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  • A Clear Path to Closing

    Mar 01, 2019
    A 2018 survey revealed that 42 percent of home buyers found the mortgage process “stressful” and 32 percent described it as “complicated.” As lenders, we work every day to try and drive those numbers down, but we could use the agents help. When it comes to having a successful home loan process, there are several do’s and don’ts you can share with your clients to help minimize the stress of getting to the closing table.
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  • Building Your Knowledge of Home Energy to Seal the Deal

    Mar 01, 2019
    Nearly one-third of all Massachusetts homes use oil as their primary heat source. Learning more about heating oil so that you can answer your clients’ questions and market those listings will go a long way.
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LATEST NEWS
  • Rental Real Estate and the 20 Percent Qualified Business Income Deduction

    Mar 01, 2019
    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) provides a new deduction the likes of which I have never seen. The Qualified Business Income Deduction (pursuant to Internal Revenue Code Section 199A) provides a 20 percent deduction of profits from any trade or business. The purpose of this article is to provide some clarity to the real estate world pertaining to the IRS requirements for real estate rental profits to qualify for this deduction. Obviously, this is a complex deduction and the services of competent tax advisors is a must.
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  • Ask a Millennial: Is Artificial Intelligence Threatening My Job?

    Mar 01, 2019
    Back in 2016, Inman magazine ran an experiment that pitted three different brokers against a bot to test their ability to do something buyer agents might say is their primary function: find the right home for their client. In all three trials, the buyer preferred a listing recommendation chosen by the bot.
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  • Commercial Real Estate Resources

    Mar 01, 2019
    If you are practicing or interested in commercial real estate, then you will want to become familiar with The Realtors® Commercial Alliance of Massachusetts (RCA-MA), the only local Realtor® Association in the state that specializes in commercial real estate.
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  • Realtors® in the House (and Senate, City Council, and Planning Board...)

    Mar 01, 2019
    These Massachusetts Realtors® divide their time between their real estate businesses and their civic duties as either elected or appointed government officials. Here’s how (and why) they do it.
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  • From the Bench: The Importance of Proper Licensing and Agency Disclosure for Real Estate LLCs

    Mar 01, 2019
    In 2014, the Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salesmen (the Board) initiated proceedings against real estate licensee Michael Thomann. The Board alleged that Thomann had bought and sold real estate on behalf of clients through an unlicensed limited liability company (LLC), in violation of two sections of the Massachusetts Code of Regulations (CMR).* The Board also alleged that he violated a third section of the CMR by failing to provide a proper notice of agency disclosure to the seller.
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