The State Organization Index provides an alphabetical listing of government organizations, including commissions, departments, and bureaus.
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MGL c.183 Conveyances by Deed, Mortgage Discharge
MGL c.183A Condominiums
MGL c.183B Time Shares
MGL c.184 General Provisions Relative to Real Property
MGL c. 93, s.114 "Psychologically impacted" Properties. Sellers and brokers do not have to disclose to buyers or tenants the fact that a property is perceived to be tainted by the health of a previous occupant, a murder or suicide, or paranormal phenomena. However, they may not be deceitful in answers to questions about the property.
Massachusetts Land Court Rules. Also available as an ebook.
Guidelines on Registered Land, Mass. Land Court, February 27, 2009 (see additional resources below).
Manual of Instructions for the Survey of Lands and Preparation of Plans 2006, Mass. Land Court (see additional resources below).
"This manual is issued for the information and guidance of land surveyors preparing surveys and plans to be filed in the Land Court. It is intended as a guide to the minimum requirements for what is commonly referred to in this commonwealth as a "Land Court Survey". Compliance with these instructions is mandatory, and no survey or plan will be accepted for filing unless these requirements have been fulfilled to the satisfaction of the Land Court's Survey Division."
Massachusetts Registries of Deeds, Mass. Secretary of State
Provides links to all of the Registries of Deeds, which then provide access to addresses, phone numbers, and websites for the individual registries
Brennan v. DeCosta, 24 Mass. App. Ct. 968 (1987)
"As a general rule, the title of persons who acquire land bounded by a street or way runs to the center line of the way, G. L. c. 183, § 58 , and carries with it the right to use the way along its entire length... To that general rule, however, there are limitations."
Greenery Rehabilitation Group, Inc. v. Antaramian, 36 Mass. App. Ct. 73 (1994)
Generally, a seller has no duty to disclose problems with the property. "Such nondisclosure does not amount to fraud and is not a conventional tort of any kind." Concealment by a seller in "the simple sense of failure to reveal, with nothing to show any peculiar duty to speak," is not the same as misrepresentation.
Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts v. National Real Estate Information Services, 459 Mass. 512 (2011)
The "closing or settlement of real property conveyances requires not only the presence but the substantive participation of an attorney on behalf of the mortgage lender, and that certain services connected with real property conveyances constituted the practice of law in Massachusetts." Outlines what constitutes unauthorized practice of law in real estate transactions.
Handling Residential Real Estate Transactions in Massachusetts, MCLE, loose-leaf.
Real Estate Title Practice in Massachusetts, MCLE, loose-leaf.