Member News – February 13, 2013


No meeting or caravan tomorrow, February 14.  Happy Valentine’s Day.
We will resume CARAVAN next Thursday, February 21.


Governor Deval Patrick’s 2014 proposed state budget is seeking to raise an additional $1.9 billion dollars annually in order to pay for transportation, infrastructure improvements and improvements to public education in the Commonwealth. To accomplish this, the Governor has proposed a series of changes to a variety of tax provisions in Massachusetts, including changes to the income tax, sales tax, cigarette tax and many others.  The Governor proposes to eliminate:

  • The capital gains exclusion on home sales (The current Mass. law mirrors Federal law).  NAR is also working to protect the capital gains exclusion on the Federal level.
  • The lead paint tax credit
  • The Title V tax credit

MAR opposes these proposals and will be actively working on the issues over the next several months as the budget is debated in the legislature.  At this point, MAR has made our concerns known to the appropriate legislators in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. MAR CEO, Rob Authier, and Kimberly Allard-Moccia, MAR President, were interviewed about the capital gains exclusion by radio station WBUR (90.9FM).

If we do reach a point where broader membership support is needed, we will let you know about the next steps if needed (eg. Call for Action, Letters to the Editor, rally at Day on Hill, etc.).



  • June 4 – Realtor Day on the Hill
    Program to be held at the State House in Boston, 9:30am continental breakfast, 10:00am speaker.  More details will be provided as the date nears.


Upcoming offerings —

March 25 (note: revised date from 3/4)
iPhone Tips and Techniques with Ed Justen
9am – 12noon  

March 11
9:30am-11:30 –  Land Contracts, Lease Options and Deeds of Trust
(RE74R11) – instruction provided by CATIC via Attorney Amanda Zuretti 

12 noon-2:00pm – RPR – Realtors Property Resource with Veronica McManus
(RE32RC03) Technology and RE Brokerage – valid for 2 

Non-members are eligible to take CEU classes offered for $20.00 per class.  Non-CEU classes (workshops) offered at $15.00 per class for non-members.


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