Real estate pushes stimulus wish list

Wanted: tax breaks, lower rates, bigger loans for buyers

With president-elect Barack Obama calling for Congress to stimulate the economy by passing the biggest public works bill in 50 years — and the Bush administration signaling likely agreement on a bailout for automakers — the real estate industry remains determined to get its own slice of the government assistance pie.

The National Association of Home Builders and about 100 other groups representing builders and manufacturers have formed a coalition, Fix Housing First, that’s put together a list of demands from Congress including more generous tax breaks for home buyers.