About Ryan Castle

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

Pot legalization to impact landlord-tenant relations, disclosures

2017-05-05T20:26:39+00:00

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

2017-05-05T20:26:39+00:00

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 smoke detector regulations start December 1st

2017-05-05T20:26:39+00:00

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 [...]

Freddie & Fannie loan limits rise in Barnstable, Dukes & Nantucket counties

2017-05-05T20:26:43+00:00

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 [...]

MARKET UPDATE: Sales expected to end year up

2017-05-05T20:26:43+00:00

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 [...]

Support Housing on Cape Cod: Welcome Home Gift Basket Drive

2017-05-05T20:26:43+00:00

The Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS® (CCIAOR) is teaming up once again with the Housing Assistance Corporation of Cape Cod (HAC) to create a wonderful holiday giving and donation opportunity. Items collected from this month-long drive will be placed into gift baskets by the CCIAOR Young Professionals Network (YPN) and given to HAC [...]

MARKET UPDATE: August sales show gains in Cape Cod market

2017-05-05T20:26:43+00:00

According to preliminary data released last week by the Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS® (CCIAOR), 456 homes sold in August,  370 single-family homes and 86 condominiums. Median sales price was $385,275 for single-family homes and $301,250 for condominiums. Last August, 412 homes (321 single- family homes and 91 condos) sold at a median [...]