• 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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  • Beyond Love Letters

    January 4, 2021

    - By Stephen M. Perry

    Many articles and blogs have been written concerning the potential perils to brokers and their seller-clients under the Fair Housing Act of accepting so-called love letters from prospective buyers. The FHA...
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  • Federal COVID Relief Bill

    December 22, 2020

    - By Jonathan Schreiber

    On December 21, Congress passed the latest COVID-19 relief bill. NAR has worked hard advocating for several of the key provisions of the bill and has a detailed breakdown of the bill available online. Here are brief explanations on some of the key elements...
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  • 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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