• 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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  • MAR Secures Short-Term Rental Law Registration Clarification

    January 23, 2020

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Recently MAR received reports that the Department of Revenue issued guidance stating that rentals for more than 31 days would need to be registered with the Department as short-term rentals. MAR successfully argued before the Department, that the new short-term rental law does not apply to any rental of 32-days…
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  • Why You Need A Content Calendar in 2020 – And My Favorite One!

    January 10, 2020

    - By Teah Hopper

    Do you have ideas for your next social media posts written in your notebook, somewhere on your phone, on the back of a receipt, and your hand? We’ve all been there! Ideas come to you at the most inconvenient times. But if you don’t capture them – you’ll lose them!…
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  • 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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