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6.25.18 Upcoming: City of Salem to Present Short Term Rental Ordinance on Tuesday, June 26th - 7pm

The City of Salem will present the draft of an ordinance regarding the regulation of short term rentals (i.e. Airbnb, VRBO, etc.) in Salem at a public meeting on Tuesday, June 26th at 7:00pm at the City Hall Annex, 98 Washington Street, Salem.airbnb&vrbo

The City is looking for feedback from the public, particularly owners of rental properties who rent out space on a short-term basis (fewer than 14 consecutive days). A copy of the proposed ordinance may be viewed at Scroll to the bottom of the page and select the PDF file entitled “Draft Short Term Rentals Ordinance”. 

NSAR’s Town Monitor will be in attendance at the meeting and will keep us apprised of the issue.

*NSAR Town Monitors are member volunteers who serve as watchdogs monitoring local real estate-related issues.

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6.18.18 Take Action Now! Click to tell Congress to Reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program!

North Shore REALTORS®: TAKE ACTION NOW! It only takes a few seconds to tell Congress to #RenewNFIP which expires on July 31st. More than 5 million Americans in 22,000 communities nationwide rely on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Having experienced back-to-back 100-year storms on the North Shore this past winter, we need Congress to Reauthorize NFIP! Click here to send a message to your members of Congress NOW!


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6.14.18 Extension Needed for National Flood Insurance Program


REALTORS® across the country are urging their members of Congress to act to extend the National Flood Insurance Program which is set to expire on July 31, 2018. A more permanent solution is needed such as encouraging the development of private options to protect homeowners and provide them with affordable flood insurance policies.

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5.25.18 Newburyport Home of Enviro-Friendly Development

A carefully-planned approach to housing development can save valuable resources and benefit the environment. In Newburyport, ground has been broken for a 48-unit development that is recycling a former salvage yard and will incorporate green-living practices including areas planted with herbs and fruit trees as well as areas for gardening and solar panels. Read more about other efforts being made to lower the environmental impact of development in this article from the Salem News.


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5.25.18 Swampscott Looking at Smart Growth Project

The Town of Swampscott is considering funding a study to help plan for a smart growth zoning change in the neighborhood of the exisiting train station. Smart Growth Overlay Districts are a tool used to encourage communities to create residential or mixed-use districts which are more dense than that allowed by existing zoning. Read more about the plan in this article.

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5.18.18 South Peabody May See More Development

South Peabody, which has seen significant development in recent years, may be looking at an additional 24-unit subdivision being built in an area abutting Ralph Road. Plans for the Stonegate project will be reviewed by the Planning Board on June 7th. Residents will have an opportunity to voice any concerns at a meeting to be held prior to the Planning Board review. For more details see this article from the Salem News.

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