Has anyone besides me thought a great way to prevent foreclosure, or at least help some faced with it, would be to reduce or drop property taxes on homes for a short period of time?
And if the government wanted to encourage people to buy homes, wouldn't it be a great idea to offer them a hiatus from property tax? If the county whined that they couldn't afford to not charge property tax, then maybe the government could give people an income tax credit equal to their property tax.
Here's an idea: First-time homebuyers get a 5-year income tax credit equal to the amount of property tax they owe each year.
Repeat home-buyers get a 3-year income tax credit equal to the amount of property tax they owe each year.
Current homeowners that refinance from an ARM to a fixed-rate mortgage get a 3-year income tax credit equal to the amount of property tax they owe each year on their home.
Now, I'm sure it'd have to be more complicated that that, but it seems like a nifty way to encourage people to start buying homes...because lowering interest rates really isn't working, it's just encouraging refi's.