The Town of Merrimac Massachusetts


Merrimac is a town in Essex County, Massachusetts, part of the Greater Boston metropolitan area. Situated along the north bank of the Merrimack River in the Merrimack Valley, it faces the southeastern border of New Hampshire, approximately 34 miles (55 km) northeast of Boston and 10 miles (16 km) west of the Atlantic Ocean. Historically a manufacturing center, it has long since become a largely residential community. Merrimac is governed by the New England town meeting form of government.

In the nineteenth century, benefiting from a manufacturing boom following the establishment of some of the first planned industrial cities in the U.S., Merrimac came to be known worldwide for its horse-drawn carriage industry. During this period, the town proper of Merrimac, centered around Merrimac Square, expanded separately from the village of Merrimacport.

In 1876, Merrimac, including Merrimacport, separated from Amesbury and officially incorporated itself as a town. It is believed that the town, as well as the river that runs along its southern border, are both named for the American Indian tribe that occupied the region. Merrimac (or Merrimack) means “swift water place” in the language of this tribe. This town center, surrounded by much of the town's population, consists of the typical brick buildings and Victorian architecture of the late 19th century. Interstate 495 now divides Merrimacport from Merrimac.


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J. Butler Property Management, LLC. : Merrimac, Massachusetts

As mentioned elsewhere on this website, astute property managers understand the benefits of certain high-payoff remodeling. At the same time, it is also true that owners love frugal managers who are always hunting for ways to save money. These efforts can add up over time to many thousands of dollars. Yet so many property managers miss the single best opportunity to add literally tens of thousands of dollars to a property’s bottom line. That is accomplished not by cost cutting by rather by simply increasing tenants’ length of stay. Here’s a simple exercise for property owners. Jot down on a piece of paper an estimate of your tenants’ average length of stay. Also include the average number of days of lost rent that occurs between rentals. If you’re not sure, just venture a guess. You may be surprised when the real numbers are determined. Improvement in this category represents one of the keys to improving a property’s bottom-line profits. Many property managers fail to conscientiously track these numbers. Without that measurement, improvement becomes just a matter of chance. Ask your current property management company for this information: What is the current average length-of-stay, how has that number changed since you assumed management of the property and what have you been doing to increase that number? If your property management company is not able to enthusiastically provide you with that information, maybe you should be looking for a new property manager.