How does tax reform affect real estate tax incentives?

Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors Advice, Update

April 15 is just around the corner, but this year’s Tax Day is different compared to many others. That’s because this is the first time taxpayers will file their taxes using the new rules from Congress’ tax overhaul. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 reformed many parts of the U.S. tax code, including several areas related to real estate. Here’s a summary of how the tax law affects many popular real estate tax provisions: Standard interest deduction     Congress essentially doubled the standard deduction from $6,350 to $12,000 for single filers and from $12,700 to $24,000 for those filing jointly. While that’s good news for some taxpayers, it does mean fewer people will itemize their returns, thus being …

Down Payment Assistance for First Time Home Buyers in Davis County.

Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors Advice, Update

The Davis Community Housing Authority now has a down payment assistance for first time home buyers purchasing homes in Davis County.  Grants are up to $10,000 for qualified first time home buyers, the purchase price cannot exceed $325,000 and are not available in Clearfield, Fruit Heights, Layton and South Weber. For additional information or to apply for a grant, please contact Mary Swanstrom at 801-939-9198 or dchamswanstrom@xmission.com. Or visit: http://www.daviscommunityhousing.com/other-programs

New loan limits help Northern Utah buyers

Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors Update

Christmas came early for house-hunters in Box Elder, Davis, Morgan and Weber counties when two federal agencies announced homebuyers in these areas will have greater access to mortgage loans. The first announcement came from the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which said it will raise the conforming loan limit 6.9 percent in 2019 from $453,100 to $484,350. This applies to all counties in Utah except Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele, which the government considers high-cost areas. Salt Lake and Tooele counties will have a limit of $600,300, and Summit will max out at $726,525. The new limits go into effect Jan. 1, 2019. This is an important change because conforming loans can be one of the most affordable mortgage types. Local …