• Notes from the Legal Hotline: July 2021

    July 1, 2021

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Q. I have an Exclusive Right to Sell but another Broker just listed the property in the MLS. What do I do? A: An Exclusive Right to Sell Listing Agreement is a bilateral contract between the seller of the property and the listing broker. One party may not unilaterally change…
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  • Federal Eviction Moratorium Extension

    June 25, 2021

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    On June 24, the CDC announced it is extending the eviction moratorium through July 31, from its previous expiration date of June 30. The CDC order states that it intends this to be the final extension of the eviction moratorium. On the same day, the White House released a fact sheet on…
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  • Emergency Rental Assistance Payments to Tenants

    June 24, 2021

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Beginning June 28, 2021, Massachusetts will begin permitting emergency rental assistance payments directly to tenants. This change is required by federal law, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). Massachusetts has installed several safeguards beyond federal requirements to protect landlords and assure proper use of these funds. Most notably,…
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  • New Law Changes Eviction Process

    June 16, 2021

    - By Jonathan Schreiber

    On June 16, 2021, the Governor signed a COVID-19 policy extension bill into law. The new law continues and, over time, scales back some key provisions related to the eviction process that was first put in place on December 31, 2020...
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  • How to Create Valuable Content for Your Audience

    June 15, 2021

    - By Teah Hopper

    When it comes to social media, knowing what to post can be hard! And nothing is more frustrating than putting in the work of posting consistently only to get crickets back. If your posts aren’t getting the engagement you hoped for, you can guarantee your content isn’t valuable to your…
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  • June is National Homeownership Month!

    June 11, 2021

    - By Sabrina Lapointe

    We believe that every person deserves the opportunity to become a homeowner, and this month, we celebrate that American Dream. Whether you’re looking to buy, sell or maintain your home, homeownership is important to so many Americans. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2015-2019 the owner-occupied housing rate in…
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  • How to Define Your Target Audience

    June 8, 2021

    - By Teah Hopper

    Defining your target audience is one of the things that many people skip right over. It’s tempting to go straight to creating content, which is one of the most exciting parts of social media. But if you don’t know who you are creating that content for, your message won’t be…
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  • Mandatory Vaccination Policies

    June 3, 2021

    - By Stephen M. Perry

    Now that most adults in Massachusetts have been vaccinated, businesses are formulating their reopening and return-to-normalcy policies. In a normal world, real estate agents spend a lot of time indoors meeting with customers and other brokers. But many vaccinated adults are only beginning to emerge from their cocoons and still…
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  • Notes from the Legal Hotline: June 2021

    May 28, 2021

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Q. Is a broker able to associate with more than one brokerage? A. Yes, the single affiliation requirement contained within Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 112, Section 87RR speaks only to individuals licensed as salespersons. As the law is silent in this regard as to those licensed as real estate brokers,…
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  • The C2EX Challenge is Underway!

    May 24, 2021

    - By Sabrina Lapointe

    If you didn’t hear about it last year, MAR rallied to win the C2EX Challenge for the large association category. The challenge is a contest among state associations to become the association with the most C2EX participants. How it works: Associations can earn points two ways: between April 1 and…
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