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Udate on First Time Home Buyer Extension & Move Up Buyers November 2, 2009

 
Tax Credit Proposal Is Improved & Getting Closer
 
There apparently is an agreement on the detailsof an expanded and extended credit.  No vote has occurred yet.  The issue is now caught up in Senate procedural matters.  However, there is optimism that it will be resolved this week.  The provision would still have to be passed by the House. 

Below are the details of the new tax credit program.
  • First-time homebuyers will continue at $8,000  -- same definition as current law.
  • Tax credit for “move up” purchasers will be up to $6500
  • Must have used previous home as a principal residence for 5 of the 8 previous years.
  • Income limits increased and are the same for first-time and “move up” purchasers : $125,000 for single filers/$225,000 for joint filers
  • Limitation on eligible home prices has been increased to $800,000
  • Time Frame:    December 1, 2009 to April 30, 2010 plus 60 day extension if binding contract is in placeby April 30, 2010
  • Anti-fraud measures have been added
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tax Credit Proposal Is Improved & Getting Closer

There apparently is an agreement on the details of an expanded and extended credit.? No vote has occurred yet.? The issue is now caught up in Senate procedural matters.? However, there is optimism that it will be resolved this week. ?The provision would still have to be passed by the House.?

Below are the details of the new tax credit program.

 

First-time homebuyers will continue at $8,000 ?-- same definition as current law.

Tax credit for "move up" purchasers will be up to $6500

Must have used previous home as a principal residence for 5 of the 8 previous years.

Income limits increased and are the same for first-time and "move up" purchasers : $125,000 for single /$225,000 for joint filers


Limitation on eligible home prices has been increased to $800,000

Time Frame:? ? December 1, 2009 to April 30, 2010 plus 60 day extension if binding contract is in place by April 30, 2010


FHA Condo Change Update - Spot Approval Thru Dec 7, 09 November 2, 2009

 
It appears that the temporary increase in FHA & GSE mortgage limits will be extended for another year. Hopefully, this legislation will also be passed in the next week or so.

FHA Condominium Changes
FHA maintains that they will be publishing the condominium letter shortly.

They held meetings w/ the major trade groups this week and advised them of the following:
  • FHA concentration will go to 100 percent in established projects, 50 percent in new projects.
  • Pre-sale will be lowered to 30 percent
  • Owner occupancy remains at 50 percent
  • Commercial space will remain 25 percent but FHA will do waivers as requested
FHA will eliminate "spot loan" approval on December 7, 2009.  As a DE FHA underwriting Cunningham and Company can help with existing and new condo project approvals. Call us and we can discuss.

Equal Housing Lender
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It appears that we are also getting closer to extending the current temporary increase in FHA & GSE mortgage limits for another year.? Hopefully, this legislation will also be passed in the next week or so.

 

FHA Condominium Changes

FHA maintains that they will be publishing the condominium letter shortly.? They held meetings w/ the major trade groups this week and advised them of the following:

 

FHA concentration will go to 100 percent in established projects, 50 percent in new projects.

 

Pre-sale will be lowered to 30 percent

 

Owner occupancy remains at 50 percent

 

Commercial space will remain 25 percent but FHA will do waivers as requested

 

FHA will eliminate "spot loan" approval as of December 7, 2009.  As a DE FHA company we can help get approvals for Condo projects new and existing. ?


Tax Credit Passes and FHA Rules become clearer November 9, 2009

First-time homebuyers (useful IRS Link - http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=204671,00.html )

Most details for first-time homebuyers mirror the rules currently in existence. The maximum tax credit remains $8,000 ($4,000 for married individuals filing separately), and anyone who has not owned a home within three years is considered a “first-time buyer.”

• A purchase must be under contract by April 30, 2010.

• A purchase under contract by April 30 must close no later than June 30, 2010.

• After Dec. 1, 2009, income limits rise to $125,000 for singles and $225,000 for married couples; up from limits effective through Nov. 30 of $75,000 for singles and $150,000 for married couples. The tax credit phases out incrementally at each $20,000 increase in income.

• Effective immediately: The maximum home value purchased cannot exceed $800,000. Prior to the law being signed, first-time homebuyers had no limitation on a home’s cost.

Current homeowner tax credit

An existing homeowner who purchases a home may now claim a tax credit of up to $6,500. To qualify, that owner must have owned and used the same residence as a principal residence for any consecutive five-year period in the previous eight years.

• This new tax credit is effective immediately. Eligible homebuyers do not have to wait until Dec. 1 to close in order to qualify.

• Personal income limits, maximum home value, and contract/closing deadlines are the same as those for first-time homebuyers.

FHA Operational Issues
 
Condominium changes – We expect FHA will be publishing the new mortgagee letter in the next week.  The FHA Commissioner is speaking at the NAR Convention next week-end and NAR is very interested in this change.  The letter will be effective on December 7th.  We expect the provisions will remain the same as we previously outlined. 
  •  FHA concentration will go to 100 percent in existing projects; 50 percent in new projects.
  •  Pre-sale will be lowered to 30 percent
  •  Owner occupancy remains at 50 percent
  •  Commercial space will remain 25 percent but FHA will do waivers as requested
  •  Spot loan program will be eliminated.
 
