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Northern Virginia Buyers-Do You Have $8000 Burning a Hole in Your Pocket?

Northern VA Buyers-Do You have $8000 Burning a Hole in Your PocketIf you are a first time homebuyer then the answer could be YES.  Thanks to the latest round of initiatives by the government some first time homebuyers have a nice tax credit headed their way.

First let's not forget that there are some qualifications.  The biggest one is that you must qualify for a loan.  If you haven't already talked to a mortgage professional let me know and I'll give you the names of great local lenders to call.  Next let's review some of the details of new tax credit.

  1. 1.  Tax credit is good for home purchases between January 1 & December 31, 2009
  2. 2.  Income limits are $75,000 for single filers and $150,000 for married filers.
  3. 3.  Credit is equal to 10% of the value of the home up to $8,000
  4. 4.  If you file separate returns you can qualify for $4000 each
  5. 5.  Available on your primary home, not an investment property
  6. 6.  You can use the credit to reduce your income tax liability or qualify for a tax refund.  Always consult a tax professional to determine what is best for your tax situation.
  7. 7.  First Time Home Buyer is defined as buyer's who have not owned a principal residence for the past three years.
  8. 8.  If you own the home you purchase and it remains your principle residence for 3 years you will not have to repay the tax credit.

With home prices in our area lower than they have been in years, with low interest rates and many sellers willing to provide closing cost assistance this new tax credit can provide you an additional boost to the benefits you already receive from being a home owner.

If you are ready to explore the option of buying your first home then give the Cindy Jones team a call at 703-346-2213.  No hassle, no pressure just a chance to talk about your options in today's market and whether the new tax credit might be the last piece of the puzzle to get you into a new home.

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If you are interested in learning more about the Northern Virginia Real Estate market including Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William Counties give Cindy Jones and Integrity Real Estate Group a call at 703-346-2213.

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Comment balloon 14 commentsCindy Jones • February 19 2009 04:30PM

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Hi Cindy, I just posted on this for my area also. What a great benefit for first time buyers! Great job on you post.

Posted by Mike Mitchell, REALTOR (R) (Real Living Kee Realty) over 9 years ago

Cindy,

Don't forget that they have to spend it first by qualifying for the purchase price and closing with the required down payment and prepaids - at the contract price - befre ever getting some or all of the $8000. It's actually not a great incentive. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 9 years ago

Mike-thanks for stopping by.  I'll check out your post too.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Steve-I'm sorry you don't see the potential benefit for first time homebuyers.  In our area my deals include enough seller concessions to cover all of their closing costs, leaving them with the 3.5% required for FHA loans.  If they are using VA they don't need any downpayment.  Not everyone will qualify but it certainly can be assistance to some buyers on next years taxes.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Steve, it's a GREAT incentive for some homebuyers.  My daughter settled on a home in June '08 and she's getting the $7500 tax credit/loan, and she'll use it to install a patio and landscape the yard this Spring.  That will provide income to some laborers who will be able to buy food, pay their rent or go to a movie.

Cindy, my post tomorrow on Focus on Crofton is about this, but it's not nearly as compact as this.  Great job!

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Steve's right.  You have to be able to buy a home.  But, assuming that you can buy a home (i.e., get the mortgage) than the Eight Large will be a nice little bonus for doing it NOW.

Posted by Ken Montville, The MD Suburbs of DC (RE/MAX United Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Not a great incentive?  Well I don't think we want people who can't afford a home or have good credit to buy anyway!  Thats how we got into this mess!!

Posted by James Downing - Metro DC Houses Team REALTORS®, CRS, GRI, ABR,MRP, MilRes, When Looking to Buy or Sell - Make the Right Move (Real Living | At Home) over 9 years ago

Margaret-I'm glad your daughter is going to be able to enjoy the benefits of the tax credits.  I'll look forward to reading your post.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Ken-I think we are seeing a lot of first time homebuyers in our lower price ranges.  Yes they have to qualify and most of us figure that out on the first face to face meeting.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

James-absolutely.  Right now the buyers are qualified and so we need to do everything can to get them the best deal.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Cindy,
Not everything works for everybody but for those that qualify, it is wonderful!

Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) over 9 years ago

Cindy,

I am a first time home buyer and I have already qualified for a loan. I also am qualified for the tax return for first time home buyers, however in Virginia can you use this as the closing cost fee? I am having a issue trying to come up with the required 3.5% or whatever it is for closing cost. I wanted to roll it into the fees etc. Is this possible in the northern Va area?

Thank you

Posted by Rob over 9 years ago

Rob-unfortunately the government doesn't give you the $8000 up front.  If you buy a home in 2009 you can apply this credit when you file your taxes next year.   Most agents in today's market are able to help their buyers have closing costs covered by the seller.  It sounds as if you are trying to qualify for an FHA loan.  You may also want to see if you qualify for a VHDA loan which could give you 100% financing or if you qualify for VA financing you can also look at 100% financing.  If I can be of any further assistance please don't hesitate to contact me.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Cindy,

        Thank you for the information. I actually found out this morning that I can use my 401k (Hardship withdrawal) which will pay for the closing costs etc, but if the other you suggested works out then I would not need to go that route.

Thanks again for your fast response.

Rob

Posted by Rob over 9 years ago

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