Pacific Northwest home buyers-if you are searching the Pacific Northwest MLS for your dream home right now, you will want to try to find it before the end of April 2010, so you can take advantage of the First Time Home Buyers Tax Credit. The tax credit has already been extended twice, and so far I have heard no news about extending it for a third time, so this may be the last chance you have to get the credit.
While you shouldn’t rush out to buy a home just because of the tax credit, if you happen to be already in the process of looking, or feel ready to make a purchase now, then it would be a shame to miss the benefit of the tax credit by only a few days.
The credit does not have to be repaid unless the home is sold or ceases to be used as the buyer’s principal residence within three years after the initial purchase and offers a great way to save some money.
Are you not sure you can take advantage of the tax credit? Though the tax credit is for first time home buyers only, which the IRS defines as someone who has not owned a principal residence during the three-year period prior to the purchase, there are some other restrictions so be sure to contact me to learn all the details.
What is also great? The tax credit can be taken for THIS YEAR, but simply submitting and amendment to your 2009 taxes, so you should get your tax credit before the end of the summer. The tax credit is for 10% of the home’s purchase price up to a maximum of $8,000 on homes priced at $800,000 or less. That is quite a nice sum of money to put towards your house, decorating your house, or even saving for a rainy day or a new roof down the road.
For homes purchased on or before April 30, 2010, single taxpayers with incomes up to $125,000 and married couples with incomes up to $225,000 qualify for the full tax credit. Additionally, so long as a binding contract is signed by April 30, 2010, the IRS will also grant the tax credit, so long as you close by June 30, 2010, so if you are already to start the Pacific Northwest home buying journey now, then you still have plenty of time.
So while I don’t want you to feel pressured or rushed into buying Pacific Northwest homes for sale, if you have been searching for your perfect dream home, or feel ready to buy now, then it would be great to squeeze in on the tax credit deadline.
If you have questions, or want to put your Pacific Northwest MLS home search into high gear, simply contact me, Susan Stecher, your trusted Pacific Northwest real estate agent, to learn more about Pacific Northwest home buying and make sure you can get the Federal Housing Tax Credit.
Until next time,