First Time Homebuying and Paul Simon

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We all know that the First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit is expiring soon. Bloggers, journalists, politicians, Realtors, friends, mothers and cousins all seem to bring it up, ad nauseam. If you don’t currently own a home, someone- somewhere- has mentioned it to you. And if you do own a home, you’ve probably gently suggested it to a friend or family member that’s currently renting.

Aren’t you getting tired of all the talk?

You’re not the only one.

I was rocking out to a little Paul Simon this morning (that’s how I roll, people) and the song 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover came on. It reminded me somewhat of all the chatter regarding the tax credit. In the song, Simon uses the chorus to make general suggestions for how one might go about ending a relationship that has run its course. What he’s trying to say is that when it’s over, it’s over- and that however one might go about it- action speaks louder than words.

I couldn’t agree more with Paul. So, in honor of Paul’s brilliant songwriting and the fact that the credit is close to expiring, I’ve taken the lyrics to the chorus and hyperlinked a different article relating to the tax credit. If Paul Simon can’t illustrate the point, I’m not sure who can (although I have considered booking Art Garfunkel for a Five Questions With…).

You just slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don’t need to be coy, Roy

Just get yourself free
Hop on the bus, Gus
You don’t need to discuss much

Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free

When the dust clears, it’s estimated that 1.5 million buyers will benefit from the program. If you’d like to find out how you can get your slice of the pie, click here.

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Jon Effron is widely regarded as one of the leading Realtors in Atlanta, working with both buyers and sellers throughout the metro area to maximize their real estate investments. In 2014, Jon was the #1 individual agent at Keller Williams Intown, one of the largest brokerages in Intown Atlanta. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Jon was the Vice President of Development at Tujay Group, an Atlanta real estate development firm. His career pre-real estate included stints at, eGroups (now Yahoo! Groups) and Elite Traveler magazine, where he served as the Vice President of Marketing.