Saturday January 31st 2015

Stalk Us!

Follow the #RealtorSBChallenge this Sunday during the Super Bowl



The Washington Association of REALTORS® has accepted our #RealtorSBChallenge: The losing state/Association this Sunday during the Super Bowl will have to attend the winning state’s caucus or reception this year in D.C. and make a concession speech.

Follow along on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #RealtorSBChallenge and engage in some (friendly?) cross-country banter.

Here’s what people have been saying on Twitter:

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Let’s show those Washington REALTORS® our Patriots pride and drown them out on social media!

Let’s do our job.

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What’s being said in the media: December Closed Sales

Here are the articles and posts that resulted in the release of our December2014 Closed Sales Report. We’ll continue to update this post as more articles come in.

Tuesday, December 27, 2014

Mass. home sales jump nearly 10 percent in Dec.
The Boston Globe

Mass. homes sales post big December gains
The Worcester Business Journal

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December Homes Sales and Prices Up to Close out 2014

The Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) reported today that 2014 ended on a positive note as the number of single-family homes sold in December were up 5.5 percent compared to the same time last year. For the year, both single-family and condominium sales were down compared to 2013, but prices were up year-over-year.


December 2014 Closed Sales Release

Video podcast with MAR President Corinne Fitzgerald

Highlights from the release:

  • December single-family home sales – UP 5.5% over last year. (4,028 sales in 2014 from 3,869 sales in December 2013)
  • December single-family median prices went UP year-over-year (to $332,925 in 2014 from $319,000 in December 2013)
  • December condo sales down -4.3% and median prices UP 3.4% ($317,000)
  • Inventory in December down -16.8% to 15,339 and condominiums available down -24.5% to 3,824
  • SF listings added to the market in December up 4.0% over last year. (2,565 from 2,466 in 2013)
  • Condo listings added to the market up 3.7% over last year. (942 from 908 in 2013)


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New Webinar Wednesday Coming Soon

Join MAR and Kate Lanagan MacGregor for her presentation on strategies of success for new agents on Wednesday, February 11th @ 10:00 am.Kate believes in a strategic and comprehensive approach to developing  yourself, your brand and your business.The 10 strategies she will cover will ensure that your actions are with purpose, and directed toward the success you want for yourself. She will cover old fashioned thank you notes, how to use Big Data and The Internet of Things to your benefit, and much more. Be sure to checkout other MAR webinars here!

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The Wednesday Word on Monday: Blizzard Juno Edition

(Please note: The following blog post was prepared by MAR Legal Staff: Michael McDonagh, general counsel; Ashley Stolba, associate counsel; and Justin Davidson, staff attorney)


Via Flickr ( Steven & Courtney Johnson & Horwitz

To help prepare for the Blizzard Juno, it is important to remember what our responsibilities are regarding removal of snow and ice from our properties.

LANDLORDS AND TENANTS – Who is responsible for snow removal?

The usual rule is that it is the responsibility of the homeowner or landlord to keep means of entry and exit free of snow and ice. The State Sanitary Code provides that, “the owner shall maintain all means of egress at all times in a safe, operable condition and shall keep all exterior stairways, fire escapes, egress balconies and bridges free of snow and ice.”

If the residence has its private entry, the Sanitary Code allows the landlord to allocate the responsibility of maintaining such egress to the tenant. Be sure to review the lease to determine who is responsible to keep exclusive means of egress clear of snow.

PROPERTY OWNERS – Who is responsible for injuries?

In terms of liability, the 2010 SJC ruling of Papadopoulos v. Target Corp. expanded the duty of property owners to remove snow and ice from their property, and held that Massachusetts property owners have a duty to use “reasonable care” for the protection of visitors, and are thus legally responsible for the removal of snow and ice from their property.

Among the steps that every property owner should take are to:

(1) Review insurance policies to be sure that there is adequate coverage
(2) Determine whether contractors or others hired to remove snow and ice have insurance
(3) Be vigilant when there is newly fallen snow or when temperatures allow melting and refreezing

If complete clearing is not possible, warning signs may be appropriate. Clients that have specific questions regarding their duty to clear snow should consult with their attorney.

Above all, remember is to be safe. Here are just a few tips for staying safe after a storm from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency:

After a Winter Storm

  • Do not become a ‘spectator’. Continue to stay off streets and roads to allow plowing and clean-up operations to proceed smoothly.
  • Clear exhaust vents from Direct Vent Gas Furnace Systems to avoid Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning. Also, never run an automobile until the exhaust pipe has been cleared of snow.
  • Make sure emergency generators or secondary heating systems are well ventilated.
  • Safely reduce the amount of snow on roofs.  The stress caused by heavy wet snow can challenge the integrity of the structure. For more, see Roof Collapse & Storm Drain Safety Information webpage.
  • If you lose your heat, seal off unused rooms by stuffing towels in the cracks under the doors. At night, cover windows with extra blankets or sheets. Food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat.
  • Call your utility company to report any outage-related problem.
  • Call 2-1-1 for non-emergency storm-related questions.
  • Be a good neighbor. Check with elderly or relatives and neighbors who may need additional assistance to ensure their safety.
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The Wednesday Word: National Association of REALTORS® releases new resources on Internet security

(Please note: The following blog post was prepared by MAR Legal Staff: Michael McDonagh, general counsel; Ashley Stolba, associate counsel; and Justin Davidson, staff attorney)

Keeping yourself safe on the internet is important. We are happy to report that NAR’s Information Central has released a three-part report that recommends a number of security practices to help keep REALTORS® and their business safe online. The new Internet Security Best Practices Guide covers three areas:


Photo by David Bleasdale – Flickr

  • Basics of internet security including descriptions and differences between the various “buzzwords” (i.e. phishing, malware, Trojan horse)
  • How to prevent malware installation and successful phishing
  • What to do when you have been hacked?

The Best Practices Report is available here: Internet Security Best Practices report

To learn more about Data Privacy and Security, including political advocacy, please visit this website: NAR’s Data Privacy & Security webpage

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