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Explaining Low Homeownership Levels in Our Market

2017-06-19T13:50:35+00:00

The Local Perspective: Explaining Low Homeownership Level NAR recently released a new white paper titled “Hurdles to Homeownership: Understanding the Barriers." This white paper covered the results of a nationwide homeownership study commissioned by NAR. While all of the five reasons for depressed homeownership levels apply on Cape Cod, we wanted to localize the results [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Special Event: YPN Trivia Night on Thursday June 8th!

2017-05-14T22:44:48+00:00

Quiz Master DJ Patrick will be hosting a special trivia night at the CCIAOR Conference Center on Thursday, June 8th!  Registration is $25 and includes beer, wine, soft drinks and a gourmet wood fired pizza buffet from Pizza Barbone, salad and homemade cannoli! Your ticket purchase is also an investment in the NAR Political Advocacy Fund which works to strengthen our [...]

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 [...]

The latest on what is happening on Beacon Hill

2017-05-05T20:26:37+00:00

Your government affairs staff has been hard at work this year, introducing new legislation, pushing for housing development, and considering the impact of news laws on the real estate industry. Suffice it to say, 2017 will be an interesting one. Learn more below. 190TH General Court January marked the start of the 190th General Court of the [...]

Falmouth Town Meeting Passes New Accessory Dwelling Bylaw

2017-04-04T20:03:40+00:00

Falmouth Town Meeting voters overwhelmingly approved a new Accessory Dwelling Unit bylaw that gives the ability to build attached units by right, with design review, without income or familial restrictions.  Below is more about the Falmouth Accessory Dwelling bylaw and the need for the bylaw. The Problem: The Cape Cod Young Professionals ‘Shape the Cape’ study [...]