About Ryan Castle

Ryan Castle is the CEO of the Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS® and the Cape Cod & Islands Multiple Listing Service.

CFPB Sets Final Rule Enabling Sharing of Closing Disclosures

2017-07-10T14:29:16+00:00

On July 7, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released the final rule amending the “Know Before You Owe” (KBYO or TRID) mortgage disclosure rule. As advocated for by National Association of REALTORS®, the final rule clarifies the ability to share the Closing Disclosure (CD) with third parties - a victory for real estate [...]

Homeowners win through REALTOR® advocacy in state budget

2017-07-07T15:48:40+00:00

In the budget the Massachusetts legislature will take up today, there were two major wins for homeowners advocated for by REALTORS®. Neither a tax on short-term rentals nor an increase in the deed stamp (real estate transfer tax) were included in the final budget proposal as both were in budgets passed by one of the [...]

REALTORS® descend on Beacon Hill to advocate for homeowners

2017-06-15T21:12:30+00:00

Yesterday, more than 500 REALTORS® from around the state – including almost 50 CCIAOR members – descended on Beacon Hill to advocate for homeowner, property rights and business issues. CCIAOR members met with the local Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket delegations to discuss the REALTOR® Public Policy agenda for the year. In light of [...]

Your REALTOR® membership invests in our community

2017-06-15T17:20:24+00:00

As REALTORS®, you have a vested interest in the vibrancy of your community. This includes better land use planning techniques, expanding housing opportunities, job creation/development and creating great public spaces for all to enjoy. We are leveraging your REALTOR® membership fees - at the national level - by returning your dollars back to the local [...]

Upcoming public hearing on vacation rental tax

2017-06-08T17:42:19+00:00

Massachusetts legislators will be holding a public hearing on H.3454, an act that expands rental occupancy tax to short-term single-family rentals, adds regulations on to operators of short-term rental accommodations and requires insurance coverage requirements for short-term rentals. CCIAOR & MAR oppose the bill on a variety of grounds. On the issue of rental [...]

CEO’s Take: Upstream’s pivot and what it means to you

2017-07-18T13:24:18+00:00

Last week at the NAR Mid Year conference, NAR agreed to fund Upstream with another $9 million, while the company also announced a pivot in their function. Upstream, a listing management tool, being built by the REALTORS Property Resource of RPR and owned by brokers, changed their immediate course of development by saying it would [...]

CEO’s Take: What does ‘Instant offers’ mean?

2017-08-01T22:36:16+00:00

In a move that was sure to rile Zillow haters and be defended by Zillow lovers, the company announced a new advertising and seller lead generation product, ‘Instant Offers’. This follows the model that the brokerage ‘Open Door’ has been doing for a year or more now. Essentially, Instant Offers offers sellers a discounted price [...]

REALTORS® advocate to preserve real estate tax provisions and extend flood insurance on Capitol Hill

2017-05-23T14:27:06+00:00

On May 17 and 18, REALTORS® from Cape Cod and across Massachusetts were on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. to advocate for two major issues upcoming in Washington - tax reform and the National Flood Insurance Program. REALTORS® met with both Massachusetts senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren and the Cape Cod & Islands Congressman [...]

Cape Cod Times Rebuttal: Homeowners are not tax collectors

2017-05-26T18:14:44+00:00

You may have seen an article in the Cape Cod Times over the weekend that says how 'Cape leaders look to tap rental tax for wastewater projects'; The article glosses over an important issue - for the wastewater tax to be effective, it would require an expansion of the rental occupancy tax to start [...]

Sign up to Attend the 2017 REALTOR Day on Beacon Hill

2017-05-09T16:13:15+00:00

REALTOR® Day on Beacon Hill is scheduled for Wednesday, June 14th at 10 a.m. in the Massachusetts State House Great Hall. REALTORS® will have a chance to network and enjoy a continental breakfast starting at 9:30 a.m. before learning about the key legislative issues in 2017 that will affect the real estate industry and private [...]