SOURCE: Informa Research Services, Inc.

Informa Research Services, Inc.

December 15, 2009 19:43 ET

First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit Extension and Low Rates Make for a Great Time to Buy, Advises Informa Research Services

CALABASAS, CA--(Marketwire - December 15, 2009) - The President signed a bill that extends the current first-time home buyer tax credit (originally slated to expire at the end of this month) and expands it to include non-first-time home buyers as well. According to Informa Research Services, a subsidiary of Informa plc (LSE: INF), it is a perfect time to shop for a new home and a new home loan (http://realestate.yahoo.com/).

The original tax credit, up to $8,000, remains in effect until April 30, 2010, and now includes an increased income cap (to be eligible for the full credit). Single tax filers who earn up to $125,000 and joint filers who earn up to $225,000 are now eligible for the full credit. Additionally, homeowners who have owned their current residence for five of the last eight years are eligible for a credit up to $6,500 when a contract is in effect through April 30, 2010, and closes before June 30, 2010.

With tax incentives in place and rates still desirably low, this may be an ideal time to buy a home if you are in the market. According to Informa Research Services Interest Rate Review, the national average 30-year fixed mortgage rate is still at a low 5.140%. One year ago, the national average on the same mortgage loan was 6.31%.

By searching for mortgage rates online, consumers can quickly compare the available rates offered by lenders in their area and find rates that may be much lower than those offered elsewhere. For example, AimLoan is offering a 30-year fixed mortgage at a rate of just 4.750% with an APR of 4.792% with 0 points. This rate offering from AimLoan is 0.348% lower than the national average APR.

Finding the best rates on mortgages is made simple now with online rate comparison tables provided by sites such as FreeRateUpdate.com, BankingMyWay.com, and Roost.com. By providing basic property information, you can quickly find the best rates available in your area.

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