Directory of Resources


Adams & Sammon
Leslie C. Sammon
295 Devonshire Street, 2nd floor
Boston, MA 02110
617-451-7241 Office
617-422-1428 Fax
Dolan Connly, P.C.
Kathleen Allen
50 Redfield Street, Suite 202
Dorchester, MA 02122
617-265-3100 Office
Ligris + Associates, P.C.
Nikolaos M. Ligris
1188 Centre Street, 2nd Floor
Newton, MA 02459
617-274-1500 Office
617-274-1515 Fax
Sonnenschein Law LLC
DeBorah Sonnenschein
180 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 303
Arlington, MA 02474
781-641-0898 Office
781-641-0849 Fax
Transactional Law Clinics of Harvard Law School
Brian Price, Director
6 Everett Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-998-0101 Office
617-998-0146 Fax
Business and Non-Profit Clinic, Real Estate Clinic, Entertainment Law Clinic

Building Materials

Boston Building Resources
Deb Beatty Mel
100 Terrace Street
Roxbury, MA 02120
617-442-2262 Office
617-427-2491 Fax
Twitter: @BostonBldgRes
Kitchen cabinetry and design, windows, doors, energy-saving products, hands-on workshops, and a nonprofit reuse center to provide sustainable solutions for home improvement.

Financial Counseling and Coaching

Dina M. Scianna
Vice President-Manager
Business Development and Community Banking
The Homebuying Mentors Volunteer Coach
78 Blanchard Road 4th Floor
Burlington, MA 01803
Phone 617-441-1430
Mobile 781-983-3289

Kelly Luethje, CFP
Willow Planning Group
The Homebuying Mentors Volunteer Coach
Phone 617-943-1433

Foreclosure Prevention

Boston Home Center
26 Court Street
Boston, MA 02108
617-635-HOME (4663) Office
Provides foreclosure prevention services, homeownership education, information to first-time homebuyers and homeowners, as well as financial assistance to income-eligible residents for home purchase and repair, including lead pain abatement.

ESAC Sustainable Homeownership Center
214 Harvard Street, Lower Level
Dorchester, MA 02124
617-524-2555 Office
617-524-2430 Fax
Provides foreclosure prevention services, housing counseling and advocacy, and lead paint education and assistance.  Manages the Senior Home Repair Program.

Homeowner Options for Massachusetts Elders (HOME)
87 Hale Street, Second Floor
Lowell, MA 01851
800-583-5337 Toll Free
978-970-0012 Office
978-970-0015 Fax
Assists low or moderate-income homeowners 60 years of age or older to make informed decisions that allow them to stay in their homes.

National Consumer Law Center
7 Winthrop Square
Boston, MA 02110
617-542-8010 Office
617-542-8028 Fax
The National Consumer Law Center is America’s consumer law expert, helping consumers, their advocates, and public policy makers to use powerful consumer laws, build financial security, and assure marketplace justice for vulnerable individuals and families.

Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH)
143 Border Street
East Boston, MA 02128
617-567-5882 Office
NOAH counselors work with clients one-on-one to develop an action plan based on individual needs, create budgets, contact lenders, negotiate mortgage terms, and more.  They also conduct weekly foreclosure prevention clinics every Monday at 5:30pm in both English and Spanish.

Urban Edge
1542 Columbus Ave, Suite 2
Roxbury, MA 02119
617-989-9300 Office
617-427-8931 Fax
Providing individualized, one-on-one counseling, Urban Edge staff members analyze the household’s budget and reviews options to prevent foreclosure. Since 2006, Urban Edge has counseled more than 1,300 at-risk homeowners to prevent foreclosure.

