Thanks for your question. Your answer is the first scenario on the IRS Q&A website regarding the first time home buyer tax credit.
The answer given on http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=206294,00.html is:
S1. If a single person (Taxpayer A) qualifies as a first-time homebuyer at the time he/she purchases a home with someone (Taxpayer B) that is not a first-time homebuyer and then later that year they marry each other, is the credit still allowed?
A. Eligibility for the first-time homebuyer credit is determined on the date of purchase. If Taxpayer A, a first-time homebuyer, buys a house and then later that year marries Taxpayer B, not a first-time homebuyer, the credit is allowable to Taxpayer A. Taxpayer A may take the maximum credit.
http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=206293,00.html will answer other questions that you have.
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