• December 2020 Notes from the Legal Hotline

    December 1, 2020

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    What is my obligation as a REALTOR® for snow removal at listed properties? Unless there is an agreement with the property owner that requires the REALTOR® to be responsible for snow removal, that responsibility lies with the property owner. Massachusetts requires property owners to use reasonable care for the protection…
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  • Why & How to Unplug Around the Holidays

    December 1, 2020

    - By Teah Hopper

    The holiday season is magical — it’s a time dedicated to family, friends, and giving. And every December, I like to give myself the gift of more time with the people I love, which means spending less time in front of a screen. Every year, I unplug from social media…
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  • Thompson v. JP Morgan Bank Case

    November 30, 2020

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    You may recall a writeup from March of last year about a case that was quite controversial for creating a new and amorphous standard in foreclosure procedures. Today, the state’s highest court issued a ruling on a key element of that case, essentially upholding the status quo for an already highly regulated area – the language required for…
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  • With FHFA Release of 2021 Loan Limits, NAR Urges Improved Access to Safe, Affordable Financing

    November 24, 2020

    - By National Association of REALTORS®

    National Association of REALTORS® President Charlie Oppler issued the following statement after the Federal Housing Finance Agency today unveiled 2021 loan limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. GSE loan limits now sit at $548,250, while an announcement from the Federal Housing Administration is expected in the coming weeks. NAR’s…
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  • 5 Questions on the House FY2021 Budget, H.5150

    November 11, 2020

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    1. Why are you working on the budget now? Isn’t that due by June 30th?  Yes, it is! However, due to the pandemic, a lot of issues were delayed, including the FY2021. The state enacted a series of short-term budgets in the interim, with the latest set to expire at the end of this month. Lawmakers are…
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  • FAQ for Landlords about Accepting State Funded Rental Assistance

    November 4, 2020

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    The Department of Housing & Community Development posted a FAQ for landlords on accepting state-funded rental assistance that will hopefully answer a lot of questions that...
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  • Updated Guidance on Gatherings & Face Coverings

    November 3, 2020

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    On November 2, 2020, Governor Baker issued COVID-19 Order #54 which limits indoor gatherings to 10 people. Importantly, the Order expressly includes gatherings in private residences...
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  • REALTORS® Defeat Anti-Growth Proposal in Ipswich, MA

    October 28, 2020

    - By Catherine Rollins

    With public opposition from the North Shore Associations of REALTORS®, an anti-growth proposal that would have had a chilling effect on local housing inventory was soundly defeated, showing that the REALTOR® voice is truly important in informing local policy outcomes in Massachusetts. At a Special Town Meeting in Ipswich on…
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  • Eviction Moratorium Info

    October 18, 2020

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    On October 17, 2020, the Massachusetts eviction moratorium expired. To assist tenants facing challenges, Governor Baker announced a comprehensive Eviction Diversion Initiative in-line with our advocacy...
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  • REALTOR® Advocate – November/December

    September 21, 2020

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    If you ever have any questions or comments on MAR’s advocacy efforts or just want to chat about a recent or upcoming meeting with your legislator, contact MAR Staff Attorney Jonny Schreiber, jschreiber@marealtor.com (781) 839-5520. November Highlights: Leading the Discussion on Short-Term Rentals 11/1 & 11/4 – Leading the Discussion on Short-Term Rentals – MAR…
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