California's New Home Tax Credit for $10,000

Announcement from California Association of Realtors: (NOTE: As of this morning, well over half of the $100,000,000 funds for a new home purchase are now committed, although not paid out. Buyer must close escrow, and then apply with 7 days after close of escrow.)

"This tax credit is available for qualified buyers who on or after March 1, 2009, and before March 1, 2010, purchase a qualified principal residence that has never been occupied. The buyer must reside in the new home for a minimum of two years immediately following the purchase date.

"The FTB began accepting applications for allocation of credit by fax only (916.845.9754), on March 1, 2009. They began processing the applications on a first-come, first-served basis, on May 1, 2009. The processing delay was necessary to allow them time to develop a system to capture and verify the application information, allocate the credits, and send the credit allocation letters. It will take at least a few weeks to process all the applications they received and mail credit allocation letters. Please be patient and do not send applications more than one time.
California allocated $100,000,000 for this tax credit. Buyers must apply for credit allocation from the FTB. They will review applications and allocate credit on a first-come, first-served basis. Once $100,000,000 has been allocated, the tax credit will no longer be available. They expect to report total credit allocations allowed beginning May 15. Until then, they will continue to report data on applications received. "

Doesn't the fact that over half the funds are now committed since March 1 show the increase in buyer purchases?

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