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At the start of next year REALTORS® should understand how they can help homeowners comply with new smoke detector regulations.  Effective January 10, 2010 only photoelectric smoke detectors will be allowed within 20 feet of a kitchen or a bathroom containing a bathtub or shower. Read More


After several years of securing a series of one-year moratoriums preventing banks from entering into the real estate business, the National Association of REALTORS® has made its voice heard.
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The U.S. Treasury Department has issued guidelines for President Obama's Making Home Affordable program - an initiative which is designed to help nearly nine million U.S. families avoid foreclosure by restructuring or refinancing their mortgages.

Under the Home Affordable Refinance program, individuals and families of owner-occupied housing that have lost value will be able to refinance loans that are owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.  To be eligible borrowers must be current in making their... Read More


The Greater Boston Association of REALTORS® recently finalized a new, three-year strategic plan that will outline the organization's direction through 2011. The plan was created via a 15 member Strategic Planning Committee during a two-day retreat in December 2008. Read More

The 2010 nomination process for GBAR leadership is now open and is perfect for members looking to take a more active role in the association. The deadline to apply for the position of Greater Boston Region Vice President to the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR)is April 1, 2009, while the deadline to apply for other positions, including GBAR president-elect, vice-president, treasurer and director, and MAR State Director is July 15.  Information on the qualifications and responsibilities of each open position, as well as the candidate application process is available in the 2010 GBAR Nomination Packet. Read More