First step to homeownership is locating a lender and obtaining your customized pre-qualification. This empowers your home search and notifies any potential seller that you have the means to acquire their property.
Educate yourself with the knowledgable real estate professional on market trends, and valuation models. A realtor can assist in determining how your largest investment can be affected near term and long range in this ever changing market.
Finally, interview realtors as they are interviewing you during the first communication.