Who is the First Time Buyer? Does the Real estate tax credit apply to condos? More about the First Time Buyer Tax Credit of 2009.

Real Estate Agent with Local-n-Global Realty, Cleveland and International Real Estate Solution BRK 2007000844

More and more people who want to buy the houses and condos in Cleveland are excited about opportunity to benefit from the First Time Buyer's Tax Credit.  I receive numerous questions regarding this credit from potential buyers. Let's get the answers together in order to help more first time buyers realize the advantages of buying houses and condos in Greater Cleveland in January-December of 2009.

The most frequent question is: Who is the First time buyer?

Answer is  not that obvious as it seems to be. Every person who did not own the primary residence in last three years prior to purchase is considered to be a First Time Buyer. For married couples, both spouses should be the First Time buyers according to the above definition. If husband or wife owned the primary residence during three-year peiod prior to purchase, none of the spouses is eligible for this credit.

Interesting question comes from the potential buyers of condominiums in Mayfield Heights and other communities of Greater Cleveland: Does the Real Estate tax credit apply to condos?

The answer is Yes, it does apply to any housing that will be used as a principle residence. It includes single family detached houses, attached homes like condominiums, townhomes, manufactured homes (aka mobile homes) and houseboats.




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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Svetlana, great detailed discussion on this new tax credit.
Apr 01, 2009 02:51 PM #1
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Svetlana:  I never thought to ask about whether or not both the husband and wife had to be "property-free" over the last three years.  Thanks for clearing up something I was not aware of.  Take care...

Apr 08, 2009 05:22 PM #2
Svetlana Stolyarova
Local-n-Global Realty, Cleveland and International Real Estate Solution - Mayfield Heights, OH
Local-n-Global Realty, Broker 216-548-4663

Gary, Karen Anne - I feel that we need more and more discussions on this topic. It's real hot! I analyze my statistics and see new and different questions regarding tax credit every day.

Apr 10, 2009 05:58 AM #3
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