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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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4.7.17 Flood Map Changes Coming for Salem

New changes to Salem flood maps will go into effect in July of this year according to a recent release from FEMA. The changes are expected to result in insurance premiums savings for many home owners. It is estimated that 650 parcels will benefit from the changes.

Click here to read a related article from

Click here to view the revised flood maps.


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3.22.17 North Shore CDC to Pursue Development of Community Program Space

Salem's North Shore Community Development Corporation has announced a new campaign to build a 2,000-square-foot Espacio Community Program Space in the Point, a predominantly immigrant neighborhood in Salem. With a possible matching grant from MassDevelopment, the project could be completed in the near future and would provide various services to the residents of the area.

Last year, with financial assistance from MassDevelopment, the CDC completed the purchase and renovation of 66 affordable rental units in the Point and the addition of the proposed community space will add to the development of the area and provide new opportunities to the residents.

Click here to read a related article from the Salem News.


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3.17.17 Rockport Long Beach Residents File Lawsuit

A number of Rockport Long Beach resident owners of summer cottages located on land leased to them by the town have filed suit against the town to eliminate a provision in their leases that allows the public to walk across their lots to access the beach. A preliminary injunction is currently prohibiting public access across the private lots but, several public paths still provide the public access to the beach. The suit seeks to have the public access provisions removed from the lease agreements. The issue at Long Beach is not the only one of its kind in the area. Click here to read the related article from the Boston Globe.


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