• Department of Housing and Urban Development Announces FHA Condo Policies Reform

    August 15, 2019

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    What this means to your clients: The changes will help Massachusetts residents access FHA loans for condominiums, helping to relieve some pressure on the state’s ongoing housing affordability crisis. The Department of Housing and Urban Development finalized the new Federal Housing Authority condominium loan policies. By increasing the availability of…
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  • Pooch Perfect Homes

    August 12, 2019

    - By Sabrina Lapointe

    It is clear buyers are considering more than just their personal needs when searching for a home. It is more important than ever to understand the unique needs of pet owners and what may or may not influence them to make an offer on a home. Whether they know it…
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  • Thompson v. JP Morgan Chase Bank Case Update

    August 2, 2019

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    On July 29, a panel of the First Circuit Court of Appeals withdrew its earlier opinion in the Thompson v. JP Morgan Chase Bank case, vacated the decision, and certified a question to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. This past Spring, the First Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion…
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  • Important Information on recent Massachusetts Room Occupancy Legislation for Intermediaries for Short-Term Rentals and Traditional Lodging

    July 24, 2019

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Here is the latest guidance from the Department of Revenue about your responsibilities related to short-term rentals under the new law.  REALTORS® who help arrange a short-term rental and collect rent meet the definition of “intermediary” under the new law. The Department of Revenue wants to be sure that Intermediaries…
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  • Finding the Right MarTech Tools, and The Right Brand for your Business

    July 23, 2019

    - By Sponsored by Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation

    While there are a lot of fun new Marketing Technology (Martech) tools being produced almost daily, a few basics will do the trick. The key is to be comfortable using them and to do so on a regular basis. The other piece is to understand your brand and what is…
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  • President’s Message – A Few Changes

    July 16, 2019

    - By Anne Meczywor

    We expect the unexpected and anticipate what might occur so we are ready for it. Most people wouldn’t even know we had resorted to a Plan B, C, or Z if that’s what it takes because we keep things moving seamlessly. By the time you read this, two big changes…
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  • From the Editor: Life Moves Pretty Fast

    July 16, 2019

    - By Eric Berman

    In 1986, the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was released and was one of the top-grossing movies of the year. One of the most famous quotes from the movie, of which there were many, was “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while,…
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  • Using Content Marketing to Attract and Retain Clients

    July 16, 2019

    - By Eric Berman

    It’s hard to be successful in real estate. The competition for a limited pool of buyer and seller clients is fierce. In Massachusetts alone, there are 25,000 REALTOR® -members, and that doesn’t include non-REALTOR® licensees. So, how do you stand out? How do you differentiate yourself from your competitors? How…
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  • Real Social – Why Your Personal Brand Matters & How to Develop It

    July 16, 2019

    - By Teah Hopper

    In today’s world, you can no longer separate who you are from what you do. It is all tied together. As a REALTOR®, your personal brand and the brand of your business are connected. So, it is important to spend some time thinking about who you are and how you…
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  • Five Questions With – Home Financing for Veterans

    July 16, 2019

    - By Rear Admiral Thomas Lynch (U.S.N., Ret.,)

    This issue’s “Five Questions With” features Rear Admiral Thomas Lynch (U.S.N., Ret.,) the executive chairman of NewDay USA, a nationwide mortgage company for Veterans. What challenges do veterans face with buying homes? A. Often, when ending their service in a foreign country, veterans find themselves beginning their home buying process…
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