I live in the area and truly love it. Have you ever spent anytime here?
If you know what you qualify for and have an idea of where you want to be... one of the best way's would be to either make a visit and take a look at properties within your budget and specification, or have someone like myself send you some great properties to preview on line.
Either way knowing what you qualify for is going to be key. I am more than happy to have you speak my mortgage broker that can give you an idea.
Let me know if you have any other questions about getting started on your home search. My direct contact info is firstname.lastname@example.org or (818 523-5560). I'm a realtor and neighbor to the area with The John Aaroe Group. I hope this helps & wish you the best of luck!!