December is notoriously the slowest month of the year in the real estate industry. Many home sellers tend to take their home off the market during the holidays, then relist it for sale within the upcoming new year, drastically dropping the inventory of homes for sale in December. With less inventory, real estate showings will...
Daily Real Estate News | Friday, January 04, 2013
A tax break for forgiven mortgage debt that was set to expire Dec. 31 was extended by lawmakers when they dodged the “fiscal cliff” this week.
The tax break, which has been extended to the end of 2013, allows home owners facing short sales, reduced loan principals, or foreclosures to avoid paying taxes on any debt still owed to the bank. Otherwise, the debt would have been taxed by the IRS as income.
The tax break first took effect in 2007.
Home owners had rushed to complete short sales before the end of the year out of fear that the tax break would not be extended.
In Florida, short sales have sold on average for about $103,000 less than what the home owner owed. As such, a typical home seller in that state in, say, the 25 percent tax bracket who completed a short sale in 2013 would have been faced with a $25,725 tax bill if the extension had expired.
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