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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

2017-05-23T14:07:39+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 [...]

REALTORS® Sounding Alarm Bells as NFIP Set to Expire in Less Than 6 Months

2017-05-05T20:26:38+00:00

On September 30, just six months from today, the National Flood Insurance Program will expire. The National Association of Realtors® is working closely with federal regulators and members of Congress to strengthen the program and clear the way for a private market to take hold; NAR has also issued a series of principles to improve [...]

New Massachusetts agency disclosure form to be used

2017-05-05T20:26:38+00:00

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 [...]

REALTORS® Push HUD to Move Forward With FHA MIP Rate Cut

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

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Jan. 20 that it was suspending indefinitely the FHA premium rate cut that had been expected to take effect on Jan. 27. HUD had announced the reduction Jan. 9, saying continuing strength in FHA’s reserve fund (the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund) warranted the move. NAR estimated [...]

Exodus may not be the Cape’s problem

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

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 [...]