Thursday, October 29, 2009

Happy Day! Phillies Win & The Senate Moves Towards a Tax Credit Extension

Robin Roberts A WhiZ Kid!Image by reeltor99 via Flickr

Its hard to decide what to write about this morning. Last night the Phillies faced the Yankees in the World Series for the first time since 1950 (when the Whiz Kids took on the New York Team) and they won - even though the game was in New York. That's really exciting for a city where sports are such an important part of our history and our culture, not to mention that it was an auspicious start for a historic series, the first World Series repeat in the team's history.

If that weren't enough, there was news yesterday that the Senate had reached agreement on extending the $8,000 first time homebuyer's credit until June of 2010 - with a potential $6500 tax credit for people that had bought and owned homes for 5 years or more. In our city, where prices are moderate, first time home buyers are a major part of the real estate market, and those amounts are significant to home buyers that news is incredibly good.

We have already seen the real estate market improve every quarter of this year to date, stimulated by the tax credit, great mortgage rates, and moderate prices. Though the lack of mortgage liquidity negatively impacted the attempts of some buyers to gain entry to home ownership, on the whole , the true worry was whether the gains in the market would be sustainable - with the extension of the tax credit through the spring, that question would be answered.

Now the next question for buyers is whether they will be smart enough to act early and avoid the inevitable upward pressure on price that such activity should create, and whether the mortgage market will increase credit liquidity amid the signs of economic recovery.

Of course for this week in Philadelphia,more people may be worrying about whether the Phillies can sustain their early lead this evening in New York, and then Saturday and Sunday night when they return to Philadelphia ;-)

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