Congrats on your first step toward home ownership! I am going to second what John wrote:
"One of them is "100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask: With Answers from Top Brokers from Around the Country (100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask) (Paperback)" by Ilyce R. Glink (Author). You can purchase this book at Amazon.com. Also, Home Buying for Dummies (Paperback) by Eric Tyson (Author), Ray Brown (Author) which can also be purchased through Amazon. "
Those are the two that I would also suggest. My other advice is to continue to be "proactive" not "reactive." Do not let your lack of experience or knowledge intimidate you. Have fun, and remember no question is a stupid question. Good Luck and Much Success.
I will third what John wrote. Remember, you will most likely be shopping for financing as well as a home. There are some free publications available from the Federal Reserve Board and Hud: "Buying Your Home - Settlement Costs and Helpful Information" and "Home Mortgages - Understanding the Process and Your Right to Fair Lending". Be proactive and learn as much as you can. Don't take what is spoon fed to you. Shoot me an email and I will send you any educational material you need. Best of luck to you!
It is so refreshing to see that someone wants to learn the nuances of home ownership before jumping in. Kudos for that!
I would contact the housing department of the State of Mass (see link below). Here in Arizona we have 1st time buyer's educational courses hosted by the state and I believe in conjunction with HUD.
Beware of 1st Time Buyer's courses that are simply set up to gather naive buyers!
Also, once you have some of that education look at working with a Realtor who your friends or family are familiar with - someone who you can trust.
Good luck and above all, have fun!