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Discussion Paper
A profile of the mortgage crisis in a low-and-moderate-income community

This paper assesses the impact of the mortgage crisis on Chelsea, Massachusetts, a low-and-moderate-income community of 35,000 adjacent to Boston. After years of rapid growth, house prices started falling in 2005. According to our repeat-sales indices, by the end of 2009 prices had fallen by as much as 50 percent from their peak. Foreclosures have soared and lenders have repossessed or allowed short sales on more than 330 homes, resulting in a forced exit of at least one in 30 of the town's households. A large fraction of the foreclosed properties were two- or three-family homes, so the ...
Public Policy Discussion Paper , Paper 10-6

Foreclosures, house-price changes, and subprime mortgages in Massachusetts cities and towns

This module shows: The changing patterns in foreclosure rates and subprime mortgage originations across Massachusetts cities and towns over time; How movements in these rates compare with movements in house prices for any user-selected city or town; The association between foreclosure rates and median income in these cities and towns.
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Working Paper
The impact of wetlands rules on the prices of regulated and proximate houses: a case study

Federal, state and local wetlands protection laws that restrict landowners' ability to develop their properties in certain ways could decrease the value of the affected properties. However, the regulations could also give benefits to nearby neighbors, who no longer need to worry about increased development in their area. Given that some properties may decline in value while others increase, the impact on individual properties must be determined empirically. ; This study uses a data set from Newton, Massachusetts, to examine the impact of wetlands laws on the regulated properties as well as on ...
New England Public Policy Center Working Paper , Paper 07-3

Discussion Paper
The role of proximity in foreclosure externalities: evidence from condominiums

We explore several different explanations of the effect of foreclosures on neighboring properties using a dataset of transactions in Boston, for which we have rich data on the size and location of condominium associations. There is compelling evidence against a supply effect?nearby condo foreclosures in different associations, and even those within the same association but at different physical addresses, have little impact on condo sale prices. However, condos transact at average discounts of 2.4 percent when a foreclosure shares the same physical address. We view the results as indicating ...
Public Policy Discussion Paper , Paper 13-2

Journal Article
Incentives for urban pioneers: in housing policy, one policy does not fit all

In housing policy, one size does not fit all. State programs designed to retain affordable housing stock in high-cost areas may inadvertently keep secondary cities from revitalizing.
Communities and Banking , Issue Sum , Pages 3-4

Discussion Paper
When does delinquency result in neglect?: mortgage delinquency and property maintenance

Studies of foreclosure externalities have overwhelmingly focused on the impact of forced sales on the value of nearby properties, typically finding modest evidence of foreclosure spillovers. However, many quality-of-life issues posed by foreclosures may not be reflected in nearby sale prices. This paper uses new data from Boston on constituent complaints and requests for public services made to City government departments, matched with loan-level data, to examine the timing of foreclosure externalities. I find evidence that property conditions suffer most while homes are bank owned, although ...
Public Policy Discussion Paper , Paper 13-1

Journal Article
Creating housing opportunities

Helping families of low and moderate means find opportunities in high-cost areas requires special tactics. Citizens for Affordable Housing in Newton Development Organization (CAN-DO) shows it can be done.
Communities and Banking , Issue Sum , Pages 16-17