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Latin Builders Association pushes down payment plan in Tallahassee

The Latin Builders Association this afternoon urged House Speaker Larry Cretul to get behind a plan providing new homebuyers $8,000 in federal stimulus money for a down payment.

"This just seems to be a win-win on many levels," said Anthony Seijas, a member of the association's executive board, who said it could help alleviate a major hurdle for people trying to buy homes as well as boost the real estate market. Board member Bernie Navarro predicted it would "get people off the sidelines."

Cretul listened with interest and took notes, though it remains to be seen how much traction the idea will get this late in the session. "We'll noodle that one," Cretul said. For more on the idea, see this story.