Please welcome the following new NAREB members:
Compass Real Estate - Kevin Caulfield and Caroline O'Shea
Coldwell Banker Realty - Lauren Greeley, Brigitte Petrocelli, Jeanine Cort, Paige Yates, Martha Toti and Colleen Coopersmith
HELP FOR HABITAT - PLEASE GIVE A FEW HOURS IF YOU CAN
A group of NAREB members helped prep and paint a few weeks ago at the new duplex on Benjamin Drive that is being built for two year-round families. Apparently, we did a good enough job that they have asked us back! Seeking volunteers who are comfortable doing inside painting (there is heat) next Wednesday, February 22, 2023 from 1-4 PM. If interested please reach out to Penny by next Monday.
NANTUCKET HOME MAGAZINE
NAREB will once again be publishing our 4 color glossy magazine with 4 issues planned for 2023: Spring, Early Summer, Late Summer and Fall. Deadlines for space reservations and receipt of materials are hard deadlines. Here is the schedule for this year.
UPDATE ON SHORT-TERM RENTAL WORKGROUP
The STRWG had a meeting in December that was promoted as an opportunity for the public to be engaged in the discussion a more substantial way than offering the occasional comment at a meeting. Over 160 people attended remotely and were broken into smaller groups to discuss and try to answer the same set of questions. After being asked a number of times, the moderator of the group has provided a redacted copy of the compilation of remarks that came out of the meeting. It is interesting to note how much unanimity there is around things like, "what are the real issues here?", how many "probem" rental houses are there?, how can we make decisions without the data?
COMPILATION OF COMMENTS FROM PUBLIC MEETING
NAREB SUPPORTS VACATION RENTAL DATA STUDY
As has been said repeatedly, the community needs the facts in order to make informed decisions. When the STRWG was formed, they were not given the tools to effectively get their job done. Although NAREB was initially supposed to have a seat on the group, it was downgraded to a non-voting seat and then, at the recommendation of the State Ethics Commission, completely eliminated (based upon the belief that anyone who benefits financially from rentals had a conflict). In hindsight, perhaps we, as a group, can contribute more to the community by providing verifiable data on vacation rentals on Nantucket. This morning NAREB voted unanimously to support and fund this effort to help the community.