Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tax Credit For Home Buyers Expanding from 8K to 15k?

So we have officially started the process of home buying. We meet informally with our agent the other week and talked about what steps we need to take to get the ball rolling. We are currently looking for a home as close to downtown as we can. It needs to be affordable, nice, and most importantly safe. We are looking mostly for town homes because we do not want to deal with the upkeep with a yard. We are not opposed to a house, but it would need to be one we really like. 

We are in no rush as there seems to be a lot of real estate out there right at the moment. Another question we are asking is for the first time home buyers tax credit, is it going to be expanded to 15k? As long as talks like this remain we are going to be taking our time. What is the rush if they extend or even up the ante. We have been saving and waiting for a time when we can afford something and with that tax credit it would just make everything just a bit more affordable.

Also with my fiancé working for the school district and being a state employee, there looks as if there a couple options for us to get really low mortgage rates. We haven't fully explored all these options as we are taking our time.

If you haven't already heard about this, here are some highlights from the USA Today article:

Bernard Baumohl and economist at the EOG says:
"I'm fairly confident that (Congress) will extend the tax credit, because it is so important that housing come back,"
Here are a few proposal on the table:
A Senate bill to expand the tax credit to $15,000 for any home buyer regardless of income was introduced this month by Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga. It is co-sponsored by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd, D-Conn.

Another bill in the House, introduced by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, would extend the credit to all home buyers through 2010.

A House bill to keep the $8,000 credit in place until June 2010 and expand it to all home buyers was introduced last month by Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Texas. It also would provide a $3,000 credit to homeowners who refinance.
This will keep us moving at a fairly slow pace unless we find something that is A) a steal or B) we fall in love with. Every month that goes buy is more money to put down, even though it would be nice for our rent money to be building some equity.

One thing that stood out to me in the article though is "tax credit to $15,000 for any home buyer regardless of income" - Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't this what caused the housing bubble in the first place? Why are we allowing people to buy houses that cannot afford one? And why is it important for housing to come back so fast? Why can't we allow the markets to correct themselves? Its econ 101(supply and demand)there are more houses for sale than they are buyers. There seems to be a ton of houses for sales in our area and North Carolina hasn't been hit very hard with the housing crisis.

Should we wait? Go slow or dive right in? Leave a comment!


  1. As far as I've heard the proposal for $15k is going to be for new homes, not existing homes. I think the $8k can be applied to new or existing homes as it stands, as long as you are a new home buyer.

    I'm just starting the process of looking for a home myself, so if things change and it is $15k for a new or existing home, I'm all for it!

  2. I wonder if you bought one of those $100 houses in Detroit, if you could still get the full credit.. lol http://seekingalpha.com/article/66693-housing-market-tracker-100-houses-for-sale-in-detroit

  3. MK - New Home like one that has been built but never been sold? good to know! Thanks for the info!

    David - Lol that is funny! that is an interesting question

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