There's some movement on Capitol Hill toward extending the first-time buyer's tax credit. As reported by the Post's Dina Elboghdady, there is consensus in favor of a limited extension of the $8,000 tax credit. The latest version said to be favored in the Senate: Extended to home sales that go under contract by April 30 and close by June 30. A new, $6,500 tax credit would be available for buyers who have owned during five of the eight years prior to the purchase.
We now have a shortage of about 40,000 for-sale homes within a 30- 45-minute commute of those employment hubs that are affordable to people earning these incomes, according to the report. They predict the shortage of affordable for-sale homes will grow by 5,000 units per year between 2010 and 2030. And recent declines in area home prices haven’t helped much, they say, because housing close to those employment hubs took less of a hit than homes farther out in the suburbs.
If you have a Home Depot Rewards MasterCard--and have been counting on tapping that line of credit for a big job--you need to go shopping, and fast. Citi, which issues the card, has announced that cardholders can use them to make purchases only through Saturday, Oct. 31. And Rewards Points must be redeemed by Jan. 31, 2010, or they expire.