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Better Than The First Time Homebuyer's Tax Credit!!

by Mark Brace

MSHDA's Mortgage Credit Certificate Program:

You ask what is a Mortgage Credit Certificate? Mortgage Credit Certificates (MCC) reduce the amount of federal income tax a homebuyer pays. The estimated annual cost savings is calculated on a monthly basis to help homebuyers qualify for a higher mortgage payment, and therefore a higher priced home-expanding home choices. MCCs are available to homebuyers who meet household income and home purchase price limits.

Calculating the Credit:

Total Mortgage Amount x Loan Interest Rate=Annual Interest

Annual Interest x MCC Rate (20%)= Tax Credit for the Year

Where Can you Get A MCC?

Many banks, credit unions and mortgage companies participate in the MCC program. A list is available on the MSHDA website :

These MCCs can be combined with convential, FHA, Rural Development and VA Mortgage loans. Just because the first time homebuyer's tax credit has expired doesn't mean you shouldn't take advantage of this BUYER's market! Call Me Today!



First Time Homebuyers Tax Form

by Mark Brace

As part of Congress's stimulus bill, a generous tax credit is available to those buying a home for the first time. If you qualify, you may get up to $7,500 or 10% of the home's purchase price.

In order to obtain the Federal tax credit for first time homebuyers, you'll want to make sure you fill out the forms below.

While the stimulus bill is still changing within Congress, the latest buzz is that it will change to $8,000 for first time buyers only.

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