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MA Home Buyer Advocates

Advocates for Home Buyers Since 1991

MABA, the Massachusetts Association of Buyer Agents, was founded in 1991. We introduced the buyer agency concept to the state of Massachusetts, and established the gold standard for buyer's agents. Because we're a non-profit, our members are committed to upholding the highest ethical standards that have defined MABA since its inception. Only about 1% of real estate professionals in MA meet the high standards that MABA buyer agents commit to upholding. Read our pledge to the MA home buyer.

Our mission has three points: to promote buyer agency to consumers and real estate professionals, to educate people about MA residential real estate challenges, trends and issues, and to act as a referral and consulting network.

The standards and definitions of buyer agency have blurred over the years as national real estate companies have attempted to change the definition of buyer agency. Unfortunately, it is confusing for the home buyer - the consumer - and the burden is placed on the consumer to be able to clearly differentiate who is a real buyer agent.

What is Buyer Agency?

About Maba 2All MABA members have committed to the highest of ethical standards and taken a pledge never to practice 'designated agency'.

Buyer agency means the MABA buyer agent is committed to serving only the needs of the buyer. As MABA buyer agents, we are committed to serving your needs as the buyer and only your needs. This is our pledge to you, the MA home buyer.


Latest from the Blog

  • Massachusetts Pending Home Sales and Median Price Up Again in June

    The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (MAR) reported today that single-family pending home sales were up over nine percent in June from last year. Pending condominium sales were also up more than 12 percent. The median price for both single-family homes and condos saw a hike, with the single-family median price rising over the $400,000 mark. Realtors® confidence both in the market and in home prices dipped slightly in June. This month’s “Hot Topic” question finds that the majority of Realtors® surveyed have had at least one transaction that was an all-cash deal (i.e. no mortgage involved) since the beginning of the year.

    June Pending Sales: 

    Single Family June 2017 June2016 % Change
    Sales 6,723 6,128 9.7%
    Median Price $410,000 $380,000 7.9%
    • Pending sales have been up 51 of the last 52 months 
    Condominium June2017 June2016 % Change
    Sales 2,596 2,307 12.5%
    Median Price $370,000 $349,900 2.9%
    • Pending sales have been up or flat 20 of the last 22 months 

    “The increase in homes put under agreement this month may be a positive sign for a spring market that has suffered plummeting inventory,” said 2017 MAR President Paul Yorkis, president of Patriot Real Estate in Medway. “However, median prices have continued to rise, which can push some buyers out of the market.”

    Realtor® Market and Price Confidence Indexes: 

    Confidence Index June2017 June2016 %Change
    Market 80.73 80.97 -0.29%
    Price 71.79 73.87 -2.82%
    • The Realtor® Market Confidence Index went down for the first time in 27 months
    • The Realtor® Price Confidence Index went down for the first time in six months
    • Measured on a 100-point scale, a score of 50 is the midpoint between a “strong” (100 points) and a “weak” (0 points) market condition  

    “The Realtor® Market Confidence Index has dipped year-over-year for the first time in over two years, indicating that Realtors® are growing concerned about some of their buyers being able to succeed in this market,” said Yorkis. “However, both indexes reveal that ultimately Realtors® remain positive. We just need to see more inventory to keep up with the demand.”

    With home inventory being as tight as it is, you want to give yourself every advantage if you are thinking of buying a home in Massachusetts. For the best possible experience, be sure to work with an agent who is a member of the Massachusetts Association of Buyer Agents.