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Wofford joins new Cushman & Wakefield office

Tracy Wofford, MAI, AI-GRS has been selected to direct the new office of global real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield in Madison. She has experience in the appraisal of retail, industrial, and office assets. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, she was the Managing member of Wofford Consulting, LLC.

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Holman awarded Commercial Realtor of the Year

During the annual Mississippi Realtors Convention held in Point Clear, Ala., Mississippi Commercial Association of Realtors’ Philip Holman of The Mattiace Company was honored by the Association’s Local Board as their Commercial Realtor of the Year. Local Board Realtor of the Year is awarded annually to the Realtor recognized for their outstanding contribution to their Local Board through involvement, service, ...

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Mississippi Association of Realtors names honorees for 2018

Hattiesburg Realtor Adam Watkins was awarded the President’s Award and recognized as the Realtor of the Year during the annual Realtors Convention in Point Clear, Ala. Watkins is now the active Mississippi Realtors president for 2019. Among others honored were: Cleveland Realtor Libbi Logan was awarded the Mississippi Realtors Under 40 Award. Established in 2013 to honor outstanding young Realtors. ...

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Ridgeland defends Costco gas station site approval

By JACK WEATHERLY The city of Ridgeland has denied major points in a court filing against its June 19 approval of a site for a gas station across Highland Colony Parkway from a 45-acre site that would include a proposed Costco Wholesale store. The case in Madison County Circuit Court comes after opponents of the so-called third phase of the ...

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U.S. HVAC hit hard by worker shortage

By TED CARTER Perhaps there’s no happier sight for a Mississippian with a broken air conditioner in July or kaput heating system in January than the arrival of an HVAC professional. So why does the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry suffer from low self-esteem and difficulties attracting new workers? Call it the “left behind” skill set, says Erin McCollum, ...

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Copiah-Lincoln Community College sees steady enrollment in HVAC

By TED CARTER Eighteen schools in Mississippi are giving assistance to a U.S. heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry starved for new workers. The schools, most of which are community colleges, offer programs designed to address a skills gap that could stall commercial and residential construction in Mississippi if not filled. At the Wesson campus of Copiah-Lincoln Community College, 20 ...

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Mississippi shortage of construction workers becoming more acute

By BECKY GILLETTE With U.S. unemployment rates at the lowest levels seen in 17 years, the shortage of Mississippi construction workers has gone from bad to worse. Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (MCEF) President Mike Barkett said the construction worker shortage has become more acute because the economy has picked up. “There are more and more opportunities for construction contracts, but ...

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Mississippi homes sales good despite increasing interest rates

By BECKY GILLETTE Predictions that the housing market in Mississippi would be good for both buyers and sellers this year apparently have been borne out despite higher mortgage interest rates and concerns about a short supply of homes available for sale, particularly in the affordable range. Mississippi Realtors President for 2018, Karen Glass, who is also a managing broker for ...

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Times have changed but Watkins still fully invested

By NASH NUNNERY Adam Watkins officially launched his real estate career the day he graduated from William Carey College (now University) nearly two decades ago. There were no smart phones, text messaging, Realtor.com or Zillow. The highest tech tool used in real estate transactions was the fax machine. Comparatively, the process of buying and selling homes now is immersed in ...

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