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July

16

2008

Housing Supplies and Housing Bubbles

This report, authored by Edward Glaeser, Joseph Gyourko, and Albert Saiz, examines the relationship between housing bubbles and limitations on growth. The researchers use data on both regulations and natural barriers to building, such as hilliness, to classify metropolitan areas as places where builders face few limits, like Houston, and regions where builders are extremely restricted, like Boston. There is a strong link between housing bubbles and restrictions on development.

March

1

2008

Annual Report - 2007

Titled "Making Ends Meet", this report includes six essays on how housing has helped people make it in Massachusetts. Essays focus on projects in Chelsea, Springfield, Groton, Stoughton and Lawrence. Reporter also includes a profile on the SoftSecond Loan Program's 10,000th borrower.

November

15

2007

Rental financing: MHP examines construction costs

Size, location, affordability examined for their impact on bottom line

BOSTON, Nov. 15, 2007 - MHP has completed a year-long study of factors that impact the cost of multi-family housing developments. MHP looked at 38 newly-built projects, examining the impact of five variables - project size, building size, project location, wage rate requirements and affordability.