Raymond Kerege - How To Find The Home Of Your Dreams

Different states have different programs and conditions for home-buying grants. The one thing they have in common is that all 50 states have explicit grants for first-time home buyers. Do your research and check what grants are available in the community you’re planning to move to. There are steps to follow when applying for a buyer grant. First, find a home buyer grant that fits you. Then, check the requirements of that grant program. Finally, find an approved lender and fill out all the application forms correctly. The HUD website is a great resource for buying a home, whether it’s your first or your tenth! (https://hud.gov) PENALTY-FREE IRA WITHDRAWALS FOR FIRST-TIMERS First-time home buyers are eligible to withdraw $10,000 during their lifetime from their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) without paying the 10% penalty for withdrawal before the age of 59½, assuming certain requirements are met. The biggest requirement is that the money must be used to buy or build a primary residence (not a vacation home). If you have a traditional IRA, you’ll have to pay income tax on the money withdrawn. Roth IRA accounts, however, aren’t subject to additional taxes as they are funded with money that has already been taxed. The $10,000 lifetime amount that can be withdrawn penalty-free from an IRA is specific to each individual; this means a couple could withdraw $20,000 combined to pay for their first home. The person withdrawing also doesn’t have to be the future homeowner — a person under the age of 59½ can qualify for the tax exemption if they are helping a child, grandchild, parent, or another immediate family member purchase their first home. The money withdrawn from either a traditional or Roth IRA must be used within 120 days or it becomes subject to the penalty, so be sure to plan ahead. Depleting your retirement savings is also risky business, as it might — over time — be more cost effective to keep the money earning interest rather than applying it to your down payment. Speak to a financial advisor for help with your specific situation. OTHER HOMEOWNER TAX BREAKS: • The Mortgage Interest Deduction. This is one of the most beneficial


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