More Demand, More Sales--More Sales, More Buyers and Sellers

In spite of the billions of dollars spent and given away to Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae plus numerous other banks and institutions, in spite of the many government loan modification programs and federal homeowner help programs, loan streamlining programs ... but so many buyers are still reluctant to buy. Yes, there are more limitations on types of loans available, basically buyers have a choice between 3.5% down payment (FHA), 10% and 20%+ down payment loans (conventional). There are some first time buyer programs, there are still VA loans, but most buyers are going to fit in the middle of the distribution curve on the first 3 types of opportunities.

There needs to be even more incentive(s) if there is to be a return to a real estate market where there are properties closing escrow with move-up buyers. Why, especially in California which is still a higher-priced market than other states, should only first-time buyers under a certain income level be eligible for the $8000 tax credit? Why not make it available to anyone who purchases a home? or an investment property? I've been meeting people lately who have certain assets, sense that the bottom of the market may be getting closer but they're still unsure, and this credit might give them the incentive to finally make the move off the fence.

Another suggestion has been to put a moratorium on the capital gains tax for future sales of residential property purchased in 2009 and 2010 which might encourage these capable but indecisive buyers to finally make a move into the market. Yes, a strong increase in sales has been occuring in 2009, but it's also at the lower end of the market. Think of the buyer who might otherwise put an offer on a high end property if these other incentives were in place.

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