Scott Van Voorhis

Scott Van Voorhis

Banker & Tradesman Columnist

Scott Van Voorhis is a freelance journalist and columnist with a focus on residential and commercial real estate.
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Debate Over Sports Betting a Waste of Time

Maybe you can’t wait to bet on the Celtics or Patriots, or maybe you don’t particularly give a hoot. But either way, if we’re going to legalize sports betting in Massachusetts, could we just pass a bill and get it over with and not spend years pointlessly debating it?

40R a Failure?

When you are grappling with a problem as big as Massachusetts’ housing crisis, incremental, small-bore solutions just won’t cut it. In fact, such feel good efforts may even do more harm than good, creating the illusion of real action when nothing much is really being done.

Zillow Enters Housing Market – As a Buyer

Things can get much worse right now for homebuyers, and not just in Greater Boston, but in major metro markets across the country. Listings are down by double digits. Buyers are forced to duke it out in bidding wars for increasingly overpriced and older homes in need of work, especially in

Local Developer Aims to Reshape Newton

How can a city with so many smart people be so stupid when it comes to development? That’s my question for Newton as the city’s NIMBY elements gear up to do battle with the latest developer looking to bring badly needed housing to the Garden City

Another Year of Record-Breaking Prices

Have we reached the peak real estate frenzy yet? Have Greater Boston’s already stratospheric home prices finally reached their zenith? It would be great to be able to point to local factors to predict whether we’ve reached the top of the market, whether it’s Eastern Massachusetts’ ever shrinking supply of homes for sale or buyers finally getting fed up with crazy prices.

Would-Be Governors Go After Baker

We supposedly live in one of the bluest states in the country – even our Republican governors could easily qualify as moderate Democrats in less enlightened regions. So how is it that our state, long dominated by a self-avowed party of progress, finds itself increasingly paralyzed with traffic gridlock and seemingly stuck with a ramshackle public transportation system?

‘A Graceless Form’

Developers behind the proposed Winthrop Square skyscraper thought they had their hands full when parks activists started hollering about the shadows it would cast a quarter mile away on Boston Common. But that was before they met their would-be Financial District neighbors.

Great Neighborhoods Bill Takes a Beating

You have to hand it to them: Supporters of the “Great Neighborhoods” campaign on Beacon Hill certainly picked a snazzy name for their proposal to reform the messed-up Massachusetts housing market. But the recipe for residential bliss by the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance was recently stripped of a key ingredient: rental housing.

Trulia Takedown

Did you hear the news? There’s no housing crisis after all! In fact, we have never had it so good, with homes more affordable than they have been in 40 years, not just in Peoria and Pittsburgh, but in Boston, San Francisco and New York!

Learn a Lesson from San Francisco

Are you pumped that Amazon might pick Boston or even Somerville for its new global headquarters? Be careful what you wish for. Mayors and newspaper columnists, lawmakers and business executives alike are stoked over the possibility that Jeff Bezos might pick Boston for his company’s new digs and bring with him 50,000 jobs. But apparently the folks who run this town would rather tiptoe around the elephant in the living room than spoil this delightful fantasy of Boston as Silicon Valley East.