Saturday September 20th 2014

Stalk Us!

MAR President Peter Ruffini represented MAR at ‘Rail to Boston Coalition’ press conference at South Station

If you happened to be walking through South Station this morning, you might have caught the Boston-area launch press conference of the “Rail to Boston Coalition” advocacy campaign to re-establish the commuter rail connection to Southeastern Massachusetts. MAR President Peter Ruffini represented the state REALTOR® Association and supported the goal of connecting the train lines.

Peter Ruffini_rail event

“The Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® applauds the South Coast Rail project. This type of infrastructure development fosters smart growth opportunities and impacts a segment of the housing market that needs it the most – work force housing. Not only will this help to alleviate traffic congestion along the Rt. 24 corridor, but it will make that area accessible to prospective home owners that would otherwise consider the area too far away. Along with this there will be many economic benefits as this is also the type of improvement that attracts new businesses and helps to create jobs. This is a win for the South Coast and for Massachusetts.” – Peter Ruffini

In addition to Peter Ruffini, featured speakers included:

  • Paul Chasse, Co-chair and CEO of Greater New Bedford Association of REALTORS®;
  • Roy Nascimento, Co-chair and President of New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce;
  • Richard A. Davey, Mass DOT Secretary and Chief Executive Officer;
  • State Representative William M. Straus
  • Fall River Mayor William A. Flanagan
  • New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell; and
  • Taunton Mayor Tom Hoye

To find out more information about the coalition, go to

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The MAR Conference Mobile App is Here!


The official MAR Conference mobile app is live! Download it today and be sure to complete your user profile. Message other app users, sync MAR Conference events to your device’s calendar, virtually visit your favorite exhibitor’s booth, and much more with this mobile application! Click here to visit the download page or search MAR Conference in the app store on your mobile device or tablet.

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Social Media Monday: Google Plus Tips #marealtorssmm

By now we hope we’ve convinced you of the importance of Google+ when it comes to search rankings. Additionally, in “February 2014, the New York Times reported that 300 million people use Google+ and its affiliated apps each month.” But how do you optimize your Google+ page so that you can take advantage of what the social platform has to offer you? Today’s tips come from Business News Daily.

Here are their suggestions:

  1. 1. Complete your profile
  2. 2. Encourage customer reviews
  3. 3. Use Circles and Hangouts
  4. 4. Set up connected Google+ pages

Click here to read the rest of the article and get more detailed explanations of each of their suggestions.

And tell us, REALTORS, have you set up your Google+ page yet? We’d love to connect with you.

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Register for MAR’s Conference & Tradeshow 2014 before it’s too late!


Tickets are selling fast for this year’s MAR Conference & Tradeshow. The convention is almost sold out for the second year in a row! Don’t be locked out and sign up now for the MAR Member Rate @ $145. Why would you want to miss out on this view?

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What’s being said in the media: August Future Indicators Report

Here are the articles and posts that resulted in the release of our August 2014 Future Indicators Report (a combination of our pending sales and REALTOR Confidence Indexes data.) We’ll continue to update this post as more articles come in.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Pending home sales up sharply in Mass.
The Lowell Sun

Will There Be Enough Houses to Buy This Fall?


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MAR Conference & Tradeshow Almost Sold Out, Again!






Join your local REALTORS® of the Year (above) at this year’s MAR Conference & Tradeshow. The convention is almost sold out for the second year in a row! Don’t be locked out and sign up now for the MAR Member Rate @ $145. You won’t want to miss the Hear It Direct General Session and top-notch speakers like Stefan Swanepole and Leigh Brown!

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