one June morning in 2004 when something scary happened to him: he had a panic attack on live national TV. Millions of people watched him stumble through his words and they then saw him end the segment early and awkwardly. Harris was not new to the ...

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TODD SMITH — Pay close attention to all segments of millennials

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Listen up, brand leaders: What you have been told about millennials is (mostly) wrong. According to new research from Carat, based on 14,000 millennials aged 15-to-34, this age group doesn’t quite meet the stereotype of “hyper-connected optimistic digital extroverts.” In fact, the stereotype applies to only about 42 percent of millennials, or about 36 million people. The other 49 million ...

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UPDATE: Circuit judge rules for filling vacant mobile home lots in Pearl

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By Ted Carter Pearl has no authority to prevent a manufactured  home park from refilling vacated lots with manufactured homes, Madison-Rankin Circuit Judge John H. Emfinger ruled Wednesday. Pearl City Attorney James Bobo said Friday he will meet with the mayor and City Council to decide whether to appeal. The ruling in favor of Homewood Co.’s Grove Acres Mobile Home ...

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