Go Bigger on Accessory Dwelling Units

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.

Legalized ADUs Can Help Aid Homeownership

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.

ADUs Should Not Be Controversial

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? 

Will the Suburbs Step Up?

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.

New Hope for Housing Production

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.

Accessory Units Gain Traction Nationwide

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.

This is ‘Who we R®’

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.