Have a plan.
1) Definitely get pre-qualified.
2) Decide where you want to be living in 5 years, 10 years, etc. Will it be the same house?
3) Have a workable realistic budget, just because you can qualify for "X" dollars, does not always mean you should buy a house at that amount. Look at your lifestyle your hobbies and extra expenses. Do not add stress your life by maxing out your income to expenses ratio.
4) Find a Realtor that will help you find the right house at the right price, and can provide you with updated information as it is released.
and 5) enjoy the hunt.
If you have any question about how I can get help you find your future home, contact me.