About Ryan Castle

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

LEGAL HOTLINE: Sharing listings on social media

Your clients live in their social media feeds, so that’s where you want to be too. However, when it comes to using social media for marketing your properties, there are some dos and do nots you need to be aware of.

Q: My company wants to start advertising our listings on social media. How can I be sure that […]

New Massachusetts agency disclosure form to be used

All Realtors® should be aware that the Board of Registration for Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons has issued a NEW Mandatory Agency Disclosure Form. The form’s official title is the Massachusetts Mandatory Real Estate Licensee – Consumer Relationship Disclosure. The form is designed to provide the same kinds of disclosures to consumers while clarifying and […]

What the CEO is reading….and you should too for February

Here is a collection of news and links to issues trending in the real estate industry that our CCIAOR & CCIMLS CEO Ryan Castle found interesting and took away from the past month:

Zillow is remaking the real estate agent in their own image

Zillow to stop allowing agents to enter listings manually; only allow through brokerage […]

Code of Ethics deadline approaches at end of year

As a Realtor® you are required to complete ethics training. The current four-year cycle will end Dec. 31, 2016. Failure to meet the requirement by the Dec 31st deadline is a violation of a membership requirement and results in suspension of REALTOR® and MLS membership.

THIS IS NOT a requirement for renewing your license like continuing […]

Exodus may not be the Cape’s problem

By Mahesh Ramachandran

It’s an oft-told tale: Young people are fleeing Cape Cod, resulting in a declining population for the foreseeable future and signaling a contraction of our workforce.

But what if that’s not the case? We dove into the numbers, counting methods and economic data and reached conclusions that challenge, if not dispel, the accepted and […]

Enthusiasm marks a great time in real estate

I want to take a moment to thank the 200 of you that came to the CCIAOR & CCIMLS Holiday Party at Chatham Bars Inn earlier this month. It was a great event and really captured the essence of this association at its finest – daily competitors coming together who truly enjoy each other on […]

Renew your REALTOR® membership for 2017

Your 2017 REALTOR® membership renewal bill has been both emailed and mailed to you. The renewal is due December 31, 2016.

To keep your ability to use the term REALTOR® and access all the value a REALTOR® membership gives you from housing market reports, all the real estate transaction forms and software, complimentary continuing education, tons […]

Buy Tickets Now for Realtor Day at Fenway Park & Surprise Someone You Love for Christmas!

Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift? Buy Red Sox tickets! Realtor Day takes place on June 11th at Fenway Park with the Sox taking on the Detroit Tigers at 1:35 PM. The Red Sox and MAR are offering special $38 tickets for members through January 31st but there’s a limited number available – order now!

November Housing Report: Inventory of homes for sale drops to historic lows

According to preliminary data released last week by the Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS® (CCIAOR), 469 homes sold in November, 384 single-family homes and 85 condominiums in Barnstable County. Median sales price was $400,000 for single-family homes and $290,000 for condominiums. Last November, 405 homes (333 single- family homes and 72 condos) sold […]

Falmouth owes property owner $1 million in takings case

What happens when a town institutes wetland “no disturbance” zones that prevent a landowner from building on her lot? In a recent case in Falmouth, MA, it resulted in the town owing the landowner nearly $1 million for denying her the economic value of the land. The use of zoning bylaws by towns to regulate […]