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Town bypasses normal channels to aid major development

By Dick Cooper

Town bypasses normal channels to aid major development

Bank becomes largest private landowner in Loudoun

By Dusty Smith

IStar Financial, a New York-headquartered lender, will take ownership of more than 4,100 acres of Loudoun County land previously assembled b

Major developer faces foreclosure or bankruptcy

By Dusty Smith and Joe Eaton

The largest private landowner in Loudoun County, Virginia, Greenvest LC — the focus of a series of bruising development battles — has defaul

Government layoffs spark debate over zoning, development

By Dick Cooper

On the surface, the consolidation of planning departments in Worcester County, Maryland, seems a reasonable response to a recession-fueled d

In victory for builders, sprinkler systems in new VA homes will be optional

By Dusty Smith

Score one for the builders, at least for now. In the midst of a state-by-state battle over fire safety requirements, a panel in Virginia on

Builders fight proposed home sprinkler requirement

By Dusty Smith

Firefighters and sprinkler manufacturers are locked in a fierce national battle against home builders over a proposed requirement for sprink

Rebuked appraisers reborn as real estate agents

By Joe Eaton

In 2007, a mortgage lender flagged the work of veteran Florida home appraiser Jerome Woolf for review, a process that often leads to an appr

'Smart growth' goals frustrated by local authorities

By Dick Cooper

In a pasture, along a tree-lined road, a small herd of hefty black-and-white striped “Oreo cows” — more formally known as Belted Galloways —

Dealing 'New Jersey style'

Dealing 'New Jersey style'

Despite new rules, appraisers say pressure remains

By Joe Eaton

It’s been more than six weeks since new rules went into effect to clean up systemic abuses in the home appraisal business, but don’t ask an

The battle for Wheatland

By Dusty Smith and M.J. Zuckerman

The Wheatland Manor House was built 35 years before the Revolutionary War. The farmland surrounding it served as a focal point of a small co

New appraisal rules lack enforcement

By Joe Eaton

Nine days before new rules radically changing the appraisal industry are set to take effect, appraisers, lenders and real estate agents are

The appraisal bubble

By Joe Eaton

In 2004, years before plummeting real estate values turned Fort Myers, Florida, into a top five foreclosure capital, appraiser Mike Tipton f

The “soft underbelly” of development?

By Amy Reinink

Diana Johns had just moved into her four-bedroom, 6,500-square-foot Leesburg, Virginia, home in 2002 and was thrilled with its elegant pilla

Homebuilders leave trough hungry, despite lobby blitz

By Joe Eaton

All fingers point at the housing mess as a primary trigger for the current recession, but so far the homebuilding industry has been left in

With development pressure off, townships and open spacers flex their dollars

By Joe Eaton

With development pressure off, townships and open spacers flex their dollars

No sanctuary from economic troubles

By Dick Cooper

No sanctuary from economic troubles

Outsiders target Indian land for risky business

By Joe Eaton

Outsiders target Indian land for risky business

A curious process for valuing land in Loudoun County

By Dusty Smith

Officials in one of the nation’s fastest growing counties defeated a plan to purchase nearly 100 acres of land, at a cost of more than $200,

The $19 million land purchase that wasn’t

By Dusty Smith

In the end, it simply wasn’t worth it. Officials in Loudoun County, Virginia, rejected a $19 million land purchase on Tuesday, following pu

Eastern Shore homebuilder investigated for storm water runoff

By Joe Eaton

Eastern Shore homebuilder investigated for storm water runoff

Route 15 winds through history, development target zones

By Dusty Smith

Route 15 winds through history, development target zones

An uncivil war: The battle of Loudon

By Dusty Smith

An uncivil war: The battle of Loudon

The 'curative challenge'

By Joe Eaton

The curative challenge

Residents and developers battle to a draw in Bucks County

By Joe Eaton

Residents and developers battle to a draw in Bucks County

From Wye Island to Wye Mills: Suburban Maryland sprawls to the Eastern Shore

By Travis Dunn

From Wye Island to Wye Mills: Suburban Maryland sprawls to the Eastern Shore