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Housing Tax Credit Extension Approved | It is Time to Take Advantage of the Housing Credit

It is finally official after months of protesting to the lawmakers real estate agents, builders and banks finally voiced their concern for the housing market loud enough that their concerns were taken into consideration and were granted the tax credit extension they were looking for.  The First Time Homebuyers tax credit will now be extended until mid 2010 (military members who are deployed will have a longer period of time to take advantage of the tax credit) and will not also include additional housing tax credits for current homeowners looking to sell their house and purchase a new house.

The decision to extend the tax credit to existing homeowners purchasing homes was decided becuase 60% of buyers currently own a home or have owned a home within the past 3 years whereas only 40% are first time home buyers.  Congress figures that by extending this credit to current homeowners it will boost home sales even more, by an estimated 10%, over the next few months.

If you are interested in taking advantage of the housing credit you will want to start your search for a home sometime within the next few months because you want to allow yourself enough time to find a house that you like and can see yourself living in for the next few years.  You will also want to allow enough time to get approved for a mortgage, if you plan on obtaining one, and to make sure the title is clear of all violations.

Finding the best Staten Island or Brooklyn real estate lawyer is key to making sure that your real estate transaction goes smooth and is done properly.  To contact Staten Island real estate attorney Steven T. Decker regarding your Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan or northern or central New Jersey property purchase you can either call 800.976.4904 or 718.979.4300 or you can fill out our form on the web and someone will get back to you about your purchase.

Extension for First Time Homebuyers Tax Credit in Process and Extension of Increased Loan Amounts: Why it May be the Right Time to Buy a House, Especially in New York and New Jersey

If you are interested in possibly purchasing a house there is some good news in store for you whether it is your first time purchasing a home or whether you are an experienced home buyer.  The extension of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA loans to be set at higher loan limits was announced yesterday as the National Association of Realtors thanked Congress for their speedy action to extend the higher loan limits.  The increased loan limits were set to expire at the end of this year but Congress decided that it is in the best interest of buyers, sellers and the economy to extend the increased loan limits through 2010.   FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans will be increased to 125 percent of local median home prices and will have a limit of $729,750 in high-cost areas.   Congress and the National Association of Realtors are hoping that by extending the first time home buyers tax credit and extending the period of time to apply for an increased loan amount the real estate market will be able to fully rebound.

Congress decided on the decision to extend the increased loan limit for FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans earlier this week and the Senate plans on deciding on extending the first time home buyers tax credit and its provisions by the end of this week.   The proposed provisions for the extension of the tax credit includes an expansion of who can apply for the credit which will now include single filing individuals who make $125,000 or less and couples who make $225,000 or less and will be extended until April of 2010.

Those looking to take advantage of the first time home buyers tax credit once the extension is made and are interested in investing in a home may also be interested in applying for state grants (New York state grants for homebuyers | New Jersey state grants for homebuyers) if they are considering buying a home in New York or New Jersey.  Those considering purchasing a home in New York or New Jersey can now receive a free copy of our book “5 Myth that Can Ruin the Purchase of your Home”.  To request a copy of this no cost, no obligation real estate book click here.   This book was written by an experienced Staten Island real estate lawyer and looks out for the buyers interest in a real estate transaction.

Hopes are high for real estate tax credit extention

One of CNBC’s reporters, who recently attended the National Association of Realtors conference in Washington, D.C., is reporting that the Federal Housing Administration is hoping to be able to further strengthen the economy by working on a plan to provide more assistance to home buyers.

One of the options being discussed by the Federal Housing Administration is to offer a tax credit extension.  They would do this by giving all home buyers the tax credit that is currently being offered to first time home buyers.

The Federal Housing Administration believes that this will help jump start the real estate market and in turn help the economy as a whole.

If you are looking to purchase a house in Staten Island contact Steven Decker, Staten Island real estate attorney at 718-979-4300 or sdecker@deckerlawsi.com.