Tax Credit being offered on FHA Loans to First Time Home Buyers

Have you heard about the tax credit recently created to help first time home buyers or buyers that have not owned a home in over 3 years. This is only on FHA (Federal Housing Administration) loans and according to the secretary of H.U.D., home buyers will be allowed to use the $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit towards their DOWN PAYMENT on purchases financed by FHA loans. FHA will allow approved lenders, nonprofits, and government agencies to advance the funds in the form of interest free bridge loans that buyers would use for down payments. Buyers would repay the loans after they receive their tax refunds. More information is to come from FHA soon.

If you are interested in this new tax credit or have questions regarding real estate send me a email/comment and I will work to answer your question.

Senate passes Bailout – Making Sense of it All

The Senate passed the 700 Billion dollar Bailout of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae today.  I am curious if everyone out there knows what these companies do and why the Government stepped in to help out.

First, to help clear some of the confusion, these two companies are mortgage guarantors.  Fannie Mae was created back in the Great Depression by Roosevelt’s administration to back loans by private banks in order to make homeownership more assesible.  Years later the government allowed Fannie Mae to be privately managed. Freddie Mac was created by the government to keep Fannie Mae from becoming to big.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guarantee more than $5 trillion in mortgages, almost half of those in the United States, With many of the mortgages defaulting, the companies are, in effect, bankrupt.  These two companies are such a large part of our financial system that failure of one or both would be detrimental Nationally and Globally.

This takeover was put in place to protect us, the taxpayer. How, well the U.S. government will be creating more demand in the marketplace by buying Fannie and Freddie mortgage bonds, homeowners and buyers should start seeing lower mortgage rates.  This may become one of the best times to purchase or refinance your home.

Have you heard about the upcoming new Bill that offers a Tax Credit for First Time Home Buyers?

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.

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