Buying a home can be a daunting task. You can find a lot of help from CENTURY 21 corporate site at http://www.century21.com/buyingadvice/ especially for a first time buyer. After all CENTURY 21 is the Gold Stardard in real estate.
Also, check out Dick and Arlene's site with 21 tips for buying and selling a home at http://www.livingintheozarks.com/buying_selling_tips_info.htm.
Now that you have the $8000 Buyer's Tax Credit, it is a great time to consider buying a home. It may never be better if you are a first time home buyer.