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Filing Guidelines for New 2009 Home Buyer Tax Credit

Questions about how to file for the new 2009 Home Buyer Tax Credit?

Go right to the source and check out the Internal Revenue Service's instructions.

Click Here for the link to "First-Time Homebuyers Have Several Options to Maximize New Tax Credit."

From the Internal Revenue Service website, the filing options to consider are:

File an extension. Taxpayers who haven’t yet filed their 2008 returns but are buying a home soon can request a six-month extension to October 15. This step would be faster than waiting until next year to claim it on the 2009 tax return. Even with an extension, taxpayers could still file electronically, receiving their refund in as few as 10 days with direct deposit.


File now, amend later. Taxpayers due a sizable refund for their 2008 tax return but who also are considering buying a house in the next few months can file their return now and claim the credit later. Taxpayers would file their 2008 tax forms as usual, then follow up with an amended retur…

Open House: 321 E Lake Shore Dr, Round Lake Park IL

Open House: 321 E Lake Shore Drive, Round Lake Park IL 60073.

Sunday: April 5, 2009 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Directions: Hainesville and Washington West to Right on E Lake Shore Drive to home.

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Mortgage Rates Remain Low

If you're wondering if this is a good time to buy a home, the answer is yes.

Mortgage rates remain historically low and there is still a large inventory of homes for sale.

Check out current mortgage interest rates below from the Zillow Mortgage Marketplace chart. I have an additional Mortgage Calculator from Zillow placed below as well.

Remember, the first step in buying a home is to be pre-qualified for a home loan with a mortgage company or bank.

If you need a referral to a reputable, local loan officer - please send me an email or give me a call.

Jim Starwalt Thinking of making a move? Log onto my website at www.StarHomeFinders.com and search the Multiple Listing Service from over 150,000 homes for sale. Registering is quick and easy! Jim Starwalt, Broker Associate RE/MAX Center, Phone: 847-548-2625 Jim@StarHomeFinders.com



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Open House: 1114 Chadwick, Grayslake IL

Open House: 1114 Chadwick Drive, Grayslake IL 60030.
Cherry Creek Subdivision.

Sunday: March 29, 2009 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Directions: Route 120 & Route 45 North to Center Street West to Atkinson North to Cherry Creek West to Chadwick to Home.

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Jim Starwalt Thinking of making a move? Log onto my website at www.StarHomeFinders.com and search the Multiple Listing Service from over 150,000 homes for sale. Registering is quick and easy! Jim Starwalt, Broker Associate RE/MAX Center, Phone: 847-548-2625 Jim@StarHomeFinders.com

New Technical Help Site: FixYa

Technical Support, Instructions and Manuals, plus Troubleshooting and Repair Service is available for consumers at a website called FixYa.

FixYa is a community help site, where members give free advice on any number of topics concerning gadgets, electronic equipment and consumer products: repair, technical help and how-to advice.

You can post a question online or "Live Chat" is available on the site if you are looking for immediate assistance.

FixYa also stores manuals and troubleshooting guides for over half a million products.

From the FixYa website:

"Fixya provides free tech support and technical help for gadgets, electronic equipment and consumer products. Fixya's technical experts advise on fixing problems and provide instructions on proper usage of products either by chat or message posting. Fixya's tech support community will provide a quick solution for your "how to" problem."
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Home Buyer "Don'ts"

Here are a few "don'ts" to consider when you're buying a home:
Don't wait for the perfect house, there isn't one. Compromise and prioritize.

Don't think that all real estate agents and companies are the same. Find an agent with a great track record and someone you feel comfortable with.

Don't work with more than one agent. Find an agent you like and trust and stick with them.

Don't wait for perfect conditions to buy. The best time to buy is when you have found the right home.

Don't wait until you find a home to get qualified for a loan and shop for the best home loan program. You need to start looking for a loan first.
Jim Starwalt Thinking of making a move? Log onto my website at www.StarHomeFinders.com and search the Multiple Listing Service from over 150,000 homes for sale. Registering is quick and easy! Jim Starwalt, Broker Associate RE/MAX Center, Phone: 847-548-2625 Jim@StarHomeFinders.com

Remington Homes: Save Big in March 2009!

