With the core cities of Greater Boston attracting young millennials, and aging suburban baby boomers seeking housing more appropriate to their status as empty-nesters, smaller housing units in both urban and suburban areas are becoming fashionable. Yet Boston and the region’s core cities have an undersupply of multi- unit housing while suburban communities increasingly have an oversupply […]
In the October 2013 edition of Banker & Tradesman, Barry Bluestone explains that through the first six months of 2013, the median selling price of a single-family home in the Boston region was up an average of seven percent over 2012 and many expect prices to continue to rise through the end of this year […]
This report is the 11th in the series of annual “Greater Boston Housing Report Cards.” Like past report cards, this 2013 report probes Greater Boston’s housing landscape, keeping tabs on housing construction, home prices, and rents. It analyzes the relationship between the region’s economy, demography, and housing, and keeps track of federal, state and local […]
November 14, 2012 — This morning the Dukakis Center along with the Boston Foundation released the 2012 Greater Boston Housing Report Card.
This report marks the 10th anniversary of the annual Greater Boston Housing Report Card. Each year since 2002, we have probed Greater Boston’s housing landscape, keeping tabs on housing construction, home prices and rents. We have analyzed the relationship between the region’s economy, demography and housing, and we have kept track of federal, state and local government policies that affect the region’s housing market. Year by year, we have reported on this vital sector of the region’s economy, based on the belief that providing decent housing for all at prices they can afford is not only a moral responsibility, but an economic necessity if the region is to retain its talent pool.
Massachusetts and Greater Boston are not immune to the forces that are negatively affecting the nation’s economy as a whole. Moreover, the analysis in these pages also concludes that until we solve the housing crisis, the larger economic crisis impacting our state, region and country will not begin to abate. In past housing report cards […]
As in our previous seven annual reports, the 2010 Greater Boston Housing Report Card focuses on recent trends and patterns within the region’s housing market. However, in this one we explore in more depth a number of issues including the sharp rise in foreclosures, the continuing problem with rental affordability, the impact of Chapter 40B and […]
The 2009 Greater Boston Housing Report Card, subtitled “Positioning Boston in a Post-Crisis World,” examines what has happened over 2009 and how Greater Boston and Massachusetts have been affected by the national recession. It also offers a clear and compelling presentation of where we stood nearing the end of 2009. Download Full Report
The 2008 Greater Boston Housing Report Card attempts to set a new baseline for understanding the impact of housing on the regional economy and the lives of area residents, and also capture the 2008 market, in which housing prices are falling at frightening speed—yet remain out of reach for far too many area residents. Download […]
The 2005-2006 Greater Boston Housing Report Card examines changes since 2004 and reports on where progress has, and has not, been made. As the Report states, in 2005 the private sector and the Commonwealth began to take steps to address the critical housing issues which the state – and the Greater Boston region in particular […]