Though it’s not attracting much attention, the impending arrival of Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., as head of the Senate Finance Committee could be good news for housing and real estate in the weeks ahead. That’s especially true if you care about mortgage forgiveness relief and other tax code provisions that help homeowners, buyers and sellers. Things are looking up. Wyden replaces Max Baucus, D-Mont., who is leaving to serve as the Obama administration’s new ambassador to China. Baucus spent much of the past two years developing comprehensive tax reform legislative proposals with severely negative impacts on real estate, including total elimination of tax-deferred exchanges and lower depreciation write-offs for investors. Now he’s gone. Baucus’ reform efforts were parallele...
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