5 first-time buyer mistakes to avoid

If you're a first-time home buyer in this market, how could you go wrong? Nationally, sales prices of existing single-family homes are down nearly 24 percent since their July 2006 peak. Interest rates, recently 4.9 percent for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, are hovering near historic lows.
And if that isn't incentive enough, Uncle Sam is offering first-time buyers an $8,000 tax credit to further sweeten the deal.
But as any homeowner