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On July 8 Boston City Councilor Michael Ross (D-8th District) filed a new proposal that would make real estate brokers, salespersons or property owners responsible for enforcing zoning. As drafted, #0960 "Ordinance Regulating Zoning Code Compliance" would require REALTORS® to maintain written records of every lease advertisement and lease agreement for a period of three years.
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In his June testimony before the Housing and Community Opportunity Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee, GBAR member and former GBREB Chairman David Wluka expressed support for the approach and overarching goals behind the Green Resources for Energy Efficient Neighborhoods (GREEN) Act, H.R. 2336. Wluka is also a member of the National Association of REALTORS® Global Climate Change Presidential Advisory Group. Read More
   


For the second year in a row, GBAR has had one of its members make REALTOR® Magazine’s 30 Under 30 List a list of 30 rising young stars in the real estate industry. And this year Elad Bushari, ABR®, CRS® broker-owner of Bushari Real Estate Group in Boston made the cut.   Read More
   

Do you know of a colleague or a fellow REALTOR® who exemplifies the service and professionalism most REALTORS® strive for? Then we encourage you to recognize that person by nominating him or her for one of this year’s GBAR awards, which include the REALTOR® of the Year (ROTY), the Andrew F. Hickey Distinguished Service Award (DSA) and the GBAR Good Neighbor Award. Nominations must be submitted by July 31. For questions contact Christina Meehan at cmeehan@gbreb.com.
   

The "Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009," S. 896, became law on May 20 to protect tenants from eviction as a consequence of foreclosure by the property owner. A one-page summary of the law is available online.
   

During the past two months, NAR has heard from many REALTORS® regarding problems with appraisals that are causing deals to be delayed or canceled altogether. NAR is working to resolve these problems quickly. Read More