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Right now, state lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow 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.

Sales Tax on Homes-We Need Your Help!
This and other transfer tax bills would further exacerbate the housing affordability crisis in Massachusetts, undermine the basic tenet of fairness in tax policy, and create an unstable revenue source for affordable housing. 
If enacted, H. 1769 would have an extremely negative effect on the Massachusetts real estate market and Massachusetts Realtors®. If you share your Association’s concerns that a new sales tax on homes is bad public policy, the time to act is now!  

Your legislators need to hear from you TODAY.

Take action now to send a pre-drafted email to your State Senator and Representative. If REALTORS® like you don’t make their voices heard, this bad tax policy could become a reality in all communities in the Commonwealth.

Additionally, for talking points in opposition to the legislation, see the Greater Boston Real Estate Board issued an email earlier this week, addressing the board's disapproval of the bill.

Participate in Legislative Call For Action to Oppose RE Transfer Taxes

After clearing hurdles in the House and the Senate, President Trump signed a federal spending on Dec. 20, funding part of the federal government through Fiscal Year 2020, and, "brings certainty and stability to the housing market", according to a press release issued by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).
  
Specifically, the spending package contains three key NAR priorities, each representing wins for REALTORS® and the real estate industry: The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), Terrorism Risk Insurance Program (TRIP), and three tax extenders. Read More.

Federal Funding Bill Contains Key Wins for Real Estate

Article Courtesy of: Inman News
By: Christy Murdock Edgar

KISS your way through 2020: Keep it simple ...

You may have already started thinking about what you’ll do to improve your personal and professional life in the new year. On the other hand, you may be thinking that resolutions never work, so why bother?

The following five resolutions however, are not only easy to stick to, but offer the kind of payoff that will help keep you motivated for the long haul.

1. Learn to use your phone

You may think that you’re already living on your phone, but you probably haven’t fully explored its capabilities. Take some time to learn more about your phone’s features. Learn to optimize its assistive options, and install mobile versions of your favorite desktop platforms.

Truly mastering your phone’s potential can help you work more effectively on-the-go and save you hours of desk time. In addition, with mobile CRM and transaction management, you’ll be more responsive and more organized than ever before.

2. Develop a time management program

If you feel that you are constantly stressed out and running to catch up, you need to take control of the clock and the calendar. Develop a time management program that can help you organize your day and make time for the things that pay dividends both at work and at home.

Whether you choose time blocking, Beat the Clock, mono-tasking, or just get better at setting reminders and alarms on your phone, better time management will help you to feel more in control, reduce stress, and keep you on track each day, week, month, and throughout 2020.

3. Get serious about content

What is your biggest marketing challenge? Whether it’s keeping up with your social media posts, revamping your website, or starting that long-delayed blog, podcast, or video channel, you can no longer afford to put off content creation

Instead of beating yourself up for what you haven’t done, figure out what is keeping you from creating content and address that challenge first.

Do you lack time? Expertise? Confidence? Consider working with a coach or outsourcing some of your content production in order to overcome your reluctance, so that you can give yourself a boost and get started.

4. Learn something new

One of the most important things that you can do to differentiate yourself is to take on a growth mindset. Whether you choose to seek a new certification or designation, move from agent to broker, or take a class at the local association, you’ll find that investing time, money, and effort in education pays big dividends.

Alternatively, take advantage of one of the many free and convenient online platforms to learn something new that you can use each day in your business. Explore Canva or Poster My Wall for flyers, postcards, and other promotional graphics. Work with Wix to create a customizable website. Master Excel spreadsheets in order to better track your finances.

5. Practice self-care

New Year’s resolutions are often punishing, involving things that we need to improve or tasks that we need to do. Instead of resolving to do more or be better, why not resolve to take better care of yourself?

If you spend all of your time taking care of your clients and your family, who’s taking care of you? Set aside some time each day for meditation or visualization. Make a standing appointment for a weekly massage. Keep facial masks on hand for anytime you have an extra half hour to chill out.

Remember, resolutions don’t have to make you feel bad about yourself. Choose something that makes you feel more relaxed, more in control, and more connected. Hopefully, each of these can become a meaningful and rewarding part of your daily routine.

Christy Murdock Edgar is a Realtor, freelance writer, coach and consultant with Writing Real Estate. She is also a Florida Realtors faculty member. Follow Writing Real Estate on  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram  and YouTube.
5 Simple New Year's Resolutions That Will Pay Big Dividends in 2020

 
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has published its 2020 loan limits, with the baseline limit increasing to $510,400 from $484,350 in 2019. HUD In high-cost areas, the limit will be $765,600, up from the 2019 limit of $726,525.
  
For Metropolitan Boston (Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth and Suffolk counties), the single-family loan limit is $690,000. Read more, and view loan limits for 2-4 family properties and all counties here.

 

Federal Loan Limits to Rise in 2020

 The Department of Revenue (DOR) has released the final version of its Short-Term Rental Regulations, which includes some key changes that were a direct result of advocacy by the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® who testified on proposed regulations this past summer. Read More.

 

Short-Term Rental Regulations Finalized: What You Need to Know
 
Many of you may be aware of or participated in discussions in recent weeks surrounding the so-called Clear Cooperation Policy proposed on the national level to address “pocket” listings and properties “coming soon” to market. 
  
Recently, at the 2019 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco, the NAR Board of Directors voted to implement new policy language – MLS Statement 8.0 – requiring brokers to enter listings into the MLS within one business day of marketing the property publicly. The policy does not prohibit office-exclusive listings, and only applies to association-owned MLS systems.
  
Accordingly, MLS PIN, as a broker-owned system, is not bound by the policy, but it may be considered by the MLS PIN Rules Committee in the near future. Read More.
 
NAR Board OKs MLS Clear Cooperation Policy
 

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GBREB Winter Soiree
Jan 30, 2020
WilmerHale
60 State Street
Boston, MA
GBAR New Member Orientation (Natick, MA)
Feb 12, 2020
The Verve Hotel
1360 Worcester St
Natick, MA
Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA Certification)
Feb 26, 2020
GBAR Member Service And Training Center
68 Main Street
Reading, MA
Lunch & Learn: Understanding Title & Title Concerns
Feb 27, 2020
GBAR Member Training And Service Center
68 Main St
Reading, MA
GBAR New Member Orientation (Woburn, MA)
Mar 04, 2020
Hilton Boston Woburn
2 Forbes Road
Woburn, MA
Trivia Night & NARPAF Fundraiser
Mar 05, 2020
Victory Grille
233 Elm Street
Dedham, MA
Rentals The Right Way!
Mar 09, 2020
GBAR Member Training And Service Center
68 Main St.
Reading, MA
Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR Designation)
Mar 10, 2020 - Mar 11, 2020
GBAR Member Service And Training Center
68 Main Street
Reading, MA
RENE Certification Course (Real Estate Negotiation Expert)
Apr 06, 2020 - Apr 07, 2020
GBAR Member Service And Training Center
68 Main Street
Reading, MA
 

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WilmerHale
5:30pm
 
GBAR New Member Orientation (Natick, MA)
The Verve Hotel
 
Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA Certification)
GBAR Member Service And Training Center
8:30am
 

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