Blog :: 10-2016

Municipal Restrictions on Short-Term Home Rentals? Coming Soon to a Town Near You?

TONIGHT the Town of Lynnfield, MA will hold a Town Meeting that will, if passed, affect the rights of its property owners. 

Take a look at Article 6 on Lynnfield's Town Warrant. This language would prohibit owners of single family homes from renting out THEIR PROPERTY, if the rental period is 30 days or less. No doubt what prompted the panic was the Lynnfield fatal shooting at a sprawling mansion earlier this year.

I can certainly see a homeowner's initial reaction being, "Why should anyone be able to dictate what I can and cannot do with my property?" However, there seems to be more to the story when you dig deeper. Sure, we have Little Neck, Great Neck, and Plum Island which come to my mind immediately; and all the weekly and seasonal short-term rentals that allow many of those owners to afford their slice of paradise. Many of my personal best vacations were the weekly rentals of beach-front and lake-side homes. Are vacationers ruining the fabric of the neighborhoods? One of the biggest opponents of Airbnb says exactly that about how Airbnb is hurting the neighborhoods of NYC. His (some say hypocritical) position is that it forces would-be long-term renters out for the astronomically high rents short-term renters are willing to pay. He does make a point there.

What do you think? 

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Halloween in Ipswich - Events, Dates & Times

Halloween at the Ipswich Public Library - Thursday, October 20, 2:30-4:30. Drop-in craft.

Kid's Halloween Party at The Ipswich Museum - Friday, October 21, 3:30-5pm. 54 South Main St., Ipswich, MA

Ipswich Halloween Parade - Thursday, October 27, 6:15pm sharp. Ipswich Riverwalk, Ipswich, MA - FREE 

Jungle Jim's Ghostbuster Academy - Saturday, October 29, 10-11am. Town Hall. FREE - Ages 3-10

Ipswich Downtown Trick-or-Treat - Saturday, October 29, 2-4pm. Market Street, Ipswich, MA - Ages 9 & under

Trick-or-Treat Hayrides at Marini Farm - Saturday October 29 & Sunday October 30, 11am-5pm

Ipswich Fire Dpt. Halloween Costume Party - Monday, October 31, 5:30-7:30pm. 55 Central St, Ipswich, MA - FREE

All Town Trick-or-Treating - Monday, October 31, 5:30-7:30

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Ipswich in the Top 10 for Biggest Gain in Home Price

The Warren Group reports we are at or near record levels in several categories. We are not surprised and have been experiencing brisk sales locally, here on the North Shore, including multiple offer situations on properly priced inventory, heavy attendance at open houses and large buyer pools in certain price ranges. Manchester, MA falls in at number two with a 23.6 percent gain, to a new median home sale price of just under a million at $955,000! Ipswich came in at number three with a home sale gain of... 

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Windhill Builders WINS Readers' Choice Award!

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Thank you for your vote! We are honored and humbled to be the Readers' Choice Winner for Builder Restoration in North Shore Magazine’s first Home Awards edition! We would also like to congratulate Matt Diana and Cummings Architects for their much deserved wins. We have partnered with them both on numerous projects and the talent is outstanding.
Read the entire, exceptionally gorgeous, digital issue here:  http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/8557e8b9#/8557e8b9/65