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Dane County home buyer education classes see drop in participation — Attendance at local first-time home buyer education classes declined significantly last year, with nearly 25 percent fewer people participating, or 22 percent fewer households, compared with 2013 attendance, according to an annual report for the Home Buyers Round Table of Dane County, which largely pays for the program.

State home sales rise nearly 2% in February — Wisconsin's existing home sales in February rose 1.8 percent year-over-year to 3,482, while median sales price rose strongly -- up 6.1 percent to $137,900, according to the latest state Realtors Association report. By region, the record was more mixed, with sales up compared to February 2014 in the south-central, west, and north parts of the state, and down in the southeast, northeast and central regions.

Developer aiming newest 12-story apartment tower at college students with less money — A second 12-story, Downtown apartment building planned by Core Campus would offer middle-rate rents in most of the project's 348 units, the developer said. To be known as Hub Squared, it would be built at 510 University Ave., across the street from Core Campus' first 12-story development, an upscale, amenity-rich building aimed at young professionals and students with more money.

Ball Corp. finishes $18M expansion — Ball Corp. in DeForest is expecting to hire up to 40 people in the next year to help staff an $18 million expansion adding an aluminum container line at the can-making plant, where steel packaging for food and household products has been made for decades.

Epic System's auditorium, contractor win national award — Epic Systems Corp.'s Deep Space auditorium was judged best new building over $200 million Thursday by the Associated General Contractors of America, while the contractor that built it, Madison-based JP Cullen, was named the Alliant Build America Grand Award winner.

Miron Construction building $16M Monroe infant formula plant for Chinese company — Neenah-based Miron Construction will partner with Power Engineers to design and build an infant formula plant valued at $16 million in Monroe for Amlat, a Chinese-owned company headquartered in Madison.

Property Trax: Driftless area video highlights southwest Wisconsin natural wonders — You don't have to work in real estate or be interested in purchasing a piece of it to enjoy rural real estate agent Jay Frazier's latest post about the beautiful Southwest Wisconsin region -- the Driftless Area -- where he works.

Kraus-Anderson to build Cabela's stores in New York and Ohio next — The Madison office of Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. will build two more retail stores -- in Woodbury, New York, and Centerville, Ohio -- for national outdoors outfitter Cabela's. The two locations will be the 25th and 26th Cabela's locations for Kraus-Anderson, which also built the Sun Prairie store, opening April 30 as No.

Engineering firm moves from Madison to larger Fitchburg office — Anticipating rapid growth serving the infrastructure needs of electric utilities nationwide, Realtime Utility Engineers has moved its business from Madison's West Side to a new, larger office space at 2908 Marketplace Drive in Fitchburg, the company said in a news release. Founded in 1994 by Robert Strycharske and Scott Piernot, the company now has about 200 employees.

Madison MSA ranks among top metros nationally for new, expanded corporate facilities — The Madison Metropolitan Service area -- made up of Dane, Iowa, Columbia and Green counties -- ranked No. 5 for corporate facility investment last year among metro areas with populations between 200,000 and 1 million people, in annual rankings by Site Selection magazine.
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Mar 27, 2015

Local home buyer education classes saw 25% attendance drop last yr, reflecting local market slump, but up 10% this yr

Mar 26, 2015

RT @voxdotcom: The House just passed a plan to fix Medicare doctor payments. That’s a big deal.

Mar 26, 2015

RT @ezraklein: Sort of can't believe the Boehner-Pelosi House actually passed a $214 billion plan to fix Medicare:

Mar 25, 2015

RT @PostDispatchbiz: Analysts unsure Kraft deal will affect A-B InBev's rumored takeover of SABMiller.…

Mar 25, 2015

RT @FirstWeberGroup: Storage tips and ideas. Best to clear things out before selling your home, in the very least, organize your stuff.

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