So, the tax credits came and went and you didn't find that perfect home in time. So what do you do?! Fuggettaboutit!
Your primary goal is to find a home you can love and live in. To paraphrase, "Find what you love and the money will follow." The reality is that the market sets the price. If someone still needs to sell, the market will help bring that same $8000 discount to bear on the price of their home.
The tax credit program has left a lasting mark on most homes in the $80k to $250k. Take advantage by staying in the market and working with a Realtor who understands this pricing factor.