Nonessential Evictions in MA Update (October 2020)

 

This week it’s a Zoom update with Ben Cote and Emmanuel Ebot about the eviction moratorium in MA due to the pandemic. It’s wise to take this moment by moment, as there is always a chance for a further extension, but currently the end date is October 17th, 2020.

A new CDC regulation acts as a separate residential eviction moratorium with a triggering condition based on the fact that certain circumstances caused by eviction could aid in the spread of COVID-19 and should be avoided.

It’s better to be proactive than reactive. Plan ahead as well as possible to stay out of court and keep things easier on everyone.

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If you have any questions about evictions, contact us by calling (781) 319-1900.

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Save $$ by Selling Your Own House?

 

Navigating effective marketing, COVID-era open houses, MLS, true home value, price negotiation, closing attorney fees… these are just some of the things to consider before trying to sell your home without a real estate professional. It might be more trouble than it’s worth.

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What Is a Short Sale & How Can I Avoid It?

 

If your debt exceeds the amount of money you can get for selling your house, sometimes the bank will accept less than what they are owed and call it even. It’s not an easy process and you have to prove to the bank that it’s worth it for them, but it can be less harmful than foreclosure. Consider getting out ahead of it and consider selling before you reach that point of having to choose between the two.

If you have any questions about short sales, contact us by calling (781) 319-1900.

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Beware of Wire Fraud in 2020!

 

The enterprise of cybercrime is booming these days, and anyone can become a victim. Cyber criminals use the technique of phishing to obtain personal data through fraud. Always take the time to verify with a title company or closing law firm regarding your private information, and make sure to follow up… especially if something seems phishy.

If you have any questions about wire fraud, contact us by calling (781) 319-1900.

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Introducing Homesteads for Heroes!

 

 

PSA for our valuable first responders! We want to help protect you as you have done for us. Introducing: Homesteads for Heroes. Check out our website Stilesh4h.com so we can help you figure out if you have a homestead declaration. If you don’t, we’ll draft one for you. Then you can visit us at our outdoor office and get it notarized. Consider it a big thank you from all of us at Stiles Law.

We can’t wait to hear from you at (781) 931-1900, https://stiles-law.com, or stilesh4h.com.

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Should I Do Yard Work Before Selling My Home?

 

Now that it’s autumn, we all have a bit more yard work to do. We received another question from a viewer this week, “I’m selling my house and I have a lot to do. I don’t really have time for yard work. Do I need to rake my leaves?”

In short: it depends. As a legal matter, we must consider what Massachusetts contract law requires: what did you agree to do? Purchase and Sale Agreements often contain a “Broom-Clean Condition” or “Continuing Maintenance” provision. These paragraphs dictate what the seller is expected to do prior to closing. Those paragraphs will create clear obligations for the seller and should be followed closely.

As a buyer, you may be wondering if you can make the seller do a fall clean-up before you move in. We think it is a good idea to change the word from “make” to “ask.” Everything is negotiable and it never hurts to ask. You may be surprised that your sellers are happy to accommodate.

If you have any questions about selling your home, contact Stiles Law by calling (781) 319-1900.

Copyright © 2019 Stiles Law, All rights reserved. Stiles Law is a Massachusetts licensed law firm and all content is based on Massachusetts law. The information presented above is meant to be used for general informational purposes and it should not be construed as legal advice or legal opinion on any specific facts.