Congress passed the $8,000 tax credit extension!

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Congress passed an extension of the closing deadline for the Homebuyer Tax Credit, the Homebuyer Assistance and Improvement Act (H.R. 5623). The extension applies only to transactions that have signed contracts in place as of April 30, 2010, that have not yet closed. The legislation is designed to create a seamless extension; the new closing deadline for eligible transactions is now September 30, 2010. There will be no gap between June 30 and the date the President signs the bill into law. Extending the tax credit closing deadline will help provide additional stability to real estate markets across the nation.

Great news for those that were not able to make the cut off of June 30th due to the backlog this created.

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Final week to enter contract for Federal Tax Credits

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This is the final week for home buyers to enter a binding contract to take advantage of the federal tax credits for certain home buyers.  Eligible purchasers must enter contract by April 30 and close escrow before July 1 to claim the tax credits on their federal tax returns.  A one-year extension may be available for members of the military and other federal employees who served on official duty outside the U.S. for at least 90 days from January 1, 2009 to April 30, 2010.  

First-time buyers may be eligible for up to $8,000, while existing homeowners may be eligible for a tax credit of up to $6,500.  Neither credit requires repayment if buyers live in the residence for three or more years.

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