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$8,000 FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS TAX CREDIT CAN BE USED AT CLOSINGS! (in Mass, anyway)

Remember HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan's proclamation back in May?

"We all want to enable FHA consumers to access the home buyer tax credit funds when they close on their home loans so that the cash can be used as a downpayment".
I blawged about it here.

I've represented a dozen or so first time home buyers in Chicago area closings since then. I've seen many more first time buyers while representing sellers, too. Still waiting to see someone who is actually use the tax credit at the closing table. Noone in Illinois seems to have figured out how to implement the FHA's proposal.

Not so for Massechusets. The Commonwealth's MassHousing loan program, announced yesterday, is one of the only programs accross the nation that actually monetizes the tax credit (allows Buyers to use the tax credit at closing, rather than wait for a benefit when they file their federal income tax returns).

Those cream pie eating, red hose wearing, celtic loving types better act quick. The program ends in November. More details here.

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