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About Ryan Castle

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

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 [...]

CEO’s Take: Upstream’s pivot and what it means to you

2017-05-25T18:22:43+00:00

Last week at the NAR Mid Year conference, NAR agreed to fund Upstream with another $9 million, while the company also announced a pivot in their function. Upstream, a listing management tool, being built by the REALTORS Property Resource of RPR and owned by brokers, changed their immediate course of development by saying it would [...]

CEO’s Take: What does ‘Instant offers’ mean?

2017-05-26T19:26:24+00:00

In a move that was sure to rile Zillow haters and be defended by Zillow lovers, the company announced a new advertising and seller lead generation product, ‘Instant Offers’. This follows the model that the brokerage ‘Open Door’ has been doing for a year or more now. Essentially, Instant Offers offers sellers a discounted price [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Why CCIMLS’s mobile first strategy matters – A LOT

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

We hear all the time from REALTORS® that your clients buying on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket look more at properties on a desktop than a mobile device - essentially devaluing the power of mobile-friendliness and responsiveness. Well, we have news for you - the data shows that is not true. The fact of the matter is that a [...]

CCIMLS launches RealSatisifed

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

Welcome to RealSatisfied CCIMLS is proud to launch RealSatisfied as a Member-Benefit! We are excited about the potential that this brings to our members and look forward to playing a key role in helping our agents demonstrate their professionalism. RealSatisfied is a customer satisfaction platform designed exclusively for the real estate industry, that allows you [...]