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 [...]
About Ryan CastleRyan Castle is the CEO of the Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS® and the Cape Cod & Islands Multiple Listing Service.
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 [...]
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!
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today announced that the maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2017 will increase. In Barnstable County, ithe maximum 1-unit loan limit follow the rest of country and rises from $417,000 to $424,100. Dukes and Nantucket counties will continue to be treated [...]
According to preliminary data released last week by the Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS® (CCIAOR), 477 homes sold in October, 396 single-family homes and 81 condominiums. Median sales price was $395,000 for single-family homes and $327,750 for condominiums. Last October, 491 homes (377 single- family homes and 114 condos) sold at a median [...]