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First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit Loan Programs

The National Council of State Housing Agencies has additional information on HFA First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit Loan Programs.

From the website:
"The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided a federal income tax credit for first-time homebuyers of ten percent of the sales price, up to a maximum of $8,000, for the purchase of a new or existing home. The tax credit is available to qualified homebuyers who purchase a home before December 1, 2009.

To help buyers that need down payment and closing cost assistance when purchasing a home with the tax credit, a number of HFAs are offering special short-term second loans to qualified buyers. These loans are available for little or no interest and may be repaid with the homebuyer tax credit refund."

For first time home buyers, now is an excellent time to buy a home and take advantage of this temporary down payment program.

For more information on this incredible opportunity and for a referral to an excellent loan officer, …

17671 Windslow, Grayslake: Best Value! Tri Level Home, Beautiful Yard!

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Grayslake Aquatic Center

The Grayslake Aquatic Center is now accepting online registration for pool memberships and swimming lessons for the Summer 2009 season.

The website address is www.SwimGrayslake.com.

The website includes information on hours, fees, policies, benefits of a membership, information on parties, rentals and special events.

The opening day for the pool is May 23, 2009 at 12:00 pm. The 2009 pool season runs through the summer until Labor Day, September 7 2009.

The aquatic center features include a climbing wall, zero-depth beach, kiddie frog slide, 120' body slide, 180' tube slide, 12' diving area, lap lanes, sand play area, a concession stand and patio area.

The Grayslake Aquatic Center is the Esper A. Petersen Foundation
Family Aquatic Center, located at 250 Library Lane, Grayslake IL 60030.

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Great News for First-Time Home Buyers!

HUD recently announced that qualified First-Time Home Buyers who want to take advantage of the available tax credit of up to $8,000 now have another option available to them to help them become homeowners.

HUD's announcement now allows for prospective and qualified home buyers to borrow the money from approved agencies and lenders.

With home affordability higher than ever, available tax credits and some of the lowest interest rates ever recorded for home loans, as a first-time buyer there may never be a better time to buy a home than right now.

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127 Chesterton, Volo: Stunning Builder's Model For Sale!

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$8,000 Tax Credit as a Down Payment

The Federal Housing Administration is going to permit its lenders to allow home buyers to use the $8,000 tax credit as a down payment.

From Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development:

"We all want to enable FHA consumers to access the home buyer tax credit funds when they close on their home loans so that the cash can be used as a down payment.”

Also from Donovan: FHA’s approved lenders will be permitted to “monetize” the tax credit through short-term bridge loans. This will allow eligible home buyers to access the funds immediately at the closing table.

Donovan's remarks came in an address to Realtors on Tuesday morning at "The Real Estate Summit: Advancing the U.S. Economy," at the 2009 REALTORS Midyear Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo in Washington, D.C.

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342 Holiday, Hainesville: 2BR's + Loft, Finished Basement!

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5 Home Repairs You Can't Ignore

The current issue of Consumer Reports has an article on "5 Home Repairs You Shouldn't Ignore."

If you are a homeowner or looking for your first home, this article is worth reading.

The top 5 issues include:
Gutters
Roof and Siding
Pests
Mold and Mildew
Foundation Cracks

Click Here for the complete article from Consumer Reports.
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Saving Energy at Home

Learn how to save energy and money with your home.

Check out the U.S. Department of Energy website for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

You'll find tips on the following topics:

Buying efficient appliances and electronics.
Reducing electricity use.
Insulating and sealing your home.
Tips on lighting.
Energy efficient home design and remodeling.
Heating and cooling systems.
Landscaping for your climate and for shading.
Water heating.

The website provides additional resources to:

Calculate Your Energy Costs.

Conduct Your Own Energy Audit.

Consumer Energy Tax Incentives.
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