Friends of mine recently refinanced their house and the attorney pointed out that there was a change in Mass law to protect homeowners. It raised the amount that you can protect significantly, but you must file with the county to get the protection. The link below explains the law.
Under the amended Homestead Act, up to $125,000 of a homeowner’s equity is automatically protected by law. A homeowner can protect up to $500,000 in equity by filing a Declaration of Homestead with the Registry of Deeds.
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