Many of the available homes for sale are still short sales and bank repo's. Both of these can still take an extended time to close. Between that, and the fact that there tend to be multiple buyers offering on many homes, 4-6 months is not unrealistic to start your home search.
"Starting" should involve getting yourself approved for a loan to begin with. Most sellers will not look at a buyer unless they are pre-approved. From there, seeing properties via an MLS search sent to your email will help you get to know areas. You will be come more educated as you go.
Once you are ready to start looking, you will be much better prepared. If I can assist you, or if you'd like to have homes sent to you, or need help finding a lender, feel free to contact me. I'd be glad to help.
Pat Palmer-Broker Associate
Keller Williams Boca Raton
2424 N. Federal Hwy. #318
Boca Raton, FL,33431... more