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Real Estate Corner: It’s time to increase the transparency for property owners
The New Hampshire Association of Realtors, with the help of a bipartisan group of state legislators, has introduced a bill designed to help property owners in the state be better notified in the event of pending zoning amendments that could affect their property rights.
When the Legislature passed the existing requirement in 1983, everyone communicated a little differently. We used pay phones, not cell phones. We read actual newspapers, not tablets or Twitter. We paid our car registration at the town hall, not online. So perhaps in 1983 it may have been reasonable to assume that a property owner could have knowledge of a hearing based on an ad or notice at the town hall, but that is not true today.
Lynne Merrill is a broker the Merrill Bartlett Group in Kingston and chair of the New Hampshire Association of Realtors Public Policy Committee, which represents New Hampshire’s 5,000 Realtors.
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