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homeowners_1217RISMEDIA, December 17, 2009—Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC announced the findings from a new survey that looked at how the recently expanded federal homebuyer tax credit, which opened up the credit to existing homeowners, might impact the economy. Of the more than 1,000 homeowners surveyed, 83% responded that if they were to purchase a home and qualify for the tax credit, they would engage in “smart spending” or put the money toward paying off existing debts, home improvements, savings/investments, or everyday household expenses. Only 6% of respondents indicated that they would spend the money on what are commonly referred to as luxury items such as a vacation or a shopping spree.

According to the survey, the top way homeowners would spend their $6,500 tax credit in a “smart” way would be to pay off debts (34%), followed closely by making home improvements (29%) and putting it into savings and investments (28%).

In addition, Coldwell Banker Real Estate found that 20% of homeowners indicated they were more likely to consider purchasing a home than they were six months ago, after learning about the $6,500 federal tax credit. The tax credit, which previously was only for first-time homebuyers, is now available to existing homeowners who sign a binding contract before April 30, 2010 and close on the purchase of a home before June 30, 2010.

“I was fortunate enough to visit Capitol Hill and speak with legislators prior to the extension and expansion of the first-time homebuyer tax credit in November, and I congratulate Congress and the Administration on the passage of the ‘The Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009’,” said Jim Gillespie, president and chief executive officer, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. “The National Association of Realtors recently reported that 47% of 2009 home sales were to first-time homebuyers, so clearly the initial tax credit worked. Our survey offers positive indicators that there are more existing homeowners considering a home purchase today than there were six months ago, and the majority of respondents say they would engage in ‘smart spending’ that would directly benefit the U.S. economy.”

For more information, visit www.coldwellbanker.com.

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