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What is Agency Disclosure

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Start strong. Protect yourself and your interests as a home buyer. Don't skip the critical first step out of the gate: clarifying the role that your real estate professional is going to play for you. Agency disclosure clearly defines that role. Are they a seller agent? Buyer agent? Dual agent?

It is in your best interest not to reveal any confidential information to brokers or agents who do not represent you. If you want advice and advocacy, find a buyer´s agent who will pledge to be on your side throughout your transaction.

Before you get into the starting gate, do your homework and clearly define the expectations you have for a broker. Are you comfortable working with a seller agent? Do you want a buyer agent to be assured that your best interests as a home buyer are being served?

What is Agency Disclosure in the Massachusetts Real Estate Market?

Have you identified the type of agent you want and interviewed multiple agents to select the best fit for you? Then you are then ready to complete the agency disclosure form with your agent to have your agreement in writing.

Agents are required by law to provide this form to you when you first meet to discuss a property. A sample disclosure form from the state demonstrates how licensees are required to disclose whether they represent buyers, sellers, or both.

Protect your interests and do not rush to agree to an agency disclosure that does not fit with the type of broker that you want. Hastily agreeing to an agency disclosure can be very costly.

 
 
 

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  • Closed Home Sales Down in April After Record Inventory Lows and Rising Prices

    Median Sales Prices Have Seen Year-Over-Year Increases for 19 Straight Months

    WALTHAM, Mass. – May 23, 2017 – The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (MAR) reported today that low inventory and rising prices caught up to the spring market, with single-family home sales decreasing over eight percent from this time last year. Both single-family and condominium prices saw a hike. Condominium sales decreased almost 10 percent from April 2016.

    April Closed Sales:

    Single-Family April 2017 April 2016 %Change
    Sales 3,735 4,082 -8.5%
    Median Price $362,500 $349,900 +3.6%
    • Closed sales have been down for four out of the last 12 months
    • Median prices have been up or flat for 16 out of the last 17 months
    Condominium April 2017 April 2016 %Change
    Sales 1,455 1,607 -9.5%
    Median Price $345,000 $329,950 +4.6%
    • Closed sales have been down for four out of the last 12 months
    • Median prices have been up or flat for 16 out of the last 17 months

    “With the current trend of plunging inventory and rising prices, the odds were strong that sales increases of the winter market would be unsustainable through the spring,” said 2017 MAR President Paul Yorkis, president of Patriot Real Estate in Medway. “The demand is there; we just need more homes on the market to satisfy that demand.”

    Inventory and Days on Market:

    Single-Family April 2017 April 2016 %Change
    Inventory 13,234 19,392 -31.8%
    Months of Supply 2.7 4.0 -32.5%
    Days on Market 81 107 -24.3%
    New Listings 7,706 8,513 -9.5%
    • 62nd time in the last 63 months of year-over-year inventory decreases
    Condominium April 2017 April 2016 %Change
    Inventory 1,455 1,607 -9.5%
    Months of Supply 2.0 2.8 -28.6%
    Days on Market 60 78 -23.1%
    New Listings 2,640 2,971 -11.1%
    • Inventory down for 16 out of the last 17 months

    “Unfortunately, our existing level of inventory makes it hard for us to meet our current and future housing needs,” said Yorkis. “If we don’t do anything soon, it will have a negative impact on the entire Massachusetts economy.”

    If you are thinking of buying a home anywhere in the state of Massachusetts, it is in your best interest to work with a member of the Massachusetts Association of Buyer Agents. These men and women are dedicated to working exclusively on your behalf to ensure that you have the best possible home-buying experience. Find a MABA agent here.