Opinion

There is a Magic Day to List a House

By Lew Sichelman | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Aug 18, 2019 | Reprints

Houses listed for sale on a Thursday tend to sell more quickly, and at higher prices, than those listed on any other day of the week, research shows. But what’s the best time of day to show a house?

Three Cheers for Hospitals’ Housing Push

Aug 11, 2019 | Reprints

A new, multimillion-dollar initiative from three major city hospitals that sees affordable housing and eviction as public health issues has the potential to radically change Massachusetts’ housing conversation for the better. The commercial housing industry should get involved to make sure it has a seat at the table. 

Boston Needs Ways to Live with Heat

By Manikka Bowman | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Aug 11, 2019 | Reprints | Unlock Link

Climate Ready Boston projects that by the year 2070 the temperature may reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit almost every day of the summer in eastern Massachusetts. The buildings and systems that we have created over the past 100 years were not designed to deal with such conditions.

The Slowly Shrinking House

By Lew Sichelman | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Aug 11, 2019 | Reprints

The townhouse sector is growing faster than any other. Builders started work on some 120,000 townhouses last year: a 15 percent jump in production over 2017. But some builders are going smaller yet.

Time to Capitalize on Momentum for the MBTA’s Capital Investment Plan

By James E. Rooney | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Jul 28, 2019 | Reprints | Unlock Link

Gov. Charlie Baker’s MBTA capital spending plan is encouraging, and I am pleased to see a greater sense of urgency around our public transit crisis from the administration. Now that these new initiatives are in play however, it is critical for the MBTA to transition quickly to execution mode and restore our confidence in its ability to deliver results.

No Lack of Developable Parcels in Boston

No Lack of Developable Parcels in Boston

By Russell DeMartino | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Jul 28, 2019 | Reprints | Unlock Link

Areas like the eastern Seaport and Drydock, Allston-Brighton, Cambridge, Somerville and the Fenway are becoming new epicenters, making the Greater Boston area truly polycentric with many distinct and desirable destinations – and it won’t stop there.

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.

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