How to Build Near Wetlands | Land Conservation in MA

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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What is the CPA on a MA Real Estate Tax Bill?

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?

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Help! I Accepted COVID-19 Forbearance

It’s no secret that this year was challenging for a lot of reasons. People lost jobs, security, loved ones, and we’ve had to re-think and re-learn a lot of things about life.

Perhaps you ran into a bind and were forced to accept your lender-offered forbearance… but what if you’re still not ready to continue payment? Now what?

That’s where the team at Stiles Law comes in. We’re ready to help you decide on the best next steps and facilitate communication with the right people to get you back on track.

For example, you might benefit from a Comparative Market Analysis of your property to reveal any home equity you may have.

It can feel like a heavy burden to bear, but we’re here. Take the first step and make a calendly appointment at calendly.com/mstiles for a free strategy session.

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So You Inherited Some Real Estate?

Have you just inherited some property via a will?

Whether you want to sell it right away or not, your first call should be to a Real Estate professional to find out the updated value of the property. Chances are it probably won’t be valued at the same price it was purchased for, especially if that was many years ago. You’ll want to have a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) generated to keep on file.

Along the way you’re going to have to consider things like title exams, title insurance and reviewing estate plans. A probate attorney, a mortgage loan officer and maybe even a business attorney might become your new best friends as each of their specialties can guide your process.

This may seem like a lot of technical details to keep track of and might feel overwhelming. However, it can all be smoothly managed with a little professional help. In dealing with situations like these regarding finances and mortgages, make sure to let your advisors know you’d like to connect with the team at Stiles Law.

If you have questions, you can always contact Stiles Law by calling (781) 319-1900 or visit https://stiles-law.com. Schedule a chat at calendly.com/mstiles.

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What is Owner’s Title Insurance?

This quick and comprehensive video on title insurance provides a description of the types of title insurance out there, the obstacles coverage protects homeowners from, and answers to some common assumptions and questions we get about this topic.

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Title Fraud & Quitclaim Deeds

There tends to be a lot of confusion over this term, but here’s the 411 on the quitclaim deed. Put simply, someone is quitting their claim on a property by relinquishing it over to someone else, including interest, but without representation or warrantees.

However, there are a few ways in which this can turn into a fraudulent situation. Watch this week’s video to find out how someone might be able to pull this off and how you can protect yourself and your property from falling victim this crime with the help of title insurance.

You can always contact Stiles Law by calling (781) 319-1900.

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