Massachusetts State Government and Public Real Estate News

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (MAR) reported today that buyers benefited from a mild-weather month in January to push pending home sales up almost 40 percent from last year. Realtors® confidence in the market was positive again in January. This month’s “Hot Topic” question finds that the majority of listings Realtors® saw in the past six months did not have any “smart home” features, like a thermostat or security system controlled via internet-connected devices.
Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) applauded President Obama’s proposal to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to support public lands in Massachusetts and across the country. In December 2015, Congressman McGovern joined Republicans and Democrats to pass the bipartisan Omnibus appropriations bill that reauthorized the LWCF for three years to strengthen the conservation efforts it supports.
A $470 million joint state-federal settlement has been reached with national mortgage lender and servicer HSBC to address mortgage origination, servicing, and foreclosure abuses, Attorney General Maura Healey today announced.
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas today released a statement in support of the news that President Obama will request full funding and permanent reauthorization in his upcoming budget for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), top Democrat on the Superfund, Waste Management and Regulatory Oversight Subcommittee, today queried the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its efforts to determine where there may be other communities at risk of drinking water contamination similar to what Flint, Michigan has experienced. The state of Michigan failed to act on an EPA report and EPA warnings that described the problems that would be caused by the failure to add
Looking to help create jobs, preserve open space, and provide revenue to local communities, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today that she has entered into three agreements that will facilitate the cleanup and redevelopment of a dilapidated mill in North Adams, a vacant parcel of land in Woburn, and abandoned buildings in Brockton
The Public Building Commission of the Town of Scituate, Massachusetts will issue periodic public updates about the construction progress for the Town Library project. Groundbreaking occurred on September 1, 2015. The project remains on budget. Completion is anticipated for late 2016/early 2017.
Attorney General Maura Healey today announced the expansion of her Abandoned Housing Initiative (AHI), which helps cities and towns to address the lasting impacts of the foreclosure crisis by rehabilitating abandoned properties to reduce blight and crime, enhance public safety, increase property values, and overall improve neighborhoods and communities
Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito today filed legislation to advance job creation and economic growth by empowering communities and regions to reach their potential, expanding workforce development efforts to close the skills gap and connect residents with economic opportunities, and investing in emerging technologies to set the stage for future job growth across the Commonwealth
The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (MAR) reported today that 2015 closed out with seven straight months of sales increases with December having the most closed sales of any December since 2004. Median prices were also up for seven straight months as home values neared pre-recession peaks. While condominium sales were up in December, prices were flat from 2014.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that architectural lighting will be installed at City Hall to highlight and enhance the building's original design, building on the Walsh Administration's goals to liven up City Hall Plaza and create a safer area for pedestrians.
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals today rejected a stay to block implementation of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan that was requested by opponents of the plan.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Officials will be in Springfield today to announce that the City of Springfield has been selected as a winner of the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) and will receive $17,056,880 in CDBG-NDR funding for innovative projects that will increase resilience in the City.
Following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), following this evening’s remarks by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker in his 2016 State of the Commonwealth address
Mayor Martin J. Walsh tonight delivered his second State of the City address at Symphony Hall. In his address, the Mayor discussed his administration's accomplishments over the past year working to create a thriving, healthy and inclusive Boston, and how we will further those goals by
MassHousing Loan Closings of $16.6 Million Will Preserve Affordability for Senior Citizens Living at the 135-Unit Beacon House on Beacon Hill

Acquisition of the property by Rogerson Communities and covenants with the city of Boston will extend affordability in perpetuity

BOSTON – August 28, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Affordability for senior citizens living at the 135-unit Beacon House on Beacon Hill has been extended in perpetuity by the new ownership as a result of $16.6 million in MassHousing financing. more »

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