Tax Credit Countdown

Ok, here we go again. We are roughly 45 days away from the Federal Tax credit expiring for would-be home buyers. It seems like we just went through this the other day and in fact, it was just last October when we were writing articles just like this. It’s mid-March and at the end of April, the tax credit for home buyers and first-time home buyers will expire. The question is did you take advantage of it?

I hope you did and if you didn’t, there is still time, but a word of warning to all the procrastinators out there. I do not feel confident this time around that it will be extended. Am I sure about this? No, and I reserve the right to be wrong, but there are just too many things in play right now to lead me to believe that it won’t be extended. I don’t have enough room in this column to express all of my thoughts on the subject, but I will share a few things that lead me to this conclusion. First, it’s an election year and all bets are off on how a Senator or Congressman will vote once they are up for re-election. Second, the economy shows signs of improvement, but that could be a double edge sword. If it continues to improve, Washington will make an argument that there is no need to continue the program. If the economy falters, Washington could make the argument that the money needs to be better spent elsewhere to stimulate jobs. Third, since the deficit seems to be a hot topic among lawmakers, I have a hard time believing that there will be a lot of support to spend more money on this program, but then again, I could be wrong.

So where does that leave the home buyer…about 45 days from missing out on $8,000 or $6,500 in cash. There is still time to find a house, get under contract, and close. Remember, you don’t have to close until the end of June; you just need to be under contract by the end of April to get the money. Getting the loan in place, finding an agent, a house, and getting it under contract can be done in the next 45 days; but you have to start now. To find out how, check out or

Dan Polimino is a Realtor with Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty. He can be reached at and

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