The $6500 Tax Credit of Louisville Home Owners

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes

Money for Louisville Home Buyers

By now, most people are aware of the existence of the $8000 Tax Creditfor first-time home buyers.  But with the holidays, the start of UL and UK basketball and the media the way that it is, I suspect you are more likely to know Tiger Woods' mistress count than you are the details of the expanded Tax Credit Program.  In particular, when Congress extended the credit until April 30th, 2010, they also added a $6500 tax credit for existing homeowners. 

For those of you who were otherwise occupied, here's the answers to the questions now running through your head....

Am I eligible for the $6500 Tax Credit?

There are 3 Criteria you must meet to qualify

  1. You must have used your current home as your principal residence for 5 consecutive years with the last 8.
  2. To get the full credit as a single buyer, you need to make less than $125,000 annually, as a couple the limit is $225,000. Up to $145,000 and $245,000 respectively, you get a partial credit. 
  3. You have to have a written contract by April 30, 2010 and close before July 1, 2010.

How does the Tax Credit work?

Like the $8000 Tax Credit this is a refundable credit that is applied to your tax return.  After you close on the home, you can apply it to your 2009 or 2010 return.  Note that your favorite word in the preceding sentence is REFUNDABLE.  This means you get the money regardless of what you owe on your taxes! 

Do I have to repay the credit?

As long as you live in the house for 3 years, the answer is No!

SWEET! I'm eligible and I like free money, now what?

You need to get started right away especially if you plan to sell your current home before buying.  Interest rates are still phenomenally low and buyers are hitting the market in droves.  By getting a jump on the competition, you stand a very good chance of completing both selling your current home and buying a new one before the deadline.  Call me at 502-921-3989 to setup a Free Consultation.

I'm reaching for the phone.  Just out of curiosity, what was the final mistress count?

You really have more important things to worry about.  But, if it will help you focus, nowpublic.comhas is at 17.  A few are unconfirmed though.  Despite the initial rapid-fire rate at which they started to come out, it appears Wilt Chamberlin's record will stand.  Back to reality.  Call 502-921-3989 now. 

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Erik Hitzelberger is a licensed REALTOR with RE/MAX Alliance in Louisville. If you need a Louisville Real Estate agent please email me or call 502.921.3989.

I specialize in the following areas of the Metro Louisville Area: Prospect, Middletown, Jeffersontown (J-Town), Fern Creek, Okolona, Shepherdsville, Mt Washington, Hillview, Brooks and Pewee Valley.  Click the following links to learn more about Louisville and Bullitt County Real Estate or to Search for Louisville Homes 

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Comments (3)

John Cannata
214-728-0449 - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

Solid information Eric. Its good to get some reminders and clarification posts out there. We are getting close to the deadline.

Hope all is well with you and the family!

Jan 12, 2010 01:42 PM
Erik Hitzelberger
RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes - Louisville, KY
Louisville - Middletown Real Estate

Thanks John.  I know this has been out for 2 months, but in conversations most people are unaware of the new credits.  It seemed to take 12 months for the news of the original $8000 credit to sink in.  This one is only available for 6 total. 

Jan 13, 2010 03:14 AM ~ Dallas Real Estate Agent Top Team
Dallas Houses for Rent Dallas Apartment Rentals - Dallas, TX

Erik this is great we should all get pictures of money for tax incentive rebate SHOW BUYERS THE MONEY, perhaps motivate the families go out purchase prior expiration date. Dallas Apartment Locator,, Dallas Aparment Finder, Dallas Apartments for Rent, Dallas Apartment Rentals

Feb 11, 2010 04:39 AM