• How to Sell a Backyard to Buyers Who Have a Pet

    March 2, 2020

    - By Kris Kiser

    Experts agree that having and spending time in green space (i.e. being an “outsider”) has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, improve memory, boost heart health, and offer a host of other benefits for our minds and bodies. But now a new trend is getting people desiring more green space…
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  • Legal REALTOR®: The Law and Emotional Support Animals

    March 2, 2020

    - By Stephen M. Perry

    Many real estate agents have heard about the Arizona broker who received a $1,200 cleaning bill because an emotional support animal twice peed on the carpet at an open house.  Real estate brokers are frequently called upon to deal with emotional support or other service animals not just in connection…
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  • President’s Message: Be All That You Can Be!

    March 2, 2020

    - By Kurt Thompson

    Many of you will remember that famous Army jingle playing on your radio or television. That highly memorable and catchy slogan ran for 21 years from 1980 through 2001. It personally resonated with me as a young man, and also led many other young adults to seek our higher selves…
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  • Real Social: The Power of Being “You” on Social Media & How to Develop Your Brand Voice

    March 2, 2020

    - By Teah Hopper

    Do you have trouble putting yourself out there on social media? I will be the first to admit, it’s not easy. But the most important things we do are rarely the easiest. Being vulnerable and sharing your unique thoughts and opinions can be scary, but it will make every interaction…
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  • Millennials Looking for Pooch Perfect Homes

    March 2, 2020

    - By Sabrina Lapointe

    The days of the dog-house in the back yard are long gone. Well, maybe they’re still here but decking out the dog-house isn’t the only thing homeowners are doing for their pets nowadays. Helping clients find the home of their dreams has changed. For many, that dream now includes features…
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  • Notes From the MAR Legal Hotline

    March 2, 2020

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Q. A tenant is asking permission to have an emotional support animal and the building does not allow pets –can I say no? A. In many situations you may be required to make an exception to a “no pets” policy for a tenant who requires an assistance animal. Under Fair Housing…
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  • Putting Their Fur Babies First

    March 2, 2020

    - By Bridget McCrea

    More homebuyers are putting their beloved pets first in the home selection process. Here are six ways REALTORS® can help them get what they want while also keeping their furry and feathered friends happy. As the golden retriever cautiously worked her way over to the edge of the deck and…
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  • MassHousing’s Down Payment Assistance Empowers First-time Buyers

    February 26, 2020

    - By MassHousing

    Working with buyers who don’t have enough for a down payment? MassHousing’s down payment assistance is helping thousands of first-time buyers across Massachusetts. And now there are two options, depending on the borrower’s income and where they want to buy. No matter which option is right for your client, it pays to ask…
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  • Forms Updates

    February 14, 2020

    - By Massachusetts Association of Realtors®

    MAR works diligently to ensure that the forms we produce are accurate, effective, and legally compliant. Highlighted below are some recent changes to the forms library. Be sure to check them out to confirm you are using the latest versions. Exclusive Right to Sell-Broker’s Fee Paragraph 4 pertaining to the…
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  • ‘Hands-Free’ Driving Law Goes Live on February 23, 2020

    February 6, 2020

    - By Sabrina Lapointe

    There’s a new Massachusetts law that has the potential to impact many REALTORS® and your on-the-go lifestyle. Starting on February 23, 2020, the new “Hands-Free” Driving Law goes into effect. The law prohibits operators of motor vehicles and bicycles from using any electronic device, including a cell phone, unless the…
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