If you are a buyer in Baltimore City, you are probably aware of the CHAP tax credit that most knowledgeable builders are making use of. The trouble is that most buyers don’t understand the math behind the credit. 606 Eaton is a newly listed CHAP renovation in Brewers Hill. Here is a good example of how the credit works.
606 Eaton St was purchased in the winter of 2016. Before anything is done to the property, the appraiser from the CHAP office comes to put a value on the property. The pre-improvement appraisal amount for this property came in at $165,000.00. The pics below are before the builder started the renovation:
After the renovation was completed the CHAP appraiser comes back for the Post-improvement appraisal. The house turned out beautiful, see the pictures below. The post-improvement appraisal amount came in at $365,000.00.
CHAP tax credits: Here is the math breakdown:
CHAP appraisal before renovation is 165k
CHAP appraisal after renovation is 365k.
The “locked in” credit is 200k x 2.32 = $4640.00/year in taxes ($386.67/month)
So let’s say the state’s assessment after renovation is 350k.
Normal tax bill for the city portion is 350k x 2.32 = $8120/year ($676.67/month)
CHAP credit is $4640/year
TOTAL AMOUNT OF CITY TAX $8120 – $4640 = $3,480.00 ($290/month)
Buyer will save about $386.67 a month!
***These numbers are good estimates but not exact.
When purchasing a CHAP tax credit house it is important to get the CHAP appraised amounts so that you can calculate the taxes that the buyer will be paying. The above example should help you calluclate but in the event you still have questions, please contact Suzie Coronel atsuzie@CrabbyHomes.com or the cell number in the banner below.
CHAP tax credit renovation properties have been saving buyers a substantial amount in taxes for years. These types of Baltimore row homes hold more valuable because of the generous tax break. I did at recent blog titled 10 year CHAP tax credit renovations in Butchers Hill . That blog highlighted 3 CHAP tax credit renovations all in the popular Baltimore neighborhood Butchers Hill. Since that was published all 3 of those active Baltimore City homes for sale are now under contract and set to settle in March 2017.
When explaining the tax credit, most are vegue in the details. When I explain it to Baltimore City buyers, I try to give them round number within my example to keep things easy to calculate.
Here is the example that I tend to use:
CHAP appraisal before renovation is 100k
CHAP appraisal after renovation is 300k.
The “locked in” credit is 200k x 2.32 = $4640.00/year in taxes ($386.67/month)
So let’s say the state’s assessment after renovation is 290k.
Normal tax bill for the city portion is 290k x 2.32 = $6,728/year
CHAP credit is $4640/year
TOTAL AMOUNT OF CITY TAX $6728 – $4640 = $2088.00
When purchasing a CHAP tax credit house it is important to get the CHAP appraised amounts so that you can calculate the taxes that the buyer will be paying. The above example should help you calluclate but in the event you still have questions, please contact Suzie Coronel at suzie@CrabbyHomes.com or the cell number in the banner below.
If you are like most first time home buyers you might be overwhelmed by down payment and closing costs that come with buying a home. While a good agent will help you to negotiate seller help they should also be knowledgeable about the resources available to you through Live Baltimore. Savvy buyers can use these incentives combined with state programs leaving their out of pocket expenses next to nothing. As with the MMP there are certain prerequisites, but most first time home buyers are eligible for one if not more of these programs. Also, as with the MMP, you must attend the FTHB class, complete your one on one counseling, and receive your certificate to be eligible prior to entering a contract.
Home Ownership Assistance Program:
The community block grant (CDBG) you can qualify for $5000.00 toward your fist home.
You should know:
- Your household income should be less than 80% of the area median income
- This is a five year forgivable loan which means your balance is forgiven by 20% every year until you no longer owe, not a bad deal!
- You must receive a HQS (housing quality home inspection) on the property. This means you must use a home inspector with this certification.
Baltimore Employer-Based incentives: are among the easiest to understand, receive, and qualify for.
There are several, here are just a few of the most popular:
1. Live Near Your Work: provides between $2,000-$17,000 to homebuyers. The amount you are eligible for depends on where you work and where you buy in proximity to your work. You can ask your employer if they participate in this program.
2. Good Neighbor Next Door: This incentive is for Baltimore city teacher’s grade K-12, fire fighters/EMTs, and police officers. You must commit to living in the home for at least 3 years and must choose a home from city specific/HUD homes.
3. Baltimore city Employee Homeownership Incentive: is a deferred forgivable loan up to $5,000 that depreciates by 20% every year you live in the home. Employee for city agencies who are employed by the mayor and city council qualify. Also your mortgage can not exceed $417,000.00, you must put $1000.00 of your own money toward the purchase, and one person per household may apply.
