• Five Questions With – REALTOR® Safety

    September 3, 2019

    - By Robert Siciliano

    What are some of the risks Realtors® face on a daily basis? A. There are unfortunately many risks that Realtors® face on a daily basis, from their information being targeted in a security breach to becoming victims of physical and violent crimes. An agent would not need to dig deep to find horrific stories of fallen agents. What are some steps Realtors® should take in protecting their…
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  • The REALTOR® Advocate: August/September

    August 30, 2019

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    August is a relatively quiet month with the Legislature out of formal session, but there’s still plenty to talk about. August Highlights 8/ 6 – Blake Decker, CEO of Pretty Picky Properties, Ryan Castle, CEO of CCIAOR, and Jonny Schreiber testified before the Department of Revenue (DOR) on draft short-term rental regulations. The…
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  • How to Prepare for the MAR Conference & Trade Show

    August 28, 2019

    - By Sabrina Lapointe

    If you somehow missed it, the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® Annual Conference & Trade Show is now just a few short weeks away! Don’t have a ticket? You’re in luck because you still have time to go! It isn’t too late to purchase your ticket here. On September 10th and…
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  • 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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