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New Home Buyer's Tax Credit Ensures Winter Home Sales

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By : Lauren Spencer    99 or more times read
Home sales over the past year or so have caused a mixed bag of emotions for many people. Many people have suffered a great deal of stress and anxiety over losing their homes and falling into foreclosure while many others are delighted with having the ability to buy into a market full of discounted homes, foreclosures, and short sales. While it is true that the real estate market is the cause of a lot of heartache for many Americans, it is also the case that the home sales are also helping to prop up a flailing economy this quarter.

The number of home sales has substantially picked up this fall and in fact, October home sales have finished higher than they’ve been in over two years. This is, in a large part, due to the fact that home buyers were racing to beat the expiration of the first time home buyer’s tax credit. Now that this credit has been extended until the end of April, however, we are sure to see another rush to buy when this deadline approaches.

The low mortgage rates have really helped the current trends in home buying. Even with fewer funds to go around, the reduced prices of homes in combination with these lower lender’s rates have created some ideal opportunities for home buyers, particularly those who’re looking to purchase their first home.

If home prices continue to fall, particularly with the home buyer’s tax credit still in place, then the home sales over the fall may just continue to exceed expectations. However, the sales that occur in late in the year tend to drop off in frequency as the weather worsens.

The increase in home sales has certainly helped the economy somewhat, though experts say that it needs support from a wider range of industries before it really starts to recover. With fewer and fewer homes on the market hopefully this will impact the home building industry soon as it is still struggling with a lack of business due to the glut of homes on the market due to foreclosures and short sales.

Hopefully we will see a slow but steady increase in not only home sales, but also a variety of other industries over this winter. The more confidence that we can put in the economy, the more we will benefit from the increased productivity that our dollars stimulate in it. Only time will tell how the economy will withstand the eventual withdrawal of government stimulus though.
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