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First-time Homebuyer Credit

With the passage of HR 3221, there is now a first-time homebuyer credit for single-family housing. Here’s how it works…

* The credit is $3,750 for married couples filing separately. Unmarried people who jointly purchase a home will be able to divide the $7,500 credit.

* This program is actually a loan, which home buyers must repay over 15 years at zero percent interest beginning in the second year after they purchase the home. A home buyer who qualified for the whole credit would pay $500 for 15 years or about $41.67 per month.

* The credit applies only to homes purchased on or after April 9, 2008, and before July 1, 2009.

* High-income home buyers don’t qualify: Eligibility begins phasing out for single filers with adjusted income of more than $75,000 and $150,000 for joint filers. It completely phases out at $95,000 for singles and $170,000 for married couples filing jointly.

Source: Washington Post