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Bank branches, bad. Cupcake shops, good

Actually, that’s not exactly how Beacon Hill pundit Karen Cord Taylor phrases it, but it’s accurate enough. And she’s generally right. Why are there suddenly so many banks trying to open branches in small neighborhood shopping districts? With few options for aesthetically pleasing window displays (unless you consider “Low-fee checking” signs to be pleasing), too [...]



Finding permanent homes for the homeless: It’s possible

Shirley Leung has a really interesting column about how the Pine Street Inn, known for caring for the homeless, has altered its mission to find more permanent homes for the chronically homeless. It’s not as farfetched as it sounds. A large percentage of the inn’s overnight beds are routinely taken up by a small number [...]



Raising a little cash by renting out your condo by the night, thanks to Airbnb

Following in the share-economy footsteps of Uber (the taxi-like service), Airbnb is now the latest big thing, as thousands of people now rent out bedrooms by the night at their condos and homes. Because the rooms can go as low as $50 a night, it’s a big hit with travelers to Boston and elsewhere. And [...]



‘Boston’s faux housing boom’

Scott isn’t impressed with all the housing construction in Boston, largely because it’s almost exclusively luxury housing. Well, he’s absolutely right. We need less expensive housing too. But we’ll still take the luxury housing. Something is better than nothing.



New Balance is adding housing to massive Brighton development

Construction of New Balance’s $500 million Boston Landing project is well under way. But now it looks like they’re going to add a large 295,000-square-foot housing component to the project at 125 Guest Street, which is basically across the street from the main construction site and now a small light-industrial/trucking property that was purchased by [...]



Is Boston really one of the “riskiest” real estate markets in the US?

Scott has identified a cool survey by Bloomberg and Zillow that looked at the most historically volatile and risky real estate markets in the US. And Boston comes in No. 4, ahead of even Las Vegas and other seemingly crazy housing markets, in terms of homeowners losing money if they held onto a house for [...]



The proposed Harbor Garage towers are getting support from surprising places

It’s not just Mayor Walsh who is now expressing support for tearing down the Harbor Garage along Atlantic Ave. to make way for two new towers, an idea long opposed by Walsh’s predecessor, Mayor Menino. Other groups are expressing support too, though it’s guarded support that seems to be more for diplomacy’s sake than general [...]



Parking lot to be turned into 44 condos along Greenway

Here’s a simple use of a small amount of space: A parking lot in the Broad and India street areas, along the Greenway, would be turned into 44 condos (not apartments) by Boston Residential Development. At a total project cost of $40 million, it’s safe to say the condos most definitely will fall into the [...]



East Boston industrial building to be turned into apartments

When was the last time you saw a 1.32-acre site in downtown Boston purchased for $1.5 million? Answer: You haven’t. But it’s possible in East Boston, where the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing has plans to turn an old industrial building into more than 50 affordable apartment units. It’s more proof that we need to build [...]



Major Developers: Affordable homes can only be built outside downtown Boston

Some major Boston developers — John Hynes, Thomas O’Brien and Richard Galvin — state the obvious: The high price of land in downtown Boston absolutely precludes building truly affordable housing there. So the affordable-housing solution, they agree, is to build elsewhere in the city, where property is cheaper and where city-owned land might be exploited [...]



Let's talk Boston real estate. The most recent real estate comments

  • Tyler Mills, Lenders go into overdrive to clear out backlog of delinquent mortgages: Instead of forcing out the...
  • warren currier, ‘Boston’s faux housing boom’: Scott, Do you own any units in Boston? Supply /...
  • Nishant, Major Developers: Affordable homes can only be built outside downtown Boston: Yes, this is correct that...
  • warren currier, Done deal: Dr. Dre buys Tom and Gisele’s mansion for $40M: The property is located in LosAngeles,...
  • JS, Despite predictions, inventory of homes for sale continues to fall in Mass.: One thing that could be holding...
  • dcmhomebuyers, For 74 Beacon Street, it was the kitchen, stupid: Nice house. I think front section to location of...
  • Johnd478, Five signs you’re a ‘renter for life’: I just couldnt depart your site prior to...
  • Dionis Padron, Downtown condo prices now averaging near $1 million each: great article but prices for standalone...
  • John Ford, Charles Ponzi’s old Lexington home for sale at $3.3M: That’s a great idea. Anyone have an idea how...
  • Rich, Charles Ponzi’s old Lexington home for sale at $3.3M: Speaking of Mr. Ponzi, he ran his Ponzi scheme out of an...
  • amparo bracero, Big changes in store for Tremont Street?: I will love to comunicated my self with aida I was one of...
  • warren currier, Low mortgage rates may partly explain low inventory: The banks are making it very hard to get a loan....
  • Kiki, ‘Our biggest impediment’: Inventory: A quick maybe unrelated question. What’s a typical or...
  • JS, Hey, let’s tear down most of downtown Boston for the Olympics: I agree, and I resent the commission describing us...
  • PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANIES in Carlsbad CA, ‘Our biggest impediment’: Inventory: good blog
  • Phoenix property management, Blog: As you may have noticed I am having problems with the comment section of the blog....
  • Phoenix property management, Get your very own ‘mushroom house’: Good post. i like it so much.
  • Phoenix property management, Get your very own ‘mushroom house’: Good post. I like it
  • PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANIES in Carlsbad CA, California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day …: Good post...
  • Borris C., ‘Friendly competition’ keeps Seaport rents as high as possible: Sounds like good old-fashioned collusion...

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