Monthly Archives: June 2010

The Home Buyer Tax Credit for my new home was denied! What now?!

Home SalesWith an estimated 1.8 million homebuyer tax credit forms filed with 2009 taxes, the IRS has been given the extraordinary task of correctly processing the extra paperwork. There are limitations on filing these credit forms electronically, and each application should be accompanied by specific documentation. The physical mounds of paper probably threatens to overtake the average cubicle.

Let’s cut the IRS a break. It’s no wonder some mistakes are being made and checks are delayed.

Tax expert and regular

Equifax Personal Finance blog contributor Eva Rosenberg has tips for avoiding delays and advice to follow if you’ve already been erroneously denied. Her article, “

Home Buyer Tax Credit Cash: 7 Things You Need to Know When Filing for the Home Buyer Tax Credit,” advises documentation, documentation, documentation throughout the process.

If you haven’t filed your tax credit form yet, then be sure to send proof that you bought the house (papers from closing) as well as proof that you live there now (perhaps your drivers license). Address mix ups are happening, too, so be sure to file an official change of address form in addition to writing in your new address and checking the box that your address has changed.

If it’s too late and your request has already been rejected, try, try again. Resubmit your return with copies of all the documentation and a cover letter asking to be reconsidered quickly.

Rosenberg’s article gives numbers to call (and not to call) for help with your home buyer tax credit questions. Like all the information in the

Equifax Personal Finance blog, her advice is down-to-earth and easy to follow, so give it a try!

Conference in Charlotte for Builders and Remodelers

21cbec_logo_5cNationally-recognized speakers will come from across the United States to share knowledge of the home building industry. The 21st Century Building Expo & Conference is to be held September 15 – 17 in Charlotte, NC. This conference will offer an exceptional line-up of courses and seminars for everyone in the home building industry.

Courses were carefully selected to help builders and associates succeed and prosper in business after months of facing a difficult recession and housing sprawl. Several seminars will offer builders new marketing and sales techniques, such as The Art of Rediscovering Value, Sales Solutions for Builders on the Comeback, Advertising New Construction, Marketing Self-Help for Builders, Surviving and Thriving in Today’s Economy and Regaining Your Leadership in the Market.

Business-related courses will help your business and its bottom line: Project Management, QuickBooks Made Easy for Contractors, Reading Economic Keys to Score Big, Business Management for Building Professionals and Maximizing Profits are just a few.

Green building is one of the most new and outstanding trends in housing. Courses include The Ins & Outs of Energy Efficiency Programs for New Construction in NC, Cost Effective Wall Systems that Meet NC Energy Code Requirements, Green Building for Business Professionals and Building Energy Codes.

This conference will be beneficial for all builders and remodelers. Mark your calendar for the 21 Century Building Show & Expo, it could be life changing!

Too hot inside? What spring maintenance tips did you skip?

Air Conditioning RepairHomeowners in the Carolinas are settling into summer with temperatures in the 90s and humidity levels that no one outside the Southern US could believe. If it’s too hot in your home, you’ve probably already realized that you skipped a spring maintenance step or two – like changing out your filters and calling for a check up on the air conditioning unit that worked so hard for you last summer.

It makes a hot and sweaty homeowner stop and think – what else did I forget to do for my home this spring? When you buy a brand new Carolina home, things may still feel so new the first time spring or fall comes around that you forget there are things that must be done seasonally to make sure your home systems continue to run like new for a long time. Many new home builders will provide a check list for you to follow each season, either as part of a “welcome home” packet or on their web sites.

If you’re lacking such a checklist, look no further. The

Equifax Personal Finance blog gives tips about avoiding

Spring Home Maintenance Headaches. The blog includes lots of other tips too – on everything from real estate to retirement to credit. Now’s a good time to take a look and see what you forgot to do for your home. After all, it’s never too late to show your home some love!

Experience the magic of Venice at the 2010 STARS Awards Gala

Stars awardsBe a star at the 2010 STARS Awards Gala on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at the Hilton Charlotte Center City Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The STARS Awards are a centerpiece of the 21st Century Building Expo and Conference—the premiere building expo and conference in the Southeast. Each year, the gala salutes the outstanding professional performance of HBA members throughout the region by honoring the achievements of builders, associates, Realtors, media and advertising professionals, and many others who make major contributions to the residential home building industry. Local home builders associations are also honored for their outstanding achievements. With 47 categories to choose from, there is something for everyone!

Do you have a great project that deserves recognition? Do you need a creative way to make your product and company stand out above the competition? If so, enter the STARS Awards! To be eligible for consideration in the 2010 awards program, you must be a member of the National Association of Home Builders. Projects must have been completed between January 1, 2009 and July 31, 2010. Entrants can choose between two entry deadlines this year:

1) Early Bird deadline: All entries (fee and entry materials) must be received no later than July 12, 2010. Fee: $100 per entry

2) Regular deadline: All entries (fee and entry materials) must be received no later than July 21, 2010. Fee: $150 per entry

The official Call for Entries can be accessed at the following link:

If you would like a hard copy mailed to you, please contact Kathryn Atkinson at 919-676-9090 or to make a request.