Do you qualify for the Ocala first time buyers tax credit? If you haven’t owned a house in the past 3 years you probably do qualify. This is free money. You don’t have to pay it back. You don’t need to owe $8,000- in taxes.
You do need to start looking for a house soon. The tax credit expires the end of this year. In order to close by the end of 09 you will need to be under contract by mid November at the very latest.
Not all offers get accepted. Deals fall apart for a lot of reasons. Don’t wait for the last minute. Start shopping early for the best deal.