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First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit Extended…

Published on November 5th, 2009 by | Filed Under: Buying a Home in NJ, NJ First Time Home Buyers, NJ Mortgage Update, Real Estate News


Home Buyer Credit

(President Obama still has to sign it, which he will)

Per Martin Straka, Mortgage Loan Officer with Bank of America:

 On Thursday afternoon (11/5/090 the House of Representatives voted to pass the legislation extending the Tax Credit and Unemployment Benefits (HR 3548).Homebuyer Tax Credit:   H.R. 3548 extends the $8,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers for five months, from November 30, 2009 to May 1, 2010. In addition, the bill provides a $6,500 tax credit for homebuyers that are not first time buyers, but have owned a primary residence at least five consecutive years in the last eight years. 

The bill would cap the eligibility for the credit on homes that cost $800,000 or more and raises the current income limit from $75,000, or $150,000 in the case of a joint return, to $125,000 or $225,000.  H.R. 3548 waives provisions to recapture the credit for military, intelligence, and Foreign Service personnel who are on qualified official duty and extends the tax credit for an additional year for those on qualified extended duty overseas for 90 days or more since 2008. 

The full $8,000 tax credit will be available to qualified First Time Home Buyers (FTHB), defined as not having owned their “Principal Residence” within the past 36 months. This means that even if you have owned a vacation home or an investment property, you may still qualify for the FTHB Tax Credit. The amount of the Tax Credit is 10% of purchase price up to a $80,000 purchase price and then the total is capped at $8,000.

In the past few months, the Tax Credit has inspired many home buyers to stop waiting for “the bottom” of the housing market and to act now to take advantage of the great home prices in conjunction with near record low interest rates.

For those of you that like to read the details  If you prefer, give Martin Straka a call at 973.598.5006 or email Marty

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