This just in from the Maine Association of REALTORS:
National Association of REALTORS reports House and Senate lawmakers are moving quickly on a tax incentive to help stimulate housing markets. In the Senate, legislation would create a $7,000 tax credit, taken over two years, for individuals who purchase a foreclosed property as a principal residence between April 1, 2008, and April 1, 2009. A House measure would provide a $7,500 credit to first-time buyers for the purchase of any house as a principal residence between April 8, 2008, and April 1, 2009. The Senate bill is pending on the floor; the House bill is in the Ways & Means Committee. The Bush administration has voiced concerns about distorting markets and pricing.