First and foremost, talk with a lender and get a pre approval letter so you know what you can afford and you are ready to sign a purchase offer when you find the right home for you. Secondly, think about where you want to live. Do you like the privacy of a second or third story bedroom? Then you won't want to move to a ranch style home. Is it important that you get your kids off to school before you go to work? You might want to live close to your place of work. Do you need the excitement of a city street and a front porch to make you happy? Can you live without a fireplace? These kinds of questions. And third, I would say be realistic about the amount of time you have to maintain a home. Or amount of money to do it. You might want a condo instead of a single family if you work 15 hrs a day six days a week. Or all those work hrs might be giving you a nice salary so you can pay people to do your home maintenance and lawn work. I also say, make sure you have enough money in the bank to allow you a cushion when you move in. There is nothing worse than buying a home, spending every last dime on closing costs, and then having your teenage daughter run the car into the side of the garage. lol You get my drift.