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Learn about the 2022 Spring Housing Market Posted on Mar 22

Learn about the 2022 Spring Housing Market

Spring has sprung, and just like the weather, the housing market continues to warm up.  Home purchase prices and rental costs are at record highs across the nation and in the Commonwealth. The biggest hurdle for Massachusetts homebuyers, like tenants, is the low inventory of   …Continue Reading Learn about the 2022 Spring Housing Market

HIC Social Media Recap Blog Posted on Feb 28

HIC Social Media Recap Blog

Planning for a remodeling or construction project requires great attention to detail and follow through by both consumers and contracted businesses.  In Massachusetts, the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR) registers qualified home improvement contractors and offers certain protections for eligible homeowners and   …Continue Reading HIC Social Media Recap Blog

Start Your New Apartment Lease on the Right Foot Posted on Sep 29

Start Your New Apartment Lease on the Right Foot

The fall is the peak of moving season in the Commonwealth. Whether you are a college student moving into your first apartment or a seasoned renter relocating, it is important to understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant. Being a responsible tenant starts before you   …Continue Reading Start Your New Apartment Lease on the Right Foot

Eviction Moratorium to Expire This Month Posted on Jul 26

Throughout the pandemic, state and federal governments developed policies to protect residents facing job loss and other COVID-19 related hardships. Among those orders were moratoriums placed on home evictions. When the state’s pause on evictions expired on October 17, 2020, the federal moratorium established by the Centers for   …Continue Reading Eviction Moratorium to Expire This Month

Energy Bill Scams Posted on Dec 19

Energy Bill Scams

        As temperatures drop, thermostats begin to rise and many consumers begin to see their heating bills increase. It should come as no surprise then that scammers capitalize on the changing seasons by offering lower energy bills or preying on fears about   …Continue Reading Energy Bill Scams

Massachusetts Housing Week 2013 Posted on Jun 17

It is safe to say that the first ever Massachusetts Housing Week was a major success! Beginning with a proclamation by Governor Patrick last Monday in Dorchester, Housing Week took me, DHCD Undersecretary Gornstein, Division of Banks Commissioner Cotney, DHCD Deputy Undersecretary Jemison and a   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Housing Week 2013