Hurry! Your time is almost up. The $8000 tax credit is only for first-time home buyers who close before December 1st. Do the math… If it takes 45 days to close after finalizing negotiations on a purchase agreement, that means you need to be in a contract by October 16th. That's just fine if you are actively looking, but if you are still procrastinating meeting with a lender…uh…hurry?
Should everyone run out and do this? Well, probably not. Don't make long term decisions like buying a home just to get your $8000. Don't buy a home that you will out grow in two years. Don't buy a home that you can't afford. Don't buy a home if you might be moving to Washington D.C.
However, if it makes sense for you to buy a home in the next year, then I'm talking to you. HURRY UP! You might not find a home. You might decide not to buy after meeting with a lender or real estate agent (I know a good one by the way). But if you want to have the option, ACT NOW, or the decision will be made for you.
And if you're a seller, the time-line is even tighter. Do you want the buyers rushing to find a home before the deadline to have your home to choose from? Or do you want to miss the boat?
Not sure what your home is worth (who is anymore?)? Not sure if your home is in the price range first time buyers are looking in? Not sure if you should replace that shag carpet and flocked wallpaper? It's time to figure it out. Call your agent this week. Did I mention I know a good one?