Christmas Comes Early for Brooklyn Homes and Buyers

Have you heard of the first-time homebuyer’s tax credit extension? Last month, President Obama signed the extension to help first-time homebuyers (who didn’t get their sales in by November 30th) buy a house that meets their needs. What about those who already own Brooklyn homes, are doing well and want a larger home?

To those who already own a home, Merry Christmas! The Workers, Homeownership and Business Assistance Act of 2009 didn’t just come with an extension; it came with improvements. Those in governmental positions of authority reasoned that if someone wanted to get a bigger home, they should get some kind of help too, thus further helping the overall real estate market.

If you own a home, you can now receive up to $6,500 in tax credits for buying one of the Brooklyn homes for sale. The actual wording is “$6,500 or 10%.” Here are a few of the important points you need to know:

  • Income Qualifications – Your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) as a single taxpayer must be less than $125,000 ($225,000 if you file jointly). Partial credit may be received by those with a MAGI of less than $145,000 (single) and $245,000 (jointly).
  • Home Ownership Qualifications – You must have lived in the home you own for five consecutive years out of the past eight to qualify. You do not, however, have to currently own the home you’re using to qualify. The key terms are “five consecutive years” and “in the past eight years.” If you lived in your home for five years straight, but sold it two years ago, you are still eligible for the tax credit. If you’re filing jointly with a spouse, both you and the spouse have to qualify.
  • Cost Qualifications – The cost of the home doesn’t have to be more than the home you already own, but it does have to cost less than $800,000. As a side note, the government has put a definitive cap on the housing costs. If the home you’re looking at is a solid, non-negotiable $801,000, it isn’t eligible for the credit.
  • Purchase Date – The final date for the purchases to be secured is April 30, 2010. The actual closing date must be finalized before June 30, 2010.

Most couples move into a home thinking they will “eventually” get a bigger home once they have a family. Then the family comes along, the house is full and they can’t buy a larger home due to financial issues. The tax credit is a perfect opportunity for families to find Brooklyn homes that fit their expansion needs. Take a chance and look around; your dream home may be only a city block and $6,500 away!

If you’re looking to expand and take advantage of the tax credit, I can help. Call  Charles D’Alessandro, your Brooklyn Realtor, at Fillmore Real Estate, (718) 253-9600 ext. 206 or email me at [email protected] for more information.


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