Something All Home Shoppers Should Have…

11 04 2010

I just returned home from a wonderful home tour today of 10 homes all over north Phoenix and Glendale, and thought I should share this necessity with all home buyers.  If you are scheduled to go out with a Realtor to look for your next home, fill one of these out for EVERY HOME YOU VIEW, and your life will be a lot easier when it comes time to make a decision.

Here is the Home Buyer Spread Sheet for your viewing and using pleasure.  Couple this with any pictures you take, and a Full detail report from the MLS (if you are one of my clients), and remembering nuances about homes will be a snap.

Comments/ratings/feedback is always appreciated!


Housing Tax Credit…TIME IS ALMOST UP!

4 02 2010

If you are a first time home buyer or a current homeowner, and are still on the fence about whether or not to buy, read the information below regarding the tax credit and then decide if you still want to wait.

The original tax credit has been extended and is almost over with!  Here are the basic terms:

  • Extends the First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit of up to $8,000 to first-time home buyers until April 30, 2010.
  • up to $6,500 credit to current home owners purchasing a new or existing home between November 7, 2009 and April 30, 2010.
Can YOU get this this?

Answer yes if you are

  • a first time home buyer, or if you have used the home being sold or vacated as a principal residence for five consecutive years within the last eight (if you purchase before April 30, 2010).  To qualify as a “first-time home buyer” the purchaser or his/her spouse may not have owned a residence during the three years prior to the purchase.
  • looking to buy a primary residence (single family home, condo, townhome, co-ops)

April 30, 2010 is fast approaching, but YOU STILL HAVE TIME because you don’t have to CLOSE by April 30 to get the credit.  If you have a home under contract by April 30, then you have until July 1, 2010 to close.

How is your amount determined, you ask?

Price and Buyer Income.  Under the Extended Home Buyer Tax Credit,

  • credit may only be awarded on homes purchased for $800,000 or less.
  • single buyers with incomes up to $125,000 and married couples with incomes up to $225,000—may receive the maximum tax credit.

Do you make more than that? There is still hope!  Some buyers may still be eligible for the credit, however, the credit amount decreases as your income increases.  See below.

  • The credit decreases for buyers who earn between $125,000 and $145,000 for single buyers and between $225,000 and $245,000 for home buyers filing jointly. The amount of the tax credit decreases as his/her income approaches the maximum limit. Home buyers earning more than the maximum qualifying income—over $145,000 for singles and over $245,000 for couples are not eligible for the credit.

Oh, and the icing on the cake?  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY THIS BACK!

Here is the 2009/2010 Home Buyer Tax Credit article from which I acquired my information.

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