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CEO Corner: First-Time Homebuyers Savings Account

By: McGee, Michael on in

The First-Time Homebuyers Savings Account program legislation has seen movement in the House, with Senate Bill 309 (Mensch, R-Montgomery) expected to have a second consideration vote in the House in the coming weeks.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, I had the opportunity to talk with Sen. Bob Mensch, who introduced SB 309, along with Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe), who introduced similar legislation in the House. House Bill 128 passed the House and is currently being reviewed by the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee. Both Brown and Mensch have been strong advocates for homeownership.

The First-Time Homebuyers Savings Account program would allow Pennsylvanians to save money toward the purchase of a home and the money saved would qualify as a tax deduction for their state income tax. Parents and grandparents would be eligible to save for children and grandchildren as well.

Many first-time homebuyers need help overcoming obstacles to homeownership and will be looking for additional assistance following the pandemic.

The First-Time Homebuyers Savings Account Program could result in an increase of home purchases of up to 4,000 annually in Pennsylvania, according to research conducted by the Anderson Economic Group. The increase in the number of home purchases would have an overall positive impact on Pennsylvania’s economy, spurring additional economic activity, job creation. It’s estimated that the economic impact could range up to $68.8 million. State tax revenues collected from realty transfer taxes could also see an increase with these additional home sales.

To learn more about the proposed Pennsylvania First-Time Homebuyers Savings Account Program, visit FirstHomePA.com.



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  • Gladys M. Jones   May 26, 2020 at 9:45 am

    That would be great!

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  • Cheryl Galowitch   May 26, 2020 at 9:47 am

    What a great program for first-time home buyers! Thank you for the introduction of the bill @SenatorMensch

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  • Gregory S Herb   May 26, 2020 at 11:07 am

    Thank you to Senator Mensch and Representative Brown for their leadership in leading the charge to pass this important legislation! This Bill will enable more consumers to obtain their goal of home ownership!

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  • Todd Umbenhauer   May 28, 2020 at 9:47 am

    For the many reasons expressed in the video, it is critical for this legislation to be passed. Senator Mensch and Representative Brown are to be commended for their efforts in leading the charge!

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