• Remaining Aware of Antitrust

    February 11, 2021

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Throughout the pandemic, a lack of opportunities for in-person meetings has prompted many REALTORS® to seek online networking experiences. Some are relying on well-established social media websites and applications while others are discovering new ones. Whatever the platform, REALTORS® need to keep antitrust laws front and center when discussing business practices with their competitors.   Specifically, REALTORS® must be…
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  • Notes From the Legal Hotline: February 2021

    February 2, 2021

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Q. I’ve heard there were some changes to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics. What are these changes and how will they affect me? A: On November 13, 2020, the NAR Board of Directors voted to adopt Standard...
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  • The Massachusetts West to East Rail and What it Means for Housing Development

    February 1, 2021

    - By Zach Ryan

    As Massachusetts looks to address its longstanding housing affordability crisis, it is important to understand the role transportation plays in development. It is one of the core principles for sustainable development that the Commonwealth has issued. MassDOT and the MBTA are crucial agencies in working to address the sustainable development…
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  • Top 3 Reasons to Earn Your GRI Designation

    January 29, 2021

    - By NAR Contributing Article

    It doesn’t matter if you’ve been in the business a while or are just starting out. If you’re hungry for more success, it’s time to raise your real estate career to a higher level by earning the most comprehensive real estate designation: Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI). Just ask current GRI…
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  • Real Estate Teams FAQs Now Live!

    January 27, 2021

    - By Catherine Taylor

    The rise in popularity of working on a “team” within a brokerage has led to a rise in questions about how the Massachusetts laws and regulations apply to the team structure. Recognizing that there are no team-specific laws or regulations in Massachusetts, MAR worked closely with the Board of Registration to compile a list of…
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  • MAR Advocates For Development, Against Transactional Burdens

    January 15, 2021

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    On January 14, 2021, standing at a dangerous precipice, Massachusetts took a significant step forward with the signing of the economic development bill including Housing Choice, one of MAR’s top advocacy priorities...
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  • Setting Up Your Social For 2021

    January 13, 2021

    - By Teah Hopper

    The new year is officially underway, and if you’re like me, some of your goals are social-media related. Whether you’re looking to spend less time on social media, have more fun, or just get more out of your social accounts, I have some tangible steps you can take towards your…
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  • Economic Development Bill – A Step Forward for Housing Development

    January 8, 2021

    - By Jonathan Schreiber

    On January 6, the Massachusetts Legislature passed one of MAR’s top advocacy priorities, the Housing Choice bill as part of the economic development package, An Act enabling partnerships for growth...
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  • New Eviction Rules: What You Need to Know

    January 6, 2021

    - By Jonathan Schreiber

    On December 31, Governor Baker signed into law Chapter 257 of the Acts of 2020 which makes important changes to eviction rules and procedures that will be in effect until the end of the COVID-19 state of emergency...
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  • Notes from the Legal Hotline: January 2021

    January 4, 2021

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Is requiring a full year’s worth of rent legal? No, prepaid rent is a violation of the Massachusetts security deposit statute, Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 186, Section 15B. The statute prohibits a lessor from requiring a tenant to pay any amount in excess of: First month’s rent; Last month’s rent…
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