Massachusetts Homestead Act

Massachusetts Homestead Act

The Homestead Act is designed to allow homeowners in Massachusetts to protect their primary residence against subsequent attachment, levy or sale to satisfy debts up to $500,000.

The Homestead Law does not protect against: taxes or mortgages used to purchase the residence. Homeowners must file for the Homestead Act with The Registry of Deeds office in the county in which the residence is located.

Massachusetts charges a one time Filing Fee of $35 for a Declaration of Homestead.

Registry of Deeds Links:

Registry of Deeds Offices:


Located in:

Barnstable Barnstable
Northern Berkshire Adams
Middle Berkshire Pittsfield
Southern Berkshire Great Barrington
Northern Bristol Taunton
Southern Bristol New Bedford
Fall River Bristol Fall River
Dukes Edgartown
Northern Essex Lawrence
Southern Essex Salem
Franklin Greenfield

The Homestead Act
Questions & Answers

La Ley de Protección de Hogar Seguro
Preguntas y Respuestas

City/Town to Registry Guide


Located in:

Hampden Springfield
Hampshire Northampton
Northern Middlesex Lowell
Southern Middlesex Cambridge
Nantucket Nantucket
Norfolk Dedham
Plymouth Plymouth
Suffolk Boston
Northern Worcester Fitchburg
Worcester Worcester

Massachusetts Deed
Indexing Standards
(PDF, 276 kb)

Massachusetts Document
Formatting Standards,
Effective January 1, 2008
(PDF, 12 kb)

Oh No, Mold!

Oh No, Mold!

As independent insurance agents, we always hope there’s coverage for a client’s claim. However, sometimes when I hear certain things, such as “mold,” all the hope in the world probably won’t help.

When I hear the word “mold,” I think of homeowner insurance coverage exclusions.
Things that are excluded from dwelling coverage include: wear & tear, rot, mold, mildew, animal damage, earth movement (earthquake), flood & nuclear explosion.
If you’re worried about mold and mildew in your home, it’s better on the bank account to take care of sooner, rather than later.

Home Insurance for High Value Homes in Hopkinton, MA

Home Insurance for High Value Homes in Hopkinton, MA

Johnson & Rohan Insurance Agency is running a limited facebook campaign because we are so excited about our appointment with A- rated, Swyfft. We can now offer “Geico-like” savings on home insurance for high value homes in Hopkington, MA.

We decided on, of all towns and cities in Massachusetts: Hopkinton.

Why? Not only does The Marathon start in Hopkinton but so does the start of our new, Swyfft campaign. Hopkinton is a beautiful town and it’s growing. New construction and high values are well within Johnson & Rohan Insurance’s facebook campaign’s wheel house.

In addition to savings, Swyfft policies include guaranteed replacement cost on both dwelling and personal property coverage.

To qualify for coverage, your home must have: circuit breakers, be in good condition, not be rented, and have minimal claim history.

Getting a quote could not be any easier. Just enter your address and e-mail address. That’s all we need.

Within minutes you will receive a quote that will change how much you pay for home insurance.



New Insurance Company for Cape Cod

New Insurance Company for Cape Cod

Cape Cod Insurance Relief!

Cape Cod homeowners can now breathe a sigh of relief! Long shunned by national insurers, now offers “Geico- like” savings for homes on Cape Cod.

Powered by long-time independent, Massachusetts Insurance Agency, Johnson & Rohan Insurance, has entered into an arrangement with national insurer, A- rated, Swyfft to offer Cape Cod homeowners extraordinary savings and coverage.

To qualify for coverage, your home must have: circuit breakers, be in good condition, not be rented, and have minimal claim history.

Kevin Johnson, owner of Johnson & Rohan Insurance says: “For the right home, we’re saving our Cape clients hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars. It’s the big break Cape Cod homeowners have been waiting for.”

In order to get a quote, just send your contact and property address and they will send you a quote within minutes.

Protect Your Home From Ice Dams

protect your home from ice dams

Ice Dams

The combination of snow fall and extremely cold temperatures can result in ice dams.

What is an ice dam? An ice dam is an accumulation of ice at the lower edge of a sloped roof, usually at the gutter. When interior heat melts the snow on the roof, the water will run down and refreeze at the roof’s edge, where temperatures are much cooler. Eventually, the ice builds up and blocks water from draining off of the roof. This, in turn, forces the water under the roof covering and into the attic or down the inside walls of the house or other structure. Once an ice dam forms, the potential damage can be serious. Taking the following steps will decrease the likelihood that ice dams will form or, at least, will reduce their severity.

