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Right to Farm Regulations

MP900178988 (1)We’ve determined that 23 communities in Berkshire County have passed some form of Agricultural Farming bylaws, many of which include a ‘right to farm provision’. What does this mean for you as a REALTOR?

In state model bylaws, there is an obligation that the seller of any property in such a jurisdiction must present a ‘Right to Farm’ disclosure form to buyers, no more than 21 days after the purchase and sale contract is entered into, or prior to the sale or exchange of real property. This form must be signed by the buyer and on file with the city or town before transfer or else a fine in the amount of $300 can be assessed.

Click here for more information and a list of Right to Farm Communities.


Lead Law Changes for 2018

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health made some changes to deleading standards as well as the standards for lead poisoning in children last month.  The changes should result in lower costs to delead, and help property’s meet Initial Compliance status easier.  That progress comes at a cost – there will be more lead left in

Keep Your Finger on the Pulse: Connecticut Concrete Could Affect Massachusetts Homeowners

According to reports issued by the state of Connecticut over the past two years, a company called Becker Quarry in Willington sold pyrrhotite-contaminated stone to the now defunct JJ Mottes concrete company from 1983 until 2017, when they agreed to stop.  Connecticut homeowners have been faced with failing foundations and the costs associated to repair their

April CE Series: Green Home Efficiencies – It’s What Millennials Want!

According to the National Association of REALTORS 2017 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trend Report, Millennials made up 34% of home buyers in 2016.  Did you also know, Millennials are also shaping the future of energy?  When the two mesh…are you aware of what your Millennial and otherwise environmentally conscientious buyers want?  Make sure you’re

Right to Farm Clarification

Lately, we’ve fielded a lot of questions about Right to Farm (RTF) at our SOS meeting and from town leaders.  First, the towns that require disclosure  want to make sure buyers know they may be exposed to farm activities (smells, tractors, cow crossings, dust, noise).  It does NOT mean the buyer actually has a right