Home Buyer Tax Credit Countdown Begins

September 11, 2009

Source: Alan J. Heavens, Philadelphia Inquirer

The first-time home buyers tax credit ends Nov. 30. Is it possible to buy in the next two weeks and still close in time to collect it?

Some professionals say yes. "It still can be done in six weeks," says RE/MAX Town & Country associate Lynn Ayers in West Chester, Pa.

Economist Kevin Gillen of Econsult predicts a mad rush to close as the deadline nears.

Bruce Hahn, president of the American Homeowners Grassroots Alliance in Arlington, Va., is pushing for an extension and an expansion of the credit.

Legislation to do that is critical, he says, because the recovery has so far been mostly jobless and people need more time to get their feet on the ground in order to buy.

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