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Realtors Tell Congress to Extend Tax Credit-Tampa, Fl

There is no official news that the tax credit will be extended past the Dec 1st deadline.  Realtors are campaigning to ask Congress to extend the credit for one year.

As a Realtor,  I can assure you that the $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit has definitely been a success.  Homebuyer interest and housing sales increased almost as soon as the ink was dry on the tax credit legislation.  Today’s lower prices and interest rates appeal to consumers, but it’s been the tax credit that has attracted people to open houses and to homeownership.  


From Beach Park Homes

That progress could grind to a halt sooner than you think.  Congress must act NOW to extend the credit through 2010.  Otherwise, uncertainty will return and the market might again be frozen — possibly as soon as October.

A homebuyer is eligible for the tax credit only if the home is “purchased” before December 1, 2009.  That means that buyers have to find a house, complete a contract, satisfy any contingencies, secure financing and go to closing by November 30.  Accomplishing those tasks by November 30 will become more difficult with every passing day.  In today’s market, it generally takes between 45 and 60 days to go from contract to closing.

The market has improved, but it has not yet fully corrected itself.  The credit needs to be extended for an additional period of time and expanded in order to build upon the progress that’s been made. Uncertainty about the future of the credit will dampen consumer demand.  The best way to assure continued housing activity is to extend and expand the credit and to do that NOW.

Questions?  email me: [email protected] 

Rae Catanese

Written by Rae Catanese, Realtor

Licensed Realtor since 2002, Tampa Bay’s own Rae Catanese regularly gives expert advice and insider tips about the Tampa Bay real estate market via her blog, The Tampa Real Estate Insider. If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the Tampa, St. Petersburg or Clearwater areas-then this blog is for you. I typically post articles once a week. To make sure you don’t miss my newest posts, you can subscribe here! Have a real estate question? Email me here!

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