The Federal Tax Credit: Getting into escrow might have been the easy part!

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Realty West CalBRE #01458572

Contact Jim Frimmer for all your San Diego real estate needsThere are two parts to the Federal Tax Credit for home buyers.

The first required a home to be in escrow by April 30, 2010. That might turn out to be the easy part.

The second is that the purchase has to close escrow by the end of the day on June 30, 2010. That might be the most difficult part, even if you do have 60 days.

If you haven't submitted your application to your favorite lender yet, you might run out of time to close escrow by June 30.

Many, if not all lenders, require all sorts of documentation now. The no-doc "liar's loans" are a thing of the past right now. You'll need proof of everything:

  1. income
  2. assets
  3. tax returns
  4. reserves
  5. source of down payment
  6. and more!

Welcome to Mission Valley!If you're buying a Mission Valley condominium, the condominium has to qualify under the new, and tougher, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac regulations. If it doesn't, the time to get and review the condominium association's CC&Rs, finances, unpaid dues because of foreclosures, tenant percentage, etc., could take you well past the June 30 deadline.

Appraisals seem to be hit or miss. It's hard to say anything other than "Good luck with your appraisal" here.

If you are in escrow, be sure that your Realtor is fighting for you every step of the way. Lack of communication between any or all of the parties could be disastrous for you if you're expecting up to $8,000 for buying your new home.


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Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Jim, my last one out there for the tax credit should have no problem closing. My clients are using our own ActiveRainer George Souto, he is awesome. No worries there. The house was appraised within 5 days of the offer being accepted, it has gone through underwriting, and is now at CHFA, which is taking about 5 days. After that a week or so to go and we close. But my client had his ducks in a row before we made the offer on my insistence. I never write up an offer without a pre approval.

May 09, 2010 03:25 PM #1
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Jim -- I hope things go smoothly, but we do live in a very different world today.  I wish everyone a lot of good luck.

May 09, 2010 03:28 PM #2
Robin Rogers
Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas - San Antonio, TX
CRS, TRC, MRP - Real Estate Investment Adviser

Yes, appraisals are indeed problematic these days. With so many changes in the industry and the market, waiting for the appraisal to come back is nerve wracking.



May 10, 2010 02:00 AM #3
Carra & Shae Riley
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!

Jim...Constant follow-up and monitoring is a must to shepherd these deals through before the deadline!f  Good luck to everyone with one in process.

cosmic cow

May 10, 2010 05:18 AM #4
Sara Woolford & Steve Golson, ALHS
iTexas Realty Co. - San Antonio, TX

Hi Jim-

We are working really hard to keep our closings moving forward.  We certainly can't count on the loan process going smoothly as much as we used to - even with well-qualified and documented buyers-

Best wishes for all of your closings this year and especially those that need to meet their deadlines!


May 10, 2010 05:46 PM #5
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Hey, Everyone - Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

I'm trying to catch up on all my blog posts since I've been neglecting the, for good cause, though, since I've been busy.

Since this post is quite old, I won't respond to each and every comment. Rather, I'll read through all the comments and respond to any that have questions or otherwise need a response.

I'll also be by your blog soon to return the favor by reading your posts and leaving comments, too. Do unto others as they have already done unto you. lol

Again, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Make it a great day, a great week, a great month, and finish out 2010 on a natural high!

Jun 08, 2010 03:46 PM #6
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