Extending the Tax Credit

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REALOGY SUPPORTS NEW BI-PARTISAN SENATE BILL TO EXTEND FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYER TAX CREDIT FOR 6 MONTHS 

 

CEO Richard A. Smith Applauds Proposed Extension as
‘An Important Next Step’ and will Continue Efforts to Expand the Tax Credit to All Homebuyers

 

PARSIPPANY, N.J., September 17, 2009Realogy Corporation, a global provider of real estate and relocation services, today announced its support of a bi-partisan Senate bill (S. 1678) introduced last night that would create a six-month extension of the $8,000 federal tax credit for first-time homebuyers and move the current expiration date forward to June 1, 2010.

 

“This is an important next step for maintaining positive momentum toward a recovery in the housing markets and the overall U.S. economy,” said Realogy President & CEO Richard A. Smith, who also serves as chair of the Business Roundtable’s Housing Working Group. “While we applaud this effort and support passage of this prudent and necessary legislation, we also want to make it clear that we will continue to work with Congress to broaden the scope of the credit.

 

“Specifically, Realogy supports expanding the existing first-time homebuyer tax credit to all homebuyers of a principal residence, increasing the size of the tax credit, and eliminating the existing income eligibility caps, all of which we believe are critical to the ‘move-up’ or repeat buyers who we expect will drive the essential second phase of a housing recovery.

 

“We believe that stimulating demand for housing – particularly in the repeat buyer or ‘move-up’ market – is the most effective way for Congress to truly accelerate a broader economic recovery,” said Smith.

 

The bill was introduced last night by U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), along with Senators John Ensign (R-NV), Harry Reid (D-NV), Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). The current tax credit provision for first-time homebuyers, passed as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, expires December 1, 2009.  According to the most recent data from the Department of the Treasury, nearly 530,000 Americans have applied for the tax cut to help them purchase their first home. About 40 percent of all homebuyers this year will be eligible for the tax credit.

 

About Realogy Corporation

Realogy Corporation, a global provider of real estate and relocation services, has a diversified business model that includes real estate franchising, brokerage, relocation and title services. Realogy’s world-renowned brands and business units include Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, The Corcoran Group®, ERA®, Sotheby’s International Realty®, NRT LLC, Cartus and Title Resource Group. Collectively, Realogy’s franchise systems have approximately 14,400 offices and 270,000 sales associates doing business in 93 countries around the world.

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About Michelle Nantz

There are many qualities and skills that go into being an excellent real estate professional: integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, marketing savvy, effective negotiation skills, and a high-quality professional network ~ all of which are hallmarks of Michelle Nantz. In 2003, Michelle began her career in real estate, after a successful career in restaurant and hotel management with her last position as Regional Director of Operations running 56 hotels throughout two states. She owes her success in real estate and management to her expertise in people skills, managing, negotiating, and follow-up. However, it is Michelle’s dedication to quality service that she ultimately credits her success. Michelle shared, “In my experience as a Lake Norman real estate professional, I’ve found that providing the very best service is essentially about putting my clients first. This means keeping myself accessible, being a good listener as well as a good communicator, and responding quickly to their needs.” This “client first” philosophy combined with continual personal improvement and keeping up-to-date with the latest technologies is a cornerstone of both Michelle’s and Lake Norman Realty’s business philosophy. In addition to Michelle’s extensive real estate education and her experience in the local market, she is also an Accredited Staging Professional®, which brings additional value to marketing her clients’ homes. Michelle and her family have made the Lake Norman area their home for over 10 years. In her rare leisure moments, you’ll find Michelle with her three children and husband, or unwinding with gardening or reading. “I live and work in this community and only have the best interests of our community and its members in mind,” says Michelle. Her community activities include participation in Denver Days, Relay for Life and support for Christian Ministries and area schools.
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