Thursday, July 2, 2009

Want that $8K tax credit? It may be later than you think.

Are you hoping to be a first-time home buyer and wanting to take advantage of that $8,000 tax credit offered by the government? Remember that in order to qualify you need to CLOSE the purchase of a home by Dec. 1st (NOT Dec. 31st). Working a typical home-buying timeline backwards, that means you need to begin seriously shopping for a home by early October. Here's how I come up with that recommendation.

Average time from making an offer to close a purchase: 30-45 days
Average time to find a home once you begin looking: 2-4 weeks
Total: 8-10 weeks (2-2.5 months)

So working backwards, that puts you between September 15 - October 1st if you don't want to be pushed to buy something that isn't what you really want. And keep in mind that there are likely to be A LOT of other folks who will suddenly awaken to that reality, which may deplete inventory and lengthen the average timeline. And there is no way to be certain that interest rates will stay as good as they are now.

If you are thinking that Sept. 15th is still a long ways away, just consider how quickly the summer months always seem to fly by.

Do you have questions about whether or not you qualify for the tax credit? Give me a call and I'll help you find the answers. 206-708-9800

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