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Monthly Housing Reports from GBAR

Posted on June 20th, 2013 by Gregor Smart in Internet Resources, Kirstein Business Library

In need of local real estate data?  Check out news and market data from the Greater Boston Association of Realtors website.  Their reports include:

Real Estate Rewind 2013

  • Summarizes residential real estate market activity in the 54 cities and towns
  • Detailed data from the detached single-family home and condominium markets, including units sold, median price, average days on market, pending sales, and inventory levels
  • For the most recent quarter and the same three-month period one year ago

Local Market Update Reports

  • Follow key indicators of housing market performance, documenting data for each month on the calendar
  • Data on closed sales, median selling price, percent of original list price to selling price, housing affordability, the inventory of unsold homes/condos, pending sales, and average time on the market for sold property

2013 Monthly Housing Market Reports

  • Performance and longer-term trends within the residential (detached single-family home and condominium markets) and multifamily housing markets (2-4 family properties)
  • Monthly data reports for the residential market are available for the past five years
  • Multifamily housing market report back to 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen: It’s not over after 55

Posted on March 8th, 2013 by Amber De Angelis in Internet Resources
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Are you 55 and over?

Courtesy of ReServe Inc.

ReServe is an innovative nonprofit that matches continuing professionals age 55+ (ReServists) with organizations that need their expertise.

Do you want to give back to your community?

Are you looking for an opportunity to re-enter the workforce part-time?

Well, then you should check out ReServe.  ReServe  is a nonprofit that puts adults age 55 and up to work in schools, government offices, and community organizations.  It has been featured in the Boston Globe.

As a potential ReServist, you can be matched with an organization that needs your expertise. Most positions are between 10 and 20 hours a week and last for at least three months.  ReServists get paid a $10 per hour stipend for their efforts.

Organizations who have gaps in their staff can register with ReServe to get the talent they need, through the Give Back, Fill the Gap program.  Or through the Impact Initiatives program ReServists can tackle issues with the community and work one on one with clients who need your skills.

The Boston chapter, launched earlier this year, is operated by JVS Boston in collaboration with Discovering What’s Next.

JVS Boston specializes helping individuals find jobs and get the skills they need to become successful in the workplace and their communities.  Discovering What’s Next provides individuals over 50 with resources and programming and promotes community engagement.

Upcoming Classes and Programs

Neighbors Helping Neighbors meets every Wednesday at 7pm in the Kirstein Business Library.  FYI:  On April 3rd NHN will move up one hour to a 6pm start time.

Stop by the training lab on Tuesday, March 12 at 2:30 to learn about Job Searching Online.

Or you can swing by the training lab on Tuesday, March 26 at 2:30 to learn how to Create a Resume Online.


Quick Tip: Disaster Prep for you and your business

Posted on February 23rd, 2013 by Amber De Angelis in Internet Resources, Kirstein Business Library
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Satellite Image of Hurricane Sandy

Are you getting ready to hunker down for Winter Storm Q this afternoon? While the storm is predicted to be less severe than Nemo, it’s always good to be prepared.

The SBA  has assembled worksheets and resources to help you prepare your business for the next disaster.  Along with clean up, recovery, and disaster planning, the SBA has disaster specific information too, including:

  • Hurricanes
  • Winter Weather
  • Earthquakes
  • Tornadoes
  • Wildfires
  • Floods
  • Cyber Security
  • Workplace Hazards & First Aid

It never hurts to prepare your home for a disaster, as well. has guides to help prepare you and your family for emergencies.

The site also showcases a unique map of historical storms and disasters. When you click on each state you can see what was happening the day before an incident as compared to the aftermath. If you have been putting off distaster planning for your home or business, this map might make you think twice.

Cheers and stay safe!

Cruise Industry Statistics

Posted on February 15th, 2013 by Gregor Smart in Electronic Resources, Internet Resources, Kirstein Business Library

We’re glad to hear the passengers aboard the Carnival Triumph are back on land.  Cruising is big business.  Did you know that the cruise line industry generated more than $40 billion in total economic activity to the US economy in 2011, creating 350,000 jobs, and that 20 million global passengers went on a cruise in 2011?  Check out market researchissues, and statistical reports  from the Cruise Lines International Association.

For additional information on the cruise industry, the BPL has a number of resources to help you learn even more:


Quick Tip: Search FY2013 Real Estate Assessments

Posted on February 1st, 2013 by Amber De Angelis in Internet Resources
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Property owners:  Concerned your property  tax might be higher than it should be?

Renters:  Concerned your rent might increase for your next rental period?

Check the assessment for your apartment, building, or property. Each year an assessor calculates the value of a property.  That value, along with the tax rate, determines the amount of taxes owed. Renters, your landlord may raise the rent if the property’s assessment value has increased significantly.

Are you concerned that your property may be overvalued relative to your neighbors? If  you think your property was valued too high, you may file for an abatement.  Learn how to do it here.

To view the assessment for your Boston property click here and follow these instructions:

  • Enter at least a street name in the search form. Hit Enter.
  • Find your building or unit in the search results
  • Click view details

The valuation history will be on the right hand side of the page.

  • At the bottom of the page click View Quarterly Tax Bill and Payment Information for this parcel for FY2012 and FY2013.

This will show you the total amount you or your landlord owes.


NOTE: If you rent, your apartment may have its own assessment.  For example, if you live in a multifamily home your apartment could be classified as a condo instead.  Likewise a multi-unit building  building may be assessed as one property rather than as multiple units.

Many cities and towns have their assessment information online.  Here are other tax assessor databases from towns in the area: