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Pew Report: The American Middle Class Is Shrinking (Updated)

As we all know you can tell the story behind the same numbers, the same economic statistics, in a number of different ways. And the story we attach to a statistics all too often has some political motivation behind that very story that we’re telling about it. Currently there’s some decent number of …

Income Inequality

Housing Forecast 2016-2017: Two Years Of Growth

More housing units are being occupied, and that dictates a strengthening market in 2016. Higher mortgage rates will eventually take their toll, but we’re 18 to 24 months away from that. In 2016 and 2017, housing construction will increase and home prices will rise.<p>The number of housing units …

Housing

The housing market is going to be all about one issue in 2016

But unless there's a definitive pickup in wages, entry-level housing affordability could morph into a more serious issue.<p>"Deteriorating housing affordability will drive 2016 housing trends," according to Zillow's 2016 housing-market outlook published earlier this week.<p>"A lack of affordable homes …

What $3,000/Month Rents Around Cambridge Right Now - Curbed Boston

Not surprisingly, it seems that $3,000 a month presents a whole other level of opportunity in the People's Republic than $2,500 a month. At that lower level, a prospective tenant might hope for a 2-BR with parking extra. At $3K, a 3-BR is well within reach as are thoroughly furnished affairs and</b> …

Kendall Square now tops Boston for neighborhood with most expensive rents

Online rental market tracker Zumper looked at more than 14,000 Boston-area apartment listings to draft its latest report.

Boston

Five Suburbs That Are Importing Boston's Urban Living

<i>Here's the latest installment of Bates By the Numbers, a weekly feature by Boston real estate agent David Bates that drills down into the Hub's housing market to uncover those trends and people you would not otherwise notice. Follow him on Twitter and check out his ebook, CONTEXT 2015: 14 Hub Condo</i> …

Here are the most affordable US housing markets where the schools are good

Online real estate marketplace and information site RealtyTrac combined together school testing data from state education departments, wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and house sale price data to find the most affordable and unaffordable zip codes in several states that had good …

The World in 2015: Global population and the changing shape of world demographics

Apr 5, 2015 at 2:38pm UTC

One Man's Plan to Expand Cheap Housing and Make Money Doing It

On a recent afternoon in Prince George’s County, Maryland, a bleak economic trend met a tantalizing investment thesis.<p>Inside the community center at …

Real Estate

Why People Live Where They Do

A detailed new analysis.<p>I’ve long believed that choosing a place to live is the single most important decision we make. It has an impact on everything from our career and bank accounts to the people we meet, the relationships we forge, and where we send our kids to school, not to mention our …

Housing

Massport advancing ‘significant’ mixed-use project in South Boston - Boston Business Journal

By Catherine Carlock <br>– Real Estate Editor, Boston Business Journal<p>Nov 17, 2015, 6:34am EST<p>The Massachusetts Port Authority has updated its …

Development Plans Near Convention Center; West End Towers

<i>NORTH END/WEST END—</i>Just a reminder that Avalon North Station is by no means the only big-time development going up in the area: "Developers are moving ahead with plans for <b>a trio of luxury apartment towers</b>, one on the site of the Garden and North Station, and two others just across the street." …

How Washing Machines Could Use a Lot Less Water

Three MIT grad students have invented a washing-machine filter that cleans wastewater and reuses it over and over again.<p>Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology hosted the inaugural MIT Water Innovation Prize, inviting attendees from around the world to pitch their …

New Hampshire

Where U.S. Metro Economies Are Growing or Shrinking

America's national GDP grew 2.3 percent in 2014, but not every city fared equally well.<p>America’s GDP grew 2.3 percent in 2014, according to a recent Bureau of Economic Analysis report. But each metro contributed differently, and a new map by cost-info website howmuch.net takes a look at each city’s …

Demographics

Why the Wealthy Have Been Returning to City Centers

There’s no single reason, of course, but a hatred of long commutes might be a big one.<p>Back in 1980, Americans didn’t pay much of a premium to live in the center of a city. Quite the contrary: many gladly paid more to live farther away. The average price for a two- or three-bedroom home right in the …

Urban Design

Are 'Treescrapers' the Future of Dense Urban Living?

A vertical garden tower just won a significant award for architecture. Is it time to start taking these designs seriously?<p>Passive House designers are the Fremen of the architectural world. They look at buildings the same way that <i>Dune</i>’s noble desert tribe thinks about water. For the Fremen, the …

Architecture

When in Affordable Housing Limbo, How Low Can You Go?

We all know how laughable it is to find affordable housing that's decent when you're making enough money to be considered middle class, which has been very, very broadly defined as income over $50,000 and up to <b>$125,000</b> by the City of Boston. You know there's something off-kilter when a household …

What $3,000 a Month Rents Around Boston Right Now - Curbed Boston

It's one of those magic numbers in the Boston rental market: $3,000 a month. What does it lease you nowadays around the city? Depending on location, quite a bit. You're virtually guaranteed at least <b>two bedrooms</b> (virtually). And amenities such as a garaged parking space, an in-house W/D and outdoor …

Big Reveal: the 2-BR Floor-Through in the South End

<i>And, now, the results of this week's asking-rent guessing game.</i><p>58 gray street #2<p><b>Address:</b> 58 Gray Street, #2<b><br>Rent:</b> $3,200<b><br>The Skinny:</b> More than 43 percent of you nailed the rent on this 2-BR, 2-BA apartment spread over an entire 605-square-foot floor. A further 37 percent came awfully close with …