By now, we have all heard hundreds of times that the Home Buyer Tax Credit has been extended and expanded by Congress. If you are a buyer who might be actively looking for a Philadelphia Condo, or even if you are sitting on the fence, here are some facts you should know:
1. Time is running out! In order to qualify for the tax credit, you must be under contract by April 30, 2010. You also need to complete a successful settlement no later than July 1. Which means you probably should not plan to settle ON July 1. Plan to settle a few days in advance. It would be such a shame to miss out on such an amazing deal because of a last minute postponement (none of us hope for them, but unfortunately sometimes, they do happen).
2. If you are a first-time home buyer, which means you or your spouse have not owned a home within the last 3 years, you qualify for $8000. If you are a “long-term resident” and you are selling or vacating your primary residence that you have lived in for 5 consecutive years to purchase a new primary residence, you qualify for $6500. A primary residence can include any single-family home, townhouse, condominium, or co-op.
3. If you settle before the April 15 tax deadline, you can even apply the credit to your 2009 tax return! Not a bad deal! If you miss it, you will of course apply it to your 2010 return. Still not bad!
4. The income limits have also been raised. The credit will now be available to single taxpayers with gross incomes up to $125,000 and joint filers who earn up to $225,000. You may even qualify for a reduced credit if you earn up to $145,000 or $245,000 for joint filers.
The clock is ticking on this once in a lifetime deal. If you have questions and are looking to buy here in Philadelphia, feel free to drop me an email at Mark@CenterCity.com or give me a call at 215.521.1523.
Prudential Fox and Roach REALTORS®
530 Walnut St., Suite 260 Philadelphia, PA 19106