• Notes From the Legal Hotline: March 2021

    March 2, 2021

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Q: I’ve seen listings that place limitations on the types of offers that will be presented to the seller. Is this legal? A: Yes, listings may include parameters for submitted offers, however, such parameters must be placed by the seller, not the agent or brokerage policy. The Massachusetts Regulations contained…
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  • Update to Business Capacity and Gathering Limits

    February 26, 2021

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Effective March 1, Massachusetts will move into Phase 3, Step 2 of the state’s reopening plan. This will allow indoor performance venues and indoor recreational activities to reopen in accordance with capacity restrictions...
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  • Biden Administration Announces PPP Updates

    February 22, 2021

    - By National Association of REALTORS®

    The Biden Administration announced several changes to the SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), in-line with its earlier commitment to ensure that the program reaches the smallest...
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  • Foreclosure Moratorium and Mortgage Forbearance Extended

    February 16, 2021

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Today, the Biden administration announced that it is extending the foreclosure moratorium and mortgage forbearance through the end of June. This will continue to provide relief to...
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  • Remaining Aware of Antitrust

    February 11, 2021

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Throughout the pandemic, a lack of opportunities for in-person meetings has prompted many REALTORS® to seek online networking experiences. Some are relying on well-established social media websites and applications while others are discovering new ones. Whatever the platform, REALTORS® need to keep antitrust laws front and center when discussing business practices with their competitors.   Specifically, REALTORS® must be…
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  • Notes From the Legal Hotline: February 2021

    February 2, 2021

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Q. I’ve heard there were some changes to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics. What are these changes and how will they affect me? A: On November 13, 2020, the NAR Board of Directors voted to adopt Standard of Practice 10-5. Article 10 of the Code of Ethics requires REALTORS® to…
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  • The Massachusetts West to East Rail and What it Means for Housing Development

    February 1, 2021

    - By Zach Ryan

    As Massachusetts looks to address its longstanding housing affordability crisis, it is important to understand the role transportation plays in development. It is one of the core principles for sustainable development that the Commonwealth has issued. MassDOT and the MBTA are crucial agencies in working to address the sustainable development…
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  • Top 3 Reasons to Earn Your GRI Designation

    January 29, 2021

    - By NAR Contributing Article

    It doesn’t matter if you’ve been in the business a while or are just starting out. If you’re hungry for more success, it’s time to raise your real estate career to a higher level by earning the most comprehensive real estate designation: Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI). Just ask current GRI…
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  • Real Estate Teams FAQs Now Live!

    January 27, 2021

    - By Catherine Taylor

    The rise in popularity of working on a “team” within a brokerage has led to a rise in questions about how the Massachusetts laws and regulations apply to the team structure. Recognizing that there are no team-specific laws or regulations in Massachusetts, MAR worked closely with the Board of Registration to compile a list of…
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  • MAR Advocates For Development, Against Transactional Burdens

    January 15, 2021

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    On January 14, 2021, standing at a dangerous precipice, Massachusetts took a significant step forward with the signing of the economic development bill including Housing Choice, one of MAR’s top advocacy priorities...
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