Thank You!

What a great year it has been! To our members, committee volunteers, program participants and Corporate Sponsors: Thank you for your support and dedication to the organization throughout 2017 - your contributions continue to help our organization thrive. 

To view REFA's 2017 highlights sheet, please click here

REFA 2017 Year In Review

2017 BOMA Boston TOBY & Industry Awards Winners

On Thursday, November 16th, BOMA Boston's annual TOBY & Industry Awards event took place at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. Over 550 guests were in attendance to celebrate the achievements of over 20 individuals and buildings. Thank you to all sponsors, and thank you all for joining us!

2017 TOBY winners:

  • Over 1 Million SF: 53 State Street, owned by UBS Realty Investors and managed by Lincoln Property Company.
  • 500,000-1 Million SF: One Boston Place, owned by TH Real Estate and Invanhoe Cambridge and managed by CBRE | New England
  • 250,000-499,999 SF: 25 Mall Road, owned by PRIM Mall Road, LLC and managed by CBRE | New England
  • 100,000-249,999 SF: 38 Chauncy Street, owned by Hive Property Owner, LLC and managed by Synergy Investments
  • Corporate Facility: New Balance Headquarters, owned by NB Development Group and managed by Transwestern
  • Earth Award: 101 Seaport Boulevard, owned by Union Investment Real Estate GmbH and managed by CBRE | New England
  • Historical Building: 160 Federal Street, owned by Rockpoint Group and managed by Rockhill Management
  • Medical Office Building, 800 Huntington Avenue, owned by LaSalle Investment Management and Managed by CBRE | New England
  • Mixed Use Building: Rowes Wharf, owned by Morgan Stanley and managed by JLL
  • Public Assembly: Warrior Ice Arena, owned by NB Development Group and managed by Transwestern
  • Renovated: Riverfront Office Park, owned by Deutsche Asset Management and managed by CBRE | New England
  • Retail: Riverway Plaza, owned by CBRE Global Investors and managed by CBRE | New England
  • Suburban Low-Rise: Westborough Executive Park, owned by Albany Road Real Estate Partners and Managed by Transwestern
  • Suburban Office Park Mid-Rise: Fifth Avenue @ City Point, owned by Anchor Line partners and managed by CBRE | New England.

Industry Award Winners:

  • Executive of the Year - John Durnan, BOMA Board of Directors
  • Lifetime Achievement Recipient - Jack Spurr, A.W. Perry, Inc.
  • Property Manager of the Year – Low Rise: Cynthia Taylor, CBRE | New England
  • Property Manager of the Year – Mid Rise: Matt Callahan, Transwestern
  • Property Manager of the Year – High Rise: Clayton Wentworth, CBRE | New England
  • Property Manager of the Year – Suburban: Nicole Townsend, CBRE | New England
  • Engineer of the Year: Sean Hanson, CBRE | New England
  • Affiliate Member of the Year: Amy Benoit, Director of Sales and Marketing, 24 Restore
  • Affiliate Company of the Year: ACP Facility Services

Congratulations to all winners!

Thank you Platinum Sponsor

For more information or to register for the Awards Dinner, please visit our event website or contact Heather Dupont, 617-399-7863.

TOBY & Industry Awards Winner Announcement

Did you miss our December Newsletter? Find out what BOMA Boston is offering for 2018 events and educational opportunitiesl! Read more about the 2017 TOBY & Industry Awards and current information from BOMA International.

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Earlier this month the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issued a press release regarding 2018 Loan Limits, which saw increases in 3,145 counties across the country, including the four counties within the GBAR jurisdiction (Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth and Suffolk) as well as neighboring Essex County. Within our jurisdiction, the loan limit for single-family homes will increase to $603,750 in 2018, a 9.6 percent increase from the 2017 limit of $598,000. Similarly, the two-family home limit also increased 9.6 percent for next year to $772,900, up from $765,550 in 2017.

Click here for a full list of loan increase in all counties nationwide.
FHA Loan Limits to Rise Again in 2018
Strong economic fundamentals, a steady influx of foreign investors, and a slightly more balanced housing market fueled an increase in the sales and prices of both detached single-family homes and condominiums during October, according to data released today by the Greater Boston Association of REALTORS® (GBAR).

