Best of luck and I hope you enjoy and exciting 2013
If buying, definitely start looking now and start to talk to local agents/brokers. Also talk to mortgage brokers to get yourself "pre-approved" so you can have a better perspective at your budget. Besides, looking for a new place can be fun!
No need to pull your credit report in advance, more than likely, that report cannot be used. Management companies like to pull their own credit report, and landlords prefer that a broker pull the report, if they don't pull it themselves.
I suggest working with a broker, not only will you have more choices to choice from, but they will streamline the process for you, which will save you a lot of time.
If you are renting then pull a credit report, you can get one free a year at http://www.FreeCreditReport.com or http://www.AnnualCreditReport.com. Many times a landlord will want to see your credit report before renting to you. If there are any issues pulling it now will give you time to clear things up.