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7.12.17 Merrimack Valley Housing Plan in Works

The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission is embarking on a unique project to create the first Regional Housing Plan for the Merrimack Valley.

A Haverhill Community Housing Needs Workshop will be held on Tuesday, July 18 at 7 pm, and the public is welcome to participate in a discussion on housing needs in Haverhill. The workshop will include an overview of local demographics, the City's existing housing scenario, and an interactive discussion of the community's current and future housing needs. The one-hour workshop will take place at Haverhill High School located at 137 Monument Street.

 The MVPC is also hosting an ongoing, online conversation. To participate and add your ideas, please visit the MV Housing Website .

In addition, on Wednesday, September 27 at 6 pm The MVPC is hosting Regional Open House Events throughout the region. The next Regional Open House is at the Barking Dog Ale House in Haverhill. To RSVP for the event, and learn about this project, please visit MVPC's Regional Housing webpage.


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7.12.17 Changes to Closing Disclosure Procedures Approved By CFPB

The federal government's Consumer Protection Financial Bureau has ruled that REALTORS® and other third parties may now have access to the closing document information from lenders prior to closing. This ruling reverts back to the practice prior to the changes made by the CFPB two years ago when REALTORS® were commonly privy to closing details.

 This change may very well prevent errors that have cropped up because of the inability of REALTORS® to review the documents prior to closing.

Read more in this NAR REATLOR® Magazine article.


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7.7.17 Room Occupancy Tax Kept Out of Budget

The Massachusetts House & Senate have agreed not to inlcude a room occupancy tax or CPA fee increase in the FY2018 budget. This is welcome news to home owners who would be faced with paying the new tax as a result of providing short-term rental space to guests. Read Boston Globe article for more info.

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6.15.17 Successful REALTOR® Day on Beacon Hill

REALTORS meet at Day on the Hill

Over 400 REALTORS® from across the state assembled at the State House yesterday to meet with their respective legislators and discuss pending real estate-related legislative issues. The morning meeting, which took place in the Great Hall, featured remarks from Senator Karen Spilka of Ashland who stated that she welcomes the input of REALTORS® on the issues being considered by the legislature.

Immediately after the morning meeting, the REALTORS® headed out to keep their appointments with members of the House and Senate to further express their concerns on behalf of home owners and buyers.

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6.13.17 NSAR Readies for Legislative Visits – REALTOR® Day on Beacon Hill- June 14th

REALTORS® from accross the state will be converging on the Massachusetts State House tomorrow to attend the 32nd annual Margaret C. Carlson REALTOR® Day on Beacon Hill.

REALTOR® attendees will meet face to face with state legislators to discuss important real estate-related issues including First-Time Home Buyers Savings Accounts, Land Use and Zoning Reforms, and Mortgage Debt Forgiveness. 300-400 REALTORS® are expected to attend and make their voices heard on these issues with 30 REALTORS® representing North Shore communities as members of the North Shore Association of REALTORS®.



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4.26.17 Demolition Delay Defeated in West Newbury

The Demolition Delay Bylaw proposed by the West Newbury Historical Commission was voted down by a considerable margin at Monday night's Town Meeting. NSAR President, Patrick Maguire attended the meeting and presented the REALTOR® position in opposition to the bylaw change. The proposed bylaw would have required buildings in town that are 100 years old or older to be subject to review by the Town's Historical Commission and possibly face a 9-month delay period before they could be demolished to make way for new construction. The defeat of this proposed bylaw should be considered a victory for property ownership rights and future housing production on the North Shore.


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