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In this section of our website, “Association Highlights” you will discover the spirit of Board of REALTORS®, our service to the membership, community and beyond. We have provided a comprehensive resource that contains not only our formal missions, governing documents and history, but also the fun and informative part of the Board. You can read about the volunteers that are currently serving the association and find our how you can take part – whether you are considering joining as a REALTOR® member of our Board, or if you are already a member and thinking of getting involved.
We hope you enjoy your exploration
Dear Berkshire REALTOR,
First published in 2014, we love to take this opportunity to every February share a ‘Valentine’s Day Letter’ with our dear members, because we want you to know how much we love working for Berkshire REALTORS and why!
Berkshire REALTORS are entrepreneurs! The world is NOT full of people who say, “I’d like to work at a job where I don’t get paid one red cent until I am 100% successful!” Yet every day we see REALTORS spending their own savings for association dues, advertising, signs, cards, online search engine placement, websites, business forms, legal work, equipment, overhead training and software. And spending their TIME, TIME, TIME. And they do this all in the hope that their efforts, over the course of a few months and in some cases a few years, will pay off and a home buyer will buy their dream home or a seller will sell at the right price. They only get paid after the transaction is finalized. And, they cooperate with their competitors to make it happen. Wow. We love that.
Berkshire REALTORS are lifelong learners. They study, they plan, they market, and they negotiate. They learn the forms, the laws, the environmental impacts. They study town-by-town codes, and pending legislation. They master the MLS system, the internet, the iphone and facebook. They know the Code of Ethics and license law and insurance and mortgage processes. And then, it all changes, and they learn it again. And again. And again.
Berkshire REALTORS are givers. Look at any community and you’ll see REALTOR volunteers in every aspect. With their “flexible schedule” they serve on non-profit boards, town boards, coach kid teams, serve at soup kitchens, and handle the bake sale/raffle/carwash for the PTA. Every day they are out there making the community a better place because they know, first hand, the gift we have to live in such a wonderful place. They give their time and talents to our association and without their dedication, our industry and our communities would suffer. (And we try to remember every time we hear of a REALTOR golfing midday in the summer sunshine, most people don’t answer their business phone 24/7 or run out to meet with clients day and night as most of Berkshire REALTORS do.)
Berkshire REALTORS are fascinating. Oh, the stories they have! Funny, touching, shocking, witty, scary… Berkshire Realtors have the most interesting tales from the field. Want an example? Ask any REALTOR, “What’s the craziest thing that has happened to you?” or “What client do you think you helped the most?” and sit back and enjoy. They make us laugh, they make us cry and the entertainment value alone is priceless. We love to hear what they have to say because we know that they are front-lines during one of the most important times in a person’s life and have the tales to prove it.
Berkshire REALTORS have huge hearts. The Board Office staff has had the pleasure of knowing hundreds of REALTORS throughout the years. It’s called the REALTOR family for a reason. There is not a better group of people to know and rely upon. They are generous, caring and thoughtful. When we’ve had cause to celebrate, Berkshire REALTORS were the first to offer heartfelt congratulations and a glass of bubbly. When we’ve had strife, they were the first to offer a shoulder, a kind word, a meal. Not every industry is like this, not every group so embracing. Good people. That’s why others trust them with their big moments and big dreams. We feel so fortunate to call so many a ‘friend’ in addition to colleague.
Thank you, Berkshire REALTORS, for being so cool. We love helping you succeed any way we can. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Your Board Office Staff
Theresa shares with us some updates from the Mass Association:
- The movie “Ruthless Realtor” aired over the weekend on Lifetime network. NAR has responded with a legal complaint regarding the trademark infringement. NAR has also removed all paid advertising from Limetime and A&E networks.
- There was no resolution by the Federal Government on the next round of stimulus package related to Covid-19. When they reconvene in September there will likely be another package passed.
- Federal Flood Insurance expires on September 30th. There will likely be a six-month extension. We will keep you posted should a call for action be issued.
- Fannie and Freddie have started a charge on refinances of 50 basis points. This applies to refi’s only…not a new purchase.
- com will be using the software tools provided by First Street related to flood zones and active listings. NAR is working with Realtor.com and First Street to provide FAQ’s related to flood zones, flood risk and flood insurance to help consumers learn more.
- Portell Law Group/Fair Housing and Website Demand Letters: NAR sent the following letter to thePortell Law Group on August 16th pushing back on their claims. The Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® collaborated with the Florida Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS® to compose the combined response on behalf of our members. We will keep you apprised of any response NAR receives. Read the letter here and review MAR’s Advisory and FAQs Concerning Website Accessibility Claims on our website.
- The first in our series of Diversity, Inclusion and Fair Housing series took place last Thursday. The presentation by Suffolk Law was greatly received. The following two series are scheduled over the next two weeks:
- Part 2: Implicit Bias and Panel Discussion, Thursday, August 27, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Explore the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. Presenter: Ryan Wynett, Exhibit Manager of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Followed by a moderated panel of MAR members. Link:https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5070851278912109580
- Part 3: Section 8 Housing and Vouchers, Thursday, September 3, 2020, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, How it works and the benefits to landlords. Presenters: Alex Corrales, CEO of Worcester Housing Authority, Laurie Matosky, VP of Leased Housing – Worcester Housing Authority. Link:https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2749095038171750156
Theresa Hatton, CAE, RCE
Chief Executive Officer/Executive Vice President