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Congress Extends Tax Credit and Flood Insurance Programs

Posted by Benjamin Dona on Thursday, July 1st, 2010 at 11:55am.

National Flood Insurance ExtensionYesterday, Congress passed the extension of the Homebuyer Tax Credit closing deadline. The extension applies only to transactions that have had contracts in place as of April 30, 2010 and have yet to close. The new closing deadline is now September 30, 2010. There is will be no gap between June 30 and the date the President signs the bill into law.

Additionally, the Senate also passed the National Flood Insurance Program extension through September 30, 2010. This will allow transactions in the pipeline to move forward and is retroactive to cover the lapse period from June 1, 2010 to the date of enactment.

While both extensions passage are good news for thousands of buyers, the flood insurance program extension is especially important for Florida as about 175 deals a day where being held up for lack of coverage.

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Gulf Coast Associates, RealtorsBenjamin Dona is the Broker and Owner of Gulf Coast Associates, Realtors in Bonita Springs, Florida. He holds two advanced degrees, an MBA and an MA, and has an extensive background in both business and marketing. In 1998, he founded Gulf Coast Associates, and formed a group of like-minded Realtor® associates dedicated to offering professional Southwest Florida real estate services by concentrating on information, education and the use of leading edge technologies. He also is a recognized expert on the "Net," a much-quoted and read blog author, and a contributor to both national and international news outlets. Benjamin is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Florida Association of Realtors, and numerous local real estate boards throughout Southwest Florida.

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6 Responses to "Congress Extends Tax Credit and Flood Insurance Programs"

Marc in Miami wrote:
The flood insurance program extension is indeed great news. Not quite sure though about the extension of the Homebuyer Tax Credit. This one is riddled with controversies and plagued with fraud...

Posted on Friday, July 2nd, 2010 at 2:58pm.

Benjamin wrote:
No doubt about that Marc!

I've got a $1 million purchase that can now finally close.

Posted on Friday, July 2nd, 2010 at 3:15pm.

Marbella wrote:
Good news, I and many more didn’t think the Government could leave thousands of buyers outside of the "extra $8,000 tax credit program" because the banks were so slow.

Posted on Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 at 2:31pm.

Kenny Hayslett in Tampa Bay wrote:
This is great news. I am hoping to see more buyers this summer due to the extensions.

Posted on Tuesday, July 6th, 2010 at 3:00pm.

David wrote:
It is a beautiful thing for the Realtor who is saved by Congress based on the extension of the tax credit. He better make sure to get a referral by his buyers. Being saved in the middle of deal looking dead is like no other feeling. Hats off to Congress on this one.

Posted on Saturday, July 10th, 2010 at 4:49pm.

Aprilette wrote:
The homebuyer tax credit is plagued with controversies and fraud. A lot of people who were not supposed to receive the tax credit have gotten it. However, the extension on the Flood Insurance Program is definitely wonderful news!!!

Posted on Monday, July 12th, 2010 at 10:02pm.



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