Will Short-Term Government Help Bring Long Term Good?

Real Estate Agent with Curtis Johnson Realty

hat, moneyGovernment intervention helped many eager homebuyers to buy homes in the last year and a half, promising them an $8,000 tax credit if they did. This temporarily helped revive home sales, but is it a good deal in the long run?

The Florida Association of Realtors thought so and tried to lobby to expand the credit. Others, speaking from the real estate side, and the home building side, think that the long term credit could overcorrect the mortgage industry -especially since the Federal Reserve also bought mortgage -backed securities to keep interest low. The government also bailed out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the nation's two largest mortgage lenders.

Unfortunately, it seems as though we may be on track for the government to control all aspects of the mortgage industry. If our government had a record of accomplishment for managing money wisely, this might not be such a concern. However, we all know that isn't exactly the case.  Of course, the long term impact of the credits is not yet known.

It may not have been the best time for some families to buy, but with the government dangling a carrot of extra money, many families gave into the temptation. Hopefully, these loans will remain stable and not become foreclosure statistics.

Any good effects the credit had on residential real estate did nothing to over a million commercial real estate loans that will end between 2010 and 2014, and it is clear that we are not out the woods. Florida-and Arizona-have some of the largest commercial real estate markets, so they will probably take some of the worst from this, just as they did in the residential market.

Are you interested in buying a home for your family, even though you may have missed the government's cut off for a tax credit? If so, call the Curtis Johnson team today. The Curtis Johnson team will be here to help you buy or sell your home, and our help does not have a deadline. Go to www.curtisjohnson.com or call 1-888-Curtis-J.

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Rich Sellers
Rich Sellers Lake Arrowhead, CA (Coldwell Banker) - Lake Arrowhead, CA
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Great info! Thanks for the post!

May 13, 2010 02:26 AM #1
Dan Benefield
Benefield Realty - Decatur, GA

Good info Curtis. Although I believe there is a big difference between a tax credit and a government bailout. I agree with you that we are far from out of the woods yet. Have a great week.

May 13, 2010 02:34 AM #2
Bryan Watkins
LRA Real Estate Group - Mesa, AZ

Curtis, I have read that prices will slow down and dip until the end of the year. There is so much uncertainty still. good post.

May 13, 2010 02:49 AM #3
Curtis Johnson
Curtis Johnson Realty - Gilbert, AZ

Thanks for your comments. With current low interest rates, homes are still a good deal fo families.

Jul 04, 2010 01:04 AM #4
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