RISMEDIA, September 21, 2009—Realogy Corporation, a global provider of real estate and relocation services, announced its support of a bi-partisan Senate bill (S. 1678) recently introduced that would create a six-month extension of the $8,000 federal tax credit for first-time homebuyers and move the current expiration date forward to June 1, 2010.
“This is an important next step for maintaining positive momentum toward a recovery in the housing markets and the overall U.S. economy,” said Realogy President & CEO Richard A. Smith, who also serves as chair of the Business Roundtable’s Housing Working Group. “While we applaud this effort and support passage of this prudent and necessary legislation, we also want to make it clear that we will continue to work with Congress to broaden the scope of the credit.
“Specifically, Realogy supports expanding the existing first-time homebuyer tax credit to all homebuyers of a principal residence, increasing the size of the tax credit, and eliminating the existing income eligibility caps, all of which we believe are critical to the ‘move-up’ or repeat buyers who we expect will drive the essential second phase of a housing recovery.
“We believe that stimulating demand for housing – particularly in the repeat buyer or ‘move-up’ market – is the most effective way for Congress to truly accelerate a broader economic recovery,” said Smith.
The bill was introduced by U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), along with Senators John Ensign (R-NV), Harry Reid (D-NV), Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). The current tax credit provision for first-time homebuyers, passed as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, expires December 1, 2009. According to the most recent data from the Department of the Treasury, nearly 530,000 Americans have applied for the tax cut to help them purchase their first home. About 40% of all homebuyers this year will be eligible for the tax credit.
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