Message From the CEO – Stay Unified

May 12, 2020

- By Theresa Hatton

For those of you who haven’t met me yet, my name is Theresa Hatton I am the CEO/EVP here at the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®.  I began my role as MAR’s 7th full-time association executive on June 3, 2019. I will be taking over this column as a bi-monthly ‘Message From The CEO’ to shed light on important issues going on within the industry as well as share some inspiring tidbits along the way.

I want each and every member of this association to know that their voice matters. If we all work towards a collective goal, we will accomplish great things we can be proud of. It is my goal to help strengthen MAR and build on its reputation for success.

All of us were impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. In a lot of ways, society as we know it came to an eerie halt. For many, this outbreak caused a change in the way we do our jobs. With health and safety as the utmost priority, many transactions are and were delayed or canceled.

This type of national shut down is something I have never seen or experienced in my lifetime, as I’m sure is the case with many of you. What I do know about this whole pandemic is that it has taught me a lot about how to stand together in times of uncertainty. Reacting to something of this magnitude has been challenging. Times have been very uncertain and we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. However, this is making the association stronger to react to anything that may happen in the future.

Please know that MAR and NAR alike are working to give relief to all those impacted by COVID-19. The many federal stimuli and relief packages passed provides small business loans and unemployment for independent contractors. Our advocacy and communications teams have been working to be proactive and reactive to the many changes in regulations at the Federal, State, and local levels.

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This has been a moving target for us all as we navigate through this new way of operating. One thing is certain: we will all come out of this stronger!