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Obama, Apple Seek Tech Detente at Cybersecurity Summit

Obama, Apple Seek Tech Detente at Cybersecurity Summit

President Barack Obama is taking his pitch for greater cooperation in fighting online threats to a skeptical crowd in the heart of the nation’s tech sector Friday, hosting the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University. Obama has gotten positive signals from Republicans and the businesses community on his call to […]
Where Shiny Meets Gritty

Where Shiny Meets Gritty

For renters looking for new construction in Dumbo, a Brooklyn neighborhood with scant space to build, 60 Water Street has begun leasing 232 market-rate apartments, many with stunning East River views. But for many residents, historians and preservationists, the glassy complex with a 17-story tower is an eyesore that obstructs historic views seen from the […]
Older Americans a Pillar of Housing Market With High Ownership Rate

Older Americans a Pillar of Housing Market With High Ownership Rate

Bill Braswell is staying put in his Virginia home even though he could sell it for 10 times what he paid in 1980 and some of his retired friends are moving to warmer climates. “I’m on boards and commissions and I enjoy that brain activity, so no, I don’t want to move to South Carolina […]
Where We Live: Barracks Row has gone from grit to glamour

Where We Live: Barracks Row has gone from grit to glamour

Sylvia Moraes says a cross-generational transformation is taking place where she lives, off Barracks Row in Southeast Washington, and even at her local Catholic church, St. Peter’s. “There were a lot of funerals. Now there are a lot of marriages and baptisms,” said Moraes, 80, referring to the area’s growing appeal among parents of young […]
Rules Roommates Should Agree on Before Moving In

Rules Roommates Should Agree on Before Moving In

Living with roommates isn’t always a walk in the park. Everyone has annoying habits and weird quirks. To avoid conflict and resentment, check out this article for a list of rules all roommates should agree on before moving in together.   The Internet is rife with roommate horror stories that can discourage you from ever […]
13 Thrifty Ways to Update Your Bathroom

13 Thrifty Ways to Update Your Bathroom

Nobody likes a house with an outdated bathroom. Of course, you can use a blue toilet and bathe in a pink tub, illuminated by eight naked light bulbs shining on a stained 1970s laminate countertop. But do you really want to? Building the spa bathroom of your dreams may cost more than you want to […]
The 9 Sacrifices You Must Make To Find An Affordable Home

The 9 Sacrifices You Must Make To Find An Affordable Home

Despite the bad rap homeownership – and particularly home affordability – has gotten in the last few years, it’s still part of the ‘American Dream.’ But now, in 2014, there’s caveat to that dream: can buyers find a home to purchase within their budget? Millennials and first time buyers are particularly daunted by home affordability. In Trulia’s latest […]
Cash Deals for Homes Reach Record With Boomers Retiring

Cash Deals for Homes Reach Record With Boomers Retiring

Mike Trafton bought a house in a suburb of Boise, Idaho, where he plans to retire. He made the deal without signing a stack of mortgage papers. Trafton, 55, and his wife Cindy, 54, paid $400,000 in cash for the 3,200-square-foot house in Eagle after selling their 4,400-square-foot home in a Portland, Oregon, suburb for $680,000. Like a […]
It’s Getting Easier to Get a Mortgage

It’s Getting Easier to Get a Mortgage

You may not have noticed it, but recently, it’s gotten easier to buy a new home. Last year, a strong housing market combined with fears that the Federal Reserve would eventually begin tapering its purchases of mortgage bonds. Together, these factors helped drive up the cost of a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage from about 3.3 percent […]
Peter Merrigan| Boston Newbury Street Portfolio

Peter Merrigan| Boston Newbury Street Portfolio

“We established a strategy to invest in the only high street in Boston, where there was no single owner of more than 10 buildings  on a 200 building street. We created an institutional product by building a critical mass  of buildings to benefit from economies of scale and the creation of a brand. Institutional investors […]