As frightening as the prospect of a rent control proposal on Beacon Hill may be to some the issue is a red herring that threatens to distract everyone from efforts to get Gov. Charlie Baker’s Act to Promote Housing Choice passed as soon as possible.
Overnight, a new push by a pair of progressive state lawmakers to bring back rent control would pull the rug out from under the apartment boom, one that has seen a bevy of new rental high-rises take shape in Boston and Cambridge.
First-time and move-up homebuyers with heavy debt loads, low credit scores and small down payments face a daunting new mortgage hurdle: The Federal Housing Administration is toughening its underwriting standards. Large numbers of applications could be turned down in the coming months as a result.
Unlike in Boston’s red-hot real estate market, the market-rate units in Gateway Cities cannot cross-subsidize affordable units due to relatively low rents.
A plan intended to let one of Boston’s last affordable neighborhoods along the southern end of Washington Street and the Orange Line grow without displacing current residents instead created an incentive structure where developers can’t build the volume of affordable units needed to keep rents in check.
A recent Falmouth case shows property owners face big odds if they try to bring a lawsuit over a “regulatory taking.”
If adopted, the FTC’s new cybersecurity standards would cause significant disruption to entities subject to the its jurisdiction, just as the New York requirements disrupted entities operating in that state.
The cities, towns and neighborhoods that together make up greater Boston have changed significantly in the last few decades. But those changes have not been uniform across the region.
The national debate surrounding the regulation of financial technology companies, also known as fintechs, continues to grow almost as quickly as the industry itself.
In what could be the most far-reaching antitrust lawsuit for the real estate market in decades, the National Association of Realtors and four of the largest realty companies have been accused of a conspiracy to systematically overcharge home sellers.
While the urban core in Boston and its environs appears poised for continued growth amid an explosion of luxury condominium and apartment towers, it’s a different picture in the suburbs, where the loss of major anchor stores is hitting the hardest.
The Baker Administration recently introduced legislation to help address the commonwealth’s housing crisis. Although it appropriately identifies zoning reform as a priority, a key element is missing: specific focus on families with lowest incomes. Here are five additional pieces that could help.
While engaging in the most rapacious forms of profit mongering are apparently fine off-island, Nantucket apparently has a very different code for what’s allowable on this playpen for the fabulously rich.
A Massachusetts regulation stating that no two digital billboards may be erected within 1,000 feet of one another set up a race between competing billboard companies that owned abutting land.
Careful, dear. Your MAGA is showing.
The lack of housing is now approaching crisis level. The number of communities with median prices above $1 million has doubled in the past decade. As a result, the shortage of workforce housing is now a significant threat to our economic growth.
A new report from the Eos Foundation offers a damning critique of many organizations that serve as the public face of Massachusetts’ leading industries.
If you’re one of the millions of Americans who are self-employed or earn money on the side through freelance, contract or “gig” work, you may know the drill firsthand: Applying for a mortgage can be an intrusive ordeal.
Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to raise fares on T riders is unfair while drivers and Uber or Lyft users who benefit from the system’s existence aren’t charged a penny, but it also wastes an opportunity to fix congestion caused by ride-hailing apps.
In the 40 years since we were established by an act of the legislature, Massachusetts and the community development sector have changed tremendously, and so has CEDAC.