St. James Plantation, NC home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share a recent RealtyTimes.com article by Bob Hunt regarding the Federal Tax Credits. Through this article, Hunt aims to disprove the media’s implications that the Federal Tax Credit is only available to “move-up” buyers, as well as outlining the eligibility requirements. Below is an excerpt and to read the complete article, click here!

“Move up, move down, move sideways; it just doesn’t matter. Whichever direction you move, financially, you may still qualify for the new tax credit available to current homeowners. It is unfortunate that the credit has too often been characterized as a credit for “move-up” homeowners. The phrase carries the implication that the new home must cost more than the sale price of the former one. Indeed, even the November 6 White House Press Release said that the credit would be available to qualified homeowners who “wish to step up to a new home.” Same implication.

So, it is worth emphasizing that the credit is equally available to homeowners who are moving down, cost-wise.

The move-down homebuyer is not an unusual phenomenon. For years retirees have been known to move from a larger home to one that is smaller and often less expensive. Moreover, it is reasonable to think that current economic conditions may lead to even more move-down buyers. Just as thousands of families have found it necessary or desirable to downsize with respect to their cars and their general lifestyle, so it may be when it comes to considering the costs of owning and maintaining a larger house than they really need.

The same requirements apply to both move-down and move-up buyers.”

Real estateJacksonville, NC builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes encourages first-time home buyers to not only understand the $8,000 Federal tax credit, but a lot of other critical information that is available to them. RealtyTimes.com’s Phoebe Chonchua recently wrote an article outlining what first-time buyers should expect research and prepare for. Below is an excerpt and to read the complete article, click here!

“There are many aspects to consider when buying your first home. Your price point, location, lifestyle, expert help, mortgage programs, inspections, how quickly you want/need to move, the list goes on. It can seem like an overwhelming process for first-time buyers. In fact, some shy away and continue to rent simply because they don’t know who to turn to or where to begin. Today there are more resources than ever available with just the click of a mouse; however, that can create information overload! But if you take a breath and relax, I’ll sort through some important factors for home buying. And even if you’re a seller, it’s good to review this material because it helps to remind you where first-time buyers’ mindsets are when they make an offer on your home.

Give yourself more time than you think you need. Due to the housing crisis and credit crunch, the mortgage process can take even longer than it did previously. Searching for a home is averaging about 12 weeks while getting the mortgage process wrapped up can take up to 60 days, according to information released by National Association of REALTORS 2008 Profile of Buyers and Sellers.”