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Short Term Rental Agreement Reached Between City of Boston and Airbnb

The City of Boston has agreed to a settlement agreement with Airbnb, establishing Airbnb's responsibilities under the City of Boston's short-term rental ordinance.   

Under the terms of the agreement, Boston will continue to require owners to register their units and continue the City's regulations about which units are eligible to be used as short-term rentals. On September 1, 2019, Airbnb's website will add a function to allow hosts to enter and display their required City-formatted registration number. By December 1, 2019, all listings will be required to display a City-formatted registration number, or the listings will be removed. Airbnb will inform users of the City's short-term rental standards, and work with users to ensure their listings are registered with the City of Boston.

In addition, Airbnb will also share key data with the City of Boston, including the listing's unique ID/URL, submitted registration number, unique host ID, listing information, and listing zip code.

Under the agreement, the City of Boston will have the power to notify Airbnb of any listing the City believes is ineligible under Boston's short-term rental ordinance. Unless the host complies with Boston's short-term rental registration process in thirty days, Airbnb will remove the listing from its platform.  

For additional information regarding the short-term rental law and the details of the settlement agreement please visit the City of Boston Inspectional Services website.



 

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The Office of Public Safety and Inspections would like to notify building owners that as of November 1, 2019 the registered Elevator Contractor applying for the annual inspection will be required to certify that an elevator has been tested prior to the periodic inspection.

 
The Pre-Inspection Checklist must be certified that the unit has been pre-tested prior to periodic inspection and  available on site/in machine room at the time of Inspection 524 CMR 5.03 (8) (11).

 Here is the link that will direct you to the Pre-Inspection checklists on the Mass.gov website. 

 Please make sure that you are using the correct Pre-Inspection Checklist for the type of unit being inspected.

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The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless needs your help!

Dates: November 12 and 13, 2019 | Location: Greater Boston Area


GBAR and Gentle Giant Moving Company have partnered to help fill the furniture bank at the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (MCH). Please participate in our furniture drive where we will have moving trucks collect items from  you, which will then be donated to families making the transition from homelessness into permanent housing. The families will “shop” at the MCH warehouse and select the items that will suit them best in their new home. 

To schedule a pickup, please contact Gentle Giant Moving Co. at 1-800-442-6863. The deadline to request a pickup is November 1st. You must provide Gentle Giant with an explanation of items you are donating so that they are able to  efficiently plan the truck route. The people who receive the donated furniture move the furniture themselves into their new home.  They often move into second-floor walk-up apartments.  Our goal is to give them furniture that can fit up the stairs and into their new home, so we will not be able to accept oversized furniture. 

Gentle Giant will gladly accept smaller items such as radios/TV’s, lamps, and small appliances if the trucks are at your home to pick up larger furniture, or you can drop items of at Gentle Giant (29 Harding St. Somerville) or the MCH warehouse (73 Buffum St, Lynn). 

Acceptable items include: 

Desks | Sofas/Love Seats | Dining Tables | Head and Footboards | Nightstands |  Recliners/ Ottomans | Bed  Frames / Cribs | Dressers | Buffets or Sideboards |  Book Shelves | Rugs | Coffee/ End Tables

**All items must be in clean and usable condition. Please no over-sized items. No rips or tears. GBAR reserves the right to refuse unsuitable items**

For additional questions or to help determine if an item will be acceptable, please contact the MCH at 781-595-7571.

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Proposed amendments to regulations - Minimum Standards of Fitness for Human Habitation

See proposed amendments to 105 CMR 410.000 as well as public comments.

Department of Public Health will hold a public hearing on amendments to the following regulation: 105 CMR 410.000 – Minimum Standards of Fitness for Human Habitation (State Sanitary Code, Chapter II). This will be the second comment period for this revision, following a 2017 comment period.


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16 for 12 REFA Membership

Until the end of the year, if you join REFA now as a 2020 member, you will receive the remainder of 2019 for FREE! Interested in joining or know of someone who should be a part of the organization? Let us know! More information can be found here

Questions? Please contact Alex Levine, Membership & Events Coordinator, at alevine@gbreb.com or 617-399-7874. 

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Short Term Rental Agreement Reached Between City of Boston and Airbnb

The City of Boston has agreed to a settlement agreement with Airbnb, establishing Airbnb's responsibilities under the City of Boston's short-term rental ordinance.   

Under the terms of the agreement, Boston will continue to require owners to register their units and continue the City's regulations about which units are eligible to be used as short-term rentals. On September 1, 2019, Airbnb's website will add a function to allow hosts to enter and display their required City-formatted registration number. By December 1, 2019, all listings will be required to display a City-formatted registration number, or the listings will be removed. Airbnb will inform users of the City's short-term rental standards, and work with users to ensure their listings are registered with the City of Boston.

