New Jersey Assembly Approves 2010 Tax Credit For Home Buyers

Purchasers of new and existing homes would be eligible for up $15,000 in credits, or 5% of the house price.

The New Jersey Assembly on Thursday voted in favor of a bill that would allocate $100 million in tax credits to buyers who purchase a new or existing home in the Garden State this year.

The bill, A-1678, would give individual home buyers, on a first-come first-serve basis, tax breaks up to $15,000, or 5% of the selling price of the house, whichever is less. The credit would be distributed over a three-year period, starting in 2011. There are no income limits for eligibility.

The bill sets aside three quarters of the $100 million for buyers of newly constructed houses, and 25% for buyers of existing homes. "People will look at this as the last ingredient that goes into their equation that it's a great time to buy a house," Joseph Riggs, group president at K Hovnanian, New Jersey's largest home builder, told the Asbury Park Press.

"This legislation is about job creation, and about putting money back into people's pockets so that they, in turn, can help stimulate New Jersey's economy," said Tom Critelli, president of the New Jersey Builders Association, which helped craft this legislation and solicited elected officials to sponsor it. "The housing industry is an economic driver. Without a healthy housing industry, there will be no sustained economic recovery." He estimates that every home built in the state impacts 100 related jobs and creates three new permanent jobs. "The stimulative effect of this legislation will generate revenues in excess of what it will ‘cost' in terms of personal income tax credits," Critelli told BUILDER.

By passing this bill by a vote of 66 to 8 with three abstentions, the Assembly moves New Jersey one step closer to joining the ranks of other states, municipalities and even builders that are either offering or considering to offer buyer incentives to fill the void left by the federal tax credit that expired on April 30.

The news about New Jersey's pending tax credit comes at a time when inventories of existing homes nationwide jumped by 11.5% in April to 4.04 million units, or an 8.4-month supply, according to the National Association of Realtors.

May 25, 2010: Written by John Caulfield, senior editor for BUILDER magazine.



 According to The Hudson County Board of Realtors:

The legislation that was approved by the New Jersey Legislature would be similar to the recently expired federal tax credit on the purchase of a home.  Many buyers are holding off putting in offers to purchase real estate so that they can qualify for the tax credit.     

In early June the New Jersey Legislature passed a bill that would allow in 2010 $33 million in tax credits to new homebuyers.  The amount in the legislation would satisfy approximately 4,300 new construction sales and approximately 1,700 re-sales.  The 1,700 are also the average number of deeds processed each week in New Jersey for residential properties

The legislation, however, did not include any appropriation for the tax credit.  Governor Christie is waiting for the legislature to complete the process by appropriating the monies in next year’s budget that begins July 1.   If the monies are appropriated for a homebuyer to be eligible, each homebuyer will need to race to Trenton to file for the tax credit before other homebuyers.  The number of tax credits will run out in a few days and the first to file will receive the credit.

As soon as the budget is approved I will update this site ,whether or not the monies needed for this tax credit was appropriated by the State legislature.


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