It’s Time to Curb the Economic Development Racket

It’s Time to Curb the Economic Development Racket

The all-out scramble to lure GE’s headquarters to Boston still sticks in my craw. Five years on from that debacle, there’s a budding campaign to officials from throwing away our hard-earned tax dollars on such dubious corporate recruiting campaigns.

How About a Little Public Shaming on Cape Cod?

How About a Little Public Shaming on Cape Cod?

If the Cape’s housing crisis could be solved by words of warning and good intentions, there would already be thousands of new apartments across the Cape. It’s time for leaders who see what’s going on to start calling out the culprits.

How to Safely Jettison a Timeshare

There are numerous charlatans out there who will promise to buy your timeshare or help you sell it. There is little substance to most of their assurances, at least not until they get their hands on your money. 

Boston’s Luxury Condos Have Hit Their Limit

Boston’s Luxury Condos Have Hit Their Limit

Despite its bumper crop of new luxury condominium towers, Boston won’t be joining the gilded world of $100 million penthouses anytime soon. The mixed results of sales of several luxurious penthouses points to a price ceiling of sorts.

Beware Agents Who Double-Dip

A new report from the Consumer Federation of America argues that agents who represent both the buyer and seller in a transaction do a disservice to buyers, and the practice of dual agency should be banned.

Blame Cronyism, Not Just Zoning for Our Housing Woes

Blame Cronyism, Not Just Zoning for Our Housing Woes

The kind of small-bore politics and insider political jockeying that have dominated the state political scene for decades – as we’ll see unfold as the gubernatorial race gets going – come at the expense of any real effort to tackle the ongoing housing crisis.