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First Time Buyers – 47% of ’09 Sales

Posted on January 21, 2010 by tim in Buying, First Time Home Buyer, Tax Credit

Given the success of the first-time home buyer tax credit and its extension into 2010, the National Association of Realtors is forecasting that existing home sales will jump 13.6% in 2010 after a 2% increase in 2009.

First-time buyers will account for a record 47% of homes sales in 2009, according to NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun. “In fact the credit is working better than first projected — it now looks like we’ll have 2.3 million to 2.4 million first-time buyers this year,” he said. The National Association of Home Builders estimates the tax credit has generated 200,000 extra sales. Mr. Yun expects sales of previous owned homes will hit 5.7 million in 2010, up from 5.0 million in the previous year. Congress recently extended the $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit to April 30 and it gives buyers with a binding sales contract an extra 60 days to close. The lawmakers also created a new $6,500 tax credit for repeat or move-up buyers. Bernard Markstein, NAHB director of economic forecasting, expects the extended/expanded tax credit will generate 180,000 extra sales, including 40,000 new home sales.


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