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Don't Invite a Fire to Your House this Winter!

Did you know? Nearly a third of total-loss house fires happen in December, January & February? I had no idea. Thank you Realtor.com for the reminder! These things to watch out for seem obvious but worth the cursory glance. Read the list of dangerous things that can spark a house fire. I'm going home to make sure my outlet adaptors are not warm to the touch or overloaded. And if you have a live tree, make sure it's watered!

New Listing - 3 Allen Lane, Ipswich MA

Nicely maintained Pinefield Ranch Home in a wonderful NEIGHBORHOOD w/many updates in recent years. Ideal SINGLE LEVEL LIVING or 1st TIME HOME BUYER home w/oversized 1 CAR GARAGE for additional STORAGE or WORKSHOP & SHED for yard equipment. Abundant outdoor amenities include LEVEL BACKYARD w/plenty of room for outdoor entertaining. Conveniently located just minutes to RT 1, 1A or 133 on a QUIET SIDE STREET, around the corner from the recently refurbished Pinefield Playground & Willowdale State Park with it's many HIKING/BIKING TRAILS. Enjoy fresh produce & fun activities at nearby MARINI FARM or close proximity to DOYON SCHOOL. Just 4 miles to DOWNTOWN IPSWICH's local shops, award winning restaurants & vibrant community events. Only 7 miles to Crane Beach & Crane Estate. GOLF ENTHUSIASTS have their choice of close by Ipswich Country Club, New Meadows or Turner Hill! For an easy commute, take the TRAIN North from downtown Ipswich to Newburyport or South to Boston! Full details for 3 Allen Lane, Ipswich MA here.

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My House Failed Title V. What Are My Options?

Here in Ipswich, MA as well as across the north shore, we have a high number of septic systems and Title V is commonly part of most real estate transactions. We make it a priority to be well-informed and current on all changes by having regular sessions with our board of health director and constant information sharing. There are many nuances to managing a transaction with a septic system and I highly recommend you hire an agent who truly understands Title V. Thank you to the Massachusetts Association of Realtors for sharing these important facts: 

Q. I am selling a home that has a failed Title 5 inspection. What are my seller’s options?

A. Aside from very limited circumstances, a property must have a passing Title 5 inspection within 2 years before a transfer takes place. An inspection is not required before a transfer in the following situations:

1.     Refinancing or any situation where no new parties are introduced;

2.     a transfer between spouses;

3.     a transfer between parents and child(ren);

4.     a transfer between full siblings; and

5.     where the property is held in a trust.

A property owner or buyer of a property with a failed inspection may also enter into an enforceable agreement with the Board of Health requiring them to upgrade the system or connect to the public sewer within 2 years following the transfer of title. If a property owner has entered into this type of agreement, they must disclose it to prospective buyers, and it must be binding on subsequent owners.

The most straightforward option available to sellers with a failed Title 5 inspection is to repair or replace the system prior to transfer. However, this may not be a viable option for all sellers because of the expense involved. In these situations, the seller and buyer may negotiate a resolution that satisfies both the requirements of the law as well as the financial well-being of all parties involved.