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Financing. Find out your credit score. See how much house you can afford, do not forget to factor in not just the monthly mortgage payment but also utilities, insurance, HOA fees, etc.
Research all the areas you might want to live, not just now but what about five years from now? Schools area big factor for folks to determine where they want to live as are taxes and lately, proximity to shopping etc (seems more and more people want to be close but not too close). Make a needs and wishes list and then start assessing houses based on that.
Partner with a solid Realtor. You deserve to have someone who is not just patient but knowledgeable and will not waste your time by showing you homes that are not a fit. You need someone who will be honest with you and keep you on track. Sounds like a relationship, eh? Well, it is. Find an agent that you feel comfortable with who will go above and beyond to help you find your new home.
Hope that helps
Also, check out http://www.in.gov/ihcda First Home Plus allows you 6% toward costs (with Income restrictions) or go to http://www.inhp.org they have awesome programs as well. Hope this helps.