• July Notes From the Legal Hotline

    June 30, 2020

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Q.   Is a listing agent able to hold offers to present to the seller at a later date? A. Yes, but only if instructed by their seller to present all offers at a certain time. An agent may not unilaterally decide to hold all offers until a date certain or place…
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  • The REALTOR® Advocate: June/July

    June 30, 2020

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Thank you all for making the Week of Advocacy such a success. We received a lot of great intel and feedback from Legislators and that doesn’t happen without a lot of hard work from everyone involved. We’re entering a particularly unique and interesting time, with the end of this two-year session approaching and the state still…
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  • From the Bench: What Happens if Your Seller Dies During the Term of the Exclusive Listing Agreement?

    June 29, 2020

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Have you ever encountered a situation where a seller has unexpectedly passed away during the term of an exclusive listing? The Massachusetts Court of Appeals recently addressed this question for the first time. The Case, Newton Centre Realty, Inc. v. David R. Jaffe, personal representative Shirley Jaffee had entered into three…
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  • President’s Message – Moving Foward

    May 19, 2020

    - By Kurt Thompson

    Homeownership is a dream for many people. The idea of owning something that is entirely yours, and that YOU have earned, is a rewarding feeling. REALTORS® have the privilege of helping make that dream become a reality for many people. No matter where you are in your career as a…
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  • 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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