Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison

Banker & Tradesman Staff

Jim Morrison can be reached at jmorrison@thewarrengroup.com
Jonathan Radford

At Home On The Market’s Highest End

Jonathan Radford is the top Coldwell Banker sale associate in New England. By focusing on the very high end of the market, he closed more than $107 million in sales last year without a team, a partner or even an assistant. Originally from England, Radford began selling real estate in France and joined Coldwell Banker when he came to Boston in 1998. Radford received the Society of Excellence Award last year, which only 40 Coldwell Banker agents out of more than 88,000 have received.

150 Heath Street, Brookline (courtesy photo)

Sold In A Day (After Six Months Of Work)

A cursory glance at the sales data for Massachusetts’ top selling residential property during the last week of May is impressive. Michael Carucci listed and sold 150 Heath St. in Brookline for $7.5 million in a single day. Fast, easy money, right?

Preparation Underway For HMDA Changes

In the wake of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) recent $1.75 million civil penalty against Nationstar Mortgage for Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) violations, mortgage lenders are well-advised to prepare for the changes in HMDA reporting requirements that take effect in less than six months.

Survey Says It’s A Sellers’ Market

The share of Americans who think now is a good time to buy fell 8 percent to a record low 27 percent last month, according to the Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index for May. The percentage of those who say now is a good time to sell increased 6 percent to 32 percent, a record high.

Tax Reforms

MAR Headed To Beacon Hill To Promote Housing Initiatives

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors is heading to the Statehouse this week to promote its agenda aimed at increasing real estate sales across the state. There are seven items on the agenda ranging from statewide zoning reform to opposing real estate transfer taxes, but not everyone is on board with the association’s proposals.

David Mahlowitz 3

A One-Man Band

David Mahlowitz’s career taken him all over the real estate map – and the world. After growing up in Newton, where he has volunteered as an auxiliary police officer for the last 11 years, he worked as a loan originator and a real estate agent, and now practices real estate law in his own firm. He is a licensed airplane pilot who flew solo for the first time on his 16th birthday. He even competed in white-collar boxing exhibitions for charity while living and practicing law in China.

Lead Paint Hazard Warning

Proposed Lead Law Changes Offer More Protection

Proposed changes to the Massachusetts lead paint laws are aimed at lowering lead levels in children, reducing the cost of abatement and bringing them more in line with federal statutes. The proposals have received widespread report, but not everybody is happy with them.

Rendering courtesy of Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp.

Mayor’s Ambitious Housing Plan Gets High Marks

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s ambitious Boston 2030 plan to manage the city’s expected population growth earns praise for meeting many of its lofty goals, but with more cuts in federal funding anticipated, making progress in creating affordable housing for Boston’s oldest and poorest residents is getting harder than ever.

New homeowner signing contract of house sale or mortgage papers

Time Is Ripe For GSE Reform

Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA) Director Melvin L. Watts told the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs that “Congress urgently needs to act on housing finance reform” and bring Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac out of receivership after almost nine years.

Tony Liberopoulos

Tony Liberopoulos

Tony Liberopoulos embodies United’s key employee cultural attributes: “he’s friendly, caring and respectful to co-workers and in our communities.” And that’s not effusive nomination praise; it’s how Liberopoulos lives his life.

Brian Thompson

Brian W. Thompson

Brian W. Thompson joined Commerce Bank in 2004 as president and CEO after serving as president of various banking institutions in New England. Under Thompson’s leadership, Commerce Bank has been recognized as one of the top performing banks in New England.