Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison

Banker & Tradesman Staff

Jim Morrison can be reached at editorial@thewarrengroup.com
David Dixon

Planning Urban Suburbia

After studying history, architecture and economics, David Dixon discovered his talent for design by chance and has been following that passion ever since. He’s won numerous awards for his planning and architecture work and has written several books; he co-edited the recently released “Suburban Remix: Creating the Next Generation of Urban Places.” The book is written for anyone who lives in, works in or cares about the future of real estate in suburban America, he said. More recently, he’s been following his newfound passion, spending time with his 4-year-old grandson, Giacomo.

MPresti

Presti Installed as 2018 GBAR President

Marie Presti, broker-owner of The Presti Group in Newton, is officially the 2018 president of the Greater Boston Association of Realtors (GBAR). She was installed in ceremonies held at the Boston-Newton Marriott in Newton last week.

January Employment Report: A Mixed Bag For Housing

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 200,000 in January and the unemployment
rate was unchanged at 4.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.
Employment continued to trend up in construction, food services and drinking places,
health care, and manufacturing.

Without exception, everyone in real estate is talking about the lack of inventory. It’s been sinking for years – creating a lot of pent-up homebuyer demand – and is now at historic lows.

Sinking Inventory Drives Home Prices Higher

Economics 101 says increasing demand coupled with decreasing supply equals rising prices – and to the surprise of no one, the end of this trend in the Bay State’s real estate market is nowhere in sight. The median sale price in 2017 jumped 5 percent to $365,000, a new record high, according to recently released analysis from The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman. The number of single-family homes sales dropped 1 percent year over year in the state – a difference of just 102 sales.

Shel Toplitt

Writer, Lawyer, Professor, Realtor

After working as a journalist for many years after college, Shel Toplitt left the field to study law, becoming a litigator and university professor. He taught journalism and media law in Greater Boston for two decades before becoming a Realtor last year.