What is a 6D Certificate in Massachusetts? Thinking of Buying a Condo?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with TradeWinds Realty Group LLC 9054213B
Good Afternoon to All -
Another good question just reached me via telephone from a Blog Reader.
A party interested in purchasing a condo in Massachusetts wanted to know ...
What is a 6D Certificate?
Who Provides the 6D Certificate?
Why is it so important to the Buyer?
Who's typically responsible for obtaining the 6D Certificate, is that another item on the Buyer's to do list?
I included a sample of a 6D Certificate in Massachusetts Below. Typically a Seller of a condo in Massachusetts is responsible to obtain the 6D Certificate from their condo association (of course everything in a transaction can be negotiated).  The Seller notifies the condo association they are selling and the condo association checks to make sure all condo fees, condo liens or any fines have been paid in full.  This is a document prepared in accordance
with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 183A, Section (6d)  .  I have not been involved in a condo sale where we could close or should a Buyer want to close without the Seller providing a 6D certificate to the Buyer showing all fees, etc are up to date.  A condo Buyer will be responsible for any debt on their condo - whether they incurred it or the owners before them and disputing it may be no easy task.
sample below of document you should receive prior to the closing, make sure dates are current, if a closing takes place on the first or after during that month, condo fees are typically paid for that month by the Seller and a per day credit to the Buyer is given on the HUD sheet.
  condo address
We, the undersigned trustees of the (Name of Condo)CONDOMINIUM TRUSTunder a declaration of trust dated (date of trust) and recorded in the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds in Book XXXX, Page XXX hereby certify, in accordance withthe provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 183A, Section 6(d), that allcondominium fees for Unit #X have been paid and that there are no outstanding fees or assessments assessed against Unit #X of the (name of condo) Condominium as of  (today's date).Executed as a sealed instrument this _____ day of (Month), 2014. _________________________________________________________, Truste(Name trustee)
(Name, Trustee
COMMONWEALTH     OF MASSACHUSETTS ___________________,   2009 date_______On this ____ day of (Month, Year), before me, the undersigned notary public, personally appeared ____________________________________________, Trustees,and proved to me through satisfactory evidence of identification, which was ______________________________, (identify type of evidence), to be the person whosename is signed on the preceding or attached document, and acknowledged to me thatshe/they signed it voluntarily for the stated purpose. _____________________________ (SEAL)Notary Public:My Commission Expires:1
Should you need assistance in Massachusetts in Buying or Selling or Leasing a condo please give me a call on 781-910-7294 or email me on MaryBeth@TradeWindsREaltyGroup.com.   I would be most happy to assist you.  Regards, MaryBeth Muldowney, Broker Owner, TradeWinds Realty Group llc
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MaryBeth Mills Muldowney, Massachusetts Real Estate Broker and Licensed Auctioneer

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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Excellent information for potential condo buyers. I'm sure they wonder how the process works and you have given them that information.

Aug 14, 2015 02:18 AM #1
MaryBeth Mills Muldowney
TradeWinds Realty Group LLC - Braintree, MA
Massachusetts Broker Owner

Thank you Hella M. Rothwell!

Aug 14, 2015 02:46 AM #2
Dan Derito
Success! Real Estate - Brockton, MA

Good post MaryBeth.  Most clients know what a 6D is, and need to have it explained to them.

Aug 18, 2015 12:08 PM #3
MaryBeth Mills Muldowney
TradeWinds Realty Group LLC - Braintree, MA
Massachusetts Broker Owner

 Thanks Dan, running in to a number of people who have owned property in the past but have not bought into a condo before so a new process to them.  Have a great evening!

Aug 18, 2015 01:46 PM #4
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

There are more items to be aware when buying a condo vs a single family home, and Buyers will be wise to read your blog and ask you questions.

Oct 07, 2015 08:32 AM #5
MaryBeth Mills Muldowney
TradeWinds Realty Group LLC - Braintree, MA
Massachusetts Broker Owner

Thank you Steffy - and so many do not even read through their master deed and bylaws and then wonder why they are unhappy after the purchase, cannot stress enough that all condo docs are not equally written.  Have a grand say Steffy.

Oct 08, 2015 12:43 AM #6
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

MaryBeth Mills Muldowney excellent article for Condo buyers, we have similar documents here in Connecticut called Condo Resale Certificates along with the Bylaws and Declarations.


Oct 13, 2015 12:15 AM #7
Christopher Pagli
William Raveis Legends Realty Group - Tarrytown, NY
"I Stay Open Until You Close"

Great post.  Its a great idea to prepare clients in advance with what they can expect during a transaction.  An informed decision is a sound decision.

Mar 14, 2016 09:51 PM #8
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