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Massachusetts Home Buyers: Better Get an Offer in Quick if You Want the Tax Credit

Massachusetts Home Buyers:  Better Get an Offer in Quick if You Want the Tax Credit

We are coming down to the wire here folks.  If you want to take advantage of the home buyer tax credit, you'd best submit an offer, because in two weeks you will have missed out.

In order to qualify for the tax credit, you need to have a property under contract (that means Purchase and Sale Agreement signed by buyer and seller) by April 30, 2010.  Since it takes time to submit an offer, negotiate, and have your home inspection completed before you sign that Purchase and Sale Agreement, you need to get your offer in ASAP.

The attorneys and lenders are already busy.  On one of my recent buyer transactions, the loan underwriter was already behind by three days.  So don't make the mistake of thinking you can wait until April 30 to submit your offer. 

Here is a typical timeline between Offer and Purchase and Sale Agreement:

Day 1:  Buyer's agent submit offer to Seller's agent

Days 2-5:  Negotiations ensue

Day 6:  Once offer is accepted, it must be rewritten and signed by both buyer and seller

Day 13:  Home inspection deadline looms

Day 14:  Purchase and Sale agreement deadline looms

Buyers, you have less than 14 days to get an offer in, neogitate it, have your home inspection, and get that Purchase and Sale Agreement signed.  Better get your offer in today.  Good luck!


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Comment balloon 2 commentsKathryn Acciari • April 19 2010 04:47PM


Tick Tock!  Time is wasting.  So many homes buyers will be sorry they didn't jump.

Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX) over 10 years ago

And please don't waive your home inspection. As a home Buyer, you'll want to ensure that your getting a good value for your investment. A home inspection is an excellent tool for you to take advantage of. It'll allow the home inspector to perform a comprehensive visual inspection of your new home before you decide to purchase such a huge investment. I'll determine the components that are not performing properly as well as items that are beyond their useful life or are unsafe. Your home inspector will also identify those areas where repairs may be needed now or where there may have been problems in the past.

One of the single most expensive and important purchases you will ever make in your entire life will be your HOME. Please don't skimp on having your prospective home professionally inspected.




Posted by David Valley, Massachusetts Home Inspections (Massachusetts Home Inspections) over 10 years ago