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Rising Pending Home Sales in September Could Signify a Busy Fall Real Estate Market

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (MAR) reported today that single-family pending home sales jumped over four percent this month from September of last year, with prices rising close to five percent. Pending condominium sales were also up, rising more than three percent over last year, while prices increased slightly. Realtors® confidence in the market and in home prices were both up again in September. This month’s “Hot Topic” question asks Realtors® how they would describe the appraisal process in the last six months

Massachusetts Median Home Prices Remain High as Number of Homes for Sale Reach Lowest...

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (MAR) reported today that closed sales for both single-family homes and condominiums were down over two percent in August compared to last year. The median price for single-family homes rose over five percent, while condo prices stayed flat. Inventory reached the lowest level for the month of August since MAR began recording the data in 2004.

Massachusetts Association of Realtors® Recognizes Realtors® Elizabeth Morawiak-Paczuska and Richard Waystack for their Community...

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (MAR) announced today that Elizabeth “Ella” Morawiak-Paczuska of Preferred Properties Realty in Norwell and Richard Waystack of Jack Conway & Company, Inc. in Harwich Port were named MAR’s 2017 Good Neighbor Award winners for their work on behalf of Project Health CV Inc. and the Bob Murray Housing with Love Walk respectively.

Pittsfield Realtor® Named 2017 Massachusetts Realtor® of the Year

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (MAR) announced today that Barb Davis-Hassan, president of Barb Hassan Realty, Inc. in Pittsfield is the Massachusetts Realtor® of the Year for 2017. Davis-Hassan was presented the award at MAR’s Professional Awards Reception, which was held September 14 at the DoubleTree Hilton in Milford.

Waltham Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor® Distinguished Service Award

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (MAR) announced today that Gary Rogers, a Realtor® and broker of RE/MAX on the Charles in Waltham, has been named recipient of the Milton H. Shaw Distinguished Service Award for 2017. The award was presented at MAR’s Professional Awards Reception, which was held September 14 at the DoubleTree Hilton in Milford.

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® Charitable Foundation Donates $20,000 in Disaster Relief Aid to...

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® Charitable Foundation announced today that the group is donating $20,000 to the National Association of Realtors® Realtor® Relief Foundation to fund rescue and recovery efforts underway in the areas of Texas most affected by Hurricane Harvey. All funds go to help Realtors® and others in need with temporary housing, mortgage payments and related expenses

Massachusetts Median Home Prices Remain at the $400,000 Mark as Number of Homes for...

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (MAR) reported today that the median price for a single-family home hit the $400,000 mark for the second month in a row in July. Single-family homes saw a dip in sales over last year, while condominiums sales rose slightly. Inventory also reached the lowest level for the month of July since MAR began recording the data in 2004.

Affordability Extended for Senior Citizens Living at Solemar at South Dartmouth through Refinancing of...

MassHousing has provided $17.6 million in affordable housing financing to the Claremont Companies for the refinancing of the 200-unit Solemar at South Dartmouth. The refinancing of the mixed-income senior citizen community preserves the affordability of the property’s 100 affordable units through 2034.

DHCD Announces October 2017 Mini-Rental Round Competition

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has identified a limited amount of federal and state Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and state bond funds that could be made available competitively to certain highly ready projects before the end of 2017. Because of the great demand for new, family housing, projects must represent affordable or affordable/mixed-income family housing that meet the definition of production in the 2017 Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP). Also, in order to best leverage state resources, projects must be supported by significant levels of local matching funds.

WinnDevelopment chosen to redevelop the Mary Ellen McCormack public housing development

WinnDevelopment Company, LP has been selected by the Boston Housing Authority to redevelop the first and one of the largest public housing development in New England.  Built in the 1930s, Mary Ellen McCormack consists of 1,016 deeply subsidized apartments and row houses. The proposed plan is to rebuild the site into a vibrant mixed-income community with a thoughtful design that embraces the existing residents and connects with the surrounding neighborhood.

Mass. July Pending Home Sales Down for the First Time in Over Two Years

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (MAR) reported today that single-family pending home sales fell almost six percent in July from last year. Pending condominium sales were also down more than 10 percent. The median price for both single-family homes and condos saw a hike over last year, with the single-family median price rising over the $400,000 mark for the second month in the row. Realtors® confidence in the market and in home prices were both up in July after a dip in June.

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.

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.

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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