Governance

The Board and MLS succeed in maintaining order in the Berkshire real estate marketplace through our adoption and enforcement of policies. Our polices always seek to protect your right to earn a living, be treated fairly, while upholding the code of ethics and ensuring consumers are protected by the law. Friendly reminders about these policies are based on phone calls to the Board Office, information obtained from the National Association and general reminders of issues frequently on the MAR Legal Hotline.  Below are our governing documents.


Barb Hassan Elected MAR Regional Vice President

We would like to offer our congratulations to Barb Hassan of Barb Hassan Real Estate In Pittsfield.  At the regional meeting last week, Barb was elected to serve as the 2018-2019 Western Region Vice President for the Massachusetts Association of Realtors (MAR).   The MAR Regional Vice President works to support the state association’s programs, seminars,

Our Berkshire REALTORS had a lot to say!

What do you think consumers need to know about our business that they don’t already know?  What educational topics will the membership most benefit from in the year ahead?  What are the biggest challenges facing home sellers in the next few years that we could collectively help address?  These were some of the questions we asked the 120+ attendees at our Installation of Officers this week.  The answers will be so helpful in shaping our strategic initiatives this year – we want to hear your voice … read the discussion summary here and contribute your views to the conversation here!

Last Call for Ethics

Last call – if you’re missing your ethics class, high-tail it down to the board office this morning for the last live class in the Berkshires… December 2, 2016 in the Board Office Conference Room 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  (seating is limited) worth 2 CE credits for license renewal as well. Missed that?  Here

Your Mantra: 2 Business Days

We’re sending out a quick reminder that your mantra should be ‘2 Business Days’.  What do we mean by that?  Well, just this: You’ve just gotten that new listing!  Within 2 business days of seller’s signature you must enter the listing into the MLS and send your listing paperwork into the Board Office for verification. 

MLS Policy Changes

Two important policy changes were made at the last MLS Board of Directors meeting, based on member feedback. First, if there is a Right of First Refusal on a property, you MUST indicate that in the Realtor-to-Realtor Remarks in FlexMLS, but you NO LONGER have to mark it with a contingency flag. We discovered that

South County Broker Tour Report

After several very successful weeks of South County tours, the South County Broker Tour Taskforce tweeked guidelines for posting and participating in the tour schedule, and made recommendations to the MLS Board of Directors at their meeting on May 25th.  The MLS Board unanimously approved the Open House Submission Policy, as follows: Open House Submission: