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For more than two decades, REALTORS® from across Massachusetts have been making their voices heard among state representatives and senators at the annual REALTOR® Day on Beacon Hill. If you've never been, we urge you to attend on June 9 to meet with your current Representative and Senator. Read More

   

That's right - register before July 4 for the 2009 GBAR Awards and Networking Dinner and you’ll pay only $60 (with parking included)! But if you wait, you’ll end up spending $75. So many of you asked us to hold this year’s program aboard the Spirit of Boston like we did in 2007, and we decided it’s a perfect way to say so long to another New England summer. Read More
   


GBAR member David Peretti of Hammond Residential in Winchester has been awarded the NAR Distinguished Service Award (DSA), which was established in 1979 to honor REALTORS® who have provided outstanding contributions and service to the real estate industry and their local communities. The award is considered the highest honor an NAR member can receive; David will be just the 75th REALTOR® to receive this prestigious honor. Read More
   

Several U.S. House members have introduced bills reflecting their support for the homebuyer tax credit and urging that it be expanded and extended. NAR is saluting their efforts, but has not endorsed any particular approach. The bills have differing details, but, taken together, all would have beneficial effects on the housing market. NAR anticipates additional bills in the near future.
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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced last month a program that allows borrowers to use the first-time homebuyer tax credit for a down payment or closing costs on a FHA-insured mortgage. The Secretary said "We think the policy is a real win for everyone, ensuring that borrowers can tap into the numerous organizations that are already part of the FHA network to receive this additional benefit."  Read More