Broker Tour - Chelmsford/Westford

Broker Tour Itinerary For: October 26, 2016 
(Date above will be an active hyperlink when tour info is available.)

NEAR Broker Tour/Caravan Rules for Westford/Chelmsford
As approved by the Board of Directors September 13, 2012 

NEAR runs a weekly REALTOR® Caravan in Westford and Chelmsford on Wednesdays, starting at 9:30 AM. Other abutting towns will not be added to this Caravan. NEAR does not guarantee visitation of your Caravan listing. It is solely up to the individual agents as to what properties they choose to visit.

Access to adding properties to the NEAR Caravan is through MLS-PIN.

A complete listing must be entered with directions and the Caravan date under broker tour by 5:00 pm on Saturday prior to the desired caravan, or by 5:00 pm on Friday if the NEAR office will be closed on a Monday due to observance of a holiday.

Participation is free for all NEAR REALTOR® members whether you are touring or adding a new listing to the tour. 

  • All properties listed by NEAR REALTOR® members may appear on the NEAR Caravan free the initial time.
  • Only REALTORS® may participate.
  • REALTORS® from other Boards who would like to participate in the NEAR Caravan will be charged a $25 fee to add a property to the NEAR Caravan list.
  • A REALTOR® licensed in Massachusetts must be in attendance at the property in order for it to be included on the NEAR tour.
  • The REALTOR® hosting the open house should arrive no later than 15 minutes ahead of scheduled time and stay as long as agents continue to arrive to tour the property.
  • The listing agent is responsible for checking MLS-PIN, prior to Caravan deadlines, to be sure that the information was saved, and if not, they should enter it again.
  • The repeat appearance of a property will be allowed after four weeks for a fee of $25. If a property has not been listed on Caravan for 90 days, the property may be listed again at no charge (with a $25 charge to repeat after 4 more weeks).
  • A property may be on Caravan only once in any 4-week period.
  • No properties can be added to the middle of caravan once the list is completed and distributed. There is a fine of $25 should this happen.
  • New Construction should be placed as a drive by viewing, initially, if walls are not up to define the floor plan. An open viewing may be added at a later date, at no fee. In this case, designate a drive by using the comments section of the tour function and type “Drive-by Only.”
  • Drawings and refreshments should be noted in the tour function comments section. To be fair to fellow REALTORS® whose listings follow properties offering refreshments, full luncheons are considered inappropriate as they disrupt the timing and flow of the Caravan.

Deleting of any listing from Caravan must be done prior to 9:00 AM on the Tuesday prior to Caravan day. All changes must be brought to the attention of the Caravan Coordinator (currently Frances Markel at

If a property open house that had been listed on the tour is cancelled after 9:00 am on Tuesday, then the listing agent must call all member firms to notify them of the change, put a sign at the property, call the listing agent of the 1st and 2nd houses scheduled so they can divert agents, or be at the property to divert agents.

Any non-compliance with Caravan Rules will result in a $25 fine. Any continued violations of the Caravan rules after a final, written warning to the Designated REALTOR® of an office will result in that office’s suspension from Caravan privileges for 30 days.

Every effort is made to post the Caravan schedule to by 2:30 pm on Tuesday. It may be viewed on Broker Tour under the “Home” section.


  • Caravan will not be held if, due to inclement weather, school is cancelled in either Westford or Chelmsford.
  • There is no Caravan on the week between Christmas and New Year.