Susan Callahan | Billerica MA Real Estate, Chelmsford MA Real Estate, Nashua NH Real Estate


More and more frequently, travelers see animals on board airplanes—in the cabin, rather than as special cargo. According to the Air Carrier Access Act, a service animal is: “any animal that is individually trained or able to provide assistance to a person with a disability; or any animal that assists persons with disability by providing emotional support.”

Which animals qualify?

Service animals and emotional support animals, not pets, must fit the description of an animal which, as determined by a qualified medical professional, provides individuals with a benefit to a physical or emotional disorder. Benefits of emotional support animals might include keeping the individual calm or providing relief from anxiety during travel. 

Service animals, such as guide dogs for the blind, or those trained in medical detection for a pending epileptic seizure have more specific benefits, but emotional support animals range from a wide variety that includes dogs, cats, birds, miniature pigs, lizards, and even kangaroos.

The difficulty for airlines is determining which animals are for emotional support and which are merely a pet. While each airline determines its own qualifications, the Act allows airlines to prohibit any animals already banned from entering a foreign country where the flight terminates. Also prohibited is any animal that is too heavy or a size that cannot be accommodated safely in the cabin, any animals that pose a threat to the health or safety of other passengers, and those that might be disruptive to the flight. Airlines flying to and from the United States are only required to accept dogs as service animals.

Airlines may reject reptiles (including snakes), rodents, ferrets, spiders, and sugar gliders at any time.

Is documentation required?

While requirements for each airline may differ, in general, airlines may require any of the following:

  • A current (within one year) document indicating that the passenger has an emotional disability recognized by the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders); and
  • That the passenger needs the animal for emotional support;
  • The provider of the document is a licensed medical or mental health professional;
  • The jurisdiction of the medical professional, and the issue date of their license.

Airline employees may determine the validity of a service animal via verbal assurance, physical indicators such as tags and harnesses, or requiring documentation. Before assuming an emotional-support animal may board with you, check with your airline(s) since some request a 48-hour advanced notice to accommodate your animal.

If you're moving to a new city and need to transport your pets, do not assume they can board the aircraft with you. Ask your local real estate agent to help you locate a certified pet transport service to bring your pet safely to your new home.



2 Corey Hill Road, Brookline, NH 03033

Single-Family

$600,000
Price

11
Rooms
5
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
A thriving equestrian facility perfect for the entrepreneur or country loving horse home owner! Spacious 11 Rm Garrison, 4 bed, 2 baths, Eat-In Kitchen with updated appliances, Dining rm, Fireplaced family rm, Sunroom, Deck and 1 car Garage under. Private Attached In-law Apartment is perfect for extended family - Kitchen, Living Rm, 1 bed, Bath, Laundry rm, Separate Utilities. This Unique Property offers a Bright Indoor Riding Arena- 140' x 70' & New energy efficient LED Lighting thru out. Geo-Thermal Textile Footing enhanced with Foam in 2019 to accommodate all Disciplines. Heated and Air Conditioned Viewing room. The two attached barns with 16 stalls, 2 heated tack rms, Connecting Feed rm, Shower stall with Hot and Cold Water Plus Hay loft. Brand new roof on all barns 2019! Outside you can find a Riding ring, 11 Paddocks. manure dock & Detached garage! Home is situated on 4 plus acres & located close to the town center! Property has access to 60+ Hollis/Brookline Multi Use Trails
Open House
Sunday
October 13 at 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
This property has lots to offer. Barns and Indoor Riding Arena, Large Garrison with In Law Apartment - Separate Utilities! Detached Garage Hope to see you there!
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Location: 2 Corey Hill Road, Brookline, NH 03033    Get Directions





