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MORE AFFORDABILITY: Rhode Island Association of Realtors President Shannon Buss, bracketed by books that have been key to her real estate career, says three consecutive interest-rate cuts by the Fed haven’t led to new homebuyers entering the market, but they have helped buyers who are already looking to afford more in a house. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Three Fed rate cuts in 2019 spur more home-loan activity

Three interest-rate cuts this year by the Federal Reserve have encouraged homeowners to seek out refinancing of existing mortgages and created a robust market...

WPRI: Pawtucket mayor says McCoy developer could be selected ‘within the...

PAWTUCKET — The city and R.I. Commerce Corp. are working together to choose a preferred developer for McCoy Stadium, and Mayor Donald R. Grebien...
CONNECTIONS MADE: Sally E. Lapides says real estate is “a relationship business,” and she’s excelled at making lasting relationships over the years. 
 / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Sally E. Lapides, 25 Over Fifty-five

25 Over Fifty-Five 2019 Award Winner SALLY E. LAPIDES | CEO and president, Residential Properties Ltd. For Sally E. Lapides, founder, CEO and president of...
MANAGING PARTNERS: Cameron & Mittleman attorneys and managing partners, from left, Robert A. Migliaccio, Lynn E. ­Riley and Scott F. Bielecki converse at the Providence law firm. The firm has expanded practice areas as it added attorneys. 
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Firm’s expertise grows with practice

Cameron & Mittleman LLP is one of Providence’s long-established, midsized law firms. Its areas of focus have grown with the practice. They include: corporate and...
PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

JESSICA PERNICONE, 39

40 Under Forty 2019 winner: JESSICA PERNICONE | 39 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE SOLUTIONS, JONES LANG LASALLE What is the best advice you have ever received? My...

RIHousing Loan Center Welcomes Gabriela Godoy as Mortgage Originator

Gabriela (‘Gaby’) Godoy joins the RIHousing Loan Center with more than 15 years of experience in mortgage banking and loan servicing, with multilingual abilities....
ADAPT TO SURVIVE: Ilana Ball, owner and president of Total Asset Solutions in Woonsocket, adapted her business selling homes and condos into property management and maintenance after her potential sales turned to rentals when the Great Recession hit in 2008.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

No job too small for Total Asset’s Ball

Ilanna Ball jumped into real estate shortly after she graduated from Rhode Island College. She purchased her first investment property by age 21. She added...
CLUB PRESERVED: The Agawam Hunt country club in East Providence emerged from bankruptcy in March under a reorganization that sold the club assets to a new ownership group and which included the sale of a conservation easement to The Nature Conservancy.
 / COURTESY AGAWAM HUNT

Home sales cool; golf clubs on the move

The residential real estate market started to cool in 2018, returning to an equilibrium between buyers and sellers, after two solid years of appreciation...
PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Five Questions With Mark J. Meiklejohn

Mark J. Meiklejohn | President and CEO, Bank Rhode Island 1. What drove Bank Rhode Island’s increased profit this year? Bank Rhode Island is...
NO SURPRISES: Justin Gallant is the owner of J.E. Group Properties in South Kingstown, a real estate company that is selling homes by a flat fee, rather than commission. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Brokerage’s flat fee boosts home sales

The road to a career in real estate started with the end of pizza. After 18 years of owning several pizza restaurants in Rhode...
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