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Thursday, January 3, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
MAR Legal Hotline Notes - January 2019 »
January 2019 Notes from the MAR Legal Hotline   What is my responsibility as a homeowner for snow rem...
Monday, December 3, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
MAR Legal Hotline Notes - December »
December Notes from the MAR Legal Hotline What changes have been made to the MAR Forms Library?? The For...
Thursday, November 8, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
Lead Paint FAQs »
State and Federal lead paint disclosure laws have been on the books for over 20 years and in that time not a lot of change...
Thursday, November 1, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
MAR Legal Hotline Notes - November 2018 »
November Notes from the MAR Legal Hotline I listed a house that had a material defect. The seller did not want...
Wednesday, October 3, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
MAR Legal Hotline Notes - October 2018 »
October Notes from the MAR Legal Hotline Does a “new home warranty” cover anything that goes wrong with new cons...
Tuesday, September 4, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
MAR Legal Hotline Notes - September 2018 »
September Notes from the MAR Legal Hotline Who is responsible for maintaining trees on the property line?...
Thursday, August 2, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
MAR Legal Hotline Notes - August 2018 »
August Notes from the MAR Legal Hotline I’ve heard that the Board is really cracking down on escrow accounts; wh...
Monday, July 2, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
MAR Legal Hotline Notes - July 2018 »
  July Notes from the MAR Legal Hotline I represent a seller who has signed and delive...
Wednesday, June 27, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
Teams: Advertising, Compensation & Liability »
Massachusetts Real Estate Teams  Teams have become an increasingly popular structure for real estate offices throu...
Monday, June 4, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
MAR Legal Hotline Notes - June 2018 »
June Notes from the MAR Legal Hotline I’ve heard that Facebook is under a lot of scrutiny lately for enablin...
Monday, May 7, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
MAR Legal Hotline Notes - May 2018 »
May Notes from the MAR Legal Hotline I s ubmitted a great offer on a house and never got a response. I...
Wednesday, April 4, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
MAR Legal Hotline Notes - April 2018 »
April Notes from the MAR Legal Hotline Am I permitted to pay a referral fee to someone with an “inactive” license...
Tuesday, March 6, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
MAR Legal Hotline Notes - March 2018 »
March Notes from the MAR Legal Hotline Can an email or text message from an agent bind a client to a transact...
Monday, February 5, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
MAR Legal Hotline Notes - February 2018 »
Notes from the MAR Legal Hotline My accountant recommended that I establish an LLC for my commission payments, c...
Wednesday, January 3, 2018   (1 Comment - view/add)
MAR Legal Hotline Notes - January 2018 »
Notes from MAR Legal Hotline Can I charge a “pet fee” to my tenants? No, you cannot charge tena...
Friday, December 1, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
MAR Legal Hotline Notes - December 2017 »
Notes from MAR Legal Hotline I know security deposits for rentals need to be held in an interest-beari...
Monday, November 6, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
MAR Legal Hotline Notes - November 2017 »
Notes from the MAR Legal Hotline As a listing broker, can I require that a cooperating broker attend all showings?...
Sunday, October 1, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
MAR Legal Hotline Notes - October 2017 »
Notes from the MAR Legal Hotline The MAR Forms Content Committee has recently approved three new forms that you can...
Friday, September 22, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
MAR Legal Hotline Notes - September 2017 »
Notes from the MAR Legal Hotline My seller-client is unsure if proper permits were obtained for finishing his b...
Wednesday, August 16, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
MAR Legal Hotline Notes - August 2017 »
Notes from the MAR Legal Hotline What is the status of the Massachusetts data security regulations and do they app...
Wednesday, July 12, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
MAR Legal Hotline Notes - July 2017 »
 I’d like to hire an unlicensed real estate assistant. How can I make sure that I am complying with licensing laws?...
Wednesday, June 7, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
MAR Legal Hotline Notes - June 2017 »
A local oil company is offering $200 gift cards to REALTORS® in my office in exchange for referrals. Is this a RESPA viola...
Wednesday, May 3, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
MAR Legal Hotline Notes - May 2017 »
A buyer’s agent scheduled a showing of an occupied home and the lockbox recorded entry to the home with the agent’s code....
Monday, April 3, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
MAR Legal Hotline Notes - April 2017 »
My company wants to start advertising our listings on social media. How can I be sure that I am making the proper disclosu...
Friday, March 3, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
MAR Legal Hotline Notes - March 2017 »
All Realtors® should be aware that the Board of Registration for Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons has issued a new Man...
Thursday, February 2, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
MAR Legal Hotline Notes - February 2017 »
My client owns a rental property and insists that he has no responsibility for removal of snow except for clearing the sid...
Friday, January 6, 2017
MAR Legal Hotline Notes - December 2016 »
I am thinking of incorporating my business. What do I need to do? There are several steps that you will have to t...
Tuesday, November 22, 2016   (1 Comment - view/add)
New Smoke Detector Regs 12/1/16 »
Effective December 1, 2016, new regulations will require owners of single or multi-family homes built prior to 1975 to re...
Wednesday, November 2, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
MAR Legal Hotline Notes - November 2016 »
Pursuant to Governor Baker’s Executive Order 562, all state agencies were asked to review their regulations. Here are some...
Saturday, October 1, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
MAR Legal Hotline Notes - October 2016 »
I heard that the reciprocity rules for Massachusetts licensees engaging in brokerage in New Hampshire have changed. Is thi...
Thursday, September 1, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
MAR Legal Hotline Notes - September 2016 »
I would like to start a new marketing program where I offer a rebate to either my buyer or seller client, is this legal? I...