Member News – April 16

Join us Tomorrow at GNAR
Speaker: Rob Ciampitti, Jr., Esq.

Refreshments starting at 8:45am, speaker 9:00-9:45am.

Join us for an important update by Rob Ciampitti, Jr., Esq.,  new GNAR affiliate member and Real Estate, Closing and Land Use Attorney.   Additionally, Rob serves as Vice Chairman on the  Newburyport Zoning Board of Appeals and will provide us with an update on the new zoning regs which passed this past Tuesday, April 15.

Topic:  Making Sense of the new DCOD (Demolition Control Overlay District) — Nuts & Bolts For Brokers and Agents

Description:  UPDATE: AMENDMENTS PASSED –  On April 15th, the Newburyport City Council is expected to enact zoning amendments for the purpose of further regulating the demolition and alteration of historic buildings and structures within Newburyport.  One new zoning ordinance will be called the DCOD and will potentially impact the majority of the National Register Historic District (residential areas located mostly outside of the immediate “downtown”).  Certain demolition (even partial) of, or alterations to, structures within this new “hot zone” will be subject to a brand-new permitting process.

Refreshments generously sponsored by Mary Ellen Lawlor of ServPro.

FROM NAR:

Ad Pushes Lawmakers on Debt Forgiveness
NAR is running a forceful ad in key Washington and other publications as the Senate Finance Committee prepares to vote on extending  the “Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act, which  requires the IRS to exclude so-called phantom income from taxes for households who’ve sold their house as a short sale or had a portion of their mortgage forgiven. The ad says “Upside-down homeowners need tax relief now,” and some two dozen consumer, real estate, and other organizations have added their name to NAR’s as sponsor. More about mortgage cancellation relief.

Lawsuits Challenge Independent Contractor Status
Two lawsuits in California and one in Massachusetts are challenging the independent contractor status of real estate sales associates. NAR Legal Affairs looks at the cases in this five minute video.

FROM MAR:

REALTORS® Felt Strongly about Prices in March as Confidence in the Overall Market Remained in Positive Territory

by Eric Berman | Apr 15, 2014

Half of the REALTOR®-members who responded to survey have seen an increase in demand for accessible/single-floor homes

WALTHAM, Mass. – April 15, 2014 – The Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) reported today that the March REALTOR® Market Confidence Index (RMCI) continued to be in positive territory, but was down for the fifth straight month compared to the same time last year. The REALTOR® Price Confidence Index (RPCI) stayed strong in March continuing its two-year trend. The results of the March “Hot Topic” question showed that half of REALTOR®-members who responded have seen an increase in demand for homes that are accessible or designed for the owners to age in place with single-floor living.

Click title header for full article by Eric Berman.

 GNAR Professional Development

Save the dates for some great professional development offerings:

REALTORS PROPERTY RESOURCE April 28 
two RPR Course offerings at GNAR 
Intro:  10-11:30am
Advanced: 12:00 to 1:30pm

NICHOLS VILLAGE DAY OF EDUCATION May 5
two classes and luncheon at Nichols Village in Groveland

    • RE55R06 – Leisure, Second Homes & Age Restricted Housing –
      Presented by Panelists (MA CEU)
  • RE27RC07 – 1031 Exchange w/Patricia Flowers –
    Sponsored by Law Office of Arlene Keating (MA & NH CEU)

**Registration will open tomorrow
for both of the above education events**

 

Register Today: MLS PIN Classes at GNAR
May 2014

Course Site Date & Start Time
Getting Started: Searching the System Greater Newburyport Association of REALTORS® 05/21/2014 9:30 AM Sign Up
Getting Started: Contact Management Greater Newburyport Association of REALTORS® 05/21/2014 1:00 PM Sign Up

 

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