Good News for First Time Home Buyers

Yesterday, President Obama signed the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka “the stimulus”) into law. While it is the largest spending bill in America’s history, and no one in Congress had fully read it, the much talked about perk for first time home buyers did make it into the bill. Here is a recap of what the final plan means for first time home buyers:


This is a better deal than I originally thought it was. I didn’t think the $15,000 credit which was rumored would ever fly. If you have been thinking or even dreaming about making your first home purchase, we are now in the perfect storm: high inventory, depressed prices, low interest rates, and not an $8,000 credit with very few strings attached! (In case you may have forgotten, I make my living as a real estate broker here in Memphis, so contact me if you have questions)

Today President Obama will travel to Phoenix, one of the Ground Zero locations of the housing crisis, to unveil his plan for housing relief. Should be interesting!

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