The 1,101 single-family detached homes sold in October 2017 was the fourth highest sales total on record for the month and was a 14.3 percent increase on the 963 homes sold in October 2016. With this rise in sales, it breaks the streak on six consecutive months that the single-family home sales had dropped on a year-to-year basis. This total was also well above the historical monthly average of 952 homes sold. There was a modest increase in sales volume in the condo market, as sales rose 1.8 percent to 842 in October 2017 from the 827 units sold in the same month in 2016. This made for the third most active October on record in Greater Boston for the condo market and was comfortably above the historical monthly sales average of 747 units sold. 

“The severe inventory shortage of the past two years has created an enormous amount of pent-up demand, so it’s not surprising to see buyers extending their home search well into the late summer and early fall,” observed GBAR President Melody Skye Roloff, of Exit Realty Beatrice Associates in Middleton. “With mortgage rates still very attractive, the job and stock markets doing extremely well, and the inventory of homes for sale holding steady over the last four months, buyer confidence remains high with many expressing the desire to buy now before the end of the year,” she added.

The median sales price for single-family homes reached a new record high price for the month of October at $568,000, which is an 8.2 percent increase on the median sales price of $525,000 from October 2016. Likewise, the condo market also reached a new record high median sales price for the month as that figure rose 6.6 percent to $511,525 up from the October 2016 median sales price of $480,000.

“As long as buyer activity remains strong, sellers can feel confident listing their homes for sale,” Roloff asserted. “We continue to see healthy price appreciation, especially at the lower-end and mid-market price points, and while most sellers in October were able to command close to their asking price, there are indications prices may be nearing their peak, and will likely soften as inventory levels improve,” she noted.    

Indeed, while supply of homes for sale has plagued the Greater Boston housing market in recent months, the number of active listings has all but caught up with the inventory from October 2016. In the single-family market, active listings dropped a modest 3.4 percent to 3,360 in October 2017, down from 3,478 homes for sale in October 2016. In the condo market, inventory rose 4.8 percent to 2,214 units for sale, up from the 2,113 units on market in October 2016.

Additionally, both markets experienced increases in the number of pending sales in October, as the single-family market saw a 6.2 percent rise to 1,238 last month up from 1,166 in October 2016. The condo market saw a modest increase of 3.4 to 992 sales pending, up from 959 in October 2016.

For additional information regarding October 2017 Greater Boston Housing statistics, including our new interactive housing market data dashboard, visit the Monthly Housing Market Reports page
Greater Boston Housing Market Sees Sales Surge in October
On Wednesday, November 29, the U.S. House Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation, chaired by Rep. LoBiondo (R-NJ) with Ranking Member Rep. Larsen (D-WA) held a hearing on "Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Emerging Uses in a Changing National Airspace," focused on the need to continue work on integrating UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) into the National Airspace, while protecting safety and security.  

The hearing's two witness panels included representatives of the UAS industry and companies utilizing the technology, and current FAA Administrator, Daniel Elwell, and the Director of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office, Earl Lawrence.  Their testimony and the Subcommittee members' questions focused on the positive impact that UAS can have for the economy (creating jobs) and various industries (making routine work, such as maintenance and inspections, safer and more efficient), and the challenges of working in a continually shifting regulatory framework.  They also stressed the need for clear regulations for UAS use, and the need for the government to engage with the UAS industry on concerns like geofencing, remote identification systems, and other security issues.  The FAA representatives discussed the progress of their rulemaking for UAS, including rules for remote identification, and steps toward "detect and avoid" technology, which could prevent collisions in the sky.  

The FAA released its small UAS rulemaking in August 2016, and was expected to follow-up with rules allowing over-crowded flights and beyond-visual-line of sight flights for micro-UAS; however, those rulemakings have been delayed.  In November 2017, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, Congress reinstated the requirement that all UAS - whether for commercial or recreational use - be registered with the FAA.  NAR has been very active with both Congress and the FAA as they continue their work to integrate UAS, and sent a letter to the Subcommittee on Aviation for this hearing stressing the need for continued rulemaking to allow UAS technology to meet its full potential, while protecting the safety of the NAS and people on the ground.  