FHA Mortgagee Approval Changes (You may no longer get a broker to do FHA it may have to be a Mortgage Banker for Bank) – The proposed rule eliminating FHA approval of mortgage brokers has cleared OMB and now will be sent to Congress for the formal 15 day review prior to publication.  The rule may become public while in the Congressional review process since documents are frequently leaked during this review process.  The rule could be published in the Federal Register by the end of November.  The rule will likely have a 30-60 day comment period which means it could not be finalized until February 2010 at the earliest.  We do believe that FHA will consider comments before making a final decision.  It appears that FHA may be willing to reconsider their position at least to some extent (meaning they could establish standards lenders would implement).       
 


NAR Frequently Asked Questions About the Home Buyer Tax Credit November 9, 2009

IRS Web Link that is helpful: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=204671,00.html 

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions on the changes to the Homebuyer Tax Credit

Question: Existing homeowner credit: Must the new house cost more than the old house?

Answer: No. Thus, for example, individuals who move from a high cost area to a lower cost area who meet all eligibility requirements will qualify for the $6500 credit.

Question: I am an existing homeowner. On October 25, 2009, I signed a contract to purchase a new home. I have lived in my current home for more than 5 consecutive years and am within the new income limits. I will go to settlement on November 20. If President Obama has signed the bill by the time I go to settlement, will I qualify for the new $6500 tax credit?

Answer: Yes. The existing homeowner credit goes into effect for purchases after the date of enactment (when the bill is signed). There is no reference to the date of contract for the new credit. The provision looks solely to the date of purchase, which is generally the date of settlement.

Question: I am a firsttime homebuyer but was not within the prior income limits at the time I entered into my contract to purchase on October 30, 2009. I will be covered, however, by the new income limits. If the new rules have been signed into law by the time I go to settlement, will I be eligible for a credit?

Answer: Yes. The new income limitations go into effect as soon as the President has signed the bill. The income limit and other eligibility rules will look to your status as of the date of purchase, which is the settlement date. So if the new rules have been signed when you go to settlement, you should be eligible for the credit (or a portion of the credit if you're within the phaseout range).

Question: I am an eligible existing homeowner. I have a fair amount of equity in my home. I have found a home with a nonnegotiable price of $825,000. Will I be able to use any of the $6500 tax credit?

Answer: No. The $800,000 cap on the cost of the purchased home is firm at $800,000. Any amount above $800,000 makes the home ineligible for any portion of the credit. The $800,000 is an absolute ceiling.

Question: I owned my home for 10 years, but sold it two years ago year and have been renting since. If I purchase a home, will I be eligible for the $6500 tax credit if I meet all the other eligibility tests?

Answer: Yes. Because you lived in the home for more than 5 consecutive years of the previous 8, you will qualify for the $6500 credit. For example, Say John and his wife bought a home in 2000 and lived there until 2008 when he got a divorce. Whether John has been renting or bought in the interim, he WOULD INDEED be eligible for the credit because he owned a home and occupied it as his principal residence for 5 consecutive years out of the last 8 years. The keyword here is "consecutive." As long as he lived in that house for 5 years straight what he did since 3 years doesn't impact eligibility.

Question: I am an eligible firsttime homebuyer. I entered into a contract to purchase on November 1, 2009. Do I have to go to closing before December 1? How does the extension date affect me?

Answer: You do not have to close before December 1. Once the legislation has been signed, it will be as if the Nov 30 date had never existed. Therefore, so long as the contract settles before April 30 (or July 1, worst case), the purchaser will be eligible for the credit.


Jumbo HELOC Strategy and more Condo News November 16, 2009

Rates got slightly better throughout the week after the Fed announced it does not see a need to change its policy in the near term.

Important tip ~ FHA will allow up to 50% non-owner occupied concentration in a condo development.  Fannie Mae does not have a limit on "stream line" approvals for condo developments - however all the PMI companies require less than 30% non-owner occupied concentration.  Additionally all PMI companies limit their exposure to a single project to 30% as well.  So finding the right PMI company is important.  Two of the PMI companies will allow up to 95% loans on Condos.  Limitation apply call us for details.

FHA Spot approvals are still allowed until February 2010 and are the easiest to get.  We need to get a print out of the most recent sales for the condo development from the MLS.  You must have less than 50% renters in the complex.  The nice thing is that the down-payment is only 3.5%.  Existing Condo Developments can qualify with FHA to allow 100% FHA concentration.

JUMBO loans - the Charlotte MSA has been labeled a Level II declining market.  Almost all loan providers require 20% down-payment and as much as 25% down-payment.  Did you know you may be able to get an equity line post closing to get some of your equity back out of the property?  HELOCs still exist for the right borrower.  RBC Centura will lend up to 89.9% LTV for the right borrower.

You must have excellent credit and establish a banking relationship with them.  Your home must not be in a declining market.  However even if your home is in a declining market and you have excellent credit you may be able to borrower to 85% total value - so if you had to put 25% down on your home you may be able to monetize 10% of your initial investment.  Worth considering.

