• Notes From the MAR Legal Hotline: April 2020

    March 31, 2020

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    This month’s edition of the Notes from the Legal Hotline focuses on disruptions to the real estate industry as a result of COVID-19. These are just a few of the many questions we know you have. MAR is here to help you navigate through these uncertain times with the latest…
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  • March 31 Updates from Governor Baker

    March 31, 2020

    - By MAR Staff

    On March 31, Governor Baker made two important announcements concerning REALTORS®: The essential business list has been updated and now includes residential and commercial real estate. This means that in addition to continuing regular practice within current health and safety guidelines, REALTORS® may open their brick and mortar offices to…
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  • The REALTOR® Advocate March/April

    March 30, 2020

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    What a difference a month makes. Following successful and fun Realtor Party Training in the first week of the month, things quickly started shutting down to address COVID-19, with a state of emergency declared in the state on March 10. Since then, it has been a whirlwind as the MAR…
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  • Unemployment Benefits for Independent Contractors

    March 30, 2020

    - By MAR Staff

    On March 27, the Federal Government enacted the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” or the “CARES Act” which extends unemployment insurance benefits to individuals who are self-employed, independent contractors, or would otherwise not qualify for regular unemployment benefits. The unemployment benefits program created by this bill will be…
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  • Guidance for Financial Institutions, Mortgage Lenders, and Mortgage Loan Servicers

    March 27, 2020

    - By MAR Staff

    On March 25, Governor Charlie Baker announced new guidance for financial institutions, mortgage lenders, and mortgage loan servicers. The guidance was put in place to help give relief to mortgage borrowers who are unable to keep up with payments due to financial hardship brought on by the recent COVID-19 outbreak.…
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  • MA Taxes Now Due July 15 to Line Up with Federal Deadline

    March 27, 2020

    - By Sabrina Lapointe

    Massachusetts has delayed the state personal income tax filing and payment deadline to July 15. This is a three-month extension from the usual April 15 deadline. The extension was announced by Governor Charlie Baker and the Legislature. The change brings Massachusetts in line with the federal government’s decision to push…
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  • Tips for Working from Home and Managing Through Self-Quarantine

    March 26, 2020

    - By Sabrina Lapointe

    Let’s face it, many of us are feeling stuck in limbo lately. Our daily routines have been flipped on their heads and none of us know what tomorrow may bring. It’s more important than ever to focus on what we can control. There are some major pros to working from…
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  • Keep Busy with MAR Online Learning Center

    March 25, 2020

    - By Sabrina Lapointe

    Your life may look different than usual right now since the outbreak of COVID-19. Since many of us are self-quarantining this might be the perfect opportunity for you to gain more industry knowledge. MAR offers free online continuing education (CE) credits for members through our online platform. There is a…
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  • Down Payment Assistance Provides Hope and Empowers First-Time Home Buyers

    March 25, 2020

    - By MassHousing

    You know the story all too well. An earnest individual or couple comes into your office with dreams of homeownership. But with the high cost of homes, they soon discover they don’t have enough for a down payment. The dream is deferred. That is changing for many first-time buyers with…
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  • The REALTOR® Advocate February/March

    March 2, 2020

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    After a frenzied January, February took a slower pace at least in terms of state legislative issues, just before what we anticipate will be a blistering Spring. In the meantime, the MAR Legal Team worked on short-term rental forms and assisting several local associations to address issues including local short-term…
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