• May 17 Reopening Announcement

    May 18, 2021

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    On May 17, 2021, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the final stage of reopening Massachusetts. As of May 29, 2021, all industry restrictions and capacity limitations will be rescinded. The Department...
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  • CDC Eviction Moratorium Remains in Place

    May 17, 2021

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    On May 14 a U.S. District Court judge ruled to keep the CDC eviction moratorium in place during an appeal of the case challenging its existence. On May 5, the same judge previously issued a decision striking down...
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  • Eviction Moratorium Update

    May 7, 2021

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) eviction moratorium remains in place for now. On May 5, a U.S. District Court judge issued a decision striking down the federal eviction moratorium. However, the next day the court issued a temporary order keeping the moratorium in place...
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  • Notes from the Legal Hotline: May 2021

    May 3, 2021

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Q: What information am I able to provide clients when they ask a legal question? A: Due to the nature of the real estate business, REALTORS® often receive requests from clients for what amounts to legal advice. In an industry controlled by contracts, this is unsurprising. REALTORS® must walk a…
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  • Baker-Polito Administration Announces Plans for Continued Reopening

    April 28, 2021

    - By Sabrina Lapointe

    On Tuesday, April 27, 2021, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that some outdoor Phase 4, Step 2 industries will reopen effective Monday, May 10th. They are also...
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  • Fair Housing Claim Alleges Racial Discrimination by Sellers

    April 26, 2021

    - By NAR Contributing Article

    Real estate agents need to understand how to respond when a client violates fair housing laws. By acting swiftly to separate yourself from and address the discriminatory behavior, you can not only protect...
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  • Fair Housing Act: Criminal History-Based Practices and Policies

    April 22, 2021

    - By NAR Contributing Article

    In the recently issued "Office of General Counsel Guidance on Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Use of Criminal Records by Providers of Housing...
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  • The Supreme Court to the Partial Rescue

    April 21, 2021

    - By Stephen M. Perry

    Two years ago I wrote a column for the Bay State REALTOR® entitled “The Latest Class Action Craze.” The article discussed the spate of class actions that had been filed against real estate brokers and other businesses under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), 47 U.S.C. § 227, for sending…
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  • Create Advertisements with Fair Housing in Mind

    April 14, 2021

    - By NAR Contributing Article

    Advertising your services to a broad audience helps your business succeed, but intentionally or unintentionally creating discriminatory advertisements can not only harm your business...
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  • NAR Applauds House Vote to Secure Housing Rights for LGBTQ Americans

    April 7, 2021

    - By NAR Contributing Article

    WASHINGTON (February 24, 2021) – National Association of REALTORS® President Charlie Oppler issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives...
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