Keller Williams Greater Seattle, Ben Kakimoto, Seattle Condo Agent

Home buyer tax credit deadline approaches

By on February 15, 2010 in Feature, Home Buying, Real Estate with 2 Comments

If you’re looking to take advantage of the home buyers tax credits, time is short. Last November, Congress extended and expanded the home buyers tax credit portion of the economic stimulus through April 30, 2010. That leaves just about 2 1/2 months left to purchase a home. Unlike the prior deadline where the transaction had to closed by the expiration date, this time it only needs to be under contract by the April 30th deadline with closing occurring no later than June 30, 2010.

To recap, there are two tax credits available – an $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers and a $6,500 tax credit for repeat buyers for homes priced up to $800,000. Income caps are $125,000 for single buyers and $225,000 for married couples.

The attached file provides an overview the tax credits. Click image to download (PDF).

Members of the military, foreign service and the intelligence community who served outside the U.S. for at least 90 days between December 31, 2008 and May 1, 2010 have a one year extension. The deadline to purchase a home is April 30, 2011 with closing no later than June 30, 2011. Additionally, members may be exempt from the 3-year recapture rule if they need to sell or move from the residence as a result of an official extended duty.

To learn more about the tax credit or to start your home search, please contact our condo specialists.

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About the Author: Ben Kakimoto is a Seattle condo and urban real estate marketing & listing specialist. Contact Ben to learn more about the Seattle condo and loft real estate market or about buying or selling a Seattle area condo. Find Ben on Twitter and Facebook. .


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  1. The Tax Credit has helped our market tremendously! I hope they extend it again!

  2. Tax credit is helping the market, but is should not be the reason to purchase a home. Price point, location and the feasibility still should play a large role in the decision process.

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