In response to the hearing, National Association of REALTORS® President Elizabeth Mendenhall penned a letter to Chairman LoBiondo and Ranking Member Larsen, thanking them for holding the hearing and stating NAR’s support of these endeavors.

For more information of UAS and Drones, visit NAR’s website here.
House Committee Hearing on Unmanned Aircraft Systems
As 2017 nears an end, it is a great time to reflect on the past year, as well as look forward into what 2018 will hold for our association. Following the recommendations of our Nominating Committee, the 2018 GBAR Board of Directors has been set, and includes an experienced executive team, led by 2018 President Marie Presti of The Presti Group in Newton, President-Elect James Major of Century 21 North Shore in Woburn, Vice President Jason Gell of Boston’s Luxury Properties in Brookline, Treasurer Dino Confalone of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty in Cambridge, Greater Boston Regional Vice President to MAR David McCarthy of Keller Williams Realty Boston-Metro in Boston, and current 2017 President Melody Skye Roloff of Exit Realty Beatrice Associates in Middleton, who will serve as Immediate Past President. 

In addition to these leaders, GBAR is also well represented on the Greater Boston Real Estate Board’s (GBREB) Board of Directors. A pair of GBAR Past Presidents, Michael DiMella (2014) of Charlesgate Realty Group in Boston, and William Dermody (2012) of Century 21 Commonwealth in Needham will take up the roles of GBREB Chairman and GBREB Clerk, respectively, in 2018.

The GBAR leadership will be sworn into their new positions at our annual Installation of 2018 GBAR Officers & Holiday Party, on Thursday, December 14 at the Boston-Newton Marriott in Newton. The reception and dinner are open to all GBAR members. So, whether you have served on a committee, or would like to support members of next year’s board, please register online or contact GBAR staff to reserve your seat or a table. Space is limited, and registration will end on Monday, December 11th at 2:00 p.m.—register today! 
2018 GBAR & GBREB Leaders Set to Take Office—Installation Tickets Still Available!
Are you familiar with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”)?  If you operate a website for your real estate business – whether as a brokerage or as an agent – you are at risk of claims of copyright infringement from third parties for any and all content on your website.  What does this mean?  Any content on your website, whether created by you using third party data or images or content reproduced by you (i.e. MLS data offered to consumers through an IDX feed), can subject you to claims of copyright infringement from third parties.

If all the conditions of the United States Copyright Office’s DMCA are satisfied, Section 512 of the Act limits the monetary liability of online “Service Providers” (as such term is defined in the Act) who are recipients of claims by third parties alleging copyright infringement.

Although a complete summary of the provisions of the DMCA and the so-called “safe harbor” provided to online “Service Providers” under Section 512 of the Act are beyond the scope of this article, broker/owners and agents will likely benefit from a review of the impact of the DMCA on their business with legal counsel or other advisers who are familiar with copyright issues and the internet.
In late Fall 2015, MLSPIN named President and CEO Kathleen Condon as the “Designated Agent” not only for the service itself, but also of each of its Users.   However, certain amendments to the Act (the “2016 Regulations”) establish a new deadline of December 31, 2017 for “service providers” to file on-line the name of a Designated Agent who will receive notices from third parties that allege material on a particular website infringes upon the claimant’s copyright.

In an effort to satisfy elements of the 2016 Regulations that require each “service provider” to have its own Designated Agent, MLSPIN recently notified its Users that it would electronically register its Designated Agent only for itself under the DMCA (as amended).  The effect of this change is that following the electronic registration by MLSPIN, Kathleen Condon will no longer serve as the Designated Agent for your brokerage or for any of MLSPIN’s other brokerage firm Participants.  
REALTORS® who are “service providers” are encouraged to discuss with their own attorney what measures they need to take to comply with the new electronic registration requirements for Designated Agents under the 2016 regulations.  As stated before, there is a deadline of December 31, 2017 for all electronic registrations, therefore immediate attention may be required.

A video from the National Association of REALTORS® on “Changes to the DMCA Safe Harbor” is available here and may help you to gain a greater understanding of your role in maintaining compliance under the safe-harbor provisions of the DMCA.  A full text of the DMCA is available from the US Copyright Office website:
Deadline Approaching for Electronic Registration of ‘Designated Agents’ Under the DMCA
With less than a month left before the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) expires, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to reform and reauthorize the program for five years. But because the bill—which is backed by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)—still needs Senate approval, it’s unclear whether the long-sought five-year extension will be passed before Dec. 8, when the NFIP is set to expire.

