NEW YORK — With the expiration of the home-buyer tax credit looming Friday, the nation's real-estate market has been sent into a frenzy, with buyers and sellers rushing to sign deals before midnight.

"It's gone nuts," said Lew Reich, an agent with Keller Williams Realty in Plano, Texas. "We're seeing a very strong rush, strong sales, a lot of people are being energized by the end of the credit."

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