5/13/2009

First Time Buyers: $8,000 Credit May be Used as an FHA Loan Down Payment

First-time homebuyers: Get the fast road to your $8,000 tax credit. Shaun Donovan, secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on May 12 that Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will allow its FHA lenders to allow homeowners to use the $8,000 tax credit as a down payment.

Secretary Donovan said.

'We all want to enable FHA consumers to access the home buyer tax credit funds when they close on their home loans so that the cash can be used as a downpayment.' According to Donovan, the FHA’s approved lenders will be permitted to “monetize” the tax credit through short-term bridge loans. This will allow eligible home buyers to access the funds immediately at the closing table.

Rather than waiting for refunds after the closing, funds will be available at the closing. A second mortgage will be filed and repayment terms will vary. It is important to keep the home as a primary residence for at least 3 years.

Q&A summary of other requirements for this credit:

Who Qualifies?
First-time home buyers who purchase homes between January 1, 2009 and December 1, 2009.
To qualify as a "first-time home buyer" the purchaser or his/her spouse may not have owned a residence during the three years prior to the purchase.

Which Properties Are Eligible?
The 2009 First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit may be applied to primary residences, including: single-family homes, condos, townhomes, and co-ops.

How Much Will the Credit Be?
The maximum allowable credit for home buyers is $8,000. Each home buyer's tax credit is determined by two factors:
a) The price of the home-the credit is equal to 10% of the purchase price of the home, up to $8,000.
b) The buyer's income-single buyers with incomes up to $75,000 and married couples with incomes up to $150,000-may receive the maximum tax credit.

If the Buyer(s)' Income Exceeds These Limits, Can He/She Still Get a Credit?
Yes, some buyers may still be eligible for the credit.The credit decreases for buyers who earn between $75,000 and $95,000 for single buyers and between $150,000 and $170,000 for home buyers filing jointly. The amount of the tax credit decreases as his/her income approaches the maximum limit. Home buyers earning more than the maximum qualifying income-over $95,000 for singles and over $170,000 for couples are not eligible for the credit.

Will the Tax Credit Need to Be Repaid?
No. The buyer does not need to repay the tax credit, if he/she occupies the home for three years or more. However, if the property is sold during the three-year period, the credit will be recouped on the sale.

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