Monday, August 2, 2010

HOPE real estate tax incentive still alive for potential buyers

The Missouri state program offers up to $1,750 in combined tax, energy efficient improvements for new homeowners.

The Missouri Housing Development Commission is still offering up to a $1,250 credit in real estate tax benefits for qualified buyers through the Home Ownership Purchase Enhancement (HOPE) program. Earlier this year the commission set aside $15 million to encourage home ownership, but it seems potential buyers have been slow on the uptake. Only $1.2 million has been issued, and that with the deadline drawing near.

To qualify, the home must be purchased between January 1, 2010, and August 31, 2010. The HOPE application must be received by the MHDC no later than September 30 of this year. There is also an income limit–up to $95,060 in the St. Louis metro region. First-time and repeat buyers are eligible for the program.

Homebuyers who are approved for the real estate property tax HOPE incentive may also be eligible to receive an additional amount if they bought a qualified newly constructed energy efficient home or bought an existing home and remodeled or purchased items, such as Energy Star® appliances, to make the home more energy efficient. The maximum combined total of the HOPE property tax incentive and the HOPE energy efficiency incentive is $1,750.

For more details, contact us and we can help buyers take advantage of this one-time offer from the state of Missouri.

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