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Real Estate Company Resolves Claims of Failing to Accommodate Tenants with Disabilities

A Haverhill-based real estate company has agreed to pay up to $70,000 to resolve allegations that it failed to accommodate two tenants with disabilities at an Andover apartment complex, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.

Closed Home Sales Dip in October for the Third Time This Year

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (MAR) reported today that home sales fell in October compared to the same time in 2015, during a year that has otherwise mostly seen an upward trend in sales. Inventory continued to dip this month, dropping to its lowest level since January 2005. Median prices increased again for both single-family homes and condominiums.

Senators Demand Buy America Provision in Water Infrastructure Package

Senator Edward J. Markey joined U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to restore a ‘Buy America’ provision in the Water Resources Development(WRDA) Act that would require the use of American-made iron and steel products in infrastructure projects. The Buy America rule already passed in the Senate version of the bill with broad bipartisan support. But it has been pulled from the compromise package reached between leaders in the Senate and U.S. House of Representatives

Framingham Assessor’s get approved for FY2017 values & tax rate

The Massachusetts State Department of Revenue has approved property values and tax rates for the Town of Framingham for Fiscal Year 2017. The new values and new tax rates can be found on the Assessing Department website

Mayor Walsh files Jim Brooks Community Stabilization A

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today sent the Jim Brooks Stabilization Act, a proposed home rule petition, to the City Council for its consideration. Once approved by the City Council and enacted by the State legislature, this law would help protect residential tenants and former homeowners living in their homes post-foreclosure against arbitrary, unreasonable, discriminatory, or retaliatory evictions, and help ensure that tenants and former homeowners are aware of their rights under state law.

Greenbuild, USGBC and ABX Announce Co-Location for 2017 in Boston

Informa Exhibitions, USGBC and the Boston Society of Architects/AIA announced that Greenbuild and ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) will be co-located for 2017. The events will take place the week of Nov. 6–10 and both will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), creating one of the largest events for the building community in North America.

MAR Charitable Foundation Awards Fall and Disaster Relief Grants

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® Charitable Foundation recently announced the 2016 recipients of its spring Housing and Homeless Assistance Grants.  The following four charities were nominated by local Realtor® Associations and selected to receive a share of $5,500 in grants based on their initiatives to provide affordable housing, shelter and other emergency care services within Massachusetts

Massachusetts Pending Home Sales and Median Prices Up Across the Board in October

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (MAR) reported today that the number of homes put under agreement in October were up 15 percent from last year. Condominium pending sales were also up almost nine percent as prices for both property types continue to go up. The strong market was reflected in high Realtor® Market Confidence Index, while the Price Confidence Index remained essentially the same over last year

Nantucket Association of Real Estate Brokers Resolves Allegations that Competitors are Unfairly Excluded from...

The Nantucket Association of Real Estate Brokers, Inc. (“NAREB”) has agreed to resolve allegations that its current membership requirements unfairly exclude competitors from the Nantucket real estate brokerage market, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.

Aubuchon Reneged On Agreed-Upon Contract

Teamster warehouse workers and drivers at Aubuchon Hardware’s distribution facility found themselves locked out of their jobs when they reported to their shifts this morning. They were met by security who had been instructed to tell the workers that they were not allowed on the property.

Mayor Walsh Celebrates $24.8 Million Energy Partnership; BHA reduces Green House Gases by 25%-...

Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Boston Housing Authority and Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) will celebrate the positive impact of a partnership that has seen some $24.8 million dollars in energy saving equipment and materials installed across the BHA’s housing developments over the last ten years. The project has also realized an estimated energy savings of some $24.0 million dollars over that time period.

Lynch Calls on FERC to Halt Pipeline Projects in West Roxbury and Weymouth Following...

In the wake of the recent fatal pipeline explosion in Alabama, Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-Boston) called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to halt the permitting process and construction for the proposed Spectra pipelines in West Roxbury and Weymouth, Massachusetts. In a letter to FERC Chairman Norman Bay, Congressman Lynch highlighted the serious public safety risks of placing a natural gas pipeline in densely populated areas such as West Roxbury and Weymouth.

Markey Commends Release of Heating Funds as New England Heads for Potential Home Heating...

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) commended the Obama administration for releasing the initial batch of funding under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The Department of Health and Human Services today released more than $3 billion dollars, 90 percent of the funding made available under the Continuing Resolution funding the government

Closed Home Sales Remain Essentially Flat in September Over Last Year

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (MAR) reported today that home sales remained essentially flat over in September compared to the same time last year. Inventory continued to fall this month, dropping to its lowest level since February 2015. The median price in September continued its upward trend. Condominium sales closed slightly higher with median prices up almost 10 percent from 2015.

Senators Ask President to Halt Construction of Dakota Access Pipeline

Senators Edward J. Markey, Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.) sent a letter to President Barack Obama Thursday requesting the administration halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline until affected tribes are consulted and a full environmental review is conducted.

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Real Estate Company Resolves Claims of Failing to Accommodate Tenants with...

A Haverhill-based real estate company has agreed to pay up to $70,000 to resolve allegations that it failed to accommodate two tenants with disabilities at an Andover apartment complex, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.