This is from an article in the Wall Street Journal and I thought my readers would find it interesting…

First-time home buyers are scurrying to qualify for a federal tax credit that expires at the end of November — a trend that has been propping up sales following the worst downturn in decades. Because the closing process can drag on, buyers realistically have just a few weeks left to sign contracts; and they are submitting multiple offers to be certain that one goes through. Although lawmakers have proposed to extend and expand the credit, prospects for such a move are dimming as legislators are urged to show fiscal restraint following mega-bailouts of the financial and automobile sectors. Some housing analysts worry that the credit sparked unneeded supply and that its expiration could drag the market back down.

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