BINGHAMTON, NY (February 22, 2017) – NBT Bank Senior Vice President and Residential Mortgage Manager Joseph Culver recently announced that NBT will be offering its Home in the City Program in the City of Binghamton and partnering with the Binghamton Homeownership Academy (BHOA) to assist first-time homebuyers.
Announcing the pledge Culver said, “Our Home in the City Program is a mortgage loan program designed specifically to encourage homeownership in cities served by NBT Bank. Through our partnership with BHOA, we will encourage those interested in the program to obtain homebuyer education and determine if they qualify for available down payment and closing costs assistance grant programs. An NBT loan originator will work with potential homebuyers to determine how much they qualify to finance and help them apply for a Home in the City loan.”
The Home in the City Program provides loans to qualifying borrowers with a household income up to 120% of the HUD Area Median with:
- 95% financing for the purchase of a one or two-family, owner-occupied residence;
- An interest rate reduction of 0.25% for eligible first-time homebuyers who complete homebuyer education classes; and
- No mortgage insurance or additional monthly payments required.
Homebuyer education classes offered through the BHOA help prepare potential homebuyers for the responsibilities of home ownership and cover topics like home maintenance, how to select a realtor and mortgage lender, and how to manage credit and debt.
BHOA Program Coordinator Conant Smith thanked NBT Bank for its support of first-time homebuyers saying, “We are excited about this partnership which will make homeownership more affordable for first-time buyers wishing to live in the City of Binghamton. NBT’s Home in the City mortgage program combined with our educational resources will provide applicants with the most current and accurate information on the home buying process.”
For more information on NBT Bank’s Home in the City Program, contact NBT Bank at 800.NBT.BANK (800.628.2265). To learn more about first-time homebuyer education classes, contact BHOA at 723.0723.
About NBT Bank
NBT Bank offers personal banking, asset management and business services through a network of 154 banking locations in six states, including New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. NBT Bank and its parent company, NBT Bancorp, are headquartered in Norwich, NY. NBT Bancorp had assets of $8.9 billion as of December 31, 2016, and is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol NBTB. More information about NBT Bank and NBT Bancorp can be found online at www.nbtbank.com and www.nbtbancorp.com. Equal Housing Lender.
About Metro Interfaith Housing Counseling and the Binghamton Homeownership Academy
The Binghamton Homeownership Academy (BHOA) is a collaborative partnership between Metro Interfaith Housing Counseling and other area housing agencies including Quaranta Housing and the City of Binghamton. For over 45 years, the focus of Metro Interfaith Housing Counseling and the BHOA has been on increasing homeownership rates, strengthening neighborhoods and improving the overall housing stock for the residents of the City of Binghamton. More information about BHOA and the services we provide is available at www.binghmatonhomeownershipacademy.org.
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