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Mass Housing Down Payment Assistance for Gateway Cities

Have you heard the term "Gateway City" yet? Massachusetts has a relatively short list of cities that have been designated as such. Why is that important? In terms of first-time buyers working hard to break into this tight real estate market, it means they have two new options for down payment assistance. (Mass housing says you do not have to be a first-time buyer if you are purchasing in Boston, Chelsea, Cambridge, Everett, Fall River, Lawrence, Lynn, North Adams and Somerville.)

Option 1: Qualified buyers who earn up to 100% of the area media income (or 135% of AMI in Boston or a Gateway City*) can get down payment assistance of up to 5% of the purchase price or $15,000, whichever is less. Eligible properties are single families, condos and 2, 3 and 4 family homes. Down payment assistance comes in the form of a second mortgage loan with a 2% interest rate and a 15 year term. 

Option 2: Qualified buyers who earn up to 80% of the area median income and who buy in Boston or a Gateway City* can get down payment assistance of up to 3% of the purchase price or $15,000, whichever is less. Eligible properties are single families and condos. Down payment assistance comes in the form of a second mortgage loan with a 1% interest rate and a 15 year term. 

I know what your next question is.."Where are the gateway cities in Massachusetts?" *PEABODY, SALEM, LYNN, HAVERHILL, REVERE, Attleboro, Barnstable, Brockton, Chelsea, Chicopee, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Malden, Methuen, New Bedford, Pittsfield, Quincy, Springfield, Taunton, Westfield, Worcester.

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30 Redberry Lane, Peabody - Massachusetts Real Estate - North of Boston Homes for Sale

Exciting NEW offering at sought after Juniper Village...This undeniably impeccable, "Eastern" end unit townhouse impresses at every opportunity. With 2600+- sf over three levels it feels more like a single family. Granite and stainless kitchen with breakfast bar and adjacent dining area, lovely dining room opens to large LR with soaring ceilings and gas fireplace. Hardwood throughout all major living spaces. Second floor holds a generous master suite with huge walk-in closet and ample master bath. Guest room fits a king bed, lofted area for an office/study, separate laundry room and full bath. The finished, walk-out lower level with private entrance provides many options including third bedroom. 2 full/2 half baths. Heat/AC have been upgraded. Rinnai hot water heater. Oversized two car garage w/epoxy flooring and hot/cold running water to seal. This is a spectacular unit in pristine condition. Call for private viewings. Listed by Kathy Brown. For more homes for sale in Peabody, MA click here.