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Get that Tax Credit before it Gets Away The Week Ahead -> The “Keys”
By: Tim McLaughlin - Housing and inflation data dictate the week
2009 has been a year where we have seen a massive
influx of first time homebuyers across the country Date Economic Release Prediction Last
purchasing homes, and claiming their tax credits,
9/15 PPI (MoM) 0.8% -0.9%
according to new government data released last Friday. So
far, nearly three hundred thousand people have claimed 9/15 ex Food/Energy 0.1% -0.1%
the tax credit after filing an amended 2008 tax return,
according to a Treasury Department report on the status of 9/15 PPI (YoY) -5.3% -6.8%
the Recovery Act. And the Treasury figures more than 9/15 ex Food/Energy 2.2% 2.6%
likely sharply underestimate the real number of people who
have taken advantage of the credit because many 9/15 Advance Retail Sales 1.7% -0.1%
homebuyers have not yet claimed it on their tax return. 9/15 less Autos 0.4% -0.6%
According to a recent National Association of Realtors 9/15 less Autos and Gas 0.1% -0.4%
(NAR) survey, over one million first time homebuyers have
9/15 Empire Manufacturing 14.00 12.08
used the credit. As we know, eligible first time homebuyers
can claim the credit of up to $8,000 (or 10% of the home's 9/15 IBD/TIPP Eco Optimism - 50.3
value, whichever is less) on either an amended 2008
9/15 Business Inventories -0.8% -1.1%
return or on their 2009 return. NAR expects that number to
grow to just shy of two million by the time the tax credit 9/16 BB Global Confidence - 58.12
expires on November 30, 2009.
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The discrepancy between the Treasuries numbers and
9/16 CPI (MoM) 0.3% 0.0%
estimates by NAR probably stem from the fact that the
majority of eligible first time homebuyers have opted to 9/16 ex Food/Energy 0.1% 0.1%
wait to file for the credit on their 2009 returns, which they
9/16 CPI (YoY) -1.7% -2.1%
can file in early 2010.
9/16 ex Food/Energy 1.4% 1.5%
Applying for the credit is as easy as filing income taxes.
First time homebuyers just have to claim it on their return, 9/16 CPI Core Index SA - 219.54
and no other forms or papers have to be filed. 9/16 Industrial Production 0.7% 0.5%
The National Association of Realtors estimated an extra 9/16 Capacity Utilization 69.1% 68.5%
350,000 sales will occur this year, solely because of the
9/16 NAHB Housing Market Index 19 18
9/17 Housing Starts 590K 581K
So the question everyone is asking is will the tax credit
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get extended into 2010, or do we only have 80 days
remaining to find a home, procure a mortgage, and close 9/17 Initial Jobless Claims - -
the transaction to take advantage of the tax credit?
Confused? Have questions? Need help? Ask your 9/17 Continuing Claims - -
Weichert Realtor and Weichert Gold Services team for 9/17 Philly Fed Survey 8.0 4.2
help! We can make the process painless and easy.
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