The headlines are full of disappointing news regarding the housing industry; however, the current flat economy is creating opportunities for many. As in many areas around the United States, people who have wanted to buy in high end areas such as Boston but could not are reaching for their dreams of finding a first home in a coveted location. It seems that the buzz word in real estate right now is opportunity.
According to many real estate companies, there are a lot of great deals to be found in today’s housing market. This does not come as a big surprise to the many folks looking to buy their first home, particularly in Boston. Massachusetts home prices have fallen around 10 percent since 2005 which is allowing many first time home buyers to enter a market they previously could not afford.
One of the big draws for the first time home buyer today is the perks they are finding. With the efforts of the government, housing development centers and other incentives available first time home ownership is a dream come true for an increasing number of people all over the United States and all over Massachusetts.
Many programs in Massachusetts offer a number of resources for the first time home buyer including classes, information, guidance and even a lottery system for the individuals that qualify to purchase condominiums and homes at below-market prices. There are plenty of enticing programs available for the first time buyer as well in the Massachusetts housing. If a person works for the town or city as a teacher, firefighter, police officer or other public service position they can be eligible for lower interest rate loans. Similar programs are available for people using public transportation or who are trying to rehabilitate a home that is in rough condition.
Naturally there are conditions to be eligible for most programs in Massachusetts and other places around the U.S. Income guidelines and limits as well as other stipulations may apply; however, it is always a good idea to see if you are eligible for any incentive programs. Doing so just may save you significantly on your first home and may allow you more home than you dreamed possible.
When it comes down to it, if you are considering buying a first home, the best time is now. It is a buyers market and there are a lot of great deals and incentives available to the first time home buyer! Expect to possibly be required to take a home buying 101 class or other classes that are offered through incentive programs.
Additionally the governmental incentives and tax credits are available to most all first time home buyers to try to stimulate the stagnant housing market. If you are ready the market is primed just for you, run your credit, smooth out the wrinkles and start shopping for that dream home. Make your dreams your reality while the market is yours!
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