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Buying a house can be stressful. We’re here to help.

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    Options for all

    We offer first-time home buyer programs and loans for members with less-than-perfect credit.

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    No cost, no obligation pre-approval

    You’ll know what you can afford, and be ready to make an offer when you find the perfect place.

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    Save money

    We can help you avoid Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) with less than 20% for a down payment.

First Mortgages

A first (or primary) mortgage is a traditional real estate loan that can either be a conventional loan or jumbo loan. These come as either a fixed-rate loan or adjustable/variable loan.

With a fixed-rate loan, the principal and interest payments remain constant over the entire loan term. An adjustable/variable rate (ARM) mortgage offers a fixed rate for an initial period, and then the rate adjusts either up or down, based on the 1 Year Treasury Rate, every year after that initial period ends.

Fixed-rate mortgages are good for people who plan to stay put for many years, while adjustable-rate mortgages are generally better for people who move frequently or don’t plan to stay in their home for a long period of time.

MassHousing offers down payment assistance programs that may provide assistance of 5% of a home’s purchase price to help you supplement your own savings.

Jeanne D’Arc offers both types of mortgages with various term options, and conventional or jumbo loan options for both mortgage types. Our mortgage professionals are happy to partner with you, talking through your needs, discussing your options, and finding the mortgage product that’s right for you.

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First Time Home Buyer Program

Buying a home is an exciting and overwhelming time, especially for those taking this big financial step for the first time. Our programs are designed to make the journey to first-time homeownership more affordable. We help you move into your new home with a much lower down payment than other lenders require, and if you decide to put down less than 20%, we can also assist you in avoiding Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI), which will save you on your monthly mortgage payment.

Buying a home in Massachusetts? Ask about our MassHousing loan programs:

  • MassHousing Loan: The MassHousing loan program provides qualified borrowers1 with a down payment assistance loan for up to 5% of the purchase price or $15,000, whichever is less, for a 15-year term at a fixed rate of 2.00% APR3.
  • MassHousing Operation Welcome Home: We salute our veterans, active-duty military, and members of the Army Reserves and National Guard. Service members can take advantage of our Operation Welcome Home loan program, which can be used to purchase a home or to rehabilitate/repair a home. This program provides qualified borrowers2 with a down payment assistance loan for up to 5% of the purchase price or $15,000, whichever is less, for a 15-year term at a fixed rate of 2.00% APR3. It also offers a $2,500 credit to go toward closing costs. In the event of deployment or unemployment, eligible Operation Welcome Home borrowers will receive a special benefit that covers your monthly principal and interest payment for up to $2,000 for six months.

Buying a home can be intimidating, which is why our Loan Officers are happy to meet with you—at our office, at your office or even at your home, whenever it’s most convenient and comfortable for you.

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Lot & Construction Loans

Lot loans are your way to secure a prime piece of real estate—especially if you’re waiting a few years or more to build the home of your dreams on it. We help ensure that the spot you pick out won’t get snatched up by someone else while you’re getting your plans together to start construction.

Once you’re ready to start building, a construction loan is how we provide you with the funds to pay the builder, contractors, suppliers, etc. during the construction process. Once construction has been completed, it converts to a conventional mortgage.

Our Loan Officers will provide you with the details you need to get the home of your dreams underway. They’re happy to meet you when and where it’s most convenient, to get your dreams in motion.

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You’ll love our great rates

Current rates

Mortgages

Rates**

APR

Payment per $1,000*

*Up to 80% Total Loan To Value. Other rates and terms available. Pmt Per $1,000 does not include taxes and insurance if applicable. The actual obligation will be greater than the payment shown.

** Rates are effective September 17, 2021, and are subject to change at any time. Conforming Purchase loan sizes up to $548,250 on one-unit properties. Conforming rates and APR based on $548,250.00 Purchase loan amount with FICO credit scores of 780 and loan to value no greater than 75%. Jumbo rates and APR based on a $548,250.01 Purchase loan amount with FICO credit scores of 780 and loan to value no greater than 75%. For adjustable-rate mortgages, rate may increase after consummation.

10 Year Fixed Conforming

Rates**

1.99%

APR

2.002%

Payment per $1,000*

$9.20

15 Year Fixed Conforming

Rates**

2.250%

APR

2.261%

Payment per $1,000*

$6.55

30 Year Fixed Conforming

Rates**

3.000%

APR

3.007%

Payment per $1,000*

$4.22

30 Year Fixed Jumbo

Rates**

3.000%

APR

3.007%

Payment per $1,000*

$4.22

5/1 ARM

Rates**

2.990%

APR

3.003%

Payment per $1,000*

$4.21

7/1 ARM

Rates**

3.250%

APR

3.138%

Payment per $1,000*

$4.35

Mortgage FAQs

Yes, and it’s free of charge. Once pre-approved, the pre-approval letter is valid for 90 days.

Once a decision has been made on the loan, the Mortgage Originator should inform you within 1 or 2 days.

PMI is required by lenders when a loan is originated and closed with less than a 20% down payment. If you are approved for a mortgage that requires PMI. A mortgage approval does not guarantee qualification for PMI.

For a first mortgage, you would take the loan amount and divide that by the appraised value or purchase price, whichever is less.

For example: If you request an $80,000 loan divided by an appraised value of $100,000, your LTV is 80%.

Documents for a Pre-approval:

  • 2 years of the most recent personal & business tax returns, including all schedules; if self-employed
  • 2 most recent consecutive pay stubs
  • 2 most recent W2s
  • 2 months of the most recent asset statements *all pages required* (savings, checking, retirement and investment accounts)

Due to the COVID-19 impact the current estimate from application to underwriting, to closing, typically takes about 30 – 45 days. Purchases will receive priority due to Commitment and Closing Dates. Refinances can take longer due to the current volume of loans we are experiencing.

Please check with the AT-Mortgage Operations or AVP-Mortgage Operations Manager if closings are expected within 30 days or less.

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Disclosures

1Borrowers must be first-time buyers, income limits apply and vary by region. Income limits can be viewed at www.masshousing.com/limits. Other eligibility criteria apply. Down payment assistance is now available on 1-4 family homes, condos and Planned Unit Developments (PUDs).

2To qualify for an Operation Welcome Home loan, you must be an active duty military member, member of the Reserves or National Guard, a Veteran who served honorably, or a Gold Star Family member; be a first-time homebuyer; purchase a 1- to 4-family property in Massachusetts (including condominiums); and meet income and loan limits. Visit www.masshousing.com/owh for details. Income and purchase price limits apply. Subject to credit approval, not all applicants will qualify. You do not have to be a first-time homebuyer if you are purchasing a home in Boston, Chelsea, Cambridge, Everett, Fall River, Lawrence, Lynn, North Adams and Somerville.

3APR=Annual Percentage Rate. Example of payment based on loan terms: $15,000 down payment assistance loan = 180 payments of $96.53; 2.011% APR.