"Do you honestly think a realtor is going to offer a cheaper price when he/she knows you are getting a tax credit?"
I was kinda shocked when I saw your question.
First of all, a Seller is the person who determines the price they will List their home (NOT the Real Estate Agent). We, as Real Estate Agents, provide the Seller with comparables, analysis, and other data and advice about the market, to HELP/Assist the Seller in what they determine to be the price they want to sell their home. But, "we" don't offer a price.
Second, if you are referring to a Buyer's Agent "offering a cheaper price", please know that you, as a Buyer, determine what price you will offer. A Buyer's Agent will educate you, give you market information, etc... but it is YOU who determines what price you will "offer".
Third, the bottom line is that your Tax Credit, whatever amount it is or isn't is NEVER a consideration when you, as the Buyer are negotiating a Contract with a Seller. It isn't referred to on the Contract.
The Buyers' Tax Credit is something to help stimulate the economy. It is the President's way of giving people an added incentive (besides the great deals you can find now), to go out and spend your money!
I hope this helps!
P.S. A "realtor" is a registered trademark which should be all CAPS and refers ONLY to Real Estate Agents who pay to belong to the National Association of REALTORS and should be followed by a registered mark. Not all Real Estate Agents are "REALTORS". People who use that term are doing the same thing as calling tissue "Kleenex". :-) Just thought you might want to know! (Even the T.V. does this.)