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February 20, 2017

If you sell real estate in Massachusetts you should be more than aware that a real estate agent is required to provide the consumer with the Massachusetts Mandatory Real Estate Licensee-Consumer Disclosure Form.  There is a new agency disclosure form that we all should...

February 20, 2017

When a Massachusetts Real Estate agent is writing an offer to purchase they are required to provide the buyer with a Facts for Consumer Information Sheet advising the buyer they may want to entertain conducting a home inspection.  A seller's agent can not refer a home...

August 12, 2016

When teaching a class I tell me we still have rules and laws that go back to the Wild, Wild West.  Long ago when people moved west to claim their fortune they laid claim to parcels of land.  So long as they lived on that land for a stated period they would become the o...

November 23, 2015

The Lead Paint Law in Massachusetts effects every property built before 1978.  Whether the property was renovated or not there a form that is required for every property built before 1978.


The seller of a property built before 1978 is required to disclose what they bel...

October 12, 2015

Congress has directed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to simplify the home loan process.  Until last week the consumer would receive four documents relative to their loan transaction.  There are now two.

The forms are easier on the eyes. 
The new Rule re...

November 2, 2014

Pet Deposits are Illegal in Massachusetts


By Charles P. Burke


Many apartment owners charge a pet deposit to their tenants.


This charge is illegal in Massachusetts and a property owner is subject to a 93A 


violation or treble/ triple damages for violating the Massachuse...