Massachusetts State Government and Public Real Estate News

Their excellence resulted in more than $1 billion in home mortgage financing to nearly 5,000 low and moderate-income homebuyers and homeowners in 2013

BOSTON – April 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — MassHousing has honored its 2013 top-producing lenders for their commitment to affordable homeownership in Massachusetts while helping to provide more than $1 billion in MassHousing Mortgage loans to nearly 5,000 low and moderate-income homebuyers and homeowners. more »

Boston – April 9, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the Greenovate Boston Mayor’s Carbon Cup, a voluntary recognition program for large hospitals, universities, and commercial building portfolios committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 35% by 2020. In order for the City of Boston to reach its citywide target of reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGs) by 25% by 2020, large building portfolios will need to lead by aiming for a higher GHG reduction target. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 7, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Are there fairies and elves living in Franklin Park? While City officials will not speak on the record, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department appears to be hedging its bets by co-hosting a Fairy Home Building Workshop with the Franklin Park Coalition on Friday, April 25, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the enchanted Schoolmaster Hill portion of Franklin Park overlooking the rolling William Devine golf course. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 27, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — WHAT: MassHousing’s Community Services Department is hosting a major conference on hoarding that will feature a number of nationally renowned experts who will discuss their strategies to better understand and respond effectively to the complex issues related to hoarding in housing. The conference, “Using a Team Approach to Address Hoarding in Affordable Housing,’’ is being presented in partnership with the Massachusetts Statewide Steering Committee on Hoarding. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 4, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced 106 Boston homeowners have signed contracts to install solar power through the 2013 Renew Boston Solarize program, a community bulk pricing program. A high rate of participation helped Renew Boston Solarize achieve its goal of 500 kilowatts (kW) of solar power and qualify for the lowest costs in the tiered pricing structure. more »

Home sales impacted when houses are stripped of valuable metals

WALTHAM, Mass. – February 19, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) reported today that the January REALTOR® Market Confidence Index (RMCI) was down for the third straight month in January. The REALTOR® Price Confidence Index (RPCI) continued its streak of positive months as it was up again compared to the same month in 2013. The results of the January “Hot Topic” question showed that the thefts of valuable metals from homes are impacting the sales of those homes. more »

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, – February 19, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — ……Saying it will help with donations, Massachusetts charities want the Legislature to lower the limit on the number of specialty license plates organizations must sell before the Registry of Motor Vehicles will manufacture their plate design. more »

Funding will help create or preserve 61 units of sober housing in Boston, Dartmouth, Norton and Worcester

BOSTON – February 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — MassHousing has awarded $290,000 to support sober housing programs in Boston, Dartmouth, Norton and Worcester.

The MassHousing grants will come from the Center for Community Recovery Innovations, Inc. (CCRI), a nonprofit subsidiary corporation of MassHousing that supports non-profits that create or preserve affordable sober housing in Massachusetts for recovering substance abusers. CCRI to date has awarded more than $7 million in grants for more than 1,600 units of substance-free housing in nearly 40 communities for men, women, families, veterans, the homeless and ex-offenders. more »

Massachusetts lender can now offer MassHousing’s affordable home loans

BOSTON – February 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — MassHousing announced today that Village Mortgage is now an approved lender of MassHousing’s family of affordable, fixed-rate, home loan products for low- and moderate-income homebuyers. more »

Improvements allow consumers more access to MassHousing’s family of quality, fixed-rate home mortgage loans for low and moderate-income homebuyers

BOSTON – February 13, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Dedham Savings has enhanced its website to include more information for consumers who are interested in MassHousing’s family of quality, fixed-rate home mortgage products for low and moderate-income homebuyers. more »

Also Pleaded Guilty to Witness Intimidation

DEDHAM – February 10, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — A Plainville-based heating contractor has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to jail in connection with the improper removal of asbestos in a single-family rental property in Medway and for witness intimidation, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today. more »

BOSTON – February 10, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — MassHousing announced today that it has closed $8.9 million in financing for the renovation and preservation of affordability at the 101-unit Central Annex Apartments for elderly and disabled residents in Pittsfield. more »

Defendants Allegedly Took $200,000 in Deposits, Failed to Deliver Homes in Bella Estates Development

BOSTON – February 4, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — A real estate developer has been sued for allegedly taking more than $200,000 in advance payments for new, single-family homes in Sharon that were never provided, and refusing to return the deposits, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today. more »

Historic mill building will be converted into 52 apartments for elderly and disabled residents

BOSTON – February 4, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — MassHousing announced today that it has closed a $2.3 million permanent loan for the acquisition and redevelopment of the 52-unit Counting House Lofts in Lowell.

Counting House Lofts is being developed by WinnDevelopment of Boston.

Located on Jackson Street in Lowell, Counting House Lofts is part of the Jackson-Appleton-Middlesex (JAM) District, which is part of a plan to reconnect the area to downtown Lowell and the Lowell National Historic Park. Counting House Lofts is a three-story, brick building constructed in 1825 to house the Hamilton Manufacturing Company Storehouse and Counting House. more »

WALTHAM, Mass. – February 4, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Massachusetts REALTORS® applauded U.S. Senate passage today of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, S. 1926. In a 67-32 bi-partisan vote, the bill would require a four year delay in implementation of costly flood insurance rate increases resulting from the 2012 Biggert-Waters Act. more »

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