Home Inspection

Boston Home Inspectors
James Brock
1326 Columbus Ave
South Boston, MA 02127
617-464-1047 Office

J. May Home Inspections
Michael Atwell
105 Waban Street
Newton, MA 02458
617-630-5629 Office

Jackson Home Inspection
Raymond Jackson
92 Concord Street, Unit #4
N. Reading, MA 01864
978-475-0444 Office
978-475-6140 Fax

O’s Home Inspection
Otis Ellerbee
7 Edson Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
617-288-2149 Office

Tiger Home Inspection
Sean Rizzo
969 Washington Street
Braintree, MA 02184
800-628-4437 Office
781-356-4487 Fax


Appleby & Wyman Insurance Agency Inc.
Ashley Brown
152 Conant Street
Beverly, MA 01915
978-236-3625 Office

F.I. Patnode Insurance
Jason Patnode
396 Washington Street
Brighton, MA 02135
617-787-1400 Office
617-783-5551 Fax

John J. Ryan Insurance Agency
John J. Ryan, Jr.
376 Washington Street
Brighton, MA 02135
617-254-0600 Office
617-254-0404 Fax

Vargas & Vargas Insurance
Carlos Vargas
1133 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02124

Stoughton Office
4 Cabot Place Unit 7
Stoughton, MA 02072
617-298-0655 Office
617-298-8355 Fax

Lead Paint Inspection

ASAP Environmental, Inc.
John MacIsaac
1 Arcadia Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
617-288-8870 Office
617-282-7783 Fax

Mortgage Lending

Beverly Bank
Kathy Gilfeather
Residential Loan Officer, Beverly Bank
254 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA 01915
978-922-0857 x 120 Office
978-922-0316 Fax

Charlie Galligan
Residential Loan Officer, Beverly Bank
73 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA 01915
978-922-0857 x170 Office
978-922-0316 Fax

Boston Private Bank & Trust Company
Diana Carvajal-Hirsch
Vice President
Residential Loan Officer, First-Time Homebuyer Specialist
401C Centre Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
617-912-3991 Office
617-830-9829 Fax
NMLS ID: 704461

Brookline Bank
Tom McBreen
131 Clarendon Street
Boston, MA 02116
617-730-3521 Office

Cambridge Savings Bank
Joseph S. Boynton
Vice President, Residential Lending
1374 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-520-5325 Office
508-423-9659 Cell
NMLS# 697301
Twitter: @CambridgeBank

Cambridge Trust Company
Sal Sagarese
10 Fawcett Street, 5th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-441-1406 Office

Stephen R. Tomaselli
VP/Area Lending Manager
Citibank, N.A.
Distributed Retail Sales
84 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02184
617-909-5467 Office
877-341-6120 e-Fax
NMLS# 358920

Eastern Bank
Steven Dion
Loan Officer
617-295-0067 Office
617-515-0197 Cell
781-477-1371 Fax
NMLS# 31919

Lourdes Connolly
Assistant Vice President
617-439-4967 Phone
781-586-8225 Fax
NMLS# 466351

Leader Mortgage
Ivy Pretto
180 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA 02474
781-648-7900 x 113 Office
781-648-8444 Fax
Massachusetts & NMLS MLO # 196654

Metro Credit Union
Mortgage Specialists
800-628-5626 Office

Mt. Washington Bank
Andrew R. Sobers A.C.I.S., M.B.A. M.S.F.
Assistant Vice President, Sales Manager
Mt. Washington Bank Mortgage Division
A Division of East Boston Savings Bank
455 West Broadway
South Boston, MA 02127
857-524-1084 Office
617-792-8753 Cell
NMLS# 476731

Rockland Trust
John Allard
617-448-8324 Office
Bernadette Conneely
781-985-3674 Office

Deb Frank
Retail Mortgage Sales Manager
617-298-3100 Office
781-727-5299 Cell
NMLS ID: 92247

Wellesley Bank
Brian Lynch
SVP Mortgage Lending
31 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
781-489-7614 Office

Real Estate Sales

Buyer Agents of Boston, LLC
Gary Dwyer, CRS, GRI, ABR
806 Tremont Street, Suite 2
Boston, MA 02118
617-997-5570 Office
617-507-8104 Fax

Centre Realty Group
Katherine Meisenheimer
384 Washington Street
Brighton, MA 02135
617-787-4700 Office
617-332-3737 Fax
617-767-4882 Cell

Coldwell Banker- Pena Realty
Maria Pena
715 Broadway
Everett, MA 02149
617-389-1777 Office
617-389-7160 Fax
617-201-0030 Cell

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Rich Hornblower
137 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
617-694-0091 Cell

