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By Kristen Blanchet Keegan | Agent in Chelmsford, MA
  • MASSHOUSING offers new loan program for 1st time buyers!

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Massachusetts  |  July 20, 2009 2:47 PM  |  895 views  |  No comments

    Patrick, MassHousing Monetize First-Time Homebuyer Credit

    By Ian B. Murphy
    Banker & Tradesman Staff Writer

    Gov. Deval Patrick has announced a loan program through MassHousing allowing first-time homebuyers to monetize and use an $8,000 federal tax credit as a funding source toward the closing costs of their new home.
    The principal and interest payments for the loan will be deferred until June 1, 2010, to allow first-time homebuyers to pay back MassHousing with their federal tax credit. If loans aren't paid by the June deadline, they will be amortized for 10 years at the rate of their original mortgage.
    Gary Rogers, president of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors (MAR), said not paying back the loan with money saved from the tax credit is still a decent option."If that's what the homebuyer opts to do, that's still an excellent program; usually second mortgages have much higher rates," Rogers told Banker & Tradesman.
    The loans will be available only to homebuyers with MassHousing mortgages, through MassHousing-approved lenders. To be eligible, loan participants must use the home purchased through the program as their primary residence for at least three years, and must purchase a one, two, three or four-family home from a seller unrelated to the buyer by Nov. 30.
    "These loans will both help prospective homebuyers achieve the comfort and stability of homeownership for their families, and also stimulate the commonwealth's economy through increased home sales, while reviving neighborhoods impacted by foreclosure," Patrick said in a statement.

    This is the first program of its type in Massachusetts, according to Rogers, but there have been other variations of the same theme in other states. MAR worked with Patrick, Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray, and MassHousing to bring the program to fruition. "It's a partnership; we're right there with them, and we'll be making sure that our Realtors inform the people who this is aimed for, and that they know about the program," Rogers said.
    "The Tax Credit Loan will be of great benefit to homebuyers, Realtors and MassHousing-approved lenders, and we applaud the Patrick-Murray administration for its leadership in promoting affordable homeownership opportunities in Massachusetts," said MassHousing Executive Director Thomas R. Gleason.
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