Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Says 'Real Deadline' for First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit is Mid-October at the Very Latest

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Sept. 17 // PRNewswire // -- Those interested in taking advantage of the First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit must realize that the much-publicized November 30th deadline is for the closing date (i.e., the day keys are officially handed over). However, the list of customary closing requirements -- ranging from mortgage approvals and appraisals to home inspections -- can typically take 45 to 60 days between the contract signing and the closing date.

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate advises that any eligible first-time homebuyers - anyone who hasn't purchased a home in the last three years -- who wish to take advantage of the First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit need a sense of great urgency and must select a home, have their offer accepted and be under contract by mid-October at the very latest in order to safely close prior to the expiration of the tax credit.

"First-time homebuyers have a lot to consider when choosing a home, not the least of which is the fact that the November 30th deadline they may have circled on their calendars is effectively an October 15th deadline - and even that is cutting it very close," said Sherry Chris, president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. "No one should rush the decision of buying a home, but if the tax credit is motivating their decision, they should be very aware of their timing."

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate President and CEO Sherry Chris would be happy to offer her thoughts on the tax credit and its benefit for the housing market and first-time home buyers. Regionally based Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate agents are also available to discuss the tax credit's effect on their local markets and what they are hearing from first-time homebuyers.

About Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate

Better Homes and Gardens(R) Real Estate is an international real estate brand that offers a full range of services to brokers, sales associates and home buyers and sellers. Using innovative technology, sophisticated business systems and the broad appeal of a lifestyle brand, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate embodies the future of the real estate industry while remaining grounded in the tradition of home. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC is a subsidiary of Realogy Corporation, a global provider of real estate and relocation services. For more information, please visit

Better Homes and Gardens(R) is a registered trademark of Meredith Corporation licensed to Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC. Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Each Better Homes and Gardens(R) Real Estate Office is Independently Owned and Operated.

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