The deal sounds like a real estate agent's dream. An international oil man e-mails his interest in a Lake Lanier property listed around $800,000. He offers to buy the house, sight unseen, then asks for instructions on sending an earnest check for $640,000 to place the home under contract.
Bryce Elliot's quick hit of financial news in the morning has become a sobering part of his day. As analysts dissect turmoil taking place half a world away, Elliot watches and speculates what it's going to mean for the bottom line at his Gainesville business.
Building industry vendors arrived Friday afternoon to booths walled off with plain fabric and tables covered with crisp white linens. When they left the Georgia Mountains Center later that day, the same booths looked like home.