Most Real Estate companies have websites that offer homebuyers to search through the MLS system on their own time and convenience, you normally just have to provide your email address. But your best approach is to contact a local Realtor. You will provide them with details on what you are looking for in a home and what areas you are searching in. They will send you listings that fit the bill and if you have further interest in any of the homes they will set up a showing for you. It is very helpful to have a Realtor working on your behalf-they know the area, the market, and most likely have been inside many of the homes for sale.
Good luck to you!
-Sonja Fellman, Realtor