A Long Look at Little Places: Micro-Apartment in Dorchester

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We know that micro-apartments are all the rage. They’re usually in the Seaport District for people too restless to lounge at home for an extended period of time. But these tiny towers of human slumber have been around in city life longer than we might consciously realize.

Rising prices, falling rates give boost to jumbo loans

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The number of jumbo loans used for home purchases has skyrocketed in Massachusetts, as buyers take out bigger mortgages to pay for increasingly expensive homes. Lenders, from local banks to mortgage giants, say that at least 30 percent of their loans are now jumbos, compared with about 10 percent in recent years, fueled by a market where home prices in some communities have now surged past prerecession highs.

Boston’s Vanishing Middle Class

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Ten miles from downtown Boston, Newton Centre sits at the crossroads of America’s upper-middle class.

At local cafés, business cards are exchanged and deals are made in the same space where European nannies meet to discuss life back home and caring for privileged infants here.

Inequality In Boston: An Urban Crossroads

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On a May morning, Boston is alive. Taxis are darting here and there, deliveries are being made, and Boston Common is filled with a crossroads of diversity: folks in spring dresses, shirts and ties, blue and brown collar uniforms, t-shirts and light jackets- all heading to destinations connecting this downtown park pathway- from the State House to Emerson and Fisher to Charles Street, to the Arlington Street Church.

Wicked Local – Assisted living complex coming to Easton – 3/20/14

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The town’s first assisted living complex will be ready to welcome its first residents in the fall of 2015.

Banker & Tradesman – MBHP Honors Property Owners At Annual Event – 3/14/14

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Barry Bluestone told the crowd at a recent MBHP event that Boston needs more affordable housing units for low- and moderate-income families.

Micro-Apartments: Boston’s Housing Solution Or Developers’ Cash Cow? – 2/17/2014

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From New York to San Francisco, micro-apartments are the buzzword in urban planning. Developers and academics are pitching the tiny units as a solution for cities starving for housing.

GoBankingRates.com – What Will Boston Mortgage Rates Look Like This Year? – 2/11/14

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Director Barry Bluestone says rising interest rates could lead to increased housing supply as potential sellers might see this as a good time to get a good price.

Boston Business Journal – Bay State boasts highest number of multi-family housing permits since 2006 – 2/5/14

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Director Barry Bluestone says Massachusetts is beginning to build the housing it will need for older baby boomers and young millennials, both of which are necessary to power MA’s economy.

The Boston Globe – WHERE IS HOUSING MARKET GOING IN 2014? – 1/30/14

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Barry Bluestone tells the Globe “the supply wasn’t there” to meet the strong home demand in Massachusetts this year. More homes would help moderate rises in prices.

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