Realtors introduce stimulus plan

Feds urged to buy down mortgage rates

ORLANDO — Directors for the National Association Realtors on Monday formally signed off on a real estate stimulus proposal that calls for a temporary $7,500 first-time home buyer tax credit with no repayment requirement and a temporary federal buy-down of mortgage rates to 4.5 percent or less.

The group’s plan also calls upon the federal government to make permanent the temporary increase in FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loan limits to $729,750 in high-cost areas. The limits are scheduled to roll back to $625,000 on Jan. 1.