Great News!Â It is official.Â The President has sign the homebuyer tax credit extension to law.Â Activity has already picked up in the area this week.
“Obama Signs Extended Tax Credit into Law”-Â Expected to contribute approximately $22 billion to the economy, Congress overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan measure this week extending the $8,000 home buyer tax credit to April 30, 2010″. . . . .
More people are now eligible to take advantage of the law, which includes a $6,500 tax credit for buyers who are current home owners and have lived in their home for five of the past eight years.”Â
“Which Properties Are Eligible? Â – The 2009 First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit may be applied to primary residences, including: single-family homes, condos, townhomes, and co-ops.
How Much Will the Credit Be?Â Â – The maximum allowable credit for home buyers is $8,000. Each home buyerâ€™s tax credit is determined by two factors:
1) The price of the homeâ€”the credit is equal to 10% of the purchase price of the home, up to $8,000.
2) The buyer’s incomeâ€”single buyers with incomes up to $75,000 and married couples with incomes up to $150,000â€”may receive the maximum tax credit.”Â – Quoted from Realtor.org
Additional details on the tax credit
Here is a helpful chart on the new home buyer tax credit changes.Â You will be able to compare the first home buyer tax credit plan that expires November 30, 2009 and the new plan that starts December 1, 2009.Â Chart supplied by the NAR (National Association of Realtors)
Additional info from CNN.com
“The bill also made more homeowners eligible to claim the credit on their taxes. First-time buyers — those who have not owned a home in the past three years — still qualify for an $8,000 rebate. But now people who want to trade up can also qualify. Those who have owned and occupied a residence for at least five years out of the past eight can claim a $6,500 tax credit if they close on a purchase by the end of June.
“The new version of the tax credit has the potential to stimulate the housing market even more than the old version due to the fact that more people will qualify under the new rules,” said Gibran Nicholas, chairman of the CMPS Institute, an organization that certifies mortgage bankers and brokers.Â Â “