• 2019 Awards of Excellence

    November 8, 2019

    - By Sabrina Lapointe

    Every year MAR honors REALTORS® who have made a significant impact in the industry. This year the Professional Awards Reception took place on September 9th at the MGM in Springfield. Several REALTORS® gathered to honor the recipients of the following awards: REALTOR® of the Year, Milton H. Shaw Distinguished Service…
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  • President’s Message: In a Flash

    November 8, 2019

    - By Anne Meczywor

    It is such a cliché to note that time has passed so quickly, and here we are already at the end of another year. Yes, I will dive headfirst into that same statement! I want to take a minute to note some of what we have done this year, and…
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  • Thank you, Karen!

    November 8, 2019

    - By Eric Berman

    It took me a while, but I found it! After flipping through several years’ worth of back issues of BSR, I came across the first “From the Editor” column ever included. The column debuted in the July/August 2010 issue. I decided to undertake this search because the column was written…
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  • Trending Topics: The Present and Future of Voice and AI Tech

    November 8, 2019

    - By Sabrina Lapointe

    It can be tough to keep up with the constant new trends in technology. It seems every day there is a new product, app or device we are expected to be up to speed with. You are no stranger to our tech-centric world. In fact, we know many of you…
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  • Five Ways We Can Start Improving Our Communication Skills

    November 8, 2019

    - By Sabrina Lapointe

    Communicating is something we all do throughout our day and yet few of us have actually perfected the art. Here five ways we can start working on improving our skills. Be authentic Humans best connect with natural conversation. Share experiences and stories with your clients, show them you too, have…
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  • Legal REALTOR®: Getting Paid When The Deal Doesn’t Close

    November 8, 2019

    - By Stephen M. Perry

    The payment of the real estate broker’s commission will usually go smoothly when a real estate transaction proceeds to a closing without complication. But what happens when a purchase and sale agreement is signed, but the transaction fails to close? Can the listing broker still recover a commission for having…
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  • 5QW: Housing Production and Affordability

    November 8, 2019

    - By Alicia Sasser

    This issue’s “Five Questions With” features Alicia Sasser Modestino, Ph.D. Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs; Department of Economics. Q: What does Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center study and what is your speciality? A. As a “think and do” tank, the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy is…
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  • Member Benefit: Travel Insurance

    November 6, 2019

    - By Sabrina Lapointe

    Your bags are packed, they’re sitting out by your door. Your head hits the pillow, you can barely contain your excitement for your long-awaited trip to the Caribbean. You wake up the next morning, completely nauseous. You try and try to muster up the strength, but you realize, there’s no…
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  • REALTOR® Advocate – October November

    November 4, 2019

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Welcome to the October-November 2019 edition of The REALTOR® Advocate. For some helpful background information, check out our 3rd quarter update podcast, featuring MAR Government Affairs Chair, Amy Wallick.  If you ever have any questions or comments on our advocacy efforts or just want to chat about a recent or upcoming meeting with your…
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  • How to Start Blogging

    November 1, 2019

    - By Sabrina Lapointe

    Starting a blog may be easier than you think. Consider what you as a buyer or seller would want to read about and start writing about those topics. 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…
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