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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 .

MASSACHUSETTS EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND ADVISORIES
Reopening in Massachusetts 5/18/19
Phase 1 Re-Opening Safety Standards For Workplaces , EOHED, 5/12/20
Re-opening: Four Phase Approach, EOHED, 5/12/20
Advisory on Residential Evictions , Massachusetts Attorney General, 5/8/20
Short-term residential rentals, Department of Public Health, 3/31/20
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

BOSTON EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND ADVISORIES
Rental Relief Fund
Guidelines For Open House and Apartment Showing Policy
Construction Update 5.6.20
Construction Notice 3/25/20
Construction Permitting 3/16/20

DIVISION AND AFFILIATE RESOURCE PAGES

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






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Dear Greater Boston REALTORS® and Friends,
  
The death of George Floyd and the subsequent acts of violence and civil disobedience that have taken place across our country during these past two weeks are upsetting and difficult to watch. They point to the anger, frustration and pain being felt by so many who have witnessed or been the victim of discrimination and injustice. Unfortunately, these experiences are all too common and have persisted for far too long across our nation.
  
As REALTORS® we pledge ourselves to uphold the fair housing laws and to provide equal treatment to all persons in the housing search and sale processes. And, as an association we are committed to a culture of inclusion and respect, fostering a welcoming environment for all types of business models, and advancing public policies that ensure diverse, cohesive, and safe communities for everyone.
  
It is in this spirit that we support the rights of the courageous protesters speaking out against inequality in our society and the many voices demanding change. No one should ever be made to feel excluded, treated unfairly, or be in fear for their life because of their race, skin color, or any other demographic factor. 
  
However, there also is no justification for those persons who have used recent public demonstrations to destroy public and private property. These actions have been disheartening and they should not be a distraction from the message of the protesters.
  
REALTORS® have long been known for being good neighbors, whether it be through their investment in civic and charitable causes, support of community improvement and revitalization projects, or volunteerism serving in elected and appointed roles in local government. The adversity we’re facing today offers an opportunity for all of us to do our part to change the course of history through positive action and leadership in our communities. 
  
Greater Boston Association of REALTORS® 
 
A Statement on Equality from GBAR
GBAR

Dear BOMA Boston Members and Friends,


This has been a challenging year for all of us. We are proud of the way our BOMA community has come together to support one another and our city during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Acts of injustice in our society have returned us to important questions about how our country can do better to support all people. For our part, BOMA Boston will continue to be a community of growth, compassion, and acceptance and we will find ways to become even more welcoming to everyone.


Peaceful protest is an important American value, but it is unfortunate when demonstrations turn to violence. We are very sorry to have heard and seen the damage caused around the country, and in Boston last night. If your building has been affected by vandalism, know that our BOMA members are ready to help. Please check our BOMA Online Buyers Guide to connect with our service vendors or reach out to BOMA staff with questions.


We are hopeful for a future of health, peace, and equality. Let's be there for one another.


Thank you,

BOMA Boston

 

A Statement From BOMA Boston about Racial Injustice
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Dear MAA Members and Friends,

 

This has been a challenging year for all of us. The COVID-19 pandemic has tested us, and we are proud of the way our MAA community has come together to support one another.

 

While our world is already struggling, recent acts of violence, including the tragic murder of George Floyd, remind us that overt racism, as well as less-obvious injustices, are the reality for too many. This moment has highlighted inequalities that have existed in our society for centuries.

 

Violence against Black people must end, and ingrained systems of oppression must be challenged. We stand in solidarity with courageous protesters around the country. We value the millions of voices that will not be silent against violence and racism.

 

Individually, we must all look inward and consider where our own prejudices lie. We must begin to do the work of shifting our biases. As a community, we must create a dialogue for progress. We can use our positions of power in the real estate community to help advance equity through housing and career opportunities, and by holding our leaders accountable.

 

For our part, MAA will continue to be an association of growth and acceptance. We will work to find ways to become more welcoming to everyone. As an industry, while we build housing, we will build communities of respect.

