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The Valley Breeze: Smaller homes powering local real estate sales

It was a solid summer for home sales, say local real estate agents, with many buyers of smaller homes getting into bidding wars and paying higher than asking prices. But for those thinking of selling their home into this “seller’s market,” they shouldn’t get too excited, say agents. Prices are merely firming up – finally.

ProJo: In Exeter, landscaped meadows transform Deer Brook Estates from its gravel pit past

Deer Brook Estates had the appeal of a gravel pit when Mary and Harry Armen Jr. moved into their new condo in 2009. Later, it was transformed by inspired landscaping from its former life as a gravel quarry. The property just south of the R.I. Veterans Cemetery on Route 2 was owned by a Michael D’Ambra company called Rico Corp. D’Ambra and Hugh A. Fisher became partners to build Deer Brook Estates, which Fisher marketed as “woman-centric homes.” The concept included adding more and better storage such as closets with multiple shelves, a pantry, laundry facilities on the same floor as bedrooms, and drop zones near the entrance to capture keys, mail, handbags, coats and boots, with charging stations for cell phones, to keep clutter out of the living space.

Providence Journal: Affordable housing in R.I. lags, says report

For families with household incomes below $50,000, the improving housing market in 2016 meant rising prices, and fewer homes and apartments they can afford to rent or buy, according to a new report from HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University.

PBN: Pawtucket Credit Union launches Community Investment Fund

Pawtucket Credit Union has started a new program, dubbed the Community Investment Fund, to support organizations serving “vulnerable populations” in the community.

PBN: One-in-three households with mortgage cost-burdened in R.I.

More than one-in-three households in Rhode Island with a mortgaged property are housing cost-burdened, and the rate rises to one-in-two for renters, according to research by HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University.

PBN: Five Questions With: Brenda Clement

Brenda Clement is the director of HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University, which this week released its 2017 Housing Fact Book, an annual barometer of housing affordability in the Ocean State. She spoke with the Providence Business News about some of the trends.

NLIHC: Announces 2018 Housing Leadership Award Honorees

NLIHC announced the honorees of the 2018 Housing Leadership Awards who will be recognized at NLIHC’s annual Leadership Awards Reception in Washington, DC on March 20, 2018.

Roger Williams University: Social Justice Month Events

Social Justice Month Thursday, Oct 19 Mary Tefft White Center How Housing Works Workshop 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Rhode Island Alliance for Healthy Housing: NELCC Conference

New England Lead Conference Wednesday, November 1, 2017 Nashua Courtyard Marriott and Event Center 2200 Southwood Drive, Nashua, NH

Providence Journal: At-risk veterans receive care at annual tent city in Cumberland

Some 500 veterans attended the Operation Stand Down/Rhode Island outreach event at Diamond Hill State Park.

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