Information is rapidly changing.  GBREB will update this post as new information becomes available. There's a lot of information about government's response to COVID-19, however we have narrowed the focus of this page to issues impacting the real estate industry to serve as a resource for our members. 

Additional information, including legal advisories are available to members here .

Mortgage Loan Borrowing , Division of Banks 3/25/20
Constuction Letter With Guidance  3/25/20
COVID-19 ESSENTIAL SERVICES  Order of  the Governor Assuring Continued Operation Of Essential Services  
Essential Services FAQ
SMOKE ORDER Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Inspections for One and Two-Family Dwellings and Three to Five-family Apartment Buildings
Standing Order Housing Court
DHCD Resources For Renters and Homeowners

Guidelines For Open House and Apartment Showing Policy
Construction Notice 3/25/20
Construction Permitting 3/16/20


Building Owners and Managers, BOMA Boston, BOMA International
Multifamily Apartments, Massachusetts Apartment Association, National Apartment Association   
REALTORS, Greater Boston Association of REALTORS, Massachusetts Association of REALTORS, National Association of REALTORS
Commercial Brokers Association
Real Estate Finance Association


COVID-19 Update from CBA

We are thinking of all of those impacted by COVID-19. As we navigate through these challenging times, we would like to help be a resource for our members and the community.


We ask that you follow guidelines that are recommended by the local and federal government. Resources can be found here: MassGovCDCWHO.



What Can We Do?

To assist those less fortunate, we hope you will consider supporting our Charitable Partner, Caritas Communities, or your local food bank.



Helpful Tips to Stay Healthy:

- Wash your hands

- Keep your hands away from your face

- Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze

- Practice Social Distancing

- Work from home



Doing Our Part

As a reminder, CBA in-person meeting and events will be postponed until further notice. This includes the CBA Achievement Awards.


The CBA Team and GBREB Staff have the option to work from home until approximately March 27th and we will update members with any information as needed. The best way to contact us is via email, but we will be checking our voicemails with limited access.


Our top priority is our members staying safe. CBA will do our part in keeping you informed with any updates we receive via email communications and twitter.


*If you have registered for an upcoming event prior to April 17th, you should have heard from the CBA staff about next steps. We will continue to update members with information about future events.


Stay safe and healthy!


Update from CBA: Achievement Awards Postponed

Given the increased concerns and circumstances around the Coronavirus, and in response to Governor Baker’s State of Emergency and other recommendations, we wanted to share our plans for CBA events.

To ensure the safety and well-being of our members, all CBA Events will be cancelled or postponed through Friday, April 17th. This includes postponing the CBA Achievement Awards originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 31st.

The CBA Achievement Awards will now be rescheduled for this Spring at the InterContinental Hotel.
Once we confirm a new date with the hotel, we will be to sure to communicate with you and our entire membership.

No action is required of you at this time. CBA will continue to promote the awards and the new date on and our social media.

If the new date does not work for you and your guests, you may cancel and request a full refund. Please contact Alex Levine at or 617-399-7874 to do so.

Any additional questions please contact Kayla Burmeister at or 617-399-7863.

We will continue to monitor both state and health official recommendations and will communicate changes of our scheduling with our members. All updates will be shared with our membership via emails and on all our social media sites.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit the CDC website and/or the resource page.

We apologize for this interruption, but the safety of our members and their families is our first priority.


State lawmakers are right now considering allowing ANY city or town in Massachusetts to impose a new sales tax on ALL real estate of up to 2%. This will drive up costs, hurt the economy and destabilize the marketplace.  

Click here  for more information.
Beacon Hill Considers Real Estate Sales Tax

2019 was a terrific year for CBA under the leadership of Michael Frisoli, Newmark Knight Frank.
 Click here for the CBA 2019 Year-End Highlights.


2019 CBA Highlights
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.


Short Term Rental Agreement Reached In Boston

For additional information, please visit the Foundation page, here
Annual GBREB Scholarship

How to Create Value

A review of recent relevant large scale deals with lease-up and sale components

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Registration: 7:30 AM

Program: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Putnam Lobby Auditorium | 100 Federal Street | Boston


Robert Griffin, Co-Head of US Capital Markets, Newmark Knight Frank

Jack Connelly, Head of Acquisitions, UBS Asset Management
Jessica Hughes, Managing Director, Tishman Speyer
Charles Leatherbee, Executive Vice President, Skanska

Click Here for registration

Questions? Contact Josh Cooke, Assistant Director of Events & Marketing at

CBA Real Deal - How to Create Value

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