The best advice is to ask the professionals that would be going to an established mortgage broker who will understand trends and will be watching the market closely.
They can give you their view of how the current market is as well as be able to answer any questions that you may have about the market.
There are some brokers that have decided to charge a fee for their services; more have joined this bandwagon especially since the credit crunch however you can find a mortgage broker that will offer you a great service without the need to pay them an upfront fee.
If you can afford a mortgage it may be the best time to go for a mortgage as house prices are unlikely to fall much further and it is predicted mortgage costs are going to rise for lenders so mortgage rates are only going to go up so any lower price is going to be offset by higher costs.
Mortgage brokers have many benefits, not only can they assess your personal circumstances and suggest the best options for you, finding a whole of market broker means they will search every deal available for you so you know you will be getting the best mortgage available to suit you.
Local brokers will have the added benefit of knowing a bit more about the market for the area, house values and will have contacts with local branches of financial institutions to give that added relationship that can help when you apply for the mortgage.
Even if you are unsure if now is the time for you to buy your first home or your unsure what lenders will offer you then using a broker mortgage for applications will not only save you lots of leg work but can be done without paying a penny so if you don't find what you are after then there is no obligation to proceed.