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As part of its ongoing commitment to continuously improve housing relief efforts, the Obama administration announced  March 25  new adjustments to the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and to the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) programs.  These program adjustments will better assist responsible homeowners who have been affected by the economic crisis through no fault of their own.

The program modications will expand flexibility for mortgage services and originators to assist more unemployed homeowners and to help more people who owe more on their mortgage than their home is worth because their local markets experienced large declines in home values.

These changes will help the Administration meet its goals of stabilizing housing markets by offering a second chance to up to 3 to 4 million struggling homeowners through the end of 2012.  Costs will be shared between the private sector and the Federal Government; the Federal cost of these changes will be funded through the $50 billion allocation for housing programs under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

For more information regarding these new homeowner options, please contact The Pistol Tingen Team—the real estate specialists for Greenville, NC and the Pitt County area.

Homeowners - Claim Your Tax Credits

by Madeleine Tingen

Owning a home is its own reward, but homeownership can also bring rewards at tax time.

This year is especially beneficial for people who are in the market to buy a home, thanks to the $8,000 first-time buyer credit and the $6,500 tax credit for repeat buyers. Current homeowners can benefit, as well. Tax credits are available for owners who undertake certain projects to improve the energy efficiency of their home, including replacing exterior windows, skylights and doors and installing efficient heating and air conditioning systems. Certain home improvements may qualify for as much as 30 percent of the project cost, up to $1,500.   Homeowners may also enjoy a mortgage interest deduction; allowing them to deduct all the interest paid on up to $1 million in mortgage debt.

For more information about current homeowner tax credits or details regarding tax credits still available to those considering a home purchase this year, please contact The Pistol Tingen Team at (252) 321-6161. The Pistol Tingen Team specializes in real estate located in Greenville, NC and the Pitt County area.

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