Wednesday, June 23, 2010

North Shore IL Real Estate- Tax Credit Deadline Extended!

If you took advantage of the governments’ tax credit to buy your North Shore, IL home; there’s great news! Many buyers found that, although they had contracts that were signed by the April 30 deadline, the June 30 closing deadline was not going to be possible.

The Senate voted on Wednesday, June 16 to give homebuyers another three months to settle on their contracts and take advantage of a popular tax credit that sparked a rush of activity in the housing market.

The Senate, with a vote of 60-37, accepted an amendment by Democratic Leader Harry Reid that extends the closing deadline to September 30 for buyers who met the April 30 deadline to have a signed contract.

The current deadline requires buyers to close by June 30 to get the $8,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers. Existing homeowners buying a new primary residence are eligible for a $6,500 credit.

Reid offered the measure as an amendment to a bill that would extend some popular business tax breaks and extend unemployment insurance benefits for jobless workers. The proposal would not have a significant impact on future home sales as the extension would be only for home buyers who already had a contract in hand by April 30.

The popularity of the tax credit has caused some anxiety because settlement offices are inundated with buyers trying to close on transactions by the end of this month to get the tax break. Now there is a little more breathing room that relieves some of the tension these offices are feeling.

If you didn’t get in on the tax credit, but are still looking for your ideal North Shore home; let me know! I have served the Chicago North Shore area for over twenty-five years and know the pros and cons of each neighborhood. I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have or show you around!

Janie Bress
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