Accordign to a recent National Association of Realtors email we achieved the following with the passing of the most recent stimulus bill:
1) the loan limits will be raised to $727,000 in high cost areas
2) the tax credit will be raised to $8,000 with NO payback [a true credit]
3) interest rates have come down 125-150 basis points
4) the bill has over $50 billion in it for foreclosure mitigation, with Geitners Treasury plan signaling that the second half of TARP and TALF will be used to mitigate foreclosures through a government guarantee, drive down interest rates by buying another $200-300 billion of mortgage paper from the GSES’s thereby freeing them up to do the same with new mortgages, and Fannie has just agreed to lift the cap of 4 investment properties eligible for loans and raise it to 10.