Housing

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Lakes Region residents got their first look Wednesday night at possible future plans for the former Laconia State School.

The scenic, state-owned property was a state prison, and before that, a residential facility for people with developmental disabilities. 

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In New Hampshire’s increasingly tight rental market, one area where there’s new development is conversion of industrial buildings. It’s a niche market, but one that’s attracting multiple generations of residents.

 

In a parking lot in Manchester, surrounded by a maze of early 20th-Century brick factory buildings just south of the ballpark, Mike Bernier explains how he ended up here.

 

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  New Hampshire housing authorities across the state are set to receive a total of $7.9 million in U.S. Housing and Urban Development funds.

 

HUD says the yearly Capital Fund Allocations will go toward large-scale improvements like roof repairs and upgrades to electrical systems at properties overseen by public housing agencies.

 

Affordable homes in the Upper Valley are getting harder and harder to come by. 

That was the headline from real estate experts at a meeting of local business and community leaders Friday morning in West Lebanon.

In the southern region of New Hampshire and on the Seacoast, vacancy rates are low, housing prices are high, and there is a lack of affordable housing for families and young adults. In the northern and western parts of the state, substandard housing remains a problem. As part of the The Balance series on NHPR about the cost of living in the Granite State, we look at why our state continues to have issues, and how some cities, like Londonderry, are turning to mixed community developments. 

This program will air on Thursday, April 26 at 9 a.m., and will be rebroadcast again at 7 p.m.  It was originally broadcast on March 13.

A bill that could double the maximum security deposit for most New Hampshire renters drew support from local landlords at its first hearing Wednesday — but also warnings that it would exacerbate New Hampshire’s already severe homelessness problem.

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Nearly 300 years since its founding, the town of Londonderry is about the get something it’s never had before.

Private developers are looking to reshape a pocket of town with new shops, housing and the promise of walkability: in short, a classic New England Main Street conjured up from scratch.


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There are some obvious reasons, and some not-so-obvious for why low income people in rural New England struggle to find affordable housing.

For starters, there is simply a lack of inventory, as developers often prefer to build larger homes where there is more potential profit.

But a new study from UNH’s Carsey School of Public Policy finds that town zoning policies often present a roadblock to low-income housing by setting minimum lot sizes in rural communities.

A town in Southern New Hampshire is considering banning 55-and-older housing.

Voters in Pelham will decide the issue during a special meeting this Saturday. The ballot question would also impose tighter zoning regulations on 62-plus housing built in town.

The measure first passed in March, but the town is holding a re-vote because town officials failed to follow proper notification requirements leading up to the first vote.

The issue is stirring a lot debate in the community about what to do about the town’s rapidly aging population.

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Senior Assistant Attorney General James Boffetti  says New Hampshire should join the 35 or so states that require a license for contractors. 

Speaking on The Exchange, Boffetti said the state’s Consumer Protection Bureau spends an enormous amount of time chasing contractors  who take off with deposits -- without doing any work.   Most often, these involve smaller home improvement jobs -- the construction of a new deck, roofing, or painting. The elderly are particularly vulnerable. 

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has charged a New Hampshire real estate agent with discrimination, alleging he refused to rent an apartment to families with children in Keene.

The agent, Allan Saari, of Harrisville, denied the charge Wednesday and said he's hired a lawyer.

Rental Housing Costs Continue To Rise In New Hampshire

Jul 14, 2016
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The median rent for a two-bedroom apartment in New Hampshire, plus utilities, is now over $1200 a month - up almost 15 percent from five years ago. 

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  The US Senate is backing an amendment to allow a sober living home for veterans in Manchester to again seek federal funds. 

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Developers have applied for variances to construct a 38-unit "age-targeted" residential complex for seniors along the U.S. Route 1 Bypass in Portsmouth.

The Portsmouth Herald reports Stonegate NH Construction LLC has asked the city's Board of Adjustment for permission to build the senior housing on the site of a former medical office building on Route 1 Bypass North.

