SoftSecond's 1st borrower, homebuyer advocate, remembered BOSTON, March 23, 2015 --- Florence Hagins, a longtime homeownership advocate who once said the SoftSecond mortgage program "changed my life" died on Saturday at the age of 67.
Webinar held to explain ONE Mortgage BOSTON, MARCH 23, 2015 --- More than 40 homebuyer counselors from around the state participated in a webinar last week to learn more about the ONE Mortgage Program for low- and moderate-income first-time buyers.
2 more lenders signed on to offer ONE BOSTON, March 17, 2015 --- Two more lenders have agreed to offer ONE Mortgage, the state's most affordable program for first-time homebuyers.
MyMassMortgage.org is new tool to help first-time buyers
ONE Mortgage featuredBOSTON, March 16, 2015-- First-time homebuyers are encouraged to visit a new informational web site designed to help them purchase their first home.
One year after pledge, Governor shares stage with first-time buyer
Patrick delivers Compact progress report, hears ONE Mortgage success storyBOSTON, June 13, 2014 - When Gov. Deval Patrick stood on the steps of a Dorchester home last June and set new goals for helping first-time homebuyers, Angelina Goncalves was at work, taking one more step toward owning her own home.
ONE launched, more lenders on board
New content includes updated eligibility info; calculator now has mobile, tablet versionsBOSTON, Jan. 15, 2014 --- Continuing its transition from the SoftSecond Loan Program to the new ONE Mortgage Program, the Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP) has posted online a full menu of resources and information about ONE Mortgage, including a new calculator that features versions that can be viewed easily on a mobile phone and tablet.
SoftSecond's standards, success earns it key fed exemption
New 'Ability-to-Repay' rules will not apply due to program's servicing, historyBOSTON, June 26, 2013 --- The Massachusetts Housing Partnership's SoftSecond Loan Program - which is switching from a two-loan structure to one loan and will be renamed ONE Mortgage - has earned an exemption from new federal mortgage rules, a decision that will help the program appeal to more lenders and ensure that safe, secure, fixed-rate mortgage credit will continue to be available to lower-income homebuyers.
Gov sets homeownership goal, unveils new ONE program
Calls for 10,000 loans to modest-income families; banks sign on; SoftSecond revampedBOSTON, June 11, 2013 --- After more than 20 years and 17,000 loans, MHP's SoftSecond Loan Program is taking steps to continue its success by transforming from a two-loan structure to one mortgage, a move that will make it simpler for first-time homebuyers and the financial institutions that offer the program.
Sovereign honored for helping first-time buyers in Lawrence, MV LAWRENCE, Dec. 19, 2012 ---MHP's SoftSecond Loan Program has honored Sovereign Bank with a HomeSafe Award for its outstanding success making loans to lower-income first-time homebuyers in the City of Lawrence and the Merrimack Valley.
Blue Hills honored for helping Boston first-time homebuyers BOSTON, Dec. 5, 2012 --- MHP's SoftSecond Loan Program has honored Blue Hills Bank with a 2012 HomeSafe Award for its outstanding success making loans to first-time homebuyers in Boston.