I realize that protecting and seeking for high property values has a dark past and a lot of you who are children of the fifties, sixties and seventies may be uncomfortable with making it a practise. But those days are past, when it was used as a racist method to drive out ethnic classes and races (in particular blacks) that weren’t considered ‘acceptable to society’ enough.
Those days are thankfully past us – it should be now a driving force in our city in which the entire community should do its duty. By doing so, we generate enough taxes to pay for quality services and make it possible via equity ratings to increase our individual assets so if we do need to take out a loan for an expensive improvement like kitchens and additions; we can swing it. The City benefits because tax levies are able to be sustained to pay for our schools, infrastructure and quality services.
Allowing your property to look like a pit is telling everyone else that you are a self-serving citizen who does not care about the well-being of the community.
One way that you can make your house look like a pit in the Newburyport Historic District is to put inappropriate materials on your house, destroy the architectural integrity of your over-50 year old house, rip out historic windows and basically trash the general value.
You can avoid that by learning the style of your home – keep the integrity of that style and thus enhance your property values. In an historic district, you keep the street side view consistent and add that rec room in the back. This goes for landscaping and general appeal of the view from the street – a real bugaboo with real estate agents.
Tonight, the Preservation Trust will be highlighting the different styles that are found in the Newburyport Historic District. Every citizen who has one of these old homes needs to learn how to keep it looking awesome even if you don’t have a lot of money.
$10.00 admission is well-worth it – and yes, you should care and they’ll show you why tonight. It will be held at the Custom House at 7:00. Refreshments and reception afterward.
Come and learn how to enhance your property values!