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Tulsa Apartments: Finding the Right Time to Rent

Tulsa, OK, like the rest of the country, is struggling. Homebuyers and home sellers are working hard to solve financial differences, just to move the real estate along. But if you are not ready to buy, renting an apartment in Tulsa is a good alternative. There's been some interesting news coming in from Washington, about stimulus packages and plans to fix the current economic crises, but for the most part these will take a long time to enact.

A new tax credit of up to $8,000 for first-time homebuyers that's being included in the economic stimulus package was far less than the homebuilding industry wanted, and analysts expect it will provide only a modest boost to the battered U.S. housing market.

The tax credit is part of the economic stimulus package expected to be signed by President Barack Obama on Monday.

It was scaled back from a Senate proposal of $15,000 and limited to first-time buyers who act between the start of this year and the end of November.

The credit for 10 percent of the value of a home, up to $8,000 was estimated to cost the government $6.6 billion.

It starts phasing out for couples with incomes above $150,000 and single filers with incomes above $75,000. Buyers will have to repay the credit if they sell their homes within three years.

Struggling homebuilders, already looking ahead to the traditional spring selling season, had been counting on Congress to help spur pent-up sales after completing the worst year for new home sales since 1982.

Executives for one major builder, Beazer Homes USA Inc., noted earlier this week that they had seen an uptick in traffic over the weekend as many prospective buyers learned of the Senate's original incentive provision.

But with that proposal gone, Wall Street analysts said the homebuyer provision will have a negligible effect on homebuilders' fortunes.

"Congress, unambiguously, left the builders out in the cold,"
said Deutsche Bank analyst Nishu Sood. "It's a pretty big disappointment that they scaled it back."

Real estate agents were more optimistic. The National Association of Realtors projected the change will stimulate an additional 200,000 home sales.

The big unknown, however, was the state of the economy. With employers laying off thousands of workers, many potential homebuyers are nervous about making such a big financial commitment.

Mortgage rates remain low, falling this week to a national average of 5.16 percent for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, according to mortgage finance company Freddie Mac.

If all this news has you thinking that renting an apartment is a better solution, visit Apartment FinderFree Articles, and use their resources to secure the ideal apartment in the ideal Tulsa neighborhood.

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Michael Russell writes about a variety of subjects, including real estate, environmentalism and modern architecture. This article discusses Tulsa apartments. For more information about Tulsa apartments, visit Apartment Finder.

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