Saturday, February 14, 2009

Grab That Golden Housing Ring!

The NEWS is out! While the Economic Stimulus Package waits for President Obama to sign the bill, the Senate has passed the Economic Stimulus Bill, which included some good news for Home Buyers.

The President of the National Association of Realtors announced this morning, "So here's what we have achieved: 1) the loan limits will be raised to $727,000 in high cost areas, 2) the tax credit will be raised to $8,000 with NO payback [a true credit], 3) interest rates have come down 125-150 basis points, and 4) the bill has over $50 billion in it for foreclosure mitigation, with Geitners Treasury plan signaling that the second half of TARP and TALF will be used to mitigate foreclosures through a government guarantee, drive down interest rates by buying another $200-300 billion of mortgage paper from the GSES's thereby freeing them up to do the same with new mortgages, and Fannie has just agreed to lift the cap of 4 investment properties eligible for loans and raise it to 10."

While most people have ambivalent feelings about the costly Economic Stimulus Bill, it is almost here and you or someone you know might as well take advantage of it. There are certain qualifications first time homebuyers need to meet, but what an opportunity for new as well as move up buyers. Grasp that golden housing ring and run with it!

--Virginia Hall

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