Moving On Up – $6,500 Federal Tax Credit

November 23, 2009

existinghomeownerfederaltaxcreditUncle Sam is once again opening his wallet but for a new group of Americans:  those who already own a home and are thinking about down-sizing or moving-up to a new home!  Thanks to the recent extension and expansion of the Federal housing tax credit, qualified move-up and repeat home buyers now qualify for a tax credit of up to $6,5oo.  With first-time buyers covered and now the ‘move-uppers’, the time could not be better to purchase Chicago real estate.

This credit has a few qualifications that home owners must follow in order to use it.  Homes must be a principal residence and need to be purchased after November 6, 2009 and before April 30, 2010.  The tax credit is equal to 10 percent of the home’s purchase price up to a maximum of $6,500. Homes priced above $800,000 are not eligible for the tax credit. For answers to basic questions, we suggest visiting the frequently asked questions about the $6,500 Home Buyer Tax Credit at the Federal Housing Tax Credit site.

“Move-up” buyers who buy a new home don’t have to purchase a more expensive home than their previous home to qualify for the $6,500 tax credit., but they need to have lived in their previous home for at least five consecutive years of the eight years prior to the purchase of the new home. Both married taxpayers, must qualify.

Remember, there are income limits you must meet to qualify. A single taxpayers less than $125,000; and the limit is $225,000 for married taxpayers filing a joint return. The tax credit amount is reduced for buyers with a modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) above those limits. Ask your accountant if you have specific questions!

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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.



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