We provide easy access to housing lottery applications when you are renting apartments. Get the applications for studio apartments, 1BR, 2BR, 3B$, 4BR rental apartments. We supply affordale housing lottery documents and application packets from affordable housing property managers when they offer reduced price units built like all the others to eligible tenants. The SMS service can send the AMI selection you choose. All units have non-negotiable Fixed prices based on AMI percentages of 20%,30%,40%, 50%,60%, 70%, 80% and higher. The lowest AMI rates cost less. Government policy sets the rates. To receive applications to file, Sign-Up.
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Get familiar with forms like this when going after Affordable Housing Market properties.
Credit Score Info
Credit scores matter in the Massachusetts affordable housing market. New York applicants renting in the affordable housing markets are NOT penalized for having bad credit. New York state law gives bad credit applicants a pass. Cash flow matters too. The ability to have the funds to pay the Affordable rent is what matters. Income-restricted units keep the rental rates the same no matter if your income rises.
If you are buying there are a number of programs to assist the first-time home buyer with down payment costs in Massachusetts. Traditional banks may offer a mortage if your FICO score is at least 620 and your debt-to-equity ratio and employment history is ok. FICO score ranges are labeled POOR, AVERAGE, GOOD and EXCELLENT.
GETTING GOOD RENT RATES AND HOME PRICES
The Affordable Housing Marketplace is for wage earners who earn below the area median income (AMI). The level varies by region. The Boston figure is approximately $85,000 a household per year. Anyone making less is eligible for affordable housing offers, but it is mandatory that you file the required documents with the property manager for the units. Our SMS service provides those document sets.
A 30% AMI property allows household income of $23K - $39,000.
A 50% AMI property allows household income of $39,700 - $65,000.
60%, 70% ,80% and higher AMI rates apply.
AFFORDABLE rents and affordable home prices are set by government policy. Your income cannot exceed AMI ranges to qualify. This usually means you are eligible to purchase condos with an income of $48-$55,000 a year. Household income can be higher than $81,000 to qualify in some buildings like THE BEVERLY, where some units allow for 120% of AMI, while the market rate units are still much higher.
Housing offers have PREFERENCES and FIXED RENTAL or PURCHASE PRICES set by policy. Renters in public housing pay just 30% of their incomes. Renters with Section 8 vouchers and other housing program vouchers see price controls but many times a landlord will adjust the rent higher than the voucher will cover and you'llhave to make up the difference.
You will notice that income restricted rents and affordable rated rents can start as low as $400 a month for STUDIOS. 1 Bedroom rentals typically are $950 - $1350. Rents hover around $1,500 for a 3BR. There are tens of thousands of affordable and income-restricted rental units available across the state.
See more affordable apartment listings at www.Smallwall.net Online
Community Development Organizations who rent and build affordable housing
Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation (617) 787-3874
There are a lot of people submitting applications to property managers for every housing lottery they hold. Demand for low rent and below market home sales prices is higher than ever! But, a double-digit percentage of applicants are seeing their applications trashed due to missing and incomplete information.
Tens of thousands of older apartments are also priced to rent below market prices. People are living in them but they also move out. Units in some buildings turn over every month. There are vacancies across the state. Your MUST put your name on WAIT LIST.
Recently, there were $400/mo rentals being offered in Lowell and Lynn, Massachusetts. The Town of Fitchburg has deals for qualified income-restricked applicants. The $800 studio apartments at Ashmont's Treadmark. The Ink Block affordable apartments rented for $1,300. The Fenway community had several luxury high-rise apartments renting to income restricted applicants.
The Jamaicaway had condos for $161k where market rates units beside them were $400k. Brookline popped some affordables on the market. There was the North End's Avalon Apartments and cheap apt units in South Boston, Jamaica Plain, Allston, Lowell, Cambridge, Fitchburg - when we say "cheap" we are talking about the government regulated reduced price commercial units rented to income restricted households ( where your incomes are between $20K - $106K). There were housing deals offering grants that substantially brought prices down in the Town of Marshfield. The Town of Randolph, via CRUZ COMPANIES has a development underway for over 50 affordable 2BR units, just getting started. Mattapan Square is bringing up some.
How do you win in an apartment lottery?
Use your luck and get the lottery application for an address you want to live at. Apply there. Self-employed or gig economy workers such as UBER drivers, Taskrabbits, etc. have to file a P&L with financial projections. Pay special attention to the "preferences"section and meet one or more preferences if you can when they exist in the documentation. Make sure your income is verifiable by the office receiving the application. A lottery or income restricted property for rent or purchase is going to have income limits you cannot exceed. Send your completed application and verify it made it in by deadline.
