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Homebuilders tout benefits of green design

Nobody thinks about saving a rain forest as a result of “green building” techniques, but they might think about saving more than $1,000 a year on utility bills, a Las Vegas homebuilding executive said.

ValueAppeal aims to save Las Vegas homeowners money on property

Most of the 600,000 households in Clark County saw some amount of reduction in their 2011-2012 property tax assessments that were recently mailed out, but roughly 13 percent of homeowners are still overpaying, Seattle-based ValueAppeal.com reported.

Salvation Army gets additional $14,000 donation

For the second time in consecutive days, a gaming company has donated thousands of dollars to the Salvation Army after its headquarters were burglarized of $13,000 last weekend.

FTC banning up-front loan mortgage modification fees

The state consumer advocate is glad to see the end coming for a new type of financial enterprise in Nevada.
The Federal Trade Commission has banned consulting firms from charging up-front fees for negotiating modifications of residential mortgage loans. The prohibition takes effect Jan. 31.

Cashman Center bookings dwindle

The number of people and groups using the Cashman Center has been shrinking for years. During the fiscal year that ended June 30, Cashman hosted 139 events, half the total from two years ago and one of the lowest in its 27-year existence.

Chamber taking time to replace late president

The unexpected death of Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce President Matthew Crosson has left a void that the organization’s leaders aren’t rushing to fill. Chamber officials are predicting another national search to find a replacement for Crosson, who died Dec. 23.

In Brief

WASHINGTON – Vehicle recall count in 2010 is highest in U.S. since 2004: Automakers recalled about 20 million vehicles in 2010, led by high-profile recalls by Toyota that prompted new scrutiny of the auto industry’s safety record.

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