In addition, Airbnb will also share key data with the City of Boston, including the listing's unique ID/URL, submitted registration number, unique host ID, listing information, and listing zip code.

Under the agreement, the City of Boston will have the power to notify Airbnb of any listing the City believes is ineligible under Boston's short-term rental ordinance. Unless the host complies with Boston's short-term rental registration process in thirty days, Airbnb will remove the listing from its platform.  

For additional information regarding the short-term rental law and the details of the settlement agreement please visit the City of Boston Inspectional Services website.



 

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Learn to be the best agent in your market place, dominate the competition and watch your closings and commission soar to near unlimited heights


Article Courtesy of Inman News
By: Matt Kaestner

The statistics for new agents entering into business are rather bleak. An overwhelming majority of new real estate agents fail in the first year or two in the business. New agents are eager yet don’t understand how to keep afloat and be profitable early on in their career.

Most new agents are ready to go, thinking riches will fall into their lap the moment they pass the real estate licensing exam. In today’s competitive market there is nothing further from the truth.

So what does a new agent need to do regularly to succeed, grow and be profitable in their business and beyond? Here’s a list of eight things that new agents must do to prosper and succeed in their first year.


1. Focus on learning
What separates the good from the great and the great from the best? It’s not solely your talent or your drive because so many people have both of those traits. I believe it’s your skill set.

The learned traits that successful sales people and success real estate agents acquire and employ through intentional learning and practice is the foundation of a success real estate sales business.

In the real estate world, we are blessed in that we have no need to try and reinvent the wheel. Your broker or mentor can point the way to the scripts necessary to improve your skill set if you are willing to put in the work, practice your scripts and make them your own.

On top of that, being new, you’ll likely need to take time to learn the inner workings of a real estate transaction. Spend time with your broker or mentor to learn the finer points of your state’s purchase agreement, the disclosures and the way agents in your market structure deals.

If your broker has training platforms, schedule time every day or block out a few hours a week to explore their training to improve your knowledge and your skills week over week. Every market, every state, every region, every home in this country is different.

Learn the ins and outs of your market. Take an inspector to coffee, go into the title office, network with the lenders in your area and ask questions. Build your knowledge base, and fill in the gaps as situations arise in your practice.

2. Talk to your sphere of influence, and let them know you are in business

When you are new to selling real estate, this should be step one! Call everyone that you know, and let them know that you are in business, that you are working with a great team, and you’re there to help them with all of the their real estate needs.

These are the most important people in your database. They already know and trust you, which is half the battle. They are the most important people because they are the ones who are most likely to actually do business with you and refer their family and friends when they know someone in their circle that is looking to buy or sell.

3. Start dialing to grow your database

You need to be talking to people! We’re in a face-to-face, voice-to-voice business. Your main focus everyday is to talk to as many homeowners and potential buyers as possible.

Set time aside every single workday to focus on the task of connecting with prospects.

As you talk to those prospects and earn their trust, get their email addresses and continually add new people  to a database, an excel file or your customer relationship management platform (CRM). Keep track of who you are talking to with notes so that you can reference prior conversations and deepen the relationship with your follow-up calls.

Then proceed to send them regular emails to keep them informed and continue to connect periodically throughout the year to stay top-of-mind.

4. Get to know the local market
Being an actual market expert is difficult, claiming to be one is all too easy. So how can you gain an edge on the competition? Study, study, and then study some more.

Do you know that house on 123 Main St that sold six months ago? What style was it, what did it sell for, and what does it looks like inside?

There is so much data and info in your market that is all stored on your MLS. Start in a small region or a neighborhood. Learn about the homes and the prices and why one home sold for more or less. Know why people are moving in and out of the the area.

Get to know the local schools, the local sports teams and what is important to the people who live and work in the community you are selling in.

For most of us, the community part is easy because we often live in those same communities in which we sell. But don’t overlook the market stats and knowledge that a true expert has about the real estate in the area.

Take 20 minutes a day to search and study the MLS for actives, sold and pending homes. Learn key data points like price-per-square-foot, average days on market, absorption rate, etc., so that you are armed with data and can speak with confidence regarding the market when you have your next real estate conversation with a potential buyer or seller.

5. Start fresh with a dedicated social media presence

Set aside your old personal Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and start social media accounts that are focused on your real estate-related activity. This is a great way to announce your arrival into the business in your local market. But you cannot take a laissez-faire approach if you wish for your reach to grow.