34 Bridle Path Way, Tyngsborough, MA 01879

Single-Family

$1,100,000
Price

9
Rooms
3
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Huge Price Reduction!! Escape to a private and tucked away estate Sprawling Custom built home has to offer starting w/ its size - 8398 sq. ft. of living area 3 Car Garage, Gated Entrance off Cul de sac road, Circular driveway, Ornate Portico situated on 3.08 beautifully landscaped and wooded acres.Timeless design and craftsmanship greet you thru out home w/ built in cabinetry, leaded glass, & gorgeous fireplaces. The generously appointed study, formal liv. rm and formal dining rm offer lots of opportunity to relax or entertain. Cabinet packed kitchen w/ fireplace is open to family room w/ fireplace, wet bar & entrance to the Sunlit conservatory offering year round enjoyment! Grand Foyer w/ stunning Arched Stairway to second level where you find the Master with adjoining Sitting rm and exquisitely designed M bath + Jacuzzi, shower, 2 walk in closets. Two more BR + Flex Rm + 2 more full baths complete 2nd level. Enjoy Huge Bonus space on 3rd level w / bar - Amazing!
Open House
Sunday
October 06 at 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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Location: 34 Bridle Path Way, Tyngsborough, MA 01879    Get Directions




You might think that only retirees should consider downsizing their homes to accommodate a change in lifestyle. Wrong! Today downsizing might be the right decision for many reasons. There are many pros to simplifying your lifestyle and moving to a smaller home. Take a look at your situation, house, and financial goals to see if downsizing is right for you.

With the trend toward conscious living, and particularly residual from the tiny-house movement, home design is transforming to accommodate a big lifestyle in smaller spaces. In today’s market, downsizing your home doesn’t feel as if you’re just moving into a smaller more cramped space. If you’d like to simplify the amount of square footage you have to manage on a daily basis, but not negatively impact the life you’ve developed in your home, consider the some of the modern home designs and innovations that allow you to go small while still going big.

Know your true needs

If you love hosting big parties in your home—which currently has two living rooms and a large kitchen—but want to downsize or need to downsize to move to a more urban environment, consider purchasing a loft with minimal walls. You’ll have fewer square feet to manage, and the open floorplan still allows you to be the fantastic host you've always been.

Would you like to buy property but can't afford to build the big house on the new land? If acreage and the big outdoors is your priority, consider placing a modern modular home on your lot instead of building from scratch. Innovations in modular design and home storage solutions allow you to have a beautiful current home at a lower cost, with more manageable square footage. With less time spent maintaining your home and the savings enjoyed from investing in a modular home, you'll be able to spend time going on those hikes, taking out the boat, or going for a ride around your land.

Consider your lifestyle

If you find that you don't spend much time at home and aren't using the ample space you have, downsizing might be the choice for you. Do you enjoy traveling? Is eating out your preference? Downsizing to a smaller, well-appointed home can allow you to free up additional funds and time to use toward entertainment and adventures. You may even find you have enough extra liquidity to invest in another property that creates additional cash flow. If you aren’t using the big home you have, think about what you do use, and what activities you prefer. Then, find a new space that benefits your lifestyle.

Reduce your footprint

Whether or not you’re a big believer in reducing your carbon footprint, downsizing your living space can help you achieve your environmentally conscious goals, or it can merely be a bonus. Smaller homes automatically come with less energy usage and maintenance requirements reducing your monthly costs. They also allow you the financial opportunity to invest in new equipment such as more efficient heating and water systems, or solar paneling and xeriscaping to reduce your energy use even more—and you’ll get to keep reaping the financial benefits long-term.

Chat with your local real estate professional about the downsizing move that’s best for your desired lifestyle and start searching for your new home.



13 Andover Road, Billerica, MA 01821

Rental

$2,250
Price

6
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Location, Location, Location! Spacious three bedrooms, 1.5 bath home with Open floor plan offering lots of natural light to enjoy! This over sized Unit is being renovated with appliances including Washer and Dryer in the unit. First floor has hardwood living room and dining room, Eat in Kitchen with new flooring. Half bath on first floor Second level has three generous size bedrooms all with beautiful hardwood floors, Full tubbed bath ! This unit has it all and includes a walk out private porch and large common back yard. Off street parking for 2 cars. Great location just outside of Billerica Center. Minutes to major highways, 3, 495 and 95. Strong credit references Required,.. No smokers, No pets.
Open House
Saturday
September 28 at 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Great Rental now available!
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Location: 13 Andover Road, Billerica, MA 01821    Get Directions

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