• 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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  • Notes From the Legal Hotline: March 2020

    March 2, 2020

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Q. There is a discrepancy between the town’s field card and the septic rating for my listing. What number of bedrooms can I use in my advertisements? A. As a best practice, any advertisements should state the smaller of the two numbers when listing the number of bedrooms in the property.…
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  • 5 Questions With: Veterinarian Michelle Krieger

    March 2, 2020

    - By Michelle Kreiger

    Michelle Krieger – Dr. Krieger is a small animal veterinarian and certified acupuncturist with over 23 years of experience. She is a current associate of the At Home Veterinary group which is a mobile practice serving Greater Boston and Metrowest. 1. How can someone make their new home more animal friendly?…
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