Opinion

A Road Map for Life Science Growth

A Road Map for Life Science Growth

By Bob Coughlin | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Nov 29, 2020 | Reprints | Unlock Link

For years, Massachusetts has been renowned as the best place in the world for the life sciences. To keep it that way, we must foster the growth of mini-biotech clusters statewide. 

Could Home Sales Beat 2019’s Tally?

Nov 29, 2020 | Reprints

Even without noting that Massachusetts is in the middle of the worst pandemic in 100 years, the pace of home sales has been nothing short of remarkable. Could it be possible that home sales will beat last year’s tallies?

Many Still Not Aware of Forbearance Options

By Lew Sichelman | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Nov 29, 2020 | Reprints

Despite lifelines thrown their way by Congress, the Urban Institute counts roughly 400,000 homeowners who are delinquent on their mortgages, but who have failed to take advantage of any payment forbearance programs.

Capital Markets Look for Clarity

Capital Markets Look for Clarity

By Aaron Jodka, Frank Petz and Bryan Koop | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Nov 29, 2020 | Reprints | Unlock Link

There remains plenty of capital for real estate ventures and funds are being raised, but investors are selective on where that capital is being placed. 

A Stark Divide in Area Apartment Market

A Stark Divide in Area Apartment Market

By Simon Butler, Biria St. John and John McLaughlin | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Nov 29, 2020 | Reprints | Unlock Link

The urban core has been hit the hardest as renter traffic has been at its lowest and deliveries of new construction at an all-time high, while the suburbs have benefited from stronger occupancy and some rent growth throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

MAR Launches Mediation Scholarship Program

By Kurt Thompson | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Nov 26, 2020 | Reprints | Unlock Link

Inspired by the work of Attorney General Maura Healey’s office offering mediation of housing disputes during the pandemic, MAR has worked to develop ways to offer the services of trained Realtor mediators to assist in these efforts.

Two Housing Subsectors Set to Strengthen 

By Lew Sichelman | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Nov 22, 2020 | Reprints

Two relatively small housing submarkets are starting to show signs of strengthening. One of those markets: renters looking for more space, both inside and out. The other: people looking to get away from it all, if only for a few weeks.

Congress’ Inaction Threatens the Economy

Nov 22, 2020 | Reprints

A specter is haunting America. It’s not the animating spirit of a certain German’s fever dreams, but one that still sends chills down the spine of many of the nation’s top capitalists: a lack of government economic aid.

Climate Change Moves Up as a Financial Stability, Supervisory Risk

By Thomas J. Curry, Kate Henry and Armand J. Santaniello | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Nov 22, 2020 | Reprints | Unlock Link

Until now, United States bank regulators have not been vocal about climate change as a financial risk. This may be changing. In recent remarks and reports, the Federal Reserve Board signaled that climate change is a financial stability and supervisory risk.

High Prices Offset Gains from Low Rates

By Lew Sichelman | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Nov 15, 2020 | Reprints

Housing prices are rising so fast around the country – “too fast,” as the chief economist at the National Association of Realtors said recently – that they are all but obliterating any gains buyers are seeing from record-low interest rates.

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