Margaret C. Carlson Realtor® Day on Beacon Hill

Thursday, June 7, 2018
9:30 a.m.

The Great Hall, Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon St., Boston, MA 01233

Keynote Speaker Governor Charlie Baker

Scroll down for new important info regarding key legislative issues.

Contact your local Realtor® Association for details.

Click below to view key issues to discuss with your legislator:

The 33rd annual Margaret C. Carlson REALTOR® Day on Beacon Hill is scheduled for Thursday, June 7th at 10 a.m. in the Massachusetts State House Great Hall. Once again, Realtors® will have a chance to network and enjoy a continental breakfast starting at 9:30 a.m. before learning about the key legislative issues in 2018 that will affect the real estate industry and private property. Attend Realtor® Day on Beacon Hill to get up close and personal with legislators and make an impact on the legislative process. Local associations are encouraged to meet with their legislators following the speaking program. Do not miss out on this opportunity to show that Realtors® are directly involved in the legislative process!

Learn more from the MAR legal staff about the key issues to discuss with your legislator:

Realtors® Oppose Mandatory Energy Scoring

These proposals would require sellers to perform a Mass Save energy audit prior to listing a home for sale and disclose to any prospective buyer the information in the energy audit. The bills also commission the design and implementation of a mandatory energy scoring and labeling system.

Realtors® Support Housing Production
Massachusetts currently ranks as one of the most expensive states in the country in terms of housing affordability. It is too difficult to build housing in Massachusetts, which has led to an incredible inventory shortage. Through a maze of local and state building restrictions, the construction of new homes has become an extraordinarily difficult process.

Realtors® Oppose Real Estate Transfer Taxes
New taxes and fees tied to homeownership or the transfer of real property set the wrong precedent for the Commonwealth’s tax policy. If adopted, new taxes and fees will continue to make the goal of homeownership even more difficult for Massachusetts residents to achieve.

Realtors® Oppose Real Estate Broker Insurance Liability Provisions for Short-Term Rentals
Two different pieces of legislation seeking to regulate and tax short-term rental stays have passed the House and the Senate. Although the bills take very different approaches to taxing short-term rental stays, both bills include a provision that would require “hosting platforms” to maintain liability insurance for each unit that is listed as a rental. As drafted, these sections would appear to capture real estate brokerages in the definition of “Hosting Platform,” thereby requiring real estate brokerages that list a short-term rental on their websites to carry liability insurance of “$1,000,000 for each rental unit to defend and indemnify the property owner for any injury or damage. A ‘Hosting Platform’ is ‘a service through which hosts may offer a residential unit for short-term rental through a website.’” This broad definition includes almost any real estate brokerage offering rentals. Listing and marketing a homeowner’s property through a broker’s website (including short-term rentals) is a necessary business function of today’s real estate market.