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MAR President Gary Rogers and Greater Boston Association of REALTORS® President John Ranco submitted a joint op-ed to the Boston Globe last week.  You can read the piece entitled Restoring Our Economy Begins with Housing Stabilization online. Read More
   

As a reminder, GBAR's quarterly and year-end market data reports for its 54 cities and town jurisdiction are now available online.  You can access the number of properties sold, median selling price, under agreements and on-the-market snapshots for the condo and single-family markets.  There are also reports available for 10 of the surrounding communities not falling under GBAR's jurisdiction. Read More
   


The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) hailed the U.S. Senate and Congress for reconciling their differences regarding The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  Details of the legislation include a number of important housing provisions such as: Read More
   

December marked the fourth consecutive month in 2008 that the number of foreclosure deeds fell under 1,000, according to a report published by The Warren Group.  Nearly 60 percent of those deeds were filed between March and August, when more than 1,000 were recorded each month.  Foreclosure deeds then jumped 21.7 percent during the month of December, but were still 40.4 percent lower than the 2,724 petitions that were filed during the same time in 2007. Read More
   

With so many accomplishments in 2008, the Greater Boston Association of REALTORS® (GBAR) decided to highlight them in its first-ever annual report.  The report details the great ideas and hard work that the many volunteers of GBAR's committees - from the first-ever advertising campaign created by the Communications Committee to the nearly $25,000 the Community Service Committee helped raise for the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless.  You can also read about our members who received awards and recognition throughout the year including this year's Greater Boston and Massachusetts REALTOR® of the Year Amleto "Mel" Martocchia.  A membership report and a financial report are also included in the report.  We hope you take a few minutes to read about our members' successes throughout 2008. Read More
   

In November John Tuccillo, a national speaker, industry consultant and former chief economist for the National Association of REALTORS® offered some "straight talk" to more than 100 GBAR members about the current economy and identified the opportunities available...Read More
   

GBAR is once again sponsoring the eighth annual National Real Estate CyberConvention and Exposition, which is expected to attract more than 30,000 real estate professionals over the seven days of the event - February 22-28.  You can register now for free and also be entered in the Grand Prize Drawing for a Four Star luxury cruise for two. Read More