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A SCREEN SHOT of some of the Airbnb rentals available in Newport, along with nightly charges. / COURTESY AIRBNB INC.

Will R.I.’s new registry discourage short-term vacation property rentals?

State business regulators are going to start taking names – and charging fees – of Rhode Island property owners who rent out their homes...

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ELIZABETH M. TANNER, who has been the R.I. Department of Business Regulation's director since 2017, has been appointed as the state's new commerce secretary. /PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

DBR Director Tanner named new R.I. commerce secretary

PROVIDENCE – The director of the R.I. Department of Business Regulation will shift over to R.I. Commerce Corp. to serve as the state’s new...

Cryptocurrency lender to pay nearly $1M to R.I. in national settlement

PROVIDENCE – A New Jersey-based financial services company will pay nearly $1 million to Rhode Island for promising high-return investments on risky, unregistered cryptocurrency...
WILLEM VAN LANCKER'S new 'blue wave' design has been chosen as the winner of the RI State Plate Design Contest. / COURTESY R.I. DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES

R.I. motorists will keep riding the ‘blue wave’

PROVIDENCE – The long-running “Blue Wave” Rhode Island state license plate design will be replaced by a new blue wave design. During a news conference...
NO FINES OR CITATIONS were issued under Rhode Island's mandate requiring proof of vaccination or indoor masking that was first announced by Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Dec. 15. / AP FILE PHOTO/DAVID J. PHILLIP

No citations issued under McKee masking, proof-of-vax mandate

PROVIDENCE – While an executive order signed by Gov. Daniel J. McKee in December empowered a task force to issue $500 fines against violators...
APPEALING BENEFIT: Agueda Del Borgo, left, president of the Rhode Island Association of Realtors, and Ann Enos, professional development director for the association, agree that the lifestyle of a real estate agent, and being able to work an accommodating schedule, has been attractive to people looking for a new job. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Online Realtor training helps fuel rush of students

A combination of a red-hot ­residential real estate market, the rising popularity of house-flipping reality shows, the “great resignation” and the convenience of Zoom-based...
COST OF COVERAGE: Frank Doyle, AAA Northeast senior vice president of insurance, says the rising value of real estate has played a part in causing home insurance premiums to increase. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Another factor is making housing even more costly

Even homeowners who weren’t looking to buy in the red-hot housing market are digging deeper into their pockets lately. One reason: rising insurance premiums. From...
RHODE ISLAND'S MANDATE requiring proof of vaccination or indoor masking will remain in effect through Feb. 14, according to a new executive order signed by Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Jan. 18. / AP FILE PHOTO/DAVID J. PHILLIP

R.I. extends proof of vaccination, masking mandate until Feb. 14

PROVIDENCE – A 30-day mandate for indoor masking or proof of vaccination at venues throughout Rhode Island will continue for another month, according to...
CHRISTOPHER C. BICHO stands in a renovated, antique firehouse in Newport in 2019. He rents the firehouse as an Airbnb site. Bicho says he doesn't mind registering his site with a regulator, but he thinks oversight of short-term rental properties should be handled by either the state or the local government, not both. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Will R.I.’s new short-term rental property registry be too burdensome?

Now that every short-term rental property in Rhode Island listed on online sites such as Airbnb and VRBO will be required to register with...

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