MMP “You’ve Earned It” : is a special interest rate and down payment assistance program for those with high student loan dept.
- This is a deferred loan and will have to be paid back at time of sale of property without interest
- Buyer must have at least $25,000.00 in student debt
- Interest rate is a .25 percentage point under
- Mortgage loan cannot exceed $525,901.00
- Homebuyer must invest at least $1000.00 of personal funds
Buying into Baltimore: is a $5000.00 incentive that can be used to buy a home anywhere in Baltimore City. There are two events: a spring/summer and fall/winter. 20 individuals will be selected by a lottery to receive awards. You need to know:
- Mortgage amount cannot exceed $517,000.00.
- Applicants have ten business days after attending to enter into a contract on a home and submit the application to be eligible for the lottery.
- Winners must close within 60 days for being selected.
- Co-signers, cash sales, or owner financing are not permitted.
- No short sales, no foreclosures, and no new construction will be considered.
- Home buyer must invest at least $1000.00 from personal resources
Most new Maryland buyers ask for the seller(s) for contribution towards the down payment and other upfront closing costs they need to buy their first home. While a good agent can help you negotiate seller concession, also known as seller help or seller contribution toward closing there are other resources available to you. The Maryland Mortgage Program (MMP) is a down payment assistance program offered to first time home buyers looking to purchase in the state of Maryland. While it is not “free money” it is a 0% interest deferred loan. This loan will give you up to $5,000.00 toward your down payment and is paid off only when you sell without interest.
**To be eligible for this program applicants must be:
- First time home buyers, who have never owned (or held title for) a principal residence anywhere in the last three years.
- Purchasing the home to use as their primary residence. Home may NOT be used as an investment property or rental.
- Able to complete a Homebuyer Education course. *This course needs to be finished, your one on one counseling session completed, and you should have your certificate in hand prior to making an offer or gong under contract on a home.
- Making a MAXIMUM income of $108,600.00 (for 1-2 people) or $126,700.00 (for a household of 3).
**Other important factors that apply outside of being approved include:
- Your current debt, employment status, and credit history.
- Loan type:
· FHA loans require a minimum credit score of 660.
· Conventional loans require a minim credit score of 640.
- Your debt-to-income ratio must also meet the loan requirements for your loan type.
**Important details you’ll need to know:
- Your new mortage loan cannot exceed $525,901.00.
- You CAN use this program with other grant incentives.
- Home buyer must use an approved lender.
Programs like this have helped the majority of my first time home buyers afford their new home. If you are interested in learning more about the MMP please contact Meighan Sweeney at Meighan@CrabbyHomes.com
Butchers Hill home buyers who are looking for a 10 year CHAP tax credit renovation have some great options. Many buyers will think that a total renovation is going to be way out of their budget. The truth is that Butchers Hill properties are just as diverse as it’s residences. Below I have 3 available CHAP tax credit homes that offer 3 different layouts at 3 different price points.
315 S Washington St – Butchers Hill – $325,000.00
Full CHAP pending, pre-construction appriasal is 115k
3 levels above ground
1 mastersuite on the 3rd level – complete with roof deck access, a full bath, and a sitting room
2 bedrooms share the 2nd level with a full bath inbetween
On the main level is a bright white kitchen, separate dinning room , large living room
This home has a 2 tier deck and an exterior storage shed in the rear.
411 S Washington St – Butchers Hill – $344,900.00
Full CHAP pending, pre-construction appriasal is 125K
3 finished levels, including a fully finished basement
2 bedrooms on the second level – a master w/ private bath and a 2nd bedroom with use of hallway bath
Main level has an open layout living area, separate dinning room and kitchen with breakfast bar
Basement is fully finished complete with a third bedroom, full bath and laundry area
This home also has a 2 tier deck starting from the 2nd level as well as a patio leading off the main level kitchen
2025 Bank St – Butchers Hill – $439,000.00
Full CHAP pending, pre-construction appriasal is 150K
Top 3 levels had an addition built on to the back
4 finished levels of living space
Top level has 2 bedrooms and a shared full bath
2nd level has master bedroom/full bath aside an additional bedroom with hallway full bath
Laundry is also on the 2nd level
Main level is set up for the entertainer- large living room, gourmet kitcken and separate dinning room with a walk out patio
Basement is fully finished with the 5th bedroom and full bath.
If you’d like to see any of these from Mason Properties of Baltimore, a favorite local builder, please contact Suzie Coronel. If you would like to better understand the CHAP credit, don’t hestitate to call!