• Airbnb Begets the Massachusetts Short-Term Rental Tax

    January 10, 2020

    - By Stephen M. Perry

    Little more than a decade has passed since two roommates named Brian and Joe in San Francisco came up with the idea of making their apartment a bed and breakfast by renting out an air mattress in their living room. From this humble beginning was born the behemoth Airbnb. Before…
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  • From the ‘Bridge’ to REALTOR® Leadership

    January 10, 2020

    - By Eric Berman

    If Kurt Thompson had access to the realtor.com app or any number of review sites back in 1997 when he started as a small real estate investor, there’s a good chance he might not be a REALTOR® today. While that might be hard to imagine if you know Kurt personally,…
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  • How to Write a Shareable Blog Post

    January 9, 2020

    - By Sabrina Lapointe

    2020 is here and you’re probably feeling charged up and ready to tackle the new year ahead. Maybe you took the time to create new year resolutions. If you did, and one of your goals is to increase your social media presence, you’ve come to the right place! You all…
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  • What is my responsibility as a homeowner for snow removal?

    December 30, 2019

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    All Massachusetts property owners have a duty to use “reasonable care” for the protection of visitors and are legally responsible for the removal of snow and ice from their property. This duty extends to Landlords, who are responsible for snow removal at their rental properties. The sanitary code requires property…
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  • REALTOR® Advocate Update: Joint Committee on Housing Reports ‘Favorably’ on ‘Housing Choices’ Bill

    December 21, 2019

    - By Jonathan Schreiber

    On Thursday, December 19, the Joint Committee on Housing reported favorably 23 bills including one of MAR’s top priorities this session, H.3507, An Act to promote housing choices. A favorable Committee report is a positive step on the long road to potential enactment.  Once a bill has been “favorably reported,” it enters what is…
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  • MAR Supports Zoning Reforms That are In line with Recent Report

    December 16, 2019

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    MAR has long supported increasing housing production in Massachusetts. The current lack of housing in Massachusetts results in higher costs, exacerbating Massachusetts longstanding housing affordability crisis. Unfortunately, local zoning issues play a significant role in this crisis and preventing much-needed housing from being built. To get a better understanding of these…
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  • Cooking Up Some Ideas for the New Year

    December 11, 2019

    - By Sabrina Lapointe

    With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror and 2019 coming to a close, you still have time to learn (or reacquaint yourself) with some tips you can use to spice up your new year. Don’t let connections with past clients fall to the wayside. If you are loyal to your clients, chances are they will…
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  • Short-Term Rental Regulations Finalized: What You Need to Know

    December 4, 2019

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    The Department of Revenue (DOR) just released the final version of its Short-Term Rental Regulations. This final version includes some key changes that were a direct result of advocacy by REALTORS® from MAR and the Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS® who testified on proposed regulations this past summer.…
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  • Notes from the MAR Legal Hotline: December 2019

    November 26, 2019

    - 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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  • Notes from the MAR Legal Hotline

    November 8, 2019

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Q. I have a landlord client who wants to increase the rent on an occupied unit – can they do that? A.Yes, a landlord in Massachusetts may increase the rent on an occupied unit, but the proper way to do that depends on whether the occupant is a tenant at will or has a lease agreement. In…
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