Bostonians have been fleeing to Rhode Island since at least 1636, when exiled minister Roger Williams founded Providence. But while Williams was chased out of Massachusetts for his “new and dangerous opinions’’ (such as separating church and state), it’s scandalously high housing prices that are sending Bay Staters over the border nearly 400 years later. “Last year, probably 25 to 30 percent of our business was from people priced out of Boston and surrounding communities,’’ said Ben Scungio, an agent and office manager with Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty in Providence. “It has changed dramatically in the last 12 months,’’ said Sally Lapides, president of Residential Properties in Providence. “It used to be that we only saw two-briefcase families who had jobs in both cities,’’ she explained, with couples split between Boston and Providence often choosing the latter as a home base because … [Read more...] about Home buyers weary of Boston prices slip south to Rhode Island
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BURLINGTON, Vt.—Early on in his eight years as the mayor of this city, when he typically dressed in a tieless ensemble of work boots and corduroys, Bernie Sanders one day left City Hall and found a ticket on the windshield of his rusty Volkswagen Dasher. The offense: This was the mayor’s spot, and surely, a cop had thought, this was not the mayor’s car. But it was. It matched perfectly with both Sanders’ image as a scrappy advocate of the little guy and his own consistently shaky financial reality. It was the beginning of the 1980s, and he was approaching 40, a single father of a not-quite-teenage son, renting a sparse, second-floor apartment and having a hard time keeping up with his bills. “Not only,” he wrote on his yellow, coffee-splotched legal pads, kept in archives at the University of Vermont, “do I not pay bills every month—‘What, every month?’—I am unable to …” His scribbles in barely legible … [Read more...] about The Secret of Bernie’s Millions
Where do the wealthiest 1% really live and where are they flocking to? Realtor.com set out to find the most expensive neighborhoods in every state. Allison Underhill, provided by Published 5:00 am CST, Monday, February 25, 2019 Birmingham, AL ZIP code: 35223 Median home list price: $611,612 Birmingham, AL ZIP code: 35223 Median home list price: $611,612 Photo: Realtor.com Photo: Realtor.com Image 1 of / 24 Caption Close Image 1 of 24 Birmingham, AL ZIP code: 35223 Median home list price: $611,612 Birmingham, AL ZIP code: 35223 Median home list price: $611,612 Photo: Realtor.com The Most Expensive Neighborhood in Every State in America 1 / 24 Back to Gallery We're curious. … [Read more...] about The Most Expensive Neighborhood in Every State in America
Rick Kelleher is a big, white-haired, crisply presented man who looks very much the way you’d expect a Boston Irish power broker to look. If you found yourself sitting next to him on a plane, you might notice how he kept the conversation flowing naturally and emphasized his points with the physicality of a great salesman, dramatically raising his eyebrows and cocking his head. On this morning, Kelleher is seated at a back table in the lobby restaurant of the elegant Boston Harbor Hotel, where the server knows exactly how he likes his house-smoked salmon. He carries himself as if he owns the place, and, in a way, he does. Related Links New England’s smallest colleges are struggling Former Mount Ida students sue, accusing college leaders of fraud The college debt crisis is even worse than you think Sitting across the table is a man who is also in his late 60s but who cuts a very different figure. Kumble Subbaswamy — unassuming, of slight build, with … [Read more...] about ‘ZooMass’ no more. Is turning UMass Amherst into an elite university needed?