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Exciting new listing located at 2700 Royal Drive

by The Pistol Tingen Team

ECU/PCC Establish an East Coast Pharmaceutical Force

by Madeleine Tingen

According to the Pitt County Development Commission, East Carolina University (ECU) and Pitt Community College (PCC) will partner to establish the Biopharmaceutical Work Force Development and Manufacturing Center of Excellence. With funds provided by the Golden LEAF Foundation, this effort will create the East Coast’s finest training center for biomanufacturing and pharmaceuticals.  Additional support from the North Carolina Community College System’s NCWorks Customized Training and BioNetwork will enhance the planned facilities and programs.

Unanimously voting to provide the largest such grant this year, the Golden LEAF Board of Directors will provide $1,750,000—to ECU ($1,100,000) and PCC ($650,000).  The creation of the Biopharmaceutical Work Force Development and Manufacturing Center of Excellence is a model for economic and work force development collaboration.  PCC, ECU, the NC Community College BioNetwork, and Pitt County are partnering to develop an educational and training infrastructure for a 21st century pharmaceutical services workforce to meet the labor and expertise needs of such companies as Patheon, a leading provider of drug substance and drug product services for the global biopharmaceutical industry.

The Golden LEAF Board of Directors had earlier reserved funding for this purpose as part of North Carolina’s efforts to recruit Patheon to expand in Greenville, NC. Governor Pat McCrory announced this expansion of an estimated 488 jobs in October of 2014. Golden LEAF recognizes the economic and workforce development opportunity at hand and shares the vision of a bright pharmaceutical services future for the region, where over 8,000 people are already directly employed in pharmaceutical manufacturing.  Companies such as RTI, the manufacturer of a sterile biomedical device, are also growing in Pitt County.

Currently to claim a tax credit of up to $8,000 (or up to $6,500 for non-first time home buyers), home buyers must have purchase contracts accepted by April 30, 2010, and must close escrow by June 30, 2010.

Friday, June 11, Senators Harry Reid of Nevada, Johnny Isaakson of Georgia, and Chris Dodd of Connecticut introduced an amendment to the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010 (H.R.4213) that, if passed, would extend that closing deadline to September 30, 2010.

This amendment would not extend the required April 30 deadline necessary to claim the tax credit. If passed, though, the amendment would extend the date required to close the transaction until September 30, 2010.  

The National Association of REALTORS® has reported that as many as one-third of qualified applicants have been notified by lenders that their mortgages will not close before June 30 due to the sheer volume of applications in the pipeline.  The Senate amendment would allow home buyers adequate time to complete their purchases in time to claim the credit.

For more information regarding the status of this amendment or to locate real estate in the Greenville, NC and Pitt County area, please contact The Pistol Tingen Team at (252) 321-6161.

Home Buyer Tax Credits Explained (Video)

by Anthony Litz

Buying a Home with Federal Tax Credits–Quick Facts

by Pistol Tingen

Who is Eligible

• First-time home buyers, who are defined by the law as buyers who have not owned a principal residence during the three-year period prior to the purchase, may be eligible for a tax credit of 10% of the home purchase price, up to a maximum of $8,000. 

• Existing home owners who have been residing in their principal residence for five consecutive years out of the last eight and are purchasing a home to be their principal residence (“repeat buyer”), may be eligible for a tax credit of 10% of the home purchase price, up to a maximum of $6,500.

• All U.S. citizens who file taxes are eligible to participate in the program.
Income Limits

• Home buyers who file as single or head-of-household taxpayers can claim the full credit ($8,000 for first-time buyers and $6,500 for repeat buyers) if their modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is less than $125,000. 

• For married couples filing a joint return, the combined income limit is $225,000.

• Single or head-of-household taxpayers who earn between $125,000 and $145,000, and married couples who earn between $225,000 and $245,000 are eligible to receive a partial credit. 

• The credit is not available for single taxpayers whose MAGI is greater than $145,000 and married couples with a MAGI that exceeds $245,000.

Effective Dates

• The eligibility period for the tax credit is for homes purchased after Nov. 6, 2009, and before May 1, 2010. However, home purchases subject to a binding sales contract signed by April 30, 2010, will qualify for the tax credit provided closing occurs prior to July 1, 2010. 

