I'm glad to see that you are looking towards buying your first home and that you're doing your homework and research beforehand. Karen and Jeff have both given good advice to you. As has been mentioned, 2 years is so much time when it comes to changes in the market, and those are going to be different for every area and neighborhood. If I may ask, what is the reason for waiting until 2010 to purchase? The reason that I am asking is that if you were to purchase a home this year (by the end of November), you would qualify for up to an $8,000 tax credit. We may not see anything like this again for a long, long time, and I hate to see buyers miss out on it. That being said, I also don't want to put someone into a home before they are truly able to afford it. One piece of information that I would be able to get to you are regular reports on market conditions of particular neighborhoods. If you have a specific area or 2 that you think you would have interest in, I could have a report sent out to you on a regular basis to let you know what houses are selling (or not selling) and for what price. This would keep you current on local trends, and maybe help you make a better decision as to where to buy.
I hope this has helped, feel free to contact me anytime. Good luck to you!