Tips and Resources for Homeowners, Home Buyers, and Home Sellers in Massachusetts
Helping You Make the Right Move!
Community Facts and Information
Get demographic information including population, businesses and industry, education housing, and median household income in any community in the country. To get all this information and more, visit American Fact Finder at the U.S. Census Bureau.
You can also visit Epodunk for community profile information on Massachusetts towns, cities, counties and communities, and www.City-Data.com for additional demographic and real estate market information.
To see demographic and lifestyle information about your neighborhood, type in your ZIP Code at Esri ZIP Code Lookup.
Crime Rates and Stats
To compare the cost of living, crime, cities, schools, and more across towns in Massachusetts and the country, visit Sperling’s BestPlaces. You can find crime data by city and county on the FBI’s website. You can also get a free comparison on violent and property crime in any U.S. city compared to your state and the national median at NeighborhoodScout.com.
Fair Housing Laws
Federal and state laws protect your rights to live where you want, and prohibit housing discrimination based on many factors including age, race, sex, religion, national original, familial status, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, and disability. If you believe you have been a victim of housing discrimination, you may contact the Massachusetts Civil Rights Division at (617) 727-2200 or file a civil rights complaint. In addition you may file with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination at (617) 994-6000.
Know that the home seller, the home buyer, the landlord, the renter, and the real estate professional all have rights and responsibilities under the law.
Home, Rental, and Flood Insurance
For information about homeowners and rental insurance, visit the Insurance Information Institute.
For information about flood insurance, visit FEMA’s FloodSmart website.
Home Inspection and Home Inspectors
A standard home inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and major interior systems of a residential building. During an inspection, the inspector will review the readily accessible exposed portions of the structure of the home as well as the heating/air conditioning systems, interior plumbing and electrical systems for potential problems. To learn more about home inspections, visit the Massachusetts Department of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations website for the Home Inspectors Consumer Fact Sheet.
For more information about home inspections, visit the Massachusetts Home Inspector Consumer Information website.
For a list of Massachusetts licensed home inspectors, visit the Board of Registration of Home Inspectors at the Division of Professional Licensure.
Landlord’s Rights and Responsibilities
Whether you own a large apartment building or a single rental unit, you must treat the business of being a landlord as just that: a business. Learn about landlord’s rights and responsibilities. Also, learn how to be a landlord and avoid legal trouble.
The Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services maintains a database of properties with a lead inspection history. Visit Lead Safe Homes to see if your home or the home you want to buy or rent has been inspected for lead.
Find a Massachusetts licensed lead inspector at Licensed Lead Inspector Search.
Listings / Homes for Sale / Rentals
To see listings of staged home and condos for sale in Massachusetts, visit www.StagaedHomes.com. Or you can search for properties for sale directly on the Massachusetts Multiple Listing Service (MLS) or at REALTOR.com.
To see the largest directory of homes and apartments for rent in Massachusetts, visit Rental Beast.
Median Home Prices and Real Estate Market Activity
For information on recent home sales, median sales prices and a home value estimator in Massachusetts, visit: www.City-Data.com. You can also visit www.City-Data.com for additional demographic and real estate market information in Massachusetts.