Some of these lottery preferences will not apply and there may be others unlisted that will:
there is preference for handicapped or disabled
there is preference for extremely low income
there is a preference for homeless parent with kids in a shelter
there is a preference for an Urban Renewal displacee
there is a preference for veteran, HIV, or senior citizen
there is a preference for a town resident
there is a preferences for a 1st time homebuyer
and NONE of preferences ABOVE may apply in a lottery
People think the apartment lottery is only for low income people but nothing could be further from the truth. When you consider the starting salaries a college grad has to work with, you must assume they are eligible for many lotteries and income restricted units as well. Each lottery is different and sometimes there is a preference that gives you an advantage.
The workshops offer information and answers about how to conduct a successful housing search, including learning how to communicate with housing authorities, agencies, and landlords. When: First and third Wednesdays of each month from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Where: 60 Temple Place, Floor 5, Boston, MA 02111. Call 617-338-6665 or visit the website http://bostoncil.org/contact.
The source of this information is the Citizen's Housing and Planning Association of Massachusetts. Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association’s mission is to encourage the production and preservation of housing that is affordable to low and moderate income families and individuals and to foster diverse and sustainable communities through planning and community development. Affordable homes across the state are marketed and sold by a number of developers. Listings are voluntarily added.
"STUDIO" is the most popular apartment related Google search term in Boston metro.
Boston Public Housing Authority Numbers ( BHA )
The Boston Housing Authority (BHA) has more public housing applicants than there are available units. Applicants are asked to choose their preferred building locations. These waiting list may be 1,500 to 10,000 persons who are looking for an opening. To get on a public housing wait list, you have to be eligible and it could take as long as 10 weeks to 5 years for the BHA to verify an applicant's eligibility.
Mothers with children who live in homeless shelters receive priority placements.
a reported 40,000 people are on wait lists for public housing in Boston
Sales Prices for Homes and Condos
Affordable Home Sales are on the up and up. More and more brokers are starting to offer them because there is not much else on the market to sell for big commissions.
The average sales price is changing. Stay tuned for more info about average sales prices for homes and condos in the area. New numbers are out.
Lofts at Lower Mills, 1245 Adams Street, Dorchester, MA. Rental/Sale: Ownership - first time homebuyers, Prefer City of Boston Residents, Households with at least 1 person per bedroom, just 1 unit, 2 Bedroom - $181,400. (978) 456-8388
BRA Made - This Boston Redevelopment Authority affordable condo opportunity was offered for $250,000 - income limited to $66,000 annual. Its at Porter 156 Lofts in East Boston. Its has a large concept space with open floor plan and a 161 sq ft second floor loft area for bedroom or office. Has 16 foot high ceilings, includes a roof deck terrace. The listing was being offered by (978) 790-4381. A 4.5% mortgage will cost you about $1230 a month plus annual taxes of around $3,000 and condo fees of $160/mo
Home Buy News
Olmstead Green 3 Bedroom townhouses start at $202,000 to buy.
Advertise your homes and apartment here. Private owners and companies are being served and we have plenty of leads for you.
Deciding on where to live
To get a feel for the everyday neighborhood vibe you are considering, we suggest you go to the addresses of the housing and just hang around as long as you can. Visit the corner store, the laundromat. Notice what people do around you. Do strangers make eye contact?
See Any kids? Any bicycles or signs of life? Go there when school is letting out which is around 3:30pm for most places. Or at 6:00 when people start to arrive home from work and see who says hello. Try out the area in the morning when people go to work and check it out too. This will tell you a lot about the neighborhood.
Luxury Apartment Profiles
Foreign investors pay cash for Boston luxury apartments driving up pricing to bid levels over and above listed pricing. The Rose Kennedy Greenway area used to be a ghost town, but that's all changed. Luxury apartment pricing starts at $1 million for condos.
Boston ranks #5 among the richest cities in America. Fifty-percent of all the new luxury apartment/condo high-rises in the downtown area are being snapped up by foreign investors who pay cash money - often paying more than the listed price.
Millennial Housing Stock
micro-unit Apartment Profiles
Rents ranging from $1,699 for a 374-square foot unit to $2,450 for 597 square feet is the going micro-apartment market-rate at FACTORY 63 with heat and central air for $30 electric bill. ( www.factory63.com ) is in the Innovation District on Melcher Street near Boston Harbor.
Neighbors are likely to be well-paid singles in loft-style apartments fit for programmers, artists and entrepreneurs who don't mind sharing common areas like "showers? - are you kidding me!
What does affordable housing mean?
INCOME ELIGIBLE means your household income has to be below the charted levels. AMI is Adjusted Median Income and there's a chart for that. LOTTERY means you compete against others who are qualified and are chosen by chance. WAITING LIST are used to show people units that are open or due to come available as people who have been living there are ready to move out.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING means different things to different people but the terminology is based on a calculation. SEE the AMI or Adjusted Median Income Chart below on this page for an idea of how your household income affects rates you may qualify for.