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. $139,140

2. $158,940

3. $178,740

4. $198,540

5. $214,560

6. $230,400

7. $246,240

8. $262,080

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