Hey folks, it’s Jon Bowen with Hub Edge Realty. How are ya? Ahm, I just want to talk to you, ah, quickly about Realtor Day on the Hill 2018; it’s the day of the year where Real…, ah, Realtors, ah, head up to Beacon Hill and talk to legislators about issues that affect homeowners in Massachusetts and this year on Beacon Hill there are two issues that are, ahm, kind of, ah, really important for homeowners this year, and, ah, the first one is, ah, a bill to, ahm, start what are called transfer taxes. Now when you sell your house you still have to pay tax stamps; everybody in Massachusetts pays tax stamps but there is a new bill up on “The Hill” that would have another sort of tax, it’s called, ah, transfer… transfer fees or transfer taxes; it’s just another bill that, ah, just another bill for homeowners. You know, right now the market is really hot and sellers are doing well; they’re selling their properties and they’re getting good money but, you know, when this market crashes, which IT WILL DO, I mean, it’s just the nature of real estate, prices go up and prices go down and they WILL GO DOWN, the problem with transfer fees or transfer taxes, is that when this market does crash and, excuse me, sellers are trying to make as much money as they can, and they’re scraping for every last nickel, ah, these transfer taxes are going to take a bite out of people’s, ah, wallets, alright? So it’s, ah… it’s important to know that and there are Realtors up on “The Hill”, the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, Hub Edge Realty is a Realtor so we’re members of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, the Massachusetts Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors, ahm, so we are really interested in, ah, homeowners’ issues, okay. The other issue is what they call, ah, “scoring”. So, what ahm… There’s a bill up on “The Hill” being talked about and, ah, it’s gonna “score” your, as a homeowner, it will “score” your property for, ahm, for its, ahm, energy efficiency, okay? And, ahm, you know Massachusetts has some of the oldest housing stock in the country and, you know, some of these houses out here are definitely not anywhere near as energy efficient as they could be and… and that’s, you know, that’s because houses around here were built in the 1600s, 1700s, 1800s, you know, 1900s, and there was just no insulation, ah, put into those houses so “energy scoring” is just another way to make the process of selling your home more complicated. I think the idea of “scoring” your property for energy efficiency is fantastic, in theory, but in practice it’s just not something that, ah, homeowners can, you know, I can’t… it’s just too much, ahm, so to make that a law, it’s too much in my opinion, okay. It should be something that is, ah, not mandatory, okay? So Realtors are fighting for your homeowner rights, ah, I, you would think that, ah, you know, everybody thinks that Realtors make giant commissions and… and we don’t do anything but we really are, we really do, a lot of us really do care about homeowners, ah, and I’m one of those people, okay? So thank you for my long-winded, ah, video and I hope you enjoy your day. Okay. Take care. Bye-bye.