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Open Letter to First Time Home Buyers

Just a reminder to you potential first time buyers considering taking advantage of the $8,000 tax credit ... time is runing out. You must settle before December 1st (so you must settle on November 30th or before). Now lets be realistic. I've closed loans in 2 weeks from start to finish - but as pointed out below, you should allow AT LEAST 45 days to settle since there are too many variables - home repairs take time, appraisals can take time, and this isn't considering the TIME IT TAKES to FIND a home and agree to terms.

Dear Procrastinating First Time Home Buyers:

 

I know you.  I've seen you in the mall on December 23rd. I've watched you race through town en route to the airport; screeching up to the terminal just in time to prevent your mom from giving up and getting in the cab.  I even saw you run over the neighbor's cat on your way to the post office on April 15th.  (Actually, disregard that last one.  I'm sure it was just a large stick).  You excel when the stakes are high.  You thrive on knowing you'll succeed where mere mortals would stumble.  Your methods are a bit unorthodox, but you always come through at the buzzer.  In most circles, I would be you.

The significant difference here is that I own a house.  For better or worse, I don't have a stake in the $8000 tax credit game.  You do though.  You have the opportunity to change your life for the better and you plan to do so. Tomorrow. 

My only concern is that tomorrow may not be when you think it is.  By now, you know the tax credit expires December 1st.  As this is month's away, I'm sure you've given little thought to actually looking for a house.  There are far more pressing deadlines to be dealt with.  I know you are busy, so I won't take up much more of your time.  But, you need to know...

December 1st is the wrong date.

To be eligible for the credit, you have to take possession by December 1st.  When everything was working well, it took around 30 days to close a loan.  These days, things don't work well very often and it's not going to get better once you and your brethren leave the couch.  Underwriters are scarce and banks aren't about to staff up for the onslaught knowing there is a going to be a huge void immediately afterwards.  It will take at least 45 days to close.  With that in mind,

October 16th is the real drop-dead date.

Reset your internal clock. 

NOW!!

 

I'd tell you to start now, so you can take advantage of the best deals, but it would be a waste of breath.  So, I'll just say,"Call me when you are ready." 

 

Sincerely,

Erik

 

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Erik Hitzelberger is a licensed REALTOR with RE/MAX Alliance in Louisville. If you need a Louisville Real Estate agent please email me or call 502.921.3989.

I specialize in the following areas of the Metro Louisville Area: Prospect, Middletown, Jeffersontown (J-Town), Fern Creek, Okolona, Shepherdsville, Mt Washington, Hillview, Brooks and Pewee Valley.  Click the following links to learn more about Louisville and Bullitt County Real Estate or to Search for Louisville Homes 

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Comment balloon 0 commentsStephen Kappre • August 06 2009 09:53AM

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