"Realtors® know first-hand what happens when the NFIP expires, and it isn’t good for consumers, businesses or our communities" said NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall. "We appreciate the leadership that members of Congress have shown passing sound reforms, which will strengthen the program, protect property owners and deliver good results for taxpayers."
The NFIP is responsible for providing the vast majority of flood insurance policies in over 20,000 communities nationwide. Without it, most consumers would be unable to purchase the flood insurance that’s required on mortgages in a flood plain. In the past, NAR has shown that 40,000 home sales are lost every month when the program is unavailable.

Flood insurance is required for any property that’s in a flood zone and has a federally related mortgage. Any loan backed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the FHA, the VA, or the Rural Housing Services is a federally related mortgage.

H.R. 2874, the "21st Century Flood Reform Act," reauthorizes the NFIP for five years, while taking steps to reform the program. These reforms include:

Authorizing $1 billion to elevate, buy out or mitigate high-risk properties
Capping flood insurance premiums at $10,000 per year for homeowners
Removing hurdles to the private flood insurance market, which often offers better coverage at lower cost than the NFIP.
Providing for community flood maps and a homeowner’s ability to appeal their flood designation
Better aligning NFIP rates to match a property’s true risk, particularly for in-land and lower-value properties
Improving the claims process for flood victims
Addressing repeatedly flooded properties, which account for 2 percent of NFIP policies but 25 percent of claim payments

For more information, visit NAR’s NFIP website.
House Passes Five-Year Flood Insurance Extension
As 2017 beings to come to an end, it is a great time to reflect on the past year and all we have been able to accomplish at GBAR. We want to invite all our of members to join us for our Installation of 2018 GBAR Officers & Directors and Holiday Party, on Thursday, December 14th from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Boston-Newton Marriott in Newton. At this annual event, we install the 2018 Board of Directors, and President Marie Presti and recognize and celebrate the accomplishments and hard work of this year’s directors, committee leaders and members.

The luncheon is open to all GBAR members. So, whether you have served on a committee, or would like to support members of next year’s board, please register online or contact GBAR staff to reserve your seat or a table as space for this event is limited. This is a wonderful last opportunity of the year to network with your REALTOR® colleagues and industry affiliates and to celebrate another successful year at GBAR.
Celebrate The Holiday Season with GBAR
This year, we are delighted to award several of our members with REALTOR® Emeritus status. This is a highly-distinguished level of membership status awarded by the National Association of REALTORS® to individuals who have held membership in the REALTOR® organization for a minimum of 40 years. Less than 3,000 REALTORS® nationwide have received this honor. The following GBAR members will receive their certificates at next month’s Installation event:

-Nancy Evancho, Congress Realtors®, Natick
-Jerry Mazzola, Congress Realtors®, Natick
-Phyllis Reservitz, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lexington
-Raymond Watts, A Different Agent, Wellesley

We also had four members who earned their REALTOR® Emeritus status earlier in the year and were recognized at our Annual Award Breakfast in June.

-Elaine Costello, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Milton                  
-Joanne Damish, Joanne Damish Real Estate, Walpole                                       
-Priscilla Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald Associates, North Reading                                     
-Nancy Ledger Quinn, Berkshire Hathaway Home Service, Maynard            

Congratulations to you all!
GBAR Names New REALTOR® Emeritus Recipients
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has published its 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers report which features real estate trends and survey statistics from the past year. This is the 36th edition of the report, and is the longest-running source for national housing data regarding the demographics, preferences, motivations and experiences of recent homebuyers and sellers.
The report found that 34 percent of buyer were first-time homebuyers, which is down from the 2016 mark of 35 percent. This figure is the fourth-lowest since NAR began this report in 1981. The report also showed that down payments have decreased for first-time buyers, to 5 percent down from 6 percent as the age of first-time buyers remained flat at 32 years old.

The dreams of many aspiring first-time buyers were unfortunately dimmed over the past year by persistent inventory shortages, which undercut their ability to become homeowners,” said NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun in a press release issued by NAR “With the lower end of the market seeing the worst of the supply crunch, house hunters faced mounting odds in finding their first home. Multiple offers were a common occurrence, investors paying in cash had the upper hand, and prices kept climbing, which yanked homeownership out of reach for countless would-be buyers.”

