First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit Has Been Extended and Expanded!

The first time home buyer’s tax credit that was scheduled to expire on 12/01/2009 has been extended until April 30, 2010.  The income limits for this have also been increased!$8,000 First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit

Here are the specifics:

  • Purchasers must be first time home buyers.  This means that you must not have owned a home in the past three years.
  • The credit is for 10% of the purchase price up to $8,000
  • Adjusted Gross Income limits are now $125,000 for single filers and $225,000 for joint filers
  • Purchasers must have a contract signed by April 30, 2010 and will have until June 30, 2010 to close
  • The credit is only available for the purchase of principal residences priced up to $800,000 or less

There is also a new tax credit for “long time resident” homeowners!

Here are those specifics:

  • Purchasers must have lived in their primary residence for five consecutive years in the past eight years
  • Tax credit for existing “long time resident” homeowners will be 10% of purchase price up to $6,500
  • Stipulations for dates, Adjusted Gross Income limits and purchase price remain the same as for First Time Home buyers

This is good news. Many people will now be able to purchase their first home or possibly move up to a bigger home.  The move up part of this is crucial to the continued growth real estate market .

Please note:  I am NOT a tax professional!  These are the rules and regulations as I understand them as a Real Estate Professional.  If you have any questions or unique situations, please contact your tax professional.  If you do not have one, I will be glad to give you some recommendations.

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