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Open Reply to David Weekley about the Mortgage Interest Deduction

Proposal is not eliminate, but 2 change Mortgage Interest Deduction to 12% tax credit 4 mortgages < 500K #p #in

Last Update: 2011-06-17 12:14:05

David, Mark, John,

Did you know the proposal is to convert the mortgage interest deduction to a 12% tax credit on mortgages 500,000 or less? Did you know that will be tax neutral to millions of home owners? Did you know it will provide additional tax benefit to millions more lower income Americans with lesser mortgages on which interest doesn't exceed or exceeds by only a little the standard deduction amount?

That's not eliminating the mortgage interest deduction, is it? So why are "we' saying that? Why aren't "we" explaining the details and thoughtfully discussing the real impact as the experts the public expect us to be? Why are "we" appearing blind and uncaring about our shared issue of deficit reduction in support of mutual growth?

I'm a member of both NAHB and NAR. I find these associations do many good things. But in this case, the shrill "sky-is-falling" message "we" are sending out is not helpful to our image. The public expects so much more from us. It reminds me of the NIMBYs we so loath whenever we bring forward progressive zoning proposals -- I don't want to be that NIMBY, do you?

The public want us to engage in thoughtful discussions and put aside special interests in favor of large public considerations. The challenge for you is to engage the issue, research it, blog it and link it to your twitter, facebook and linkedin. Then you will influence the friends, followers and connections who know and trust you at a grass roots level, enhance your image and maybe even get a few new customers to boot!

Hope this finds you all well,

Biff Bailey
Realtor(R)
NAHB CGB, CGP, CAPS
LEED Green Associate
Preservation Dallas Historic Housing Specialist

P.S. If none of my three guesses at David's email address are right, someone please forward to him, after all he started this email chain, thanks.

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