If you ever want to sell your house, please read this

http://www.federalobserver.com/2009/10/01/thinking-about-selling-your-house-a-look-at-h-r-2454-cap-and-trade-bill/

Wow!  Home owners take note & tell your friends and relatives who are home owners!!!

Beginning 1 year after enactment of the Act (HR 2454 Cap and Trade), you won’t be able to sell your home unless you retrofit it to comply with the energy and water efficiency standards of this Act.

H.R.  2454, the “Cap & Trade” bill passed by the House of Representatives, if also passed by the Senate, will be the largest tax increase any of us has ever experienced.  The Congressional Budget Office (supposedly non-partisan) estimates that in just a few years the average cost to every family of four will be $6,800 per year.  No one is excluded.  However, once the lower classes feel the pinch in their wallets, you can be sure these voters get a tax refund (even if they pay no taxes at all) to offset this new cost.  Thus, you Mr.  and Mrs.  Middle Class America will have to pay even more since additional tax dollars will be needed to bail out everyone else.
But wait.  This awful bill (that no one in Congress has actually read) has many more surprises in it.

Probably the worst one is this: A year from now you won’t be able to sell your house.

Yes, you read that right.  The caveat is (there always is a caveat) that if you have enough money to make required major upgrades to your home, then you can sell it.  But, if not, then forget it.  Even pre-fabricated homes (”mobile homes”) are included.
In effect, this bill prevents you from selling your home without the permission of the EPA administrator.


To get this permission, you will have to have the energy efficiency of your home measured. Then the government will tell you what your new energy efficiency requirement is and you will be forced to make modifications to your home under the retrofit provisions of this Act to comply with the new energy and water efficiency requirements.  Then you will have to get your home measured again and get a license (called a “label” in the Act) that must be posted on your property to show what your efficiency rating is; sort of like the Energy Star efficiency rating label on your refrigerator or air conditioner If you don’t get a high enough rating, you can’t sell. And,
the EPA administrator is authorized to raise the standards every year, even above the automatic energy efficiency increases built into the Act.

Sect.  202:
Building Retrofit Program mandates a national retrofit program to increase the energy efficiency of all existing homes across America.
Beginning 1 year after enactment of the Act, you won’t be able to sell your home unless you retrofit it to comply with the energy and water efficiency standards of this Act.  You had better sell soon, because the standards will be raised each year and will be really hard (i.e., ex$pen$ive) to meet in a few years.  Oh, goody!  The Act allows the government to give you a grant of several thousand dollars to comply with the retrofit program requirements if you meet certain energy efficiency levels.  But, wait, the State can set additional requirements on who qualifies to receive the grants.  You should expect requirements such as “can’t have an income of more than $50K per year”, “home selling price can’t be more than $125K”, or anything else to target the upper middle class (and that’s YOU) and prevent them from qualifying for the grants Most of us won’t get a dime and will have to pay the entire cost of the retrofit out of our own pockets.  More transfer of wealth, more “change you can believe in.”
Sect.  204:
Building Energy Performance Labeling Program establishes a labeling program that for each individual residence will identify the achieved energy efficiency performance for “at least 90 percent of the residential market within 5 years after the date of the enactment of this Act.” This means that within five years, 90% of all residential homes in the U.S.  must be measured and labeled. The EPA administrator will get $50M each year to enforce the labeling program.  The Secretary of the Department of Energy will get an additional $20M each year to help enforce the labeling program.  Some of this money will, of course, be spent on coming up with tougher standards each year.  Oh, the label will be like a license for your car.  You will be required to post the label in a conspicuous location in your home and will not be allowed to sell your home without having this label.  And, just like your car license, you will probably be required to get a new label every so often – maybe every year.  But, the government estimates the cost of measuring the energy efficiency of your home should only cost about $200 each time.  Remember what they said about the auto smog inspections when they first started: that in California it would only cost $15.  That was when the program started.  Now the cost is about $50 for the inspection and certificate; a 333% increase.  Expect the same from the home labeling program.
Sect.  304:
Greater Energy Efficiency in Building Codes establishes new energy efficiency guidelines for the National Building Code and mandates at 304(d) that 1 year after enactment of this Act, all state and local jurisdictions must adopt the National Building Code energy efficiency provisions or must obtain a certification from the federal government that their state and/or local codes have been brought into full compliance with the National Building Code energy efficiency standards.
H.R. 2454: American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-2454

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9 thoughts on “If you ever want to sell your house, please read this

  1. Please take away the HR2454 cap and trade act, for it is not right and puts the Government in more control. This is a wrong way to govern and goes against what our Founding Fathers fought for!!This is a free country and not a socialist one!!!!! Stop thinking of yourselves and listen to the people…

  2. Not that posting here will make a difference, since govt. decides to pass illegal laws all the time and nothing constructive ever comes of it, but do I even have to say it??!? How much more corruption are we supposed to just put up with??!?? I’m telling you all right now, Australia seems like a nice place. Perhaps somewhere near Melbourne… Fuck the government, we’re all tired of getting screwed w/o at least getting kissed. In court, they call that rape.

  3. It won’t matter soon, anyway. With home values decreasing across the country, and homeowners having less and less equity in their properties, no one will be able to sell because the sale price will not be able to cover the remaining principal balance on the home. The canyon that separates the haves and have nots in this country will continue to grow, due in large part to restrictions on credit that have been forced by the unprecedented numbers of foreclosures in this country.

    This country is in serious need of an enema…er, revolution. If I recall, it was Thomas Jefferson who once said “A revolution every now and then is a healthy thing”. It seems as though we have allowed the politicians to wield too much power for WAY too long.

  4. This is just another of the most ludicrous acts and attempt at trying to control every aspect of our American way of life this President is attempting to push down the throats of middle class citizen of this country.

    I do not know where it will stop. Please watch Glenn Beck on Fox cable news.

  5. I agree with Mr Frederick. The people in this country need to stand up for themselves. We need a complete overhaul of our government and it’s respresentatives who no longer represent the people who voted them in office, but only think of themselves and their own pockets.

  6. Government controls too much of our lives already.

    Let the buyer and the seller of a house decide what features to be agreed upon for completion of a sale.

    This is a form of taxation legislation without representation(i.e.
    the voters),

  7. This world is going to hell! O’Bama is putting us there fast. It’s so sad to see this great country fall. It’s becoming more socialistic then ever. Someone needs to do something about this government before it’s too late.

  8. America is suppose to be a democracy country but is quickly becomming a communist one. We are going to be told who and what kind of health insurance we have to buy, and we will have to buy whether we have the money to or not. now they are trying to tell us we can’t sell our homes if we want to. did we vote this type of people into office or did they become corrupt after they got there? Well there is an election comming up will it do any good to put one out of office and vote another in? we need to go back to the basics this country was built on, which was the BIBLE, now days there are so many that don’t even know JESUS what a shame.

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