Welcome to the "Merrimack Valley Housing Report"
By David Turcotte
Welcome to the "Merrimack Valley Housing Report" (MVHR), a collaborative venture between UMass Lowell and the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds. The aim of this monthly newsletter is to provide readers with objective information on housing trends and statistics in a clear and concise manner.
Housing is fundamental to the quality of life and economic prosperity in the Merrimack Valley. While the Merrimack Valley has seen its share of successes, the current state of housing in the region also creates several challenges, including a lack of affordable workforce housing, rising foreclosures, lagging housing production and job growth, and increasing energy costs.
Consequently, this newsletter will provide readers with important and timely information on housing activity that impacts the economic and social vitality of the Merrimack Valley. While the major focus on our reporting will be tracking trends on foreclosures rates and housing costs and sales, we will also cover related topics, such as, how housing impacts the environment, health, energy, job creation and education. We invite you to email David Turcotte to receive this free newsletter.
This website highlights housing-related news and upcoming events, and also serves as a repository for back issues, relevant material and links to supplementary information provided in the Merrimack Valley Housing Report. To ensure that this newsletter meets the needs of our diverse readers, we encourage you to send your comments and constructive suggestions. In addition, we will assemble an advisory committee, representative of diverse housing stakeholders in the region to further inform our work. We look forward to increasing the level of information exchange and dialogue on the important topic of housing within the Merrimack Valley.
Merrimack Valley Housing Report August 2014 Issue (pdf)
- California Senate Bill 1167: A Step in the Right Direction for Pest Control : Emily Chaves discusses a more comprehensive pest control law recently passed in California.
- An Act Clearing Titles to Foreclosed Properties: Richard P. Howe Jr. analyzes a bill passed by the Massachusetts Legislature to remedy title problems emanating from the foreclosure crisis.
- Also: Mortgage, deed, foreclosure and order of notice data for July 2013 compared with July 2014.
If you would like to receive the "Merrimack Valley Housing Report" via email, contact: David Turcotte