I would recommend contacting a local realtor and him/her walk you through the process. However there are a couple steps that must be taken in order to get you a home.
1. Consult a Mortgage Profesional for a pre approval letter
(try to stay away from big banks) (go with a mortgage bank)
2. Consult a Realtor
(contact you local top brokerage and work with someone who is credible and who has been selling homes in that area for at least year)
3.Find a home, place a bid (offer to purchase agreement)
4.Depending on you state laws, get an attorney to draw up contracts
(some states allow for Realtors to draw up contracts)
5. get a home inspection done
6. Sign Contracts
8. Closing Date
Roughly this is the timeline for a home purchase, of course its simplified to make it look stress free, but if you have the rite Realtor it will be a smooth transition.