Our recommendation is to begin by reviewing or establishing/updating your monthly budget accounting for all income and expenditures. Once this is accomplished you will be ready to meet with a loan specialist to determine appropriate lending programs and the amount for which you qualify borrow.
With this done you will be ready to meet with a real estate professional and commence a meaningful home search by targeting homes and neighborhoods within your price range. Your agent will be able to walk your through the purchase process.
Take it, one step at a time..........................
Next, find a local real estate agent to be your buyer's agent. Ask your buyer's agent to schedule a showing for you for the home.
If you like the home and you are comfortable that you can afford it and that you can get financing for it, then work with your buyer's agent to make an offer on the property. Your agent can help you determine if the asking price is in line with the current market conditions and help guide you on a good offer amount. Your buyer agent will submit your offer along with your pre-approval letter for a mortgage. The seller will either accept, reject, or counter offer your offer. This negotiating phase may go back and forth a few times.
Once you and the seller agree on an offer price and if they accept your offer, you would typically then schedule a home inspection. If the home passes your home inspection, you would then move on to signing the purchase and sales contract and then closing the deal.
I have a home buying process checklist that I provide to all of my first time buyer clients. Send me an email if you would like me to email it to you. It is a pdf so I cannot post it on Trulia.
Good luck and happy buying!