There’s a lot of talk these days on helping the housing market. Some good, some off the wall, but everyone agrees that the more ideas the better. Here’s a quick look at what some are saying:

The Boston Fed head said that the link between rich and poor cities and distressed housing rates is clear. His solution? Well he’s definitely onboard with more “equitable” revenue sharing — meaning states and Feds need to funnel more state aid to where it’s needed. More good money after bad or necessary sand bags?

The Obama administration said yesterday that it’s made headway in getting banks to give nonprofits and municipalities a shot at buying foreclosed homes ahead of private “speculators.” The administration’s concern is that “speculators” will just flip properties with minimal improvements — unlike nonprofits and local governments which have access to a $7 billion fund set up by congress for this purpose.

And Real Estate Now blogger Scott Van Voorhis says a reader suggested the following: a “cash for clunkers” idea, but for homes. Buy an energy-efficient home, get a big rebate (like the homebuyer tax credit), and bulldoze the old place.

File under: Invest in bulldozers?

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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