What area of Maryland are you planning on moving to? Are you looking for suggestions on areas or are you moving to a specific place for a job relocation?
One suggestion that you can do now is to look online at real estate web sites. They can be a good source of information.
The next would be to meet and interview a few buyers agents. A good buyer agent does not cost you anything and will be there to guide you through the entire home buying process.
I would be happy to be included.
Also, since you are a first time buyer in Maryland, you may qualify for a number of different down payment assitance grant/loan programs which can give you a little more flexibility in the purchase price. I discuss these type of programs at length in my blog: http://www.ThoughtsAboutRealEstate.com
If you would like to get pre-approved for a mortgage and find out what types of programs you qualify for, please feel free to contact me. But whatever you decide to do, Welcome to Maryland!
Looking forward to working with you!
i would say your best bet is to speak with a licensed Realtor in the area.
A referral from someone is always helpful.
Interview a couple of realtors before signing on with one.
Look for someone who knows the area you are looking to purchase in.
Best of Luck!