The California Association of Realtors is sponsoring statewide legislation intended to help first-time, low- and moderate-income homebuyers in disadvantaged communities.
Assembly Bill 1590, authored by Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park), would create a targeted tax credit to help working families achieve their goal of homeownership. The legislation is especially timely, given the tight housing market.
“Realtors are sponsoring AB 1590 to help make the dream of homeownership a reality for low- and moderate-income Californians in disadvantaged communities,” said Jared Martin, association president, in a statement. “Assemblymember Rubio’s bill specifically targets regions of the state that will benefit most from increasing the homeownership rate and is an important part of California’s overall fight to beat the housing affordability crisis.”
AB 1590 allocates $50 million to provide a tax credit to first-time homebuyers who meet specific criteria, which include that the homebuyer must have never owned a home previously, must earn 120 percent or less of area median income and must purchase a home in a state-designated disadvantaged community. Current law identifies disadvantaged communities as areas with, among other factors, concentrations of low-income individuals and families facing high housing costs.
Qualified first-time homebuyers who purchase a home between Jan. 1, 2020, and Jan. 1, 2023, will receive a tax credit of up to $5,000. The credit aims to help them cover unanticipated costs associated with homeownership. AB 1590 was introduced in the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee.
“AB 1590’s targeted tax credit helps Californians who need it most,” Martin said. “It creates a pathway to homeownership for people who are currently priced out of the market.”
Alan Barbic, president of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, endorsed the legislation.
“During his State of the State speech earlier this year, Gov. Gavin Newsom said, ‘If we want a California for all, we have to build housing for all.’ Realtors pledge to work with the governor and legislature to make sure all Californians can achieve the American dream of homeownership,” Barbic said.
According to Barbic, state legislators have advanced a number of bills to help solve the housing crisis. AB 1590 is one of several bills that the California Association of Realtors is sponsoring.
“We need to address the affordability problem in order to keep our middle-class families here,” he said. “AB 1590 will help our skilled and service workers, our teachers, the bedrock of our state, achieve their dream of homeownership and remain in the state.”