from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who is in the process of buying a home.

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  • n. A person who buys or plans to buy a house.


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Compound word first used in the late 1960's formed from home + buyer.


  • The government also has a fairly loose definition of what constitutes a first-time homebuyer, which is defined as someone who has no "present interest" in a main home during a two-year period prior to the date of acquisition of the new home.

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  • AP calls the homebuyer addition "a victory for Republicans eager to leave their mark on a mammoth economic stimulus bill at the heart of President Obama's recovery plan."

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  • A National Homeownership Summit attended by President Clinton attracted 1,400 people in June 1996; the Partnership launched a National Homeownership Week in June 1997; and this past year more than 600 events, such as homebuyer fairs, took place across the country.

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  • Mark Vitner, senior economist at Wells Fargo, said the weak reports point to an economy struggling to wean itself from government stimulus programs such as homebuyer tax credits and other supports. Breaking News | Web Feeds

  • Factors such as homebuyer tax credits, low mortgage rates, and more affordable prices were cited as leading to more potential buyers.

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  • In the U.S., the first time "homebuyer" tax credit, the "cash for clunkers" of housing, provided significant stimulation on the lower end, driving sales and a noteworthy bounce in prices.

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  • The company's contracts have plunged recently because of the expiration of the government's first-time homebuyer tax credit, which ended last spring after a rush of buyers flocked to secure it.

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  • That suggests that the slump in sales that followed April's expiration of homebuyer tax credits ha s begun to ease.

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  • There is no loan forgiveness for the overaggressive homebuyer.

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  • But if you're looking at the macro data, where in the spring of last year, a time where prices were going up and demand and supply was increasing, but that was all driven with the fact with these first-time homebuyer tax credit.

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