Altadena Real Estate


State running out of $10,000 tax credits

First-time home buyers wanting to take advantage of the state’s $10,000 tax credit may have less time than originally expected.  California set aside $100 million to help home buyers purchase newly built homes, hoping to jump start the residential-construction market.  According to state officials, the tactic has worked well and is helping to entice home buyers into the market.  However, there only is approximately 20% of the program’s funding remaining.

The program launched in March, and as of June 3 nearly $24 million in tax credit certificates already had been issued, according to the state’s Franchise Tax Board, leaving nearly $76 million in credit available.  Many applications still are in the pipeline awaiting approval.  If all of the submitted applications are approved, only $17.5 million would remain in the fund.

The California state legislature is considering adding another $200 million to the program.  However, securing approval may be difficult due to the state’s estimated $24 billion budget deficit.  A bill to extend the program already has won Assembly approval and now is awaiting activity in the state Senate.

Bottom line… if you’re considering purchasing a newly-built residence, don’t delay!

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