Homeowners in the lurch
The number of people impacted by the possible loss of credits has been said to be 80,000 while other media outlets say it’s as high as 200,000.
The Senate originally approved a large bill which included extending the closing date to September 30th because many of the buyers are involved in short sales, but the bill failed to pass in Congress.
In a last-minute-before-the-bomb-goes-off Macguyver style move yesterday, Congress almost unanimously approved standalone bill HR 5623 focused on the homebuyer tax credit.
The House is expected to take up the legislation again today, but until the ink dries, we’ll be holding our breath because the Senate bill introduced last night is not standalone, it includes the contentious unemployment benefits extension, so we’ll see if it passes today. Perhaps the pressure of today’s deadline will force the Senate’s hand… there will be some major nail biting today.
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