Thursday, June 24, 2010

200,000 could lose out on homebuyer tax credit

Many homebuyers, as many as 200,000 buyers according to CNN, could lose out on the $8,000 homebuyer tax credit. This is because many people are trying to purchase short sales, buying homes from sellers who owe more on their mortgage than the home is worth. Despite the name “short sale,” these deals often take a long time for the lender to approve. It could be anywhere from two to six months. This lag time could mean that buyers will lose out on the tax credit because their pending deals won’t be finalized by the June 30th deadline. Taking even more time are the home inspections. The average foreclosed home comes with many problems to repair, and fixing the issues takes time, slowing the process even further.

Richard Smith, CEO of Realogy, the parent company of several franchise real estate brokers started warning buyers back in January that short sales may not close in time to take the credit.

Read the full article here.

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