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Emergency Homeowners Loan Program Now Available

The long awaited federal program to help those homeowners who are in danger of losing their homes due to unemployment, underemployment or other certain economic conditions is now available for the submission of applications. The program, called the “Emergency Homeowner’s Loan Program” (EHLP) is being administered by Neighborhood Housing Services of the South Shore. There will be three informational sessions to describe the program listed in the attached notice.

East Bridgewater Council on Aging Hosts Homestead Discussion

On Wednesday, June 15th, the East Bridgewater Council on Aging hosted a discussion of the new Homestead Act. The new Homestead Act recently passed by the legislature and signed by the governor makes many positive changes to the statute and expands coverage in several situations. (See Secretary of State Galvin’s summary on this website).

Recording Numbers for May Show Some Positive Signs

The Register’s Report for the month of May shows a continuing upward trend in the sale of properties in 2011.  While our recordings of deeds remain 18% behind 2010 deeds recorded, at this time last year the federal tax incentives for first time home buyers were still available.

Mortgages recorded remain only slightly higher despite historically low interest rates. The number of mortgages recorded in 2011 are 35 higher that those filed in 2010.

Many Residents Turn Out At Oak Point For Presentation On New Homestead Law

Close to two hundred residents gathered for a presentation on the new homestead law recently enacted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Saturday morning program was organized by State Representative Thomas Calter and Oak Point resident Kathy Tougas, through the Women’s Club of Oak Point. Oak Point is Plymouth County’s largest 55+ active adult community.

Sales Volume, New Foreclosures Trend Upward In April Recordings

The Register’s Report, our monthly newsletter on real estate activity at the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds is now available for the month of April, 2011. Our numbers for deeds recorded have been increasing slightly from February through April, although the volume continues to demonstrate that the Plymouth County real estate market is still in the doldrums.

Confederate Batteries Open Fire On Fort Sumter At 4:30 A.M.

On April 12, 1861, 150 years ago today, Confederate forces opened fire on Federal troops stationed at Fort Sumter, South Carolina. This action followed a series of aggressive actions taken over the prior week by South Carolina’s state government. The decision to bomb the fort and the expected response by President Lincoln led to a long and bloody war which divided many states, communities and even individual families.

Opening Day and Amen Corner All In One Weekend

We know that we’ve really turned the corner into spring when it is Opening Day at Fenway Park and the Masters Golf Tournament is underway.  Red Sox Nation is certainly on edge–facing the Yankees in the home opener with a 0-for-6 start.  There is always hope, however, for the next game or next series, and we still have a long way to go in this season.  It’s probably a good time to look back at some other successes to remind us of what this year should bring.

Register’s Report for March Activity Now Available

March 2011 recording figures showed an increase in the numbers of both mortgages and deeds recorded.  We are slowly coming out of the winter doldrums that annually affect the housing market.  While there hasn’t been a spark igniting a boost in sales like last year’s federal stimulus program for first time home buyers, our traditional seasonal response to better weather ahead looks somewhat promising.

Registry Celebrates Green Accomplishments

Today, April 1st, is noteworthy for a variety of reasons.

By now, some people would have had an April Fool’s Day trick played on them.  Many people in Red Sox Nation are looking forward to this afternoon’s first regular season game of the Boston Red Sox which is, lucky for them, being played in Texas.

A Half Century of Hard Work Deserves Recognition

Over this past week, we lost our longest serving registry employee to retirement. Vija Berzins of our Land Court Department retired after 52 years as an employee of the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds. Vija emigrated to the United States with her family from Latvia when she was a young girl. Two days after her graduation from high school, she began working for the registry, at our former building on Russell Street in Downtown Plymouth.

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