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Be aware of Boston's commercial zoning laws

There is a lot of excitement when thinking about opening a new area of your business, relocating or starting a business from scratch. Every business has different needs, but most all will require some sort of space, commercial real estate, in which to conduct business operations. Commercial real estate is different from residential real estate in many ways. Depending the complexities of the business or industry one is in, there could be regulations that can affect the business further.

Family donates 60 wooded acres via easement

There can be many ways to honor your loved one after they pass away. Depending on the interests of the person and what was important to them, many like to donate to a certain cause. For one a Massachusetts family, a recent report noted that they agreed that nothing was more important to their passed loved one than a 60-acre parcel of wooded nature. In her honor, it's been donated by means of an easement.

Boundary disputes could be a threat to your property rights

As a Massachusetts property owner, you take threats to your ownership rights very seriously. When there is an issue that affects how you use your property, your plans for your property or your enjoyment of what you own, you have the right to seek an effective and timely resolution to these concerns. This is especially true in situations involving a boundary line dispute.

How do commercial leases differ from residential leases?

Whether your business is brand new, several decades old or somewhere in-between, a commercial space in which to conduct business can be a game-changer for the business. Whether this is your first time experiencing a commercial lease or you've gone through the process before, there are a few things to know. Commercial leases aren't identical to residential leasing in the process, so don't expect it to be.

Lease commercial property and consider necessary zoning permits

Ideally, a business would purchase property in which to conduct business operations. However, it's not always possible to invest so heavily in real estate, especially if a business is just getting started. The next best option is to lease commercial real estate. Depending on the type of business you are looking to operate, you must be in an area zoned for your particular type of business or you must seek out these zoning permits.

Zoning boards are not always easy to work with

Finding and purchasing property for development may be a huge step forward for your project, but if the property is located in a city or municipality that is not friendly to new businesses or development, you may find yourself at the beginning of a long and frustrating venture. While many cities claim to welcome new growth, their planning and zoning agencies do not always put it into practice, or they simply do not have the staff to keep your plans moving forward.

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