• From the Bench: The Importance of Proper Licensing and Agency Disclosure for Real Estate LLCs

    March 1, 2019

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    In 2014, the Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salesmen (the Board) initiated proceedings against real estate licensee Michael Thomann. The Board alleged that Thomann had bought and sold real estate on behalf of clients through an unlicensed limited liability company (LLC), in violation of two sections of…
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  • Rental Real Estate and the 20 Percent Qualified Business Income Deduction

    March 1, 2019

    - By Chris Bird

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) provides a new deduction the likes of which I have never seen. The Qualified Business Income Deduction (pursuant to Internal Revenue Code Section 199A) provides a 20 percent deduction of profits from any trade or business. The purpose of this article…
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  • REALTORS® in the House (and Senate, City Council, and Planning Board…)

    March 1, 2019

    - By Bridget McCrea

    These Massachusetts REALTORS® divide their time between their real estate businesses and their civic duties as either elected or appointed government officials. Here’s how (and why) they do it. If there’s one thing that Peter Davies has learned by serving as both a full-time real estate agent and an appointed…
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  • A Clear Path to Closing

    March 1, 2019

    - By Betsy Boggia

    A 2018 survey revealed that 42 percent of home buyers found the mortgage process “stressful” and 32 percent described it as “complicated.” As lenders, we work every day to try and drive those numbers down, but we could use the agents help. When it comes to having a successful home…
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  • Notes from the MAR Legal Hotline

    March 1, 2019

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Can a buyer agent place a “sold” sign on the lawn of my listing? What obligations do I have regarding the disclosure of a defect? The MAR legal team answers your questions. Q. Is a landlord required to screen prospective tenants? A. No, Landlords have no affirmative duty requiring them to…
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  • Building Your Knowledge of Home Energy to Seal the Deal

    March 1, 2019

    - By by Lauren Mendoza

    Spring is right around the corner, which means things are about to get busy! And while there are many ways to improve your marketability as an agent, one of the best ways to set yourself apart from other agents is to show your clients that you have the expertise to…
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