The Biden administration is taking steps to help create more affordable houses and apartments, which could help fill the inventory gap that plagues the housing sector.
Other states’ experiences show increasing the production of ADUs requires the passage of statewide legislation, but that policymakers must pick between producing more units and producing less controversy.
The plan is designed to generate 40,000 new units statewide, and would legalize accessory dwelling units in single-family zones and state aid for conversions of underutilized office buildings and malls into housing.
A provision in the so-called “YIMBY Bill” before the state legislature that would legalize accessory dwelling units on all residential properties statewide is an excellent idea. But Beacon Hill should think even bigger.
There’s rarely a silver bullet solution to such a crisis, but state action to allow accessory dwelling units by right would clearly narrow the gap between supply and demand, and reduce housing costs.
Mayor Michelle Wu laid out specifics about the advent of a new Boston Planning and Development Agency, including goals of accelerating approvals while emphasizing affordability, coastal resilience and equity.
Housing markets everywhere are in a tough way. Prices and interest rates are so high that most first-time buyers don’t have a prayer. But this coming year, state legislators could put a potentially powerful tool in buyers’ hands.
A monthslong Beacon Hill kerfuffle stalled a bill that contains earmarks for real estate developments and policy provisions like a statewide legalization of accessory dwelling units.
If this crop of state legislators can’t move ADU legalization forward, can we really trust them to take the more substantive actions still needed to move the needle on our housing supply crisis?
One of the most unfortunate casualties of the end-of-session scramble on Beacon Hill was a failure to legalize the creation of accessory dwelling units on many single-family lots statewide.
A measure legalizing accessory dwelling units in many single-family homes statewide has made it over a significant hurdle in the state Senate, potentially setting a new housing advocacy group up for one of its first major statewide wins.
In the face of a massive, nation-wide shortage of housing construction, the White House announced a new slate of initiatives Monday to try to speed up the building of new units.
Banks and homebuilders see business opportunities in zoning changes that will allow significantly more Cape Cod residents to carve rental units out of their houses with a significant reduction in red tape.
Housing experts, developers and business leaders have high hopes that the recently passed Housing Choice Act will boost housing construction in Massachusetts, reversing a decades-long decline in the number of units built each year in the Bay State.
Increasing both the number and types of homes available across the state is a key component to ensuring that the state remains inclusive and thriving. A new law offers hope we will be able to do just that.
A new, nationwide survey from real estate website Zillow has found that nearly two-thirds of Boston-area residents want the ability to convert their single-family homes into multifamily units.
Today, proponents of accessory units believe they will help ease housing shortages by expanding the options for people of all ages. Now, many communities throughout the country have been relaxing their restrictions against ADUs, or outright encouraging them.
Here are the Massachusetts Association of Realtors 2019-2020 legislative priorities that we advocated for at our 34th Annual Margaret C. Carlson Realtor Day on Beacon Hill on June 12.
Often cities and towns have the will to produce more housing but are ill-equipped to determine what will work. Technical support is needed to evaluate the projected impact, coupled with the resources to reach out to and educate the public
Boston is expanding a program that encourages creation of accessory apartments in existing homes and provides low-cost loans of up to $30,000 for such projects.