The report indicated that 87 percent of buyers used a real estate agent when purchasing a home, and an all-time high of 89 percent of sellers used an agent when listing their property. As a result, for-sale-by-owner (FSBO) sales hit an all-time low share of 8 percent in 2017.

The full report is available for purchase on the NAR website, with a discounted price for NAR members. NAR also posted downloadable highlights from the report as well as an infographic for buyers and a sellers infographic.
NAR 2017 Home Buyers and Sellers Report Indicates Inventory, Affordability Issues, Increased Agent
As a listing broker, can you require that a cooperating broker attend all your showings?

The Greater Boston Association of REALTORS® (GBAR) Brokerage Counseling Hotline has received several questions regarding open houses, procuring cause, and a listing broker’s ability to condition the terms under which a cooperating broker may be entitled to compensation offered on the MLS.
Under the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) model MLS rules, the provisions of which are followed by many- if not most- MLSs, the unilateral offer of compensation to other members is “unconditional except that entitlement to compensation is determined by the cooperating broker’s performance as the procuring cause of the sale.” Thus, by attempting to require certain actions or conditions on the part of paying a co-broke commission (such as you must accompany the buyer on all showings) the listing broker is then conditioning the offer of compensation and therefore creating a stipulation that, while not illegal, would be inconsistent with the rules most MLSs follow and therefore make the listing unavailable for submission.  

For example, offering a commission in MLS establishes a unilateral contract, which is accepted by the co-broke when they take the 1st step, then creating a chain of events, which establishes the procuring cause of the sale i.e. who is entitled to the commission. Though it may be true that accompanying one’s buyer to all showings of the property would certainly be helpful in establishing that the co-broke is procuring cause, failure to do so does not automatically mean that they are not procuring cause.  Members with questions or concerns regarding the rules of their MLS should review them for clarification. For more information, you can call the GBAR Brokerage Counseling Hotline at 617-399-7869. 
Procuring Cause and Unconditional Offer of Compensation

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Thank You For Attending...

On Tuesday, November 21st, REFA held its Annual Holiday Party in conjunction with an appreciation reception.  Members and colleagues enjoyed an evening of networking, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drinks all in a relaxed and festive setting.

Celebrating with a Cause...
In the spirit of giving, REFA held a gift card drive benefiting REFA's 2017 beneficiaries: FamilyAid Boston, HomeStart & Rosie's Place - all organizations committed to helping end homelessness within the Boston area. 

Thank You For Attending: REFA President's Reception and Holiday Party
Baby cams, also known as nanny cams, are popular with parents today. The tiny, easy-to-hide devices help parents keep tabs on their kids while they’re away.  State privacy and “wiretapping” laws differ, but for the most part, you’ll want to let buyers know upfront if there’s a chance they’ll be captured on one of these or other types of surveillance devices while they’re in the house.
The key issue is expectations of privacy. If you’re inside someone’s home, you have a right to expect a certain amount of privacy; if you’re outside—say on a public sidewalk—you can’t always expect the same level of privacy.

In a similar manner, if you’re recording a phone conversation, privacy expectations are relevant. People expect a phone conversation to be private, so you’ll want to let them know beforehand if you plan to tape the conversation to keep accurate notes or for other reasons.

Massachusetts's wiretapping law is often referred to as the "two-party consent" law.  Under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 272, § 99, it is a crime to secretly record a conversation, whether the conversation is in-person,  taking place by telephone or via another medium (such as a secret video recording where sound is captured.)  Thus, a prudent REALTOR® will make it their practice to ask a seller (or the listing agent if representing a buyer client) if there are any recording devices in the home and to inform all parties to a telephone call or conversation that they may be or are being recorded, unless it is absolutely clear to everyone involved that the recording is not "secret".  

It should be noted that recording without sound is not unlawful under Massachusetts law.  However, best practice would suggest that buyers and their agents be informed about any video recording devices – with or without audio. Under Massachusetts's wiretapping law, if a party to a conversation is or has been made aware that their conversation is being recorded and does not want to be recorded, it is up to that person to leave the conversation.  

