If you want to do a project on your property but you know you have wetlands nearby, there are a few steps you have to take before moving forward with any construction.
Firstly, you’ll want to get in touch with your local Conservation Commissioner’s office. They will be able to advise you on all the requirements you need to meet in order to complete your project.
Once you get that squared away, you can file a Notice of Intent, or an application filed with the commission and the help of your attorney or engineer. An engineer will coordinate all the details in accordance to your town’s laws about buffer zones.
When you attend a hearing, the board will grant or deny you permission for your project. They will also give you guidance on how to execute it properly.
But be careful to remember this process alone does not grant full approval. To learn about the importance of the Notice of Intent and the As-Built Plan, as well as how to fully complete the process from beginning to end, check out this week’s video!
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Getting involved in real estate can be an amazing way to dip your toes into the world of investing and maybe even start making continuous passive income. But where do you even start?
First, consider what your goals and methods will be. If you’ve started to take notice of run-down real estate and you’re interested in adding value to a distressed property and then letting go of it, you might be a house flipper. If you’d rather buy property to hold onto and rent out, landlording might be in your future.
No matter which way you choose to invest, it’s imperative to build a strong team to support you, including a real estate agent, mortgage professional, CPA, financial advisor, and a real estate attorney (we know a few of those).
For more on the flipping process, misconceptions about investors and concerns on becoming a landlord, tune in to this week’s video.
Massachusetts has so many amazing maintained trails, parks and historic sites across our communities. Does your town have beautiful, public community spaces outdoors for everyone to enjoy? Are you aware that you might be helping maintain them without even knowing it?
Over half of Massachusetts towns have a real estate tax surcharge under the CPA—or Community Preservation Act, that goes toward the support of public open spaces, walking trails, dog parks, recreational facilities and even more.
Each town appoints a board to oversee the Community Preservation Fund. If you have an idea for your community, as a citizen of your town, you have the ability to take action and lead your own committee to direct those funds into a project by entering into a public private partnership with the board and doing some fundraising of your own to boost the small tax fund.
So next time you see that mysterious fee, you can feel confident that it’s enriching your community and making it a better place to live.
What are some of the community spaces you’re proud of in your town?
Is cryptocurrency the moolah of the future? Is it even real?
It’s becoming increasingly apparent that crypto is here to stay.
But can something so seemingly abstract be used to buy something as concrete and tangible as real estate? Technically… yes. If the agreement is made between buyer and seller on this consideration, it is feasible.
However, of course there are hurdles because of the taboo surrounding it. Mainly, obtaining loans and title insurance is nearly impossible with a crypto purchase, unless it gets transferred into cash first.
Right now there are lots of restrictions, but it may not stay that way forever. To find out a bit more on cryptocurrency as an asset, check out the video.