What is the First Time Homeowner Downpayment Assistance Program?

The First Time Homeowner Downpayment Assistance Program provides up to $7,500 for downpayment and/or closing costs for eligible first time homebuyers purchasing a property located in the Mount Washington neighborhood and up to $6,000 for properties in the Lower Acre Neighborhood, one of two targeted low and moderate income inner-city Haverhill neighborhoods as established by HUD based on US Census data.

The Assistance takes the form of a 0% interest loan with a five-year term secured by a note and a mortgage.  The loan is payable on the sale or transfer of the property.  

The amount owed under the mortgage is a declining balance: every year that you live in the property as your primary residence, 20% of the original balance is forgiven.  After five years, you will owe nothing.