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Q: In your case, it may be good news that builders almost never finish new houses on time. In fact, a month late seems just about right to me. Have you asked previous buyers how close their initial estimate was to their actual completion date?

A: Good idea. I have a friend who has a house with the same builder, so I just sent her an email.

The more I think about the whole thing, the more upset I get at them for being so inflexible!! Am I crazy for even considering buying if I have to pay the capital gains? The tax will be either around 3000 or 6000 depending on what tax bracket we fall into.

The incentives that are included in the house are 23,000+ in upgrades for ~5000. Also, the next release of houses that they are having in a week or so will have a base price increase of 3-5000 plus they all have lot upgrades. So that is why we are considering the deal. It's just going to hurt bigtime to have to pay the capital gains tax next year. I don't think it's unreasonable to ask them to come down on their price or to extend the move-in date for us. Do you?

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