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Homebuyer Tax Credit Extended

Posted on 30 June 2010 by Aaron Hofmann

Homebuyer Tax Credit Extended

Atlanta home buyers, you may yet get that homebuyer tax credit. Late today, the Senate passed a bill to extend the $8,000 homebuyer tax credit until September 30th. It now goes to President Obama, who is expected to sign the bill. The bill was overwhelmingly approved by the House on Tuesday. The deadline had been June 30th to close on the property.

Before you get too excited, the bill doesn’t help anyone currently shopping for a home. Buyers must have signed a contract by April 30th to qualify for the tax break. At issue is when the deal must be finalized.

Repeat home buyers also have until September 30th to close on new homes and receive a tax credit of up to $6,500.

Congress has been trying to pass the extension for the last month, but it got caught up in the usual Washington politics. The extension is estimated to raise the deficit by $9 million.

An estimated 200,000 people have missed out on the tax credit because they wouldn’t have been able to close by the end of business Wednesday. Many are trying to take advantage of short sales, which are complicated deals to complete. We specialize in Atlanta short sales and foreclosures and fortunately all of our clients who were under contract by April 30th were able to close without need of the tax credit extension. Our short sale team are experts in navigating the Atlanta short sale minefield and helping our clients find some great homes at significant discounts.

Contact us for all of your Atlanta short sale and distressed property needs. We are local market experts and continue to find great deals for our clients.

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Short Sales and Homebuyer Tax Credit

Posted on 09 April 2010 by Aaron Hofmann

You may be in the market and wanting to take advantage of the $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit or the $6,500 repeat homebuyer tax credit and have heard the horror stories about short sales and how long they can take to complete.

With the tax credit deadline looming at the end of the month, it’s a natural reaction to think that you should exclude short sales from your options.

But, don’t jump to conclusions.

Keep in mind that there are numerous short sale homes currently available that have been approved by the lender(s), but where the initial buyer had walked away for some reason. The ability to step in to an approved short sale at the last minute eliminates the wait.

So don’t eliminate short sales for this reason, just make sure your Atlanta Realtor specializes in short sales and does a little more due diligence to determine the status of the short sale. Our team has identified lots of good opportunities with approved short sales just waiting on new buyers over the last couple days.

 The other reason why you shouldn’t exclude short sales is simply that many short sales are simply better financial deals. You may not get $8,000 in your pocket, but you may be able to buy your new home at a substantial discount that will be worth much more than $8,000.

We maintain a list of the best Atlanta short sales, so be sure to contact us if you’re interested in buying a new home and looking for a great opportunity.

We also have an on-staff CPA to answer all your questions about the tax credit and help you understand whether you qualify for the $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit or the $6,500 repeat homebuyer tax credit. Sometimes it’s surprising to find home buyers that don’t realize that they can take advantage of the tax credit.

Contact us today to schedule your complimentary homebuyer consultation.

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Great News for Homebuyers Interested in Short Sales and Foreclosures!

Posted on 08 November 2009 by Carl Martens

What is this great news you might ask?  The first-time homebuyer tax credit has been extended and expanded.

What this means is that homebuyers have a chance to not only get a great deal on a short sale or a foreclosure, but they will also receive an extra bonus; for first-time hombuyers a tax credit of up to $8,000 and for homeowners that have owned a home for the past five years a tax credit of up to $6,500.

Do not hesitate, but act now and invest in a short sale or foreclosure and start building your equity today!

Contact the H2 Realty team to setup a time to view the short sales and foreclosures in Atlanta.

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Obama Set to Sign New Homebuyer Tax Credit Bill

Posted on 06 November 2009 by Carl Martens

If you thought you missed your chance of $8,000 from the government, think again!  Buy a home before May 1 and collect up to $6,500 from the government.  If you’re a first-time homebuyer, get up to $8,000.  That’s right…President Obama is set to sign an extension of the $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit and this new bill also includes a credit for current homeowners.

Already passed by the Senate, the House voted 403-12 Thursday to expand on the current $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit.  Included in the bill is an extension of unemployment benefits and expands a tax break for money-losing businesses.  It is expected that President Obama will sign the bill today.

Buyers who have owned their current homes at least five years would be eligible, subject to income limits, for tax credits of up to $6,500. First-time homebuyers — or people who haven’t owned homes in the previous three years — could get up to $8,000. To qualify, buyers have to sign purchase agreements before May 1 and close before July 1.

The credit is available for the purchase of principal homes costing $800,000 or less, meaning vacation homes are ineligible. The credit would be phased out for individuals with annual incomes above $125,000 and for joint filers with incomes above $225,000.

Extending and expanding the tax credit for homebuyers is projected to cost the government about $10.8 billion in lost taxes.

The credit is equal to 10 percent of the purchase price of a primary residence, up to a maximum of $8,000 for first-time homebuyers and $6,500 for others.

Taxpayers can claim the credit on their federal income tax returns. If the credit exceeds their tax bill, the government will issue a payment. Taxpayers who want immediate refunds can amend their tax returns for 2008 to claim the credit.

The homebuyers tax credit is one of two tax breaks totaling more than $21 billion that were included in a bill extending unemployment benefits for those without jobs for more than a year. The other tax break would allow money-losing companies to use current losses to offset taxable profits earned in the previous five years.

That break would help industries that have suffered big losses in the recession, including retailers, homebuilders and newspapers.

Expanding the tax credit for money-losing companies is projected to cost $10.4 billion.

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