It’s Official



The new bill extending the first time home buyers tax credit passed through both the House and the Senate.  The last stop is President Obama’s desk.  Once signed, the law goes into affect.

Several aspects of the bill are the same, but there are some new twists this time around.

  • First time home buyer tax credit of $8,000 extends through April 30, 2010. Home must be under contract by that date and closed on or before June 30, 2010.
  • As before, first time home buyers are individuals who have never owned a home OR have not owned a home in 3+ years.
  • A “moving up” tax credit of $6,500 is available for current home owners buying a new home.  To qualify, home owners moving up must have lived in their current residence for 5+ years.
  • Income levels for a single purchaser are limited to $125,000 adjust gross income (up from $75,000) and $225,000 for couples (up from $150,000).
  • Home buyers with adjusted gross income above those levels can still qualify for the tax credit, but the amount of the credit diminishes as you move above the income limits.
  • In order to cut down on fraud, home buyers must be at least 18 years old and must submit a copy of the HUD-1 settlement statement from closing.

There you have it.  New life in the tax credit and let a new countdown begin… only 175 days left before you must have a home under contract to qualify for either of the tax credits.



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