Upstate Headlines: Anderson, Pickens Counties rated among best residential markets in the US

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A collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of June 14, 2014.

Anderson, Pickens Counties rated among best residential markets in the US– In a new report released by RealtyTrac, a housing data firm based in Irvine, Calif., Anderson and Pickens counties are two of the top three markets in the U.S. for buying residential properties…

Construction of M West town houses in the West End to start in September-Groundbreaking for the first phase of the M West town house development  that will face South Main and Vardry streets in Greenville’s West End is set for September, with Triangle Construction Co. Inc. as the builder. Half the planned 18 residences, which will range from 1,535 square feet to 2,050 square feet, are already either reserved or sold, city records show…

Rideshare app uberX launches in Greenville– Ride-sharing service uberX launched today in four South Carolina cities, including Greenville. The service has been growing in popularity in major metropolitan areas but has faced backlash from traditional taxi companies and occasionally run afoul of regulations governing transportation

Vacation rental owners get new tax break– It may be time to buy that beach house. In June, Gov. Nikki Haley signed into law a tax break that will allow homeowners to pay owner-occupant property taxes even if their homes are rented out up to 72 days per year…

Upstate staffing companies stay responsive to workforce demands– Upstate staffing companies are collaborating with the region’s industry leaders to meet the high demands for a skilled and reliable workforce. Understanding local employment needs are key to recruitment services and can play a large role in showcasing the area’s ability to create a sustainable workforce…

Led by Greer-made X models, BMW sales rev up in June– Halfway through 2014, Greer made BMWs continue to help drive the luxury carmaker’s monthly sales. The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported June sales in excess of 35,000 vehicles, an increase of 5.7 percent from the 33,645 vehicles sold in the same month one year ago…

The Man who brought Subway to South Carolina– in 1973, 18-year-old Ali Saifi emigrated from his home in Shiraz, Iran, to Boston and then later to the Washington, D.C., area. America was immersed in a fuel crisis and Watergate hearings. Few in the U.S. had heard of an eight-year-old company out of Bridgeport, Conn., called Subway…

Trucking company UCW chooses Greenville for logistics HQ– The North American third-party logistics (3PL) provider has selected Greenville as its operational headquarters. UCW Logistics, based in Memphis, Tenn., will expand its 3PL services to include truck brokerage and freight transportation…

Greenville denim company to open downtown store– You’ll soon be able to get your favorite pair of Beija-Flor jeans downtown. The 8-year-old denim company is poised to open a downtown retail outfit.The new denim salon will be located at 618 S. Main St. next to Pomegranate.