Friday, May 29, 2009

$8000 1st-time buyer tax credit can now be used for a downpayment

As we all know, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 offers homebuyers a tax credit of up to $8,000 for purchasing their first home. Now, according to this HUD press release, first-time buyers can now use their $8000 tax credit towards their down payment or closing costs. While I don't quite get the mechanics of how this will work, it's good news.

Here's a quote: "Home buyers using FHA-approved lenders can apply the tax credit to their down payment in excess of 3.5 percent of appraised value or their closing costs, which can help achieve a lower interest rate." Here's what that means. Often, a buyer's interest rate is a little higher for a government-backed loan, like FHA. This will enable a buyer to "buy down" their interest rate and therefore have a lower monthly payment.

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