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Four projects to bring 136 new housing units to Boston neighborhoods

The Boston Planning & Development Agency approved the projects at its August meeting.

New policy adds diversity, equity, inclusion to Boston’s large development projects

The Boston Planning & Development Agency has adopted a new policy requiring developers to disclose diversity, equity and inclusion plans for large projects when filing.

Keller Williams launches new business-development programs for agents 

The brokerage’s new “communities” will provide its agents with specialized training, technology, coaching and referral opportunities. 

Mortgage rates fall to four-month low as buyers return to market

Homebuyers may catch a break this month as rates have come down nearly a point from the recent high on fears of a recession.

Zillow brings Opendoor offers to its platform 

Sellers using Zillow may request and view an offer directly from Opendoor and compare it to an open-market sale with a real estate agent. 

Boston has the nation’s second-highest average monthly rent at more than $4,800

Boston’s average monthly rent is $4,878, a 17.4% increase from the previous year.

Rental and homeowner vacancy rates still near historic lows, Census data shows

The national rental vacancy rate dropped to 5.6% in the second quarter of the year while the homeowner vacancy rate remained at 0.8%.

Mortgage rates fall below 5% — for the first time since April

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.99% as of Aug. 4: down 0.8% from last week. The news marks the first time since April that mortgage rates have dipped below 5%.

The worst neighbor annoyances — ranked

Are your neighbors the worst? Whatever it is that grinds your gears, you can bet it comes in on this list of the top neighbor frustrations.

Boston honored at 2022 World Cities Summit

Boston was the only U.S. city recognized in the 2020 awards cycle.

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