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The verdict was nearly unanimous at a recent hearing on Capitol Hill: The new federal “ability to repay” and “qualified mortgage” regulations that took effect Jan. 10 will make obtaining credit tougher, not easier, this year, and potentially force large numbers of credit-worthy homebuyers to defer or cancel their plans. more
Restoring 225 acres of abandoned U.S. Navy property spanning three communities turned out to be too large and complicated for a single redevelopment project. more
The Mass. Executive Office of Health and Human Services announced the selection of the first 20 registered marijuana dispensaries on Friday, including two in Bristol County. more
A decade ago, supporters of burying the India Point power lines in Providence would have balked at waiting until the end of 2014 for a detailed cost estimate of the multimillion dollar project. more
The numbers of affected consumers are as yet impossible to predict, but mortgage credit experts warn that the recent massive data breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus and other retailers could have significant side impacts on some real estate transactions in the coming months, as damaged credit files depress scores and jeopardize loan applications and home sales. more
It’s time Rhode Islanders get serious about the threat climate change presents to property, roads and outdated drainage systems, says Grover Fugate, executive director of the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council. more
Even before the relocation of Interstate 195 opened up 19 acres of land for development in downtown Providence, the city’s core already featured numerous underutilized properties waiting for the right building project. more
Disputes between host communities and universities over compensation for public services are nothing new, but protracted delays in Smithfield negotiating an agreement with Bryant University has led to frustration on both sides. more
Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee didn’t love the idea of a new state executive office of commerce when it was first proposed in the wake of 38 Studios’ collapse in 2012. more
Beach erosion may seem unstoppable to seaside business communities in South Kingstown and Westerly, but new rules designed to allow experimentation to curb it could provide some short-term relief – if property owners decide to try it. more
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