Updates, Insights and Observations from the Homebuying Mentors

Posted By On July 17, 2015 ·
By: Jorge A. Colón, The Homebuying Mentors Program Manager The announcement made by the Obama Administration last week to enforce a new rule to strengthen fair housing practices in the country represents a huge step to address discrimination in a systemic way. The federal Fair Housing Act and the current state legislation in Massachusetts are ex… Read More »
Posted By On May 13, 2015 ·
The Homebuying Mentors Program Manager The Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation builds a stronger and more stable community by representing and supporting the expressed interests, positive engagement and leadership of Allston Brighton’s diverse local communities, institutions, individuals and families of all incomes. For 35 years,… Read More »
Posted By On April 6, 2015 ·
The long and snowy winter certainly put a damper on the housing market the past few months, but with warm weather comes hot housing markets. Many homeowners are expected to put their homes on sale after waiting out the winter season. And potential homebuyers are expected to start their housing search. If last Spring is any indication, we should ex… Read More »
Posted By On February 24, 2015 ·
As we have seen this winter, ice dams can be dangerous and costly. Ice dams can result in large icicles and cause interior leaking that can lead to serious water damage in your home. As a homeowner, it is best to be proactive in caring for your roof to prevent ice dams, but at this point in the winter it is likely too late for that. If you are d… Read More »
Posted By On January 29, 2015 ·
In Massachusetts first-time homebuyers have multiple options for special first-time homebuyer loans. MassHousing and MHP both offer great mortgage products for new buyers that allow for a 3% down payment without the burden of paying Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI). Nationwide, however, the most popular loan with low down payment requirements is FH… Read More »
Posted By On September 5, 2014 ·
September 1st came and went and if you're a resident of the Boston area you certainly couldn't have missed it.  Tenants were moving in and out of their apartments all day in a chaotic event that may be unlike any other in the country.  For tenants, the worst of it is over as they get settled into their new homes, but for the landlords the challe… Read More »
Posted By On August 25, 2014 ·
We are hiring a LISC AmeriCorps member to be The Homebuying Mentors Program Assistant.  The time of service runs from October 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015.  You do not need to currently be a LISC AmeriCorps member to apply.  Please see the attachment below for more information and the application process. The Homebuying Mentors Program Assistant … Read More »
Posted By On August 20, 2014 ·
Are you ready for your home inspection?  If you are at your inspection and the inspector tells you that the water heater is ten years old, the asphalt roof was replaced 15 years ago, and the stove that you will be using every day has been there for seven years, do you know what that means?  Do you know which of those, if any, you will have to r… Read More »