Protect your home from ice dams:

  • Keep the attic well ventilated. The colder the attic, the less melting and refreezing on the roof.
  • Keep the attic floor well insulated to minimize the amount of heat rising through the attic from within the house.
  • If heavy snow does accumulate on the roof, have the snow removed from the outer edge.


Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! is thankful for having you as a client.

We understand there are many places to buy your insurance.

Our goal, is to provide added value to our clients.

Everyday we ask ourselves: “where do we add value?”

Value is saving you money and maximizing different companies’ discount programs.

Value is at claim time when you understand the coverage you’ve spent all this money on over the years.

Value is when you call our office and get a friendly & responsive voice.

Value is having an independent, insurance professional reviewing your coverage, shopping your insurance, and offering trusted advice at claim time. appreciates your business.

Thank you for insuring with us.

Happy Thanksgiving!

What’s the deal with home insurance and dogs?

What's the deal with home insurance and dogs?

What’s the deal with home insurance and dogs? There are over 4.5 million dog bites each year. These dog bites account for almost 25% of annual homeowner insurance liability claims. If you are a dog owner who’s in the market for a homeowner insurance policy, you should know what you might be up against.

What’s the deal with home insurance and dogs?

Certain breeds may exclude you from coverage in the voluntary market. These breeds include (but are not limited to): Akita, Cane Corso, Chow, Doberman, German Sheperd, Mastiff, Pit Bull, Ridgeback, Rottweiler, and Wolf Hybrid.

Any dog with a past history of biting will exclude the owner from voluntary market coverage.

What’s the deal with home insurance and dogs? No dog owner wants their dog biting friends or family, so here are some suggestions from professional dog trainers.

*Consider dog breeds carefully prior to selecting your new pet.  Some breeds are more aggressive than others.  You can even ask your insurance agent about a list of breeds that are problems for insurance companies.

*Spay or neuter the animal, as this often decreases the aggressiveness of dogs.

*Seek a vetrenarian’s advice quickly if your dog starts to become aggressive.

*Socialize your dog from an early age to encourage appropriate behavior.

*Never leave dogs alone with small children.

*Avoid aggressive games with puppies and dogs- tug of war, wrestling.

*Don’t put dogs in situations where they can feel threatened or teased.

*Train your dog to obey commands.

Home Insurance Too Expensive?

home insurance too expensive?

Is your home insurance too expensive? If so: you are not alone. Across the country insurance companies are hedging their bets to ensure they don’t lose many.

The stakes are high. New, trending now, AI (artificial intelligence), start-up insurance companies are launching new business paradigms.

Buyer, startups, insurance companies and agents beware.

Every year Massachusetts’ home insurance consumers should take a few minutes to review coverage and premiums with us here at HomeownerQuote.

As life changes, home insurance needs change as well.

HomeownerQuote offers our Homeowner Renewal Checklist:
  • Do you own jewelry, furs or watches with values over $1,000?
  • Do you own silverware with a total value of over $2,500?
  • Do you have a collection of valuables, including: coins, stamps or other?
  • Do you own any of the following: Musical Instruments, Fine Arts or Antiques, Camera Equipment, Sports Equipment, Personal Computer?
  • Do you own a boat?
  • Is there a trampoline on your property?
  • Do you have any tools, equipment or other property used in your business or occupation?
  • Would you like your insurance to provide: Replacement Cost Protection on your Dwelling, on your Personal Property, Credit Card/forgery protection, Ordinance or Law coverage, Earthquake coverage?
  • Flood is not a covered loss on a homeowner policy. Would you like to obtain rates for flood insurance? Also excluded from coverage are such things such as: rot, mold, mildew or animal/vermin/insect damage.
  • Are you interested in receiving information on: Auto, Life, Excess Liability (Umbrella), Boat or Business Insurance?
Home Insurance Too Expensive?

Have us shop you with numerous companies to find you the best rates and coverage.


Does your home have an umbrella?

Umbrella Insurance

Umbrella Insurance protects your assets. If you don’t have an umbrella policy, you should. It’s an important part of one’s financial portfolio.

A Personal Liability Umbrella Policy “sits-over” your home and auto liability limits. Coverage limits start at $1,000,000 and provides you protection from lawsuits.

Coverage is relatively inexpensive to purchase. $1,000,000 of coverage sitting over two autos and a home would cost about $180 annually.

Umbrella Policies require underlying motor vehicle liability limits of $250,000 per person/ $500,000 per accident.

In addition to coverage limits, insurance companies provide legal defense.

So, in essence, when you purchase higher limits you are also purchasing improved legal defense.

Please call or click if you would like to discuss Personal Liability Umbrella Coverage.