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Rent Control Is Not the Answer to Our Housing Crisis

Rent Control Is Not the Answer to Our Housing Crisis Decades of Research Shows Its Harm By Tamara Small | This column originally appeared in Banker & Tradesman on September 11, 2022 In July, yet another report was issued highlighting the housing crisis in Massachusetts. The Housing Underproduction Report examined markets throughout the country and…

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Lab, Life Science Space Will Only Drive Our Recovery If Nurtured

The demand for lab and life science space is driving construction all over the commonwealth, and there’s no slowdown on the horizon. Existing vacancies in Boston are at 1.1 percent and the larger market is hovering at 2.5 percent. This lack of supply has caused pricing to skyrocket where other sectors of commercial real estate have stalled. As one example, rents in Watertown hit levels comparable to Kendall Square’s pre-pandemic rents earlier this year. While new construction and lab conversions are up, prices remain high, as demand continues to exceed supply. The majority of new space coming online in 2022 is already committed.

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Opinion: The Future of Work Report Misses the Mark

But there is a big miss in McKinsey’s report. It’s no secret that office space was hard hit by the pandemic — walking in downtown Boston for the past year has been more akin to walking in a ghost town. But McKinsey’s topline conclusion that the demand for office real estate may fall as workers spend more time in residential areas due to hybrid work, uses employer and employee data from before vaccines were available to everyone, and conflates a hybrid work-schedule with the need for less physical space.

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Optimism and Recovery Expected for CRE in Second Half of 2021

City at Dusk

While certain sectors are leading the way and others are still catching up, the overall projections for the market are optimistic. Just like in 2008, the Greater Boston market’s access to talent, driven by the many top-tier colleges and universities, is our greatest competitive advantage.

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The Rubber Meets the Road with Realities of Resilient Reentry

The Rubber Meets the Road with Realities of Resilient Reentry

Last year was a pivotal time for commercial real estate across Massachusetts, and while 2021 is showing promise, there is a long way to go before we get back to pre-pandemic market stability and growth. In addition to the vaccine rollout there are a few critical components to the successful and resilient reopening of the economy.

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Mass. Employers Urge Caution on Tax Front

On November 2, NAIOP joined leading business groups and chambers of commerce in presenting a framework to legislative leaders on how to approach the state’s fiscal challenges in order to position the state for long-term growth. The following is accompanying media coverage published on November 5, 2020.

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Optimism Colors Shifting Views of Development Market

The Rubber Meets the Road with Realities of Resilient Reentry

SEPT. 15, 2020…..Commercial real estate and development experts said they are confident that the pandemic won’t spell the end of the development boom in and around Boston, but they said they are keeping their eyes on consumer and workforce trends that might reshape their industry.

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