Blogging About Loans: Buy Now or Roll The Dice? $8,000 or $15,000 Tax Credit??

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Buy Now or Roll The Dice? $8,000 or $15,000 Tax Credit??

Many homebuyers are struggling with the decision of whether to buy now or wait and see if the 2009 Economic Stimulus Package ups the ante!

Currently, the tax credit available offers up to $8,000 to qualified first time homeowners who occupy the property as their primary residence for a minimum of 3 years. (Tax Credit Details)

But word of the Home Buyer Tax Credit Act of 2009 has caused many would-be buyers to stop and think about whether now really is the best time to buy. Two bills have been introduced, one by the Senate and one by the House of Representatives. Yet, each bill is basically the same.

H.R. 1245 Home Buyer Tax Credit Act of 2009, was introduced March 22, 2009 by Rep. Ken Calvert [R-CA44] and has 29 co-sponsors. It has been referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. (Track HR 1245)

Home Buyer Tax Credit Act of 2009 was introduced June 10, 2009 by Sen. John Isakson [R-GA] and has 16 cosponsors. The bill has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee. (Track S. 1230)

  • Basically the proposed legislation would still be up to 10% of the sales price, but increase the maximum one time tax credit from $8,000 to $15,000.
  • Be available to ANY homebuyer whether first time or move up.
  • Only have a two year primary residency requirement.

Now, here's the thing we need to remember: the initial piece of legislation that our current $8,000 tax credit stems from ALSO was proposing $15,000 and to be allowed for all home buyers. It wasn't until the last minutes of legislation that the amount was lowered from $15,000 to $8,000!

So, should home buyers roll the dice and hope rates stay low and the tax credit goes up??? What are YOUR thoughts?


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Comment balloon 2 commentsRuth Vogt • August 14 2009 10:13PM


These are interesting odds and will be interesting to see how it all rolls out.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

This proposed legislation, with greater tax incentives, and more liberal requirements (2 years occupancy v 3 years occupancy) improves the likelihood that military families will be able to purchase homes and find favorable mortgages! In Colorado Springs, Colorado, and in other areas with significant military personnel this new proposed legislation would benefit our military.

An important question remains about when this might be enacted and the time period to which the incentive would be applied.

Posted by Jim Hansen over 9 years ago