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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

  • Pending Sales for Massachusetts Homebuyers Maintain Steady Year-Over-Year Increases for Almost Four Years This February

    WALTHAM, Mass. – March 14, 2017 – The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (MAR) reported today that ongoing buyer demand pushed pending sales up three percent over last year. Pending sales have been up 47 of the last 48 months, marking almost four years of positive gains in single family homes put under agreement. Realtors® confidence both in the market and in home prices was positive in February. 

     February Pending Sales:  

    Single Family February 2017 February 2016 % Change
    Sales 3,967 3,852 3.0%
    Median Price $330,000 $309,000 6.8%
    • Pending sales have been up 47 of the last 48 months  
    Condominium February 2017 February 2016 % Change
    Sales 1,558 1,566 -0.5%
    Median Price $313,000 $290,000 7.9%
    • Pending sales have been up or flat 17 of the last 18 months  

    “Buyers have been tireless these past four years, showing that the desire to live and work in Massachusetts is strong despite dwindling inventory and rising prices,” said 2017 MAR President Paul Yorkis, president of Patriot Real Estate in Medway.  

     Realtor® Market and Price Confidence Indexes:  

    Confidence Index February 2017 February 2016 %Change
    Market 75.20 68.66 10%
    Price 77.00 75.70 2%
    • The Realtor® Market Confidence Index was up for the 11th straight month
    • 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  

    “This is the highest recording Market Confidence Index for the month of February since we began recording the data in 2008,” said Yorkis. “This speaks to the strength of the market this past year, as well as looking ahead to the spring market of 2017."