• Private Property Rights and the ‘Takings Clause’

    May 19, 2020

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Most people have a general understanding that the government cannot take an individual’s property without paying compensation for the taking. But what happens when a taking is not a complete and total taking? What happens when the government only takes 91.5% of the value of the property? Massachusetts and federal…
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  • 5QW: Katie Johnson

    May 12, 2020

    - By Katie Johnson

    Katie Johnson is the General Counsel and Chief Member Experience Officer of NAR. Katie joined NAR in 2007 and was appointed as General Counsel in 2014. As General Counsel, she is responsible for assuring that the programs, policies, and activities of NAR are in compliance with the law. She also…
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  • Commercial Article

    May 12, 2020

    - By Paul Yorkis

    The officers and board of directors of the REALTORS® Commercial Alliance of Massachusetts (RCAMA) are actively working with MLS PIN to explore how to enhance the commercial aspects of MLS PIN which will also enhance MLS PIN listings in the REALTORS® Property Resource (RPR) platform. This exploration, if implemented, will…
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  • COVID-19 Updates

    May 12, 2020

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    The COVID-19 global pandemic has caused massive disruptions to the real estate industry. MAR has been working diligently throughout the crisis to ensure our members have the latest information and the resources they need to successfully navigate through these uncertain times. MAR has been advocating on behalf of REALTORS® and…
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  • Don’t Fall for Phishy Stories

    May 12, 2020

    - By Michael Krone, Esq.

    When “Shark Tank” star Barbara Corcoran, one of the most accomplished businesswomen in the country, revealed that her business almost lost $388,000 to an email scam, it became obvious that even the most business-savvy amongst us are at risk. With over 85% of all cybercrime throughout the world coming through…
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  • Legal REALTOR® – Enforceability of Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Agreements

    May 12, 2020

    - By Stephen M. Perry

    In today’s tight employment market, competition is intense for highly skilled professionals. Real estate brokerage firms seeking to grow, actively recruit licensed agents at other firms. In turn, many businesses that have invested time and money hiring and training agents and supporting their growth have tried to protect themselves by…
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  • Investments in Opportunity Zones

    May 12, 2020

    - By Zach Ryan

    The Opportunity Zone Program, created by the U.S. Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017, is meant to provide incentives for investment in low-income communities. An Opportunity Zone is a designated area, in which individuals can gain favorable tax treatment on their capital gains by investing those funds through a…
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  • Lead-Based Paint in Homes

    May 12, 2020

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Massachusetts has some of the oldest housing stock in the country, and although the federal government banned the use of lead-based paint in homes more than forty years ago, lead poisoning is still a significant issue in Massachusetts real estate. A recent Massachusetts settlement in a lead poisoning case highlights…
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  • Driving Homelessness Away

    May 12, 2020

    - By Sabrina Lapointe

    If you see a new license plate around Medway that says, ‘Welcome Home’ you will see that the proud owner of that car is President of Patriot Real Estate, Paul Yorkis. What you won’t see are the blood sweat and tears it took to bring that vanity plate to life.…
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  • Message From the CEO – Stay Unified

    May 12, 2020

    - By Theresa Hatton

    For those of you who haven’t met me yet, my name is Theresa Hatton I am the CEO/EVP here at the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®.  I began my role as MAR’s 7th full-time association executive on June 3, 2019. I will be taking over this column as a bi-monthly ‘Message From…
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