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I got a call from Afghanistan yesterday, and I think I have an idea that's a win-win for America! Let's give returning veterans something more than a handshake.

I rarely reblog anyones posts but this was a great idea that I wanted to share.  There would be many ideas and variations of ways provide afforadable housing for veterans.  If nothing else lets at least give them an extra discount or ta break on VA foreclosed homes.

If you like the ideas that Richard expressed then by all means pass this along to your friend - and your congressman.


American Flags in Helen Georgia by Richard WeisserI got a call yesterday from a national guardsman currently deployed in Afghanistan. He was calling about one of my listings, and asked for more information.

First of all, I thanked him for his service. Second of all we talked about the purchase of his first home. I excitedly began to tell him about the $8000 first time homeowners tax credit.

Oops, there's only one problem. He won't be on leave until it's too late to qualify for the credit. Now here's a fellow laying his life on the line for his country and he will miss out on the tax credit because he is physically unable to get to Georgia to find a home since he is serving his country in a faraway land.

So it got me to thinking ... why not impose a permanent one-time tax credit on the purchase of the home for ANY veteran? Or at the very least, there could be a huge credit for those brave men and women returning from active duty?

Or maybe even half-price on a government owned HUD home? Or a free HUD home that needs repairs, no strings attached?

We have returning soldiers and we have lots of empty houses. Shouldn't risking your life be worth something more than a guaranteed loan? And wouldn't that be a great recruiting incentive?

And if we could dry up some of the flood of house inventory at the same time, wouldn't that be good for everyone?

So what do you think? Am I on to something here?

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Comment balloon 2 commentsBob Southard • August 14 2009 12:25PM


Hi Bob, might be a marketing strategy to evaluate, teaming up with a non-profit organization. I know there are some out there supporting returning soldiers... Have a great weekend

Posted by Barbara Heil-Sonneck, Home Staging Atlanta (Design2Sell) almost 11 years ago

Hi Bob, They do deserve something for serving! Maybe something will come of this idea. Have a great week!

Posted by Jenny Smith (Atlanta Rebath) almost 11 years ago

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