CUE Realty
Linda Champion
1542 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02119
617-877-0363 Office

Keller Williams Realty
Chris Kostopoulos
1151 Walnut Street
Newton, MA 02461
617-751-4111 Office
617-607-9103 Fax
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Prime Realty Group
Norman O’Grady
480 Washington Street
Brighton, MA 02135
617-254-2525 Office
617-254-9525 Fax

Real Estate Executives Esteemed Properties
Marie Anthony
701 Washington Street
Newton, MA 02458
617-922-1592 Office

State Mortgage Programs

Massachusetts Housing Partnership
Homeownership Department
160 Federal Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02110
617-330-9955 Office
800-752-7131 Toll Free
Designed for first-time homebuyers, the ONE Mortgage Program offers homebuyers the comfort of knowing their mortgage is financially sustainable, with features such as an affordable, fixed interest rate, a low down payment, no PMI, and a low monthly payment.

One Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
1-888-843-6432 Office
Twitter: @MassHousing
MassHousing provides affordable home mortgages and home improvement loans for low and moderate income homebuyers.  Features include 30-year terms, fixed interest rates and job loss protection insurance that helps pay your loan if you lose your job.

Student Loan Law

Law Office of Adam S. Minsky
Adam S. Minsky, Esq.
15 Court Square, Suite 200
Boston, MA 02108
617-942-1524 Office

Energy Efficiency

Energy Federation Inc.
1 Willow Street, Suite 2
Southborough, MA 01772
800-379-4121 Office
Energy Federation Inc. is an online store featuring over 1,000 energy efficiency related products for the home.  EFI often automatically includes rebates into the price, making it easy to save on energy.

Mass Energy Consumers Alliance
Larry Chretien
284 Amory Street
Boston, MA 02130
617-524-3950 Office
800-287-3950 Toll Free
617-524-0776 Fax
Provides reduced-price fuel to members and information about energy efficiency.

Mass Save
Mass Save’s free home energy assessment is a must for every homeowner.  They provide residents in Massachusetts with free home energy assesments and low-cost energy efficiency improvements.  Services help save energy and lower utility bills with many homeowners reporting costs being cut in half.  Homeowners and renters are eligible for Mass Save services.

Renew Boston
Renew Boston is a network of energy efficiency providers helping to assist qualified Boston tenants, homeowners, and landlords in making energy improvements to their homes and properties.  The City and its partner MassSave provide eligible Bostonians with no-cost home energy assessments and incentives for energy efficiency upgrades including insulation, air sealing, water saving devices, and high-efficiency light bulbs.

Vida Verde Co-op
697 Cambridge Street, Suite 106
Brighton, MA 02135
617-202-5775 Office
617-779-9586 Fax
Vida Verde is a Brazilian worker owned cleaning co-op that supports housecleaners in their profession while creating community and promoting healthy and environmentally friendly methods.  Members use cleaning alternatives that do not harm the environment and protect both workers’ and clients’ health.

Non-Profit & Other Resources

Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation
20 Linden Street, Suite 288
Allston, MA 02134
617-787-3874 Office
617-787-0425 Fax

Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD)
178 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02111
617-357-6000 Office
617-423-9215 TTY
Coordinates youth, elderly, career development and other programs.  Assists low-income families in obtaining funds to purchase home heating oil.

American Consumer Credit Counseling
130 Rumford Avenue, Suite 202
Auburndale, MA 02466
800-769-3571 Office
617-244-1116 Fax
Offers confidential credit counseling and financial management education to consumers nationwide. ACCC is dedicated to helping people regain control of their finances and plan for debt-free future.

Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)
18 Tremont Street, Suite 401
Boston, MA 02108
617-742-0820 Office
617-742-3953 Fax
CHAPA’s mission is to encourage the production and preservation of housing that is affordable to low-income families and individuals through research and advocacy campaigns.

Compass Working Capital
89 South Street, Suite 203
Boston, MA 02111
617-790-0801 Office
617-390-7552 Fax
100 Munroe Street
Lynn, MA 01902
781-584-4355 Office
617-390-7552 Fax
Compass is a nonprofit organization that helps working, low-income families save toward a first-time home, a college education, or a small business through incentive-based savings and financial coaching programs.

Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston
262 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108
617-399-0491 Office
617-399-0492 Fax
A non-profit organization focused on ending illegal housing discrimination in the Greater Boston area.

Greater Boston Legal Services
197 Friend Street
Boston, MA 02114
800-323-3205 Toll Free
617-371-1234 Office
617-371-1228 TDD
Provides legal assistance to low-income people.  Issues covered include housing, immigration, employment related concerns, public benefits, domestic violence, and legal issues of importance to elders.  Calls taken M, Tu, Th & F from 9am to 3pm.

Harvard Public Affairs & Communications
1350 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-495-4955 Office

Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center
287 Western Ave
Allston, MA 02134
617-783-0500 Office
The Health Center’s physicians and Nurse Practitioners provide high quality, culturally competent, affordable care to people of all ages, from newborns to seniors.

Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development
Neighborhood Services Office
10 Church Street
Lynn, MA 01902
781-581-8600 Office
Offers education and grant & loan programs to first-time homebuyers.

MassAccess: The Accessible Housing Registry
The MassAccess Housing Registry helps people find affordable housing in Massachusetts.  A key feature of the Registry is to highlight homes for people with disabilities who need accessible or barrier-free housing.

Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance (MAHA)
1803 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02124
617-822-9100 Office
617-265-7503 Fax
Conducts workshops for first-time homebuyers and homeowners.  Coordinates statewide campaigns for increased investment in affordable rental and homeownership housing, including MHP’s ONE loan program.

Massachusetts Bar Lawyer Referral Service
20 West Street
Boston, MA 02111
617-654-0400 Office
Provides referrals to find real estate and other attorneys.

North Shore Community Action Programs, Inc.
119 Rear Foster Street, Building 13
Peabody, MA 01960
978-531-0767 Office
978-531-1012 Fax
NSCAP provides a range of programs and services in five key areas: Education and Training, Economic Stabilization, Housing and Homelessness Prevention, Energy Services, and Home Care.

North Shore Community Development Coalition
102 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA 01970
978-745-8071 Office
978-745-4345 Fax
North Shore CDC invests in neighborhoods to create thriving communities.  Our quality programming, from first-time home buying (in partnership with The Homebuying Mentors) to community English classes, offers residents in the region opportunities to achieve economic mobility and a self-sufficient life.

Specialized Housing, Inc.
45 Bartlett Crescent
Brookline, MA 02446
617-277-1805 Office
617-277-0106 Fax
This is the first housing program in the US to enable adults with special needs to own their own homes while receiving professional support.  Specialized Housing, Inc. works with families seeking supportive independent living situations for adults with developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, physical disabilities, or psychiatric illness.

Transactional Law Clinics of Harvard Law School
Brian Price, Director
6 Everett Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-998-0101 Office
617-998-0146 Fax
Business and Non-Profit Clinic, Real Estate Clinic, Entertainment Law Clinic

City of Boston Resources

Boston Fair Housing Commission
1 City Hall Square, Room 966
Boston, MA 02201
617-635-2500 Office
617-635-3290 Fax
Enforces city, state, and federal housing laws.

Boston Home Center
26 Court Street
Boston, MA 02108
617-635-HOME (4663) Office
Provides foreclosure prevention services, homeownership education, information to first-time homebuyers and homeowners, as well as financial assistance to income-eligible residents for home purchase and repair, including lead pain abatement.

Boston Redevelopment Authority
1 City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201
617-722-4300 Office
617-248-1937 Fax
Oversees affordable rental and homeownership lotteries.

Inspectional Services
1010 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
617-635-5300 Office
Provides information regarding building permints, legal occupancy, and zoning.  Conducts free home inspections at tenant’s request.

Lead Safe Boston
The Boston Home Center
617-635-4663 Office
This program offers eligible homeowners, landlords, or tenants financial assistance help with lead-based paint abatement.

Rental Housing Resource Center
26 Court Street, First Floor
Boston, MA 02108
617-635-3880 Office
617-635-0383 Fax
Provides advice, information and assistance to Boston landlords and tenants.