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Extension of the Home Buyer Tax Credit for Some

A bill that extends the $8000 home buyer tax credit into 2010 for people serving in the military, diplomatic positions and intelligence operations may pave the way for the bill’s extension to the general sector. The Home Buyer Tax Credit is seen by many in the White House as an important stimulus to the economy, helping to create and maintain jobs in the coming year.

The Home Buyer Tax Credit was created to encourage first-time home buyers to purchase their first home and is calculated as 10% of the home’s purchase price up to $8000. By taking advantage of this tax credit, new home owners now have a financial advantage that can make home ownership that much easier. It’s like having one’s closing costs and taxes for the year paid for with a bit left over.

According to a study made by the National Association of Realtors®, 350,000 people who bought a home during the time when the Home Buyer Tax Credit was applicable to their purchase would not have taken their first step to home ownership if it weren’t for the Credit. As of mid-October, the window for civilian residents of the U.S. has been effectively closed, as it is nearly impossible to initiate a home purchase and have closing completed in the timeframe of two weeks.

The extension of the Home Buyer Tax Credit to the military and other government employees makes many hope that it will be generally extended into 2010 so that people who were unable to take advantage of it this year will still have an opportunity. While there has been no official word from the White House on whether this is going to be the case, hopes are high that the positive attitude towards it will be enough for it to be signed into law.

Many believe that the tax credit is an important part of combating the recent foreclosures that have turned some areas of the nation into wastelands of empty houses. The more people who invest their money into real estate, the more people there are to take an interest in their neighborhood and create thriving communities.

With government personnel being granted a reprieve that may enable them to buy homes once returned from active duty overseas, the Home Buyer Tax Credit is still alive and well. Hopefully, once the success of its extension for people serving their country is realized, it will make sense for the government to enable its use by non-government citizens into the New Year.

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