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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 […]

Pot legalization to impact landlord-tenant relations, disclosures

On November 8th 2016 Ballot Question #4, which will allow for the recreational use of marijuana, was passed by Massachusetts voters in a fairly wide margin of 54% to 46%. Under the new law, the use of marijuana for recreational purposes will be legal starting on December 15, 2016. However, the sale of the drug […]

REALTORS outline priorities for next Massachusetts legislative session

As the year comes to a close, the MAR Government Affairs Committee and staff are working hard to prepare for the 2017-2018 Legislative Session.

Each session, thousands of bills are proposed, many of which affect property owners and the real estate industry. MAR will continue to advocate to promote a legislative agenda that seeks to protect private property rights and the businesses of […]

New smoke detector regulations start December 1st

New regulations going into effect December 1st will affect what you have to do to pass a pre-transfer inspection. When replacing a battery when the battery is either expired or non-working of a single or multi-family home built prior to 1975 that battery must be a 10-year sealed battery. Fire departments will be checking for […]