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Today the House of Representatives voted 409 to 5 to give home buyers three more months to close on their purchases and still qualify for the $8,000 or $6,500 federal income tax credit.

The House bill extends the closing deadline to September 30, 2010.

Now the Senate must approve the new, stand-alone House bill. But the Senate has already shown support and approval of the measure by having passed their own version of the bill last week.

The House bill doesn’t help anyone currently shopping for a home. Buyers must have signed a purchase contact by April 30 to qualify for the tax break. The issues currently is that many who now qualify for the credit may not be able to close their transaction in time. That is by July 1, 2010.

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