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Loan program offers help for homebuyers

Looking to buy your first home in Osakis?

Help is available to make it more affordable.

Minnesota Housing recently reported that it has more than $60 million available this year to provide affordable mortgages to first-time homebuyers through a collaboration with Minnesota cities and counties — including $100,000 for Osakis.

Homebuyers can take advantage of these resources through Minnesota Housing's "Start Up" loan program. It offers fixed interest rates and down payment and closing cost loans up to $15,000 for eligible first-time homebuyers.

Buyers can purchase homes in Osakis that cost up to $271,100. Income limits vary by location and household size, going up to $96,800.

Minnesota Housing is a state agency that provides access to safe and affordable housing and builds stronger communities across the state. It offers purchase, refinance, and home improvement loans, as well as financing for affordable rental housing throughout the state.

"Minnesota Housing's affordable loans, combined with the support of the City of Osakis, Osakis Economic Development Authority (EDA), and local lenders, will help more families achieve homeownership," said Minnesota Housing Commissioner Jennifer Ho.

First-time buyers can get started by contacting participating lenders in the Osakis area. Visit for a full list of approved lenders, current interest rates, and program eligibility.

Minnesota Housing collaborates with individuals, communities, and partners to create, preserve, and finance affordable housing. Find out more at

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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