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Nearly 1.5 Million people have taken advantage of the $8,000 tax rebate since it’s conception in January 2009. The tax credit has been available to all first time home buyers. The first time home buyer is defined as anyone who has now owned their own home for three consecutive years. Oh, one more criteria for eligibility… It must be for your primary residence which is unfortunate for investors. The credit is in the form of a tax rebate for 10% of the purchase price of the home, up to a total of $8,000. One of the great benefits of the tax rebate is that is FULLY refundable to the buyer. For instance if the first time home buyer owed no taxes on their taxes, then the first time home buyer can ammend their tax return and capture the full $8,000.

The tax rebate has helped improve the national home sales. The current tax rebate is set to expire on November 30, 2009.  This means that the purchase must be fully closed and completed in order to qualify. It typically takes approximately 30 days to close on a home transaction with conventional bank financing. The point is that in order to be confident your purchase will qualify you should plan to be under contract to purchase your home by November 1, 2009. If you are trying to capture the $8,000 tax rebate and have not yet put your home under contract or you dont qualify for conventional financing then you need to consider finding an alternate approach. One alternate approach is to find seller financing. If the seller is providing the financing and you do not need to wait the typical 30 days for bank financing, then you can still close by December 1, 2009 without many challenges.

What about the possibility of extending the rebate past December 1, 2009?   There are currently several bills  in Congress that would allow the extension. Each of the bills in Congress provide alternate solutions toward the extension. Of course there is a lot of politics involved in completing the extension, from all poitical parties. Here is a brief summary of the extensions:

S1230:  Senator Johnny Isakson  introduced Senate Bill 1230 in June.  The Bill proposes a tax credit up to $15,000 that can be split over 2 year for everyone who purchases a home for their personal residence.

HR 2619:    This one  proposes to extend the existing $8,000 tax credit to July 1, 2010 and adds provisions for a tax credit of up to $3,000 for homeowners who refinance.  This would certainly create a ton of refinanes.  Is this part of the recent mortgage issue?  Many Americans seem to use their home equity as an ATM machine, pulling it out and spending it.  I guess that would potentially help spur the ecomony in the short term.

HR 2801 – Similar to S1230 but it extends benefits to January 1, 2011.

Several key politicians are publicly making comments about getting the extension approved by early November.  Those making positive comments include Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus.  They are hoping to extend the rebate along with unemployment benefits at the same time. 

One thing for sure is our current Government is committed to spending an unlimited amount to try and stimulate our ecomony.  Our Leaders appear to be committed to short term gains at the expense of future generations.  That said, extending the first time home buyer credit will certainly help encourage American’s to own their own home. 

What do you think?  Should the first time home buyers credit be extended?  Why or Why Not?  What are the short term benefits and long liabilities associated with this extension?  I would like to hear your viewpoints so please leave some comments.

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Chris Johnson (Cronson) did our shed demo and yard work this week

Chris Johnson (Cronson) did our shed demo and yard work this week

If you are spray painting, be sure to mask everything!

If you are spray painting, be sure to mask everything!

On our road to financial security our construction goals include elements of quality, speed and cost control.  I have seen many investors make major mistakes on all three of the above.  Some people cut costs and lose quality, others are not prepared to complete the renovation Lightning Fast or on budget. We typically turn a house fully renovated in 3 weeks.  In that 3 weeks we manage the project as tight as possible and make sure that reliable contractors are on-site with their needed materials every single day until we are 100% finished.  From the day of purchase until the day of being complete, we follow a logical process which I will share in a minute.  We are also very conscience of our overall costs/budget as well as the quality of our materials and contractors.

In this blog we are following one of our renovations from start to finish so let me update you on what we did this week.  We first ordered our dumpster which we planned to put in the back yard from the access road behind the house…  that didnt work out because the dumpster driver could not turn tight enough to place it in the back yard.  Needless to say it ended up right out front which we really dont like to do.  Once the dumpster was placed we immediately began the demo.  The demo included gutting the kitchen cabinets and the lower bathroom completely.  It also included getting rid of fine items such as the bedroom doors that the dogs ate through and other great finds along the way. It also includes a lot of exterior work like getting rid of the old, word shutters and mailbox. During demo we also work hard on the yard. Typically grass and weeds are knee high, shurbs heavily over grown, etc. At this house we had two sheds, one is in great shape and the other had to be torn down, see photo above.

Once the demo was complete, we installed the new doors and completed the necessary wall repairs and prep for paint.  This was a lot of work on this house as the walls were in rough condition.  We also completed our rough-in plumbing construction which included installing a new bath tub and surround, fixing the laundry plumbing and other fun items!   Late this week our HVAC contractors came, right on schedule and installed the new furnace and air conditioning.

Now that plumbing is roughed in and HVAC is in-place we have begun priming the walls with kilz.   The kilz works great for hiding a lot of sins and getting us ready to apply the paint.  We typically paint every house the same way which is antique white on the walls, semi-gloss white on the trim, ceiling white on the ceilings and eggshell white in the kitchen and baths.  The historic style mouldings in the this house along with the chair rail and crown pop right out with the semi-gloss white and contrast of the antique white on the walls! 

Whats up next?  This weekend our crew is installing the ceramic flooring in the kitchen and bathrooms.  The middle of next week our new kitchen cabinets will be installed.  From there we will do final plumbing and electrical to prepare to finish it up!

Happy Investing!

Jim Ingersoll

jim@cheaprichmondhomes.com

Gross looking kitchen

Gross looking kitchen

Door with hole in it from dog

Door with hole in it from dog

Gross bedroom before renvoation

Gross bedroom before renvoation

Welcome! We are glad you have joined us for our series on the Road to Financial Security.  We are going to follow a road map that will lead to cash.  Anyone need extra cash in this economy?  Ulitimately the real road to financial security is the buy and hold strategy.  I recognize that our economy will prevent those with job loss and insecurities from following this road map which is why this series will focus on flipping a house for fun and profit.

As mentioned in the previous blog our chosen investment needs a lot of loving in order to restore it to it’s former glory.   This house was literally a Dog House prior to our acquisition.  There is evidence of this point throughout the house.

1.  Severe dog stains on the hardwood floors…  you know what I mean by dog stains right?  You can see and smell them.

2.  Holes in the bottom of the doors and moulding around the doors in the lower bedrooms.  I believe the dogs were kept locked in these bedrooms and the literally attempted to chew their way out.  Take a look at the attached photo to see what I mean on this point.

3.  The whole downstairs really smells bad right now.

Besides the bedrooms ruined by the dogs, the kitchen is the next worst room needing some serious attention.  Take a look at the photo to see what I mean.  We will soon be gutting this kitchen and look forward to brand new cabinets, countertop, plumbing, appliances and a ceramic floor.

We will also be gutting the lower bathroom and installing new ceramic, tub, vanity, etc. into that so it will be brand new as well.  The hardwood floors will be refinished, the house will be painted entirely on the interior.  Once complete you can walk through the front door into the living room and the nice fireplace will catch your attention along with the refinished hardwoods and the newly installed ceiling fan.  From there you will notice the nicely renovated side screened porch and proceed to the brand new kitchen.  This house will offer 4-5 bedrooms, 2 full baths a nice yard and great neighborhood once complete.

On the exterior of this house we will be repairing the vinyl siding, painting the porches, and fixing up the garage along with lots of yard work.

Come along with us on the road to financial security.  The next segment will be coming soon with our construction updates and new photos, etc.

Jim Ingersoll

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