Massachusetts Median Home Prices Cross the $400,000 Threshold for the First Time

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (MAR) reported today that the median price for a single-family home hit an all-time high and went over $400,000 for the first time. Both single-family homes and condominiums saw a drop in sales in June from last year. Inventory also reached the lowest level for the month of June since MAR began recording the data in 2004.

SEIA Testimony Urges Mass. DOER to Make Changes to Final SMART Regulations To Protect...

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) in comments and oral testimony urged the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to make several changes to its proposed new solar incentive program to ensure the Commonwealth protects solar jobs. The Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program proposed by DOER would replace one of the state’s central solar policies, and is expected to be implemented next year.

Former Quincy Man Indicted for $1.7 Million Real Estate Fraud Scheme and Ex-Wife Indicted...

A man who had been a fugitive for more than 20 years before his arrest in Florida in April 2017, was indicted yesterday in connection with a $1.7 million real estate investment fraud scheme in Quincy, Mass. His ex-wife was also indicted for lying about the whereabouts of her former spouse prior to his arrest.

Senator Markey Statement on EPA Roll Back of Clean Water Rule

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced their effort to repeal the Clean Water Rule

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $42 Million to Preserve Over 550 Affordable Housing Units

The Baker-Polito Administration announced awards to preserve three affordable housing developments in Worcester and Franklin. The $42 million in tax credit equity and subsidy from the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will fund the purchase and rehabilitation of the three developments and will maintain affordability of nearly all 559 housing units. These awards are part of the administration’s strategy to ensure the continuation of existing affordable housing across the Commonwealth

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $42 Million to Preserve Over 550 Affordable Housing Units

The Baker-Polito Administration announced awards to preserve three affordable housing developments in Worcester and Franklin. The $42 million in tax credit equity and subsidy from the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will fund the purchase and rehabilitation of the three developments and will maintain affordability of nearly all 559 housing units. These awards are part of the administration’s strategy to ensure the continuation of existing affordable housing across the Commonwealth

Dip in Closed Home Sales for Month of May as Median Prices Hit All-Time...

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (MAR) reported today both single-family and condominium saw a slight dip in sales in May from last year. Despite the drop, median home prices for both single-family homes and condominiums hit new all-time highs. Inventory also reached the lowest level for the month of May since MAR began recording the data in 2004.

Taunton Woman Pleads Guilty to Social Security and Housing Assistance Fraud

A Taunton woman pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston today to concealing information and making false statements in order to receive Social Security disability benefits and Section 8 housing assistance to which she was not entitled.

Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Ribbon Cutting at The Heights Amesbury Housing Development

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined local officials in Amesbury to celebrate the ribbon cutting at The Heights Amesbury, a new, mixed-income 240-unit housing development. The project is supported by a 2015 MassWorks Infrastructure Program award of $1.1 million for safety improvements along Route 150. Enhancements include signal upgrades, intersection modifications and new sidewalks to improve walkability and access

Solving the Housing Inventory Crisis and Preventing Homes from Being Treated like Hotels Main...

Over 400 Massachusetts Realtor® -members traveled to the State House on Wednesday to participate in the 32nd annual “Realtor® Day on Beacon Hill.” The annual lobbying day gave Realtors® the opportunity to discuss with their legislators the key issues that impact consumers, housing and the economy. The 2017 keynote address was provided byState Senator Karen Spilka (D – Ashland), Chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee

AG Healey Awards Grants to Expand Opportunity for Women, Minority Workers in the Construction...

Attorney General Maura Healey today announced that her office is awarding $90,000 in grant funding to organizations across the state to promote equal opportunity for women and minority workers and small business owners in the construction industry.

Governor Baker, State Housing and Transit Officials Break Ground on Transit-Oriented “Open for Business”...

Governor Charlie Baker joined state housing and transit officials, local municipal officials and private sector development partners to break ground on 67 mixed-income, transit-oriented rental housing units adjacent to the Beverly Depot Commuter Rail station and garage

AG Healey Sues Trump Administration for Blocking Critical Energy Efficiency Standards

Attorney General Maura Healey today joined a coalition of 11 state attorneys general and the City of New York in filing a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for violating federal law by failing to implement critical energy efficiency standards that would save consumers and businesses an estimated $11.6 billion over a 30-year period.

Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Downtown Provincetown Reconstruction

Today Secretary Jay Ash joined Senator Julian Cyr, Representative Sarah Peake and Town Manager David Panagore to celebrate the ribbon cutting at Commercial Street in in Provincetown. In 2015, Provincetown received a $1.96 million award from the MassWorks program to complete a three-phase street reconstruction and storm-water mitigation plan.

Massachusetts Clean Energy Advocates Welcome SMART Program Release

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has announced its Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program regulations, which will now go through a public comment period. Massachusetts boasts the second largest solar workforce in the country thanks to state initiatives like net metering and the SREC 2 program, and today’s announcement could be a first step in giving residents and businesses confidence in the Bay State’s continued commitment to progress.

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Award addresses legacy sewer issues in Boynton Yards district, paving the way for redevelopment along Green Line Extension. The Baker-Polito Administration announced a $500,000 MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant for water and sewer improvements for the Boynton Yards area of Somerville.