Lynn MA, Special Victims Unit…Real estate Agent police

In the City of Lynn there is “talk” of passing an ordinance making a real estate agent responsible if a home is purchased by a sex offender.

Here is the article.

http://itemlive.com/articles/2011/12/08/news/news02.txt

“However, Richard McBrien said he had two solutions to that problem.

McBrien lives directly next door to Galzerano at 34 Daytona Rd. he said he would like to see the real estate agency that sold the home to Galzerano buy it back for the purchase price plus expenses.

“If they can accomplish that then the person is not in the house any more and the real estate agent can turn around and put the dwelling back on the market,” he said. “This in my mind is a legitimate suggestion.”

Solution number two, McBrien added, would be for the City Council to require any real estate agency working in the city or anyone selling a home, to determine if a buyer is in conflict of the sex offender ordinance before they finalize a deal.

“Failure to do so would result in a $50,000 to $100,000 fine on the agency or selling party,” he said. “Is that a lot of money? Yes. Does it put some teeth into the thing if they approve it? Yes.”

The suggestion was met with an explosion of applause and City Councilor Wayne Lozzi, who moderated the meeting along with Councilor President Timothy Phelan, said the council could look into the idea.”

 

Pass the buck to the real estate agents, why not?

The bigger question is what to do with these sex offenders?  As a society we have decided to let the garbage back out.

 

 

 

North Shore Chapter Landlord Group

The North Shore Rental Property Association (NSRPA) – a new chapter of the Massachusetts Rental Housing Association – is actively seeking new members. Stacey Devendorf, local landlord and owner of Baystate|Sunstate Realty, is working closely with the Massachusetts association to bring its “Landlords Helping Landlords” philosophy to the North Shore.

The new NSRPA is open to anyone who owns/manages rental properties across all North Shore communities.  Meetings will fill a major need in the North Shore landlord community by offering an interactive support group format.  Members are encouraged to bring their most pressing questions to the table, from bedbugs and maintenance troubleshooting to finding dependable property managers and staff.  Top speakers from the legal, policy, and advocacy arenas will also offer information and resources.

Ms. Devendorf, an experienced community member and group organizer, is excited about this opportunity to mobilize and support peer landlords throughout the North Shore.

For membership information, please email:  landlords@baystatere.com or 617.674.2977.

There is also a Facebook group:  keyword “North Shore Rental Property Association.”

If you are interested in speaking at one of our future events, please contact Stacey at landlords@baystate.com.

 

Scams!

Everyday people wire me money and send me checks… no questions asked.  They do this based on ads I place on the internet for vacation rentals.

I deal a lot with summer vacation rentals in Cape Cod and year round short term rentals in Florida.  Vacationers ares my favorite population of people to deal with.  It is because they are happy! Who isn’t when they are planning a summer vacation after months of cold New England weather?

Sadly, not a year goes by where I do not hear of a story where a renter has been scammed.

There are so many scams these days.  It seems each one keeps getting better.  I could blog for months about all the different ones.

Instead I am going to offer a few tips on how to avoid  mishaps when dealing with summer rentals. No one wants their vacation ruined!

-Ask the owner to put  in writing how they will handle foreclosure proceedings should they occur before or during the time your vacation is planned.   Many people in the middle of foreclosure still rent out their homes for profit! This is a lot more common than one would think!

-Check to see if the house is for sale.  Give the town a call to see if the taxes are up paid to date, and the utilities as well.

-View lots of pictures and if possible video tours of the property. Use google earth to make sure the outside photos are indeed the property you are renting.

-Check out the city/town records online if possible to view floor plans etc.  You can easily tell if a 300 square foot home is being marketed as a 4 bedroom three story colonial!

-Some owners/agents will even show you the property if you ask.  We do not for anything less than a month rental but offer photos and video tours.

-Drive by the property for rent if possible.

-Check out feedback left by prior renters.

-Check public records to see who owns the house.  (More often than not the homes are in trusts and this should not be a reason for alert if the owner can explain it.)

-Trust your judgement.  If it sounds fishy, it is!

-Deal with an agent/owner or a real estate office/property management firm if possible when renting.

If not possible then choose an owner who has owned the property and is experienced in working with renters.

Remember agents have large networks!

They can point you to a rental in your desired area if they currently have none in their inventory.

-Ask family and friends for recommendations of owners and agents they have worked with.

Need a summer rental in the Cape or Daytona Beach?

Give us a call! 617.674.2977 or Tina in our Florida office at: 386.232.8268.

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WhatutalkingaboutWillis???? & Lobsters…

 Disclaimer:  This is an actual article printed in a local North Shore newspaper.  Not the Onion.
http://www.thedailyitemoflynn.com/articles/2011/03/09/news/news01.txt

DISCLAIMER:  THE OWNERS PAY THE PROPERTY TAXES !!!!!!  THEY SHOVEL THE SIDEWALKS.

Downtown Lynn has a rash of empty unkept store fronts.  This is not one of them.

DID I MENTION THEY PAY THEIR PROPERTY TAXES????