6 November 2009 ?As home buyers, sellers, Realtors® and affiliated professions await the signing of the expanded Home Buyer Tax Credit by the President, buyer options continue to narrow. According to the regional MLS, MRED LLC, there are 26% fewer homes under $800,000 on the market today than in October of 2007. While single family homes sales in Chicago have increased by 46% in this two year time frame, condo sales have seen a 15% decline over the same period. The added benefits of the housing credit include an increase in income limits and purchase prices as well as a $6,500 tax credit for current homeowners who are in the market to buy. To receive the credit, those homeowners must have lived in their current homes for five of the last eight years.Email This Post To a Friend.