If you saw a nice home for sale near a college or university before your youngster began the fall semester, perhaps you could help that child -- or another potential first-time homebuyer in your family -- get into the door of that home while taking advantage of a terrific tax incentive at the same time. In a recent article, we explored the possibilities of owning an investment home near a college campus and having a college student live there as an alternative to an on-campus dormitory. What if your child were handed an $8,000 tax credit, or downpayment incentive, to purchase that home? Would that change the picture? There are still several loan programs that allow a "non-occupant" co-borrower (parent). The rules vary depending on the program, but the most popular optio...
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