A recent study and market analysis show the extension of the first-time home buyer tax credit and the addition of credit for existing homeowners is working for our economy. But the credits are set to expire in April and interest rates are beginning to rise from their near historic lows so the time to buy is now.
“Twenty percent of homeowners are more likely to consider purchasing a home than they were six months ago, thanks to the revised $6,500 federal tax credit, according to the survey.”
Coldwell Banker conducted the survey of over a thousand homeowners and found that the vast majority planned to use the money on “smart spending” that pays off existing debts, goes to home improvements, savings and household expenses. All of which aid our economy by increasing consumer confidence. That’s good news for existing homeowners.
“This may mean the move-up buyer is back in the marketplace,” said Jim Gillespie, chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker. “We’ve got a strong market for the first-time buyer and a strong market for investors. The move-up buyer has been sitting on the fence but hopefully the $6,500 tax credit will stir him to contact a realtor.”