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Patience May Pay For The Home Sellers - “More Homes Market Act”

Patience May Pay For The Home Sellers - “More Homes Market Act”

In 2024, homeowners contemplating a sale have a unique opportunity due to the proposed amendments in the More Homes on the Market Act (H.R. 1321). This act, to alter the 1989 Internal Revenue Code, could significantly enhance the financial benefits of selling a home. Let’s explore how this proposed legislation could impact your home-selling journey this year.

Decoding the More Homes on the Market Act

The More Homes on the Market Act, introduced in March 2023, proposes substantial changes to increase the housing supply by incentivizing homeowners to sell. The key amendments include:

  1. Adjustment in Capital Gains Exclusion: The Act seeks to amend the 1989 Internal Revenue Code by increasing the capital gains tax exclusion. It proposes to adjust the $250,000 exclusion for individuals to $500,000 and the $500,000 exclusion for married couples filing jointly to $1,000,000. This amendment could significantly increase the tax-free profit for homeowners, making selling more financially attractive.

  2. Annual Inflation Adjustment: An innovative aspect of this Act is the addition of an annual inflation adjustment to the exclusion amount. Considering the ever-changing economic landscape, this helps make sure that the benefits stay relevant over time.

  3. Additional Incentives: The Act also plans to broaden the home mortgage interest deduction scope and introduce a new tax credit for seniors looking to downsize.

Advantages for Home Sellers

With H.R. 1321 under review, its potential benefits for home sellers are notable:

  • Enhanced Profitability: The proposed increase in capital gains exclusion means homeowners could see a more significant portion of their sales as profit, free from tax.

  • Favorable Market Dynamics: The Act could motivate more homeowners to sell, potentially increasing the housing supply. This shift might favor buyers, giving sellers more room for negotiation.

  • Tax Benefits: Expanding a mortgage interest deduction and introducing a downsizing tax credit could provide additional financial incentives for selling.

Current Status and Prospects

As of January 2024, H.R. 1321 is still in the proposal stage, with the House Ways and Means Committee reviewing it. Its final approval and implementation are pending, but its potential impact is significant.

Strategic Considerations for Sellers

For those considering selling their homes, staying informed about the Act's progress is crucial. Its potential impact could reshape the housing market, influencing your selling strategy. Consulting with financial or real estate experts is advisable for personalized guidance.

Consult the Experts Beyond Brokerage

As a licensed Real Estate Broker in California, I have knowledge and experience in real estate transactions. However, if you require legal, insurance, title, or tax advice, it is recommended that you seek the assistance of a professional in those specific areas.

Making an Informed Decision

Selling your home is a significant decision. The potential enactment of the More Homes on the Market Act, alongside other market factors, should be considered carefully. By staying well-informed and weighing all aspects, you can navigate the complexities of the housing market effectively. Please contact me if you know someone who can benefit from a local full-service boutique real estate company offering the 

In conclusion, 2024 offers a promising landscape for home sellers, partly due to the proposed changes with the More Homes on the Market Act. While the Act's future is uncertain, its introduction signals a potential shift in the real estate market, making this year a possible opportune time for homeowners to consider selling. Born Real Estate will continue to help you stay informed and aligned with the evolving market to maximize the success of your home-selling experience.