I just received a call from the Falmouth fire department informing me that smoke detector inspections in the town of Falmouth MA cannot be scheduled until after June 16 because all the slots are full. On the one had this is good news, because that means that there are lots of closing happening! On the other hand it means that offers have to carefully written.
This may be a temporary blitz because of the end of the tax credit. Or, it could be a good sign that the real estate market has at least stabilized in Falmouth. Or, it cold be the fire departments way of telling the public that they are short staffed.
For what ever reason, if you are buying property in Falmouth, make sure you are writing your offer with the understanding that scheduling a smoke inspection could be a problem. A smoke detector and co detector inspection is required for a sale in MA. The certificate is only good for 60 days.
This is one more reason to use an experienced professional when transacting real estate. Closings can be delayed if a smoke certificate is not available at the time of closing. An experienced professional stays up to date with the changes that can effect real estate.