• What’s in Your Dream Neighborhood

    September 5, 2019

    - By Shelby O'Hare

    When your clients describe their dream neighborhood to you, what features do you see being the most popular? A strong school system? Various entertainment options? Accessible public transportation? Bike lanes? Ethnic and cultural diversity? As you’ve probably seen, the idea of a dream neighborhood is different among your clients, with…
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  • From The President: Will I See You There?

    September 4, 2019

    - By Anne Meczywor

    It’s no secret that REALTORS® are well-trained, up-to-date experts. And that doesn’t happen by accident, or by the continuing education requirement. This happens because we strive to learn more, be more, and do more. We aim for excellence and to be the absolute best in the business. It works well…
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  • Staying Out of Trouble With Rental Vouchers

    September 4, 2019

    - By Stephen M. Perry

    For almost 50 years, Massachusetts has prohibited landlords and their agents from discriminating against the recipients of public housing assistance, including those using Section 8 vouchers. In today’s column we are going to look at a longstanding feature of Massachusetts non-discrimination law that is not well understood. This law has…
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  • Finishing Strong

    September 3, 2019

    - By Sabrina Lapointe

    Have you ever watched a TED Talk and left feeling revitalized and empowered to go forward and crush your goals? Well, imagine a Ted Talk on steroids, and you have the annual MAR Conference and Trade Show. This year features 13 impactful speakers with expertise and focuses in all different…
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  • 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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