 

We are hopeful for a future of health, peace, and equity. Let's be there for one another.

 

Thank you,

Massachusetts Apartment Association



A Message Fom MAA
MAA

Did you miss our June Newsletter? Read about upcoming BOMA Boston events, news, and educational opportunities!

Read the June BOMA Enews.

June 2020 E-News
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With social distancing, virtual showings, and online meetings and communications the new norm, GBAR is pleased to announce a timely new member benefit with EyeSpy360, a technology firm that creates virtual property tours. Under a new marketing partnership agreement, Greater Boston REALTORS® can obtain unlimited 360° virtual property tours, 3D models, and 2D floor plans with room measurements for a discounted monthly subscription price of under $20 per month. 
  
Significantly, through the use of EyeSpyLive technology agents can host multi-property and multi-person remote viewing sessions on any mobile device or computer. Additionally, you have the ability to personalize tours with your brokerage’s branding and can add-in street maps, customized hotspots within a room to navigate, and info labels that enable you to provide additional information on specific appliances or other notable home features. Further, as a subscriber you own all the data related to each of your property tours, and once produced, you’re able to share your 360° tours instantly to your website, property portals, and social media. 
  
There is no minimum monthly commitment to make to start enjoying the benefits of EyeSpy360. The monthly subscription is just $18.99. A $1.00 processing fee per photo image also applies, with a minimum $10.00 fee per property tour created. This all-inclusive option for virtual tour creation requires that the property tour, along with related floor plans and 3D model, be produced by EyeSpy360.
  
To learn more, check out the video demonstrating the EyeSpy360 tour technology and features and tutorial on how to make use of EyeSpyLive video viewings. To take advantage of this technology and begin utilizing property tours in your business, visit our EyeSpy360 Member Benefits webpage where you can access EyeSpy360’s portal and place your subscription order.



 



New EyeSpy360 Partnership Offers Virtual Showing Platform
GBAR

Dear CBA Members and Friends,

 

This has been a challenging year for all of us. The COVID-19 pandemic has tested us, and we are proud of the way our CBA community has come together to support one another.

 

While our world is already struggling, recent acts of violence, including the tragic murder of George Floyd, remind us that overt racism, as well as less-obvious injustices, are the reality for our Black American siblings. This moment has highlighted inequalities that have existed in our society for centuries.

 

Violence against Black people must end, and ingrained systems of oppression must be challenged. We stand in solidarity with courageous protesters around the country. We value the millions of voices that will not be silent against violence and racism.

 

Individually, we must all look inward and consider where our own prejudices lie. We must begin to do the work of shifting our biases. As a community, we must create a dialogue for progress. We can use our positions of power in the real estate community to help advance equity through housing and career opportunities, and by holding our leaders accountable.

 

For our part, CBA will continue to be an association of growth and acceptance. We will work to find ways to become more welcoming to everyone. As an industry, while we build up our city, we will build communities of respect.

 

We are hopeful for a future of health, peace, and equity. Let's be there for one another.

 

Thank you,

Commercial Brokers Association

A Message from CBA
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Check out the June edition of the MAA Insider- featuring highlights from past events, information on upcoming events plus local and national multifamily news.

Read the June MAA Insider.
June Insider - May 2020
MAA

COVID-19 Resources for the BOMA CRE Community

BOMA Boston updates this page regularly with local, national, and real estate news, notices, and resources. 

