REALTORS – are you a ‘Good Neighbor’? Do you know someone who is? Deadline August 3, 2012

We are now accepting applications for the 2012 Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® Good Neighbor Award. The deadline to enter is August 3, 2012.

The award program is open to all Massachusetts REALTORS®. See below for more details, but this isn’t a time to be shy! (ok, if you are shy, ask someone to nominate you).  If you have done something worth recognizing, you should enter. Remember, it’s all about your charity (and they will receive a grant if you do win!)

Click here: 2012 Good Neighbor Award Application

2011 Good Neighbor Award winner Karen King (left) of RE/MAX Prestige, Wilbraham and 2011 MAR President Laurie Cadigan


About the Award:
In 2004, the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) established the Good Neighbor Awards program to recognize REALTORS® for their community activism.  The award is to be presented annually to those who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to community service through volunteerism and civic and charitable contributions that improve the lives of local residents and make their community a better place to live.

Entrants for the award may engage in a broad range of eligible activities that might include, but may not be limited to, volunteer work involving affordable housing issues, educational programs, youth-related activities, or any other civic or charitable activity that improves the lives of local residents or the community at-large.

What’s being said in the media: November home sales

Here are the articles and posts that resulted from the release of yesterday’s November 2012 Massachusetts home sales information. We’ll continue to update this post as more things come in.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Home sales up a fifth month: But data for state still far from rosy Median price slips 8% from year earlier
Boston Globe

Home sales in Massachusetts continue rebound: November numbers up, but market still sluggish
The Patriot Ledger

SouthCoast home sales rose in November

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mass. housing market shows slight improvement
Bloomberg BusinessWeek (AP)

November home sales up 13% from last year
Boston Business Journal

Massachusetts home sales up — again

Mass. home sales improve in November
Boston Herald

Pioneer Valley home sales, prices rise in November 2011 (Springfield Republican)

Mass. Housing Market Shows Slight Improvement
WGGB Springfield (ABC-40 and FOX 6)

Mass home sales up, median prices down: Condominium sales increase year over year in Mass
22-News Springfield (

Bristol County, Mass., home sales rise 4% as prices drop
Providence Business News

Existing Home Sales Up in Again In Mass., US
Worcester Business Journal

Mass. home sales up for 5th straight month in November; median prices down

Happy Holidays!

Today we issued our November 2011 housing numbers and for the 5th straight month both single-family and condo sales were up over the same time last year.

Single-family median prices were down from November 2010, but up from October. Condominium median prices were down from last year and from October (see graphs below).

Click the link to see the November 2011 Housing Release and listen to the monthly podcast with MAR President Laurie Cadigan.

NAR Data issues
You might have heard that the National Association of REALTORS(R) is re-stating their closed sales data going back to March 2011. We wanted to let you know that our statewide data is NOT impacted by these issues. MAR President Laurie Cadigan explains the reasons in her podcast and you can check out this link to a  Q&A from NAR on the reasons why they are re-benchmarking their data.

Highlights from the release:

* Single-family home sales were up 13.15% compared to last year
* Single-family median prices were down 3.9 %
* Condo sales were up 6.51% compared to the same time last year
* The median price for a condo was down 6.47% compared to last year

(click on charts to enlarge)


What’s being said in the media: November pending home sales

Here are the articles that appeared as result of the release of the November 2011 pending home sales. We’ll update this post as more articles come in.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Home buyers, how skittish are you?
Boston Real Estate Now Blog (

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pending home sales rise again

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Mass. Single-Family Pending Home Sales Up Again In November
Banker & Tradesman

Pending Home Sales Beat Last Year’s Pace
Worcester Business Journal

Mass pending home sales increase
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Mass. pending home sales up again in November

Today we released our November 2011 pending home sales report and for the seventh straight month single-family pending sales were up over the same time last year. Condominium pending sales were also up from last year. On a month-to-month basis single-family pending home sales were down and condo pending sales were up less than half of one percent.

Read the release: Mass. pending home sales up in November

Here are the highlights:

  • Single-family pending home sales were up 5.2% compared to November 2010
  • Single-family month-to-month pending home sales were down 7.2% from October 2011
  • Condo pending home sales were up 7.0% compared to November 2010
  • Condo pending month-to-month home sales were up 0.3% from November 2011

Mass. Assoc. of REALTORS 2012 leadership team installed

Tonight at the Salem Waterfront Hotel and Marina in Salem, Mass. the 2012 MAR leadership team was installed. The installing officer was National Association of REALTORS(R) 2012 First Vice President Steve Brown. In addition to the leadership team, the installation included the MAR Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

Meet the 2012 MAR leadership team:

2012 President
Trisha McCarthy, ABR. LMC
Broker at Keller Williams Realty in Newburyport


Read the release: McCarthy Installed as MAR 2012 President

2012 President-Elect
Kimberly Allard-Moccia, GREEN, GRI, LMC, e-PRO
Broker/Owner of Century 21 Professionals in Braintree

Read the release: Allard-Moccia Installed as MAR 2012 President-Elect

2012 Secretary/Treasurer
Peter Ruffini, GRI, e-PRO
Regional Manager for Jack Conway REALTORS® in Marshfield

Read the release: Ruffini Installed as MAR 2012 Secretary/Treasurer

2012 Immediate Past President
Laurie Cadigan, CBR, CRS, SRES
Broker/Owner of Barrett & Company in Concord

Read the release: Cadigan to serve on MAR Executive Committee as Immediate Past President

A meet the “2012 MAR Executive Committee” post will be uploaded soon!