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Why REALTORS® should start a team | MAR Conference & Tradeshow

TEAMSDon’t miss out on the Teams Panel at the 2015 MAR Conference & Tradeshow.

Learn how these diverse Massachusetts teams have achieved success through defining team roles, size and more. Also, find out the top reason from these professional why REALTORS® should start a team.

Panelists [from left to right]: Tom Matthews, Melissa Pica, Lillian Montalto, Suzanne Koller, Joshua Lioce, and Joanne Toranto

Moderator: John Ranco

Monday, September 28, 2015
9:00am – 10:30am

Register for the 2015 MAR Conference & Tradeshow to catch this panel and many more educational opportunities to take your career to the next level.

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July 2015 Top Ten Towns

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These towns experienced the highest year-over-year increases in closed sales and median price in July.

Closed Sales Percent Increase
Median Sales Price Growth Median Price Percent Increase
1. Manchester-by-the-Sea +400.0% 1. Cohasset $1,165,000 + 71.3%
2. Harvard +366.7% 2. Dover $1,225,000 + 64.7%
3. Orange +300.0% 3. Upton $452,000 + 46.4%
4. Freetown +275.0% 4. Hull $410,000 + 44.1%
5. West Bridgewater +220.0% 5. Manchester-by-the-Sea $842,000 + 41.6%
6. Ware +183.3% 6. Somerville $735,000 + 38.7%
7. Wenham, Wilbraham +180.0% 7. Rockport $525,000 + 34.6%
8. Shirley +175.0% 8. Weston $1,802,500 + 33.7%
9. Great Barrington, Norton, Rockport +150.0% 9. Wilbraham $285,700 + 33.5%
10. Douglas +133.3% 10. Revere $341,500 + 31.5%

*A minimum of ten homes must have been sold in each town during July 2015 to make this list.

All data used in the rankings is compiled from the Berkshire County Multiple Listing Service, Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS®, Inc. and MLS Property Information Network, Inc.

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What’s being said in the media: July 2015 Closed Sales

Here are the articles and posts that resulted in the release of our July 2015 Closed Sales Release. We’ll continue to update this post as more articles come in.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

July home sales up sharply; median price also climbs
Boston Globe

Strong numbers for home sales
The MetroWest Daily News

Mass. Home Sales Soar In July

Mass. homes selling at torrid pace
Cape Cod Times

Worcester County home sales surge; prices stable
Worcester Telegram

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Active Spring Market Pushed Massachusetts Closed Home Sales Up in July

Single-family home sales soar in Mass. during July
Sentinel & Enterprise

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Active Spring Market Pushed Massachusetts Closed Home Sales Up in July

Ongoing buyer activity in the spring pushed single-family home sales up in July over 19 percent compared to the same time last year. This is the biggest year-over-year increase since September 2013. The median price of single family homes was also up for the 11 time in the last 13 months. New listings added to the market were up almost seven percent over last year. Both condominium closed sales and median prices were up.

July 2015 Closed Sales Release

Video podcast with MAR President Corinne Fitzgerald

Highlights from the release:

    • July single-family home sales up 19.5% over last year. (6,614 sales in 2015 from 5,533 sales in July 2014)
    • July single-family median prices went up year-over-year (to $365,000 in 2015 from $360,000 in July 2014)
    • July condo sales up 13.2% and median prices up 5.4% ($339,000)
    • Inventory in July down -17.7% to 21,839 and condominiums available down -23.3% to 5,017
    • SF listings added to the market in July up 6.7% over last year. (7,524 from 7,052 in 2014)
    • Condo listings added to the market up 4.2% over last year. (2,390 from 2,293 in 2014)



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Periscope now has 10 million accounts, how REALTORS® can join the party


Periscope, the Twitter app that allows users to share live stream video, announced recently that it has at least 10 million accounts. That’s a pretty impressive number for a company that launched just four months ago.

With Periscope’s growing popularity, it’s never been easier for a small business owner to connect with their followers in real time. REALTORS® not already using the app might consider ditching the costly and time-consuming webinars, Q&A’s and video showings. Now everything you need to communicate with buyers, sellers, clients, partners and followers is right on your smart phone.

Using Periscope for real estate:
Periscope can be used for almost any situation where you might want to address a group of people live, so be creative. REALTORS® might use Periscope to answer the questions of potential buyers and sellers in a webinar-like format, but without having to download specific software, etc. Periscope allows for viewers to type questions and comments to the presenter in real time, making Q&A’s easier than ever.

Other agents might have an open house fed live through Periscope so buyers that couldn’t make the trip get to tune in remotely. For more ideas, check out this article from Inman.

Got any cool examples of how you’re using Periscope for your real estate business? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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One Week Only Promotion: $20 off for ALL Members!

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Don’t forget– this week only, $20 off has been applied to EVERY member’s profile. That means anytime this week you can sign up for the MAR Conference & Tradeshow for only $130. Many opportunities await: meet and learn from the best in the industry like Leigh Brown, Terry Watson, Chris Bird, and many more. The conference is in an extremely convenient location this year: at the DoubleTree by Hilton, in Danvers. So don’t wait! Click here to sign up.

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