Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tax Credit For Home Purchase Could Rise

A couple of weeks ago, I published an article on the pros and cons of buying a home in 2009, and one of the major pros on the list was the new homebuyers credit. Lately there has been a lot of talk surrounding the possibility of the same homebuyers tax credit being extended form $8,000 to $15,000.

This would come as a pleasant surprise to the many American taxpayers who have taken advantage of the credit, and could potentially provide another nice boost for the struggling real estate market. Will the change actually take effect this year? It is probably still too early to tell, but I certainly think it could be a possibility if the economy continues to struggle. For more information on the issue, check out the following story from USA Today.

Lawmakers and businesses are calling for expansion of a tax credit for first-time home buyers that has helped spark home sales in an otherwise dismal real estate market.

With the tax credit scheduled to expire in fall, some business groups say the amount of the credit, now capped at $8,000, should be raised to $15,000 and applied to anyone who buys a home.

First-time buyers make up a hefty 40% of home purchases, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), which is about 5 percentage points higher than the historical average.

The credit, introduced in July 2008, was expanded in February as part of the economic stimulus package. The proposals may face headwinds amid growing public criticism of government spending to rescue the economy and the widening budget deficit.

Some economists say a tax benefit is vital to spur home buying and help stabilize prices.

Continue reading this story, here.

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