Larry Penilla, an out of state mortgage professional, reminds us that the homebuyer tax credit expires in about 100 days! That isn't much time, especially for "move up" buyers that need to sell a home! Considering the amount of time for a home to be on the market and a general resistance for sellers to accept contingent offers, time is of the essence and quite honestly is running out. Take advantage of this once in a generation (or possibly lifetime) opportunity to get paid for buying a house with financing at around 5% (an historical low)!
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November 6, 2009, Congress voted to extend and expand the First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit program. There's 100 days left to claim it.
The expiration date of the up-to-$8,000 tax credit has been pushed forward to spring, requiring homebuyers in Crown Point to be under contract for a home no later than April 30, 2010, and to be closed no later than June 30, 2010.
In addition, "move-up" buyers were also added to the program's eligibility list meaning you don't have to be a first-time home buyer to be eligible for the tax credit. If you've lived in your home for 5 of the last 8 years, you meet the IRS requirements.
Move-up buyers are capped at a total tax credit of $6,500.
The tax credit's basic eligibility requirements remain the same:
- You can't purchase the home from a parent, spouse, or child
- You can't purchase the home from an entity in which they're a majority owner
- You can't acquire the home by gift or inheritance
- All parties to the purchase must meet eligibility requirements
The new law includes some notable updates, however.
First, the subject property's sales price may not exceed $800,000. Homes sold for more than $800,000 are ineligible. And, also, household income thresholds have been raised to $125,000 for single-filers and $225,500 for joint-filers.
And lastly, don't forget that the program is a true tax credit -- not a deduction. This means that a tax filer who's eligible for the full $8,00 credit and whose "normal" tax liability totals $5,000 would receive a $3,000 refund from the U.S. Treasury at tax time.
The complete list of qualifying criteria is posted on the IRS website. Review it with a tax professional to determine your eligibility. Then mark your calendar for April 30, 2010.
There's just 100 days to go.