Not only are the new prices extraordinarily low, but when you purchase a new home at Remington Grove in Johnsburg, Illinois or at Remington Pointe in Volo, Illinois - choose one of the following:

$10,000 in free options!
- or -
$7,500 in points or closing costs!

This is a limited time offer only! Offer ends on March 31, 2009.

For additional details on these new construction homes for sale, please check out my website at www.StarHomeFinders.com.
Jim Starwalt Thinking of making a move? Log onto my website at www.StarHomeFinders.com and search the Multiple Listing Service from over 150,000 homes for sale. Registering is quick and easy! Jim Starwalt, Broker Associate RE/MAX Center, Phone: 847-548-2625 Jim@StarHomeFinders.com

Open House: Remington Grove, Johnsburg Illinois

Open House on Sunday, March 8th 2009 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Location: Remington Grove Subdivision in Johnsburg Illinois. Located 2 miles north of Route 120 on Route 31 in Johnsburg.

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Special Price Reductions for the month of March.

HOMES PRICED FROM $239,900!

JOHNSBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT 12!

Tucked away in a corner of scenic McHenry county, Remington Grove boasts quality new homes in Johnsburg. This is a beautiful area that still maintains its small town charm. Great schools and old-fashioned values are just a few of the hallmarks of this quiet community. And Remington's single-family homes are the perfect addition to this family friendly neighborhood, offering traditional Midwestern exteriors and the latest interior floorplans. These innovative homes have all the modern conveniences and amenities today's homeowners demand - plus the signature architectural details that Remington homebuyers expect. Remington Grove is where old fashioned values meets today's mod…

Remington Homes: New Prices for March 2009!

Brand new construction home communities built by Remington Homes in Johnsburg, Illinois and Volo, Illinois.

Remington Pointe in Volo, Illinois and Remington Grove in Johnsburg, Illinois have released new pricing on their models for the month of March.

Ranch Floor Plans

Kendall Model: 1828 Sq Ft, 2 Bedroom with Den, 2 Bath, 2 Car Garage: $239,900.

Turnberry Model: 1944 Sq Ft, 2 Bedroom with Den, 2 Bath, 2 Car Garage: $247,900.

Alexandra Model: 2040 Sq Ft, 2 Bedroom with Den, 2 Bath, 2 Car Garage: $249,900.

Essex Model: 2253 Sq Ft, 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2 Car Garage: $259,900.

Manchester Model: 2483 Sq Ft, 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2 Car Garage: $279,900.
Two Story Floor Plans

Deerfield Model: 2156 Sq Ft, 3 Bedroom with Loft, 2.1 Bath, 2 Car Garage: $242,900.

Newbury Model: 2454 Sq Ft, 4 Bedroom, 2.1 Bath, 2 Car Garage: $264,900.

Sutton Model: 2689 Sq Ft, 4 Bedroom with Den, 2.1 Bath, 2 Car Garage: $274,900.

Fieldstone Model: 2824 Sq Ft, 4 Bedroom with Den, 2.1 Bath, 2 Car Garage: $278,900.

Bradford Model: 2…

Understanding the Housing Recovery Plan

Through my REMAX website, a monthly newsletter is published. This article is from the March Real Estate Advisor.

Understanding the Housing Recovery Plan

The recently announced Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan is a sweeping effort to stem the national tide of foreclosures and to help as many as 9 million homeowners stay current on their mortgages. Here's a look at what the plan will entail and who will be eligible for assistance.

Basics of the Plan

The nationwide foreclosure problem has caused a ripple effect of lowering home values throughout individual communities. The Obama administration's plan marks the largest government response since the beginning of the housing crisis. At its core are three main strategies:

1. Secure refinancing for as many as four million responsible homeowners, with the goal of making monthly payments more affordable
2. A $75 billion stability initiative to encourage lenders to modify loan terms for three to four million mortgages at risk of f…