• Thank You for Fighting the Sales Tax on Homes

    February 5, 2020

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Thank you to everyone who participated in our Call for Action (CFA) opposing transfer taxes in Massachusetts. The CFA was active from January 5 to January 29 and 3,504 members (14.03%) participated by contacting their legislators. Click here for a breakdown by local association. While this is a strong start, we always strive…
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  • Notes From the Legal Hotline: February 2020

    February 3, 2020

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Q. What does the new guidance from HUD on assistance animals mean? A. The guidance issued by HUD on January 28, 2020, explains how housing providers should handle requests for reasonable animal-related accommodations to comply with the Fair Housing Act The full guidance can be found here: https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/PA/documents/HUDAsstAnimalNC1-28-2020.pdf. While this…
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  • The REALTOR® Advocate January/February

    February 3, 2020

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Wow, what a start to the year! January was a whirlwind, with formal session resuming and moving at a rapid pace.  Read on to see all that happened, but first, check out our 2019 Year in Review video and report. If you ever have any questions or comments on our advocacy efforts or just…
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  • From the Editor ‘2020 Possibilities’

    January 28, 2020

    - By Eric Berman

    For the past several years, I have had the opportunity and privilege to interview and profile the incoming president for this annual leadership issue. Before writing the profile, I spend time learning about who they are and what their vision is for their upcoming time in office. And while I…
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  • Starting a Blog

    January 28, 2020

    - By Sabrina Lapointe

    Maybe you’ve thought about starting a blog. Maybe you’ve written a few blog posts, but never fully committed to it. Maybe you’ve never once considered it. No matter where you fall, I’m here to tell you – consistently writing a blog post might be easier than you think. What the…
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  • Trending Topics: Using Social Media Surveys to Engage Your Clients and Cut Through the Noise

    January 28, 2020

    - By Shelby O'Hare

    As you probably know, there’s a ton of content being pushed our way every day. Probably more now than ever before, which is why you can assume your clients are experiencing the same phenomenon. The big question on your mind is how to break through the noise and differentiate yourself from your competitors. One specific way…
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  • Five Questions With: Ron Phipps

    January 28, 2020

    - By Ron Phipps

    Lessons From the Leadership Chair This issue’s “Five Questions With” features Ron Phipps, ABR, CRS, ePro, GRI, GREEN. Ron is a Broker licensed in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He first became a REALTOR® in 1978 and has significant experience in Association Leadership. The managing broker for Phipps Realty, Ron works…
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  • Notes From the MAR Legal Hotline

    January 28, 2020

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Q. I’m selling a “Smart Home” and my seller isn’t sure which devices need to stay with the property. Are smart devices considered fixtures? A. It depends. The analysis for determining whether a smart device is a fixture or personal property is not unique. A fixture is typically defined as an…
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  • President’s Message: ‘I’m Asking’

    January 28, 2020

    - By Kurt Thompson

    2020 is destined to be a GREAT year for the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®, and we look forward to you being an active part of it! In 2018, we began a quest to create an Association that was member-centric, transparent, and focused on providing outstanding service to our 25,000+ REALTOR®…
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  • Get to Know Commercial Real Estate in 2020

    January 28, 2020

    - By Paul Yorkis

    With housing inventory continuing to fall behind the demand, I’ve spoken to many residential REALTORS® who are anxious to learn about the ins and outs of venturing into commercial real estate. Similar to residential real estate, different areas of the Commonwealth have different commercial real estate practices. Both the Boston…
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