Attention Plymouth and Northville Home Buyers: Tax Credit Extended and Expanded!

Update Nov. 6, 2009 – The extension and expansion of the Home Buyer Tax Credit has been signed into law by the President. For more details on the credit – please click here.

We get lots of questions about the home purchase tax credit and whether or not it will be extended, , modified, etc. It appears that work is underway in Washington DC to extend and modify the program. Once it becomes law, we will post more details but for now, you can go to to see the latest status. If you’d like to talk about the program with us, please call Patrick at 734-272-8375 or email him at For more details on how the tax credit will affect your specific tax situation, contact a tax attorney.

Attention First Time Home Buyers: 11790 Alois St. Craftsman Style Home

11790 Alois
11790 Alois

Update: We are having an Open House on Sunday Sept 20 between 1 and 4pm.  Please stop by this wonderful home – we’d love to meet you and discuss your home buying needs.

Located on the edge of Plymouth in Livonia, this 3 Bedroom, 1.5 Bathroom Craftsman style bungalow is an incredible opportunity for a first time buyer. The home is move in ready with neutral paint, newer windows, hardwood floors, updated carpeting, and a spacious kitchen. There’s a 2.5 car insulated garage with storage above and a generous rear yard with garden. Even the mechanicals are updated with a new hi-efficiency Trane furnace in 2007, new air conditioning in 2007, and new hot water heater is 2004. So if you want convenience to downtown Plymouth’s shops, restaurants, and entertainment – and you want access to Hines Park’s miles of paths, lakes, and picnic areas – this is the one!   Of you want to set up a showing, give Carrie or Patrick a call or email at 734-788-2398 / 734-272-8375 or /  You can see our other listings at Offered at $160,000.

Update Nov. 6, 2009 – The home has been sold and is no longer available.  To see additional homes for sale, please visit

Dining and Living Rms

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Expanded Tax Break Available for 2009 First-Time Homebuyers

Here is the press release from the IRS.  For more info, click here.

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that taxpayers who qualify for the first-time homebuyer credit and purchase a home this year before Dec. 1 have a special option available for claiming the tax credit either on their 2008 tax returns due April 15 or on their 2009 tax returns next year.

Qualifying taxpayers who buy a home this year before Dec. 1 can get up to $8,000, or $4,000 for married filing separately.

“For first-time homebuyers this year, this special feature can put money in their pockets right now rather than waiting another year to claim the tax credit,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. “This important change gives qualifying homebuyers cash they do not have to pay back.”

The IRS has posted a revised version of Form 5405, First-Time Homebuyer Credit, on The revised form incorporates provisions from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The instructions to the revised Form 5405 provide additional information on who can and cannot claim the credit, income limitations and repayment of the credit.

This year, qualifying taxpayers who buy a home before Dec. 1, 2009, can claim the credit on either their 2008 or 2009 tax returns. They do not have to repay the credit, provided the home remains their main home for 36 months after the purchase date. They can claim 10 percent of the purchase price up to $8,000, or $4,000 for married individuals filing separately.

The amount of the credit begins to phase out for taxpayers whose adjusted gross income is more than $75,000, or $150,000 for joint filers.

For purposes of the credit, you are considered to be a first-time homebuyer if you, and your spouse if you are married, did not own any other main home during the three-year period ending on the date of purchase.

The IRS also alerted taxpayers that the new law does not affect people who purchased a home after April 8, 2008, and on or before Dec. 31, 2008. For these taxpayers who are claiming the credit on their 2008 tax returns, the maximum credit remains 10 percent of the purchase price, up to $7,500, or $3,750 for married individuals filing separately. In addition, the credit for these 2008 purchases must be repaid in 15 equal installments over 15 years, beginning with the 2010 tax year.