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It’s still cheaper to buy than rent in Boston — for now

Zillow is reporting that it’s still cheaper to buy than rent in Boston — but the gap is closing fast. In the U.S., median homes prices are increasing at a 6.1 percent rate while rents are inching up by 2.8 percent. But in Boston it’s 6.1 percent for homes versus 4.8 percent for rents. File […]

Roslindale mixed-used project — with 43 new units — gets under way

From the press release: ROSLINDALE – Demolition began yesterday on the closed F.J. Higgins Funeral Home on Washington Street in Roslindale Village, making way for Parkside on Adams, a new mixed-use project with 43 apartments that includes a restoration and repurposing of the adjacent historic MBTA Substation. Development partners in the project include Historic Boston […]

Trinity Financial takes a stab at building middle-class housing in Boston

Finally. A major developer, Trinity Financial, is actually trying to build a primarily affordable housing development for the middle-class in Boston, near the Ashmont Red Line station. Let’s hope they succeed. The city desperately needs this type of housing. Rendering (and more info) via Continue reading

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… Continue reading | 1 Comment

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… Continue reading

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… […]

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

  • christian louboutin discount shoes sale, Samuels wins right to build 30-story Back Bay complex: ...
  • James, Boston condo owners: Risk of using Airbnb: Just to be clear you’re posting a fear mongering piece, but...
  • Julieta, Affordable housing opportunity in the Fenway: Really? then point out specifically where my cmnoemts are...
  • Rene, Is the housing recovery weaker than it appears?: Give it back to the bank. If your State is a non-recourse...
  • Reyna, Daisy Buchanan’s in Back Bay facing foreclosure: Benjamin: in defense of Vangel, I think the aruemgnt can be...
  • Talene, Which direction will Boston rents go?: I have witnessed that smart real etsate agents just about everywhere...
  • Anna, Well, at least Boston isn’t Los Angeles: Your credit will tank but not as bad as a frrlceosuoe. You need...
  • Tyler Mills, Lenders go into overdrive to clear out backlog of delinquent mortgages: Instead of forcing out the...
  • Tyler Mills, Lack of housing inventory is getting ridiculous in Boston: Though inventory being down is really...
  • 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....

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