The government has submitted a new program which offers $7,500 tax credit for first-time home buyers. While this is one of the most talked about measures in the upcoming new bill, it is also the most confusing. Simply, the government has created a monetary incentive, a tax credit for first-time home buyers, as a tool to stimulate the housing market. The tax credit will be 10% of the purchase price of a home, up to a maximum of $7,500. That means if the home costs more than $75,000 first-time home buyers (anyone who hasn’t owned a home in the last three (3) years) will receive the full $7,500 tax credit, this is not a new idea. Back in the 1970’s the government offered a similar program with one major difference: this new tax credit will have to be paid back over a period of 15 years, beginning two years after the credit is taken. Basically, the government is providing first time home buyers an interest-free loan up to $7,500 to help them buy a home! If the home owner happens to sell the home before the 15 years is up, the remaining credit is due upon sale from the profit of the home sale. However, and here’s the best part, if there is insufficient profit, after the sale of the home, then the remaining credit due is forgiven. You really have nothing to lose. There are, of course, income limits to qualify for this incentive. With this new tax credit and down payment assistance, you are finally in the driver’s seat in a buyer’s market with some of the best interest rates to date. Let me help you find your dream home.
Archives for September 2008
Are you in need of Foreclosure Assistance
NeighborWorks/HOPE NOW/Homeownership Preservation Foundation Hotline
Homeowners facing foreclosure can call a tollfree hotline at (888) 995-HOPE, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Federal Housing Administration
Government-insured refinancing for credit-worthy borrowers who went into default after their ARMs reset may be available by calling (800) 225-5342 or by visiting http://www.fha.gov (http://www NULL.fha NULL.gov/).
Avoid Foreclosure Rescue Scams (http://www NULL.ftc NULL.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/homes/rea11 NULL.shtm)
Federal Trade Commission
Equity Stripping & Loan Flipping – If you agree to a loan that’s based on the equity you have in your home, you may be putting your most valuable asset at risk. Certain abusive or exploitative lenders target borrowers, who unwittingly may be putting their home on the line. These abusive lending practices range from equity stripping and loan flipping to hiding loan terms and packing a loan with extra charges.
(https://www NULL.masshousing NULL.com/portal/server NULL.pt?open=514&objID=2563&parentname=CommunityPage&parentid=0&mode=2&in_hi_userid=2&cached=true)MassHousing
Foreclosure Resources for Consumers
(http://www NULL.federalreserve NULL.gov/pubs/foreclosure/default NULL.htm)Federal Reserve Board of Governors
HomeOwnership Preservation Foundation (http://www NULL.995hope NULL.org/)