Have a great week and remember @ the Valeo-Croy Team we are here for you 704-366-7711 or www.valeocroyteam.com
 


What You Should Consider Before Taking a Condo Listing or Seller to Buy a Condo November 19, 2009

Condo Hi-lights
 
What You Should Consider Before Taking a Condo Listing or Seller to Buy a Condo
 
  1. Is the condo an existing project or new project? – If Less than 90% of the units in a complex have sold once – the project is considered new; there are significant restrictions for financing new condo developments (see a professional lenders advice)
     
  2. Has the condo board been turned over to the owners? If not this is an issue
     
  3. Are more than 30% of the total units in the condo development being rented? If more than 30% then no MI Company will write a policy on the property. FHA will allow up to 50% rentals.
     
  4. Are more than 15% of the HOA dues behind 30-days or more? If so this is an issue and will preclude financing – this includes Fannie May Limited Review.
     
  5. Does Any Single Entity own more than 10% of the units? If so this will disqualify the project.
     
  6. Does the project have adequate reserves for maintenance?

    Includes allocations/line items to ensure sufficient funds are available to maintain and preserve all amenities and features unique to the condominium project

    Provides for the funding of replacement reserves for capital expenditures and deferred maintenance in an account representing at least 10% of the budget; and

    Provides adequate funding for insurance coverage and deductibles. 
  1. Is liability insurance in place providing at least $l Million of coverage for bodily injury and property damage per-occurrence? This is required
     
  2. Is hazard insurance in place to cover 100% of the insurable replacement cost of the project improvements, including the individual units? (The deductible amount must not exceed 5% of the policy's face amount). Required
     
  3. Projects with 20 or more units; is fidelity bond insurance in place covering the maximum amount of funds that will be in the custody of the owners association or Management Company at any time? This is required for all FHA loans.


10 Ways to Help Sell Your House in a Buyers' Market November 30, 2009

#1: Offer a home warranty
A home warranty adds value to your home. It gives potential buyers a little extra piece of mind in the form of protection against unforeseen problems including appliance break down, roof leakage or a malfunctioning furnace. Warranties vary in coverage, but in general there are plans that will cover your home while it’s on the market as well as plans that kick in once it sells.

#2: Create a virtual flyer
Sometimes sellers find that friends, neighbors and associates can be some of the best buyers. Create a free virtual flyer to advertise your home at www.vflyer.com and email it to everyone you know. (You can use this service to advertise other things as well such as parties, events and so on.)

#3: Advertise on the Internet
More than 80% of buyers begin their home search on the Internet, so be sure your home is there for them to find. List your property on craigslist.org, backpage.com, zillow.com and trulia.com. After your Realtor enters your home into the MLS it will automatically be on Realtor.com as well. You can also buy your own domain name to match your home’s address. Then create a website or blog for your home (or ask a web-savvy teenager to do it).

#4: Aim for amazing curb appeal
While buyers are out driving around and viewing neighborhoods, you want your home to make them literally stop the car and look upon it with awe. Having the best dressed home in the neighborhood will attract buyers and higher offering prices. Do not underestimate the importance of this. It’s the first impression potential buyers have of your home, and poor curb appeal may actually discourage them from wanting to even take the time to view the inside.

#5: Price it properly
If your home is priced too high, buyers may think that you’re not serious about selling, or that you may be difficult to work with and unwilling to negotiate. Also, buyers who are looking within a specific price level may miss your home even though you may actually be willing to accept a much lower price. Your Realtor can help you price your home properly for the quickest sale.

#6: Host an Open House
While opinions vary on the success rate of Open House events, it certainly can’t hurt to host one. Even if your neighbors are the main visitors, they may actually know someone who could be interested in your home. The fact they’ve seen it with their own eyes could encourage others to visit.

#7: Take tons of pictures
Potential buyers love to see pictures of homes, whether on the Internet or on flyers. Your Realtor should post pictures on the MLS. You can post them on the other websites listed above. If you have a video camera, you can even create a virtual tour of your home.

#8: Directional signs
If you live near a corner or busy intersection, place the “home for sale” signs that point towards your home in the best spot possible. If you ask nicely, your neighbors who live on the corner may be willing to let your place one of those signs right in their yard.

#9: Stage your home
After you’ve made sure your curb appeal is tops, you should not neglect improving the inside via staging. Hire a professional stager or ask your Realtor for assistance. If you’re worried about the cost of hiring a stager, many offer different levels of service which range from a walk through of your home and verbal advice, to a full blown service where they bring in their own furniture and decorations and redesign your entire home.

#10: Update your home
Buyers love nothing more than brand new carpeting and paint, updated sinks, fixtures, cupboards and so on. You obviously don’t want to update to the extent that you overprice your home for the neighborhood, but you do want to update to within a comfortable level for the market value in your area.

If you have more questions about the best way to attract buyers to your home, call your Realtor. He or she will have the professional understanding and insight to help you attract the most potential buyers to your home.