Privacy issues that involve REALTORS® are illustrated in this Voice for Real Estate video  from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). The video shares excerpts from a recent video by NAR’s Legal Affairs division on what you need to know about surveillance cameras when you’re showing a house or recording a phone conversation with customers or clients.
Is Your Seller’s Baby Cam a Lawsuit Waiting to Happen?
Realtor® Magazine is currently accepting applications for its annual “30 Under 30” list which recognizes the rising young stars in the real estate industry. Candidates are reviewed by the REALTOR® Mag staff that look for REALTORS® who are successful in the real estate business and have demonstrated skill, success, creativity and leadership in their careers. GBAR has had several members stand out from the crowd and be honored in past 30 Under 30 classes. If this sounds like you, we encourage you to apply today!

Announced each May, the deadline to apply for “30 Under 30” is January 12, 2018. Click here for a list of frequently asked questions about the 30 Under 30 program. 
Realtor® Magazine Now Accepting Applications for “30 Under 30”
On Monday, November 6th, representatives from the Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GRBEB) and Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) testified before the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy in opposition to S.1839 An Act Relative to Home Energy Efficiency sponsored by the late Senator Kenneth Donnelly.   The bill would require sellers to complete a home energy audit prior to sale and would capture condominiums, single-family homes , and multi-family residential home with fewer than five units.

The bill would require the seller or seller’s agent to disclose to a prospective buyer the information obtained by the energy audit at the time of listing or prior to the signing of a purchase and sale, whichever comes first. It would also direct the state Department of Energy Resources to establish an energy scoring program for the sale of residential property.    

GBREB and MAR have consistently opposed adding new requirements at the time of transfer. In testimony before the Committee, GBREB and MAR expressed concern the legislation will unnecessarily complicate and delay the home buying process as well as impact the negotiation of contracts regarding the acceptability of the ratings. In addition, concerns were raised regarding stigmatizing older homes and adversely impacting home values.  

Under current state law, home inspectors and associate home inspectors are required to provide a document outlining the procedures and benefits of a home energy audit to all clients purchasing a single-family residential dwelling, a multiple-family residential dwelling with less than five dwelling units or a condominium unit in structure with less than five dwelling units. In addition, Massachusetts residential consumers currently pay a surcharge on their energy bills for energy audits they can have performed on their home at no additional cost.   

Despite strong opposition from MAR and GBREB, several legislators expressed support for the bill during the public hearing. The bill has seventy-one co-sponsors who support the bill. 
State Lawmakers Consider New Disclosure Requirement For Sellers and Seller Agents
GBAR’s Young Professionals Network and Industry Affiliates Committees are coming together to kick off the holiday season with a networking night at the Violet Thorn in Natick

Whether you are young in age, young in business or young at heart, you’ll enjoy  fun night of food, drinks and networking with some of the industry’s newest members and an ever-growing group of industry professionals. This is a great opportunity to expand your industry knowledge and referral network, you don’t want to miss out!

We ask that you to please register online in advance of this event and in lieu of a registration fee, we are asking for monetary donations that will be donated to the local chapters of the American Society to Prevent Cruelty to Animals.

Please contact Suzanne Bernard at 617-399-7851 or to register or with any questions about this event.
Kick Off the Holiday Season with GBAR’s YPN & Affiliates
David Wluka has been appointed as the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Regional Vice President for Region 1, which is comprised of the six New England states. He becomes one of 13 regional vice presidents that are elected by the NAR Board of Directors. In the role of RVP, Wluka will oversee the work of the association and serve as an NAR spokesperson, will attend regional conferences, and chair the regional caucuses held at NAR’s two annual meetings

Wluka has served the Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB) as chairman in 1999, and served as the president of the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® in 2006. He also currently serves as the State Political Coordinator for Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

In a statement on NAR’s website, Wluka said, “I have worn many hats during my real estate career: agent, broker-owner, franchisee, franchisor, and independent. Additionally, I have been honored to serve in many leadership roles. I have always embraced the idea that change is constant and is a continual invitation to grow and innovate. I look forward to doing my small part to keep our members successful in 2018!”

Congratulations David, we all wish you a successful 2018 in your role at NAR!
GBAR Member Appointed to NAR Leadership Position

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