If you plan to use the First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit program, time is running out. The program expires November 30, 2009 and closing on a home can take up to 60 days.
That leaves you 6 weeks from today to find a home and go under contract.
The qualification criteria are as follows:
Furthermore, not everyone who’s qualified will get the full $8,000. The credit can’t exceed 10 percent of a home’s purchase price, for example, and households with income approaching program limits get lesser benefits, too.
Meanwhile, an interesting note about the First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit is that it’s a true a tax credit and not a deduction. A person claiming the $8,000 credit whose “normal” tax liability is $5,000 would get a $3,000 refund from the IRS on April 15, 2010.
Review the program’s criteria at your leisure, but don’t wait until October to start looking for homes. If you can’t close by November 30, 2009 for any reason whatsoever, you won’t qualify for the tax credit.
Better to be ahead of the deadline than chasing it.