 Types of Homes that Qualify

• All homes with a purchase price of less than $800,000 qualify, including newly-constructed or resale, and single-family detached, townhomes or condominiums, provided that the home will be used as their principal residence. Vacation home and rental property purchases do NOT qualify.  
 

Tax Credit is Refundable

• A refundable credit means that if the amount of income taxes you owe is less than the credit amount you qualify for, the government will send you a check for the difference.

• For example:   
> A first-time buyer who qualifies for the full $8,000 credit who owes $5,000 in federal income taxes would pay nothing to the IRS and receive a $3,000 payment from the government. If you are due to receive a $1,000 refund, you would receive $9,000 ($1,000 plus the $8,000 tax credit).  
> A repeat buyer who owes $5,000 would pay nothing to the IRS and receive $1,500 back from the government. If you are due to get a $1,000 refund, you would get $7,500 ($1,000 plus the $6,500 tax credit).

• All qualified home buyers can take the tax credit on their 2009 or 2010 income tax return.

Payback Provisions

• The tax credit is a true credit. It does not have to be repaid unless the home owner sells or stops using the home as their principal residence within three years after the purchase.

Homes Available in the Pitt County and Greenville, NC Area

For more information regarding The Federal Housing Tax Credit or homes available in the Pitt County or Greenville, NC area, please call The Pistol Tingen Team at (252) 321-6161.

Information provided by The National Association of Home Builders.

$8,000 First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit Availability Ends Soon

by Madeleine Tingen

Yes, you can still take advantage of the First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit—but time is quickly running out.  Many first-time homeowners have already benefitted from this helpful program.

As part of its plan to stimulate the U.S. housing market and address the economic challenges facing our nation, Congress passed legislation that grants a tax credit of up to $8,000 to first-time home buyers.

Here are some of the essential facts regarding the 2009 tax credit program that can help turn prospective first-time home buyers into first-time home owners.

Who qualifies?

First-time home buyers who purchase homes between January 1, 2009 and December 1, 2009.

To qualify as a “first-time home buyer” the purchaser of his/her spouse may not have owned a residence during the three years prior to the purchase.

Which properties are eligible?


The 2009 First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit may be applied to primary residences, including: single-family homes, condos and townhomes.

How much will the credit be?

The maximum allowable credit for home buyers is $8,000.  Each home buyer’s tax credit is determined by two factors:

1) The price of the home—the credit is equal to 10% of the purchase price of the home, up to $8,000.

2) The buyer’s income—single buyers with incomes up to $75,000 and married couples with incomes up to $150,000—may receive the maximum tax credit.

If the buyer(s) income exceeds these limits, can he/she still get a credit?

Yes, some buyers may still be eligible for the credit.

The credit decreases for buyers who earn between $75,000 and $95,000 for single buyers and between $150,000 and $170,000 for home buyers filing jointly. The amount of the tax credit decreases as his/her income approaches the maximum limit. Home buyers earning more than the maximum qualifying income—over $95,000 for singles and over $170,000 for couples are not eligible for the credit.

Will the tax credit need to be repaid?

No. The buyer does not need to repay the tax credit, if he/she occupies the home for three years or more. However, if the property is sold during the three-year period, the credit will be recouped on the sale.

If you would like more information about the $8,000 First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit or any real estate matters, please contact The Pistol Tingen Real Estate Team at (252) 321-6161.

 

 

Help for America’s Homeowners - You May Be Eligible

by Pistol Tingen

On April 28, the Obama Administration announced details of new efforts to help bring relief to responsible homeowners under the Making Home Affordable Program, including an effort to achieve greater affordability for homeowners by lowering payments on their second mortgages as well as a set of measures to help underwater borrowers stay in their homes.

Continuing to bolster its outreach around the program, the Administration also announced last week a new effort to engage directly with homeowners via MakingHomeAffordable.gov. Starting April 28, homeowners will have the ability to submit individual questions through the website to the Administration’s housing team. Members of the Treasury and HUD staffs will periodically select commonly asked questions and post responses on MakingHomeAffordable.gov. To submit a question, homeowners can visit www.MakingHomeAffordable.gov/feedback.html.  Selected questions from homeowners across the country and responses from the Administration will be available at www.MakingHomeAffordable.gov/asked-and-answered.html.

