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Economic Stimulus Act Signed Into Law - What does it mean for homebuyers?

As I write this, the president is poised to sign the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, better known as the $787 billion Economic Stimulus Plan. There has been much speculation about what this plan might do for housing, real estate, homebuyers, and mortgages, ranging from 2.99% to 4.5% mortgage rates, $15,000 tax credits, and more, but when the dust settles and the plan is signed into law, the final effect will be quite different. 
The most important thing the finaliztion of this plan will accomplish is it will end that speculation. Over the past few weeks, I have spoken with dozens of homebuyers, realtors, financial planners, and fellow mortgage advisors about the economic situation and the stimulus ideas, and the overwhelming consensus was this: "I'm not doing anything until I see what comes out of the package."
This is exactly why finaliztion of the package is important: not because the package might contain some magic bullet that will stop foreclosures, recapitalize banks and restore Amercans' faith in the financial system; rather because finalizing it puts an end to further guesswork regarding its contents.
So what does the package contain for the average homebuyer?
$8000.
Section 1006 (page 54 of ... more

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