• Fair Housing Microsite is Live!

    December 15, 2020

    - By Sabrina Lapointe

    MAR recently partnered with Suffolk Law to launch a Fair Housing consumer awareness campaign targeting renters and landlords with information to educate them on their rights, Section 8 housing...
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  • Marketing Trends Going into 2021

    December 14, 2020

    - By Sabrina Lapointe

    2020 was a year of many firsts. Regardless of the industry, we were all forced to rethink the way we conduct our business. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic threw a wrench in the way of real estate as we know it.  Suddenly open houses, meeting with potential buyers, signing paperwork among…
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  • 3 Questions on the FY2021 Budget

    December 7, 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 budget. The state enacted a series of short-term budgets in the interim, with the latest set to expire around…
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  • Skeleton Disclosure

    December 1, 2020

    - By Catherine Taylor

    If the walls could talk, what would they say? What about the foundation? With some of the oldest housing stock in the country, Massachusetts homeowners have made some interesting discoveries when remodeling their homes. Recently, while doing demolition work at a Winchester home, contractors unearthed multiple human skeletal remains. Thankfully,…
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  • 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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