Saturday, May 30, 2009
$8000 NEW HOME BUYER CREDIT: THE RULES OF THE GAME HAVE CHANGED
Florida Association of Realtors tells us that the most significant change involves the amount of down payment required by qualified first-time homebuyers. FHA mortgages require a 3.5 percent down payment, and the $8,000 tax credit cannot be used to override that requirement. Once the 3.5 percent down payment requirement has been met, however, the tax credit can be applied to additional costs, including a higher down payment, paying points to lower the mortgage rate, and/or closing costs. Lenders will treat the tax credit money as a second lien on the home until it’s paid back. "Stay tuned" in case there are other changes coming too.