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1000’s of Californians Whose Homes Were Foreclosed on or Sold at a Loss Would Get Tax Relief Under Measure Approved Thursday [4/8/2010] by the State Legislature

By Patrick McGreevy / Reporting from Sacramento

The bill would waive state taxes on mortgage debt that has been forgiven in a foreclosure or short sale. It is expected to affect about 34,000 taxpayers.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he would sign the measure, which would also provide about $60 million in tax credits to green-energy companies, when it reached his desk. Californians can already claim the tax breaks on federal returns.

Lawmakers passed the measure in time for people to take advantage of it by the April 15 deadline for filing tax returns.

The short-sale provision would mean about $34 million less in tax revenue for the state over three years, according to the Franchise Tax Board.

The “green” credits are a response to the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which provides grants to firms for power plants that produce renewable energy. The federal government does not tax the grant money. Under the bill approved Thursday, California would provide similar relief.

Other parts of the measure, SB 401 by Sen. Lois Wolk (D-Davis), were called tax increases by Republicans. Even though they supported the tax-relief element, several GOP members of the Senate and Assembly voted against the bill, which was opposed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn.

The changes would also make it harder to qualify a home as a principal residence for purposes of escaping capital gains taxes when the property is sold, and some penalties and interest charges to corporations would be increased, according to Therese M. Twomey, a principal consultant for the Senate Republican Policy Office.

These changes would bring in more than $10 million in new revenue over five years, Twomey said.

Vanishing Credits and Advantageous Interest Rates!

Just a short note to remind all of you regarding the upcoming expiration of the First Time Buyer’s Tax Credit and MBS-Mortgage Backed Securities.

(1) The First Time Buyer’s Tax Credit will still be applicable to your transaction(s) if you have a valid open escrow by no later than April 30, 2010, and that escrow closes by no later than June 30, 2010.

(2) The extremely advantageous interest rates for home loans are expected to remain low until the Feds discontinue their backing of MBS-Mortgage Backed Securities. The Feds are scheduled to cease buying MBSs at the end of this month – March 30, 2010. When that happens it’s projected home loan interest rates will begin to rise and probably go up at least 75 basis points (0.75%) in the near future. If you are already in escrow make sure your lender has locked your loan and, even if your escrow closes April 1st or after, the interest rate of your new loan is protected (for the duration of the lock).

(3) Current Interest Rates for 30-year Fixed Rate Loans as of 3/16/2010:

A) Conforming Loans at $417,000 or under – 4.75% with 1 pt.

B) Conforming Loans under $729,500 – 5.00% with 1 pt.

C) Jumbo Loans between $729,500 to $2,000,000 – 5.25% with 1 pt.

First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit 2010

Frequently Asked Questions About the First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit

The Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 has extended the tax credit of up to $8,000 for qualified first-time home buyers purchasing a principal residence. The tax credit now applies to sales occurring on or after January 1, 2009 and on or before April 30, 2010.   However, in cases where a binding sales contract is signed by April 30, 2010, a home purchase completed by June 30, 2010 will qualify.

For sales occurring after November 6, 2009, the Act establishes income limits of $125,000 for single taxpayers and $225,000 for married couples filing joint returns.

The income limits for sales occurring on or after January 1, 2009 and on or before November 6, 2009, are $75,000 for single taxpayers and $150,000 for married taxpayers filing joint returns.

The following questions and answers provide basic information about the tax credit. If you have more specific questions, we strongly encourage you to consult a qualified tax advisor or legal professional about your unique situation.

For the rest of the story, click on http://www.federalhousingtaxcredit.com/faq1.php

Newport Beach & Orange County, CA Traditional Real Estate Market Trends-March 2010

*The sellers of a 1,600 square-foot, 2-bedroom, 2-bath condominium want to move up. They have $200,000 in equity and an outstanding loan amount of $200,000 at 6%. The move-up seller’s monthly payment is $1935.77 including principal and interest, $1,199 .10; property tax, $366.67; and homeowners fee, $370.

For only a few hundred dollars more a month, these move-up sellers can purchase a newer 2,200-square-foot, 4-bedroom, 3-bath home for $550,000.have been lost in a little over two years.

Here’s how… (To read the full and current post of Orange County market trends of attached and detached homes with numerous CHARTS,  click on the following link.)

http://bit.ly/OCTraditionalMarketReport-March2010

Newport Beach & Orange County Real Estate Upscale Market Report for March 2010

Upscale Real Estate Market Reports for Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and all of Orange County, California:

One of the bright spots of the economy is the rise in economic indicators for the last ten months. But in January 2010, five of the ten indicators that rose weren’t the ones the
economy is watching most closely. Jobs, money supply, building permits and capital goods ordered all declined.

The home building industry posted its first production gains in years in January, but new home units are still 75% below where they were at the peak of the housing market. Further
hampering construction recovery are the rising costs of lumber and any goods derived from oil.

That’s a good thing for California home sellers, whose properties don’t need more competition. Foreclosed homes are being dumped on the market and selling at an average 28% discount (according to research by Zillow.com). This has driven housing prices to pre-boom levels.

What’s changed? Jobs – 8.4 million have been lost in a little over two years.

(To read the full post, click on the following link.)

http://bit.ly/OCUpscaleMarketReport-March2010

FHA Lifts 90-Day Anti-Flipping Waiting Period

Beginning Feb. 1, 2010,  housing regulators will suspend for one year a 90-day waiting period on property resales that it says has put FHA borrowers at a disadvantage in bidding on foreclosed properties.

The waiting period on FHA financing of resales was implemented in 2003 to protect the Federal Housing Administration’s mortgage insurance program from the impacts of home flipping. The policy did not apply to properties repossessed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or state- and federally chartered financial institutions. In 2008, FHA lifted the 90-day waiting period on resales of all bank-owned (REO) properties.

Now, although many other conditions still apply, the waiting period is being lifted on all resales — including properties purchased and rehabbed by private investors.

Research shows that acquiring, rehabilitating and reselling properties to prospective homeowners often takes less than 90 days, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) said in announcing the change.

Some sellers of foreclosed properties have been reluctant to enter into contracts from potential FHA buyers because of the cost of holding a property for 90 days, and the risks that a vacant property would be vandalized, HUD said. Lifting the waiting period “will allow homes to resell as quickly as possible, helping to stabilize real estate prices and to revitalize neighborhoods and communities,” HUD said.

Lenders must have supporting documentation or a second appraisal if the sales price of a property increases by more than 20 percent from the seller’s acquisition cost, HUD said in publishing the waiver requirements. The waiver does not apply to the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) for purchase program.

Contributions from Inman News, Monday, January 18, 2010.

40 Things That May Matter to Your Business in 2010

40 Things that may matter to your business in 2010, and 100 things to watch in 2010.
http://tinyurl.com/2010-100Things2Watch