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Double Grants For The First Time Home Buyer

Aug 14, 2008
One of the country's biggest home builders, Pulte Homes is offering dreams for many potential first time home buyers. Pulte Homes Inc. states that it will match the new $7,500 tax credit with its own $7,500 discount on homes for first time home buyers.
Pulte Homes Inc., one of the country's largest home builders, says it will match a new $7,500 tax credit for first-time home buyers with its own $7,500 discount on homes. This comes as a dream come true for many who are looking to take advantage of all the incentives and enticements as well as the lower housing prices to become first time home buyers.

According to Pulte, the goal of this offer which will be extended to any buyer of a Pulte home is "to draw attention not only to our homes but to the housing market in general," reports Richard J. Dugas, president and chief executive of Pulte. With the decline in housing prices, the devaluation of homes due to the increase of vacant homes from foreclosures this may help those who are ready buy and take advantage of all of the incentives.

The tax credit that was signed into law last week was lobbied hard for by home builders. It is all part of a bigger housing rescue package that is beginning to spread. Currently the housing industry is working hard to get the word to consumers and is hoping the tax break will help pull the crippled housing market out of danger. President of the National Association of Home Builders, Sandy Dunn, states that many potential first time home buyers are now in a good position to buy a home but are understandable nervous about the market. In a conference call Monday Dunn says "This tax credit will help them off the fence."

According to the NAHB, 40% of all house buyers are first time buyers. The first time home buyer is seen as the key to restoring the housing market. This is generally because the first time home buyer does not have to unload a home before they are able to buy a new one. Focusing the incentives on the first time home buyer now can help to stimulate the industry enough to make it a prime industry for all once again and eventually help stimulate and restore the economy on the whole.

Individuals looking to qualify for the tax credit can have an adjusted income of up to $75,000 a year or a combined adjusted income of up to $150,000 a year for married couples filing jointly. Under the law a person must not have owned a home in the last 3 years to qualify as a first time home buyer. Additionally, the home purchased must close between April 8, 2008 and July 1, 2009 to qualify for the credit.

The individuals who qualify for the tax credit will be matched by Pulte Homes in a discount when they purchase a Pulte home. This may just steady the nerves of the apprehensive first time home buyer who is ready to buy that first home.
About the Author
J Stromsteen has many years expertise in the finance, real estate, and insurance industry. She contributes to various websites such as First Time Home Buyer where you can find today's mortgage rates as well as a wealth of information on getting a First Time Home Buyers Loan .
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