Posted on June 1, 2009 by ERA Landmark
Bills Introduced to Extend, Expand Homebuyer Tax Credit
Several House members have introduced bills reflecting their support for the homebuyer tax credit and urging that it be expanded and extended. NAR is saluting their efforts, but has not endorsed any particular approach. The bills have differing details, but, taken together, all would have beneficial effects on the housing market. NAR anticipates additional bills in the near future. The bills introduced so far:
•H.R. 2562: Ron Kind (D-WI) and 3 bipartisan cosponsors. The bill extends the tax credit through December 1, 2010, but limits the extension to individuals who served for 3 months or more in the military during 2009.
•H.R. 2606: Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). The bill expands the credit to all purchasers, not just first-time purchasers. The bill extends the credit through December 31, 2010. Her bill also eliminates the repayment feature that applies to the $7500 2008 tax credit.
•H.R. 2619: Kenny Marchant (R-TX). The bill makes the credit available to all purchasers and also extends the credit through June 30, 2010. The bill also provides a temporary $3000 tax credit that has the effect of refunding the closing costs associated with refinancing a mortgage, so long as the refinanced amount was no greater than the outstanding balance on the mortgage being refinanced.
Thanks to National Association of Realtors for the info.