• 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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  • 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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