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2008 North Shore Conference


MAY 10, 2008, 8AM-1PM, 

Spring Hill Suites Marriott, 43 Newbury Street (US 1 North), Peabody, MA

The Massachusetts Rental Housing Association (MRHA) and its’ local affiliates, the Salem Landlord Association and Eastern Middlesex Property Owners Association (EMPOA) invite you to attend our educational conference. Whether you own one investment property, multiple properties or are contemplating the purchase of investment property, this conference provides essential information to help you succeed.


Track 1:

Marketing your Property

Having trouble renting your apartment?  Wonder if there is something else you could do to be more successful?  This session will discuss the current market with respect to multi-family properties in the North Shore area and how to effectively market your property using the web, realtors and other means.

Tenant Screening

Do you know what you need to do to successfully screen a tenant for your apartment?  This session will discuss the dos and don’ts for tenant screening.  Learn how to successfully screen tenants and navigate the fair housing laws.

Eviction Process

Get a view from the Bench.  Come listen and find out the best way to be successful in Housing Court.  Hear about the landlord-litigant process from the Judge's point of view

Track 2:

State of the Mortgage Industry

The mortgage industry is changing on a day-to-day basis.  This session will discuss the state of the mortgage industry today, as well as programs available for investors, and the difference between residential and commercial financing

Lead Paint Compliance

Last year, a bill was presented which would drastically have changed the lead paint laws in Massachusetts.  Learn about the current law and why landlords need to be aware of the laws, deleading methods and the danger of lead paint to your business.

Maintenance 101- Getting Your Apartment Ready to Rent for Today’s Market

Don’t want to be a slum lord? Got a vacancy that you are having trouble filling? Want to be able to inexpensively maintain your property and find and retain good tenants? Contractor Brad Stearns of CSA Services Corp and Paul Weston, Real Estate Broker with Kelmark Associates of Waltham and landlord for 10 years will discuss how to get your apartment ready for market and keep your property going for years to come. This is good chance to come in and find out the answers and solutions to issues you have.


Speaker Bios

Mark Ledger - Mark is a realtor, landlord, past president of the Waltham Rental Housing Association, and current President of the MRHA.  Mark started investing in 1984 at 21 and opened his own real estate office at age 23.  He specializes in helping other investors reach their goals in property ownership. (781) 899-0223.

Mary Ann Cantu - has been the president of NTN / Boston since its inception in 1993. The National Tenant Network has been the national leader in the tenant performance reporting field for almost 30 years and was started by a real-estate lawyer who was tired of spending all of his time in Summary Process proceedings. Mary Ann has been investing in real estate since 1985 and still owns property here and out of state. Prior to NTN / Boston, Mary Ann served 12 years in the U. S. Navy as an Electronics Technician, First Class. She also served as Substance Abuse Coordinator and Command Career Counselor, both at shipboard and shore-based commands. Mary Ann speaks regularly to landlords across New England on a range of issues of interest to landlords and investors.  978-858-0756

Hon. Robert A. Cornetta - Judge Robert A. Cornetta received both his bachelor’s degree and his juris doctor degree from Suffolk University, with honors. Upon his graduation from undergraduate school, Judge Cornetta received the Suffolk University Trustees’ Scholarship award to attend law school.Upon graduation from law school, Judge Cornetta served as an Essex County Assistant District Attorney, a Suffolk County Public Defender and as a senior staff member to the Massachusetts Legislature.Judge Cornetta’s prior public service includes appointments as Assistant Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare and Town Manager of the Town of Saugus, Massachusetts.Prior to being nominated to the Massachusetts judiciary, Judge Cornetta practiced law for ten years. His practice specialties included civil, banking, estates, land use and development and real estate law.Judge Cornetta is an adjunct professor of law at the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover, Massachusetts. His is the author of numerous legal articles covering issues including substance abuse treatment, corrections and law review articles covering case flow management and constitutional due process.The Judge lives on the North Shore with his wife Dorothy, who holds an advanced degree in public administration from Boston University and two sons, Christopher, a law school senior and Alex who is a college journalism and communications major.  


Conference Sponsors

Would like to thank the sponsors and exhibitors of the event


    Exchange Authority

    American Window Enterprises


    Cranney Home Services