Massachusetts automatically provides a one hundred twenty five thousand dollar ($125,000) homestead protection on primary residences. This protects the value of the homeowners property against attachment, seizure, execution on judgment, levy or sale for payment of debts.
The Massachusetts Homestead Declaration allows a homeowner to increase this protection up to five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) per residence, per family when filed at the Registry of Deeds in the county or district where the property is located.
This declaration can only be filed on principal residences, and the recordation of this document costs $35. This declaration is also automatically subordinate to any mortgage on the home.
For additional information, please see the Massachusetts Homestead Q&A.
How does LodeStar support the Massachusetts Homestead Declaration Fee?
LodeStar handles this with a question in the interface that is automatically checked:
By default, LodeStar bundles this into the Recording Fees, but it can be itemized as shown below:
To itemize this fee, please email Support at firstname.lastname@example.org.