First-time home buyer grants available for homes purchased in Amherst and Northampton Reply

Grants for first-time home buyers looking to purchase a home in Amherst and Northampton are now available through the Valley Community Development Corporation (CDC).

To be eligible for the grant, the applicant must be a first-time home buyer as defined by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  HUD defines first-time home buyers as households who have not owned a home in the last three years or households with a single parent.

Other requirements include having an accepted offer in writing, addressing any lead paint issues, and having income at or below 80% of the area medium income, and attend a first-time home buyer class.

A first-time home buyer class is scheduled for January and consists of four 2.5 hour sessions from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

There are four grants available in Amherst at $4,500 each and two grants available in Northampton at $3,000 each.

If you would like more information on how to register for the first-time home buyer class and how to apply for the first-time home buyer grant, make your first call to Michael Seward at 413-531-7129 or email me.

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