Bidding Wars and Discrimination

Several times a year, my agents get feedback from the seller’s agent that our client’s offer was similar to another offer, but our clients got the house. Why? Because their letter identified them as the right people for the house. We have been able to tell the story of our clients--without demographic information that could

By |2021-04-25T13:11:46-04:00April 28th, 2021|Categories: House Hunting, Legal questions|Tags: , , , |

Tenants, Discrimination, and Fair Housing

Real estate agents are prohibited from taking any of these discriminatory actions: Refuse to rent, sell, negotiate for housing Make housing unavailable or deny a dwelling Set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental Provide different housing services or facilities Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, sale or rental Make, print,

By |2021-04-09T15:24:59-04:00April 14th, 2021|Categories: Legal questions|Tags: , , , |

Realtors® and Housing Discrimination

National Association of Realtors® Apologizes for Complicity in Discrimination Throughout the 20th Century, Realtors® opposed Fair Housing regulation and participated in discriminatory practices. Since the adoption of the Fair Housing Act (1968), the Association accepted that Fair Housing was the law of the land, required members to follow the law, provided classes to prepare members

By |2021-04-15T15:15:12-04:00April 21st, 2021|Categories: Legal questions|Tags: , , , , |

Realtors® Take Stand on Hate Speech

Is someone who participates in discriminatory speech (or hate speech) in their social settings trustworthy to practice Fair Housing Laws? The National Association of Realtors® says, “No.” There’s a new standard of practice being added to the Fair Housing Section of the Realtor Code of Ethics. It prohibits discriminatory or hate speech by Realtors®. How

By |2020-11-29T08:08:22-05:00December 2nd, 2020|Categories: Legal questions|Tags: , , , , |

Why Pre-Inspections are Bad for Sellers

Eastern Massachusetts, and other areas, have experienced a long period of seller’s market. That’s when there are more buyers (demand) than houses or condos for sale (supply). Sellers and their agents have the upper hand. Because of this, sellers and their agents are trying ways to get the most advantage over buyers. But pre-inspections should

Short-Term Rentals

Short-term rentals have their place as a way to make money in real estate. Like any other new business model, it functions like the Wild West. Some people make a fortune. Some of those people do a good business. Some use the loosened regulation as a way to rent poor-quality spaces and avoid taxes. When

By |2020-08-12T12:12:18-04:00January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Living Local, Legal questions|Tags: , , |

Snow shoveling. The law.

Snow season! Here we go. As a real estate agent, I get asked about who is responsible to shovel -- the landlord or the tenant? Since that's a legal question, I depend on Attorney Richard Vetstein for accurate legal answers to general legal questions. He keeps an eye on legal changes that affect homeowners. Here

By |2018-01-07T13:14:59-05:00January 10th, 2018|Categories: buying process, Legal questions, Problems and repair|Tags: , , |

Home Rule Petitions for Affordable Housing

Boston and Somerville have both sent home rule petitions to the State Legislature that have been written to assist tenants in properties that are being sold for development. Boston’s involves increasing the amount of notice that tenants get, if their leases are not going to be renewed. It requires landlord sellers to report their sales,

By |2017-11-17T15:37:18-05:00October 25th, 2017|Categories: Living Local, Legal questions|Tags: , , , |

Don’t Give Up Your Rights

Here’s how James Morrison at Banker and Tradesman reported on Dave Twombly, my favorite agent of the week (wink!) Buyers Need Protection Just down Mass. Ave. at 4 Buyers Real Estate, also in Cambridge, the exclusive buyer agents tell the buyers they work with that home inspection contingencies are a must, according to agent Dave

By |2017-08-18T21:55:29-04:00August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Legal questions, buying process, Dave, Negotiating|

When can the landlord come in?

Where is the line between taking care of the property and leaving the tenants alone? One of the sore-points for tenants is that some landlords are not respectful of the tenant’s right to “quiet enjoyment” of their space. A landlord may come in too frequently, may not give notice, and may not cooperate to enter