Need Extra Time to Finalize Your Bloomfield Hills Real Estate Purchase to Qualify for Tax Credits?

Posted in Bloomfield Hills Real Estate by Michigan Real Estate Expert on July 5th, 2010

On June 16, the Senate approved a plan to give homebuyers an extra three months to finish qualifying for federal tax incentives.  If the plan passes, it means you’ll have until September 30, 2010, to close on your Bloomfield Hills real estate and qualify for tax credits of up to $8,000.  (First-time buyers were eligible for a tax credit of up to $8,000. Current owners who bought and moved into another home could qualify for a credit of up to $6,500.)

Who Qualifies?

Originally, you had to sign a contract to purchase a home by April 30, 2010, and close no later than June 30, 2010.  With this extension, anyone who had a signed purchase agreement by April 30 would have until September 30 to close on the sale of that home.

Why the Extension?

Mortgage lenders have been swamped with borrowers trying to get their Bloomfield Hills real estate home purchases approved by June 30.  Many potential borrowers are having difficulty meeting that deadline. 

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) estimates that 180,000 buyers are likely to miss the June 30 deadline “because of delays in the process.” That’s particularly true of short sales, the NAR noted.

Short sales is a viable option when purchasing Bloomfield Hills Real Estate

Is it Approved?

Unfortunately, an extension of the deadline for the federal homebuyer tax credit remains tied to Senate legislation that would extend unemployment benefits, complicating efforts to get the deadline extended before the expiration date of June 30. 

But don’t give up hope.  If lawmakers extend the deadline after June 30, the language in both the House and Senate bills will apply retroactively.

Have questions about the federal tax credits?  Or any other questions about Bloomfield Hills real estate?  Give me a call today at 248-514-2640 or email me at I’ll respond promptly and personally.

Lee Morof sells North Woodward Homes in Oakland County Michigan

Lee Morof
Associate Broker/Attorney
RE/MAX Showcase Homes
Birmingham, Michigan
Call:  248-514-2640

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