MAR President responds to Boston Globe Editorial ‘Pass the home energy audit measure’

Yesterday (7/28/16), the Boston Globe published an editorial in favor of mandatory energy inspections and grades “Pass the home energy audit measure.”

While MAR supports the goals of the bill to bring more energy efficiency to the Commonwealth, the Association opposes provisions that call for mandatory energy inspections and grades prior to a home being listed for sale. Below is the letter to the editor submitted to the Boston Globe by MAR President Annie Blatz in response to the editorial. For more information on MAR’s position, go to www.NoEnergyGrade.com

If only it were that ‘simple’

Annie Blatz, 2016 President, Massachusetts Association of Realtors® and Branch Executive at Kinlin Grover Real Estate, Cape Cod.

As a Realtor® for over 31 years and the 2016 president of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors®(MAR), I vehemently disagree with the Boston Globe’s editorial “Pass the home energy audit measure.”

Realtors® support energy efficiency and actively promote the voluntary Mass Save program to clients on both sides of a transaction. Common sense tells us to allow buyers to request the information that they find important, not mandate a one-size-fits-all program.

The Globe is correct that the consumer should be protected when buying a home. In fact, they already are. A buyer is free to have a home inspection, to request utility bills and have an energy audit done. No other attribute of a home is scored by the government.

What this bill will do is add another layer of bureaucracy and delays to an already complicated real estate transaction. This isn’t good for the economy or our inventory-starved state.

Finally, despite what the Globe believes, these requirements would negatively impact low- and moderate-income homebuyers. It’s not “concern-trolling” on our part, it’s the experience of over 22,000 members dealing first-hand with the unintended consequences of past “simple” requirements.

What’s Being Said in the Media: January 2016 Closed Sales Report

what's being said in the media 2016

These articles and posts resulted in the release of our January 2016 Closed Sales Release. We’ll continue to update this post as more articles come in.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

January single-family home sales surge, prices don’t
Boston Globe

Sales of single-family homes make huge jump in Mass.
WCVB

Sales of single-family homes make huge jump in Massachusetts
Boston Herald

Single-family home sales surge in Mass.
Worcester Telegram

Big bump in Mass. home sales to start 2016
Taunton Gazette

Sales Of Single-Family Homes Make Huge Jump In Mass.
WBUR

Big bump in Mass. home sales to start 2016
Fall River Herald News

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Big jump in sales of single-family homes in Massachusetts
Lowell Sun

What’s being said in the media: July 2015 Closed Sales

Here are the articles and posts that resulted in the release of our July 2015 Closed Sales Release. We’ll continue to update this post as more articles come in.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

July home sales up sharply; median price also climbs
Boston Globe

Strong numbers for home sales
The MetroWest Daily News

Mass. Home Sales Soar In July
WBUR

Mass. homes selling at torrid pace
Cape Cod Times

Worcester County home sales surge; prices stable
Worcester Telegram

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Active Spring Market Pushed Massachusetts Closed Home Sales Up in July
RealEstateRama

Single-family home sales soar in Mass. during July
Sentinel & Enterprise

What’s being said in the media: June Closed Sales

 

Here are the articles and posts that resulted in the release of our June 2015 Closed Sales Release. We’ll continue to update this post as more articles come in.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

June home sales soar in Bay State: Could mean a ‘big year’
Boston Herald

Mass. Realtors report growth in closed home sales
Morning Brief – Mortgage Professionals of America

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Rising inventory lifts home sales 11.4% in June
Boston Globe

Massachusetts Home Sales Surge in June 2015, Prices Up Modestly
Boston Home Buyer Education Blog – Boston.com

Massachusetts homes sales soar last month for best June in a decade
Fox Business News (via Associated Press)

Active Spring Market Pushed Massachusetts Closed Home Sales Up in June
RealEstateRama Blog

Massachusetts home sales in June hit highest level in 10 years
State House News Service

What’s being said in the media: May 2015 Closed Sales

Here are the articles and posts that resulted in the release of our May 2015 Closed Sales Report. We’ll continue to update this post as more articles come in.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Here’s why Boston home sales have slipped to the lowest level in 4 years
Boston Business Journal

Sales of single-family homes slip in Massachusetts
WCVB5 Boston

Tight supply saps home, condo sales
Boston Globe

Home sales in Worcester County outperform state in May
Worcester Business Journal

Worcester County home sales, prices rise, bucking statewide trend
Worcester Telegram

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sales of single-family homes in Massachusetts drops
Boston Herald

Housing Report On A Downer
560 WHYN Springfield News Radio

What’s being said in the media: April 2015 Closed Sales

Here are the articles and posts that resulted in the release of our April 2015 Closed Sales Report. We’ll continue to update this post as more articles come in.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mass. home sales down, but median prices up
Worcester Business Journal

Why Did Massachusetts Home Sales Drop 7.6% in April?
Boston.com

Massachusetts Home Sales Down In April
CBS Boston

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Lack of Greater Boston homes to buy reignites bidding wars
Boston Globe