Pick up the phone and make your voice heard


Via Brian Bean, Inland Empire Real Estate and Short Sale Pros, SoCal, 951-354-1313 (IE Real Estate Pros):

I’ll never understand the mentality on which Capitol Hill lawmakers work. I mean, I “understand” it, but I just don’t “get” it.

How can representatives whom we elect to do our bidding, to speak for us and look out for our best interests, turn around and leverage the needs of some people in a callous effort to shoehorn in their pet legislation?

Case in point: Extending the federal homebuyer tax credit.

After weeks of failed House and Senate bills packed with favored riders designed to satisfy the most influential donors to their campaigns, we finally saw some progress this week. The House on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a standalone bill to extend the deadline for homebuyers who were required to complete their deals by today. The new rules would would give those buyers until Sept. 30 to complete the purchases and qualify for a credit of up to $8,000. Turns out, the banks, title companies and escrow companies have been too swamped to get the work done in a timely manner, and so nearly 200,000 home buyers who have been in escrow since April 30 or earlier, are at risk of closing too late.

Now, essentially all that needs to happen is Senate agreement and a presidential signature. But the Senate is one vote shy of getting it done. Why? Because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., paired it up with an extension of unemployment benefits. So instead of focusing on the issue at hand, which has reached crisis point, uncaring politicians push taxpayers around the board like chess pieces, and pawns get sacrificed. The politics of overspending now overshadow the real issue: Correct the problem using money that already was earmarked in the budget and approved by the same lawmakers.

Reid is the author of the Senate bill. Call him today and express your disastisfaction. Let him know how disappointed you are in his lack of leadership, how sick you are of his demagoguery. While you’re at it, call your own Senators and make your point clear.

Contact info:

Reid, Harry – (D – NV)
(202) 224-3542
Web Form: reid.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm

Here is the link for all U.S. senators:


The National Association of Realtors estimates that 180,000 home buyers are going to miss the deadline to close their deals. Almost 10 percent of those buyers are in California. I wonder how many of those deals will fall out if the tax credit goes away…

(Brian Bean is a real estate broker and ambassador for Helping A Million Homeowners, a nationwide organization that is committed to helping alleviate the financial stress that so many homeowners face today. He can be reached directly at Brian@BigDreamInc.com.)

Brian Bean
Real Estate Professional

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About susanmorrison

After living in Walpole, MA for many years, our family was transferred to the west coast when I was a senior in high school. In 1983, I graduated from Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, California. I am also a 1987 graduate of Providence College with a major in liberal arts and a minor in business administration. I bring to the table many years of sales experience beginning with thirteen years in Corporate Sales at Delta Air Lines. I'm the mother of three children and I'm very active within the Franklin, MA community. I am also a cancer survivor and support the American Cancer Society Charities.

My husband and I have built five homes and I've lived in a variety of other locations including Toronto Canada, Irving Texas and my current home in Franklin, MA. As a result of all my moving around, I came to the conclusion that I was an expert at moving...why not become an expert on the other side of the table? I earned my real estate license in 2004 and believe that I have found my true niche'. I can empathize with my clients on a variety of levels; whether they are buying or selling. And, like so many other good realtors out there, I believe that possessing good communication skills is one of the many keys to success.

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