Posted by: Marvin Remmich | April 19, 2011

Bill Would Allow REO Purchases with Retirement Funds

A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would waive withdrawal penalties on certain retirement plans if the funds were used to buy a house that has been in foreclosure for a year or more, HousingWire reports.

The bill, introduced recently by congressman and real estate professional Bill Posey, R-Fla, is expected to apply to Roth IRAs, 401(k) plans, and company pension plans.

The legislation’s aim is to promote REO home purchases by owner occupants or second home owners rather than investors just looking to “flip” a foreclosure for fast money. According to the bill, purchasers must agree to hold the property for at least two years to be exempt from early retirement plan withdrawal penalties.

“It’s just another idea to help the housing market,” says press secretary George Cecala.

The bill has been sent to committee for further consideration.

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