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It's been fifteen years since the state's unemployment rate was down this far - at 2.7%: good news, but there's concern a tight labor market makes it tough for employers to find workers.  We'll look at that, as well as improvements in the housing market, especially for sellers, and the local impact of global turmoil.

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Summer may be a ways off yet, but in Portsmouth, restaurant owners Matt Louis and Jay McSharry are already anxious about staffing their kitchens. That's because there’s a shortage of line cooks in restaurants all across the country, especially on the Seacoast, where unemployment is particularly low.

“Come May when the beaches open, it’s a mad sprint to make sure you have enough staff to be ready for summer,” McSharry says.

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A new forecast projects 2016 will have one of the strongest real estate market in a decade. 

Poverty Moves to the Suburbs

Nov 24, 2015
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Rural and inner-city poverty often get most of the attention, but now, poverty in American suburbia is growing fastest. We're looking at why this is happening, how these trends play out in New Hampshire, and the ways in which low-income struggles here differ.

 

 

 

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Another Report Shows Strength In October Home Sales

Nov 23, 2015
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Another set of housing data shows a rise in New Hampshire home sales in October. The latest New England Housing Report from RE/MAX INTEGRA showed there were 1,979 home sales in the state last month.

That number was more than 8 percent higher than the 1,819 sold in October 2014.

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  The latest monthly report from the Northern New England Real Estate Network suggests the housing market is beginning to slow down for the year.

But the data also appears to show the market remains stronger than it was at this time a year ago.

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More businesses are tapping into the tiny house trend, letting customers try out the downsized lifestyle before diving in.

A company started by Harvard students is renting out houses of only 160 square feet in New Hampshire to give customers a test run of tiny living. 

New Hampshire's Lead Poisoning Problem

Nov 9, 2015
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While the harmful effects of lead on young children have been well-documented for decades, public health experts say the issue remains a major concern in this state and that stronger policies are needed.  We'll look at efforts to curb the impact and prevent future poisoning, and also why change has been so difficult.

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New Hampshire continues to see slow but steady growth in its housing market. 

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It’s hard to find housing in New Hampshire, according to those who spoke at a summit on the issue in Manchester on Friday — but it’s particularly challenging for young professionals, older adults and those with limited incomes.

Addressing this is a key part of ensuring the state’s economic viability in the long run, according to the local officials who spoke at the event.

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We're looking into New Hampshire’s affordable housing problem: how it happened, what’s changing, and what the obstacles are to fixing it.

GUESTS

  • Dean Christon – executive director of the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority
  • Dennis Delay– economist at the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies and co-author of a new three-part report commissioned by the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority.

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New data shows New Hampshire’s housing market remained busy throughout the summer. 

The latest RE/MAX INTEGRA New England Housing Report shows the number of units sold in August 2015 was up 11 percent compared to the same period a year ago. 

Median home prices rose 2.3 percent. 

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In June, the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority reported 181 foreclosures, the highest monthly total of 2015. Analysts thought it would be a one-time blip, but new figures from the NHHFA show July’s number was even higher – 188 foreclosures.

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Foreclosure deeds rose in June in New Hampshire, but analysts say that was likely a one-time rise rather than the beginning of a trend.

New Hampshire's Housing Market Picks Up In June

Jul 24, 2015
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 Home sale prices and median home prices both rose in June compared to the same month in 2014. That’s according to a new housing report from RE/MAX INTEGRA New England and another from the New Hampshire Association of Realtors. 

NHAR president Maxine Goodhue says while overall home inventory is up as well, the market still slightly favors buyers, judging by the length of time it takes to sell a home. 

“The ones that really present well and are desirable are selling very quickly,” Goodhue says. “The ones that are more unique are sitting a little bit longer.”

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The U.S. Supreme Court has released several landmark rulings recently, but the decisions on same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act upstaged other major cases -- from redistricting to clean air rules to housing discrimination. We discuss those rulings you haven’t heard about and the impact they may have on New Hampshire.

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