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Buying and Selling a Home in Massachusetts


The Massachusetts Government website has a wealth of information in the area of housing. Below we have organized links to make your information gathering easier.

DECIDING WHERE TO LIVE
Commonwealth Communities
Map of the Commonwealth (PDF)

BUYING A HOME
Step-by-step homebuyer's guide - Excellent Resource!
Buying and selling a home in Massachusetts - Lots of good stuff about your rights as a buyer or seller
Buying a Home FAQs - 9 Steps to buying a home
Building a home - Tips on selecting a contractor
Lead Poisoning Prevention
How to buy a manufactured home
Housing Consumer Education Centers
About Home Inspection Housing Safety
Housing Safety
Insurance Information for Homeowners in Massachusetts
Registry of Deeds
United States Postal Moving Guide
State Building Code
A Guide to Real Estate Tax Appeals

HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
Rental Assistance and Public Housing
Assistance for the First Time Homebuyers
A Guide to Obtaining Housing Assistance in Massachusetts
Housing Market Data (PDF)

HOME IMPROVEMENT
Home Improvement Information and Resources
Information and Resources from the Division of Housing Development
Find a Licensed Service Professional
About Septic Systems/Title V
Financial Assistance Programs for Deleading
Differences between Renovating and Deleading (PDF)
Lead Inspectors and Licensed Deleading Contractors
Zoning Information
For information regarding zoning issues please contact Don Schmidt, Principal Land Use Planner for the Department of Housing and Community Development at 617-727-7001. You may also visit the above link www.ordinance.com a private website that supplies information for a fee
State Building Code

HOMESTEAD PROTECTION
Massachusetts Law about Homestead
Filing a Declaration of Homestead allows homeowners in Massachusetts to protect their principal residence from certain types of creditors.

ENERGY and UTILITIES
Quick links to utilities companies in Massachusetts
Energy and utility assistance programs
Energy Efficiency for Your Home
Energy prices information
Telecommunications services
How to file a complaint against a utility company
Attorney General: consumer protection
How to buy an energy-efficient home appliance
Energy savers tips and resources
The Power is Yours: Electricity Industry Restructuring
Winter heating help





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