• Notes From the Legal Hotline: August 2022

    August 1, 2022

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Q: Should a buyer’s agent be checking permits for their clients? A: No. A buyer’s agent’s job is to ensure that their client’s interests are best served throughout the transaction. While this may include advising the client regarding potential issues with outstanding permits or unpermitted work on the property, the…
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  • State Enacts New Discrimination Protections

    July 27, 2022

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    On July 26, the Governor signed H.4554 into law, prohibiting discrimination based on natural hairstyles. The law was borne out of schools and athletic organizations limiting student participation based on hairstyles historically associated with race. Massachusetts joins 18 other states as part of a national movement to pass this type…
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  • Notes From the Legal Hotline: July 2022

    July 1, 2022

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Q: I have a tenant who is offering to pay 6 months of rent upfront – is that allowed? A: No. For tenancies greater than 100 days in duration, the provisions of the Security Deposit statute apply. The statute prohibits a lessor from requiring a tenant to pay any amount…
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  • Notes From the Legal Hotline: June 2022

    June 2, 2022

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Q: What do REALTORS® need to know to avoid antitrust liability? A: The best way to avoid antitrust liability is to ensure that all business decisions are made independently within the brokerage. The potential for antitrust liability arises any time two or more competitors discuss their business practices. REALTORS® must…
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  • Notes From the Legal Hotline: May 2022

    May 4, 2022

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Q: If I have two buyer clients interested in submitting an offer on the same property, am I a dual agent? A: No, dual agency occurs when one licensee represents both sides of the transaction. An agent may represent multiple buyers interested in the same property without entering into a…
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  • A Snapshot of Race and Home Buying in America

    April 29, 2022

    - By

    This is an NAR contributing article.
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  • Fair Housing Considerations in Tenant Screening

    April 22, 2022

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Fair Housing Considerations in Tenant Screening Housing providers often implement procedures in which prospective tenants are screened to determine whether to lease a particular property to that individual. While it is important to assess a prospective tenant to ensure that they will meet the obligations under the lease agreement, screening…
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  • Avoid Fair Housing Violations in Advertising

    April 15, 2022

    - By “Window to the Law: Advertising Within the Fair Housing Framework,” National Association of REALTORS® (April 1, 2022)

    Real estate professionals are legally obligated to uphold fair housing laws, and the language and images you use in your advertising needs to be vetted carefully. REALTORS® also have an obligation to do so under Article 10 of the Code of Ethics. “Advertisements should never indicate a preference or limitation…
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  • White House Releases Plan to Combat Appraisal Bias

    April 8, 2022

    - By PAVE.hud.gov and Whitehouse.gov

    An interagency task force at the White House has outlined a plan aimed at rooting out racial and ethnic bias in home valuations. The Property Appraisal and Valuation Equity task force released a five-step action plan yesterday to increase oversight and accountability. It also includes steps for homebuyers and homeowners…
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  • Off the Cuff with Ryan Weyandt, CEO of the Industry’s fastest growing LGBTQ group

    April 1, 2022

    - By

    Q: This is an unprecedented time for the LGBTQ community. Public opinion for same-sex marriage now tops 70% in the U.S., yet there are now more than 200+ pieces of legislation in motion at the state and local level that seeks to roll back LGBTQ rights. How do you explain…
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