Sunday, June 28, 2009

Cash for Clunkers Survey: Vote NOW

In an effort to stimulate the sale of autos, the Cash for Clunkers program will provide up $3500 or $4500 of credit and depends the type of vehicle and the difference in fuel economy between your tade in and the new vehicle.

What do you think of this program? Will it do any real good? Vote now in this Short Survey

Some essential points of the program are :
a) Your vehicle must be less than 25 years old on the trade in date
b) Only purchase or lease of new cars will qualify
c) Generally, trade in vehicles must get 18 or less MPG (some very large pick-up trucks and cargo vans have different requirements
d) Trade in vehicles must be registered and insured continuously for the full year preceding the trade in
e) You don't need a voucher, dealers will apply a credit at purchase
f) Program runs through November 1, 2009 or when the funds are exhausted, whichever comes first
g) The vehicle which you are trading in is required to be destroyed. Therefore, the value that you negotiate with the dealer for your trade in is not like to exceed its scrap value. The law requires the dealer to disclose to you an estimate of the scrap value of your vehicle.

What do you think? Will it help? Take this very short survey and CAST YOUR VOTE


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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Massachusetts Realtors Advocate for Consumers

Yesterday saw a large group of Massachusetts Realtors converge on Beacon Hill to meet with their local legislators to discuss real property issues. One point of this event, that is overlooked or not given enough emphasis, is the full role of the Realtors.
As one may expect, the Realtors are there at the State House to highlight the point of view on potential legislation from the Real Estate Professional's perspective. The Realtors are also carrying another banner with them, that of every consumer in the state who will be effected by real property issues.
No one else is there to recommend higher education requirements for real estate licensees, to ask that additional state taxes not be put on property owners when they sell, not impose new state taxes on private property owners when the rent out their home or an apartment, protect landlords and tennants property in an eviction situation.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Massachusett Real Estate License Fees and Examination Costs to Increase

We have received notice that the fees for the Massachusetts Real Estate Salesperson and the Massachusetts Real Estate Broker license will increase on July 1st. Also, the cost of the examination for both licenses will also increase at the same time.

The biennial cost for the Salesperson will increase from $93 to $103. For the Broker, the increase will be from $127 to $142. Also, the cost of the Corporate , the increase is from $195 to $221. To access the total list, look at the Massachusetts Professional Licensure page.

Two June Mass R.E. Salesperson Pre-Licensing Courses

***NOTE*** We have just been informed, that effective July 1st, the fees for taking the Massachusetts Real Estate Saleperson and Massachusetts Real Estate Broker examinations will be increased. Also, the fees for both the Massachusetts Real Estate Saleperson License and Massachusetss Real Estate Broker License will be increased, effective July 1st. ***

Annex Real Estate School, conveniently located in the Wollaston section of Quincy, has posted two Massachusetts Real Estate Salesperson Courses on the WEBSITE for June.

The first is an intesive WEEKEND Class that will start Friday evening, June 12th, from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The class then continues on Saturday and Sunday, June 13th and 14th, 8am to 6pm, both days (24 hours of state mandated classroom instruction).

The second program is an Accelerated MIDWEEK Class that will start on Tuesday, June 23rd, 9am to 5:30 pm. That class willcontinue on Wednesday and Thursday, 9am to 5:30 pm, all three days. (24 hours of state mandated classroom instruction).

The school is now accepting Applications for both programs. You can read more about the classes on the Annex Real Estate School website where you can also download Applications. You can also get an application for the WEEKEND Class here and for the MIDWEEK Class here.

You can read more about the Massachusetts Real Estate licensing process at this informational site.

Visit the website, call the school direct @ 617-773-2576 or email the Director at for any questions.