New $10,000 California First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit Proposed

In the final state of the state address of his gubernatorial career, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed a second round of $10,000 first time home buyer tax credit. The previous tax credit depleted eight months before the deadline after benefiting almost 10,700 California home buyers. The Franchise Tax Board stopped taking new applications at the start of July, 2009.

What this means is if this proposal is indeed passed California First Time Home Buyers can potentially get $18,000 in Tax credits. There is a Federal Tax Credit of $8000 + the new proposed $10000 California First Time Home Buyer tax Credit.

Tax credit proposal if passed will have following highlights:

  • The Governor plans to set aside $200 million, twice the amount set aside last year. The credit will be offered on a first come first served basis till the fund is exhausted.
  • The tax credit will apply to buyers of new & existing homes. The last credit was only applicable to new homes.
  • The tax credit will be available only to first time home buyers.
  • The tax credit will be $10,000 or 5% of the purchase price whichever is lower.
At a press conference in Fresno this is what the Governor has to say about the proposed Tax Credit:  "Altogether we want to put aside $200 million for these tax credits. Right now the inventory of new homes is at the lowest it has been since 1971 and that means, of course, now we create demand to build new homes and that’s exactly what we want to do. We want to get people off the fence and move them into homes."

Combined with historical low interest rates and 30%-40% dip in property prices, this could be once in a lifetime opportunity for a First Time Home Buyer to buy a home in California.

If you were considering buying your first home, contact me at 408.905.6261 or and I will be glad to help you with your financing needs.



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Comment balloon 4 commentsShashank Shekhar • January 14 2010 08:59PM


California has no money...where is the money going to come from?

Posted by Jerry Wilson, California Loan Officer-Retired (Paramount Residential Mortgage Group) over 9 years ago

Jerry - Thats surprises me too. Also given the fact that inventory is already low in CA, I am not sure we needed another tax credit for First Time Home Buyers.

Posted by Shashank Shekhar, San Jose, CA Mortgage Broker/Lender (Arcus Lending) over 9 years ago

so nothing for repeated homebuyers?  I owned a home with my husband before now i'm purchasing one on my own??

Posted by judy cooper over 9 years ago


State of CA doesnt have anything for repeat homebuyers. But Federal Government does have a $6500 credit if you qualify. Call me at 408.905.6261 or email me at and I can give you more information.

Posted by Shashank Shekhar, San Jose, CA Mortgage Broker/Lender (Arcus Lending) over 9 years ago