Create a plan, and write out a content calendar for your social media postings. Share relevant material on each of the appropriate platforms that catches users’ attention and grows your follower base.

For example, pictures and videos go primarily on Instagram, daily activities on your IG and FB stories, relevant articles on Facebook and Twitter.  No need to reinvent the wheel your first year in business. To save time, use a system that you can schedule and post your content in advance.

Use the Facebook’s scheduler on the free business page to schedule content and posts in advance as well as using third-party services like Later to do the same thing on Instagram.

6. Identify a profitable farm, and work it
Everybody wants those easy “come list me calls.” How do many agents accomplish provoking inbound calls to come list? Farming, aka, continually marketing and providing service to a geographic region or neighborhood and having that collection of homeowners perceive you to be the area expert.

Alas, I wish it were as easy as it sounds. Time and persistent effort is primary to becoming successful in a farm, but before you put the energy into a farm, in your first year of business, you need to identify the right farm.
How do you identify a starter farm?

Here are six basic principles for finding and working the right farm:
1. Find a neighborhood with above average year-over-year turnover.
2. Select a farm with a number of properties you can actually work consistently. I recommend your first farm ranging from 250-400 homes.
3. Try to find a farm without a dominant agent already farming the area.
4. Continually provide value by connecting with the property owners to deepen the relationships like planning events (garage sales, community get-togethers, etc.) or providing valuable data and info that speaks to the homeowners in the area, like recent activity or a local event calendar
5. Volunteer to work other agents’ open houses, litter the neighborhood with your open house signs in the farm to strengthen your presence and the perception that you are to the go-to agent in the area.
6. Door-knock, and drop flyers to the homes regularly.

Spending time and purposeful actions in the farm will breed familiarity with you and your brand, and over time you’ll grow to be the go-to person who is top-of-mind when local property owners think about your neighborhood’s real estate needs.

7. Get an accountability partner or coach
Accountability to your business development and your personal development is what starts you on the path from new agent to mediocre agent and eventually will set you apart to change your life and your business into the super star agent you dream you can be. We all know we need to do the work.

Having a friend, a business partner, another agent, a broker or coach there by your side, continually pushing you forward and holding you accountable for your actions so that you can attain the goals you set for yourself is so incredibly helpful. You’re not in this alone, there are many people in your life who will be willing to keep you on track to achieve.

You can also find other like-minded individuals outside of your market or your profession in places like Facebook groups who can hold you to your word. In fact, writing this article was one of my tasks I posted in one of my frequently visited Facebook groups called “Hold Me Accountable.”

I told the group the task I needed to be held accountable for and what I would do if I didn’t finish my article today. I prefer to rather spend time writing today instead of the punishment I laid out for myself. Set a goal for the day, punishment if you don’t complete the task — and follow through.

For example, “I’ll make 25 contacts today on the phones, or I will not have dessert at dinner.” It’s easy, it’s clear, and it can provide the motivation to do the tasks that often get left by the wayside.

8. Stick to the plan
Focusing on constant progress is what makes any business great. So many salespeople, business owners and entrepreneurs take the bull by the horns and are shot out of a cannon the moment they start pursuing goal.  They work feverishly in the beginning, and the will they possess often fades over time.

You must realize that Rome wasn’t built in a day. The real processes of growing a successful real estate practice takes time. You must sustain your focus. You must never let that will to succeed fade.

Keep that candle burning bright by working on your mindset, saying a mantra everyday, reading and listening to empowering people and messages every day. Type in “motivation” into YouTube, and you’ll find more content than you could possibly watch or listen to in a lifetime.

Go to iTunes and see the tens of thousands of episodes of podcasts related to real estate, sales, mindset or motivation. Never stop adding fuel to your fire when you’re on the road driving. Never let that desire to be the best fade. You owe it to family, you owe it to your friends, and most importantly, you owe it to yourself to fulfill your potential.

These key actions will lay the foundation for a successful real estate practice. It’s up to you to follow through with the principles I’ve just laid out. You have the ability to be the best agent in your market place, to dominate the competition and watch your closings and commission soar to near unlimited heights.

Matt Kaestner is a Realtor Zutila, Inc.
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RealTour Member Meeting- Southern Norfolk Region
Hampton Inn
9:30am
 
Ziplogix Training
Greater Boston Real Estate Board
 
Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR Designation)
GBAR Member Service & Training Center
8:30am
 
RHA Maintenance Mania
Lantana
 
CBA Lunch & Learn | Leasing 101 & Industry Trends
Goodwin Proctor
11:45am