DC First-Time Homebuyer Defined

A “first-time District homebuyer” is defined as an individual purchaser who has never owned eligible property as the individual’s principal residence.  D.C. Official Code § 42-1101(16).  The term also includes an individual who has divorced or separated and who, by a written settlement agreement or court order, did not obtain an ownership interest in a principal residence that had previously been jointly owned.  In order for a deed to qualify for the reduced rate, each grantee named in the deed must be a first-time District homebuyer.

As a first-time District homebuyer, in order to qualify for the recordation tax reduction, the household income must not exceed the following thresholds:  

Persons in Household Household Income Limits
1 $147,780
2 $168,840
3 $189,900
4 $210,960
5 $227,880
6 $244,800
7 $261,720
8 $278,640









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