The consumer website, www.MakingHomeAffordable.gov, provides homeowners with detailed information about refinancing and mortgage modification programs. On the site, homeowners will find self-assessment tools and calculators to empower themselves with the resources they need to determine whether they might be eligible for a modification or a refinance under the Administration's program. Through this website, borrowers can also connect with free counseling resources to help with outstanding questions; locate homeowner events in their communities; find a handy checklist of key documents and materials to have ready when making that important call to their servicer as well as FAQs from borrowers in similar circumstances, and much more.

Below are the two primary categories addressed on the consumer website:
Refinancing - Many homeowners pay their mortgages on time but are not able to refinance to take advantage of today’s lower mortgage rates perhaps due to a decrease in the value of their home.
Modification - Many homeowners are struggling to make their monthly mortgage payments perhaps because their interest rate has increased or they have less income.
Please use the self-assessment tools provided on MakingHomeAffordable.gov to see if you are among the 7 to 9 million homeowners who may be able to benefit from Making Home Affordable. 

Whether you would like more information about this particular program or current information on properties available within the Greenville, NC or Pitt County area, please contact The Pistol Tingen Team at (252) 321-6161.

30-Year Mortgage Rates Below 5% for Fifth Straight Week

by Pistol Tingen

Homebuyers, homeowners and investors are witnessing the fifth straight week where 30-year mortgage rates average below 5%.  Rates dipped this week after rising a week earlier and remain just above record lows.

Mortgage finance giant Freddie Mac said Thursday that average rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages fell to 4.82% this week from an average of 4.87% last week.  Rates have been below 5% for five consecutive weeks.

The all-time low of 4.78% was recorded on the week of April 2. Freddie Mac’s survey dates back to 1971.

Low rates have created a surge in refinancing activity, with nearly 80% of new home applications coming from borrowers seeking to refinance.  Freddie Mac’s sibling company, Fannie Mae, refinanced $77 billion in loans last month--nearly double February’s level and the best month for such activity since 2003, when the housing market was still surging.

According to Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac’s chief economist, “The housing industry is starting to exhibit some positive signs.” But Nothaft noted in a statement that the signs were “scarce and too early to tell how permanent.”

Homebuilders are feeling a lot more optimistic that the worst housing downturn in decades may be finally starting to turn around. An index of builders’ confidence released Wednesday posted its biggest one-month jump in five years in April as many homebuyers seized on lower prices and incentives, and took advantage of lower interest rates and tax credits.

Freddie Mac collects mortgage rates on Monday through Wednesday of each week from lenders around the country.  Rates often fluctuate significantly, even within a given day.

For the most up-to-date mortgage and real estate information for the Greenville, NC and Pitt County area, please contact The Pistol Tingen Team at (252) 321-6161.

  2008                                                           2009
 
Single Family Homes
320 Closed                                          189 Closed (-40.9%)
$183,115 Average Sales Price          $168,285 Average Sales Price 
 
Townhomes                                              
102 Closed                                            52 Closed (-49%)  
$90,646 Average Sales Price            $97,044 Average Sales Price
 
Condominiums                                         
20 Closed                                              11 Closed (-45%)  
$97,356 Average Sales Price            $86,609 Average Sales Price

If you would like to know more information about the Pitt County-Greenville, NC real estate market, please contact The Pistol Tingen Team at (252) 321-6161.

The following is a statement made on March 18 by the National Association of Realtors® President Charles McMillan:

"The National Association of Realtors® applauds the Federal Reserve announcement today that it would purchase an additional $750 billion in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage-backed securities and up to $300 billion in longer term Treasury securities.  This is great news for American home buyers and homeowners because mortgage interest rates will continue to remain at historic lows."

In addition McMillan said, "NAR has been advocating since last fall that the Fed be more active in buying mortgage-backed securities.  We are excited that the Fed acted on this provision of the stimulus plan that we offered to the government in November".

Further McMillan said, "Greater numbers of home buyers will be able to purchase a home, and homeowners facing challenges will be able to refinance into better terms.  We already are experiencing a great improvement in housing affordability due to historically low interest rates, and the Fed's move will push affordability conditions to the best level in 40 years.  In addition, continued low rates will lessen foreclosure pressure and help stabilize home prices sooner, as more Americans buy homes and draw down inventory."

The National Association of Realtors®, "The Voice for Real Estate, "is America's largest trade association, representing 1.2 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

For current real estate information in the Greenville, NC and Pitt County area, please contact The Pistol Tingen Team at (252) 321-6161.

 

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