Tuesday, July 07, 2009

The First Time Home buyers Tax Credit of $8000 can be used as a down payment


Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, said that the Federal Housing Administration is going to permit its lenders to allow homeowners to use the $8,000 tax credit as a down payment.

Marketing the tax credit to the Latino community can be a great way to generate new leads. Here are some ideas of what you can do to attract potential homebuyers.

First: I would include a bilingual version of the tax credit program on my website homepage. As everything that has anything to do with government, this program is not exempt of red tape and confusion. So why not prepare a short tax credit fact sheet in English and Spanish for your visitors. DO NOT forget to make easy for them to ask you questions about the program, that why you will be able to generate and later convert leads into prospective.

Second: Create a bilingual flyer highlighting FAQ about the program and blast Wal-Marts, local business, homeownership fairs and apartment complexes. Make sure to refer readers to your website for more information and leave your cell number and email for easy contact.

Lastly: I will blast the information online at the local level. Create a bilingual Google pay-per-click campaign targeting first time homebuyers in your town. Use keyword like “tax credit program” “first time home buyer” “government assistance”. Utilized the free services of Craiglist.org, post a new ad every couple days in the real estate and finance section of your home town, this will help you drive traffic to your website. Write a blog, if you have not done so; create a blog by using some free platform like Blogger.com and wordpress.com

Just keep in mind that if your strategy is educate and inform potential leads, they will appreciate and eventually would love the opportunity to work with you and find a home together.

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