News and bulletins: 

State Guidelines for opening in Phase 2 - 6/1 - SummaryGuidelines and Executive Order
Return to Workplace Framework for Commercial Spaces - 6/2 Click here to view.
GBREB legal analysis of Massachusetts eviction moratorium - 4/21 Read now
Homeland Security guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure workers - 4/17 - Read now
Opening Up America. View Here
Boston COVID-19 Advisories and News from Mayor Walsh. Read now
BOMA International Analysis of Federal government's CARES Act for Commercial Real Estate. Read now
GBREB legal analysis of rent collection issues during COVID-19. Read now
GBREB legal analysis of Massachusetts "essential services" for Commercial Real Estate. Read now
NAA new COVID-19 federal laws. Watch now
BOMA International tenant FAQ. Read now 
Massachusetts construction and worksite guidelines. Read now

Resources:

BOMA International Resources center
BOMA International Building checklist 
5/26/20 Tishman Speyer - Returning to the Workplace
State Legislations on COVID - 19 - Compiled by BOMA International 
CDC guidance for businesses
BOMA Canada Pandemic Guide
BOMA International Twitter - many helpful news stories and updates from around the web
Maa.gov Resources and news 
CCIM Guidance for Landlords - Read now 
Boston Public Health Commission - New Guidance on Face Coverings - Read Now
National Governor's Association - State legislations and regulations 
InspiRE Thought Leadership Series: COVID-19  *Highly recommended*
Recovery Readiness How To Guide by Cushman & Wakefield - 4/22 - Read Now:  recovery
Safe Six Workplace Readiness Checklist by Cushman & Wakefield - 4/22  - Read Now
ATI Go Back Safely Program Guide

GBREB Webinars
BOMA/MAA - Managing Stress in Difficult Times - Ways to reduce and manage stress signals at home and work, 5/7 - Watch Now
BOMA - The Great Re-Occupancy - Practical steps to prepare commercial buildings for a return to work, 5/7 - Watch Now
REFA - What's Next for Hospitality and Retail - Thoughts and analysis from RE financial leaders, 5/7 - Watch Now
MAA - Boston Multifamily Market in Tumultuous Times - Research from Apartments.com Economist, 5/6 - Watch Now
REFA - COVID-19 and the Retail Sector - Predictions from RE finance leaders, 4/28 - Watch Now
BOMA/MAA - Listen Up! with Elise Simard - Using listening skills to build relationships in business, 4/15 - Watch Now
BOMA - Key Business Practices During Uncertain Times - Info about CARES act, taxes, etc., 4/14 - Watch Now

Other  Webinars

BOMA International - Risk Mitigation, Planning, and Preparing for Re-Occupancy - 4/8
BOMA Canada - The View from China - How Beijing is Recovering - 4/8
BOMA International - Business Interruption Insurance - 4/7
BOMA Canada - Legal and Human Resources during COVID 19 - 4/6
BOMA International - Maintaining Building Operations and Preparing for Re-Occupancy - 3/26 - Watch now and re-hosted 4/8 Register Now

BOMA Georgia
 - Effectively Managing and Leading Remote Employees - 3/26
BOMA Georgia  - Improving your Effectiveness as a Remote Employee - 3/25
Bisnow Webinar Managing Properties in the Age of Coronavirus - 3/19
BOMA/Seattle-King County Coronavirus Webinar with Building Operations Focus - 3/17
BOMA Canada's Lessons from the Frontlines: Responses to Recent Coronavirus Cases in Commercial Office Buildings - 3/16
BOMA/Georgia Coronavirus Webinar in Partnership with APIC - 3/12
CBRE Podcast on the economy and CRE- The Weekly Take - Listen Now

What you can do:
Support our neighbors in need:
Give to BOMA's Charitable Partner, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, a shelter and support system for homeless youth in Boston. Donate now
Give to a food bank in your community or the Greater Boston Food Bank. Donate now
Give blood at your local blood bank. Find a location 
Donate PPE supplies to local hospitals. Find a location
See how our own BOMA members are making a difference. Read now

COVID-19 Resources for BOMA
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Rentals The Right Way! (Live Webinar)
Webinar
9:00am
 
NAAEI CAMT - POSTPONED
ARS Restoration Specialists
8:30am
 
YPN-The Reality Of Realty: Striving & Still Thriving
Webinar
10:30am
 
GBREB Leadership Conversation With Mayor Walsh
Free Webinar
3:00pm
 
GBREB Leadership Conversation With Mayor Walsh
Free Webinar
3:00pm