Between now and April, you should be planning on moving. That's the only way you'll get a free $8000, thanks to the Home Buyer Tax Credit.
The $8000 comes from the federal tax credit for homebuyers, a program that was extended and expanded recently. Before, it applied only to "first-timers," people buying their first house (or first house in a while). But now, if it's your first house, or if you've been renting for a couple years, or if you've lived in your current house for 5 years or more but want to upgrade or downgrade, you can qualify for up to $8,000 in tax credits by buying a house. ($6500 for the people who've been living in their house for 5 years).
In order to qualify, you have to be one of those kinds of people-- new, first-timers, or more-than-5-year vets of the homeowning gig, and you have to have a binding written contracst to buy the new house by April 30, 2010 (and close by June 30, 2010.)
Even the income limits have been expanded: You singles making up to $125,000 qualify, and married people can earn up to $225,000 (it phases out after that, so if you make more, check with an accountant to see what you'll qualify for.
Check out this video for more details:
And get househunting today!