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BURLINGTON, VT — More Vermonters are able to take part in Vermont Housing Finance Agency's lowinterest mortgage programs now that VHFA’s Board of Commissioners has approved new income and purchase price limits. “VHFA is constantly working to give Vermonters more options and more value when it comes to purchasing homes,” according to Executive Director Sarah Carpenter. “These changes reflect those efforts. “With the new limits, many more Vermonters and Vermont properties have become eligible for VHFA financing. These changes will help more Vermonters realize the dream of homeownership,” she added, “but, for many, homeownership will remain a challenge, because the state’s housing stock hasn’t kept up with demand.” Income and purchase price limits vary by county and help determine which homebuyers and properties are eligible for VHFA financing. Income limits are ceilings on what households can earn and still qualify for VHFA mortgages; purchase price limits are the maximum price a home can sell for and still be eligible for VHFA financing. VHFA raised the limits substantially on March 2. While each county’s limits are unique, the maximum eligible purchase price for existing homes rose by almost 30 percent in many counties, while many areas had their new construction limits increased by more than 14 percent. Income limits, also calculated for each county separately, increased anywhere from 3 to 7 percent. Current limits are available at www.vhfa.org, or by contacting a participating VHFA lender. A complete list of lenders is available at the Web site. VHFA offers a variety of mortgage loan programs. The Agency’s 30-year 0-point rate is currently 5.50%. For buyers who need cash for downpayment and/or closing costs, VHFA offers a cash assistance rate option at a slightly higher rate. All rates are subject to change. VHFA is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2004. The Vermont Legislature established VHFA on April 11, 1974, to finance and promote affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income Vermonters. Since its inception, the Agency has helped more than 24,000 households with affordable mortgages and more than 6,700 families into affordable rental units.