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Hospitality Designs Influence Office and Academic Projects

Hospitality Designs Influence Office and Academic Projects

By Stefanie Greenfield | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Jul 28, 2019 | Reprints | Unlock Link

Gracious, personalized attention has been the hallmark of the hospitality industry for decades. Now, other businesses are discovering that a warm welcome coupled with lush amenities can broaden the appeal of everything from daily office life to museum visits.

Why Federal Reserve Independence Matters

By Michael Klein | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Jul 28, 2019 | Reprints | Unlock Link

President Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked the Federal Reserve over interest rate policy and tried to appoint his political allies to its board, but why should you care? Because politicization of the Fed puts the entire U.S. economy at risk.

‘Lunch Bucket’ Towns Join the Million-Dollar Home Club

‘Lunch Bucket’ Towns Join the Million-Dollar Home Club

By Scott Van Voorhis | Banker & Tradesman Columnist | Jul 28, 2019 | Reprints | Unlock Link

Million-dollar home sales are starting to pop up in some of the unlikeliest places as prices across Massachusetts shatter records. A decades-long slump in new residential construction in the Boston area has created a dire shortage of homes for sale, driving up prices across the board and putting a premium on anything new or recently renovated.

Redesigning Schools for Collaborative Learning

Redesigning Schools for Collaborative Learning

By Kevin Sullivan | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Jul 28, 2019 | Reprints | Unlock Link

As the academic sector continues to evolve and cater to the needs of 21st century educators and students, construction and design firms are reimagining school buildings to capitalize on a modern, collaborative learning environment.

Waterfront Development in the Age of Rising Seas

Waterfront Development in the Age of Rising Seas

By Sean O’Grady | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Jul 28, 2019 | Reprints | Unlock Link

Boston’s Seaport is a thriving, robust neighborhood about to deliver more than 30 million square feet of premier office, residential and retail spaces across hundreds of acres of open space, waterfront views and cultural institutions. While commanding some of the highest rents and sales prices in the city, there is an underlying concern related to climate change, resiliency and sustainability.

Office and Lab Pipeline Hits Cyclical High

Office and Lab Pipeline Hits Cyclical High

By Liz Berthelette and Jonathan Sullivan | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Jul 28, 2019 | Reprints | Unlock Link

Due to the scarcity of developable sites in key urban markets, both office and lab developers are getting more creative and increasingly pursuing opportunities outside of traditional business districts, like the South End, South Boston, Somerville and Allston-Brighton.

An Estate Tax Trap for Foreign Real Estate Investors

An Estate Tax Trap for Foreign Real Estate Investors

By William F. Griffin Jr. | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Jul 28, 2019 | Reprints | Unlock Link

The Internal Revenue Code contains numerous traps for the unwary foreigner who invests in U.S. real estate. The tax law provisions applicable to nonresident foreign investors are often quite different – and more onerous – than the tax rules applicable to U.S. citizens and foreign residents. 

Is Zoning Reform Dead?

Is Zoning Reform Dead?

By Scott Van Voorhis | Banker & Tradesman Columnist | Jul 21, 2019 | Reprints | Unlock Link

With lawmakers on Beacon Hill once again dithering over the state budget and, having blown a deadline weeks ago with the arrival of the new fiscal year, things certainly aren’t looking great for zoning reform legislation. But some are optimistic a turning point is near.

Amenities and Technology Top Tenants’ Lists

By Kevin Trainor | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Jul 21, 2019 | Reprints | Unlock Link

With changes in technology, demographic shifts and fluctuating client demands, those in the property management industry have a responsibility to keep up with the trends that are certain to have an impact on the trade for years to come.

Facebook’s Libra Offers More Questions Than Answers

By Seth Berman | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Jul 21, 2019 | Reprints | Unlock Link

It is an open question whether financial regulators will sign off on Facebook’s plan for a new cryptocurrency, a question made far more complex by the fact that the firm is already at odds with consumer advocates, data protection authorities and antitrust regulators here and abroad.

As-Is Often Means As-Won’t Sell

By Lew Sichelman | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Jul 21, 2019 | Reprints

Homeowners who sell their houses “as-is” may end up costing themselves more than they would have spent to make the necessary repairs – if they are able to sell their homes at all.

HUD DACA Policy Change Adds to Housing Woes

By Lew Sichelman | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Jul 14, 2019 | Reprints

The Trump administration has decided the country’s 800,000 “Dreamers” – undocumented immigrants brought here as children but who have grown up here – are no longer eligible for federally insured mortgages, causing consternation and confusion among mortgage lenders.

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