GBREB NEWS

MEMBER RESOURCES

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
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
Guidelines For Open House and Apartment Showing Policy
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






COVID-19

COVID-19 Update from REFA


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 Partners, Rosie's Place, HomeStart, and FamilyAid 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, REFA in-person meeting and events will be postponed until further notice.


The REFA 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. REFA 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 REFA staff about next steps. We will continue to update members with information about future events.


Stay safe and healthy!




REFA COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS AND RESOURCES

IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT MEETINGS AND EVENTS

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 REFA events and committee meetings. 

To ensure the safety and well-being of our members, all REFA events will be cancelled or postponed through Friday, April 17th. All committee meetings will be held via conference calls until further notice. We will continue to monitor both state and health official recommendations and will communicate scheduling changes with our members. All updates will be share with our membership via email and on our social media sites. 

The REFA Team will be in contact with Committees about next steps and meeting information. 

*If you have registered for an upcoming event prior to April 17th, you will be contacted shortly regarding alternative plans and next steps*

In the interim, you are encouraged to utilize the following resources for important Coronavirus updates:
BOMA International
CDC
WHO
MassGov

 

 

IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT MEETINGS AND EVENTS

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

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. 

Join REFA for 2020 and Receive the Remainder of 2019 for FREE!
GBREB NEWS
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

To renew your membership with REFA, please see below. The final deadline for renewals is March 31, 2019. 

Renew the Following Ways:

Pay Online
If you are an individual member with REFA, you pay pay online by credit card by clicking here. Having trouble logging in? Email  Courtney for your user credentials.

Pay by Fax or Email
Return a copy of your dues invoice with payment information to 617-588-0286 (or secure efax line) or scan and email to cmchugh@gbreb.com.

Pay by Mail
Return a copy of your invoice and payment information (credit cards or checks payable to REFA) to:
REFA Membership, Three Center Plaza, Mezzanine Suite, Boston, MA 02108.

*Please note the deadline for renewals is past due as of January 31st, 2019. The final deadline for renewals is March 31st, 2019. 


 

REFA Membership Renewal Deadline - March 31st
GBREB NEWS

Monday 3/18 & Tuesday 3/19 Public Hearing On Wetlands By-Law and Real Estate Sales Tax

The Boston City Council will be holding two public hearings next week of interest to the real estate industry.    Both hearings will be held at Boston City Hall in the Iannella Chamber, 1 City Hall Square 5th Floor.  Members of the public are welcome to attend.

WHAT:  Wetlands ByLaw
DATE:  Monday, March 18th
TIME:  11:30
Docket #0250 - An ordinance protecting local wetlands and promoting climate change adaptation in the City of Boston.
SPONSORS:  Councilors Wu, O'Malley, Flaherty, Edwards, Essaibi-George, Flynn, Janey, McCarthy, Zakim and Campbell

WHAT: Real Estate Transfer Tax
DATE:  Tuesday, March 19th
TIME:  2:00 p.m.
Docket #0187 - A hearing regarding a petition for a special law re: An Act Authorizing the City of Boston to Establish an Investor and Commercial Properties Transfer Fee.
SPONSORS:  Edwards, Janey, Wu, Ciommo, Essaibi-George, Flynn, Garrison, O’Malley, Zakim and Campbell

Boston Wetlands, Real Estate Sales Tax Hearing
GBREB NEWS

The Greater Boston Real Estate Board Scholarship has been established to provide scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000 to graduating high school seniors who reside in Boston or the Greater Boston area.

This scholarship will be guaranteed for two years.  Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated Academic Achievement
  • Leadership Experience and Extra-Curricular Involvement
  • Demonstrated Financial Need
  • Short Answer Response and Essay Response

In order to apply for this scholarship you MUST:

  • Be a class of 2019 graduating high school senior
  • Reside in Boston or the Greater Boston area (click here again to check to you live in this region) or see the list below:

Acton, Arlington, Ashland, Avon, Bedford, Bellingham, Belmont, Boxboro, Brookline, Burlington, Cambridge, Canton, Chelsea, Concord, Dedham, Dover, Everett, Foxboro, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Malden, Mansfield, Maynard, Medfield, Medford, Medway, Melrose, Millis, Milton, Natick, Needham, Newton, Norfolk, Norwood, North Reading, Randolph, Reading, Revere, Sharon, Sherborn, Somerville, Stoneham, Stoughton, Stow, Sudbury, Wakefield, Walpole, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland, Wellesley, Weston, Westwood, Wilmington, Winchester, Winthrop, Woburn, and Wrentham. 

  • Submit a 2019-2020 FAFSA
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

The deadline to apply is April 1st.

 

 

GBREB Foundation Scholarship Deadline April 1

2019 Installation of Officers, January 24th

 

GBREB Installation

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