• Notes From the Legal Hotline: October 2021

    October 5, 2021

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Q: What tasks may an assistant perform in a real estate office? A: The tasks that may be performed by an assistant in a real estate office are going to depend on whether the assistant is licensed or unlicensed. A licensed assistant may perform any tasks permitted of licensees in…
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  • Local Mask Mandates

    September 16, 2021

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    As the Delta variant continues to cause COVID-19 cases, some Massachusetts cities and towns are implementing their own mask requirements for public indoor spaces. It’s a good idea to check the various communities you work in before hosting or attending an open house. Click here to view a list of…
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  • MAR 2021 REALTOR® Conference

    September 9, 2021

    - By Sabrina Lapointe

    We are just a couple of weeks away from the MAR 2021 REALTOR® Conference! Get ready to have the time of your professional life at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, CT on Tuesday, September 28th and Wednesday, September 29th. We are so excited to see you all back in person…
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  • Local MA Eviction Moratoriums

    September 1, 2021

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    On August 31, the City of Boston joined the cities of Somerville and Malden in issuing its own local eviction moratorium. All three local moratoriums go beyond the now terminated CDC moratorium, prohibiting serving notice on residents regardless of COVID impacts. The Somerville and Boston moratoriums also restrict owner access…
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  • Notes from the Legal Hotline: September 2021

    August 30, 2021

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Q: May a landlord use COVID vaccination status in screening prospective tenants? A: While vaccination status itself is not a protected class, the reason an individual is unvaccinated may be because of a protected characteristic, such as children under the age of 12 or individuals with disabilities. A landlord wanting…
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  • Supreme Court Ends CDC Eviction Moratorium

    August 27, 2021

    - By Jonathan Schreiber

    On August 26th, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion lifting the CDC moratorium that had recently been extended to October 3rd. The Supreme Court reasoned that the CDC lacked authority to issue the moratorium, and any further extension or similar rule would have to be enacted by Congress. Legal challenge of the CDC…
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  • Eviction Moratorium Extension Update

    August 10, 2021

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    On August 3rd, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended the federal eviction moratorium until October 3rd. The extension included one significant change — the moratorium now applies only to counties experiencing substantial or high community transmission levels of COVID-19 as determined by the CDC’s COVID data tracker. This narrowing of the moratorium’s application is…
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  • Be Wary of Wire Fraud

    August 6, 2021

    - By Catherine Taylor

    Wire fraud has been a disruptor in real estate transactions for several years, and with an increasing number of transactions occurring largely in cyberspace, REALTORS® should be taking steps to protect their offices and clients from becoming victims of wire fraud. The Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® continues to hear new reports of wire fraud. REALTORS® should counsel their clients of the risks of wire fraud and…
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  • Notes from the Legal Hotline: August 2021

    August 2, 2021

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Q: How should a REALTOR® handle a seller who wants to meet the prospective buyers before accepting an offer? A: As a real estate professional, it is the job of the REALTOR® to educate their clients on the home selling process and assist the seller in achieving the most favorable…
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  • Why & How to Unplug from Social Media this Summer

    July 9, 2021

    - By Teah Hopper

    I realize the irony of a social media consultant and coaching talking about unplugging from social media, but disconnecting is something that I’m very passionate about. (And if I can do it – you can and should to!) While I love social media, I’m a real advocate for using it…
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